Alpha Consumer

November 2010


The New Rules for End-of-Year Tipping

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Few rituals are more awkward than end-of-year tipping. How much do you give your trainer at the gym? What about your regular postal worker or newspaper delivery service? Or parking lot attendants? The list of potential recipients is probably longer than your holiday shopping list, but the decision ...

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How to Stay Safe While Shopping Online

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The record number of online shoppers this year means fraudsters will be looking to take advantage of people prone to making novice errors. Common mistakes that leave people vulnerable include shopping on websites that aren’t secure, giving out too much personal information, and leaving computers ...

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Where to Invest Your Short-Term Savings

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Every time Michael, 25, gets deployed by the military (he’s currently serving in Afghanistan), he receives extra money for his service. That means he and his fiance, Jessica, 29, need to decide what to do with it. It sounds like a good problem to have, but it’s not always an easy decision.

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6 Easy Ways to Increase Retirement Savings

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Here’s a pop quiz: Do you know much money you need for retirement? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t. According to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, most of us just guess how much money we'll need once we stop working. Only 1 in 10 people does any sort of calculation at ...

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