Banking & Finance Archive

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 4.12 Percent

by Associated Press 1/12/2017 11:27 am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, the second week of declines after snapping a nine-week run of increases.

JTS Financial Gets Controlling Interest in EBi

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2017 10:45 am

JTS Financial acquires controlling interest in Your Benefits Agency Inc. of Little Rock, which provides insurance to the state education sector, including school districts.

SPONSORED: Four Ways To Fight For Progress In 2017

by 1/9/2017 08:00 am

Measured steps in certain areas of your life can lead to a better you in the coming year.

Arvest Names Eric Bunnell President of Equipment Finance in Fort Smith (NWA Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Eric Bunnell has been promoted to president of Arvest Equipment Finance and is relocating to Fort Smith for the job.

Jim Johnson Promoted at Stone Bank (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

Jim Johnson has been named senior vice president and senior lending officer of the Harrison location of Stone Bank.

Creek Capital Takes Over K Lofts Loan

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/9/2017 12:00 am

A new player has entered the financial fray at the dormant K Lofts development in downtown Little Rock.

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall, Breaking 9-Week Rise

by Associated Press 1/5/2017 10:31 am

After nine straight weeks of increases, long-term US mortgage rates fell this week.

US Sen. Warren Seeks to Pull Pot Shops out of Banking Limbo

by Associated Press 1/2/2017 07:46 am

As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block — lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted.

2016: The Year in Executive Q&A

by Gwen Moritz 1/2/2017 12:00 am

This week, for the third time, we offer a compilation that appeals to the universal interest in other people: all 50 of 2016's Executive Q&A features in the first issue of Arkansas Business for 2017.

In the Workplace 2017: LGBT Rights and Immigration Law Compliance

by Michelle Kaemmerling and Neemah Esmaeilpour 12/30/2016 07:00 am

A look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Rise, Staying Near 2014 Highs

by Associated Press 12/29/2016 12:04 pm

Long-term US mortgage rates ticked up again this week, staying at their highest levels since early 2014.

In the Workplace 2017: 'Ban the Box' and Concerted Activity Under the NLRA

by Regina Young and John Davis 12/29/2016 06:51 am

A quick look at two important employment issues that could arise next year.

Great Expectations: Small Businesses Upbeat About 2017

by Associated Press 12/28/2016 07:45 am

While many business owners are more confident because their revenue looks to increase in 2017 due to the overall improving economy, they're also optimistic because they expect Donald Trump to deliver on promises to lower taxes and roll back regulations including parts of the health care law.

In the Workplace 2017: New EEOC Forms Will Lead to More Scrutiny of Pay Practices

by Troy Price 12/28/2016 07:00 am

Changes are coming to the EEO-1 form certain employers must file with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Here's what to expect.

In the Workplace 2017: With Overtime Rules On Hold, What's Next?

by Jane A. Kim 12/27/2016 07:00 am

Employers who intend to wait until the dust finally settles before taking steps to comply with new overtime exemption rules should consider a few things.

GOP: Cut Taxes, Change Brackets; But What About Deficits

by Associated Press 12/26/2016 08:42 am

Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with smart accountants, and corporations that can easily shift profits — and jobs — overseas. It won't be easy.

In the Workplace 2017: How Arkansas Employers Can Deal with Medical Marijuana

by Stuart Jackson 12/26/2016 07:00 am

Now that Arkansas has a medical marijuana law on the books, employers must prepare to address this issue. Here's how.

Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Levels Since 2014

by Associated Press 12/22/2016 11:19 am

Long-term US mortgage rates climbed again this week, hitting the highest levels since 2014.

Burgundy Book: Economic Outlook Better for 2017

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/21/2016 02:41 pm

Sixty-five percent of business contacts in the Little Rock zone expect local economic conditions to be better or somewhat better in 2017, according to the latest Burgundy Book.

SPONSORED: Patience On Gains Could Lead To Better Returns

by 12/21/2016 11:36 am

Competing plans and potential tax law changes offer possible advantages to taxpayers who wait until early 2017.

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