It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?
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From Coffee Futures To Bulk Buying: A Year Of Adventurous Investing
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After Week Of Tumult, Clippers' Focus Must Turn Back To Basketball
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Florida's Will Yeguete shoots over Missouri's Keanau Post in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference men's tournament on Friday in Atlanta. Investor Warren Buffett is betting $1 billion that no one can pick all 63 winners of the NCAA college basketball tournament that begins next week. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket
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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner concludes its first flight in September. Overall, plane-related fatalities have decreased dramatically this year. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images hide caption

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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013
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A man pushes his cart loaded with fuel containers in Tehran, Iran. Sanctions on Iran's oil have put a serious dent in the country's economy, pushing up the inflation rate to 40 percent. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal
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Gary Robins sits in the chair of his Supercuts salon in Media, Pa., one of 41 he owns throughout Philadelphia and Delaware. Will Figg for NPR hide caption

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The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain
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Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?
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Emotions, Fees Play Major Roles For Individual Investors
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Want to invest in coffee futures? One roaster says when it comes to the price of coffee, it "is like a roller coaster." Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe
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The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial
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NPR's Uri Berliner discovers that among his REIT holdings is one that owns the Washington, D.C., site where, until recently, NPR had its headquarters. The building is being torn down and a new building with law offices will go up in its place. Marie McGrory/NPR hide caption

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How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord
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Hey mutual fund investors: Think you can beat the market? Charley Ellis, who's worked in investment management for 50 years, doubts it. That's because the fees actively managed funds charge can get expensive. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing
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A recent trip to Costco cost NPR's Uri Berliner $303.53. The haul included razor blades, cans of soup and tuna fish, laundry detergent, heartburn relief medicine and dog treats. As an investment, it will pay off if he uses what he bought — and if the price tag for the same items is higher if he returns in a year. Mary-Elizabeth Berliner hide caption

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How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy
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Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work
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