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Gleason: Record Loan Growth, Other Factors Boosted Bank of the Ozarks
George Gleason

Gleason: Record Loan Growth, Other Factors Boosted Bank of the Ozarks

Record growth in loans, unfunded loans and deposits helped return Bank of the Ozarks to its familiar road of record earnings. The company held its annual shareholders meeting Monday at the corporate headquarters in west Little Rock.
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TPA Promotes Job Creation (Randy Zook Commentary)

Congress faces an important choice in the months ahead as it considers a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority. TPA is vital because economic growth and job creation at home depend on our ability to sell American goods and services to the 95 percent of the world's customers living outside the United States.
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Justices Make It Easier to Sue over 401(k) Retirement Plans

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings.
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Dillard Not Too Concerned About Last Week's Stock Performance

William Dillard II, CEO of Dillard's Inc., downplayed last week's 11 percent tumble at the Little Rock retailer's brief annual shareholders' meeting on Saturday.
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