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Gold rebounds from 5-month low as commodity prices advance
Gold futures rebounded from the lowest in almost five months as gains for commodity prices, led by crude oil, renewed demand for an inflation hedge. The Standard & Poor's GSCI Spot Index of 24 raw materials increased as much as 0.6 percent, heading for a third day of gains.
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Stolen laptop makes it from Washington, DC, school to Internet to pastor in Louisiana in 10 days
The Washington Post
A month before last Christmas, a church pastor in Louisiana found the gift his wife wanted: a Hewlett-Packard Elitebook laptop computer, selling on eBay for $500. The Rev. Elijah Teh-Teh bought it, hid it and when the holidays came, he wrapped the box and put it under the tree. But his wife's elation was short-lived. After a few sputtering starts, the computer stopped working.
Lightning Pawn shop in Branson, Mo., to celebrate 25 years
Branson Tri-Lakes news
Lightning Pawn and Music in downtown Branson, Mo., will be celebrating it's 25th year in business in 2014. The family owned and operated store was opened in 1989 just a few doors away from its current larger storefront. Richard, Knipple, the store's founder, recalls the first few months of being open in downtown Branson as being modest but hopeful.
Bond denied for pastor accused in Danville, Ky., pawnshop killings
A Pulaski County minister charged with killing three people Sept. 20 at a Danville, Ky., pawnshop was denied bond. Kenneth Allen Keith, 48, is charged with murder in the deaths of Mike and Angela Hockensmith, of Stanford, and Daniel Smith, of Richmond. He is also charged with robbery and burglary in connection with the shootings at ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville.
National Pawn named one of the Triangle, NC's fastest growing businesses
National Pawn is one of the fastest growing companies in the Triangle, N.C., according to the Triangle Business Journal. Citing the price of gold, and a demand for loan products in an era of bargain shoppers, Bob Moulton, CEO and president of National Pawn, plans to continuing growing the company in 2014, while being the employer of choice.
Martin Rapaport addresses synthetic diamonds
Martin Rapaport, the chairman of the Rapaport Group, has just released an editorial relating to synthetic diamonds. The editorial entitled "Sinthetics" defines measures that the diamond industry must take to ensure the integrity of diamonds and the diamond trade.
Thieves' smash and grab from Tucson, Ariz., pawnshop caught on video
Police are hoping the public can help find the thieves who burglarized the EZ Money Pawn shop in Tucson, Ariz., after driving a truck right through the front of the building.
Alabama's Montgomery City Council extends payday loan, title pawn moratorium
The Montgomery City Council extended the Alabama city's moratorium on new payday loans and title pawn businesses for another six months. The extension means anyone who wants to obtain a business license for a new payday loan, title pawn, consumer lending and check cashing business won't be able to. Existing businesses will be able to renew or transfer a license.
UK's Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond put up for sale amid mass walkout
The pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond has put itself up for sale just days after it revealed it had begun melting down its gold reserves to raise emergency cash. The sale announcement after markets closed capped a torrid day for the U.K.'s second largest pawnbroker when five non-executive directors resigned with immediate effect, leaving chairman Greville Nicholls as the only non-executive standing.
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Food for thought: Got goals?
By Karen Childress
Each new year brings with it the opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate, and giving thought to what might unfold over the next 12 months. Whether you're setting goals for your business or yourself, it's important to have a plan. There is a well-worn but still useful acronym — SMART — that's designed to help with setting goals. Here's a quick recap of SMART, followed by three additional ideas to consider when setting goals for 2014.
Get your small business ready for tax season
As we approach the end of 2013, it is time to start getting your year-end financial information in order. The advice that I always give is to keep business and personal expenses separate. Establishing a business credit card and paying it off in a timely manner is a solid business practice and helps improve credit ratings if you need financing. Additionally, this practice makes for tidier accounting at the end of the year.
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