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Features by Sally Herships

Does the gun you want cost too much? There's a loan for that

Not everyone has the cash upfront to buy a new gun. We look at the world of financing a firearm purchase.
Posted In: gun sales, loans, guns

Why Apple -- cash-rich and debt-free -- is going to borrow money

An explanation to the puzzle of why Apple is borrowing funds, while also rewarding shareholders with higher dividends.
Posted In: apple

Meet Snus and e-cigarettes, the tobacco industry's new growth areas

While cigarette usage has dropped, profits for the tobacco industry are expected to be up.
Posted In: tobacco, smoking, e-cigarettes, cigarettes

We're watching you: Surveillance cameras are a hot ticket item, after Boston

After Boston, surveillance cameras are hot sellers, and it's not just businesses that are buying.
Posted In: security, surveillance, cameras, boston, boston marathon

The economics of PG-13 rated movies

The MPAA responds to calls for better policing of violence in movies, by increasing the TYPE SIZE on existing explanations. Why? To protect its business at the PG-13 level.
Posted In: MPAA, movie ratings, Entertainment, film

What's hot in housing trends these days?

Housing starts in March rose at the highest rate in five years. Which begs the question: What kind of house do people want these days?
Posted In: Housing

Ready, fire, aim: Why Silicon Valley shoots from the hip

After embarrassing misstatements during the launch of a Mark Zuckerberg nonprofit, hear why blunders like this can happen in Silicon Valley, the capital of social media.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, Mark Zuckerberg, Immigration

Does President Obama's budget help or hurt soon-to-double student loan interest rates?

In July, interest rates on some federal student loans are set to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent -- and students are scrambling to stop the change.
Posted In: federal student loans, interest rates, federal budget, higher education

Will company profits reflect stock market records?

First quarter earnings come out as the stock markets hit all-time highs. But investors could be more interested in what happens the rest of the year.
Posted In: Earnings, investments

Samsung takes the floor at Best Buy

Smartphone maker Samsung announces it's opening a branded store of its own -- inside the big box retailer.
Posted In: big box stores, Best Buy, samsung

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