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Banking in 2020: New banks, new officials (access required)

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After a record-breaking 2019, Idaho banks are projected to have a strong 2020 as well – barring a recession. Banks “will likely continue to perform well in Idaho, in large part due to a strong economic environment,” said Mary Hughes, acting ...

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Bank new to Idaho to move into Hoff Building

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to add new information. Idaho is getting a new bank. Alpine State Bank is owned by the same parent company as Bank of Jackson Hole, based in Jackson, Wyoming, and Vast Bank, based ...

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Banking year in review: Holding off a recession (access required)

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2019 was a success story for Idaho banks, which enjoyed the highest profitability rate ever and led the nation in “just about every category,” according to Trent Wright, president and CEO of the Idaho Bankers Association. Bankers at year-end 2018 were concerned that ...

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Entrepreneurship year in review: Follow the money (access required)

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If there was a theme for Idaho’s entrepreneurial community in 2019, it was follow the money.  And increasingly, the money was making its way here. In April, San Francisco-based privately-held financial advisory and investment firm ICONIQ Capital — rumored to ...

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Idaho corporations demonstrate holiday generosity (access required)

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When it comes to corporate philanthropy, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. As just one example, the Idaho Food Bank raises 65% of its annual funding from September to December. About 23% of the organization’s budget comes from corporate ...

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Cybersecurity 2020: Phishing, ransomware and ‘things’ (access required)

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a four-part series on business preparedness for the 2020s. When it comes to cybersecurity, everything old is new again: Hackers are still using fake email addresses to deliver 2014-era malware. Why? Because it ...

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Cloud 2020: Idaho companies making the move (access required)

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on business preparedness for the 2020s. The future of information technology services in Idaho? Cloudy. In this case, that’s a good thing. Cloud proponents – companies providing software and storage over ...

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Catastrophe Insurance 2020: Snow, floods and acts of terrorism (access required)

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series on business preparedness for the 2020s.  This article was updated on Dec. 22 to reflect President Donald Trump’s signing of the budget bill. Back in the day, insurance was simple. ...

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