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Federal Charter for Nonbanks invites outlaw monopoly
American Banker    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
G. Michael Flores' op-ed "Federal Charter for Nonbanks Would be Good News for Small Banks" is one of many efforts to persuade Congress to support the deeply flawed proposal to give the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency authority to grant nonbanks federal charters. More



The business of diamonds, from mining to retail
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Diamonds. For thousands of years, they have been believed to bring good luck (and bad luck!) — health, wealth, and protection against most of the ills that can befall mankind. They are also a multi-billion dollar business, although compared to the gold business, the diamond industry is small More

DOJ targets banks, others in new money laundering offensive
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The Department of Justice is shifting its sights to a new offensive in combating money laundering: bringing criminal charges against banks and other financial institutions for weak compliance systems that fail to catch illicit money flows. Even while the department's money-laundering unit is wrapping up a series of blockbuster cases involving sanctions-busting transactions routed through some of Europe's biggest banks, it has set its sights on the next front. More

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In hard times, 'I buy gold' is Italy's boom business
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Times are now so tough that Valerio Novelli, a ticket inspector on Rome's buses, is planning to sell his old gold teeth. "I can't get to the end of the month without running up debts," said Novelli, 56, who has to support an ex-wife and daughter. "I know I won’t get much, but I need the money." In a country suffering from economic crisis, buying gold off desperate people has become one of the few boom industries. More

5 steps to creating effective customer surveys
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In the wake of Google's Penguin update, the quality of your online content should be one of your top priorities. One way you can determine which types of content you should focus on is through customer surveys. Here are five steps to conduct effective surveys that turn up the most insightful results. More



Tracking pawn sales
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Pawnbroker Peter McDonald said his 20-plus years in the business have taught him what to look for when sniffing out a fishy item. "One is when they don't know anything about it," said McDonald, owner of Frederick Estate Jewelers in Maryland. More

Gold steady near 6-month highs
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Gold steadied around its highest level in nearly six months, boosted by the prospect of further liquidity injections from the U.S. Federal Reserve, which kept the dollar under pressure. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in a speech last week suggested the central bank may resort to using more unusual policy measure to keep interest rates low, which has lifted growth-dependent assets such as commodities and stocks. More
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Man shot in Oregon pawnshop burglary
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A man with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound was found after police responded to a burglary call at an Albany, Ore., pawn store, officials said. Sgt. Ron Parker with the Albany Police Department said that officers responded to a burglary in progress call at Ace Buyers pawnshop. Less than a minute after they arrived on scene, officers reported hearing a gunshot come from inside the shop. APD immediately set up a perimeter and called in the SWAT team, blocking a stretch of the nearby Santiam Highway. More

Hardcore Pawn: Play by the rules or go away empty-handed
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It is funny, the way people act about pawning items on Hardcore Pawn; they don't seem to understand just exactly how things work in the pawning world. Or, perhaps, they do, and are just trying to work it to their advantage. More

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iPawn offers attractive pawning options
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iPawn is a one stop online shop that offers myriad range of pawning options to people who experience cash crunch and cannot find any other avenue through which they can procure money to sail through the difficult financial conditions. This is pawnshop for jewelry online wherein the borrower could pawn his expensive jewelry and diamonds that encompass rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings that are made out of gold and platinum, with or without diamonds. More


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