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Dollars and Sense: Will tepid economic growth cool the markets?

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by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 8/03/15, 12:23 pm

Slow growth. It was another week of mediocre economic news. We got a report last week that the economy was growing, but only at a tepid 2.3 percent, slower than the 2.9 percent the Federal Reserve had previously predicted.

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Dollars and Sense: Stock drop in China ripples around the world

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by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 7/27/15, 10:15 am

Selling off. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is in negative territory for the year after last week’s sell-off, which is continuing today. We’re in the midst of earnings season on Wall Street, and the numbers have been OK. But revenue, forward-looking statements, and a slowing global economy are causing the sell-off. The Chinese stock market dropped 8 percent today, despite strong measures put in place by the Chinese government to prevent large shareholders from selling.

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Crowdfunding the future

Money | New regulations could dramatically change entrepreneurship in America
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 7/24/15, 01:00 am

When President Obama signed the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 into law, he called it “a potential game changer.” The Milken Institute agreed it was one of the most “momentous” changes in securities law since the Securities Act of 1933. But the slow rollout of regulations has prevented entrepreneurs from taking advantage of the most significant provisions of the law, including the use of crowdfunding websites to raise capital.

That may be about to change, especially with new regulations released in June and more expected by year-end.

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