Fed Raises Rates for Second Time in a Decade
- December 19, 2016

Those rates are based on benchmarks like banks' prime rate, which moves in tandem with the Fed's key rate. HONG KONG Most Asian stock markets were tepid Friday while the dollar continued to march higher as investors started getting used to the new reality of a future with higher us interest rates. (more...)
Donald Trump's call with Taiwan president 'could undermine relations'
- December 07, 2016

Stephen Yates , a former national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who has been in touch with Trump advisers, said the call with Tsai was arranged by the transition team and showed the president-elect wants to rebalance the us relationship with China. (more...)
US health spending rose nearly 6%, fastest since 2007 US health spending rose nearly 6%, fastest since 2007
- December 06, 2016

That's an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients. The lobbyist said Republicans are discussing: "What's the impact on the 2018 plan year for that, and if it's as bad as some people say, what are our options to mitigate the impact without looking like we're bailing out the health insurance industry?" Not only would repealing Obamacare leave millions without health care coverage, but it would also force women to ... (more...)
Ex-Arizona governor wants Trump to keep Medicaid epxansion
- November 29, 2016

Q: Can my insurer drop out once the new administration takes over, even if the law hasn't been repealed? "There's going to be a lot of uncertainty", said Lora Pellegrini, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans. (more...)
Mayor Biskupski supports local, small businesses on Small Business Saturday Mayor Biskupski supports local, small businesses on Small Business Saturday
- November 28, 2016

Small Business Saturday is a way to draw attention to the locally owned businesses in any community. I also can't remember the last time I went out shopping on Black Friday, at least not to any of those retail giants with the hordes of rabid consumers looking for cheap prices on cheap quality goods. (more...)
How to pick the flawless Christmas tree and where to find it
- November 26, 2016

Beerbower Christmas Trees is another fun place to pick a ideal tree. As area residents wrap up their Thanksgiving Day festivities, farms across the Valley are ready to sell thousands of Christmas trees. But if you want a greener tree, the Virginia Pine is for you. "You don't want to get one too big obviously, but you don't want one that is too small or too big around either". (more...)