Crystal Balls, Ouija Boards, and Basu? What's the 2011 Maryland Economic Prediction?

by Anirban Basu 27. January 2011
Equity Markets and Economy Have Turned for the Better Why Economic Activity may not Accelerate as Dramatically as Expected this Year A combination of ongoing stimulus and recent economic momentum has induced many economists to ratchet up their 2011 forecasts and there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.  Consumer spending has been rising, with retail and food services sales up 7.7 percent between November 2009 and November 2010.  Auto sales have also been edging higher, including a... [More]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Not just another Bank Holiday a.k.a another day off…

by Erica Starr 14. January 2011
Dr. King is known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and around the world. Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post offices and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 17, 2011 (the observed holiday for Martin L King Jr. Day) marks the 25th anniversary of the national holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. If you&rs... [More]

Visa change could impact you at the pump

by Kevin Lynch 20. August 2010
lA recent change enacted by Visa© could have an impact on you the next time you go to fill up the car. Beginning in August, gasoline dealers have been given the option to replace the one dollar status check toany amount, up to $500.  In the past few weeks, we've seen pre-authorized amounts ranging from $25 to $120. These typically drop off in one to two business days, once the actual transaction posts to a customers account. So what does this mean to you? Let's look at this from the pe... [More]


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