Spokane Journal of Business

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Bank with blue couch looks to grow

Two years after gaining a foothold in the Inland Northwest, Tacoma, Wash.-based Columbia Bank is eyeing potential expansion in the next two years with additional branches in the Spokane area and North Idaho, a regional manager here says. "We two...

Study suggests disconnect between goals, preparedness

More than three-fourths of Americans nearing retirement expect to be extremely happy after they leave the workforce, a survey suggests. And why not? They are looking forward to spending unrestricted time with family, traveling, and pursuing hobbies...

Fidelity says average IRA balances hit five-year high

Boston-based Fidelity Investments' analysis of nearly 7 million Individual Retirement Accounts, released last month, shows the average balance reached a five-year high of $81,100 at the end of tax year 2012, a 53 percent increase from the end of to...

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Handling someone's digital life after death

With more people frequenting social media networks, using password-protected online services, and moving to paperless bill statements, the issue of what to do with someone's digital life after death has increased in recent years, law professionals...

Alzheimer's patients found less likely to develop cancer

Older people with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to also have cancer, and older people with cancer are less likely to also have Alzheimer's disease, says a study on the topic that appears in the July 10 online issue ofNeurology, the medical a...

Demand for services rises; funding doesn't, study says

Even as states begin to implement long-term services and supports options in the Affordable Care Act that increase access to Medicaid home and community based services, most states didn't increase funding for non-Medicaid services, says a report by...

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In-home care provider sees insurance coverage rise

Addus HealthCare, a national provider of in-home care services operating in Spokane since 1979, helps mainly senior clients with daily-living tasks, and increasingly, long-term care insurance providers are paying at least part of the cost, a here a...

Vitamin D deficiencies hurt mobility

Vitamin D-deficient older individuals are more likely to struggle with everyday tasks such as dressing or climbing stairs, says a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism as as...

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Retirement living on South Hill comes along-Art only

The $20 million Clare View senior housing complex is well under way on Spokane's South Hill. Dave Roberts, senior developer at Spokane Housing Ventures, says the first living units there are slated to be completed this fall. Whitewater Creek Inc.,...

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Scrutinizing the 4 percent rule

The 4 percent rule, which has become a benchmark for retirement planning since the 1990s, might not be so hard and fast after all, some financial advisers here say.For simplicity's sake, the 4 percent rule says a retiree with a nest egg of $1 of...

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