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On the eastern edge of St. Joseph, Missouri, lies the small city's only hospital, a landmark of brick and glass. Music from a player piano greets visitors at the main entrance, and inside, the bright hallways seem endless. Long known as Heartland Regional...
From: Truthout | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.
From: NPR | By: John Ydstie | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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With a crackdown on payday lenders, subprime borrowers are increasingly using auto title loans, whose high interest rates can lead to repossession and financial ruin....
From: New York Times | By: JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and MICHAEL CORKERY | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century....
From: The Atlantic | By: David Frum | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Merry Christmas! — if you celebrate Christmas. Whether or not you do, keep reading, because this post is for you. We humans have craved winter holidays (like Christmas) ever since we figured out how to make fire. They’re about surviving the long...
From: Diamond Cut Life | By: Alison | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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When the economy nosedived in 2008, it didn't take long to find the crucial trigger. Wall Street banks had peddled billions of dollars in toxic securities after packing them with subprime mortgages that were sure to default. Behind the bankers' actions,...
From: Truthout | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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If you feel like you’re tolerating your work (or life), something’s off
From: Time | By: emilystraus | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Paying off debt is no easy feat, but it is manageable with the right approach. In fact, Wise Bread shares how one inspiring couple paid off $48,000 in under three years! Find out how they tackled their debt below. It would be easy to assume Mark and...
From: SavvySugar | By: Wise-Bread | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Billboards, which trace their roots to ancient Egypt, are set to generate a boom in U.S. deal activity as the biggest operators seek to expand in regional markets, investment banking sources said.
From: PE Hub | By: Reuters News | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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To go or not to go? That is the question. If you’re in a mental traffic jam about graduate school, this post is for you. The grad school debate has been going on for years in my own head, and in the minds of countless others. With the rapid evolution...
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Joe Sweeney | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Are you ready to buy a home? LearnVest reveals seven questions you absolutely must ask yourself before you become a homeowner. When Juli Ana Grant saw the run-down Victorian house in rural Hughesville, MD, it was love at first sight. The property, with...
From: SavvySugar | By: LearnVest | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Rounds one and two of Greek presidential elections ended in failure. Recall that it takes a super-majority of 60% of parliament (200 votes), to elect a president, in the first two attempts. The third an final chance takes 180 votes.Even though this is...
From: Global Economic Trend Analysis | By: Mike Mish Shedlock | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Do the 100 British trailblazers listed by Manchester’s People’s History Museum all deserve it? Thatcher and Blair are there; Keynes isn’tChristmas Day may be over, but there is still time for a seasonal quiz. The task is to pick the person who...
From: The Guardian | By: Martin Kettle | Friday, December 26, 2014
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San Diego-based AltheaDx, which uses diagnostic tests and bioinformatics to help doctors identify the optimal drugs based on a patient’s genetic make-up, plans to raise as much as $69 million in an IPO. The company, which began operating in 2008, says...
From: Xconomy | By: Bruce V. Bigelow | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Christmas rally has extended into a sixth session, though with smaller gains in a holiday-shortened session Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 18,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 scored a...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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The end of rising wages = the end of mass affluence: we just enjoyed the Last Christmas in America (TLCIA).As unemployment topped 10%, the January 1975 cover of Ramparts magazine blared: The End of Affluence: The Last Christmas in America. (TLCIA)...
From: Of Two Minds | By: Charles Hugh Smith | Friday, December 26, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks were enjoying slight gains in a holiday-shortened Christmas Eve session Wednesday after bouncing to record highs a day earlier. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 18,000 for the first time and the S&P 500...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Rewarding failure by design?by Tom Sullivan For the investor class, it is a tragedy of the commons when they don't get a cut from it. That's why, for example, they are so hot to see a middle man in every middle school. Since the GOP took over in North...
From: Hullabaloo | By: Undercover Blue | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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MacStadium has raised $1 million in Series A funding from an unnamed angel investor. Also, MacStadium has added Jeffery Jones and R. Will Brooks to its board. Jones is co-founder and CEO of Apto Solutions while Brooks is a partner at Brooks Schussler...
From: PE Hub | By: Iris Dorbian | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Although your wedding is a very special event, it doesn't mean you should go into debt because of it. You can save by cutting costs in certain areas, and perhaps the flowers can be one of them. Here are some ways to save on your wedding bouquets: Make...
From: SavvySugar | By: Emily-Co | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Petrobras were falling 2.1% to $7.55 Wednesday after the Brazilian oil company announced the creation of a special committee that will serve as a reporting line for its current independent internal investigation concerning...
From: TheStreet | By: Shawn Ingram | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Facebook are up 0.61% to $81.10 after the social network scored a deal with the National Football League to integrate video clips with ads from Verizon Communications , the Wall Street Journal reports. The league on...
From: TheStreet | By: Sebastian Silva | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Cranbury, NJ-based biopharmaceutical firm Palatin Technologies has raised $20 million in a private placement. QVT Financial and an unnamed investment fund were the investors. According to terms of the transaction, Palatin sold over 2 million shares of...
From: PE Hub | By: Iris Dorbian | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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The year 2018 might seem far away. But in the world of regional trash disposal, it's coming up mighty fast.  That's when the contract that governs where our trash goes expires.  The eight Hampton Roads localities that make up the Southeastern Public...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Friday, December 26, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of American Realty Capital Properties were falling 3.7% to $8.02 in pre-market trading Wednesday after the REIT announced it received another waiver from lenders, and an extension for reporting its third quarter and fourth...
From: TheStreet | By: Shawn Ingram | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- Corporate insiders sell their own companies' stock for a number of reasons. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks They might need the cash for a big personal purchase such as a new house or yacht, or they...
From: TheStreet | By: Roberto Pedone | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Bah humbug, y’all. Or:  here is my reminder that our betters, the MOTU, and their eager servants in the political class never, ever rest from their quest to enrich (themselves) and immiserate (anyone it takes). Fresh on the heels of the GOP’s decision...
From: Balloon Juice | By: Tom Levenson | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Bah humbug, y’all. Or:  here is my reminder that our betters, the MOTU, and their eager servants in the political class never, ever rest from their quest to enrich (themselves) and immiserate (anyone it takes). Fresh on the heels of the GOP’s decision...
From: RealClimate | By: Tom | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Dave Girouard may have changed his business model at the right time. The company he co-founded in 2012, Upstart, became a new entry early this year in the rising field of online lending. That field enjoyed a huge visibility boost in mid-December when...
From: Xconomy | By: Bernadette Tansey | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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What if you’re in a situation where you’re trying to work your way out of debt? Should you still be giving to charities? Is there a way to give without digging yourself an even bigger hole?
From: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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S and P warned this week there was at least a 50 percent chance it would cut Russia's sovereign rating below investment grade within 90 days. Moody's ratings agency warned this week that Russia's GDP could contract by 5.5 percent in 2015 and 3 percent...
From: Next Big Future | By: brian wang | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Mark Cuban thinks colleges are going to go out of business. In a clip on Inc.com, Cuban talks about the student loan bubble, which he says will burst and end badly for colleges. The end of the student loan bubble, Cuban says, will be like the housing...
From: Business Insider | By: Myles Udland | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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When this article appears on The Simple Dollar for the first time, many readers will be celebrating Christmas morning, hopefully surrounded by family and friends. I hope to be doing the same exact thing with my own family. For me, the Christmas season...
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Trent Hamm | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Around this time in the year 1205, the fleeting Byzantine emperor Alexios V Doukas was put to a dramatic death in Constantinople’s Forum of Theodosius by being hurled from the top of the ancient Column of Theodosius. Nicknamed “Mourtzouphlos” for...
From: Executed Today | By: Headsman | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Iceland is considering making foreign investors who have been unable to retrieve their funds that have been locked in since the nation’s three biggest banks defaulted in 2008 pay an exit tax. The North Atlantic island seems set to remove its capital...
From: IceNews | By: Chris Bolwig | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Name: Jim Palmer Age: 50 Job: President, Orange County Rescue Mission Bio: Debt and red tape are two adversaries Palmer has fought to keep at bay for 22 years. By doing so, the Orange County Rescue Mission president and Tustin resident has helped...
From: Orange County Register | By: BY SALVADOR HERNANDEZ | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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VIRGINIA BEACH The sea of frozen turkeys and pork butts and canned corn covered folding tables in an old wooden building filled with hope and perhaps a chance for redemption. Christmas was only a few days away, but there was no music or jolly laughs,...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Thursday, December 25, 2014
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Being able to ensure that you are having the right bond compliance with your services is an important part of all Bond compliance services. Being able to work with a team of professionals can help you to be able to … Continue reading →...
From: Ethical Style | By: Dan | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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(The Gambler opens tonight at 7 pm in theaters around the city.) Would you take a literature course from this man? What a weird world we live in, that the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes chose as his next project a Mark Wahlberg-starring remake...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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December 25, 2014 12:33 AMMOSCOW - Russia may lose its investment-grade credit rating for the first time in a decade after Standard & Poor's (S&P) said it is considering a cut amid the country's worst economic crisis since the 1998 debt default....
From: Straits Times | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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December 25, 2014 12:33 AMWASHINGTON - UBS Group is flagging risks from China's US$1 trillion (S$1.3 trillion) worth of unhedged foreign debt as forecasters see bets against the greenback unwinding in the new year....
From: Straits Times | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Occidental Petroleum Corp. are down today 0.66% to $82.35 as oil futures fell further Wednesday and gasoline prices set a new five-year low after data showed an unexpected surge in U.S. crude supplies, the Wall Street...
From: TheStreet | By: Sebastian Silva | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Electric shares haven't exactly flourished in 2014. They have fallen 8% so far while the S&P 500 has climbed more than 12%. Even so, GE's dividend yield of 3.5% was enough for TheStreet's David Peltier to add the stock...
From: TheStreet | By: Bret Kenwell | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. are down by 3.83% to $34.17 in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, as oil and energy related stocks slump due to the decline in oil prices. Crude for February delivery is falling by 2.98% to...
From: TheStreet | By: Amanda Schiavo | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Big banks such as Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase better take heed. With Monday's settlement between Ocwen Financial and the New York Department of Financial Services, NYDFS Superintendent Ben Lawsky appears to have raised...
From: TheStreet | By: Dan Freed | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Halcon Resources Corp. are down by 5.39% to $1.93 in late morning trading on Wednesday, as some energy and oil related stocks decline along with the price of oil. Crude for February delivery is falling by 2.50% to $55.69...
From: TheStreet | By: Amanda Schiavo | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Payday lenders use the holidays to target consumers most likely to wind up in a vicious cycle of debt.
From: U.S. News and World Report | By: Rebecca Thiess | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Continental Resources were falling 3.8% to $38.72 Wednesday as oil prices resumed their decline. WTI crude oil for February delivery was falling 2.2% to $55.87 a barrel Wednesday morning, while Brent crude oil for February...
From: TheStreet | By: Shawn Ingram | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Virgin America  has gained nearly 70% from its Nov. 13 offering price of $23. The stock was trading 8.6% higher to $38.91 on Wednesday following bullish comments by Wall Street analyst after initiating coverage on the airline...
From: TheStreet | By: Laurie Kulikowski | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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The Bank of Russia said it would stabilize the financial sector by helping companies cover foreign debt after the Western sanctions cut off Russia from global capital markets.
From: Wall Street Journal | Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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