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Market and economic update: Geopolitics capture markets’ attention

Geopolitical issues remained at the forefront of market attention. Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the continued rocket attacks. Ukrainian separatists seem to have mistakenly shot down a Malaysian Airlines flight. President Obama extended sanctions against additional Russian financial institutions to pressure an end to Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

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Scam alert: Be suspicious of customers who want to overpay for orders

Every day, as I read through my Crimedex Alerts, I am constantly amazed by how many scams involve fake checks. Some of these checks have been so painstakingly forged, even the banks can’t tell they’re phony. Every day, scammers use these checks to concoct elaborate schemes that scam people and businesses out of their hard-earned money.

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Get Fit Challenge tests marathoner’s mettle

When The Employer Group’s owner sent out an email asking for volunteers for the IB Get Fit Challenge, I knew it was right up my alley. Health and fitness are not new to me; I have participated in various physical events ranging from mini-triathlons to marathons over the years. I also designed and helped implement The Employer Group’s wellness program, which promotes healthy lifestyle choices among our colleagues. However, I was not always the health nut that I am now.

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Groom-to-be says ‘I do’ to Get Fit Challenge

Like many of my fellow Get Fit contestants, I am trying to change my personal health trajectory, and the Get Fit Challenge gives me a goal I can strive for. My goal is twofold.

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Market and economic update: Economic data could show signs of growth

Little in the way of economic data last week meant the market focused on news flow. Federal Reserve minutes from the June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting held no significant surprises for the market but did provide some context around the Fed’s attitude toward data and the transition in monetary accommodation.

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