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It’s really never too early to involve your children in money matters. You can start simply by explaining the purchases you make when you are out with your children. For example, have them pay attention when you are at the grocery checkout or when you pay for a meal at a restaurant. You can also …

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Investors daring enough to buy last week’s dip could have reaped big rewards from a cluster of large cap stocks. As of Tuesday’s close, 32 stocks in the S&P 500 have surged more than 10 percent since the market’s low on Oct. 15. The best S&P performer since the low is Chesapeake Energy. Shares have …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast during a signing ceremony on May 21, 2014, in Shanghai.

As Russia and China continue to forge trade pacts, including the huge $456 billion gas deal with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom signed in May, many Westerners are wondering whether this cozy relationship between the two nations is anything to be concerned about. “Right now China’s biggest goal is to deflate American dominance, and what …

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General Motors is in the process of notifying owners of some vehicles that passengers should not ride in the front passenger seat until the air bag inflator device has been replaced. The models affected are the Pontiac Vibe and the Saab 9-2X. GM is unsure exactly how many vehicles will be impacted by the warning, …

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Warren Buffett is happy to admit his mistakes when he makes them—just don’t remind him how much money he lost in the process. IBM and Coke represent two of Berkshire Hathaway’s three biggest investments, but their operational missteps have already cost him $2.52 billion this week (factoring in Wednesday’s early declines). On Monday, Buffett lost …

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Boeing reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations on Wednesday, and the aerospace giant raised its full-year guidance. After the earnings announcement, the company’s shares rose in premarket trading. (Get the latest quote here.) The company posted third-quarter earnings of $2.14 a share, up from $1.80 a share in the year-earlier period. Revenue …

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Here’s where a $40 billion trade deficit comes in handy. Because the U.S. has such a sharp imbalance between what it imports and exports, expected global weakness ahead likely won’t have a severe effect on domestic economic growth, according to a report this week from Goldman Sachs economists. In fact, Goldman held firm to its …

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More proof that low mortgage rates are not the key to home ownership: Rates dropped to their lowest level in nearly 18 months last week, causing an 11.6 percent rise in applications, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday. The gains, however, were driven entirely by refinances, just as they have been for several weeks. Refinance …

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ANNOUNCER: This is NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT with Tyler Mathisen and Susie Gharib, brought to you in part by — (COMMERCIAL AD) SUSIE GHARIB, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: Snap back. The S&P 500 logs its best day of the year. The Dow is back in black for 2014. What’s driving this rally? And are the steep …

Nightly Business Report — October 21, 2014

Tonight on Nightly Business Report, stocks rally back, but are the steep drops we saw last week a thing of the past? And, why Coke and McDonald’s, some of America’s most iconic companies, seem to be stumbling and what their CEOs are doing to turn things around.

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Today’s stock stories: LMT, KMB, OCN, AMGN, UPS, FDX, AMZN & TSLA.

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Disruption in health care seems to have been a long time coming. From month-long wait times to preventable diseases; from inefficient IT systems to complicated medicines, the sector is now innovating, fast. That’s according to both clinicians and start-up founders at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, who argue that so-called healthtech is about to shake up …

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Traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts, or IRAs, are each an essential retirement savings vehicle. They also share two key similarities: Both are smart ways to grow your money in a tax-efficient way for retirement, and they each enable you to invest as much as $6,500 per year. However, the similarities end there. As you …

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Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer

Yahoo is set to report earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, and CEO Marissa Mayer will be in the hot seat yet again. With the company’s core business still struggling, its stake in Alibaba dwindling and investor pressure mounting, there will be plenty for Mayer to talk about during the conference call. Investors, though, will …

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After the October dip, stocks may be getting ready to rip. The S&P 500 is staging a bit of a recovery after last week’s plunge. Instead of that swift decline being a reason for concern, a historical analysis of similar situations suggests that the next few months could be sweet indeed for the market. In …