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As we draw closer to Nov. 4, it's time to examine both candidates' platformsand see how they might affect the economy, stocks, and your personal finances.
APPLIANCES THAT SCRIMP
If you're looking to buy any large appliance, you should be taking into account which ones sip—or squander—energy. The right fridge, dishwasher, and washer-dryer can save you hundreds of dollars in electricity costs each year.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS? NOT IN RETAIL
Even though we're heading into the all-important holiday shopping season, retailers are having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. The growing consensus among industry players and analysts is that plummeting consumer confidence will bring 2008 to an end with a whimper, not a bang.
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