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Consumer credit increased by $1.3 billion in November

Bloomberg reports that consumer credit rose for the second straight month in November, a sign that consumer confidence may be on the rise. The $1.3 billion November increase in consumer lending, paced by government-held student loans, followed a $7 billion increase in October. Consumer credit increased in auto, education fields Non-revolving loans such as auto
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Is the five second rule giving way to a zero second rule?

We all know that it’s important not to waste food. According to Wikipedia, wasted food (raw or cooked) costs the U.K. £10.2 billion annually ($ 15.5 billion). In the United States, 15 percent of all edible food ends up untouched or unopened, which amounts to $43 billion in waste. You’d think the five second rule
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Get your holiday payday cash advance today

Getting an online payday cash advance is one great option for obtaining quick holiday financing. Many people run out of ideas this time of year on ways to finance their holiday purchases. Don’t be one of these people; there are always options. A payday cash advance is useful in many ways. These payday loans are
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BP oil leak live video feed will continue during top kill attempt

A top kill will be the latest attempt to plug the BP oil leak as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spews crude into the ocean for the 36th day today (May26). After first saying the BP live video feed would be cut during the procedure, BP relented to public pressure and will
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The best summer jobs for teens

The recession has made getting a job more difficult for everyone, but if you’re a teenager looking for summer jobs, the competition can be overwhelming. Nothing ventured, nothing gained still applies, however – even at minimum wage. Here are some hot summer jobs that typically employ younger, less experienced workers. The kids are alright, thanks
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Baltimore, Maryland, to get short term loans for solar panels

In Baltimore, Maryland, using solar power at a home or business is about to get easier. A California-based company is going to offer zero-down and bad credit loans of photovoltaic equipment. These solar power leases are set to last 20 years or more. Getting solar power to Maryland In Baltimore, a California-based company is stepping
Chose payday loans online, instead of credit cards, for your immediate cash needs.

Payday loans beat credit cards for quick cash

With the cost of living still rising and quick cash harder to come by, people from all walks of life are realizing that payday loans can be a better way to borrow money than credit cards. Whether you need cash until payday for something as basic as rent or as luxurious as a weekend retreat,
Some people actually got jobs in November!

Unemployment Rate Goes Down! How Can it Be?

Unemployment falls in November Numbers on unemployment for November have been released, and it turns out that unemployment actually went down last month, falling from 10.2 percent in October to 10 percent for November. Of course, this might be just because of seasonal employment, but I suppose we have to take whatever we can get.

Why Are HELOCs Such a Popular Loan Option?

What exactly is a HELOC? HELOC stands for Home Equity Line of Credit. It’s a credit line offered by a bank with the borrower’s property equity serving as collateral for the loan. The equity is the difference between the market value of the property and the amount still owed on mortgages or other encumbrances. For
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Medicare NPI registry reveals confidential information

The NPI registry, or National Provider Identification registry, is a digital database of all Medicare providers. In a system that handles hundreds of millions of pieces of confidential information, though, there are weaknesses. The newest NPI database discloses extra information that opens the door for Medicare fraud. The NPI registry The Medicare system is a
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Celebrating National Sandwich Day in properly stacked style

On top of being the day we find out election results, Nov. 3 is National Sandwich Day. An incredibly versatile foodstuff, a good sandwich can be everything from a hearty Reuben to the vegan-friendly cucumber stack. However you usually eat a sandwich, National Sandwich Day may be the perfect day to try something new. Why

iPhone Security Flaw in PKI handling exploited by hackers

Enterprise business could be vulnerable to malicious code The iPhone isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s certainly big enough to take its place alongside the iPod as a cultural phenomenon. I have one, and I know numerous other owners. Some go so far as to jailbreak the phone to open up certain features that
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Rod Blagojevich gets only a single guilty verdict

The trial of disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich has just concluded. After two weeks of deliberation, the grand jury returned only a single guilty verdict. Blagojevich was only convicted of one count of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sentencing will soon follow, and he could face up to five years in
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BP top kill suspended twice, only 10 percent effective by Friday

The BP top kill, the oil company’s latest attempt to plug the gusher of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, was given a 60 to 70 percent chance of success through the weekend. However, BP suspended the top kill effort without informing the public in top kill progress reports Friday while President Obama toured
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The history of the Jack-o-Lantern

Jack-o-lanterns have been carved for centuries. Many of us remember carving them as far back as our very first Halloween, but do you know why we carve pumpkins? I always thought it was one of those odd Halloween traditions, but this year I set out to find the truth behind the tradition. The common theme
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NORAD Santa Tracker 2010 partners with Google Maps

With only 22 days until Santa begins his around-the-world flight, the Santa Tracker is gearing up. The NORAD Santa Tracker 2010 will be doing more than just tracking the flight. Partnerships with Google Maps and local school districts ensure that the Santa Tracker stays up to date. NORAD 2010 Santa Tracker service history The 2010
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Online loans are risky for lenders

A lot of people have the idea that lenders of online loans can get away with just about anything. The offices for any online personal loan or installment loan could be anywhere, so people get the impression they can’t be tracked down. However, online loan lenders actually have to be far more careful than the