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The Christmas Shopping Battle: Early Winners and Losers

The battle for your holiday spending dollars is well under way, and it's not too soon to start handicapping 2012's likely winners. Some may be obvious (like Amazon), but others may surprise you. Here's how the holiday shopping season is shaking out across the retail landscape.

A Better Source for College Loans May Be Just Around the Corner

It can be tough to find the money to pay for college, and the federal government's flexible, low-interest student loans often aren't enough. In the past, that has only left the option of private loans, with painfully higher rates. But now, hundreds of community groups are getting into the action.

Gold Tops the List of the Fourth Quarter's Likely Winners

Most commodities rallied in the third quarter, but can they hold on to their advance? Read on, and find out which ones still have legs to dance their way higher, and which are poised to take a tumble. The short answer to that from analysts is that gold and oil are likely to advance, while grains and sugar are among those that probably won't, but there will be a lot of different factors to consider.

For Many Hopeful Retirees, 70 May Not Be the New 65 After All

It%u2019s become common (and comforting) wisdom: Those who haven%u2019t saved enough for their golden years can meet their retirement income needs by working until they're 70, instead of the traditional 65. But that's not true for at least a third of U.S. workers, reveals a new study.