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Convenient capitalism deviates from ideals

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Academic circles and news media are abuzz with the latest French critique of capitalism by Thomas Picketty. In his historically-informed tome (685 pages), Picketty illustrates how capitalism over the last three centuries retains its tendency to concentrate wealth in the hands of the few, so that overall inequality increases (except for three decades in 20th… Continue Reading Convenient capitalism deviates from ideals

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Learning lessons from the Mindset Paradox

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Two electrical contractors work in the same community. Their skill set, market focus, demographics, pricing and customer service philosophies are essentially identical. At one time they were friends, but one business continued growing and enjoying success while the other never grew past the start-up phase. Both started with a workforce of only one employee and… Continue Reading Learning lessons from the Mindset Paradox

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Gallup’s Economy and Personal Finances Poll last month asked Americans to choose the best option for long-term investments: real estate, stocks and mutual funds, gold, savings accounts, and CDs or bonds. Results indicated more Americans (30 percent) now consider real estate to be their best option. In 2011, Americans chose gold at the time when… Continue Reading Americans prefer real estate over stocks, gold

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In 401(k) plans, for many the only retirement vehicle, people have to be their own financial planners. Yet employers don’t provide enough advice, or the right kind of advice, so most are ill-equipped to manage the 401(k) effectively. Many fail to contribute enough to take full advantage of employer matching money, when available. They also… Continue Reading Working together to improve individuals’ 401(k) plans

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Business is back: time for reinvestment

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After many years of recovery, finally the Colorado Springs economic picture is brightening. Businesses are feeling more confident and are growing. As of January, Colorado Springs was just 2 percent below the national recovery of jobs lost since the last recession. That strengthening of our business community is additionally evident as business loan applications are… Continue Reading Business is back: time for reinvestment

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It would take an Act of Congress” is an old saying, to be sure, but also applicable in the current situation banks are facing to legally provide services to the marijuana industry. Despite bankers’ varied attitudes about legalizing marijuana, now that it is legal in Colorado, banks are supportive of government efforts to permit financial… Continue Reading Banks need law, not guidance, to deal with MMJ

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King responds to CSBJ editorial

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(Editor’s note: Keith King, president of the Colorado Springs City Council, sent the following statement to the Business Journal in response to an editorial in the March 21 issue of CSBJ under the headline, “Time to battle C4C opponents.”) Council President’s Statement regarding the Business Journal’s Editorial The only correct statement in the Business Journal’s… Continue Reading King responds to CSBJ editorial

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Letters to the Editor – April 4, 2014

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Time for new strategy on our airport I arrived in Colorado Springs in 1964 when my father was transferred with the Air Force. My father’s final assignment was in Virginia Beach, but I decided to remain in Colorado, making it my adopted home for 50 years. I was fortunate enough to see the old Antlers, Sheriff… Continue Reading Letters to the Editor – April 4, 2014

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On opening day of the 2014 legislative session, the speaker of the state House of Representatives outlined an agenda that focuses on three goals: • Helping Coloradans recover from the floods and wildfires we suffered in 2013 • Enhancing the economic security of all Coloradans • Strengthening our education system to better prepare our students… Continue Reading Legislators push education funding, disaster recovery, economic security

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Kaiser Permanente offers expanded services

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The Colorado Springs Business Journal scheduled medical facilities as the focus for this Health Care Quarterly. As it turns out, the timing is ideal for Kaiser Permanente. We recently announced plans to greatly expand our services and health plan offerings in Southern Colorado. One of our medical facilities will play an integral role in these… Continue Reading Kaiser Permanente offers expanded services

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