Liana Harlan

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5 reasons why stocks are tanking -- again

The roller coaster ride on Wall Street kicked into a new gear Thursday, with the Dow suffering a downward spiral of more than 300 points at one point — putting it on track for its third day of 200-plus point moves. the longest streak since August 2011.<p>The Dow's big downdraft comes on the heels of …

Dow down for the year as sell-off caps wild week

Stocks ended a bloody, turbulent week with a broad-based slump Friday, sending the tech-heavy Nasdaq to its worst weekly losses in 30 months and eviscerating what remained of the Dow Jones industrial average's 2014 gains.<p>The Dow, down 335 points Thursday in its worst single session performance of …

Seniors in almost every state are struggling to afford retirement

Seniors in almost every state in the country don't have enough income to get by comfortably.<p>Households ages 65 and olderin the U.S. are living on an average of only $37,847 a year. That's around 60% of the annual earnings of today's 45- to 64-year olds and falls well short of the 70% in …

German stocks hit 1-year low on recession fears

Shares in top German companies plunged Friday to their lowest levels in a year as Europe's biggest economy teeters on the brink of another recession.<p>Germany's DAX index fell by more than 2% to about 8,800. The summer's record high above 10,000 is now a distant memory.<p>The index has fallen 4% over …

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

TGIF! The weekend can't come soon enough for some after a bruising few days.<p>Here are four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:<p><b>1. More pain to come?</b> European markets were trading weaker as investors remain rattled by a string of poor economic numbers from Germany, and …

10 things your health insurance won’t tell you

<b>1. We have no idea what to charge you for coverage</b><p>The Affordable Care Act overhauled the country’s health insurance system, and insurers are still …

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Oil prices are plunging. Don't cheer yet

Crude oil tumbled below $84 a barrel on Friday for the first time since the 2012 Olympics in London.<p>If you have a car or truck, you're probably cheering the possibility of $3-a-gallon gas prices. But here's why you should also cringe.<p>Cheap oil prices are largely a reflection of some pretty scary …