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Medicare's outlook improves as health spending slows

The long-term prognosis for Medicare has improved thanks to slower health spending, while the outlook for Social Security remains unchanged.

That's according to the annual report from the trustees of both entitlement programs released on Monday.

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Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their student loans.

Social Finance, a company that uses crowdfunding to refinance student debt, just packaged a bunch of those loans…

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Investors yawn on another Merger Monday

It was another merger Monday on Wall Street. But that didn't excite investors too much.

The Dow rose a bit in afternoon trading while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were flat. Investors are probably focused more on the deluge of economic reports coming…

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Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO

Virgin America, the U.S. airline formed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group seven years ago, has filed for an IPO.

While the West Coast-based airline got its name from Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline, it is not mostly owned by Branson,…

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Family Dollar

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Dollar stores joining forces

If everything in its stores costs a buck, it will take 8.5 billion items sold for Dollar Tree stores to buy rival Family Dollar.

Dollar Tree is buying its larger rival for 23% more than Family Dollar's closing price last week, for a total value of $8…

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Zillow, Trulia

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Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

The two biggest names in online house hunting -- Zillow and Trulia - are joining forces in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion.

Trulia shares jumped 12% on the news that it's selling to Zillow.

Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites,…

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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Markets appear ready to start the week with a whimper, continuing last week's uninspired performance.

Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

U.S. stock futures were practically flat as investors showed…

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Federal Reserve

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There's no place like the economy

Forget lions, tigers, and bears. For market watchers this week it's all about the Fed, GDP and jobs, oh my!

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Math nerds are taking over Wall Street

When you think about the typical Wall Street trader, you probably picture a fast-talking Wolf of Wall Street type.

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Big Mac shortage in China as scandal-ridden supplier...

There are no Big Macs. There are no Chicken McNuggets. The menu at McDonald's restaurants in China was much slimmer on Monday after a troubled supplier issued a major recall.

At one Beijing location, no burgers or chicken items of any kind were…

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