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Emerging-market bonds on sale but not on clearance

NEW YORK (AP) — For all the worries about how the Federal Reserve’s cutback in bond purchases would hurt the market, the biggest pain is being felt far away. It’s in Indonesia, India and other developing economies.

Abandoned last year, bond funds back on top as equities take a tumble

NEW YORK (AP) — Bond funds have made money so far this year as many stock markets around the world have faltered.

Despite market unrest, Fed likely to pare stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as Ben Bernanke prepares to turn the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve over to Janet Yellen, global markets are on edge over the prospect that she’ll extend a policy he began: a steady pullback in the Fed’s extraordinary economic stimulus.

Bernanke’s new formula for pleasing investors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his final performance, Ben Bernanke rewrote the script.

Don’t bet your shirt on a great 2014 for stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t bet your shirt on a repeat performance.

Fund investors may face a bigger tax bill for 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Ah, late October, when the holiday season is on the horizon. Hot cider. Dropping temperatures. And taxes?

Investors shouldn’t fear gov’t shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) — The government shuts down. The economy unravels. Stocks plunge.

6 tips to weigh the best resale home improvements

Homeowners are opening their wallets. A rebound in the housing market has made them more willing to invest in renovations that could boost the value of their homes even more in a rising market.

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Outlook: population, jobs will continue slow, steady growth

JUNEAU — Alaska’s economy seems in good shape and is continuing in a long-term, slow-growth trend, although questions around the national recovery hang over Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., according to the Northrim Bank annual economic outlook report.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Financial health is as important as staying physically fit

This year, I’m sure many of us made New Year’s resolutions that have to do with improving our physical health.

GUEST COMMENTARY: IRS stonewalling puts audit shoe on other foot

If the Internal Revenue Service was auditing you, and you whined that getting all the documentation agents wanted was too hard and would take you years, what do you think the response would be?

Management fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

Wage law can be changed no matter how it passes

JUNEAU — Whether a minimum wage increase is approved by voters or lawmakers, the result will be the same: The Legislature will have the power to make changes.

$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

Alaska stake in LNG project approved

Before finishing all of its work in Juneau, the Alaska Legislature approved state participation in a large North Slope gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas project, one of the major pieces of business for the 28th session.


BP to sell four smaller North Slope fields

BP announced April 22 that it will sell four of its North Slope assets to Houston-based independent Hilcorp Energy.


Construction season approaching on most Alaska highways

Alaska’s second season, that of road construction, is upon us.


Week in Review: April 18

Volatility continued this week but to the upside; this despite more saber rattling over Ukraine. S&P 500 stocks gained +2.7% in a holiday shortened week. The 10 year Treasury bond yield sits at 2.72%, up a dime over the week.


Week in Review: April 11

It was roller coaster ride for stocks this week.


Week in Review: April 4

U.S. and global equity markets improved as geopolitical risks declined. Russia pulled some troops back from the Ukraine border, though the U.S. and Russia still seem far apart on a resolution.