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Gold tumbles 3 percent, rattled by fund trade, government shutdown
Reuters
Gold sank nearly 3 percent to its lowest level in almost two months as an unusually large trade in the New York futures market rattled investors already edgy over a partial shutdown of the U.S. government. Bullion fell abruptly in early U.S. trading as a massive Comex sell order appeared to overwhelm the market, sending prices $25 an ounce lower and triggering further technical stop-loss selling below $1,300, analysts said.
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Booming business: An interview with Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison
Town Hall
The temperature reaches into the 100s on this stifling hot June day in Las Vegas. Despite the heat, there is a line down the block at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. A doorman counts off visitors for entrance as others exit, many carrying out purchased memorabilia or merchandise from a vastly popular TV show — the History Channel's "Pawn Stars."
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The government shutdown: 3 ways small businesses are already hurting
American Express OPEN Forum
It happened. As many business owners across the U.S. feared, the federal government shut down. Now, more than 40 percent of the federal workforce — those deemed "non-essential" employees — were told to stay home from work without pay. What does this mean for small business owners today?
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Pawnshop opens in Yanceyville, NC
The Caswell Messenger
There's a new shop in town, aimed at helping those financially strapped, or just looking to clean items out of their home or garage. Seasar and Barbara Stewart of Milton, N.C., started Yanceyville Pawn and Loan in an old gym building.
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Firearms seized in Ashdown, Ark, pawnshop raid
KSLA-TV
ATF agents and Ashdown, Ark., police officers have confiscated several weapons from an Ashdown pawnshop owned by a man who shot and killed another man in his home last month. Police say the raid on the pawnshop is not related, but family members of the man shot and killed on Sept. 4 hope it prompts further investigation in the deadly shooting.
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Robbery prevention rooted in exceptional customer service and attention to detail
By Tony Gallo
You read in the newspaper or see on television that a local store has just been robbed and your heart sinks. Can it happen to you? Robbery deterrence can encompass many proactive methods and tools. However, effective loss prevention in any business results from some critical practices and attention to detail. Good customer service, proper lighting, assertive signage, cleanliness and heightened awareness are proven effective measures that cost little but provide the deterrence you need in protecting your business.
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3 questions for you to ask yourself about employee health care
Small Business Trends
Small businesses face important decisions about employee benefits, and as deadlines for Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements draw near, timing is of the essence. You should consider the following three questions to make more informed decisions for your workforce.
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Kansas City, Mo., area taking the lead in the online lending industry
Kansas City Star (opinion)
At least six federal agencies have embarked on a much-needed crackdown on Internet short-term lending, a burgeoning industry rife with abusive tactics.

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Gold prices rise on concern about Washington budget stalemate
Los Angeles Times
Gold prices rose for the first time in four trading sessions on mounting concern that U.S. budget negotiations will collapse and lead to a government shutdown.

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What the self-employed need to know about Obamacare
Entrepreneur
Sole proprietorships are among the millions of individuals expected to buy health insurance through the state-based marketplaces which will start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

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Pawnshops back in vogue among Asia's consumers
Gulf News
Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. In a sign of the times, the cast of U.S. reality TV show "Pawn Stars" paid a visit, promoting their show in a region where the industry is on the ascent.
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Pawnbroker Albemarle fails to agree cash injection, shares tumble
KXXV-TV
Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond said efforts to agree a cash injection from its biggest shareholder had failed and it was now in talks with its banks on options to remedy potential covenant breaches.
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