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Money Management: Don’t overlook the benefits of closed-end funds (access required)

Closed-end funds tend to be a misunderstood investment. Unfortunately, when something is misunderstood, it is often pushed to the side and something else takes its place. For long-term investors, though, I believe closed-end funds are investments worth taking the time ...

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Time management tips to succeed in new year

Your time — whether it is billable or not — is important to manage because the work still needs to get done and preferably in a well-organized fashion. Over time, I have learned that when I start my day with ...

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Money Management: Economic indicators for the savvy investor (access required)

The U.S. economy goes through cycles of growth and recessions. Once growth sustains a consistent pattern the Fed often intervenes by raising rates to thwart off potential inflation threats above 2 percent. This restrictive policy ultimately curbs growth in large ...

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Federal judge on whether biometric access to phones requires a warrant

A decade ago, smartphones were in their infancy. The iPhone was not even a year old and widespread adoption had not yet occurred. Many were suspicious of the touch screen interface, and lawyers in particular clung to the idea that ...

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The patent pendulum swings

The start of a new year provides the opportunity for a highly subjective retrospective on 35 years of patent law — where we’ve been and where we might be going. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas (1965-1969) was reputed to have ...

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Day of the Endangered Lawyer honors those who fight for human rights

The Day of the Endangered Lawyer is approaching. Celebrated on Jan. 24 and now in its ninth year, the day draws attention to the plight of lawyers around the world who risk their own safety to fight for human rights ...

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Era-appropriate renovation key to preserving Boise’s mid-century homes

Boise, the fastest growing city in the country, has roughly 11,000 homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Local architects and builders such as Art Trouter, Nat Adams, Charles Hummell, Joe LaMarche, Victor Hosford and Bradford Shaw marked this little ...

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It’s time for a $1 trillion national infrastructure bank (access required)

As the new year begins, Congress should place high on its order of business enactment of a 10-year, $1 trillion national infrastructure act. It should provide investment capital to renew, rebuild and harden the nation’s transportation, water and wastewater, energy ...

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Law school enrollment is up, and that’s a good thing

For the first time in nearly a decade, more people are showing interest in enrolling in law school and pursuing careers in the legal world or fields in which a fundamental understanding of the law is beneficial. No, this is ...

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