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BP buys top oil spill search listings as BP stock price plummets

BP bought top oil spill search listings on Google, Bing and Yahoo in a bid to control information about the disaster as its stock plummets.
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Debt collectors trying to polish image in media

Debt collectors are starting to get into the media, but this time they're trying to rehabilitate their image in the press.
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How to write a customized cover letter

Applying for a job is tough. If you tailor your cover letter to the employer, you're one step closer. Learn how to write a good cover letter.
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Payday loan APR Fees and How They Compare To Other Financing Rates

A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.
A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.

Samsung wants to block importation of Apple devices

Samsung has petitioned the ITC and filed suit against Apple to block U.S. importation of iPod, iPad and iPhone devices over patent disputes.
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Pawn lenders continuing to become more high-class

Years ago, pawn lenders were seen as almost seedy. Pawn lenders have become more high-class over the past few years, however.
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Merchants moving away from debit and credit cards

Merchants are starting to move away from credit and debit cards, as interchange fees charged by banks are making them unpopular.
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Installment Loans Online and How They Differ From The Average Payday Loan

One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.
One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.

US CEOs bullish on sales, hiring increases

U.S. CEOs surveyed by Business Roundtable were optimistic that sales in the next six months will facilitate increased hiring.
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Tighter regulation urged by Congress for business credit cards

Members of Congress are lobbying the Federal Reserve to regulate business credit cards more like personal credit cards.
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Big banks debut clearXchange mobile payments service

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have created clearXchange, a mobile payment service to compete with systems like PayPal.
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The Ease and Convenience of Short Term Loans Needs To Be Managed In A Smart Way

It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.
It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.

Will the CFPB serve up a small bank Rapture?

The American Bankers Association fears the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will kill more than 1,000 small U.S. banks and credit unions.
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OnDeck platform provides a credit rating to small businesses

Small businesses have a new resource, OnDeck, for aggregating financial information and gaining an independent credit rating.
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Master the metrics of small business success

How can you tell if your business is doing well? Benchmark your business, with an eye for some of these key ratios you'll want in your favor.
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What You Need To Know To Keep From Getting Trapped By Cash Advance Addiction

Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.
Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.

CEO salaries at highest level since 2007

The Associate Press reports CEO pay increased in 2010 to a level higher than it had been during the boom times that preceded the recession.
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Tips for starting a small business on the right foot

Getting your new small business up and running requires lots of work. Here are new small business ideas to help give you a running start.
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The best summer jobs for teens

Now's the time to look for summer jobs, teens. The recession has made it tougher, but don't give up. Here are some summertime employment ideas.
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No Credit Check Personal Loans From The Comfort Of Home - A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.
Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.

Fraudulent lawyers tie up payment of BP oil spill claims

The $20 billion BP oil spill fund, bogged down by questionable claims and unscrupulous lawyers, has paid out a small fraction of the money.
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Four easy ways to get more money for what you are selling

Whatever you are selling, whether it is real estate, electronics or something else, a few simple steps can help you get the best price.
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