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WFDB warns of not disclosing synthetic diamonds
Rapaport
The World Federation of Diamond Bourses has noted with concern the growing tendency of undisclosed synthetic diamonds to enter the market. While the WFDB acknowledges that synthetic diamonds have a place in the market, they must not be confused with or marketed as natural diamonds. It has been the policy of the WFDB that synthetic gems must be declared and as such the Federation will have a zero-tolerance approach towards individuals or companies who do not abide by this.
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The pawnshop economy
FOX Business
In this video news brief, ConvergEx Group chief market strategist Nicholas Colas on how pawnshops can be used as an economic indicator.
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Top US credit bureau reportedly sold social security numbers to Vietnamese scammer
The Verge
One of the top U.S. credit bureaus was scammed into selling social security numbers to a Vietnamese hacker for months, according to a report from Krebs on Security. Experian — one of the three national U.S. credit bureaus — reportedly sold SSNs through its subsidiary, Court Ventures, to Hieu Minh Ngo, who allegedly operated an identity theft service called SuperGet.info.
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Danville, Ky., pawnshop — site of triple homicides — set to reopen one final time
WLEX-TV
It's been more than a month since three people were shot to death inside a Danville, Ky., pawn store. That store reopened yesterday, Oct. 28, for the last time and for a good cause. … All the proceeds will go to the victims' children.
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Danville, Ky., police release new evidence in pawnshop slayings (The Advocate Messenger)


6 outrageous facts that show how payday lenders prey on consumers
Business Insider
The payday loan industry has been coming under increased scrutiny for allegedly preying on low-income borrowers and trapping them in a cycle of debt by charging exorbitant fees. The loans enable consumers to quickly get their hands on a small sum of cash, which is typically around $375 for borrowers in the U.S., according to public-policy nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts.
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Cash America International enters oversold territory
Forbes
In recent trading, shares of Cash America International, Inc. entered into oversold territory, hitting an RSI reading of 29.9, after changing hands as low as $39.50 per share.
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Federal Trade Commission busts payday loan 'queenpin' Lisa Jeter
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Federal Trade Commission has sued a handful of payday loan collection agencies for practices that the agency says are in violation of the law. The businesses, based in Atlanta and Cleveland used intimidation and misleading information to trick consumers into paying debts they did not owe, the FTC said in its complaint.
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Upper Moreland, Pa., commissioners look into pawnshop ordinance
Montgomery Media
Pawnshops and second-hand stores could face new regulations should the Upper Moreland Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania approve a new ordinance recommended by the police chief. The Upper Moreland Public Health and Safety Committee agreed to move the pawnbrokers and dealers in precious metals, antiques, second-hand or used goods ordinance to the full board Oct. 21.
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Gun sales booming on Instagram
New York Post via FOX News
Instagram, a popular photo-posting app bought last year by Facebook for $1 billion, has become the go-to place for folks looking to buy and sell firearms on the Internet, boasting a web of private owners and professional dealers with shotguns, handguns and assault rifles for sale on the open market.

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IRS: Shutdown will delay tax filing season
USA Today
Here's another reason to be annoyed at the 16-day government shutdown: It could delay tax refunds for millions of early filers by one or two weeks, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

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1 million customers are blacklisted by banks
Money Talks News
Are you one of the million or so Americans who can't get a bank account? If you are, you know that banks — not only your bank but all banks — can reject you if they think you’re more trouble or expense than you’re worth.

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The high cost, for the poor of using a bank
The New Yorker
There have been a lot of reports lately on the growing numbers of people without bank accounts, and on those who have accounts but continue to use alternative financial services such as payday loans. All this has convinced policy makers and many consumer advocates that low- and moderate-income people are victims of "financial exclusion." They have therefore concentrated on moving these people to banks.
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The 8 habits of extremely successful entrepreneurs
Forbes
Great entrepreneurs don't write great books. In fact, they don't write many books at all. Neither fact is surprising. Successful entrepreneurs are typically too busy innovating to write down much of anything. And on those rare occasions when they attempt to create a book, it's filled with what they did, and not what led to their idea in the first place. As a rule, they are not particularly introspective.
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Editorial: Pawnshop rules need to be tightened in Springfield, Mass. (The Republican)
Pawnshop makes big business out of selling your old stuff (FOX Business)

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