Finance Archives

Proactive Investing Vs. Reactive Investing

Proactive Investing vs. Reactive Investing
December 12, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

There are different styles and strategies investors may follow when investing. These style-driven approaches can change over time due to personal and economic experiences, such as our recent recession. Some of these strategies include quantitative influences, qualitative influences, aggressive to conservative investing, and short- and long-term investing. These are just among a few different ways… Read More →

The Year In Review: Take Inventory Of Business Practices That Can Help The Bottom Line

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December 11, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

As 2012 comes to a close, many of us begin thinking about personal resolutions we’d like to make and the things we would like to improve upon in the coming year. This time of reflection is also valuable for business owners and entrepreneurs. The year’s end is a good time to also examine a company’s… Read More →

Do You Sleep With Your Smartphone? Give Predictable Time Off A Try

Predictable Time Off Helps Prevent Working Off The Clock
December 10, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Workforce

I am always on the lookout for “brain food” — seminars, podcasts or articles on subjects of interest to me. One of my regular haunts is the Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge blog distributed weekly by HBS. You don’t need to be an HBS alum to subscribe, and I highly recommend it. A recent… Read More →

Banks report stronger profits, more lending

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U.S. banks are enjoying their best profits in six years and are lending a bit more freely. The gradual improvement suggests that the industry will sustain its healing from the worst financial crisis in decades and help strengthen the economy. The industry earned $37.6 billion from July through September — a 6.6 percent increase from… Read More →

Financial Literacy Needs To Be Taught Outside The Classroom

Financial Literacy Needs to be Taught Outside the Classroom
December 4, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

As the spring school semester begins, one of the most valuable lessons that kids, especially teens, can learn isn’t being taught in a classroom setting: financial literacy. Or, how not to graduate into financial problems. But, aside from the birds and the bees talk, the money talk is probably the most uncomfortable for parents. To… Read More →

Zions opening Corporate Trust Services office in Phoenix

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November 16, 2012 by in Business News | Finance

Zions Bank announced that Gregory G. Cross will open and manage a new Corporate Trust Services office in Phoenix. Cross will lead a team of seasoned professionals providing an array of custom financial services to debt-issuing authorities including municipalities, government agencies and corporations. The new office is located at 6001 No. 24th St., Building B,… Read More →

Reviewing Investments Annually: Review The Past, Prepare For the Future

Reviewing Investments Annually
November 14, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

It’s that time of year again when the holidays are right around the corner, and everyone is looking forward to family time, bright lights and festive attitudes. However, it is also a time for investors to begin preparing for 2013, finalizing plans for 2012, and acting on any last minute tasks such as IRA contributions,… Read More →

Follow The Money: How Small Businesses Get Funding

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Finding the cash to launch your business or keep it running can be a daunting task. Whether you are reaching into your pocketbook (or someone else’s), borrowing money from a bank or seeking a cash-heavy investor, every enterprenuer knows that without cash, success is out of reach. With this infographic courtesy of Bolt Insurance, you… Read More →

Steps To Improve Cash Application Percentage

Steps to Improve Cash Application Percentage
November 13, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Better Payment Application Improves Cash Flow: Simple steps can make significant difference. When a payment is received by a customer or client, businesses often consider the transaction to be complete, overlooking the last step of the sales cycle — applying. The ability to apply payments to invoices correctly can be difficult for most companies for… Read More →

Credit unions grow membership, revenue

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November 12, 2012 by in Business News | Finance

Like many other industries, credit unions in Arizona are bouncing back from the economic downturn. Credit unions, which are similar to banks in the products and services that they offer except at a slightly lower cost, are taking advantage of consumer disenchantment with big banks to attract new members. According to a recent National Credit… Read More →

First Fidelity Bank offers layaway tips for Arizona residents

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November 11, 2012 by in Business News | Finance

With the economy on the upswing for the first holiday season in years, national and local retailers alike are promoting layaway plans to help Arizona families buy something special for their loved ones without breaking the bank. “A layaway contract with a reputable retailer can be a great money-saving tool for the budget-conscious holiday shopper,”… Read More →

3 Phoenix-area companies offered access to growth capital

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November 6, 2012 by in Business News | Finance | Small Biz

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), Bank of America, FORTUNE and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are proud to announce that they have selected three Phoenix-area companies for their annual Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program. This year the program received a record-setting 5,200 company nominations from across the country and selected… Read More →

Phoenix artists tap the internet to fund creative projects

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October 31, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Finance | Marketing | Tech

“If my life depended on it, I would die.” Safwat Saleem, 32, isn’t your average graphic designer – at least he doesn’t think so. He claims that if he had to rely on a career in art, the paint and brush kind, that he would die. This isn’t because his is lacking in talent but… Read More →

FirstSouthwest Expands Nationwide Presence with Phoenix Office

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October 25, 2012 by in Business News | Finance

Dallas-based diversified investment bank FirstSouthwest, which has served as financial advisor on more bond and note transactions in the past ten years than any other firm, ranking No. 1 nationally for nine of the past 10 years according to MuniAnalytics, today announced the firm expanded its nationwide presence with the opening of a new office… Read More →