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Utah unemployment rate steady at 3.4 percent

February’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged from last month’s rate of 3.4 percent. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from January at 4.9 percent. Read more »

March 20, 2016

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Utah voters driven most by economy, national security, poll shows

What's driving Utah voters? The most important issues are the economy, national security and health. Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Cuba rebukes Obama's call for change but will nix dollar tax

Cuba's government offered a rebuke Thursday of President Barack Obama's plans to use his upcoming visit to promote change on the island, even as it took a long-sought step to lift a penalty on... Read more »

March 17, 2016

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NuSkin embraces March Madness, says it actually helps productivity

Trying to get work done during the opening days of March Madness can be challenging in many workplaces. But some companies that embrace March Madness say they can use it as a way to boost morale... Read more »

March 17, 2016

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Americans pony up record $60B keeping pets healthy, happy

Americans spent just over $60 billion on their pets last year, a record fueled by a big jump in what owners shelled out for services like grooming, boarding and training. Read more »

March 17, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Never take an adjustable-rate mortgage

If you can’t buy a home with cash, you need the stability of a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage in your life. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: Boost your all-important credit score

Pumping up your credit "number" should be a priority. The higher your score, the more likely you'll get favorable lending terms because the algorithms say you're more expected to pay your debts. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs... Read more »

March 15, 2016

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Higher stock prices, home values lift US household wealth

Americans' household wealth jumped in the final three months of last year, pushed higher by rising stock prices and greater home values. That leaves many households, particularly wealthy ones, with... Read more »

March 13, 2016

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David Sturt & Todd Nordstrom: 3 rules top companies follow

You've seen the awards year after year, but what does it really mean to be a "Best Company to Work For," and what are the actual benefits employees receive by working for one? Read more »

March 12, 2016

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Yahoo snubs activist shareholder with 2 new directors

Yahoo set up a battle for control of its board by appointing two directors likely to further agitate an activist shareholder threatening to lead an investor mutiny aimed at ousting CEO Marissa... Read more »

March 10, 2016

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5 items families can painlessly cut to keep cash in their wallets

Do you ever feel like you cannot gain any traction with your finances? Cutting your budget down does not have to be painful. Use these tips to limit your spending and put more money into your... Read more »

March 5, 2016

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Employee noncompete bill stirs hornet's nest in Utah business community

An attempt to legislate the use of noncompete employment contracts in Utah has stirred up a hornet's nest in the state's business community. Read more »

March 4, 2016

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US adds a strong 242,000 jobs; rate holds at low 4.9 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 242,000 workers in February as retailers, restaurants and health care providers drove another solid month for the resilient American job market. The unemployment rate... Read more »

March 4, 2016

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Bill would require training for some public assistance recipients

People who receive certain forms of public assistance would be required to undergo at least two hours of self-reliance training under a bill endorsed Thursday by a legislative committee. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Sturt & Nordstrom: Talent crisis? Solved!

Build a culture of appreciation and you’ll see the top reasons for employee turnover fall off the table. Read more »

March 3, 2016

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Sports Authority files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

veting their favorite team's jersey with the personal touch of their name on the back are flocking online, likely not so much to the sports store at their local mall. Consumer habits are evolving. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Business leaders oppose non-compete bill

A bill proposed in the Utah Legislature is drawing sharp criticism from prominent local business leaders who claim that it could have a dramatic impact economic growth in the state and wreak havoc... Read more »

March 1, 2016

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Utah's low unemployment may not be good news for everyone

Utah's unemployment rate is 3.5 percent, but virtually 0 percent for technology professionals. As Utah tech firms face the most competitive job market in our history, what are leading companies... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: Don't be fishy when filing your taxes

This tax season, resolve to learn the facts even if someone else is preparing your return so that you don't end up doing anything fishy. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Randy Shumway: How society can work smarter to address intergenerational poverty

We may never be able to completely eradicate poverty’s many faces, but by correctly designing, measuring and improving two-generation programs, we will be working smarter to help the... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Let birthday money be spending money

Dave Ramsey says to let spouse's birthday be spending money instead of debt payment. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Sturt & Nordstrom: Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with these CEO-approved ideas

If you’re one of those people who wished they took more time to show their appreciation to the people at work, Employee Appreciation Day is a good place to start. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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Curtis Blair: Find the right people for your culture

Your company culture is a living, breathing thing, and just because you start off right doesn't mean it will always stay that way. You need to actively add new people to your team who will nurture,... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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World stocks weighed down by G-20 inaction

Global stock markets were weighed down Monday by the failure of the world's leading economic policymakers to announce any new measures to boost the global economy. Some relief emerged with the news... Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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How to avoid needlessly overpaying on your tax returns

Taxes are no one's idea of a jolly time. But don't make things worse by needlessly overpaying by overlooking deductions and credits you have coming to you. Read more »

Feb. 29, 2016

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5 overlooked tax deductions

Here are five commonly overlooked tax deductions that help ease your tax burden and potentially offer relief for you and your family. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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States reduce jobless checks, adding pressure to unemployed

When Demetrius White recently lost his job as a $10-an-hour forklift driver loading pallets of shampoo, he applied for unemployment benefits to help support his family. Read more »

Feb. 28, 2016

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Trump to Romney: No 'bombshell' in tax returns; release after audits

Donald Trump is sticking to his new explanation for why he can't yet release copies of his recent tax returns: The IRS is auditing him, as Trump says it has for the past 12 years. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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How to be happy, successful and experience true wealth

Having it all. Living your dreams. Happiness--being who you really want to be. Having the good life. Is any of this possible? Absolutely! Check out what I learned from a conversation I thought I... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Tax group blasts Pfizer, urges stop to its tax-cutting deal

mer group is accusing Pfizer of seeking to avoid $35 billion in U.S. taxes with its plan to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal structured to nominally move Pfizer's address to lower-tax... Read more »

Feb. 25, 2016

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Sturt & Nordstrom: Make a daily difference with a 'startup mentality'

Fast, intense and incredibly purpose-driven: that’s what a startup looks like. Now, think about your own office. Read more »

Feb. 24, 2016

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Creating emergency fund can make a big difference in a family's finances, expert says

This week is Utah Saves Week — part of a nationwide effort to help individuals eliminate debt, use credit efficiently and build a strong financial foundation. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Don't tithe with credit cards

I think e-giving in itself is fine. But if I were the pastor or on the leadership board and we had an e-giving process, I would strongly encourage people to use debit cards and not credit cards. Read more »

Feb. 23, 2016

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Coping with stock market volatility and avoiding being scammed

The stock market has experienced some recent peaks and valleys. Such circumstances can become a fertile environment for scam artists who prey upon the fear of anxious investors. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: Find financial harmony with your significant other

All year can be like Valentine's Day when you find that sweet spot of financial harmony with your honey. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Find a job where you can maintain your integrity

Your personal integrity wants you to do a good job for yourself and your employer, but it’s also telling you that pushing customers to buy store credit cards goes against your beliefs. So,... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: A mere student-loan default will not bring U.S. marshals to your door

Just recently, the Federal Trade Commission slammed four debt-collection outfits and their affiliates that the agency said engaged in abusive practices, including impersonating law enforcement... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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HSBC probed by US over hiring linked to Asian governments

London-based bank HSBC said Monday it is among a number of firms being investigated by U.S. authorities over the hiring of people connected to Asian governments, raising the risk of more expensive... Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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Sturt & Nordstrom: Want to have a successful 21st-century workplace? Start here

It’s not enough to build power teams. To be like the best 21st-century organizations you have to provide your employees with a culture and environment that inspires them to bring their best. Read more »

Feb. 22, 2016

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David Sturt & Todd Nordstrom: Fact or Fiction? A whole generation of employees is job-hopping

Contrary to the popular myth, new hires have intentions of staying long, becoming part of something bigger than themselves and producing great work. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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Average US rate on 30-year mortgage remains at 3.65 percent

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged this week, but remained at historically low levels amid worries about the global economy. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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Eels, prized as sushi, to contend with industry-backed rules

Fishermen are making money on sushi in Maine, the only state in the country with a significant baby eel fishery, and lawmakers are looking to make it possible for them to make more. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2016

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Six ways you talk yourself into becoming obsolete

We can all become obsolete in a variety of areas. Our personal obsolescence comes because we talk ourselves into it. While there may be many more ways we talk ourselves into obsolescence, here are... Read more »

Feb. 17, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: Choose wisely when hiring a tax preparer

As for your income tax preparer, pick a trustworthy one because even if you don't condone any shady behavior when it comes to your return, you are ultimately responsible for the information on it. Read more »

Feb. 14, 2016

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Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing

Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing. Read more »

Feb. 13, 2016

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IMF nominates managing director Lagarde for second term

The International Monetary Fund has nominated managing director Christine Lagarde for a second five-year term. Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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Authorities reach $3.2B settlement with Morgan Stanley

Federal and state authorities on Thursday announced a $3.2 billion settlement with Morgan Stanley over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations... Read more »

Feb. 11, 2016

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Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier 'Comic Con'

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to... Read more »

Feb. 10, 2016

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Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

President Barack Obama sent Congress his final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives, from a new war on cancer to combating global warming to... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2016

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