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Top Economists See Consumers Rebounding Faster

Forget the gloomy predictions: According to Richard Berner of Morgan Stanley, U.S. consumers are a year ahead of schedule in repairing their household balance sheets, giving them the ability to start spending again soon. And the head of the IMF was explicit Monday: A double dip is unlikely.

Take control of your 401(k)

For many Americans, how we spend our retirement will be determined by how well we planned. After all, Social Security is limping along, "healthy"...

Comics' money-saving tips are no joke

Mark Normand appears at the Creek and CaveTimes are tough, and who better to make light of our economic morass than those shtick-dishing, eternally starving artists -- stand-up comics?...

Reinventing Banks: U.S. Needs Deposit-Only Institutions

What bothers finance expert Peter Cohan about the way the consumer banking system is set up now is this: We put our money in banks because we want a safer place to keep it than under the mattress -- but that isn't what we really get. Here's his idea for a better alternative.

Coupons Come to the Rescue for Main Street

The average value of a coupon for consumer package goods in 2009 was $1.37, according to new report by NCH Marketing Services. And consumers redeemed 23% more coupons last year, for the first time in 17 years. That created $3.5 billion in savings for coupon-clippers.

Athleta sale stuff 20% off

Through Wednesday, Dec. 30, sale stuff is even more on sale at Athleta, the women's athletic gear store that is part of the GAP/Old Navy/Banana...