Posts From Jennifer Backer

What Every Reporter Needs to Know About Interest Rates and Why They Matter

For centuries, banks have paid customers for the privilege of holding their money and lending it

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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Feb. 12

Pandora sale? Online music streaming service giant Pandora Media Inc. has held private discussions about selling itself,

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Tips for Digging into Insider Loans and Uncovering Risky Financial Practices: Part 2

Now that you know how to basic federal financial data to examine a bank’s performance (see

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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Feb. 5

Meltdown 2.0? The ripple effects of the financial crisis may not be over yet, Peter Eavis of

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Tips for using federal banking data to find local finance stories in your market: Part 1

After years of tightening regulations following the financial meltdown, new data released Monday showed large banks have

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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Jan. 29

Barbie makeover. In the face of slumping sales as parents gravitate towards less gender specific toys,

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As charter school expansion continues, regulatory oversight varies: tips for digging into local education

Backed by wealthy advocacy groups like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family

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Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Jan. 22

Pay boost. The nation’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., announced it will give its more

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Health care mandate hits more small businesses: tips for localizing the story

Some small business owners in your area may be unprepared to comply with requirements of the

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