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Entries by Jerry Chautin from 04/2010

Credit-Card Borrowing Is Hurting Small Businesses

| Posted 04.08.2010 | Business

Once upon a time loans from friends and family ranked as the most prevalent way for entrepreneurs to fund business start-ups. Now, credit cards have jumped to the top of the list.

Banks Are Reluctant To Recognize Their Bad Deals

| Posted 04.14.2010 | Business

Once again, lenders are making believe that defaulted-loan problems will go away if they wait long enough. Industry jokesters call it "extend-and-pretend."

A Small-Business Bank with National Impact Has Died

| Posted 04.21.2010 | Business

I lost a friend last week. Innovative Bank of Oakland, Calif. is kaput. Just like with other bank failures, the regulators swooped down on the floundering bank after the stock market closed on Friday.

Let's Dump The Rating Agencies

| Posted 04.29.2010 | Business

The time has come to recognize that rating agencies are research firms, and they are not deities endowed with inalienable rights to dictate the quality of investments.