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5 things you need to know about home-equity loans
The Wall Street Journal
Home-equity lending is making something of a comeback. After being nearly shut down with the collapse of housing prices during the Great Recession, lenders are once again opening up their wallets and allowing people to borrow against the value of their homes.
Newly originated home-equity loans and lines of credit rose by nearly a third during the first nine months of 2013, compared with the same period 12 months earlier, according to industry publication Inside Mortgage Finance.
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John Solari: 5 tax deductions to know before filing
Every spring, taxpayers leave an estimated $1 billion on the table because they don't take advantage of all the tax deductions and tax credits available to them.
Some of those tax deductions are common ones that are missed because taxpayers don’t itemize. But other deductions are new, not as well known, or complex.
Making use of home improvement shows online
Thank goodness for the home improvement videos.
Not the hit television show starring Tim Allen but the number of home improvement videos and shows that help people to improve their homes.
Do-it-yourself home improvement shows and videos that stream on the Web are of incalculable value as it saves homeowners much time and money and builds equity into their properties. These shows spotlight the latest in rehab, prevention and aesthetic tips that are all good.
Treasuries gain as confidence falls more than forecast
Treasuries rose, pushing 10-year note yields to the lowest in five days, as a gauge of consumer confidence fell more than forecast recently, fueling demand for the safety of U.S. government debt.
Ten-year note yields fell from almost the 100-day moving average as another report showed home prices in the U.S. rose at a slower pace in the year through December. Stocks fluctuated as risk appetite ebbed.
How to get your business off the ground
When it comes to launching a business, there isn't just one way to get it off the ground.
Whether it's using personal savings for capital, income you've already made from client sales, credit cards or crowdfunding websites for start-up money, according to USA Today, "there are lots of ways to make your business work," according to William Dunkelberg, chief economist at the National Federation of Independent Business.
6 tips for surviving changes in your industry
Business News Daily
Nearly all businesses in the healthcare industry — hospitals, practitioners, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies, among others — have been affected by the terms of the Affordable Care Act. While this particular law has brought about widespread changes and instability for healthcare, other industries aren't immune to the effects of government decisions.
Americans' confidence in the economy improves slightly
Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index increased slightly to -15 for the week ending Feb. 23, after registering -17 or lower the prior four weeks. While the index is still negative, it is nearing the highest weekly average in 2014 to date: -13 found in early January, before the Dow Jones Industrial Average took a major dive. It is still below the readings of -10 and higher found at times last year.
4 tips for managing your business' online reputation
Business 2 Community
It's essential that you know what is being said online about your business and that you are diligent to protect its reputation. Otherwise, you could be losing potential customers and not even know it. Here are four tips to help you manage your business’ reputation.
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