Competition is the best workout motivation, study finds – Medical News Today

https://apple.news/AruDtiLQKPqu57JaBJlczDQ Lack of physical activity has been shown to increase the risk of chronic illness and mortality. Yet, a large part of the American population fails to meet the government’s recommendations for physical activity. According to a new study, competition might be the key to getting us to workout more. Competition drives us to exercise […]

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ART TANK: Interactive grant program helps fund community arts – Aurora Sentinel

https://apple.news/A3kMKL8d3PpqQ0-RlMV4w7w ART TANK: Interactive grant program helps fund community arts Fast approaching its third consecutive iteration, Art Tank invites artistic outlets from across the metroplex to apply for a roughly $65,000 pot of funding, which is amassed by the various organizations that fund the Arts Affinity Group AURORA | For most community arts organizations, applying […]

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International Food Market Near City Heights Aims To Launch New Businesses – KPBS

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/oct/06/international-food-market-near-city-heights-aims-l/ A new international food and craft market at El Cajon Boulevard and 44th Street featured games of cornhole and freshly prepared Salvadorean pupusas. For City Heights resident Mireya Galvan, the outdoor eatery is an opportunity. The new space known as Fair at 44 is also an incubator for San Diegans to pursue their dreams […]

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U.S. consumer spending increases solidly, inflation rising – Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN12V1BM U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in September as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and inflation increased steadily, which could bolster expectations of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve in December. The Commerce Department said on Monday that consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, […]

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Is this the key to finally getting Americans to save money? – MarketWatch

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN12V1BM The economy may have improved a lot since the Great Recession in 2007, but one fact remains true: Most Americans are still shockingly bad at saving. There’s no shortage of research to prove this. About half of U.S. adults don’t have $400 saved that they could use to cover an emergency expense. Roughly 14% […]

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Guest opinion: U.S. mega-banks too big to manage – Billings Gazette

http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/guest-opinion-u-s-mega-banks-too-big-to-manage/article_96af967e-dcc4-5b42-892f-3c2bead515cb.html HELENA — The recent fine of $185 million handed down to Wells Fargo, following an investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, highlights the importance of choosing your banking partner carefully. The investigation found that, according to the consent order Wells Fargo signed, approximately 5,300 […]

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Banks Are Hoarding $2.4 Trillion of Bonds – Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-30/banks-amass-2-4-trillion-hoard-of-bonds-as-bofa-leads-stampede?bcomANews=true If the world’s biggest economy is really on the upswing, then why are America’s banks stockpiling a record amount of ultrasafe bonds? After all, jobs are back, the Federal Reserve is close to raising interest rates again and growth has perked up after a sluggish first half. But instead of ramping up lending to […]

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Apple Pay adds support for 25+ more U.S. banks & credit unions, Desjardins in Canada

https://clotheshorse.com/apple-pay-adds-support-25-u-s-banks-credit-unions-desjardins-canada/301504   Apple today added support for a long list of new banks and credit unions to its Apple Pay service in the US, as well as the addition of support for Visa and debit cards for Desjardins customers in Canada. Yesterday we reported that Apple Pay launched in its 10th country this week with […]

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Why Customer Experience Is the New Competitive Advantage

http://www.business2community.com/customer-experience/customer-experience-new-competitive-advantage-01677039#RrlJo08oLtBDA8pO.97   In a modern marketplace, consumers have endless options. Low prices and smart advertising aren’t enough to win their business. It takes a personalized, customer-centric approach to build brand loyalty. That’s why customer experience is the next frontier for companies hoping to maintain a competitive edge. Data from Gartner indicates that as many as 89% of […]

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FCC chief: We’re here to reinforce consumer rights

https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-poised-to-reinforce-consumer-rights-and-protections-tom-wheeler/   If you are a consumer who feels like you’re being taken advantage of, where do you turn for help? The Federal Communications Commission is the nation’s expert agency on communications technology and has a mandate to protect consumers who rely on our nation’s networks. In recent years, the commission has moved aggressively to meet […]

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