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  • Banks prepare for fallout if Scotland leaves United Kingdom Sep 12, 2014 6:17 PM
    Less than a week before a referendum that could see Scotland ending its 307-year political bond with the United Kingdom, officials at the Bank of England and the Treasury are gaming out how they would shore up the financial system if that happens. With the result being announced ahead of a normal trading day in the U.K., among the chief risks facing officials in the first 24 hours after any “yes” vote: a flight of deposits, a run on the pound and a drying up of bank liquidity.

  • Why some fear auto industry is returning to bad habits Sep 7, 2014 7:35 AM
    Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

  • Airlines among strongest stocks in 2014 Sep 7, 2014 7:32 AM
    You just spent a small fortune on airline tickets — and the extra charges for the bags — for your family’s summer vacation. All your flights were packed with other passengers who also paid richly for the ride. No wonder airline profits are sky-high. Back home now, you might ask if you can share in the airlines’ good fortune by buying their stock. The answer: maybe you can, but you missed the big payoff.

  • Germans warm to crowdfunding as luxury resort attracts investors Sep 6, 2014 7:42 AM
    In Germany, crowdfunders seeking cash for business ventures raised a total of 8 million euros in the first half, 60 percent more than a year earlier, according to Frankfurt-based startup portal

  • One of five IRS probes ends in a draw Sep 5, 2014 4:52 PM
    Friday’s reports mark the conclusion of just one investigation. The Justice Department and three other congressional committees are continuing their probes.

  • ECB surprises with rate cuts, new stimulus plan Sep 4, 2014 9:36 AM
    The European Central Bank has cut its interest rates and announced a new stimulus program that involves buying financial assets, a bid to salvage a weak economic recovery. In a press conference following a meeting Thursday, ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would start purchases of private sector financial assets in October.

  • Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy Aug 31, 2014 6:51 AM
    Coming out of the recession, the travel industry grew fee-happy. Car rental companies charged extra for services such as electronic toll collection devices and navigation systems. And airlines gained notoriety for adding fees for checking luggage, picking seats in advance, skipping lines at security and boarding early. Hotel surcharges predate the recession, but recently properties have been catching up to the rest of the industry.

  • Chief in $800 million fraud gets 20-year sentence Aug 29, 2014 1:54 PM
    “My understanding is that most of the time, on the major decisions, it was you making the decisions,” Judge Robert Scola said. “It’s clear that you were the mastermind of the criminal enterprise.”

  • Buffett’s Burger King financing includes warrant for 1.75% stake Aug 29, 2014 6:26 PM
    Buffett’s company received the warrant to buy common shares and agreed to purchase 30,000 preferred shares as part of the deal, Miami-based Burger King said today in a regulatory filing. The perpetual preferred securities pay a 9 percent coupon. Burger King didn’t specify how many common shares Berkshire has the right to purchase.

  • 5 tips to know if a home equity line of credit is right for you Aug 24, 2014 7:34 AM
    Rising home values and low interest rates are a powerful combination for homeowners looking for more financial breathing room. Many borrowers are take out a home equity line of credit, which can pose risks. Here are five tips to help determine whether a HELOC is right for you.

  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season Aug 23, 2014 7:41 AM
    It’s mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don’t fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual.

  • At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals Aug 22, 2014 10:29 AM
    The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren’t exactly in sync. Many are taking steps that clash with the policies of others. The Federal Reserve is preparing to reduce its economic support. By contrast, the European Central Bank is considering more stimulus. So is the Bank of Japan. The Bank of England seems to be moving toward raising interest rates.

  • Stocks little changed on Ukraine, Yellen speech Aug 22, 2014 10:01 AM
    Stocks were little changed Friday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure on how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months.

  • Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike Aug 22, 2014 3:53 PM
    “Uncertainty is the key word,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Economics. “Yellen is not about to leap from the fence at the next (Fed) meeting.” Yellen said that for now, a broad assessment of the job market suggests that the economy still needs Fed support in the form of ultra-low rates and that inflation has yet to become a concern.

  • Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike Aug 22, 2014 9:58 AM
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed’s ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates. Yellen’s remarks to an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, offered no signal that she’s altered her view that the economy still needs Fed support from ultralow interest rates. The timing of a Fed rate increase remains unclear.

  • MB Financial completes Taylor Capital purchase, merges banks Aug 19, 2014 11:56 AM
    MB Financial Inc. completed its acquisition of Taylor Capital Group Inc., the holding company for Cole Taylor Bank, as is it expands operations in Chicago. MB Financial merged Cole Taylor into MB Financial Bank, the Chicago-based buyer said today in a statement.

  • U.S. stocks gain; Dollar General jumps after bid Aug 18, 2014 4:36 PM
    Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

  • Pan American acquires Bank of Palatine Aug 12, 2014 3:16 PM
    Pan American Bank, based in Melrose Park, said Wednesday it has acquired Bank of Palatine.

  • Pew: Split views on robots’ employment benefits Aug 10, 2014 7:36 AM
    A new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center found that, when asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, nearly 1,900 experts and other respondents were divided over what to expect 11 years from now.

  • 5 tips for sensible back-to-school spending Aug 10, 2014 7:31 AM
    The average family with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $669.28 on clothes, electronics and other school-related needs this back-to-school season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. That amounts to a 5 percent increase from last year. To help gin up sales, many stores roll out discounts and some states even get in on the act, offering sales tax holidays for clothing, backpacks, even computers.

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