This D.C. lawyer is suing his former girlfriend for the return of a $100,000 engagement ring

You can’t put a price on love, but you can put a price on a breakup: $100,000. Ryan Strasser, an associate with Troutman Sanders law firm in Washington, D.C., filed a lawsuit this week in the U.S. District Court in D.C. against his former fiancée, Sarah Jones Dickens, asking for the return of a 4.06-carat, […]

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Personal Finance Daily: How Weight Watchers’ skinnier name could fatten its customer base and what homeowners insurance actually covers

Hello MarketWatchers! Don’t miss these top stories. 10 ‘poor man’s habits’ that anyone looking to save a buck could probably use Pope Francis on Tuesday urged a group of young adults in Estonia not to be a “slave to consumerism.” You know, live within your means, forget the latest iPhone, brew your own cup of […]

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The Margin: 10 ‘poor man’s habits’ that anyone looking to save a buck could probably use

Pope Francis on Tuesday urged a group of young adults in Estonia not to be “slaves to consumerism.” You know, live within your means, forget the latest iPhone, brew your own cup of joe and leave that Louis Vuitton handbag for some other sucker. But it’s not just the pope preaching the art of frugality […]

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How Weight Watchers’ skinnier name could fatten its customer base

They’re losing part of their name, but they could gain a lot of customers as a result. Weight Watchers WTW, -3.40%   announced Monday that it’s slimming down its name to just “WW,” with the tagline “Wellness that works.” It’s the latest in a wave of changes the 55-year-old company has rolled out recently, including […]

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Instagram founders leave the company, but are Facebook’s privacy struggles to blame?

Instagram’s co-founders no longer want to work with Facebook, marking the latest rocky development for a company embattled with privacy concerns. Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned and plan to leave the company, which was acquired by Facebook FB, -0.22%   in 2012. (The Instagram co-founders said they are “planning on taking […]

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Elizabeth Warren proposes legislation for affordable housing crisis

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday introduced legislation to address the affordable housing gap. The bill, called the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, would direct about $500 billion, primarily to build and rehabilitate housing for low- and moderate-income Americans. It would also create incentives for local governments to eliminate land use restrictions that drive […]

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These 3 investment products will help you build a portfolio for life

This is the first of three articles in which I will show how just about any investor can achieve outstanding long-term returns using readily available low-cost products. In this column, I describe the three most important building blocks of a portfolio. In the second, I describe some of the limitations and challenges of one of […]

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Encore: These accounts should help people save for a rainy day — and protect their retirement savings

An unusual flurry of activity in Congress is aimed at helping Americans save for retirement. The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act (RESA), jointly sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), has received the most publicity. This legislation, among other things, would: 1) make it easier for small businesses to use multiple-employer plans […]

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Walt Disney World’s ticket prices will vary, depending on what date you visit

In a bid to smooth out crowd levels over the year, Walt Disney World has released plans to begin pricing tickets for its theme parks based on dates. Already, ticket prices vary depending on whether people book during “value,” “regular,” or “peak” seasons. Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that Disney parks executives […]

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