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The question of the hour: What will happen to healthcare costs? (access required)

Healthcare has always been full of uncertainty, but a Republican president and Congress have thrown the future of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, also known as the ACA, into doubt. Any crystal ball regarding healthcare from coverage to ...

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Awareness, education about dementia issues is key at work (access required)

Banks sometimes get to know their customers by name, giving them a hearty “hello” when they arrive. They may know their birthday and the latest developments in their life. It’s just good business. But what happens when the customer arrives ...

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The other bull market: OTC (access required)

After being private since it launched in 2008, Gold Coast Bank in Islandia, N.Y., made a change a few weeks ago. The bank joined a growing number of companies whose stock is traded publicly. Don’t, however, look for it on ...

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Software cuts the cost of tiny transactions (access required)

As digital parking meters begin to appear, replacing the old “lollipop” meters, there’s been a big stumbling block. The charges are often so negligible that the cost of processing a credit card or electronic transaction often hardly seems worth it. ...

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National study: Food and beverage companies project growth (access required)

Most food and beverage companies anticipate a significant increase in sales this year, according to a survey of those industries. The 2016 annual U.S. Food & Beverage Industry Study, released  by the national research company WeiserMazars,  painted an optimistic picture. ...

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Interest rates matter when you bet your life with insurance (access required)

Most people look at life insurance policies as reliable, sleepy documents tucked away in a drawer only relevant when they die. But interest rates are wreaking havoc on many policies whose premiums are based on those rates. E.F. Hutton Life ...

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Wealthy tap life insurance as asset long before payout (access required)

To most people, life insurance only becomes valuable when the policy pays out, providing cash for others. But some increasingly are using policies as an investment vehicle, pouring in money to see it accumulate tax free and save securely. While ...

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Virtual lending is a key new market for accountants and lawyers (access required)

As online lending continues to grow, attracting entrepreneurs and large financial institutions, it is turning into a growing source of work for accountants, lawyers and those providing financial advice to investors. Any growing sector can attract service providers, but online ...

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High-end retailers make bigger bid for online business (access required)

While luxury retailers fight to keep foot traffic at their stores from declining, many are seeking to grow their online business, by letting people around the globe buy pricey products. Luxury retailers have long touted services such as personal shoppers, ...

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New York food-waste-to-energy plant will reduce emissions (access required)

This fall, Idaho Business Review is publishing Square Feet, a quarterly magazine dedicated to commercial and residential design, construction and real estate. This story from Claude Solnik of Dolan Media Newswires appeared in the print edition of Square Feet, which ...

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