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Lower consumer earnings means lower retail revenues (access required)

Why is it that Macy's, which used to be my favorite department store, and now Wal-Mart and other retailers, are reporting lower earnings and slowdowns in revenues? The financial data report low interest rates, better employment and good home sales, and that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are selling cars and making huge profits. What's wrong here?

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Title easier to search, but cost still going up (access required)

One of the most overpriced closing costs when buying or selling a home is now getting more expensive. Homebuyers and sellers have long complained about the exorbitant cost of title insurance coverage when computer technology has substantially simplified and sped up the property searching process.

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Investor wants to double down on a bad decision (access required)

Forrest Gump's "stupid is as stupid does" said it better and more succinctly than anyone, including the highly esteemed bard William Shakespeare, whose plays always bored me to the marrow. Unfortunately, there's no cure for stupidity, though I'm told selective breeding (which takes too much time) works well.

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One-fourth of homeowners living there alone (access required)

More consumers are opting to live alone, with single buyers making up a quarter of all home purchases, according to the National Association of Realtors. In the U.S., there are 33 million one-person households, and living solo is becoming an international trend.

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