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Data breach insurance matters more in today’s world

This year we have seen a huge increase in reported data breaches within corporate America. Large companies such as Target, Home Depot, P.F. Chang’s and Jimmy John’s have had their systems “hacked” and data stolen — causing millions of dollars of damage. While news channels focus on these attention-worthy sound bites, the real potential catastrophe… Continue Reading Data breach insurance matters more in today’s world

Economic perspectives on stormwater

By Tom Binnings Senior Partner at Summit Economics   As an economist who is seriously concerned about the trajectory of our local economy, I was pleased to hear Tom Zwirlein of UCCS advocate for passing the Stormwater 1B initiative at the Southern Colorado Economic Forum last week. While I was greatly enthused with Dr. Zwirlein’s… Continue Reading Economic perspectives on stormwater

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Much like the shift from employer pension plans to 401(k) retirement plans not so long ago, we are now seeing an accelerating shift in our health care system from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model with many employers. This is impacting every facet of the industry including employers, employees, brokers, agents and… Continue Reading Great shift: Defined benefit to defined contribution

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Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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Every businessperson knows there isn’t enough time to think through decisions, that time for reflection isn’t usually scheduled during a hectic week. The Jewish High Holidays are just that kind of time, asking us to stop and reflect, in a span of 10 days, on what happened last year and what we hope to accomplish… Continue Reading Time is appropriate for reflection, action

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By Tatiana Bailey Southern Colorado Economic Forum The state of Colorado stands out as one of the superstars in the otherwise prolonged and anemic recovery. Colorado is ranked No. 4 in the nation in the “State Economic Activity Index” from 2012 to April 2014, according to the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, and is almost tied with… Continue Reading Let’s build on the state’s momentum

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What I like to call The Great Cost Shift in American health care marches on with the approach of this year’s insurance enrollment season. That’s when all of us who get coverage from employers, the new state exchanges, Medicare Advantage plans or from a Medicare prescription drug plan are likely to find that choosing drug… Continue Reading Insurers shift higher generic prices to patients

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Run the right race if you want to win

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In a village long ago lived a young boy who loved nothing as much as competing in athletic contests. Because he was fit and strong, he usually triumphed, and he grew to love the adulation he received from the villagers around him. One day he challenged two other youths to a race from one end… Continue Reading Run the right race if you want to win

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SBA continuing to zero out fees and help vets

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Small Business Administration In an announcement Wednesday from Washington, D.C., the U.S. Small Business Administration revealed that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, will be extended through fiscal year 2015. SBA also announced that fee relief measures for SBA Veterans Advantage… Continue Reading SBA continuing to zero out fees and help vets

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Manitou wraps up a successful summer

By Jeanne Davant Pikes Peak Bulletin Manitou Springs’ economy is coming back strong from the downturn of the past two years and appears to be on pace for a record-breaking summer. “The July numbers were the best I’ve ever seen,” says Finance Director Becca Davis. “All in all, I think we’ve made a strong recovery.”… Continue Reading Manitou wraps up a successful summer

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Suppose someone approached you and said, “If you buy the investment I have in mind for you, you can get good returns — but you won’t be able to access your money for 10 years without a substantial penalty.” And then what if someone else said to you, “I can get you the same returns… Continue Reading Weigh the downsides of tying up your money investing

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