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Economist says state revenue will meet estimates

By TED CARTER Mississippi will see economic growth in the year ahead but not the size typical in most years. That’s the mixed outlook State Economist Darrin Webb gave the Mississippi Joint Legislative Budget Committee Monday. “We expect Mississippi’s economy will grow 1.7 percent in 2015 relative to 2014,” Webb told the committee. “Our current projections are for a 2.2 percent ...

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EMV chip offers safe haven from credit, debit card counterfeiting

By TED CARTER The EMV card era begins officially for the United States on Oct.1, making it the last developed country on Earth to adopt the new generation of payments processing. It’s a case of better late than never for U.S. banks and businesses that expect the European export to put counterfeit credit and debit card fraudsters out of business – ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — The science of the sale; the art of lunch

Let’s do lunch! Well, let’s do lunch the right way. Too often salespeople think that getting a lunch appointment is the victory, and don’t concentrate on building rapport and the relationship to ultimately make the sale. Big mistake. Even more often, companies and (cheap) managers will not reimburse salespeople for lunchtime meetings. Bigger mistake. But most often, when a company ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fed’s artificially low rates unfair to CD owners

Are you a senior citizen or other conservative saver frustrated with the low rates banks have been paying on CDs?  Since the Federal Reserve controls these rates, now may be the time for you to weigh in with your senator and congressman.   The Fed is charged by law “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate ...

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US stocks fall sharply on bleak Chinese manufacturing report

NEW YORK  — Stock markets plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after gloomy economic data out of China rekindled fears that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated. U.S. stocks are coming off their worst month in more than three years. The price of oil sank, giving up most of the gain it ...

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TODD SMITH — Pay close attention to all segments of millennials

Listen up, brand leaders: What you have been told about millennials is (mostly) wrong. According to new research from Carat, based on 14,000 millennials aged 15-to-34, this age group doesn’t quite meet the stereotype of “hyper-connected optimistic digital extroverts.” In fact, the stereotype applies to only about 42 percent of millennials, or about 36 million people. The other 49 million ...

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US stocks surge after China cuts rates to help economy

U.S. stocks surged in early trading Tuesday after China’s central bank cut its key interest rate in a bid to boost growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The move erased some of the stock market’s heavy losses from a day earlier when concerns over a slowdown in China’s economy rattled global markets and knocked down the Dow Jones industrial average ...

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