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Wells Fargo economists predict healthy economic growth in 2007, and if that weren’t enough good news, they also say U.S. households on average have never been better off in the wealth department.
Growth is predicted despite the current economic slowdown, Federal Reserve interest rate increases, home price declines, higher oil prices and the war in Iraq. Continue Reading Wells Fargo sees healthy economy on tap for 2007

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2006 Financial services industry getting bigger

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The one word that might best describe the financial services industry in Colorado Springs during 2006 is growth.
Opening new locations, launching new products and tapping into new markets seemed to be on just about every bank and credit union’s mind — except for Bank of America, which decided to close its call center in Colorado Springs. Continue Reading 2006 Financial services industry getting bigger

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Chase bank has launched an interactive TV commercial that allows watchers to use their remotes to extend the commercial’s air time.
For those of you that just can’t get enough of banking and credit card pitches, this might sound like a good thing, but beware, the commercials weren’t created for your viewing enjoyment alone — they’ll be used to gather socioeconomic information about your household. Continue Reading Big Brother appears to be Chase’s newest gimmick

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Wells Fargo seeks to educate subprime borrowers

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Amid predatory lending allegations, Wells Fargo has launched an educational program for those seeking high-interest, subprime loans.
The program, called Steps to Success, gives customers educational resources, direct contact with credit and finance specialists and advice about automatic banking to promote effective money management. Subprime customers are automatically enrolled once their loan is approved. Continue Reading Wells Fargo seeks to educate subprime borrowers

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Ent, ADP joining forces for payroll processing

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Ent Federal Credit Union is partnering with Automatic Data Processing and will begin processing business payrolls.
The deal also enables Ent to offer tax compliance, time and labor management and human resource services. Continue Reading Ent, ADP joining forces for payroll processing

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Adams Bank acquires local mortgage business

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Adams Bank and Trust’s parent company, ADBANC Inc., has completed the purchase of the Colorado Springs-based Colorado Online Mortgage.
Colorado Online Mortgage was established by Christine Meacham in 1988 under the name of Auer Mortgage. Continue Reading Adams Bank acquires local mortgage business

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IRS leaves IHOP rooty, tooty, fresh and paying

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The IHOP Corp., best known for its International House of Pancakes chain of restaurants, has agreed to pay $11 million in taxes and interest to settle a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service concerning its federal income taxes between 2000 and 2003.
The dispute is related to the tax on franchise fee income. IHOP executives will pay $7.7 million in federal income taxes and $3.3 million in interest. Continue Reading IRS leaves IHOP rooty, tooty, fresh and paying

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Sierra Club launching environmental stock index

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The Sierra Club’s mutual fund investment arm has launched an index that will track the 100 largest companies that have implemented environmental preservation measures.
The Forward Progressive Large Cap 100 Index includes companies that meet more than 20 environmental criteria, including five exclusionary criteria that consist of tobacco, drilling, mining and military weaponry. Continue Reading Sierra Club launching environmental stock index

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State’s community banks getting more high-tech

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Community banks cater their lending services to local businesses. They’re oftentimes privately owned and don’t have the resources that the nation’s giant, mega banks have at their disposal.
But that’s not stopping community banks from making technology strides. Continue Reading State’s community banks getting more high-tech

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Changes at J.P. Morgan signify the end of an era

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J.P. Morgan Chase chairman William Harrison has announced that he plans to retire from the nation’s third-biggest bank at the end of the year, and he’s expected to hand the post to CEO Jamie Dimon.
Harrison, 63, will leave on Dec. 31 after spending his entire career at the New York-based bank. The 50-year-old Dimon succeeded him as CEO in January. Continue Reading Changes at J.P. Morgan signify the end of an era

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