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Climate risk disclosure safeguards our investments  (access required)

Read More Financial Services News On March 21, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a draft of new rules that require all publicly traded companies to disclose risks attributed to climate disruption. Applauded by many in the global ...

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U.S. Bank reopens Nampa branch with café, more ATMs and digital upgrades (access required)

Reconstruction of the U.S. Bank Karcher branch in Nampa (located at 1515 Caldwell Blvd.) began last year to update one-on-one office space for financial consultations, add a self-serve café inside the branch with coffee and other refreshments for customers, mobile ...

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Bank of Idaho also becomes bank of Washington with purchase 

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For Bank of Idaho President and CEO Jeff Newgard, buying five eastern Washington branches of Seattle-based HomeStreet Inc. wasn’t just an acquisition, but coming home.  At 32, Newgard was CEO of Yakima National Bank in central Washington — a $40 million, ...

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10,000 baby boomers retire each day  (access required)

Think about it: Many people don’t get defined pension plans from their employers anymore.  If anything, employers have reduced their 401(k) match, while employees contribute less to their 401(k). What about Social Security? The IRS tells us a third of today’s retirees ...

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If interest is up, that mortgage could be ARMed (access required)

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Adjustable-rate mortgages are making a big comeback. At the end of the first week in May, 30-year conventional fixed-rate mortgages were sporting interest rates upward of 5.25%. In comparison, 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were being offered at interest rates near ...

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Idaho Bankruptcy Trends through March 2022 (access required)

In May 2020, after the total amount of American distressed debt surged 161%, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) told its membership that: “The COVID-19 pandemic looks likely to cause the biggest surge in bankruptcies that the U.S.’s court system has ...

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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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