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It is a myth that social values make it difficult to actively manage money, said Lloyd Kurtz, senior portfolio manager at Nelson Capital Management, an investment advisory affiliate of Wells Fargo. Since May 1990, the Domini 400, a social-values based index, has had an annualized return of 11.01 percent. That compares favorably to the annualized return for Standard & Poor’s 500, which rose 10.57 percent during the same period.
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Incarcerated veterans and other veterans at risk of homelessness are being recruited for a new safety net program — a partnership between Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, El Pomar Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Mt. Carmel-led program, Veterans Climb, aims to help participants become self-sufficient by giving them […]
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A number of local breweries are crafting special batches of beer for the holidays. Arctic Craft Brewery, 2506 E. Platte Place, tapped its Christmas Ale on Nov. 22. The ale includes nutmeg and coriander and is available only at the brewery. Duane Lujan, brewer and beer ambassador at Rocky Mountain Brewery, 625 Paonia St., has created a chocolate stout using nitrogen for a thicker consistency. The chocolate stout is available at the brewery.
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Online spending is expected to increase 17 percent this year, despite a sluggish economy. Retail sales online, excluding travel purchases, are expected to grow to $204 billion, compared to $174.5 billion during 2007. Online sales are fueled by sales of apparel, computers and automobiles, according to The State of Retailing Online 2008 study conducted by Forrester Research Inc. for Shop.org, the online arm of the National Retail Federation trade group.
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Anthony Fagnant, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing Inc., led the roundtable discussion last week about business marketing that began with the acronym SWOT — strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. He said that business owners should plug each piece of SWOT into suppliers, buyers, entry/exit barriers, substitutes and rivalry, when devising marketing strategies.
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The number of small group plans decreased in Colorado during 2007, according to the Colorado Division of Insurance’s annual small group activity report. While the report shows no significant increase or decrease in the number of people covered by small group insurance from 2006 to 2007, the number of plans decreased from 48,288 to 45,667.
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Are holiday shoppers safe from lead-tainted toys and other dangerous Chinese goods? Not according to a report published by the Alliance for American Manufacturing, which claims the Bush Administration and federal regulators have failed to step up enforcement and to reform rules that were written decades ago.
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Three years after Medicare Part D prescription drug programs became part of the Medicare services, beneficiaries are becoming savvier about the program and its benefits.
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The commercial office real estate market seems to have leveled off after a busy 2007, which means an increase in rental rates. Steve Bach of Bach Real Estate Partners reports that metro office leasing and absorption are both down as of 2007 year end, compared to 2006. The real vacancy rate, in contrast, is closer […]
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Four Colorado hospitals are among the top 200 nationwide for best coding practices for Medicare patients. The University of Colorado Hospital, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Platte Valley Medical Center and Porter Adventist Hospital were included in a report by Ingenix that ranked hospitals by the completeness and accuracy of their medical coding practices used to bill Medicare for inpatient medical services.
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Health care costs continue to outpace inflation and pay raises, but people who take time to do their homework, weigh their choices and make smart decisions will be able to make their benefit dollars stretch farther next year. That’s the advice from Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing company. The company’s research shows that workers will continue to pay more of their own money for benefits during 2009.
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Technology often is touted as the cure for health care, but a Joint Commission alert warns that implementing technology could jeopardize the quality and safety of patient care. The alert urges greater attention to understanding when a technology might be applicable; choosing the right technology and understanding what impact it will have on the quality and safety of patient care.
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