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Victoria's Secret Busted for Undies With an Ugly Past

The Victoria's Secret chain has a secret, all right, and it's a dirty one. Its undies that are purported to be made with "fair trade" organic cotton actually utilize some unseemly labor practices in the early stages of the supply chain.

Six Things That Have Changed for Investors

Friday's employment report has created an even hazier backdrop for stocks. Recent data showed an economy starting to cool, but with 244,000 jobs created in April, this expansion may have legs after all. But the economy's areas of support aren't what you'd have expected a few months ago.

Food, Clothing Prices Should Fall As Commodities Tumble

Over the past year, the prices of many commodities have risen at record paces to record highs. But recently, those prices have begun to plunge, and consumers should begin to see the effects of those declines fairly soon, in the form of less-expensive groceries and clothing.

How to Stitch Cotton Into Your Portfolio?

Among the questions investors now face: How much rally is left in cotton since skyrocketing 171% already in a year? Among the variables to consider are weather, demand and how much more land gets devoted to cotton. Analysts point to better and worse ways to play this commodity.

Inflation Warning: Should the Fed Raise Interest Rates?

It's no surprise that consumer prices are rising -- the prices of commodities from cotton to copper are near record levels, thanks to shrinking supplies and rising demand worldwide. The question is whether the Fed will raise rates to combat this price inflation -- and whether it should.

A Rising Dollar and Cooling China Will Pop the Commodities Bubble

The dollar is looking mighty attractive, thanks to a reviving U.S. economy and eurozone woes, and it will only get stronger as traders who gambled that it would fall buy dollars to unwind their bad bets. Add in China's desperate need to get its overheated economy in check, and commodities prices look like they have nowhere to go but down.

Dry Weather to Limit U.S. Cotton Production

Dry conditions may limit cotton production in the United States, the world%u2019s largest exporter of the crop, next season. Farmers will abandon more fields as dry weather compounds already below-normal moisture in growing areas from Texas to Alabama, John Flanagan, the president of Flanagan Trading Corp, told Bloomberg News.

Retailers Cut Corners to Avoid Apparel Price Hikes

Expect your T-shirts to get a little bit thinner next year -- and maybe even a little more expensive. Apparel retailers are looking high and low for ways to keep from passing on too much of their own rising costs to consumers. The trick: Doing it without compromising on quality.

Daily Blogwatch: Is Google a Monopoly?

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including posts evaluating how consumers spend their money, whether Google could be considered a monopoly and the debate about the Fed's policy on quantitative easing.

As the Dollar Sinks, Prices of Essentials Soar

Intended or not, the Fed's quantitative easing policies are destroying the dollar's value. And that in turn is pushing prices of commodities that Americans need -- such as instance food, cotton and oil -- ever higher. And that hurts companies as well as consumers.

Squeezing Seniors: Social Security Stays Flat as Prices Rise

Besides the unemployed, nobody is getting hurt worse in this economy than seniors. Prices on many commodities are skyrocketing, but the Consumer Price Index, which is the yardstick used to adjust Social Security for inflation, is virtually unchanged.

Cotton Prices Jump to Record High

Cotton prices jumped to a record high on Friday on strong Chinese demand and the prospect of reduced supply. In New York, ICE December cotton futures touched 119.80 cents a pound, the highest price since 1995, The Financial Times reported.

Famed Investor Jim Rogers Says Food Shortages Coming

A severe food shortage is on its way, according to famed investor Jim Rogers. Food inventories are the lowest in decades and "[m]any farmers cannot get loans to buy fertilizer now, even though we have big shortages developing," he said.