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@theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street
Black Friday sales are in full swing. Normally, today is all about the retail trade. Consumers spend the day waiting in line, picking up heavily discounted "door buster" deals, and generally starting their holiday gift shopping. This year, it appears traders are also holding their own Black Friday sales.   The day after
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The Independent Investor: The Origin of Black Friday
As you finish your turkey and prepare to get an early start on Black Friday shopping, you might wonder how shopping became such an integral part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The term has followed a circuitous route through our financial history.   Although the term "Black Friday" is a new phenomenon, its origins date
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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
Plymouth's state of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival. Image via Massasoit Community College. Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 22. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living
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Frigid, Blustery Weather on Tap for Thanksgiving 2018
People spending time outdoors during Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday may face some of the coldest conditions on record in the Northeast for late November: https://t.co/H4jbKuRbZd pic.twitter.com/yMeaioqjgV — AccuWeather (@breakingweather) November 20, 2018 Mother Nature is preparing a one-two punch for the Thanksgiving
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How Should You Respond to Wild Swings in Financial Markets?
What's going on with the financial markets? Specifically, what's behind the price swings of the past several weeks? And, more important, how should you, as an individual investor, respond? To begin with, the recent volatility was not really all that extraordinary. The daily drops pushed U.S. stocks down about 10 percent from their
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WMass Technical Rescue Team Honored for Meritorious Conduct
In a particularly moving moment, Montgomery Fire Chief Stephen Frye, who died responding to a fire on Dec. 6, 2017, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Chief Frye’s widow Laurie, their children Caitlyn and Matt, and current Chief Galipeau accepted on his behalf. #LODD pic.twitter.com/z5YJq4ETkI — Charlie Baker
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Berkshires Beat: CATA's North Adams Exhibit Features A.R.T. Technique
Works of A.R.T. Community Access to the Arts presents an exhibit of artwork by visual artists with disabilities at the MCLA Window Gallery at 49 Main St. through Dec. 2 that features a series of large-scale paintings created by artists from BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources) using the innovative Artistic Realization
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Storm Could Dump a Few Inches of Snow on Berkshires
So apparently we are just in full-blown winter now. After Friday's measurable-but-not-menacing snow, and Monday's nuisance inch or so, comes a winter weather advisory for 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. Snow will start by midnight. Accuweather and the National Weather Service are predicting total snow accumulations of
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Get Covered, Stay Covered: It's Open Enrollment Time
Community Health Programs is offering in-person assistance during the Massachusetts Health Connector's open enrollment period, which began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 23, 2019. "Health insurance renewal is not automatic for people covered through the MAHealthConnector, and you still need to review if your current medical plan is
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@theMarket: Markets Need to Hold Here
This week saw a re-test of the October lows. That is to be expected in most stock market corrections. What is important to the future well-being of equities globally is that the averages do not decline much further from here.   That does not mean that if the S&P 500 Index, for example, falls by another percent or so the ball
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