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Information Articles for the Paris TN and Henry County Tennessee area

Frazier Allen: Why Holiday Shopping Begins in Summer

April 30, 2017

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Big-box retailers increasingly push consumers to forget the date on the calendar and purchase back-to-school items, pumpkins and Christmas trees in the same shopping trip. Known as “Christmas Creep,” this early arrival of the holidays is a tactic retailers commonly employ in their race against time toward a profitable holiday season.

As much as 30 percent of a store’s annual sales can come during the holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the largest retail industry trade association. Stocking holiday merchandise sooner gives retailers a jump on the competition and extends the amount of time consumers have to buy, for good reason.

Discover the reasons retailers start the holidays sooner and how those decisions impact store operations.

Discover the reasons retailers start the holidays sooner and how those decisions impact store operations.

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TDCI Offers Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Holiday Shoppers

November 10, 2016

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season brings out the shoppers, it also brings out the scammers.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans of basic precautions that can help ward off identity thieves.

Holiday Shopping Tips [Read more]

Tennessee’s Consumer Affairs Division Offers Tips on Mobile Shopping

December 12, 2015

Increase in Mobile Wallet Use Calls for Diligent Password Protection

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Consumer Affairs Division is reminding shoppers to make sure they protect their personal information when shopping from mobile devices this holiday season.

“Online shopping is becoming increasingly convenient due to a rise in mobile app use and the introduction of mobile wallets,” says says TDCI Deputy Commissioner Bill Giannini. “Unfortunately, with that ease comes a concern for the security of personal financial information.”

Mobile Shopping Tips [Read more]

Consumer Reports releases Annual Naughty and Nice List Of Company Policies and Practices

December 3, 2014

CVS, Discover, and JetBlue among those that make CR’s “Nice” List;, Victoria’s Secret, and Spirit Airlines join others who earned lumps of coal

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Consumer Reports today unveiled its fifth annual Naughty & Nice List of company policies and practices.

The list includes retailers, airlines, telecomm companies, and others that have been dinged for hidden or annoying fees, stingy return policies, and bad behavior, or lauded for transparency, generosity, and generally making consumers’ lives easier. [Read more]

Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of December 2nd, 2014

December 2, 2014

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – This week, the economic calendar picks up with fresh November figures. The focus is expected to be on the Employment Report, although the European Central Bank’s policy decision may be more critical.

ECB President Mario Draghi has repeatedly signaled that QE is on its way. Will the ECB pull the trigger this week? Seems likely (but if not, then in January).

Nonfarm payrolls were likely to have risen at a moderately strong pace, but seasonal adjustment could distort the figures (so take with a grain of salt).

Frazier Allen

Frazier Allen

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Consumer Reports Holiday Poll Finds Spirits High, Amid Concerns about Overspending and Debt

November 29, 2014

Seven percent of Americans still paying off last year’s holiday debt

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – A majority of Americans say they’re looking forward to the winter holidays with a quarter of respondents “really looking forward” to the season’s greetings, but most don’t plan to break the bank this year, according to Consumer Reports’ first holiday poll.

Consumer Reports’ poll found 62 percent of respondents are excited about the coming of the winter holidays, while only one in 10 of those surveyed have caught the holiday humbug and said they’re not at all energized about this festive time of year. [Read more]

AAA says this Holiday Season Shoppers Plan to Spend More on Gifts

November 28, 2014

AAATampa, FL – Retailers are preparing for a busy holiday shopping season as ninety-one percent of consumers plan on purchasing gifts this year, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ Holiday Shopping survey.

Nearly one in three shoppers (28%) will wait until the final two weeks of November to purchase their gifts. Twenty-four percent of people began their holiday shopping before November, taking advantage of early retail discounts, while the remaining consumers (29%) will wait until December to purchase gifts. [Read more]

Tennessee State Fire Marshal says Be an alert Chef this Holiday Season

December 23, 2013

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of shopping, event planning, and meal preparation, and the chance for home fires grows even more.

“As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur, especially those in the kitchen.”

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Christmas Shopping is Loathed by One in Five Gift-Givers according to latest Consumer Reports Poll

December 16, 2012

Crowds and Long Lines, Gaining Weight, Aggressive Drivers Top List of Americans’ Holiday Aggravations; Holiday Tipping is among the least Dreaded

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Although a whopping 94 percent of holiday shoppers say they’re at least somewhat enjoying the holiday season this year, one in five feel that gift shopping itself is one of the things they absolutely dread about the holiday season, according to a Consumer Reports Holiday Poll.

At the top of the dreads list: crowds and long lines, which drew the ire of 58 percent of poll respondents. [Read more]

66 Million Americans Have Yet To Begin Their Holiday Shopping according to Consumer Reports Holiday Poll

December 10, 2012

Eight in Ten are Concerned about Overspending; Twenty-Eight Percent of those who Shop Around are Finding Better Deals Online

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday may have seen record-high sales this year, but 36 percent of Americans who say they plan to give gifts have yet do any holiday shopping at all, according to the latest Consumer Reports Holiday Poll.

Of those who have begun shopping, 42 percent are either three-quarters finished or finished completely (9 percent), while 58 percent said they were no more than halfway done. [Read more]

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