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Pedestrians are reflected in the glass of a window showing share prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Dec. 17. At least five business stories had major impacts in 2015. They involved everything from crashing oil prices to merging beer companies. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sticking with a single color scheme — like glittery gold — is one simple way to keep your guests from noticing that champagne came from the discount aisle. iStockphoto hide caption

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Procrastinate! And Other Tips For Doing New Year's Eve On The Cheap

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Gas prices are displayed at a service station in Leonia, N.J., Nov. 24. Gas is under $2 a gallon across much of the country and the price is expected to remain low next year. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue In 2016

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Pump jacks at the Belridge oil field in California's Kern County. Oil prices are expected to remain low in 2016 and economic growth is projected to pick up slightly, forecasters say. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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While the days of sharing mixed tapes and audio cassettes may be long gone, exchanging playlists doesn't have to be. Darren Johnson/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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The Diminishing Middle — And Why That Widens The Gap Between Us

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Why Is The Fed Chair So Difficult To Understand? Here's A Translation

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Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference after the central bank announced its first rate increase in more than 9 years. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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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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