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Costume Shops Have To Guess What You’ll Rush In To Buy On October 30th

It’s October 23rd: do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween? How about your kids? If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. Most people don’t really plan ahead for this holiday, but do you know who does? Costume shop owners. They have to not only plan for Halloween, but try to figure out what people will be rushing to stores to buy at the last minute. [More]

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10 Brands That Might Disappear In 2014

Our friends over at 24/7 Wall Street make an annual habit of predicting which everyday brands will go out of business or otherwise disappear in the following calendar year. Their predictions are out for 2014, which feels far enough away in retail terms that we need time machines and binoculars to see it from here. [More]

10 Brands That Just Might Disappear In 2012

10 Brands That Just Might Disappear In 2012

The site 24/7 Wall Street makes an annual tradition of predicting which brands will disappear in the coming year. Next year, they predict the demise of such diverse brands as Saab, American Apparel, Sears, Kellogg’s Corn Pops, and Soap Opera Digest. [More]

Economists: Second Half Of 2011 Will Be Stronger Than First

Economists: Second Half Of 2011 Will Be Stronger Than First

If the Japanese disaster and out-of-control oil prices slowed economic recovery in the first half of 2011, a second half of the year free of such setbacks could mean better days for the economy. This is according to analysts who say economic growth is set to ramp up. [More]

Formerly Beloved Technical Analyst For Wall Street Warns Massive Market Crash Coming

Formerly Beloved Technical Analyst For Wall Street Warns Massive Market Crash Coming

Pick any Roland Emmerich disaster movie and randomly select a scene–that’s more or less what Robert Prechter, a market forecaster who was widely lauded as a technical analyst in the 1980s, says is coming to the Dow, writes the New York Times. [More]

Report: Reader's Digest And Radio Shack Will Disappear Next Year

Report: Reader's Digest And Radio Shack Will Disappear Next Year

The psychics at 24/7 Wall Street are back with their latest list of brands that won’t be long for this Earth, and the new selection includes deadpool darlings like Blockbuster and Zale, as well as some less obvious choices, including Kia and Moody’s. How’s their record? Last time around, the list included Palm and Newsweek. One of those has already been purchased by a buyer who may not keep the name alive. The other? 24/7 says that “Newsweek has little chance of staying open.” [More]

If You're Losing Money In Stocks You're Dumber Than A Fifth Grader

If You're Losing Money In Stocks You're Dumber Than A Fifth Grader

To win a state contest, four Wisconsin fifth graders took a hypothetical $100,000 and more than doubled it in 10 weeks, according to an AP story. The kids focused on financial stocks, which they correctly figured had bottomed out. Out of the 15 stocks they fantasy-invested in, 13 were profitable, the biggest winners being Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan. The kids won a trip to the New York Stock Exchange, where they were surely viewed with utter exasperation.

http://consumerist.com/2009/05/05/fed-chairman-ben-bernanke-says/

“We are hopeful that the very sharp decline we saw beginning last fall through early this year will moderate considerably in the near term and we will see positive growth by the end of the year,” Bernanke told the Joint Economic Committee.

Read Pachter's Lips: No New Consoles Till 2013

Read Pachter's Lips: No New Consoles Till 2013

Bad news for gamers who are dreaming of an Xbox 361, PlayStation 4 or Wiii. You won’t be playing hovercraft Mario Kart or holographic Halo until well into President Palin’s first term.

Consumer Electronics Glut Forbodes Post-Christmas Price Slashing

Consumer Electronics Glut Forbodes Post-Christmas Price Slashing

Season’s Greetings from Obvious Land: There’s a glut of electronics on the shelves as shoppers only buy essentials. I predict crazy post-Christmas deals as vendors desperately shovel excess inventory out the door. [BusinessWeek] (Photo: Getty)

Consumer Alert: Fortune Tellers Cannot Curse You, Do Not Give Them Your Money

Consumer Alert: Fortune Tellers Cannot Curse You, Do Not Give Them Your Money

Two fortune-tellers in Chicago are in being held in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail each for defrauding customers by convincing them they were cursed, then selling them expensive curse-removal/protection services. Remember, folks, fortune tellers cannot curse you, see your future, turn you into a werewolf, or make you lose horrific amounts of weight. They can, however, take your money.

http://consumerist.com/2007/11/19/auto-industry-investors-are/

Auto industry investors are warning that automotive sales could hit a 15-year low in 2008, but that auto makers will probably cut production before they offer steep discounts. [Reuters]