Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Emotions can lead to loss aversion or overconfidence in investing

Economist Richard Thaler was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in the field of economics for his contributions to behavioral economics. According to the Nobel committee, Thaler has “incorporated psychologically realistic assumptions into analyses of economi...

Don’t procrastinate when acquiring life insurance

With life insurance, there are no “do overs.” You have to make it count the first time. You can’t buy more after you die. With that in mind, have you ever wondered what the maximum amount of life insurance is that you can buy to protect your loved...

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Financial planning for parents-to-be has many facets

While most people agree the decision to start a family is one of life’s biggest adventures, it also comes with a hefty price tag, one that financial advisers here say parents-to-be should try to be proactive in planning for. “Whenever you’re facing...

Commercial banking still requires human touch

It should come as no surprise in the age of rapidly changing and emerging technologies, where cars can drive themselves and food delivery is available at our fingertips, that a majority of our banking services take place on our mobile devices. According ...

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New approaches to knee replacements in Spokane

The process of undergoing both full and partial knee replacements has improved in recent years due to surgical improvements and reduced hospital stays thanks to the efforts of a couple of orthopedic physicians and practices across Spokane. Full and parti...

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North Idaho combats physician shortage

Though it hasn’t reached a critical point, a shortage of doctors in Idaho is plaguing the state, which ranks 49th nationwide in physicians per capita. Those numbers aren’t getting any better, some North Idaho medical professionals say. According to...

Four benefits trends shape destination workplaces

As businesses tally expenses and set their budgets for next year, many won’t be able to escape the fact that health care price inflation continues to fuel increases in the cost of benefits. According to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s 2017 Benefits Strat...

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MultiCare’s David O’Brien hopes to bring health care giant’s vision for Spokane to life

Dr. David O’Brien, MultiCare Health System’s first chief executive for its new Inland Northwest region, says he enters the job with three main goals. “We’re looking to strengthen leadership here at MultiCare, improve upon our partnerships in the...

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Small-town physical therapy clinic sees growth after expansion

The Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center says it has doubled its fitness center membership to 650 people since adding a 600-square-foot pool in June. It’s the third expansion that Deer Park Physical Therapy Inc., which does business as Deer Park...

Avoid misconceptions when choosing Medicare plan

The Medicare annual election period, which started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, is a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their health care—just ask the 17.7 million people who decided on a Medicare Advantage plan in 2016....

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