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Forum evaluates stocks in favorable tone

Jovial best describes the mood of the audience and Tom Naughton, Southern Colorado regional president, at a recent U.S. Bank Economic Forum breakfast at the Antlers Hilton. Norman Alvis, senior portfolio manager for the bank, zipped through an investment outlook that kept people on the edge of their seats. Some highlights: Markets move in phases.… Continue Reading Forum evaluates stocks in favorable tone

Personal income rises above 2008 peak

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Personal income levels in the third quarter of this year rose above their 2008 peak for the first time since the recession began, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Personal income in Colorado hit a peak of $225 billion in the third quarter, up 3.28 percent over the previous $218.1 billion… Continue Reading Personal income rises above 2008 peak

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The Mountain States Business Conditions Index, which surveys supply managers, shows positive growth is likely over the next several months for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. For the 15th straight month, leading economic indicators for the mountain region were positive, indicating economic growth is on tap for the first half of 2011. With a score of… Continue Reading Growth and potential inflation projected for Mountain States

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Premiums for health insurance grew faster this year than general inflation and the rate of most workers’ pay raises. Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose to $13,375 annually for family coverage – with employees paying $3,515 on average and employers paying $9,860. The findings come from the benchmark study about employer health benefits, released by… Continue Reading Premiums rise faster than inflation, wages

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