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FDIC: Nation's unbanked continue to grow
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The proportion of U.S. households with limited access to a bank inched up between 2009 and 2011, with most unbanked and underbanked still turning to alternative products to manage their finances, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said. The FDIC's second biennial report about the unbanked — conducted with the U.S. Census Bureau — said 28.3 percent of households were unbanked or underbanked in 2011, a jump of nearly three percentage points from two years earlier. Overall, the number of unbanked or underbanked households rose 13 percent to nearly 34 million. More



US gun sales hotter than a pistol
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The gun business is booming. The question is, why? Smith & Wesson stock was zooming, thanks to a stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory. More

Pawn Stars, Andy Warhol originals and gold sunglasses
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The "Pawn Stars" were in rare form during the episode, "Dirty Sox". Chumlee got smart by buying a pair of 10K gold sunglasses, while Rick scored with four Andy Warhol early pieces. More

Secret sources of cash for your business
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Important election years notoriously are difficult times for financial institutions and investors to make long-term decisions. There's too much uncertainty associated with a potential change in the administration or a shift of control in Congress. But there's one thing investors like more than certainty — returns. Right now, they're sitting on one of the largest stockpiles of cash in history, waiting to deploy that cash if the right investments come along. For some investors, your company may be the perfect opportunity. More

The passage of the 21st century pawn man
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Mark Bradac has lived an eventful life and there is no signs of it slowing down. The "21st Century Pawn Man" is waiting to be informed when the third season of History Television's Pawnathon Canada will start filming. The 56-year-old pawn master said he is excited to get back at it. He describes the show as the "Antiques Roadshow" meets "Pawn Stars", where people across the country brings in items to sell.
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What small businesses need to know about data breaches
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Data breaches can cost small businesses in a big way. From losing money and information to losing the trust of your customers, data breaches affect small businesses in a variety of ways. As bigger businesses are able to improve their defenses against these breaches, it is leaving small businesses more vulnerable to attacks. More

The elements of an effective small business website
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There are still many businesses that either don't have websites, or have old school websites that are merely static online brochures. But whether you have a website that you're looking to improve, want to replace your website or are considering your first website, here are a few tips on things you need to consider as you develop the site. More

How to build a powerful customer service strategy
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As the fall season gets underway, most businesses are starting to look at customer service trends for 2013. If you haven't, don't worry about it. This article will be featuring the customer service trends you need to watch for as well as sharing the best strategies and tools to put them into action for your business. More

Why hiring people who annoy you helps you innovate
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Nearly 66 percent of companies on the Fortune 100 list in 1990 are not on the list some twenty-odd years later. You might ask, "What is the reason for this?" The fact is that while those companies were run, by and large, by competent and smart businesspeople, the odds are against them for one simple reason: They didn't innovate and open themselves up to their next market. More
 
 
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