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Employees to Boss: Get Creative

A new survey finds that employees often want their companies to be more creative, and take more risks, when developing advertising and marketing campaigns.

Placement service The Creative Group (TCG) and AIGA said they have been researching worker attitudes toward their company’s efforts, and found that employees want to…

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Car Shopping by Smartphone

People are increasingly using their smartphones to find and share information about new and used vehicles, finds J.D. Power. The really lucky ones are credit union members, who can add their CU’s social media channels to their auto buying social networks.

In a new report, J.D. Power…

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Welcome to International Credit Union Day!

Since 1948, the third Thursday in October has been designated as International Credit Union (ICU) Day, with the World Council of Credit Unions acting as MC. This is the day to celebrate the international credit union movement in all its not-for-profit glory.

For ICU Day 2014, the theme…

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Equifax Uses New FICO Score

One of the Big Three credit bureaus said it will now be using the FICO 9 Score. Believe it or not, this affects you.

The FICO score is the “Big Kahuna” credit score these days, and is used by credit unions, credit card issuers, banks, mortgage lenders – even employers – as…

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Demand is High for Accounting, Finance and Information Technology Pros

A new forecast from the University of Michigan finds that demand for accounting, finance and information technology professionals is high, and growing.

The survey – of 250 companies — was conducted for staffing firm Brilliant, which specializes in the accounting, finance and Information Technology (IT) professions. The survey team was led by…

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Here’s Where to Find This Year’s Most Popular Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking for the best deals on this year’s most popular Halloween costumes, read on. We’re here to haunt help you.

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $2.8 billion on Halloween costumes this year. This is a 55% increase since 2006. Clearly…

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Scam Alert: Watch Out for Dodgy Payday Loan Offers

Payday lenders have become controversial, for all the right reasons: they charge very high interest and fees, focus on economically disadvantaged communities and often lock people into an endless cycle of expensive debt. And that just describes the legitimate ones.

Now comes word from attorneys Bond & Botes, who are…

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Women Start Businesses at Twice the Rate Men Do

Women are taking the lead when it comes to starting businesses. However, far too few of the businesses they start crack through the $1 million revenue barrier. Some new research points at ways to remedy that situation.

Professional services firm EY said that its EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program conducted…

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Thanksgiving, Unplugged

A lot of people think they can’t live without their digital devices. But this Thanksgiving many are planning to turn off their smartphones, notepads, laptops, desktops, tablets and phablets in order to have a more traditional Thanksgiving.

This is no mean feat, since studies have shown that many modern…

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Credit Unions to Offer New Energy-Improvement Loans

A new program being offered through credit unions offers homeowners affordable loans for energy efficiency improvements.

The program, from CUNA Strategic Services — (working with LendKey and Conservation Services Group (CSG) — is being offered through credit unions across the country.

Energy efficiency improvements can include upgrades to HVAC (heating, ventilation and…

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