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The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis

Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage and credit card debt, we have seen a decrease by about 1 percent. click for more

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Retirement Security Week: Take Steps to Boost Your...

Some 50 percent of households are considered at risk of not having enough money to maintain their living standards in retirement, according to the National Retirement Risk Index, produced by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. click for more

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How Can You Become a 'Sustainable' Investor?

If you haven't heard of this term, you might know it by other names: socially responsible investing, values-based investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. click for more

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@theMarket: Will China Be Next?

Mid-term elections could be the trigger. It wouldn't surprise me to see a deal before November — since the polls appear to favor the Democrats. Trump's tariff offensives, while supported by most of his base, are deeply disturbing to those who are feeling the brunt of foreign-trade retaliation. click for more

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Mausert Block Takes Big Step With Opening of...

It's just an office but its completion marks a major step forward in the long-awaited renovation of the former Woolworth building. click for more

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Berkshire Bank Promotes One to First Vice...

In her new position, Markham will maintain a strong leadership presence and community involvement as she remains local to the Berkshires, working from the company's Pittsfield office. click for more

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Berkshire Money Management President Honored by...

Schmick was honored for her longtime commitment to growing the local economy and "being a good steward of resources and talents." click for more

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The Independent Investor: Estate Planning Is for...

One might assume that those with a great deal of money would make sure that their estate was protected. After all, they have the money and the opportunity to hire the expertise they needed to put things in order. Obviously, in the above cases, that wasn't true. click for more

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North Adams Restaurant Gains Approval With...

On Monday, the board gave the OK to a parking lot with spaces for 20 cars that will be located behind the church near the old ballfield and will be accessed by Amidon Road, which is east of the church. Two more parking spaces will be created at the front of the building for handicapped access. click for more

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Can You Count on a Bountiful Investment 'Harvest'?

But the concept of planting and gathering isn't confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing.

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Cumberland Farms Withdraws Adams Application

The company was supposed to make a final pitch before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday but instead asked to withdraw its plans without prejudice, which would allow it to resubmit them at a later date. The ZBA approved.

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@theMarket: The Market's Last Quarter

Since there is no way of knowing what our esteemed president will do on the trade front, let's simply acknowledge that risk and move on. Mid-term elections are also an unknown quantity, but my bet is that the Democrats will take the House, while the GOP will maybe hold the Senate if they're lucky.

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Berkshire Money Managemen Adviser Gains...

Zack Marcotte, a financial adviser on the Berkshire Money Management team, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation as well as the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designation.

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Regional Workforce Development Plan Rolling Out

Workforce development professionals are taking a deeper dive into building the region's health care, hospitality, and manufacturing industries. It isn't that other sectors aren't important but that the Baker administration has tasked local officials to develop a blueprint for workforce development with specific industries to focus a greater amount of attention.

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Understanding Risk Tolerance Is Essential for...

Of course, you've lived with yourself your entire life, so you probably have a pretty good idea of your likes and dislikes and what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. But investing can be a different story.

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center

Shawna Axenroth and her daughter got hiking in the scenic Berkshire hills, and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen. And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

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Methuselah's Liquor License Suspended Following...

Methuselah Bar and Lounge will be closed for the next five days after the Licensing Board issued a suspension Monday afternoon. The board issued the suspension after the Police Department found about double the amount of people inside the bar than its occupancy.

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk...

The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion.

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@theMarket: Record Highs and More to Come?

There's plenty of reasons to hope for the best, despite that wall of worry I mentioned in my previous column. The tariff tiff between Trump and the rest of the world is slowly becoming old news. More and more economists and trade experts are coming to the same conclusion that I did over a month ago. When you add up all the tariffs and counter-tariffs, the economic impact is equivalent to a hill of beans.

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William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Taps...

Donnelly previously served for nearly three years in the position of assistant brokerage manager for the Berkshires as well as Litchfield County in Connecticut.

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Names New Advisory...

Joining the Advisory Board are Jenn Gomez, Helen Moon and Colin Ovitsky, all of Pittsfield, and Dr. Rose Ellis of Williamstown assumed the role of Advisory Board chairwoman on July 1.

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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars

Seventy-seven percent of dog owners say the option of having pet-friendly features available would impact their decision on which vehicle to purchase the next time they are in the market to buy a car. That number increases to 89 percent for millennials.

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Marijuana Approved For Former KFC In Pittsfield

A lot has changed in two years. Nearly two years ago to the date the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for a medical marijuana facility at the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street because it was detrimental to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, the ZBA approved an even bigger recreational marijuana facility on the same location

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SBA Touts Small Business Success Stories of The...

The federal agency provides loans to small businesses to help them grown. Wendell Davis, the Region I New England administrator, said that capital component is what ultimately sinks many businesses as the owners just try to squeak by without putting in needed investment.

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers...

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both full and part time.

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Women Business Owners: Don't Forget About Your...

If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you'll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there's also an area you can't ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan.

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Marijuana Businesses Eyed For Former KFC —...

The former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street is yet again eyed to be a marijuana facility. Just two years ago the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for Happy Valley Compassion Center to operate a medical marijuana facility at the vacant restaurant. Now, Heka Health is proposing to use that and the neighboring Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary.

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Cumberland Farms Expects Spring Construction in...

The project was awarded relief from the city's sign ordinance on Monday night and is expected to go before the City Council in October for approval of its underground fuel storage tanks. The company also plans to speak with the Traffic Commission about install a proposed crosswalk on Ashland Street near the Blackinton Street intersection.


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