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  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 4 questions, answers on changes coming to FICO scores Aug 10, 2014 7:30 AM
    There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.

  • Illinois banks grapple with concealed carry law Aug 8, 2014 6:05 PM
    Unlike schools, hospitals, government buildings and buses, where concealed weapons are still prohibited, the law does not prohibit guns in banks, leaving it up to the institutions themselves to decide.

  • Oil boom and housing bust alter U.S. spending trends Aug 7, 2014 4:15 PM
    North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending. Americans spend the most, per person, on housing in Washington, D.C., and the least in West Virginia.

  • Yellen ‘dashboard’ signals: Job market not at full health Aug 3, 2014 5:25 PM
    Despite a step-up in job gains this year, most Americans have received little or no meaningful pay raise. Average hourly earnings ticked up a penny in July, the government said Friday, and are just 2 percent higher than a year ago — less than the rate of inflation. Hourly pay typically rises 3 percent to 4 percent in a healthy economy, Yellen noted in March.

  • How to fit a wind farm into your portfolio Aug 2, 2014 7:43 AM
    You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn’t exactly vast. Energy companies are wrapping renewable energy projects and other power-related assets that generate steady cash into new companies they hope attract investors hunting for dividends.

  • Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors Jul 29, 2014 4:38 PM
    More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. “Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections,” Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank, said. “It can tip employers’ hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment.”

  • Obama tax changes reduced income gap Jul 27, 2014 7:39 AM
    If you’ve wondered whether Obama has made any headway at reducing income inequality, here’s evidence that he has. Based on tax policy alone, he has slightly increased the income of the poor and more significantly reduced the income of the rich. That’s according to a new, exclusive analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that compared today’s income distribution with what it would look like if President George W. Bush’s tax policies were still in place.

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