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T.J. Lefler on Commercial Real Estate Investments

Lefler formed the Lefler Capital commercial real estate investment firm in September 2021.

UA’s Growth Fuels Student Housing Rush

Enrollment growth at the UA has prompted some major investments in the apartment market.

Just Following Orders (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Banking isn’t the only industry plagued by dominant executives.

A Collection of Insights Warren Buffett Offered in His Annual Letter

The 93-year-old has a devout following of people who admire his track record and appreciate his sage advice on life and investing. Buffett’s latest annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders released Saturday morning was filled with a mix of both.

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Warren Buffett Uses His Annual Letter to Warn About Wall Street and Recount Berkshire’s Successes

Buffett told investors that Berkshire is a safe place to park their cash as long as they don't expect the “eye-popping performance” of its past. read more >
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Pig Butchering (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

A Kansas bank failure reminds me of episodes closer to home. read more >
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Fed Minutes: Officials Worried That Progress on Inflation Could Stall in Coming Months

Some officials “noted the risk that progress toward price stability could stall, particularly if aggregate demand strengthened” or that the progress in improving supply chains could falter. read more >
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‘Where the Money Is’ (Editorial)

Need capital for a new enterprise? Turn your attention to northwest Arkansas. read more >
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Blackstone Buys 7 Brew Stake From Jimmy John’s Founder

It was not immediately clear how the deal would impact the ownership battle between Jimmy John Liautaud and the drive-through coffee shop chain. read more >
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Treasury Proposes New Anti-Money Laundering Regulations for Investment Advisers

Advisers would be required to file reports with the government when suspicious activity is detected by clients, among other things. read more >
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Report: Wealth Disparities by Race Grew During The Pandemic, Despite Income Gains

According to a report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the real net worth of white individuals has outgrown that of Black and Hispanic individuals by 30 percentage points and 9 percentage points, respectively. read more >
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Recession Risks are Fading, Business Economists Say, but Political Tensions Pose Threat to Economy

A growing share of business forecasters worry that the Fed is keeping rates unnecessarily high. read more >
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Arcane Capital CEO Michael Hickmon Refuses to ‘Aim Lower’

Hickmon is the CEO of Arcane Capital Partners in Little Rock, a private investment firm founded in 2021. read more >
The John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building in Fayetteville
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Fayetteville Investment Banker Faces Guilty Verdict in $18M Fraud Case

The sentencing hearing for John Nock is postponed, with a new date not yet set. read more >
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Arkansas’ Biggest Deals in 2023 Total $29B

The No. 1 deal was Nippon Steel’s planned $14.9 billion purchase of U.S. Steel. read more >
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Small Business Acquisitions Leveled Off in 2023 as Interest Rates Climbed, but 2024 Looks Better

Quarterly results show stark changes in the market: Transactions fell 10% in the first quarter, remained flat in the second and third quarters as interest rate hikes slowed, and rose 12% in the fourth quarter. read more >
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Powell: Federal Reserve On Track To Cut Rates This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the Federal Reserve remains on track to cut interest rates three times this year, a move that’s expected […] read more >
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NIL Collectives Boost Student Athlete EarningsLock Icon

While critics worry about the ruination of college sports, advocates say collectives offer a real chance for student-athletes playing college sports to maximize the earnings for their name, image and likeness, something the NCAA began to allow in 2021. read more >
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What’s Missing? (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

What’s missing from a news story can be hard to spot but exceedingly telling. read more >
Lexicon Inc. of Little Rock is looking for more welders like Beau Bellamy.
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US Employers Add Robust 353,000 Jobs in January

The United States added more than 350,000 jobs in January, beating analysts expectations. read more >
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Stephens Group LLC Closes on Sale of Summit Industrial Construction LLC

Stephens Group LLC of Little Rock has closed on the sale of its portfolio company Summit Industrial Construction LLC of Houston, Texas. read more >
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Federal Reserve Signals That Interest Rate Cuts Aren’t Imminent, Leaves Them Unchanged

“I don’t think it’s likely that the committee will reach a level of confidence by the time of the March meeting” to start cutting rates, Chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference. read more >
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Glenn Klinker Named CEO of Holiday Island Holdings

Klinker was recently hired as the company's chief operating officer for oil and gas projects. read more >
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Walmart’s Latest Perk for US Store Managers? Stock Grants

Walmart is further sweetening the perks for its U.S. store managers as the nation's largest retailer and private employer seeks to retain its leaders and attract new ones in a still competitive job market. read more >