Business

6 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Credit Repair Efforts

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Although the financial climate is improving and unemployment rates continue to drop, many consumers are struggling. Last year alone, U.S. courts reported nearly 1 million cases of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. How does a financial hardship like bankruptcy affect your long-term credit health? For one, the damage can remain on your credit report for seven to 10 years. If your credit is severely damaged because you filed …

Claremont Chamber Wants Full-Time Executive Director

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Claremont — The Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce is searching for a new executive director and is returning the job to a full-time position for the first time since 2012. Jamie Richardson, marketing manager at Claremont Savings Bank and president of the chamber’s board, said the business booster organization hopes to have a new head on board by the end of June, when …

Dream of Paperless Society Remains Just That, a Dream

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The dream of a paperless society may need to be crumpled and tossed out due to the realities of American life. Last month, Adobe announced that it’s turning its document-creation software into an Internet service. Consumers and business people will now more easily be able to view, edit, share and even sign digital documents in Adobe’s widely used PDF format, meaning that there …

A Cameras-Everywhere Culture

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Science fiction writer David Brin calls it “a tsunami of lights” — a future where tiny cameras are everywhere, lighting up everything we do, and even predicting what we’ll do next. Unlike George Orwell’s novel “1984,” where only …

Individuality in the Mainstream

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s been four years since Fiat re-entered the U.S. market. Yet despite new showrooms and provocative advertising campaigns, Fiat’s brand awareness seems as small as the diminutive 500 it sells, which is nicknamed “Topolino,” or little mouse, in …

Hard Winter For Region’s Home Sales

Sunday, April 26, 2015

West Lebanon — The Upper Valley residential real estate market has just come through a brutal winter that mostly saw a decline in the number of homes listed for sale and lower prices for those homes that did sell. Bur real estate’s winter of discontent has blossomed into …

Cloud-Computing at Amazon Shows Growth

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Amazon’s profitable cloud-computing services business is growing by leaps and bounds. That growth helped the e-commerce company Thursday post a 15 percent first-quarter revenue jump and a smaller-than-expected loss. The results sent Amazon’s shares up 6 percent in aftermarket trading. Investors have been growing restless …

At the Hospitals: April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Conference at DHMC Explores Child Abuse Issues Lebanon — A recent professional conference at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center explored the issue of child abuse, including its connection to medical costs. Three Twin State professionals were honored at the April …

Low Wages, Trade Pacts Send Auto Plants to Mexico

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Detroit — Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers. In the past two years, eight automakers have opened …

Fishing Regulators Approve Habitat Changes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Portland, Maine — Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England’s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England …

March New Home Sales Slump

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — Purchases of new homes slumped more than forecast in March from a seven-year high, a sign progress in the industry will be halting. Sales dropped 11.4 percent to a four-month low 481,000 annualized pace, figures released by the Commerce Department last week showed. The median estimate …

Consumer Confidential: Federal Data-Breach Bill Would Replace Dozens of Stronger State Laws

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s called the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015, and, if passed into law, it would be the first federal rule requiring businesses to let consumers know that their personal information may be in the hands of hackers. Sounds good, right? It’s not. Dozens of states, …

Money Talk: A Small Fee Can Have a Large Impact Over Time

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Question: What can I do to stop my broker from deducting trading fees from my Roth IRA contributions, which I make monthly? Let’s say I invest $420 each month, but the broker takes $7, or $84 a year. Shouldn’t this be payable from a separate source so that …