We’re back! Liverpool estate agency re-launches lettings after £3.5m Purplebricks deal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » We’re back! Liverpool estate agency re-launches lettings after £3.5m Purplebricks deal previous nextAgencies & PeopleWe’re back! Liverpool estate agency re-launches lettings after £3.5m Purplebricks dealAfter selling its lettings operation to the hybrid agency in 2017, The Venmore Group is now free to re-establish its property management division.Nigel Lewis12th August 20200938 Views The Venmore Group, the Merseyside estate agency that sold its lettings division to Purplebricks in April 2017 for £3.5 million, has relaunched its property management business after being released from the deal’s two-year ‘no compete’ clause.Purplebricks has always been shy about why it bought the business, which it acquired at the height of the Bruce brothers’ years at the company when it still had operations in the US and Australia and was making punchy claims for its growth.Freed from the restrictions of the deal, The Venmore Group has now re-launched its lettings division as TVG Lettings headed up by Darren Kay, one of the company’s experienced lettings bosses.Venmores has also re-employed many of its former staff who moved over to Purplebricks following the deal in 2017.The Venmore Group operates two other estate agency brands in the Liverpool area including Bradshaw Farnham & Lea both on the Wirral and in Chester, and two-branch Ball & Percival in Southport.Under its own brand it has both residential sales, commercial and auction divisions as well as, prior to the Purplebricks deal, two lettings branches in Liverpool.“It’s great to be back! Relaunching the Lettings business is an absolute pleasure and to be working again with some fantastic former colleagues is the icing on the cake,” says Kay (left).“It has been a brilliant start and we have combined our experience with utilising the latest technology to ensure a fantastic service to our clients, new and old.”Venmore Bradshaw Farnham & Lea Ball & Percival Purplebricks August 12, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” FOR NOVEMBER 14, 2018

first_imgAny comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE during the recent midterm election that 58,973 votes were cast?  …the voter turnout of more than 51 percent was a new record for the county in midterm elections?  …we would like to thank Vanderburgh County Clerk, Carla Hayden, her staff and the poll workers for doing an outstanding job in conducting a fair and honest midterm election?  …we also would like to thank all the fine individuals who decided to run for public office?IS IT TRUE that the political coattails of Mike Braun and Congressman Dr. Larry Bucshon helped County Prosecutor Nick Hermann, State Representatives Wendy McNamara and Ron Beacon and County Commission candidate Mike Duckworth, campaigns?IS IT TRUE  the most interesting statement made during the midterm campaign was made by Stan Levco?  …that Mr. Levco publically stated; “if Mr. Hermanns Chief Deputy Gary Schutte would have run for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor he wouldn’t be a candidate for this position”?IS IT TRUE the trouncing of 8th District Congressional candidate Willaim Tanoos (D) at the hands of incumbent Congressman Larry Bucshon (R) was very much expected?  …we won’t be surprised to see past supporters of the former Mayor of Evansville Jonathon Weinzapfel to start a low key campaign to replace Congressmen Dr. Larry Bucshon if he decides to retire at the end of his new term?  …we predict if Mr. Weinzapfel decides to run for United States Congress he will he will make one heck of a candidate for the Democrats?IS IT TRUE after the United States Senator Joe Donnelly’s crushing defeat by challenger Mike Braun of Jasper, there are only two Indiana Democrats left on the Federal level, Representatives Pete Visclosky and André Carson?IS IT TRUE after the midterm election the Democrats failed to take control of the Indiana Senate and House of Representative? …that the Republicans now have a solid Super Majority in the Indiana Senate and House of Representative and now Indiana has officially become a one-party State?IS IT TRUE the Republicans continue to control the Vanderburgh County Council?  …because of the major upset victory by Democrat Jeff Hatfield over Republican Mike Duckworth, the County Commission is now controlled by the Democrats?  …the Evansville City Council is currently controlled by the Democrats by a 6-3 margin?  …that could change because the Mayor of Evansville is expected to personally sponsor a slate of well qualified Republicans to challenge the majority of Democrats running for City Council in the 2019 City election?  …we expect that the local Democratic party will rely heavily on Party Chairman, Scott Danks; County Commissioners Ben Shoulders and Jeff Hatfield to assist them on raising the needed funds to help the Democrats running in the 2019 City election?IS IT TRUE because there are no credible Democratic candidates in the horizon considering a run for Mayor of Evansville it’s expected that Mayor Winnecke will run for re-election and will be elected to an unprecedented third term?  …it obvious that the only way the Democrats can retake control of City Hall is to have a candidate with a strong name recognition such as former US Congressman and County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth, former Evansville Mayor Jonathon Weinzapfel, State Reperseentive Ryan Hatfield or County Commissioner Ben Shoulders?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that several local attorneys are vying to replace the current City Council attorney Josh Claybourn who lives in Newburgh?IS IT TRUE that In the Republican-controlled Warrick County, Democrat Allyson Claybourn won a seat on the Newburgh town council by an impressive vote? …the Republicans swept all other Warrick County and Newburgh seats with more than 60 percent of the vote in every race?IS IT TRUE  that we are pleased that the Honorable Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge for Vanderburgh County David D. Kiely received an impressive complimentary vote?  …that Judge Kiely ran unopposed for re-election and we are glad that the Vanderburgh County voters acknowledged he has done an outstanding job as the Circuit Court Judge for Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE that the following Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judges also run for re-election as an unopposed candidate?  …they are the Honorable-Margaret Lloyd (Chief Judge), Honorable-Brett Neimeier, Honorable Robert J. Tornatta, and the Honorable Wayne S. Trockman? …we are extremely pleased that the voter of Vanderburgh County also gave them impressive complimentary vote?  …it’s obvious that voters of Vanderburgh County understood that the above judges are doing a great job for the citizens of this community?Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Celebration for the Polish American Home

first_imgTo the Editor:On November 25, friends of the Bayonne community gathered together for a dinner dance to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Polish American Home. It was with great pride and honor that we were given the opportunity to celebrate this most historic event that took us back to all the wonderful memories, both past and present, which the Polish American Home stood for through the years. An event of this magnitude would not have been possible without the committee members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the evening was a successful one. A sincere and special thank you to Mayor James Davis and the City Council, as well as all the past Polish American Home Presidents and guests for their kind attendance as we marked this treasured milestone. Cheers to another 90 years!MAREK WYKOWSKIPresident, Polish American HomeRICHARD M. ROMELCZYKPast President, Event Coordinatorlast_img read more

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Eternal light, up for grabs

first_imgThe Outer Space Treaty bars any nation — and by extension, corporation — from owning property on a celestial body, but a loophole in the pact may amount to the same thing, warns a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) researcher.Martin Elvis, a senior astrophysicist at the CfA, says that provisions in the treaty allow nations to exploit resources, including through establishing research stations, and bar others from disrupting such endeavors. In some cases, this could amount to de facto ownership, Elvis said. As China and Japan plan moon landings, and corporate leaders eye their own space ventures, the loophole has gained in importance.  Elvis spoke with the Gazette about his recent paper on the issue, co-authored with Tony Milligan of King’s College London and Alanna Krolikowski, a former Fairbank Center fellow now at Georg-August University Göttingen, and published in the journal Space Policy. A realistic scenario, he and his fellow researchers wrote, would be a race to claim the lunar “Peaks of Eternal Light,” bathed in near-perpetual sunlight and thus ideal for a photovoltaic power station. GAZETTE: What is the Outer Space Treaty and what does it say?ELVIS: It was agreed upon in 1967, during the Russian-U.S. rivalry over getting to the moon. It was concluded very quickly and it was a fight between socialist principles of the Russians — keeping space common property — and the U.S. capitalist approach saying we should be able to exploit space for its resources. And they sort of sit uncomfortably together in the treaty.So you can’t own any celestial body as it’s defined, including the moon, but you can make use of its resources. That leads to a sort of tension, but it has never mattered because it’s never actually come up as a practical issue.GAZETTE: It sounds like the main concern is that nations could potentially abide by the letter of the law but not its spirit.ELVIS: Things are changing very rapidly in space. Over the past 10 years, there have been a series of surveys of the moon and [we now know] it’s not just a gray, dusty sort of place, with some mountains and some lowlands and otherwise kind of boring. There are very highly differentiated resources, concentrations of particular metals or minerals. That’s very interesting, scientifically, but it also means some spots are more valuable than others. We highlighted the rarest one — these little ridges at the poles in almost permanent sunlight [the Peaks of Eternal Light]. That means you can have an almost continuous power supply.GAZETTE: What is so special about the ridges? How big are they?ELVIS: Unlike the Earth, which is tilted so the poles are in six months of darkness and six months of light, the moon is almost perfectly aligned with its orbit around the sun. You can imagine a single mountain peak near the south pole, going round and round as the moon rotates, illuminated by the sun. In practice, we’ve now mapped out the moon carefully enough that we see there are some very thin ridges — crater rims and ridges joining craters — that are very close to being that. But they’re tiny, thin ribbons and their total area is a few football fields.GAZETTE: All together or …ELVIS: All together, yes.GAZETTE: So you’re talking about the highest knife-edge of a ridge?ELVIS: Yes. And even then you have to build some structures a few yards high to really get continuous illumination. And they sit right next to some permanently dark craters. For the same reason — the moon is not tilted — their crater floors never get exposed to sunlight at all. So they’ve got billions of tons of water and other materials deposited there by comets and asteroids eons ago. Those are resources people want to exploit. You’ve got resources next to a power source, and that can get an industry started. A lot of people are excited about that. So these peaks are the most precious lunar resource there is.GAZETTE: Is this more of a concern now that we have private companies figuring out how to make reusable rockets and deliver payloads more cheaply?ELVIS: Oh, yes. Ten years ago we didn’t even know about the very uneven distribution of resources on the moon, certainly not in any detail. And 10 years ago no one was talking about going back to the moon. Now, not only are China and Japan planning a series of missions to the moon, China just announced that one of its missions would land at the south pole somewhere. There are also private companies, stimulated by the Google Lunar X Prize. And there are two teams that have rocket flights booked for 2017, an Israeli team and Moon Express, a U.S. company. And they seem to be looking at being able to send a lander to the moon for $50 million, which is very cheap by space standards. So this makes it a very urgent issue.CfA researcher Martin Elvis, seen at the Center for Astrophysics observatory, wants to clarify restrictions on lunar real estate before property conflicts arise. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: What is the concern?ELVIS: People would want to start putting power stations on these Peaks of Eternal Light and use them for exploiting the resources. What we pointed out is that a very simple experiment, similar to the one that the Chinese have already landed on the near side of the moon, [could serve to limit access to others]. You land on one end of the ridge and a little rover goes off, trailing a little copper wire behind it. It trundles off to the other end of the ridge, and that would then form a radio telescope.GAZETTE: So all you would need is a stretch of wire to form a radio telescope?ELVIS: Yes, just a dipole antenna like you used to have on your roof for your TV.That’s a perfectly valid experiment for solar physics. You would study the low-frequency part of the radio spectrum that cannot be studied from Earth because those waves don’t get through our atmosphere. It would be permanently exposed to the sun and you can claim — because you want to do clever Fourier analysis techniques — that you need continuous coverage [by sunlight]. That’s crucial, because then you say, “This is wonderful. I’ve just set up a research station, as anyone is allowed to under the Outer Space Treaty. And I’m happy for you to come and inspect it, as is required under the Outer Space Treaty. Except you mustn’t interrupt my operations, as is required under the Outer Space Treaty, and I’ve got a bare copper wire here, so don’t bring a radio, don’t bring any electrical equipment whatsoever, because it will pick up on my wire and ruin my solar physics experiments.”And that means you can’t visit because there is no way to get around on the moon without any electrical equipment at all. So I basically, totally legally, have effectively taken possession. In effect, I own it, because how are you going to get me out of there if you want to put up photovoltaic cells? You’re going to have to make it worth my while to roll up my copper wire. You could complain, but who are you going to complain to? There is nobody to oversee these disputes. And that’s what we’re really pointing out, that it’s time to realize that because of the highly non-uniform distribution of resources on the moon and the imminent arrival of several players, we’d better start thinking about what those mechanisms should be.GAZETTE: Should this be handled by international treaty or is it something for the U.N.?ELVIS: We talk about different ways of doing it. They’re very hypothetical because you’re going to have to have international negotiations to decide what the mechanism should be. It’s very hard to do treaties anymore, but you could interpret the treaty we already have. It’s very uninterpreted at this point — there isn’t a lot of decided law flowing from it. We might do as we did with the Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act last year. We might have an act which decides what the rights would be for U.S. people, and derive from the original treaty what we think that means for U.S. citizens or corporations. I think it deserves discussion by people skilled at this kind of thing. It’s not just these Peaks of Eternal Light; all space resources are very unevenly distributed. We have to think about it.GAZETTE: For people who believe human expansion in space is a good thing, is this, in a way, a good problem to have, in that we’re on the cusp of having more permanent human activity on the moon?ELVIS: I’m one of those “space cadets” and I think it is, yes. I’m probably more of a Jeff Bezos type than an Elon Musk type. Elon wants to go to Mars to have a backup plan for the world. Jeff Bezos says we should be using this planet for what it’s good for, not for exploiting its resources and polluting it. We should offload our heavy industry into space. And in the long term I think that’s what’s going to happen. I think a lot of excitement is going to happen in the next decade, which I hope to witness. I’m just trying to get things more realistic. Kind of bring it down to earth, as it were.SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

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Union Bank announces new Danville Office

first_imgUnion Bank announces new Danville OfficeDanville VT, August 14, 2008 – Union Bank has announced the official opening of its new Danville office, located in the Marty’s 1st Stop complex, Route 2 in Danville. A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, August 9th for both the new Union Bank office and the newly-expanded Marty’s 1st Stop store.”We are very excited about serving the greater Danville area with our new office,” said Ken Gibbons, Union Bank President and CEO. “Marty’s 1st Stop is a center for a great deal of activity for both local residents and commuters, and our new office will feature extended hours to accommodate their banking needs. The new office will be open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and our ATM and night depository will continue to be accessible 24/7.””The expansion of Marty’s and the completion of our new office give customers a single, time-saving location for groceries, hardware, pet food, gasoline and now banking,” states Tracey Holbrook, Union Bank Regional Vice President. “Our new Danville team is both friendly and professional, and we look forward to serving the banking needs of our new customers.”The Danville Union Bank office is supervised by Bethany Whitcomb.Union Bank, with headquarters in Morrisville, Vermont, offers deposit, loan, trust and commercial banking services throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire. As of the close of business August 8, 2008, Union Bank had approximately $419 million in assets and operated 14 banking offices, 30 ATM facilities in Vermont and Littleton, New Hampshire as well as a loan origination office in St. Albans, Vermont, with a new, full-service office opening in St. Albans in 2008.last_img read more

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Dominion Energy Riverrock announces Virtual Experience with virtual trail events, streaming content to celebrate 2020 festival

first_img“We know that Dominion Energy Riverrock is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Richmond, so it’s important for us to bring the spirit of the festival to our dedicated community with this Virtual Experience,” said Lisa Sims, CEO of Venture Richmond. “We especially would like to thank Dominion Energy for their support to bring this concept to reality so we can all take part in the festival in our own way.” The virtual races will encourage participants to bring the celebratory spirit home to them. Participants can choose 5k, 10k, or Half Marathon trail running distances, or 10-mile or 20-mile mountain bike distances, then select their own course and complete their race any time before May 31. Participants can also upload and compare their times on an online leaderboard. Virtual event registration is now open at www.riverrockrva.com, and the registration fee of $20 includes a Dominion Energy Riverrock trucker hat with an event entry. As part of the celebration, festival organizers are also hosting a drawing for a prize pack featuring items from event partners including YETI, Sierra Nevada, ENO, nuun, Virginia Lottery, and Capital One, among others. No purchase is necessary to win the prize pack and anyone aged 21 and over can enter to win here. The streaming highlights show will feature music from several artists originally scheduled to perform during the 2020 Dominion Energy Riverrock, including the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, The Hot Seats, and The Northerners, as well as interviews with Dominion Energy Riverrock athletes, demos on mountain biking, slacklining, kayak, and bouldering, and plenty of other festival-related content. The livestream will premiere at 5 p.m. on May 16 on the Dominion Energy Riverrock YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/DominionRiverrock/live ) and on Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/riverrockRVA/), and be available for on-demand streaming immediately after. A trailer for the special can be viewed at the Dominion Energy Riverrock Instagram page, @RiverrockRVA. Richmond, Virginia, USA downtown skyline on the James River. Photo by Sean Pavone from Getty Imagescenter_img Dominion Energy Riverrock is planning its first Virtual Experience to bring the sights and sounds of the festival, which was originally scheduled for May 15-17 before its cancellation due to the COVID-19 outbreak and associated restrictions on large events, directly to viewers and participants. The Virtual Experience will include trail running and mountain bike events for participants to take part in virtually on their own before enjoying the streaming festival highlights show on Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m. “Even though we can’t gather along the James River at our wonderful downtown waterfront, we still want to celebrate Richmond’s vibrant active-living community,” said Megan Schultz, Director of Events for Sports Backers, co-organizers of Dominion Energy Riverrock with Venture Richmond. “We believe that the Virtual Experience will be a great way for Dominion Energy Riverrock enthusiasts to engage with the things that make the festival so unique and exciting.”last_img read more

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Guinea-Bissau Can’t Fight Drug Trade Alone, Leader Says

first_imgBy Dialogo September 26, 2012 Guinea-Bissau has long been considered a key platform for the trafficking of cocaine and other narcotics from South America to Europe. Some reports have implicated top military officers in the trade. “I ask the international community to support Guinea-Bissau, which is going through a transition period that is going to end in less than a year in general elections for which we will need our partners’ support,” he said. “I call once more on the international community to come to the rescue, to stop this evil,” said Nhamadjo, in an address to mark the 38th anniversary of the country’s independence from Portugal. He also called on the international community to help organize the elections meant to restore constitutional rule after the latest coup, which erupted between the first and second rounds of a presidential election. Since its independence in 1974, the coup-prone country’s army and state have remained in constant conflict. No president has ever completed a full term in office. center_img Nhamadjo, who attended a military parade to mark Independence Day, said his government was “not under the Army’s orders, either in form or substance”. “Guinea-Bissau cannot face drug trafficking by itself,” said Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo, the country’s leader under a transition process negotiated after a coup on April 12. The European Union, Guinea-Bissau’s main development donor, suspended aid to the country after the coup, and some countries do not recognize the transitional authorities put in place under a deal brokered by mediators from the Economic Community of West African States. Guinea-Bissau, a hub of international drug trafficking, is powerless to fight the narcotics trade alone, its interim president said on September 24, calling on the international community for help. last_img read more

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Comedian Paula Poundstone Brings her Gag Bag to Sag Harbor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Perhaps the funniest woman in America today, Paula Poundstone, known for her quick wit and wry responses, right or wrong, on NPR’s popular news quiz show, “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” heard locally on WSHU-FM, is playing the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor next Saturday night.She’s an award-winning humorist, who’s even performed standup at the White House Correspondents dinner sharing jokes with President Barack Obama. Last year, she joined Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and other prominent comediennes in a feature-length Showtime documentary called “Why We Laugh Too: Women of Comedy.” She’s also starred in one-woman comedy specials on HBO and Bravo, and won an Emmy Award.As millions of public radio listeners can attest, Poundstone is a true show-stopper thanks to her unmatched improv skills. When she’s on a roll, nobody can keep up with her.“They allow me to say whatever I want on ‘Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.’ The panelists are unscripted, so it’s perfect for me,” Poundstone says. “I feel like I’m a batter in a batting cage. I get lobbed topics. Sometimes I just watch them go by, but every now and then I get a piece of one. If the others didn’t cheat, it would be an almost perfect work experience.”It’s true that she doesn’t routinely win the news quiz, but as “Wait, Wait” host Peter Sagal would readily admit, she deserves credit for almost always making the funniest points.For her standup performances, she has a special ability to connect with audiences so intimately and live in the moment so spontaneously that no two shows she does are ever the same.“It’s not that I don’t repeat material. I do,” Poundstone says. “My shows, when they’re good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves. Then someone says, ‘Tell that story you used to tell,’ and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.”Her material is rarely blue and it’s never mean. What’s not to like?The Bay Street Theatre is located at 1 Bay St., in Sag Harbor. Showtime is 8 p.m. on May 24. For more information, visit www.baystreet.org.last_img read more

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PA Woman Struck, Killed in Amityville

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Pennsylvania woman was fatally struck by an SUV while crossing a street in the driver’s hometown of Amityville on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said Lora Rohner, of Stroudsburg, Penn., was walking across Oak Street  when she was hit by an Acura that was making a left turn out of a parking lot at 9:30 a.m.The victim was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, where she was pronounced dead.The driver, 31-year-old Yeimy Pichardo-Cruz, was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img

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January 2016 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_img continue reading » The Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.January 2016:·         The nation’s credit unions increased their loan portfolios by 0.6% in November, less than the 0.7% pace reported in November 2014.·         Memberships are up 3.8% during the past year due to robust demand for credit, solid job growth and comparatively lower fees and loan interest rates.·         Credit union loan delinquency rates fell to 0.81% in November, down from 0.86% one year earlier due to a stronger economy, lower gas prices and double digit loan growth. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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