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Allied Access Sore Subject Between Chambers Bank, Acme Holding

The testy relationship between Acme Holding Co. and the leading creditor in its bankruptcy, evident in a two-day hearing in April, hasn't improved.
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Legal Fallout Facing John Rogers Mounts

A new lawsuit, an expanded fraud complaint, a default judgment and a contempt hearing have added to the legal tapestry woven around North Little Rock businessman John Rogers.
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Public Pension Funds Branch Out Globally

Public employee pension funds, including those in Arkansas, increasingly have moved into “alternative investments” as a way to spread risk and boost returns.
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Franklin Bass to Lead Simmons Bank in Hot Springs

Simmons First National Bank this week named Franklin Bass as its Hot Springs community president.
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One Bank Announces Settlement Over 'Scooter' Stuart Money

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Mark McFatridge Named CEO of Bear State Financial

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Forbes List of Richest People for 2015 Includes 10 with Arkansas Ties

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FDIC: Arkansas Bank Deposits Reach $56.5B

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Parties Close to Final Settlement Over 'Scooter' Stuart Money

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From the Cheap Seats (Editorial)

AFCU was originally included in the group of banks that bid to lend money to the Little Rock Tech Park. The Arkansas Bankers Association talked the banks into tossing AFCU out of the club — but not until after the bid deadline had passed, so AFCU couldn't make its own competing bid. read more >

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