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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Basel III, HVCRE & real estate loans

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  Sitting atop the Alps, Switzerland managed to eschew both World Wars, flout the fluctuating Euro, and fleece wide-eyed tourists with opened arms.  Of late, however, the multilingual country has exported more than chocolate: from Lausanne, the controversial Iranian nuclear treaty negotiations, and, more on point for us, from Basel, Switzerland, a series of confounding financial regulations innocuously referred to ...

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‘Cramming’ on customer bills proves costly to Verizon, Sprint

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By TED CARTER Inserting unauthorized third party charges into customer bills has cost wireless carriers Verizon and Sprint a combined $120 million in reimbursements to customers and federal and state fines of $38 million. Mississippi received $358,269.56 for its participation in the Sprint and Verizon settlements. The national mobile cramming settlements with Verizon and Sprint and last fall with AT&T ...

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Report: State economy still edging in right direction

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  By JACK WEATHERLY  The short view is Mississippi’s economy is edging in the right direction. The longer view is that it is better than it was a year earlier. Those are two findings in a monthly report from the University Research Center, a branch of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The Mississippi Leading Index ticked upward by 0.1 ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Summertime and fears from not so long ago

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The little girl whose blue veins shone through her lovely ivory skin was dead. She could have been my first girlfriend. I had a crush on her when I was seven or eight. It was on one of those languorous summer days when the news was spread rapidly through our Memphis neighborhood by children— fleet little messengers of sorrow. Joan ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Companies fail to deliver on their brand promise

A brand promise is the cementing of a company’s identity in the minds of its audiences. According to Gallup, companies are largely failing to make good on their agreements. Only half of the nearly 18 million customers Gallup surveyed strongly believe that the companies they do business with always deliver on what they promise. The other half, not so much. ...

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Vu Digital says it’s cracked the code to stories videos hold

Vu Digital's video-to-data technology identifies each visual and audio element of a still frame.

By TED CARTER The worth of pictures has stayed at one thousand words for what seems like ages. That is changing. The idea crew at Ridgeland-based C Spire’s Vu Digital says its newest technology can turn those words into millions of dollars, and maybe more. Think video-to-data, or V2D, says Vu Digital’s Wade Smith, vice president of operations and development. Vu ...

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VIP Cinema Seating continues growth in New Albany

By LISA MONTI  Moviegoers want more for their ticket price than a blockbuster drama or comedy. They want gourmet snack food, a superior sound system, high-tech screens and a plush seat like the one back at home in front of their giant TV screen. In other words, they want the whole movie-viewing experience. That’s exactly what Stephen Simons and VIP ...

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