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Warren Buffett's 5 Favorite Stocks

Everyone wants to know what Warren Buffett is buying, but what about what he already owns? We take a look at Berkshire's portfolio of stocks to find out which stocks he's sunk the most money into -- and which he's likely to hold onto in the near future.

You're Losing Your Right to Sue Big Companies, One TOS at a Time

To celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, we recently highlighted a few quick actions that consumers can take to protect themselves. But the sad fact is that the most potent consumer protection tool -- the class-action lawsuit -- may soon be all but extinct.

4 Financial Products to Avoid (If You Can Help It)

The financial industry is always pushing one product or another with claims it will make money management easier, save you cash, make you safer. But in some cases, the hype hides a less helpful, more expensive reality.

Never Buy Gift Cards at Full Price: 7 Places to Find Them Cheaper

As the holiday shopping season speeds toward its finale, millions of shoppers will give up on finding "perfect gifts" and instead buy gift cards. That's actually a great idea: Lots of people love gift cards. What is not a good idea is paying face value for them when discounts can be found all over.

Holiday Shopping Calendar: Your List of the Best Days to Buy

Black Friday has been around for decades, but in the last several years, the holiday shopping season has gained a number of additional "special" shopping days. So if you're looking for the right days for deals, (or when to avoid the crowds) here's a run-down of all the retail deal days worth knowing.

How High Credit Card Rates Could Be Good News for You

Despite ultra-low mortgage and savings interest rates, the average credit card rate is still high, and has barely budged over the past year. That's not so lucky for you as a spender -- but it could guide you to a windfall as an investor.

Should the 'Already Banked' Consider Prepaid Debit Cards?

Seems like every big bank has started offering prepaid debit cards, giving people without bank accounts a way to pay with plastic. Now, smaller bank Kaiku Finance is launching the "Kaiku Card" -- and it's hoping that regular customers will slip its prepaid cards into their wallets too.

What the End of Savings Account Interest Means to Me as a Parent

I often have a hard time explaining to my kids why they should put some of their money in the bank. My 9-year-old daughter got me when she asked how much she'd be paid for trusting the bank with her cash. The honest answer is that she'd get paid basically nothing.

Prepaid Credit Cards: Are They a Smart Tool for You?

Americans with limited access to banking services have been turning to prepaid cards for some time, but now Chase is pitching its new prepaid card as a good option even for customers who can get a regular bank account.

Dow 13,000: What It Means to You

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 13,005, the first time it had crossed the 13,000 line since its plummet as the nation sank into financial crisis. But what is the Dow, anyway? And what are these "points" it's measured in? Allow us to explain...

Should You Take That Retailer's Credit Card Deal?

Chances are you've been pitched a retail card more than once. Usually it goes something like this: "Will you be saving 10% using your [name of store] card today?" The hope is you'll find the prospect of a discount alluring enough to sign up. But should you?

5 Scams You Shouldn't Fall For This Holiday Season

Despite a rough economy, Americans expect to spend 17% more than last year on holiday gifts. But with money tight for so many, it's more important than ever to be wary of scammers. Here are some of the most common scams you might encounter:

Santa's Customer Service List: Who's Naughty, Who's Nice

When it comes to how they treat their customers, some companies follow Santa-like policies. Others are more like the Grinch. But which is which? Consumer Reports offers the skinny on how a number of high-profile businesses behave with its Naughty & Nice Holiday List. Here's a rundown:

The Best Rewards Cards You've Never Heard Of

Looking for a credit card that pays better rewards: You may be shopping in the wrong place. Rewards offered by traditional credit cards have been shrinking. Yet there is a certain class that offers consumers a better deal.

Getting Hired 101: Job Hunting Tips for College Grads

A new study reveals that 68% of recent college graduates either aren't working or are working at jobs not in their chosen field. But the shaky economy doesn't mean finding an entree into your career is impossible. Here's what you need to do to boost your odds of hearing "You're hired."

How to Score the Right Credit Card for You

Credit card banks know plenty about you -- but what do you really know about them? CreditKarma.com wants to give you the inside scoop on which cards cater to whom, so you'll be able to find the best fit for you -- and avoid having your credit report dinged by turn-downs.

Why Oscar de la Renta Is America's Priciest Store

Shoppers at New York's Oscar de la Renta spend more per visit than at any other retail site in the country -- more than $3,000, according to consumer finance website Bundle's "most expensive stores" list. But what pushed that Madison Avenue store above and beyond its high-fashion rivals?