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Best Online Brokers Survey Measures Customers' Experience

For the past six years, Investor's Business Daily and TechnoMetrica have conducted an annual study of investors' experiences with their primary online brokers. For this brokerage comparison, the study measures investors' sentiment regarding the performance of their brokers on key features and attributes. Based on the individual ratings assigned to these characteristics, an overall index is computed for each online broker. The Best Online Brokers rankings are determined by these indexes.

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U.S. Auto Sales Moderate as Replacement Demand Peaks

Consumer demand for new vehicles slowed down in January, largely due to seasonal factors, such as severe winter weather, and the satiation of pent-up demand, which have driven auto sales since the end of the recession. The Auto Demand Index declined by 13 points, or 11.5%, this month to a reading of 100, marking the first drop in the measure since September 2017. As a result, we anticipate that new vehicle sales, after a strong finish to a more restrained 2017, may have moderated somewhat at the start of the new year.

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The Retial Revolution

THE MUCH-TOUTED DECLINE OF AMERICAN MALLS may actually represent an inevitable "rightsizing" of retail’s overbuilt landscape.

The United States dedicates more space to retail than any other country in the world -- five times more shopping space per capita than the United Kingdom, and 40 percent more than Canada.

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