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Idaho’s year-over-year 111.86% foreclosure increase: no big deal (access required)

Foreclosure activity for Idaho in the first quarter of 2022 was up 16.82% compared to the previous quarter and up an eye-popping 111.86% compared to Q1 in 2021, according to housing data firm ATTOM Data Solutions. While these look like ...

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Tips for entrepreneurs during Small Business Week (access required)

May 1 – 7 is Small Business Week, during which the Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation and the contributions of small businesses across the country. Despite the challenges of the past few years, millions have made the tough ...

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Has your advisor created a contingency plan for you?   (access required)

“You spent a long time locating the perfect financial advisor. But, are you prepared for the day when that advisor can no longer assist you with your retirement portfolio?”— Billy Moreland  If your advisor died or was incapacitated, do you know ...

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Small business tips in rising interest rate and inflationary times

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased rates a quarter point from .25% to .50% in March — the first time since 2018 — and is expected to raise short-term rates more this year. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is also ...

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Wells Fargo partners with Bilt on credit card for charging rent  (access required)

Rental management companies may find more tenants wanting to charge their monthly rent on a credit card to take advantage of some new benefits.  Wells Fargo is partnering with Bilt Rewards to offer the Bilt Rewards Mastercard. Benefits for cardholders ...

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4 ways to prepare your business for the future of digital payments 

Digital transformation continues to sweep the country — especially as more companies and their customers embrace digital payment technologies.   Here are four areas that can help your business embrace the future of digital payments both with consumers and other ...

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Don’t fear the rate hike  

“No postwar recovery has died of old age—the Federal Reserve has murdered every one of them.”   – Rudi Dornbusch, MIT Economist  Early this year, the Federal Reserve increased the federal funds rate, which begins a cycle of multiple rate hikes ...

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Children over brick and mortar – maximizing facility financing solutions to better serve students

Five Bluum-partner charter schools are saving millions of dollars in facilities costs and pouring those funds into programs for kids, thanks to a 2019 Idaho law that allows public charter schools to use the state’s creditworthiness to borrow money at ...

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