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54 min ago | Long Island Business News

5 things small businesses need to know this fall

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heathcare, Internet security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months: Small business owners who bought employee health insurance policies before the end of 2013, sidestepping the law's requirements for a year, could pay between 10 percent and 20 percent more when it's time to renew, says Michael Stahl, chief marketing officer of HealthMarkets Inc. , a broker based in North Richland Hills, Texas.

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Related Topix: Small Business, Marketing, Richland Hills, TX, North Richland Hills, TX, Computers, Laptops/Notebooks

3 hrs ago | Norwalk Citizen News

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, a crane lifts a load of drywall as construction is under way at a housing development in Zelienople, Pa.

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Related Topix: Zelienople, PA, Home Building, Home, Housing, Mortgage

6 hrs ago | Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News

Fresh mortgage price war breaks out

The move could provide another window of opportunity for people who missed out on the fierce mortgage price war seen last year The move could provide another window of opportunity for people who missed out on the fierce mortgage price war seen last year A fresh mortgage price war has broken out with a string of major lenders slashing their rates in recent days. Metro Bank, Halifax, Barclays, Nationwide Building Society, HSBC, Virgin Money, Skipton Building Society and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society are among those who have sharpened up their ranges.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Banking, Financial Services, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society

10 hrs ago | Cybercast News Service

No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. Oh, and the delivery date for the bipartisan outside group's ambitious plans? No Labels says October 2015, right as the next presidential campaign starts to rev up.

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Related Topix: Social Security, US News, Capitol Hill (Washington, DC), US Politics, US House of Representatives, Representative Peter Welch, Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin, US Senate, Joe Biden

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Telegram

TD Bank CEO says Ottawa should tighten lending rules

TD Bank chief executive Ed Clark says the federal government needs to do more to ensure Canadians aren't taking on more debt than they can handle. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Calgary on Thursday.

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Related Topix: North America, Canada, World News, Home, Mortgage

SFGate

Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The bill does not set the boost that veterans will receive but requires that it equal next year's inflation increase for Social Security recipients.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Social Security

Brandon Sun

Death certificate shows rapper Tim Dog was dead when a warrant was issued for his arrest

Rapper Tim Dog, who was accused of swindling women out of thousands of dollars, was dead when a warrant was issued for his arrest last year, according to a death certificate filed in Georgia. The rapper, whose real name was Timothy Blair, was best known for the 1990s song "F--- Compton" that criticized West Coast rappers.

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Related Topix: Online Dating, Dekalb County, GA, Social Security

Vallejo Times-Herald

How the Fed's guidance on rates has evolved

Every six weeks or so, after the Federal Reserve holds a policy meeting, it issues a statement containing guidance to the financial world on when it might raise interest rates. The language the Fed has used has steadily evolved since it cut its benchmark short-term rate to a record low in 2008.

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Related Topix: Financial Markets, Mortgage, Home

WRVA-AM Richmond

Virginia Suing Banks

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is suing 13 of the world's largest banks for $1.15 billion in damages related to the housing market crash. Herring said at a news conference Tuesday that the banks misled the Virginia Retirement System about the quality of certain loans while selling mortgage-backed securities.

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Related Topix: Mortgage, Home

The Wichita Eagle

Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. Social Security began phasing out mailed statements to most workers in 2011 to save an estimated $70 million a year.

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This is Local London

Property values in London are rising faster than the rest of the country

House prices have reached a new record high of A 272,000 on average after surging by 11.7% over the last year, according to an official report. Several UK regions saw property prices reach fresh all-time highs in the month of July, with the East Midlands, the West Midlands and the South West now joining London, the East and the South East in having price levels higher than their pre-financial crisis peaks of 2007/08, the Office for National Statistics said.

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Related Topix: Mortgage, Home

San Jose Mercury News

Brentwood man guilty of defrauding immigrant families in real estate scheme

A Brentwood man has been found guilty of defrauding more than 1,000 homeowners by promising to help them keep their homes after they fell behind on their mortgage payments, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday. Prosecutors say Alan Tikal, 46, ran a mortgage company called KATN that targeted immigrants who did not speak English, promising to reduce their outstanding debt in return for fees.

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Related Topix: Mortgage, Home, California, Science / Technology

Mon Sep 15, 2014

WTVY Dothan

Gov. Bentley Creates Small Business Commission

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is creating a commission to recommend ways the state can help small businesses get started and expand. Bentley signed an executive order Monday creating the Alabama Small Business Commission, and he appointed Rosemary Elebash to lead it.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Robert Bentley, Small Business, Alabama Government, Alabama

Cybercast News Service

Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections. The first ads, aimed at African Americans, started running Monday and are part of a coast-to-coast buy worth more than $1 million.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, African-American, Health Insurance, Health, Retirement

Inside Bay Area

Reverse mortgages showing signs of a rebound

Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions. Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Industry, CA

The York Daily Record

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions. Industry analysts expect strong growth as the housing market improves, particularly in once hard-hit Sun Belt areas including Phoenix, Miami and San Diego, California, and aging Americans find value in growing old in their homes.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Social Security, Housing

KTVN Reno

Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

11, 2014 photo, Myles Griffin, 74, poses for a photograph in front of his home in Philadelphia. . In this Thursday, Sept.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Social Security, Housing

KEPR CBS 19

Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike

When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words: "Considerable time." The presence or absence of that phrase will trigger a rush to assess the likely timing of the Fed's first increase in interest rates since it cut them to record lows in 2008.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Financial Markets, Ben Bernanke

Redditch Advertiser

Tax expert to head up firm's private client department

David Gillies has taken on the role of private client director with responsibility for ten tax department staff at the firm's head office in Droitwich Spa. Mr Gillies has operated in the sector for more than 25 years.

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Related Topix: Estate Planning

The Review

30-year fixed mortgage rates rise above 4 percent

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.05 percent, up from 3.96 percent at this same time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate gradually increased last week, peaking at 4.19 percent on Saturday before coming down to the current rate.

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Related Topix: Mortgage, Home

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