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Banks court customers who like social media (access required)

The banking industry has improved its social media presence in recent years and banks are now in a better position to reach more of their key demographic customers – young, affluent males, according to a recent Gallup survey. But right now, ...

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A word with Don Bush: ‘How do you stop fraud on the Internet?’ (access required)

Don Bush of Kount

Don Bush is the vice president of marketing for Kount, a Boise company that helps retailers manage their exposure to fraud. Bush, 50, is helping manage international expansion for Kount, and he spends much of his time flying around the ...

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San Francisco Fed president: Debt ceiling talk a dangerous game (access required)

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President and CEO John C. Williams told a crowd of lawmakers and business leaders in Boise that while the current government shutdown is affecting the U.S. economy, a potential default on the federal government’s ...

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Idaho is nation’s biggest user of Treasury-backed lending program (access required)

Idaho banks and small businesses have used all $13.2 million the state received from the U.S. Treasury for a lending program that lowers the amount of collateral that businesses need for a loan. But the Idaho Housing and Finance Association ...

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Banner Bank buying Home Federal (access required)

Banner Bank is buying Nampa-based Home Federal Bank in a deal with a $197 million aggregate value. Combined, the bank will have $5.2 billion in deposits across Idaho, Oregon and Washington, making it the fourth-largest bank based in the Northwest. ...

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Citi exec works to improve small business status

When small business owners hear the name Citigroup, they’re more likely to think of a bank that caters to big corporate and international clients, not one that will serve their needs. Jerome Byers, head of Citi’s small business banking operations ...

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New home lending rules give break to building, renovation (access required)

Federal regulators peeling through the many layers of new mortgage rules intended to curb risky lending that led to the most recent financial crisis have carved out a number of exceptions for lenders. They include one that banks say will ...

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HealthFundr looks to add crowd investors to health care entrepreneurs (access required)

New Boise-based startup company HealthFundr is looking to increase the number of people able to invest in new health care companies. HealthFundr launched its investing platform earlier this year. It lets investors review and invest in a small, vetted list ...

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