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Markets’ solid starts bode well for 2012

There is an old saw about the equity markets: As January goes, so goes the year. But like many old saws, there is a basis in fact for this one. Note that the S&P jumped 4.4 percent for the month, ...

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New federal regs put spotlight on anti-fraud measures

Congratulations are in order for Treasure Valley law enforcement and anti-fraud professionals. A bank crime spree investigated by the US Secret Service and the Boise Police Department with the assistance of Wells Fargo Bank led to guilty pleas by two ...

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For love or money: finding the delicate balance

When starry-eyed couples repeat their wedding vows, “For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer,” few have given much thought to what those words mean when it comes to combining their finances. I’m not referring to  individuals who are shamelessly ...

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Invest in sound decision-making

Have you ever had an issue that required resolution through means of mediation, arbitration or litigation? Have you consulted a lawyer who said, “I think you have a good chance…”, and then wondered what “good chance” actually meant to you ...

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Calling all artists: The Vision Building is worth checking out

When Kristen Morton drove past the former Riverstone International School high school building on Broadway a few months ago and noticed it was for lease, the clothing designer started envisioning something unique for its future. “When I went inside the ...

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Business digest: media civil war

The new media, led by Wikipedia, Google and reddit, are protesting the proposed anti-piracy legislation, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), that the music and film industries are seeking. Wikipedia and reddit took Wednesday off, while Google’s masthead ...

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In this era, a women’s business center?

Thanks to a fifth-grade soccer team my husband coached, my family has gotten to know a family of African refugees who settled in the Treasure Valley about four years ago. In many ways, the family isn’t so different from ours. ...

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