American National Bank’s Wealth Management Group presented a seminar, The Economy and Financial Markets: Challenges and Opportunities, at the Pikes Peak Center on Feb. 21, about market anomalies and misconceptions. Daniel J. Korleski, senior vice president and chief investment officer, told the audience not to think merely about the U.S. consumer — since our economy is global. Because of the weakening dollar, exports are cheaper abroad and this helps our economy.
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Warren Buffett is sending a clear signal that he believes Berkshire Hathaway’s stock is undervalued by announcing a plan to repurchase stock for the first time since taking over the firm in 1965. Berkshire said Monday that the company Buffett leads will repurchase its Class A and B shares anytime they are trading within 10 […]
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What would happen to your business if, for instance, a water main broke nearby and employees and customers could not access your building for 10 days? Many entrepreneurs are so busy with the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of running a business that they forget to prepare for the inevitable. And, no, that’s not being pessimistic.
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About 19 percent of the U.S. population has some type of disability, according to the Census Bureau. Of adults — ages 21 to 64 — with disabilities, only 46 percent are employed, compared to 84 percent of adults without disabilities. Many people have children, family members or loved ones who are disabled and need financial […]
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ANB Bank has announced that its new Academy Banking Center opened this morning in central Colorado Springs. The bank, located at Flintridge and Academy Boulevards, officially started serving customers at 9 a.m., prior to tomorrow’s grand opening event (Oct. 21), according to a news release. The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting attended by dignitaries […]
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Pikes Peak Community College will offer free tax-preparation assistance to low-to-moderate-income families this tax season, the school said in a news release. PPCC partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation to offer the free services through the Tax Help Colorado Program. Internal Revenue Service-certified PPCC students will prepare and e-file tax returns for households earning less than $52,000 […]
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AARP seeks tax volunteers

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation service, is seeking volunteers  from across the state to aid with 2011 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to participate. Tax-Aide is particularly in need of volunteers who speak both English and Spanish. Volunteers will receive free […]
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Take out those pens or pencils and test your knowledge about credit in America and credit card policies by taking this quiz from the Public Broadcasting Station program Frontline. The answers are at the bottom of the page (but don’t cheat) along with more information about credit in America. 1. How many credit cards does the average American family have?
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Domestic partners face unique challenges in their retirement planning, including steep upfront costs to create retirement income options that come more easily for married couples.
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  Three of Colorado’s top economists will forecast the state’s fiscal health this year at Vectra Bank’s 21st annual Economic Forecast Update. Business owners and community members are invited to view the event via webcast. It will be streamed  live from 7:30a.m. to 9 am, Wednesday, Feb. 5.  For more information or to register, visit […]
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Lots of dignitaries, presidents, heroes and famous folks have been privileged enough to throw out the first pitch of a World Series game, but now you, big spender, may also have a shot. Bank of America, branding itself as baseball’s official bank, has launched a rewards program that will give customers a chance to earn baseball tickets and even throw out the first pitch of a World Series game.
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An ongoing Internal Revenue Service investigation has uncovered that a large number of tax-exempt credit counseling agencies are not complying with tax-exempt operating laws. During the last two years, the IRS has been auditing 63 credit counseling agencies that generate more than half the industry’s revenue.
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