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It’s time for Howard’s Illustrated Economics.
1 day 1 hour ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
We're almost through the month of January, and many people are still keeping up with their New Year's resolutions to manage finances better. 
One of the world's biggest global telecoms conferences is underway this morning at Hilton Hawaiian Village. 
When Amazon said it would create a second headquarters, it got 236 bids. Now it has narrowed its list to 20 finalists. In the New York area it is still considering both New York and New York. In the D.C. area it is still considering D.C. and both...
When you factor in inflation, ancient trading companies were worth way more than modern corporate giants. The Dutch East India Company was established in 1602, granted a 21-year monopoly by the Dutch government for the spice trade in Asia. The...
Gas in most states is back below $3 a gallon. But Hawaii is among four states with prices above that. Kahului came in as the highest average price per gallon of gasoline at $3.77.  Juneau, Alaska followed at an average rate of $3.57.  Two other...
1 week 1 day ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Happy New Year and welcome to Smart Money Monday.  So it's the start of a new year. 
1 week 1 day ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Happy New Year and welcome to Smart Money Monday.  So it's the start of a new year. 
The average credit card balance in America is more than $6,300, according to a new report by the Experian credit agency. The average credit score is 675. The state with the highest average credit score is Minnesota, with an average rating of 709. VT...
As we discuss the difference between being out of work, and working but still struggling, I thought we might look at hard numbers of residents filing claims for unemployment benefits. These figures are from last week, the seven days to last Sunday....
The tourism authority counts more than 80,000 lodging units – 44,000 hotel rooms, 11,000 timeshares, 13,000 vacation rentals, all up from year-ago levels – though they're not sure if they got all the vacation rentals. The count is up...
The new Aloha United Way study of household income finds 11% of local households live in poverty. But 37% more, get along only by making tough choices, forgoing car insurance, living somewhere unsafe. Put the two groups together and you’ve got 48%...
The new Aloha United Way study of household income finds 11% of local households live in poverty. But 37% more, get along only by making tough choices, forgoing car insurance, living somewhere unsafe. Put the two groups together and you’ve got 48%...
Planet Fitness expands to all 50 states, now that it has opened at Ala Moana Center. Grand opening festivities this morning at nine. Street level, near Saks, Kona Street entrance. The fashion boutique We Are Iconic is open on the ground floor of the...
Planet Fitness expands to all 50 states, now that it has opened at Ala Moana Center. Grand opening festivities this morning at nine. Street level, near Saks, Kona Street entrance. The fashion boutique We Are Iconic is open on the ground floor of the...
2 weeks 1 day ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Besides extra pounds, there's one thing everyone wants to lose in the new year – high interest debt. So what are some things people can do? If you have credit card debt, you're not alone. In fact, almost 50% of households in the U.S. don't pay off...
2 weeks 1 day ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Besides extra pounds, there's one thing everyone wants to lose in the new year – high interest debt. So what are some things people can do? If you have credit card debt, you're not alone. In fact, almost 50% of households in the U.S. don't pay off...
Lots of companies are giving employees $1,000 bonuses and crediting the corporate tax cut. Five Hawaii banks have done that. Several major airlines are doing it. Baltimore Gas & Electric also plans to pass some savings back to rate-payers. This...
Lots of companies are giving employees $1,000 bonuses and crediting the corporate tax cut. Five Hawaii banks have done that. Several major airlines are doing it. Baltimore Gas & Electric also plans to pass some savings back to rate-payers. This...
Colliers reports more Oahu office space came open in 2017, especially downtown where there are  53 office building with a 16% vacancy. In the Kakaako-Kapiolani-King street areas there are 43 office buildings with a 10% vacancy. East Oahu has 15...

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