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New The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey

There will be no "contagion." What is happening in Turkey is truly a "Tempest in a Teapot" that bears little resemblance to the crisis in Greece several years ago. Yet, over the last week, Turkey's currency, the lira, fell to record lows, interest rates skyrocketed, and their stock market... click for more

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Time to Put Excess Cash to Work?

This doesn’t mean you should make drastic changes to your portfolio. You still need to stick with the asset allocation that’s suitable for your situation, which typically involves owning a certain percentage of growth-oriented vehicles, such as stocks, and a certain percentage of fixed-income... click for more

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@theMarket: Will Stocks Break Out or Break Down?

Technically, if markets are going to continue in this trading range, we should see a pullback soon. The key would be what level the bulls are willing to defend on the way down. click for more

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New Advisor Takes Over North Adams Edward Jones...

Adams said he is enthusiastic about taking over the branch office and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. click for more

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The Independent Investor: Should You Pay Down Your...

Over the last 10 years, as interest rates fell to almost zero, it made total sense to pay off your high-interest mortgage. At the very least, one could re-finance and save on monthly payments. This was especially true if your mortgage was in the last stages of a 30- or 15-year life. click for more

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Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening

Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building. They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings. click for more

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How Can You Help Your Kids Pay for College?

Your first step, of course, is to know what you're up against, so here are some numbers: For the 2017-18 academic year, college costs (tuition, fees, room and board) were, on average, nearly $21,000 for in-state students at four-year, public schools and nearly $47,000 for students attending private... click for more

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Habitat's Long-awaited Condo Project Hits...

Habitat for Humanity's long-awaited Gordon Deming condominium project will continue to be long-awaited. Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is now thinking it will be unlikely to break ground on the $1.1 million project this fall as it works through the permitting process. The project was... click for more

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Alzheimer's Partnership Seeks To Bring 'Purple...

Jenifer Apazidis remembers going out to eat with her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Her mother was diagnosed at age 59 and looked completely young and healthy. click for more

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@theMarket: Stocks Set for a Volatile August

The market's trading range is still intact and should continue and keep stock market values corralled into September and probably October.

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New North Adams Eatery Features Salad Bowls,...

The restaurant, located in the former Brewhaha space on Marshall Street, opened for business last Friday. Right now, it's open from 11 to 4 seven days a week and offers n build-your-own salads, beverages and specialty coffees, including a nitro cold-brew, although Emery says it plans to expand in hours and offerings as it goes along.

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Licensing Board Puts A-Mart On Warning Following...

Selling alcohol to an already intoxicated individual is against the law and, while the man was walking and not driving, the Licensing Board felt it posed a hazard. Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell said the severely intoxicated man could have easily been struck by a vehicle on that end of North Street.

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The Independent Investor: The Incredible Shrinking...

Bottom line: investors are simply bidding up the prices of existing stocks in an incredibly shrinking market.

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Marijuana Cultivators Eye Adams

Interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said representatives from LC Squared will meet with the board in the near future to discuss developing a grow facility at 173 Howland Ave.

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Consider These Financial Tips for Single Women

But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges – and do everything you can to overcome them.

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Rusty Anchor Challenging Pittsfield Building...

The Rusty Anchor is appealing to the state after local building inspectors have characterized its second floor as a nightclub. Owners Scott Graves and Paul Messana had just finished renovating the second-floor space at the private marina and are hoping to use it for such events as baby showers or anniversary get-together. But, the city's Building Department says it is need to make significantly more investments into the fire safety system because by definition the use of that space is for a "

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Greylock Appoints Two New Directors

Greylock Federal Credit Union announced the selection of Krystle A. Gallo and John L. Bissell as the newest members of the credit union's volunteer Board of Directors.

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Berkshire Hills Appoints Corporate Social...

Levante will lead Berkshire's efforts to integrate corporate social responsibility into all of the company's and foundation's activities, supporting key objectives, such as strengthening communities and engaging employees. Levante will oversee the development of CSR goals, policies and programs, with a strong focus on establishing a framework of standards and tools for advancing social responsibility.

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Berkshire Mall Closes to Shoppers - Again

Visitors to the site were greeted with handwritten signs reading “Mall Closed” on the locked entries to the common areas.

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Otto's Set To Take Over Wine Bar In Downtown...

A new wine bar is set to open in downtown Pittsfield. Luke Marion, owner of Otto's, is in the process of opening Uncorked in the location of the now-closed Regions Bar & Nosh. Marion is in the process of applying for a liquor license and hopes to open the Crawford Square lounge in September.

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Cumberland Farms Hearing Continued

The Zoning Board of Appeals voted to continue Cumberland Farms’ public hearing to the next meeting. "We have received correspondence from Cumberland Farms from their attorney asking that we continue the public hearing scheduled tonight," Chairman Peter West said Tuesday. "They have asked to be continued."

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Where You Live as Retiree Can Affect Financial...

If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you will want to study possible locations, but you also need to be aware that where you eventually decide to live can greatly affect your savings and investment strategies – both now and during your retirement.

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Greenwald To Return To North Adams Airport Manager...

The Airport Commission voted on Tuesday to bring Bill Greenwald back as the airport manager but under a different organizational structure. Administrative Assistant Michael Canales recommended that the commission accept a proposal from the former part-time airport manager which puts him in charge of the facilities, the city in charge of administrative issues, and the city auditor in charge of finances.

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Pittsfield Receives Lots Of Interest From...

At any given time, Permitting Coordinator Nate Joyner is talking with 10 potential marijuana business owners. Every since Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana sales, Joyner's phone has been ringing off the hook. He has become the point person in the Office of Community Development to field inquiries from individuals looking to start marijuana retail, cultivation, or manufacturing operations.

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@theMarket: Markets Remain Range-Bound

In 1984, it took the S&P 500 Index 122 days to emerge from the swamp, while the Dow required 123 days to do it. Only two of the last 20 corrections lasted for more than 100 trading sessions. The average correction length since the inception of the S&P 500 Index is 51 trading days. The absolute longest period was 229 trading days, which happened in 1978. So what?

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The Independent Investor: Tariffs — The Next...

I could say that this entire trade spat has been "much ado about nothing." The total amount of trade tariffs and counter tariffs don't add up to much given that China is a multitrillion-dollar economy. The war of words and threats between our once-allies, our antagonists, and the president, amount to much more.

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What Should You Do With an Inherited IRA?

At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies.

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Three More Marijuana Companies Seek Pittsfield...

Three more marijuana companies are working their way through the local permitting process. Temescal Wellness, Bloom Brothers, and David Graziani all received approvals from the Community Development Board Tuesday night - though the first was more of an update to a previously approved medical marijuana facility to become recreational and the third requires a secondary approval.

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North Adams Conservation Commission Sees Porches...

he Conservation Commission gave the Porches its blessing to go forward with an expansion. Charlie LaBatt, of Guntlow & Associates, went over the Porches’ plan to expand parking and green space on their campus as well as plans to remediate the former Sunshine Pools property across the street.


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