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12/17/14

Market and economic report: Falling oil prices capture markets’ attention

The decline in oil prices has captured the markets’ attention, leaving key economic data in the background. The 40% decline in oil prices will typically lift U.S. economic activity by about 1% over the next couple of years. The benefits will take some time to be reflected in the economic data, likely later in 2015.

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12/15/14

Why you need to use your website to teach your customers

What expectations do you have for your website? Should it be a digital business card? Should it be a lengthier version of your advertising brochure? Or could it be much, much more?

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12/11/14

Market and economic update: U.S. economy remains on solid footing

The U.S. economy remains on solid footing, with a 321,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls in November, bringing the measure to its highest 12-month gain since 1999. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8%, but the U-6 unemployment rate, considered to be a broader measure of the unemployment situation, improved to 11.4%.

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12/08/14

The season of taking: Avoiding occupational business fraud over the holidays

It’s commonly referred to as the “season of giving,” but business owners should beware of winter’s notorious reputation as the “season of taking.” According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), fraud increases an estimated 20% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and it does not discriminate between large and small businesses.

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12/04/14

Market and economic update: November ends with flurry of economic data

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the end of November came with a flurry of economic data. Stronger third-quarter GDP growth, revised up to 3.9% from 3.5%, was met by weakening data for October and slipping consumer confidence in November.

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