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The Fed’s Loss-Absorbing Capacity Threatens Big Banks 1

In October 2015 the Fed governors unanimously voted to pursue a “loss-absorbing capacity” measure requiring the largest eight banks, including “JP Morgan, Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America,” to issue hundreds of billions in new equity and debt to insulate the economy from the crippling effects of future financial shocks....

Great Podcasts For Small Business Owners 6

For years now podcasts have slowly made their way into the mainstream. While the public at large may only be familiar with shows like Serial, the truth is that there is a huge selection of podcasts available covering nearly every subject imaginable. Like its ancestor (radio), podcasts are generally meant for...

The Role of Alternative Lenders in Small Business Loans

In the late 2000s alternative lenders like Lending Club and OnDeck emerged and began offering loans directly to borrowers online. Touted as “disruptors,” these lenders sought to challenge the current banking system that they deemed to be broken and grant more consumers and small businesses access to credit. On the...

How Equity Crowdfunding Could Change Start-Up 15

After years of waiting, it looks like the gates to equity crowdfunding (EC) will finally be opened thanks to a recent vote within the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although Title III of the Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups (JOBS) Act was signed into law over three years ago, the SEC has taken...

Tips for Tackling Your Debt Once and For All 1

Debt is, unfortunately, a fact of life for many Americans. Between mortgages, car payments, and credit cards, the vast majority of us have some amount of debt to our names. Even though the average person knows that staying in debt will only continue to hurt their finances and future prospects,...

The Importance of Talking to Your Partner About Finances

You've probably heard it said that communication is the key to a successful relationship, but how well do people follow this advice when it comes to money? According to Fidelity, over 40% of individuals surveyed didn't know how much their partner made. In fact one in ten were off by...

Small Business Loans Made Easy Thanks to New Partnerships

Alternative and online lenders have made it easier than ever for entrepreneurs to secure loans for their businesses. Additionally some of those online lenders are now working with non-profit organizations to further promote the expansion of small business in America. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which assist business owners with...

Fed Targets December to Raise Federal Funds Rate - Really?

Despite the Fed’s previous stated intentions to raise the federal funds rate sometime in 2015 no increases have been approved so far. However on October 28th the FOMC announced “in determining whether it will be appropriate to raise the target range at its next meeting, the committee will assess progress...