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Wind turbines dot the landscape in Mojave, Calif. The recent extension of federal tax credits is expected to give the wind and solar energy industries a big boost. Irfan Khan/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Tax Breaks, Falling Costs Are Boosting Wind And Solar

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As Expected, Federal Reserve Raises Short-Term Interest Rates

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De Desharnais, a homebuilder and real estate agent in Nashua, N.H., stands in front of a house her company is constructing. She says her company had 32 employees at the height of the housing boom, and now only has six despite the industry's gradual recovery. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Will A Fed Interest Rate Hike Slow The Housing Recovery?

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Lobbyists Eye Spending Bill As A Way To Thwart Retirement Regs, Advocates Warn

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan on Tuesday announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Max, as well as their pledge to donate most of their wealth. The couple is shown here at the White House in September. Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An LLC? It Gives Facebook Founder More Freedom To Meet Philanthropic Goals

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It actually costs more than a penny to make a penny. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

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Do you know if you paid any fees when rolling over a 401(k)? Gary Waters/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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When Fees Attack: Rolling Over A 401(k) Can Trigger Big-Time Charges

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Alex Browning works at a farm in Hamilton, Mass. The 26-year-old says that unlike some of her friends who work at places with retirement plans, she knows she has to figure out how to save for herself. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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How Do You Start Saving? Your Tax Refund May Be The Answer

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To pay for college, experts say it's impossible for most parents to save all the money they'll need. They say it's reasonable to tap a mix of resources: a 529 plan, some home equity and some student loans. ImageZoo/Corbis hide caption

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Confused Over How To Save For College? Here Are Answers

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Many Americans with 401(k) plans don't know if they're paying any fees. Pay too much, and it could take a chunk out of your nest egg. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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When High Fees Stink Up Your 401(k), What Can You Do?

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Automatically enrolling workers into a savings plan and then deducting their pre-tax contribution from their paycheck means workers don't see or feel any loss. It sort of tricks our brains into doing the right thing. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Why Is It So Hard To Save? U.K. Shows It Doesn't Have To Be

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Jack Bogle wants Americans to make more money in the stock market and give less away to financial firms. Courtesy of Vanguard hide caption

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The George Washington Of Investing Wants You For The Revolution

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High fees are eroding the retirement savings of millions of Americans, but employers who shop around can often find much better options for their employees' 401(k) plans. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Is Wall Street Eating Your 401(k) Nest Egg?

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, center, participates in a panel discussion in March. His agency is considering banning financial companies from routinely requiring consumers to sign away the right to sue. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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