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Have You Heard: Segway dealer rolls into Billings

Spencer Stone is enjoying this segue into his new business.

December 07, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

WASHINGTON — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

November 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Legislature may amend Constitution to invest rainy day fund in stocks

CASPER, Wyo. — Lawmakers may consider amending the Wyoming Constitution next year to allow the state to invest the rainy day fund in the stock market.

November 17, 2014 7:20 pmLoading…

State Farm eyes drones to process some claims

CHICAGO — State Farm, the nation’s biggest home and auto insurer, said it’s considering using drones.

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E.J. Dionne: Democrats tout new health care benefits, not Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”

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Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase

WASHINGTON — The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.

August 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Your Money: When it comes to investing, it's best not to trust your future to luck

Your Money: When it comes to investing, it's best not to trust your future to luck

Several years ago, my wife and I played "Heads or Tails" at the Chase Hawks Memorial Banquet in Billings. Four hundred people in attendance joined in the game, each standing with one hand placed on either their head (for heads) or bottom (for tails). The emcee flipped the coin and declared “…

August 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Heavy hand of IRS hits Detroit shop keepers

FLINT, Mich. — Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.

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40 Under Forty: Kevin Rookhuizen, vice president of marketing, Billings Federal Credit Union

40 Under Forty: Kevin Rookhuizen, vice president of marketing, Billings Federal Credit Union

In a highly competitive financial services market, institutions are constantly prospecting for credit-worthy customers.

February 02, 2014 12:15 amLoading…
Kevin Rookhuizen

Kevin Rookhuizen

Kevin Rookhuizen says Billings Federal Credit Union works closely with customers to help them improve their credit scores.

February 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Experts: Watch your credit, debit cards after holidays

Jessica Piffero of Fresno, Calif., was like thousands of other customers throughout Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley who used their debit or credit cards for holiday shopping at a Target store.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Many ways to lose your health insurance under ACA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's broken promise about people being able to keep their existing health insurance is much larger than we've been led to believe. Until now, attention has focused on the individual insurance market: people buying coverage for themselves and their families fr…

November 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Is Obamacare already a failure?

The torrent of criticism that has accompanied the opening of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — has continued unabated. Republicans say the problems with the program’s websites (and with some private insurance customers having their old policies c…

November 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Governor wants to see effect of pension reform

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that he doesn’t plan any immediate changes to the state overhaul of the public employee pension system even if courts throw out portions of the law affecting retirees.

November 01, 2013 4:09 pmLoading…

National health insurance site sputters in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Only a handful of Wyoming residents have managed to enroll so far for health care coverage through the troubled federal insurance exchange network that kicked off three weeks ago.

October 21, 2013 6:32 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Government, not Lehman was real reason for market collapse

Last week marked the 5-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the supposed spark that set off the financial crisis of 2008. Conventional wisdom holds that it was the federal government’s decision against bailing out this investment bank that froze credit markets and sent the eco…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Housing market goes from bubble to bottleneck

WASHINGTON — One of today’s economic puzzles is why the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates haven’t spurred a stronger recovery. A partial answer lies in the beleaguered housing market, which is a crucial channel through which low rates operate.

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Guest opinion: Obamacare will improve nation’s health

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Insurance is a hard sell for those who are young, well and feeling invincible. The same can be said for employers with transient working populations.

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Downside of cheap money: It doesn't solve basic problems

WASHINGTON — We are now discovering the limits of cheap money.

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Guest opinion: What every small business needs to know about ACA

Every day, America’s small-business owners overcome incredible challenges to pursue their dreams. But over the years, most have confronted one challenge beyond their control: the rapidly rising price of health coverage. As a result, many businesses have struggled to find health insurance tha…

June 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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