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@theMarket: Markets Await a Brexit Vote

But don't underestimate Trump's penchant to create chaos. Just look at this week's disaster on the Turkish-Syrian border. Of course, voting in a Vietnam draft dodger as our commander-in-chief was beyond me in the first place, but what do I know? click for more

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The Independent Investor: Was There Really a Trade...

Many on Wall Street believe that the entire announcement was little better than a public relations stunt to woo Trump's farming base of voters back into the fold. click for more

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Be Creative When Withdrawing from Retirement...

Keeping in mind that the withdrawals are generally fully taxable at your personal income tax rate, are there some particularly smart ways in which you can use the money to help your family or, possibly, a charitable organization? click for more

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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening

The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January. click for more

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@theMarket: Stocks Soar on 'Skinny' Deal

As I wrote last week if "Trump believes he needs a 'win' to counter the slowing economy and the impeachment inquiry, then even a half-hearted deal might be in the cards. In which case, we could see a 10-15 percent move higher in the averages." click for more

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Welcome to Wayfair: Dignitaries, Business Leaders...

The international home decor company's new $5 million call center will employ upwards of 300 people in the coming months in a newly renovated section of the Clock Tower Building fully furnished, of course, with Wayfair products. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Brokerage Business Not...

Since Schwab's announcement on October 1, three additional big brokers — TD Ameritrade, E-Trade and Fidelity Investments — have thrown in the towel leaving only Vanguard (among the big houses) left out of the zero-commission trend. click for more

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Marijuana Cultivators Eye William Stanley Business...

After a brief executive session Tuesday, the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority voted to support Berkshire Kind's intent to purchase land in the business park and erect a 20,000 square foot grow facility. click for more

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Valley Flyer Connecting Springfield Region to New...

Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members cut a ceremonial ribbon on the passenger service that will run for two years along the so-called Knowledge Corridor. click for more

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Walmart Preparing Space for Online Grocery Pickup

The Planning Board in a brief meeting on Monday gave the OK to the 18-foot by 73-foot canopy for Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust and approved several other businesses.

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Greylock Federal Prepares to Open Community...

The branch is set to open within a couple weeks but U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and CDFI Director Jodie Harris were invited to the facility last week to learn about what the CEC will mean for the area's underserved and underbanked communities.

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@theMarket: An October to Remember

October is certainly living up to its reputation. This week, we witnessed a more than 1,000-point decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average before recovering at the end of the week. Behind the volatility: worry over a slowing economy.

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The Independent Investor: Markets Bogged Down by...

The manufacturing sector is suffering deeply from the trade war where business has dropped back to a 10-year low. Who is deciding that farmers deserve more help than manufacturers? How is controlling prices, deciding who benefits (and who does not) any different from what a communist or socialist state would do?

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Veteran Local Banker Joins Pittsfield Cooperative...

In this role, Cowlin is responsible for the overall operations, customer service, performance and profitability of the bank's main office, located at 70 South St.

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Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New...

Ethan Klepetar, member of the board since 2011 and trustee vice president since 2015, is stepping into the role of president, a position previously held by Elizabeth McGraw. A trustee since 2008, McGraw will continue to serve on the museum's board as vice president alongside Trustee Vice President Melissa Scarafoni.

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Conversation With Wayfair CEO Opens Neal's...

Niraj Shah, a 1991 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is bringing 300 jobs to his hometown with the development of a call center for the international home decor company. He was the keynote speaker at Neal's Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Berkshire Community College.

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How to Become a Long-term Investor

To begin with, you need to understand that long-term investing involves accepting inevitable short-term price swings. You may not like seeing those sharp price drops, but it will help your outlook greatly if you can keep them in perspective.

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Red Apple Butchers Taking Second Slice at North...

Nearly 18 months after it shuttering his location in Crawford Square, Jazu Stine expects to open on Tuesday in the very same spot to serve breakfast sandwiches and lunch.

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Pittsfield ZBA Continues Two Marijuana Facility...

The Zoning Board of Appeals deferred two special permit requests for two marijuana facilities to its October meeting, seeking clearer more complete information.

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@theMarkets: Markets Muddle Through

As we close this quarter, investors are having a hard time deciding what the stock market’s next move will be. Since the future appears murky right now, equities are trapped in a tight trading range. Will we break out? And, if so, in which direction?

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Norman Rockwell Museum Hires New Communications...

In this role, she will help bolster NRM's presence in the media and highlight the broad range of the museum's offerings, from special exhibitions to virtual reality experiences, and more. Additionally, her digital marketing experience will bring online content to new audiences and grow the museum's regional and national footprint.

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The Independent Investor: India's Bid for More...

Despite the poor performance of the economy, Modi was re-elected last year with an even larger majority. He is the leader of the largest political party on the planet, the Indian People's Party (BJP), with 180 million members strong.

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How Can You Make Your Money Last During...

It's probably safe to say that many of us are concerned about having enough money to cover our retirement years. In fact, some surveys have shown that we are more frightened of running out of money than we are of dying. What can you do to help alleviate these fears?

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Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Proposed...

Billy Preite is seeking a special permit for a change to the nonconforming use of the one-time general store that has been largely abandoned for nearly a decade.

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Space-Related Company Eyes BIC for Testing Center

The globally recognized company is a leader in technical consulting, software, and test services to promote safety and mission assurance in electromagnetic environments. It is negotiating with the center to house its new space environment test facility.

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The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil...

While Saudi production of 10 million barrels a day is, and will continue to be, an important source of energy supply, U.S. energy production has already surpassed not only Saudi output, but that also of any other energy producer worldwide.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Food Co-op One of Three...

Finalists compete on a regional basis in the West, Central, Southeast, Northeast and Great Boston areas. The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October.

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MountainOne Announces Officer Promotions

"We are happy to celebrate these individuals, and recognize their dedication, strong work ethic, accomplishments, and commitment to MountainOne," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer.


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