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With S&P suit settled, Mississippi set to take on Moody’s over flawed investment ratings

By TED CARTER A recent big-dollar settlement with Standard & Poor’s over misleading ratings put on sub-prime mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial collapse has cleared the way for Mississippi and Connecticut to resume a similar case against Moody’s Ratings Service. The two states put their action against Moody’s on hold during settlement negotiations with S&P that resulted in a Feb. ...

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MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE — Mississippi bankers see increase in young homebuyers

By BECKY GILLETTE With rent going up in many areas, and employment rising as the economy improves, home buying is beginning to improve in some areas of the state. “Lower rates are improving housing affordability relative to rents, and many of the recent applicants think this is a good time to buy,” said Scott Dickey, mortgage division president, BancorpSouth, Tupelo. ...

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IKE TROTTER: lt’s time to get a handle on your budget

Do you often wonder about where your money goes each month? Does it seem like you’re never able to get ahead? If so, you may want to establish a budget to help you keep track of how you spend your money and help you reach your financial goals. Here’s a few first of the year ideas that might help you ...

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U.S. Treasury Department awards Mississippi more than $4.4 million in state small business credit initiative funds

The U.S. Treasury Department has awarded Mississippi more than $4.4 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds, which will be disbursed by the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will assist the state’s small businesses with accessing the capital needed to grow and create jobs. To date, more than $13 million in SSBCI funds have been allotted to MDA to ...

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Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union to merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union

BILOXI –  Wesley Health Systems Federal Credit Union, located in Hattiesburg, will merge with Keesler Federal Credit Union on Feb. 28, 2015.  First chartered in 1968 to serve employees of the former Methodist Hospital, Wesley FCU now serves all of Forrest County and select employee groups in Forrest, Lamar and Marion Counties. Wesley FCU will assume the name of Keesler ...

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BankPlus recognized for alternative program to payday lending

RIDGELAND — BankPlus and City First Enterprises of Washington, D.C., are the winners of the inaugural Empowerment Awards, which recognize promising projects that provide or encourage access to safe, fair financial services in underserved communities. BankPlus won in the Community Development Banking category for its innovative alternative to payday lending, and City First won in the Access category for its ...

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State’s new banking chief Charlotte Corley has deep roots in the business

Mississippi’s bankers should have no difficulty recognizing the name of the state’s new banking commissioner. Gulfport native Charlotte Corley has been a bank regulator in Mississippi her entire working life, having joined the Department of Banking & Consumer Finance as a bank examiner in 1985. She became banking division director in 2000, after a 13-year stint as a field examiner. ...

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Citizens Holding offering increased quarterly dividend

PHILADELPHIA — Citizens Holding Company’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per share payable Dec. 31 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15. “Today I am announcing our fourth quarter 2014 dividend of $0.23 per share,” said Greg L. McKee, president and CEO. “This is an increase of $0.01 per share to $0.23 per share ...

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BancorpSouth opens office in Austin, Texas

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Bank, subsidiary of BancorpSouth Inc. has opened a loan production office at 11612 Bee Caves Road in Austin, Texas, providing a broad range of financial services to the Austin metropolitan area. “The Austin, Texas MSA consistently ranks at or near the top of almost all statistical publications regarding economic drivers and activity,” said BancorpSouth chairman and CEO ...

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