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San Diego sectors increase in Q1

The Bloomberg San Diego Recreation and Hospitality Index showed the largest increase in the first quarter ended March 31, increasing 20.4% to 131.60.

Inflation rate is above the Fedís target

Local economists agree that the risk for inflation is low, but it could be a problem down the road.

Government regulators keep financial advisers in check on social media sites

Investment advisers watch what they tweet — not just to follow their own guidelines, but to comply with regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Expert insights: Stocks and investing

Stock trading volumes have been down despite the market's recent strong performance. We asked some local financial advisers why more people are not involved in the market, and if they are instead investing elsewhere.

Local bank ratings show continued improvement

As economic indicators such as gross domestic product and total business lending continued a slow upward trend in the fourth quarter of 2011, local banks also showed signs of improvement over previous quarters.

California lawmaker pushes new limits on municipal bankruptcies

The author of California’s four-month-old municipal bankruptcy restrictions is recommending revisions to broaden the powers of an outside mediator and loosen deadlines on negotiations with creditors and labor groups.

BofA initiates home loan modification offers

LOS ANGELES — Homeowners with a Bank of America mortgage have good reason to check their mailbox.

Buffett says investors shouldn't act on headlines

OMAHA, Neb. — Billionaire Warren Buffett said Monday that Europe will have a hard time resolving its fiscal problems because of the structure of the European Union and this weekend's election results in Greece and France.

US employers posted 3.74 million March jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies in March posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months after slowing this spring.

Commodity prices up, natural gas nears its bottom

An excess supply of natural gas has driven prices to a 10-year low, while gold and oil might be close to their peaks.

US consumers stepped up borrowing in March

WASHINGTON — Americans swiped their credit cards more often in March and took out more loans to attend school. That drove the biggest one-month increase in U.S. consumer borrowing in a decade.

Philly Fed president predicts 3% annual growth

Speaking to a group of San Diego financial analysts, Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Plosser predicted a continued moderate financial recovery while questioning the Fed’s current accommodative monetary policies.

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Local CFOs see slight improvement in economy

The economy may not be where it once was, but things are starting to look better, a group of CFOs said at a roundtable hosted by The Daily Transcript.

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Cymer's CFO Paul Bowman on firm's growth plans

May 1, 2012 -- George Chamberlin talks to Paul Bowman, senior vice president, CFO and secretary for Cymer Inc., about his company's products and plans for growth.

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