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Top 10 US college majors that lead to highest pay

The Bureau of Labor Statistics keeps track of the average starting salaries from various career paths. In order to maximize your earning potential, forget majors like English and consider the top 10 highest paying college majors in the U.S., advises Salaries depicted here reflect annual pay for bachelor’s graduates without an advanced degree. Grease
The financial crash at Dubai has sent investors scrambling for cover. Will they be able to borrow more for construction projects?

Gulf States Finding it Hard to Borrow Money

Where are the Projects? There were years when banks and institutions looked upon the oil-rich Persian Gulf States with awe as they embarked upon a series of development projects. Each project was bigger, better and promised large returns on investments. Lenders bent over backwards to grab a share of the pie, as loans worth billions
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Atlas Energy Chevron buyout under multiple investigations

Atlas Energy is a natural gas producer and developer in middle America and the Appalachian region. A publicly-held company, Atlas Energy has received a buyout offer from Chevron valued at $4.3 billion. Two shareholder-representative companies have launched investigations into the offer, however. Chevron’s offer for Atlas Energy Atlas Energy has been trading at around $30
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Treasury kicks off small business lending with $53.4 million

Three states have qualified to get big money from the Treasury Department. The Treasury Department has infused $53.4 million into lending programs in Connecticut, Vermont and Missouri. All three states have created programs that are intended to stimulate $10 worth of small business lending for every $1 invested. The Small Business Jobs Act Small businesses

iPad sale and other Apple Black Friday deals

In a move that was not unexpected, but highly anticipated, Apple has announced Black Friday deals. The iPad sale cuts $41 off the price of all iPad devices. MacBooks, iMac, and even iPods are also on sale. iPad sale officially on For Black Friday only, Apple has announced an iPad sale. A full $41 has

#1 Mistake Most Payday Loan Companies Make

The payday loan industry is making common business mistakes Payday lenders spend an outrageous amount of money to find one qualified borrower. The costs per repeat borrower is astronomically higher for payday lead buyers. Most lenders do not monetize their applicants when the customer does not qualify for their loans. They spend anywhere from $50

Workers try to find payday cash with a good boss to match

Getting the job is just the beginning More and more workers are concerned about their payday cash. It’s not just a matter of money, though; they are also worried about moving into a new job position and their new boss. With the number of unemployed in America reaching the millions, that leaves people in a
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Does the Declining Dollar Affect You?

Current State of Affairs for the Dollar Under both the Bush and Obama administrations, U.S. government spending – financed by government borrowing – has skyrocketed, resulting in a prolonged decline of the value of the dollar. This trend escalated with the Federal Reserve’s reaction to the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis and the dramatic drop in
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Nine Powerful Keys to Financial Freedom

Step by Step Success Strategies Success Key Number One Accept that financial freedom is possible. Many cannot imagine going through debt repair, being debt free or possessing the freedom to design one’s own lifestyle by having access to a healthy cash flow. Therefore, the first step in achieving financial freedom involves believing that such a
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Goldman Sachs takes aim at Senate report

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the securities firm Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., once described as a “financial snake pit, rife with greed, conflicts of interest and wrongdoing,” is preparing to strike back. The Wall Street Journal reports that the firm plans to counter the Senate’s financial crisis subcommittee’s 639-page report, which alleges that Goldman Sachs sought

Bail Bond Surety Industry Risk Diversification

Overview of Bail Bond Credit Risk Bail bond companies are typically only licensed to issue bonds that are actually underwritten by surety bond companies. A surety company is a highly specialized form of insurance company that basically puts up the money to fund the bonds used by bail agents. So bail bond companies are not
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National Broadband Plan: Universal access by 2020

It wasn’t long ago that connecting to the internet meant dialing into your Internet Service Provider and listening to the hissing and pops of your internet connecting. Since then, though, broadband internet has become the norm — for most. The cost (which practically requires installment loans), a lack of “digital literacy” and concerns about privacy
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Taco Bell class action suit says its taco meat is not really beef

Taco Bell taco meat looks like meat, and some people think it tastes like meat, but technically, it isn’t beef. In Taco Bell advertising, food products are described as filled with ground beef, yet Taco Bell taco meat is only about 35 percent beef. Such a description violates USDA rules, and an Alabama law firm
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New Say on Pay rule gives shareholders vote on CEO compensation

Shareholders can now vote on the salaries of executives leading publicly traded companies. The “Say on Pay” provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday. The Say on Pay vote is nonbinding, but analysts expect the rule may have a profound effect on the behavior and performance
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Small businesses relying more on credit cards

Contrary to popular belief, there is still credit for small businesses to obtain. Unfortunately, the credit they can obtain isn’t in the form of a business loan from a bank or the Small Business Administration as much anymore.  These days, more small businesses are having to rely on credit cards.  A lot of funding that
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Funding for Birmingham construction jobs has dried up

According to Alabama Live, approximately 30 percent of all Birmingham area construction jobs have dried up over the past three years. It isn’t because contracts are few and far between, report experts like Henry Hagood of Alabama Associated General Contractors. Corporate boards and CEOs simply haven’t had the confidence to sign off. Birmingham construction jobs