Finance/Investment

US manufacturing weakens in line with China factory slowdown

Feb 2nd, 2016 | By
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2015, file photo, primer is applied to the midsole of a military tested New Balance 950v2 sneaker under ultraviolet light before the outsole is attached at one of company's manufacturing facilities in Boston. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for January. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

By Paul Wiseman AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in the world’s two biggest economies — the United States and China — slowed in January, a discouraging trend for the global economy. U.S. factory activity shrank in January for a fourth straight month as a strong dollar and weak demand overseas pinched American
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Paying off holiday credit card debt

Jan 30th, 2016 | By
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By Kendra Evensen kevensen@journalnet.com Decking the halls, handing out gifts and eating festive foods during the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be expensive. As a result, many people end up making at least some purchases with credit cards. and if they haven’t planned ahead, what took them only minutes
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Protecting yourself from identity theft

Jan 29th, 2016 | By
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By Sarah Glenn For the Journal   POCATELLO — Wrapped up in a string of numbers and documents is a person’s financial identity — a prize that many are considering safeguarding better as a new year dawns and tax season approaches.   “It is important to be vigilant about this,” said Dianne Brush, community services
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At new year and beyond, health and fitness vital components of Idaho economy

Jan 28th, 2016 | By
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By Randy Shumway January is an exciting month of new beginnings as we look forward to the year ahead. Because losing weight is often the most popular New Year’s resolution, many businesses associated with fitness see a boost at this time of year. Employment in health-related industries and revenue from fitness establishments prove that health
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Financial steps to take at the start of the New Year

Jan 28th, 2016 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon As we transition into the new year, many of us have set resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more. While setting a goal to live healthier in 2016 is great, many of us overlook the opportunity to set financial resolutions as well. I have found that financial resolutions are often
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Idaho House panel votes to match state tax code with IRS

Jan 26th, 2016 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee voted Monday to bring the state’s tax code in line with federal rules, a move that’s estimated to cost Idaho roughly $46 million over two years. Lawmakers usually prefer to sync the state’s tax code with the federal version to make it easier for
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Idaho Falls community college idea gains steam

Jan 21st, 2016 | By

By Kendra Evensen kevensen@journalnet.com Discussions about starting a community college in Idaho Falls garnered some additional attention when Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced his support — including the possibility of financial help with startup costs — during his State of the State address on Monday. Otter pointed out the success of the College of Western
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Most Americans don’t have enough money to cover a $500 emergency

Jan 19th, 2016 | By

By Gail Marksjarvis Chicago Tribune (TNS) Most Americans don’t have the money to handle common emergencies like a car breakdown or a trip to the emergency room for a broken bone. In a national survey by Bankrate.com, 63 percent of people said they don’t have the savings to cover a $500 car repair or a
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Mortgage rates defy predictions: Is now a good time to buy a home?

Jan 19th, 2016 | By

By Gail Marksjarvis Chicago Tribune (TNS) When the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in December, people who had been flirting with buying a home worried they might have waited too long. But worries about rising mortgage rates have been unwarranted. Since the Fed’s rate increase, rates on 30-year mortgages have dropped below 4 percent, and
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Overdraft fees at credit unions, banks about the same, study says

Jan 12th, 2016 | By

By Becky Yerak Chicago Tribune (TNS) Credit unions have a reputation as kinder, gentler versions of banks, but a new study shows that there’s virtually no difference in what they charge consumers for overdrafts. The median overdraft price on a checking account at a bank is $30, according to a 2015 study by Moebs Services.
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