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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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Be cautious of inflation when planning your retirement 

Long-term loans carry higher interest rates than short-term loans because there are more variables in play over a more extended period.  Another factor that makes long-term loans less attractive to lenders, thus raising interest rates, is inflation. Inflation is the ...

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Idaho Central Credit Union enables Bitcoin services  (access required)

The Idaho Central Credit Union in Star. Photo courtesy of ICCU.

Interested in cryptocurrency but prefer the security of a traditional financial institution? Now you can get both. Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) is partnering with two other companies to enable its customers to buy and sell Bitcoin within its mobile ...

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von Brethorst named branch manager with Zions Bank

Katie von Brethorst has been named manager of Zions Bank’s Weiser branch, where she is responsible for business development, customer service, community outreach and overall management of the branch and its staff. von Brethorst brings more than 22 years of ...

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Molitor promoted at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

Michele Molitor has been promoted at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to designated broker and vice president in the southern Idaho area. Molitor brings 24 years of experience in every facet of the real estate industry. Joining the company in August of ...

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IDeal 529 accounts will help employers stand out in the job market

Hayden Beverage is a family business, doing business as a family. As a second-generation owner, I have an obligation to our employees because many of them have been with the company since I was a child. I understand and appreciate ...

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