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Many Midwestern and New England states are hoping to attract more residents by offering cash, student loan forgiveness and other incentives. But surprisingly, no one has studied whether these programs are effective.

By Dave Roos

As details of the huge tax incentives offered by many states to lure Amazon HQ2 became public, some residents of the rejects wondered if their states dodged a bullet.

By Dave Roos

Worried there might be a warrant out for your arrest? How can you find out for sure?

By Nathan Chandler

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Gas stations line the streets of America. But their prices vary as much as the cars we have to fill up. What's the deal?

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Congress passed the new farm bill with a provision that will legalize hemp farming on an industrial scale. Could this be America's next gold rush?

By John Donovan

An inversion of the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve has predicted the last seven U.S. recessions.

By Dave Roos

How can you tell if a charity is actually effective? Is it better to give one big donation or several small ones? We look at some of the most-often asked questions about charity-giving.

By Dave Roos

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Four million veterans living in the United States are disabled, and many of those men and women need help in one way or another. So what can you do to donate your services to those in need?

By Elizabeth Abbess

Would you like to round up your purchase for charity? Those small donations are big money for nonprofits and the businesses that do the soliciting.

By Dave Roos

Razors. Shampoo. Even dry cleaning. Women pay more for these things every day. Simply because, well, they're women.

By Cherise Threewitt

Apple's historic valuation had us wondering what $1 trillion is worth these days.

By Dave Roos

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Why would anyone pay more than $100,000 for a cat that only exists in pixels? And what can these virtual kitties teach us about blockchain technology?

By Dave Roos

Think "all you can eat" means you get more than you paid for? As one restaurant expert put it, "The house always wins."

By Dave Roos

Cryptocurrencies are likely here to stay. But who's really behind their creation and should we trust this new form of digital cash?

By Diana Brown

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news a lot lately. How much do you know about the legitimacy of these 'invisible' currencies?

By Diana Brown

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Most bank notes and coins made in the U.S. feature famous people from American history. But we often use these bills without registering whose faces are actually on the notes. Can you guess without opening your wallet?

By Nathan Chandler

Diamonds weren't even very popular before the 1930s. And it wasn't until a savvy copywriter created an ad slogan that the stones became synonymous with love.

By Diana Brown

Some U.S. restaurants' experiments with dropping tipping in favor of higher menu prices did not catch on with consumers. Is there a profit point when it would make sense to drop tipping?

By Dave Roos

President Donald Trump wants countries exporting steel and aluminum to the U.S. to pay steep tariffs. Could these tariffs spark a global trade war?

By John Donovan

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The tiny house movement is providing homes for people who need shelter.

By Carrie Tatro

The U.S.'s long-standing cash bail system produces two very different outcomes depending on how much money the defendant can scrape together.

By Dave Roos

Even items with the word 'penny' in their name, like penny candy, cost more than a cent. What does a penny buy in America these days?

By Dave Roos

Whether your account has been hacked or you've lost your private key code, do you have any recourse for recovering your lost bitcoin?

By Dave Roos

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Forget about being anonymous when you shop. In the new Amazon Go store, every single thing you buy is linked directly to you.

By Jonathan Strickland

Bitcoin had a banner 2017, trading at up to around $20,000 per unit. So, hopes were high for its debut on the futures market in December. How is this cryptocurrency faring in the real world of financial regulation?

By Dave Roos