ATEED welcomes Māori development commitment

No Comments » | Posted by Jacob ONeill
Oct 21 2014

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Chief Executive Brett ORiley has welcomed the new governments focus on Mori economic development outlined in the Speech from the Throne delivered today.

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10 plugins for insurance websites

No Comments » | Posted by Joseph Carr-Boyd
Oct 20 2014

If you run your insurance website on WordPress, you can search thousands of plugins and download them immediately without any specialist help. So rather than having to hire a designer to create a specific tool for your site, just use a plugin instead.

Here are 10 plugins for insurance websites that you can get started with.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

If you want to improve your visibility in the search engines, you will need to work on your search engine optimisation. WordPress SEO is one of the most popular plugins you can use for this purpose. It contains a comprehensive set of tools that allow you to optimise your descriptions and keywords as well as ensure everything is properly formatted for the best results.

2. JetPack

This multi-tool plugin allows you to share your content, boost social media connections with clients, get stats, insert forms, arrange email subscriptions and much more, making Jetpack an essential plugin for WordPress sites.

3. Google Analytics by Yoast

4. RealSatisfied Widget

Running surveys can be a great way to generate ideas for content, and RealSatisfied makes it easier than ever. You can also use it to collect testimonials and show off your expertise.

5. Simple Mobile URL Redirect

Mobile versions of sites are essential these days. If you have two versions of your insurance website – a normal version and a mobile version – use this plugin to instantly send people to your mobile version if they are using a mobile device.

6. Bus

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S&P 500 closes above 1,800 for first time

No Comments » | Posted by Kiara Withers
Oct 19 2014

UNDATED (AP) – The bulls are running on Wall Street and many traders are wondering how long the good times will last.

The stock market brushed past another milestone on Friday.

The S&P 500 index closed above 1,800 for the first time, capping seven straight weeks of gains.

The broader index is on track for its best performance in 15 years as a combination of solid corporate earnings, a strengthening economy and easy-money policies from the Federal Reserve draw investors to stocks.

On Friday, the S&P 500 index rose nine points, to 1,804. The index has advanced 26.5 percent in 2013. If it finishes at that level, it would be its strongest year since a 26.7 percent gain in 1998.

The Dow Jones industrial average also continued its upward march after finishing above 16,000 for the first time Thursday. The index gained 55 points, to 16,064 on Friday.

The Nasdaq composite rose 22 points, to 3,991.

Falling inflation should not delay interest rate rises

No Comments » | Posted by Jacob ONeill
Oct 16 2014

Interest rate rises should not be delayed by falling inflation because the improving jobs market suggests there is little room for the economy to grow without pushing up prices, according to the Bank of England’s most hawkish rate setter.

Martin Weale, an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee, said that while inflation, which fell to 1.2pc in September, from 1.5pc in August, had been “significantly depressed” by the strength of the pound and falling commodity costs, these were likely to be temporary factors.

He said “all logic” pointed to greater inflationary pressures in the coming months amid faster pay growth, which would push up prices over the next two to three years.

“The margin of spare capacity is shrinking rapidly and all logic suggests that ought to lead to an increase in inflationary pressures over the two to three year horizon which concerns the Committee,” he said in a speech on Wednesday. “An increase in Bank Rate of 0.25 [percentage points] would be unlikely to slow that process to a halt immediately but there is a risk that, if the increase were delayed, inflation would be pushed above target or a rather sharper increase in Bank Rate would be needed subsequently.”

Unemployment fell to 6pc in the three months to August, official data showed on Wednesday, from 6.5pc between March and May.

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Paying Out of Pocket for Health Care: Medical Credit Cards vs. Credit Cards

No Comments » | Posted by Mark Edwards
Oct 16 2014

As more Americans are paying out of pocket for health care, they are increasingly turning to medical credit cards to fill gaps in their coverage caused by higher deductibles and a growing number of elective surgeries. You are probably one of those many Americans, especially if you are younger and dont have the best health insurance (or maybe none at all).

Maybe youre lacking sufficient emergency savings to pay for a costly medical procedure and if you are underinsured or have a really high deductible, you should be aware of how medical credit cards work. Should you apply for a medical credit card, simply reach for the cards you already have in your wallet, or should you apply for a new credit card all together? Its a sticky situation to be in, and on the surface, it may seem as though medical credit cards would address an urgent medical issue that you would otherwise have trouble paying for upfront.

Medical credit cards should carry clearly marked labels, warning of their serious side effects.

CareCredit, owned by GE Capital Retail Bank, the biggest issuer of medical credit cards, boasts some 4 million subscribers who use the cards to help pay for such procedures as dental implants, orthodontic care, plastic surgery, non-surgical weight loss treatments, Lasik, chiropractic adjustments, sleep apnea treatments and a whole host of other medical services.

Health care providers love these medical credit cards because the cards drive more business their way. The

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Saturday PS: Don’t mind the gap

No Comments » | Posted by Barry Ernst
Oct 13 2014

THEY say that the most frightening words in the financial and economic phrase book are: “This time, it’s different.” On hearing them, you just know the ancient verities are about to reassert themselves through an enormous crisis of some sort of other.

Five more worrying little words surely ought to be: “We used to worry about…” especially when accompanied by a dry chuckle at the follies of yesteryear. Actually quite similar to “this time it’s different”, “we used to worry about” implies that an economic phenomenon that once generated endless amount of anxiety has been shown to be entirely harmless.

Ne plus ultra in this category is the balance of payments. We used to worry about our ability (or not) to pay our way in the world. Now we don’t. Not because we are running healthy surpluses – the current account was last in balance or surplus when Mrs Thatcher was embarking on her second term of office, there was a national water-workers’ strike and a NATO exercise very nearly started a Third World War (1983, for you young ’uns).

We stopped worrying because…actually, no good reason was ever given for our no longer worrying. There weren’t even very many bad reasons, beyond some vague waffle about trade balances no longer mattering in an era of “global financial flows”. Try that one on your bank manager sometime.

As the August numbers, published yesterday, show, even when the trade gap narrows, this tends to be because imports have fallen. Time was when we would have hoped to

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