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December 6, 2018

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CLIMATE-SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING — European and U.S. tech companies are pitching futuristic sails to help cargo ships harness the free and endless supply of wind power. While they sometimes don’t even look like sails — some are shaped like spinning columns — they represent a cheap and reliable way to reduce CO2 emissions for an industry that depends on a particularly dirty form of fossil fuels. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: Thursday, 1,000 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-ITEMIZE TAX DEDUCTIONS — The standard deduction nearly doubled for 2018, leaving many taxpayers wondering whether it’s financially worth it to itemize on their tax returns anymore. Tax pros share four ways to tell whether it might be time to put away the receipts this tax season and take the standard deduction instead. NerdWallet Columnist By Tina Orem. SENT: Thursday, 710 words, photos.

TRUMP-GLOBAL ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN — The global economy was already girding for a slowdown when a flurry of tweets by President Donald Trump about his love of tariffs sent a chill through financial markets. Trump’s rattling of the global economy came at a precarious moment, with the economic outlook for 2019 dimming and concerns about a potential recession — if not next year then soon thereafter — rising. By Josh Boak. SENT: Wednesday, 1,100 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-SAVING FOR RETIREMENT — Traditionally, owners of small businesses thought it was more important to reinvest profits into the company rather than save for retirement. But attitudes about saving may be evolving after the financial devastation of the Great Recession, when tens of thousands of businesses failed. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 960 words, photos.

SMALLBIZ-SAVING FOR RETIREMENT-TIPS — Small business owners may want to save for retirement but are anxious about diverting money away from their companies. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ON THE MONEY-CAR BUYERS CHECKLIST — Emotions run high when you’re buying a new or used car. So it’s easy to overlook details that could cost you in the long run. This car buyer’s checklist — created by a professional car shopper — is a valuable tool to get the right vehicle at a good price. By NerdWallet columnist Philip Reed. SENT: Wednesday, 830 words, photos.

FINANCIAL MARKETS-YIELD CURVE. One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter. The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signaled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year. SENT: Tuesday, 580 words.

CHINA-LUXURY SHOPPING CHILL — The designer boutiques of Manhattan and Paris are feeling the chill of a Chinese economic slowdown that has hammered automakers and other industries. That is jolting brands such as Louis Vuitton and Burberry that increasingly rely on Chinese customers who spend $90 billion a year on jewelry, clothes and other high-end goods. By Joe McDonald. SENT: Tuesday, 930 words, photos.

SPANISH BOOKS-MOM STARTUPS — Small companies are stepping in to fill pent-up demand for Spanish-language books in the U.S., which the traditional publishing industry has addressed in fits and starts. Among them are an entertainment company, an independent publisher and Los Angeles bookstore launched by three different pairs of Hispanic mothers who were disappointed by the selection of books to read to their children in Spanish. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: Tuesday, 1,050 words, photos.

SPE--WEDDINGS-ZERO-WASTE — As environmental awareness grows, many couples are saying “I do” to Zero-Waste weddings, stressing sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food. The key to success, experts say, is letting wedding planners, vendors and venues know from the start that you’re serious about going Zero Waste, and then being flexible. By Katherine Roth. SENT: Tuesday, 870 words, photos.

With: SPE--WEDDINGS-REGISTRIES — Wedding registries have expanded beyond the checkout carts at stores. Many couples are forgoing formal dinnerware and household goods and asking instead for help paying for experiences and other significant purchases. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. SENT: Tuesday, 880 words, photos.

NERDWALLET-MILLENNIAL MONEY-ALTERNATIVE CREDIT CARD — Millennials with no credit might qualify for an alternative credit card issued by a startup company. By Melissa Lambarena. SENT: Tuesday, 830 words, photo.

NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-CREDIT-SCORE-MILLENNIALS — Millennials’ aversion to credit cards can make it hard for them to build good credit scores. A recently announced scoring system, the UltraFICO, may someday help them and other consumers get loans and credit based on how they use their bank accounts. By Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 850 words, photos.

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