Spokane Journal of Business

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Young Spokane fintech Haploos goes public (sector)

Spokane-based fintech company Haploos Inc. has received clearances from three federal government departments that company CEO Josh Arritola hopes will open up new markets for its virtual credit card. This spring, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ...

Earnings fall at many banks with Spokane presence

More than half of the banks with a presence in the Spokane area report a decrease in earnings for the second quarter of this year. Of 13 institutions with readily available earnings reports that have at least one branch in Spokane County, eight saw second...

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Gold loses luster as hedge against market dip, inflation

It’s no fun paying up for essential goods and services, but what’s mostly overlooked is the fact that many people will buy them regardless of price. So they may be suffering from inflation, but by paying much higher prices for discretionary purchases,...

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Some small businesses sell to locals, continue legacies

Selling a business is a major component of a retirement strategy recently for some Spokane-area business owners, who are also happy that the new ownership has remained local and retained their employees, in some cases. ...

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Ecological options emerge for end of life

Funeral industry workers here say alternative burial methods are slowly gaining acceptance among Spokanites, while cremation continues to be the most popular overall option. ...

Most near retirement have time for market return

You’ve worked diligently and saved and invested for retirement. You put in 40 to 60 hours per week for a whole lot of years. Now, at long last, you’ll get to kick back and do whatever pastimes you enjoy. ...

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Learning the publishing business in retirement

This year, Stephen Lalonde, a retired high school teacher, published his fifth book, “Anissi,” the final in a trilogy for which he says had a waiting list of people ready to purchase it. He is 72 years old. ...

Chronic optimism is rational opinion on stocks

As I write this, the U.S. stock market is off by the largest amount since the COVID bottom. The fear index watched by many on Wall Street is currently “extremely high.” And it just seems the market’s current momentum is down. I’ve been doing this ...

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In housing shortage, mobile home values soar

Manufactured homes historically haven’t been known for appreciating in value. That’s no longer the case, Spokane-area lot owners and real estate agents say....

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Spokane-area permit activity maintain brisk pace

Overall permit activity in the first half of the year has kept pace with the first six months of 2021. While residential permitting has slightly declined, commercial permit volumes have boosted the overall totals, according to officials with ...

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