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How to Identify and Combat Grocery Store 'Shrinkflation'

How to Identify and Combat Grocery Store ‘Shrinkflation’

Photo: Jub-Job (Shutterstock) While there are some signs that inflation is going to start getting better in this country, things remain pretty grim. In some areas, the cost of a wide range of products and services has gone up nearly 10%, while income has stagnated or risen much more modestly. The grocery store is where …

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Gen-Zers In Their First Bear Market: How They're Coping.

Gen-Zers In Their First Bear Market: How They’re Coping.

Ella Gupta made her first investment when she was 10. With the help of her parents, she took half the profits of her bracelet-making business and invested in the stock market. At 14, she opened a Roth IRA, after beginning her first job cleaning dental instruments. Now, at 17, Gupta is confronting her first bear …

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US Private Sector PMI Contracts for the First Time in Over Two Years

US Private Sector PMI Contracts for the First Time in Over Two Years

Please consider the S&P Global Flash US Composite PMI™ for July 2022. Key Findings Flash US PMI Composite Output Index at 47.5 (June: 52.3). 26-month low.  Flash US Services Business Activity Index at 47.0 (June: 52.7). 26-month low.  Flash US Manufacturing Output Index at 49.9 (June: 50.2). 25-month low.  Flash US Manufacturing PMI at 52.3 …

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Stocks Had a Nasty 6 Months. The Second Half Could Be Ugly Too.

Stocks Had a Nasty 6 Months. The Second Half Could Be Ugly Too.

Text size Bond markets are pricing in significant additional interest-rate hikes this year, but some stock analysts’ earnings forecasts remain optimistic. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg It was a first half destined to haunt investors. The past six months were historically bad for stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies, and practically every other asset class outside of commodities. Despite its late …

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Sellers Are Getting Anxious as Home Sales Slow Down

Sellers Are Getting Anxious as Home Sales Slow Down

New Orleans homeowner Lisa Tourtelot says homes were flying off the market in her neighborhood as recently as a month ago. Now, as she prepares to list her own house for sale, the homeowner is on edge.  Mortgage rates, property taxes, and homeowners insurance are all on the rise, she says—developments the 36-year-old fears are …

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Why Retiring This Year Could Be a ‘Worst-Case’ Scenario

Why Retiring This Year Could Be a ‘Worst-Case’ Scenario

Text size Lightfieldstudiosprod/Dreamstime This article originally appeared on MarketWatch. This is an urgent update for anyone who has recently retired, or who is hoping to retire shortly, and who was expecting to follow one of those simple, time-tested rules for spending down their money during their golden years. Watch out. And, if possible, err on the side …

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Fed Rate Hikes Will End Sooner Than You Think. What That Means for the Stock Market.

Fed Rate Hikes Will End Sooner Than You Think. What That Means for the Stock Market.

Text size Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate increases can only last so long. The stock market could experience some relief soon enough.  Right now, the Fed is ratcheting rates higher. The central bank announced Wednesday that it is lifting the federal-funds rate by three quarters of …

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