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How A Too-Strong Dollar Might Lead To A Too-Weak World

There are upsides to having global investors stash their savings in the United States. But their embrace of the dollar can start to feel like a death grip if it goes too far and chokes off exports.
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Euro's Drop Raises Questions About Its Long-Term Prospects

The Euro fell to a nine-year low against the dollar on Monday as investors worried about Europe's economic doldrums. Linda Wertheimer talks to Callum Williams of The Economist.
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Trend Of Falling Gas Prices Expected To Continue

On New Year's Day, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.23. That's the average though, and many stations are selling gas at under $2 a gallon.
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Adequate Housing Hard To Find In Boom Towns For Oil, Gas

When you think of oil and gas towns, most people visualize transient workers and RV parks. But plenty of oilfield workers move to towns with their families. The challenge is finding a place to stay.
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U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

The nation's biggest banks are leaning toward a new credit card security system that will rely on embedded chips and signatures rather than PINs. But critics say the PIN-and-chip system is superior.
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Crude Oil Dips Under $50 A Barrel, A Price Last Seen In 2009

In the U.S., the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline has fallen some $1.20 since June, according to AAA. The drop is linked to both OPEC's boosted production and a stronger dollar.
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Why The Euro Fell To A 9-Year Low Against The Dollar

A combination of political instability in Greece, possible quantitative easing in the eurozone and a stronger dollar are all pushing the common European currency lower.
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Housing In 2015: Four Reasons For Optimism (And One For Worry)

Increased hiring and high rents could make this a banner year for homebuying. But a looming decision by the Federal Reserve could scare off potential buyers and disrupt the housing recovery.
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How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.
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More States Raise Minimum Wage, But Debate Continues

The minimum wage goes up in more than 20 states as the new year begins. President Obama wants the federal minimum to go up even more, but some affected industries say it will put a chill on hiring.

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