How will the stock market be affected by the 2016 presidential election? While it’s true that there’s a correlation between elections and stock market returns, it’s not the one most investors expect. Anne Kates Smith covers the story for Kiplinger. After slowing growth in the last quarter of 2015, the economy shows signs of strengthening. Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research in New York, responds to concerns about an impending recession. Many consumers would be surprised to know that the prices they’re charged for Web purchases differ from those their friends and neighbors pay. It’s caused by sellers using online tracking, but now there’s a way to avoid leaving a trail. Anita Balakrishnan reports on the new eBlocker device for CNBC.

How The Presidential Election Will Affect The Stock Market–  Every four years, politics and finance converge as Americans elect a president and investors try to figure out what the outcome means for their portfolios. A look back at history shows that presidential election cycles indeed correlate with stock market returns—although not in the same, clockwork way that, say, the moon pulls on tides.  Read more…

Data Suggest US Economy Is Strengthening- US factory activity picked up last month, while construction spending in January reached the highest level in eight years. The Institute for Supply Management’s index of national factory activity rose to 49.5 in February, the strongest reading since September. Read more…

Protect Your Privacy Online—And See Better Prices Doing It–  The prices you see while shopping on the Web are aren’t always the same as the deals displayed to your spouse, neighbors or co-workers.  It’s all part of an elaborate and largely opaque phenomenon of online tracking: dynamic pricing.  But now, at least one technology company is helping customers see the unadulterated costs of their online purchases. Read more…

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