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New @theMarket: Interest Rates and Stock Market

After years and years of historically low-interest rates both here and abroad, stock investors are suddenly paying attention to the day-to-day movements of the world's bond markets. They may be getting a little too obsessive for their own good. click for more

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Women's Day: How Can Women Make Financial Progress

So, what are the key obstacles to financial security for a woman? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is the gender wage gap: Women generally earn around 80 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Is America Back in the...

Yet, there were some among us, call them entrepreneurs, visionaries or just good businessmen, that still believed in space. But in addition, they believed that there were economic possibilities in pursuing space. People like Elon Musk (the electric car guy) who was willing to go where others feared... click for more

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@theMarket: Markets Have Best Week in Five Years

It wouldn't surprise me if stocks took a breather about now. A bout of profit-taking after the stupendous come-back we have had would be entirely reasonable. If the S&P 500 Index, for example, fell back 2-3 percent over the next week or so that would be healthy. click for more

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Berkshire Bank Hires New Wealth Adviser

Beginning her banking career in the Berkshires 26 years ago, 16 of those spent previously at Berkshire Bank, Haas has returned to the Wealth Management Team. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Time to Hedge Your Bets?

However, in a scenario where inflation expectations are rising, commodities do quite well, at least for a year or so before the Fed takes away the punch bowl by raising rates. When most investors fear inflation, they buy gold as a hedge. It has worked well through past cycles. click for more

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Consider Financial Gifts for All Your Valentines

Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting – a financial gift. click for more

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North Adams Biz Panels OK Church Property Division

The Redevelopment Authority approved the creation of a new lot within the Urban Renewal District that comprises the church's Christian education building on Ashland Street. The Planning Board at its meeting immediately following approved the Form A application that divided the property. click for more

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Lanesborough Releases Economic Development Plan

A town committee has completed the long-awaited economic development plan. The Economic Development Committee has spent more than a year crafting what is eyed to become the blueprint for the town's efforts to attract and grow businesses. click for more

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Second Brewery Proposed in North Adams

In his application to the Planning Board, Jonathan Spinney said the 10-barrel Rising Glass Brewery would have a tap room and entertainment space along with commissary kitchen.

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The Independent Investor: How to Handle a Pullback

You see, we humans are really not built for investing. Our primal instinct when we face danger is to run. That fear and flee response has been saving our butts ever since the first sabre-tooth tiger chased us out of our caves. But putting some distance between you and that predator doesn't work very well when it comes to investing.

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Greylock Employee Promoted to Vice President

In this role, Moncecchi will lead organizational initiatives focused on improving efficiency and strengthening culture, act as liaison with Greylock’s board of directors and be responsible for planning credit union activities and events.

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BMC Nurses Schedule Second Strike

The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center plan to go on strike for the second time. The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted to hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Some 800 nurses have been in difficult contract negotiations with the hospital for about a year and a half after the last agreement expired in September of 2016.

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Adams Ale House Slated to Reopen Under New...

The Adams Ale House is slated to reopen under new management after months of being closed. Pub owner Nathan Girard on Wednesday told the Board of Selectmen that he plans to lease the building to a group that will run it under the same name.

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Be Financially Prepared for Natural Disasters

Whether it's a tornado, hurricane, flood or wildfire, you may be at least potentially susceptible to a weather-related event that could threaten your physical – and financial – well-being. How can you protect yourself?

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Biz Briefs: New Jersey Brothers Purchase Elm...

Verson, Inc. is a family-owned business that owns and operates a group of deli and catering shops in New York City. Verma plans to keep the current staff while adding more prepared foods to the menu.

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@theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets

As we entered 2018, investors were not discounting higher inflation. Instead, they have betting on moderate GDP growth, a continuation of modest rate hikes throughout the year by the Fed, and robust earnings growth. And then Congress and the president passed tax reform.

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Two Balance Rock Financial Advisers Earn...

LPL is a leader in the retail financial advice market and provides resources,tools and technology that support advisors in the delivery of personal, objective financial advice.

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Put a Trusted 'Quarterback' on Your Financial Team

And, just as a quarterback on a football team must communicate clearly with his teammates, so will your financial quarterback need to maintain consistent contact with the other team members.

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Freight Yard Pub Owners Opening 2nd North Adams...

Sean and Colleen Taylor have run Freight Yard Pub in Western Gateway Heritage State Park for 25 years. They hope to transfer that success to the Trail House by offering familiar, American food but with enough of a difference for the Trail House to stand alone.

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Otto's Expanding Restaurant, Adding Dinner

Every year Luke Marion says there is no way he could fit more people inside Otto's Breakfast and Deli. But every year, the chef and restaurant owner somehow manages to do it. The restaurant's business has been growing at nearly 20 percent every year. And now, he definitely needs more space.

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Pittsfield Announces First-Ever Business...

When it comes to growing and attracting businesses to the city, Michael Coakley is the guy you want to talk to.

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@theMarket: Bulls Barrel Through Another Week

Steve Mnuchin, the administration's treasury secretary, was also at Davos. He managed to sink the dollar by over 2 percent on Wednesday, simply by failing to toe the line of former U.S. officials.

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Greylock Investment Group Hires New Adviser

Du Pont is a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science, with a primary focus in international affairs. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

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The Independent Investor: There's Nothing Sheepish...

Six months ago, I purchased my first pair of wool shoes. Not only are they the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, but the wool is both warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A client reminded me that weavers are also using increasing amounts of wool in their products as well.

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Questions to Ask Before Taking Social Security

Social Security can be an important part of your retirement income. So, before you start making decisions about your payments, you'll want to know what questions to ask.

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Williamstown Select Board Agrees to Not Oppose...

The proposal has been a main topic of conversation for the board for months, and last week it hosted a public forum to gauge community reaction to Joshua Silver's proposal.


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