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Back-to-school shopping: Three business story angles

Students are heading back to school within the next month, and local business story angles abound. Here’s are several options to consider. Tax-free weekends and other incentives As consumer confidence improves, the

A rise in the interest rate can impact any consumer's wallet. (Image by "stevepb" via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

How to localize federal rate hikes

When Janet Yellen announced a quarter-percent raise in the Federal Reserve interest rate earlier in March, government bonds dipped while stocks ticked upward. The Fed is expected to make at least

Visa will be able to tell where you are

You might have experienced the frustration of trying to use your credit or debit card in a different city or country, only to have the charge declined. Then, comes the

Credit cards making comeback after years of neglect

Big banks are reporting results this week. Reuters says that many are paying more attention to a neglected business: credit cards. According to writer David Henry, “JPMorgan Chase & Co,

Newsrooms scramble to explain Target data breach

Retailers like to make headlines in December — but for triumphs like double-digit sales increases, not the security fiasco that discounter Target is red-faced over in the final crucial shopping

New reports shed light on banking trends, fees

If you haven’t caught up with happenings on the financial services beat lately, a handful of recent reports of interest are ripe for localizing with the banks in your region.

Last push for ‘no payments, same as cash’ deals

Coinciding with the implementation date of the new CARD rules is a deadline for retailers to start complying with federal regulations that cover installment-loan purchases. You know, those popular “no

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