RSS Feed businessrecord.com : Finance & Insurance http://businessrecord.com:80 A feed of current articles not set 2014-08-27T15:18:35.9890977Z Berko: Taxes and the internet http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Berko--Taxes-and-the-internet/171/833/64985 Finance & Insurance IPERS earned 16 percent on investments last fiscal year <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">The Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System (IPERS) investment portfolio returned 15.88 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, and its trust fund balance increased to nearly $28 billion from $24.8 billion at the end of the previous fiscal year, according to a release.</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/IPERS-earned-16-percent-on-investments-last-fiscal-year/171/833/65058 Finance & Insurance Employers' unemployment insurance costs will drop again in 2015 <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">A downward adjustment in unemployment insurance rates will save Iowa employers approximately $108 million next year,</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001-aRPvjb4xiVPAug-QlF9zdm9fzoDy16_r9p6l2BY0E1pWA-L_8CEzorPKHVGQz9nN0T-gt7bZ2HyOiqJPZW9KwAZslWuTx5u4eP7nhErtBelCx_IvEMsikhvtDObxIrx89bQuTwykPCzDf_LF3NvqQoPlwPakBFLeejQLyI6BdwGSXSv4ILdgg==" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">&nbsp;Iowa Workforce Development announced.</a> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Employers--unemployment-insurance-costs-will-drop-again-in-2015/171/833/65055 Finance & Insurance Credit unions become more bank-like on overdraft fees <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Economic research firm Moebs Services released data showing that when it comes to overdraft fees, credit unions are closing in on banks,&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Z-syRtxHCw9i24Gtp6HoKqE11TPEw7uVu633hbmz0cFyooAMhuqsCgYv7AWwYkJZ6UtjG8s4mthlYV9FPqCZis84dd15IxO7vRO21IoXNTnjczIf8sxBCIBJ1bWKkqPXFFjAiOmxAXCy6trs19LpInO3JD97ZvhIn_mwJb4BK8qxXlm0r3IRXI5Y-D2EDBbfGghKXWzi1RM=" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1; background-color: #ffffff;">MarketWatch reported.</a> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Credit-unions-become-more-bank-like-on-overdraft-fees/171/833/65017 Finance & Insurance Sales of problem mortgages drop to lowest level in nearly seven years <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Distressed sales accounted for 11.4 percent of total home sales in June, the lowest share since December 2007 and a strong improvement from the same time a year ago, when this category made up 15.8 percent of total sales, real estate analytics firm CoreLogic Inc. said</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Sales-of-problem-mortgages-drop-to-lowest-level-in-nearly-seven-years/171/833/65016 Finance & Insurance U.S. jobless claims dropped more than expected <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly more than expected last week, Reuters reported.</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/U-S--jobless-claims-dropped-more-than-expected/171/833/65007 Finance & Insurance Berko: Too far in debt http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Berko--Too-far-in-debt/171/833/64897 Finance & Insurance Report: Iowa had strong GDP growth in 2013 <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Iowa's real gross domestic product increased by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new state-by-state quarterly analysis&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001fK_2xmlrF33eiblFl51gvGPIeM0S5UNnCDxVBvspYakt8eSPObzaFdYPh1pXv0P-9tX09lNt6tdkFiUPAseglNb2hQH5Sf2KTjM5aQlOwnSLmTZ7YZORAT1_l01mm5J8hLTj9QA1PsR4IoZKeFL3PzMRU2FNSMKhyoeG2UEbxLseMIKMeom1Pg==" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.</a> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Report--Iowa-had-strong-GDP-growth-in-2013/171/833/64990 Finance & Insurance Berko: BlackRock and W.P. Carey I have been reading your column for over 20 years and often wonder why you never mention BlackRock Inc. I have 70 shares at a good profit and would consider selling 20 shares and buying 200 shares of W.P. Carey. Please give me your opinion on this. http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Berko--BlackRock-and-W-P--Carey/171/833/64984 Finance & Insurance NAIC releases model act for insurer governance disclosure <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Insurers will be required to annually provide state regulators a detailed description of their corporate governance practices under a new model act&nbsp;</span><a track="on" shape="rect" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001WfgFDKypYcvnFGW4DB2dJotGgJmTC6AzIMgrCKvW4jA---iTN665E8NDX-a0sMQVC1mJezF17PJqKNxkZJm01aV36xc7H2_WSb9oyA3tpRbvofjD3uBfdU66JcRpY1J9XKQPQLX7p9evpsyCDMp1_nZKFd45hqYiIK9FgNkz5iw9sdQTFc3BqEnccpueAu4d" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1; background-color: #ffffff;">released Monday by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners</a><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">.</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/NAIC-releases-model-act-for-insurer-governance-disclosure/171/833/64974 Finance & Insurance Economists mull likelihood of stock market bubble <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Economist, economist on the wall, is there a market bubble after all?</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Economists-mull-likelihood-of-stock-market-bubble-/171/833/64960 Finance & Insurance Berko: A media sandwich http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Berko--A-media-sandwich/171/833/64894 Finance & Insurance Home builders are more confident, and that's a surprise to economists <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Home builder confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly improved for the third consecutive month in August, according to a report released today by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Home-builders-are-more-confident--and-that-s-a-surprise-to-economists/171/833/64955 Finance & Insurance Recovery spreading to include high-paying jobs <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">The recovery in America's job market is finally spreading to industries with good pay after years of being concentrated in fields with low wages,&nbsp;</span><a track="on" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BKllLjTegG-09ACtF04V4SWCdjQ6ORQsRmt32eMsIyiiuoWJ3-O8MtPkW_IGk-q_Yw8PU0DKU6sR3XIPiKVxBAU3RSpQmJs3euTrQoJNYtMeb6ArudTrsbLDDId-UpVFpOFsZrtK_UIy3AaO7R6jDM7Fr9FCzTui0qRE21pfWJmsJvetMmVnOmE8J9xoK_2tope_w7AYxg35jvtSYdx5dvChnECmFnQDdHP9d4iZUR5R16VYLhVhoa5S-Y3voTcDZjHF_STvHCe4ozbspQ8_xxoSFjeDKWGYBK00jGrO-KTv0HIVS2OYybomYlYeCzxF" shape="rect" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">The Washington Post reported.</a> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Recovery-spreading-to-include-high-paying-jobs/171/833/64953 Finance & Insurance Iowa unemployment rate edged up in July <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June, Iowa Workforce Development said today.</span> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Iowa-unemployment-rate-edged-up-in-July/171/833/64942 Finance & Insurance Voya transfers $100 billion in life policies to free up capital <span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: #ffffff;">Voya Financial Inc. announced Friday it has struck a deal to transfer life insurance policies with a face value of about $100 billion to Reinsurance Group of America Inc., freeing up funds for the former U.S. arm of ING Groep NV,</span><a track="on" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001V3eRNRRFh48Km6tjYWRYBBD_vThjx7y2dLFx0bXeUFElS3tuWSt-3WU0g1WwEJjglfocgE6l6gpn8ANd42wCtYtJZFndgFeCeRLr172SRmYFZnxWpf6GIzUWD8zJuMDuyeu3_eZG4x0wrrj60FOaVu0g53AF7sjERD4vIA6IkGbay51pzA0mmxXTx_qMvBBvPfMl08B6scDFeMhjbAz2FakJ2bYkJSXp" shape="rect" linktype="1" target="_blank" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #1a63a1;">Bloomberg reported.</a> http://businessrecord.com:80/Content/Finance---Insurance/Finance---Insurance/Article/Voya-transfers--100-billion-in-life-policies-to-free-up-capital/171/833/64941 Finance & Insurance