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01/28/15

Market and economic update: Central banks adjust monetary policy

Easier monetary policies continue around the world, despite a U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) on the cusp of interest rate normalization. India and Canada have cut short-term interest rates, the People’s Bank of China added liquidity to the banking system, and last week the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a surprisingly large quantitative easing program.

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01/26/15

Super Bowl controversies have a familiar ring to business professionals

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, but much of the pregame media coverage has focused on topics unrelated to who will bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

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01/26/15

Wisconsin businesses spur growth with SBA lending, mentorship

Last week, Americans saw Colorado sub shop owner Carolyn Reed at the State of the Union address, representing America’s small businesses and helping to emphasize their importance in driving the economic recovery.

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01/22/15

Market and economic update: Lower energy prices may fuel consumer spending

The decline in oil prices over the past few months is starting to impact U.S. economic data. Inflation measures have slipped lower, consumer confidence is rising, and industrial activity is waning.

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01/19/15

Is long-term-care insurance right for you?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that health care costs are among the leading concerns on people’s minds as they near retirement. Long-term-care costs can vary widely by the type of care and location. A single room at a nursing home facility will cost, on average, close to $88,000 per year, and a typical stay lasts approximately four years. Part-time in-home care by a home health care practitioner will cost considerably less.

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