Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Riverfront Park projects move toward next phase

The city of Spokane parks department is moving to the next phase of planning and development of renovations at Riverfront Park heading into next year. Meanwhile, Riverfront Park projects that started in 2017 are expected to wrap up during the first half ...

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The learning curve for STCU’s Ezra Eckhardt

Ezra Eckhardt might not be assuming the role of president and CEO of Liberty Lake-based STCU until Jan. 1, but he’s already hit the ground running visiting branches and learning all about the organization he’ll soon lead. In an interview just a week...

Idaho Independent Bank prepares for transition

While its customers might not realize any difference in services or policy, Coeur d’Alene-based Idaho Independent Bank will face a big change come New Year’s Day. On Jan. 1, Kurt Gustavel, 48, will take over the leadership of IIB from his father, Jac...

Despite popularity, robo-advisers can miss big picture

Automation and the transition to digital solutions are affecting more and more industries, and financial services are no exception. Over the past few years, tech-savvy consumers increasingly have embraced financial-technology investment tools to save tim...

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...

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