Local experts answer tough questions on the economy and investing in our quarterly Banking & Finance report.

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Getting your first commercial real estate loan

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Local ideas get jump-started on Kickstarter

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Expert insights: Economy

As the election winds down and the potential for a "fiscal cliff" approaches, The Daily Transcript asked these local economists how the first three quarters of this year fared, and how do they expect the final quarter to finish.

Predicting 2013 economy troublesome for analysts

A wise man once said, "Never make predictions, especially about the future." Making predictions is what economists and financial analysts do for a living, but with so much uncertainty facing the economy and stock market in 2013, making predictions is fraught with risk.

NRF asks judge to reject swipe fee settlement

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation and more than a dozen of the nation's retailers have asked a judge to reject a proposed $7.25 billion settlement that Visa Inc., MasterCard Inc. and major banks have agreed to pay retailers for alleged fee fixing.

US service firms grow more slowly in October

WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies grew at a slightly weaker pace in October than September because sales and new orders slowed. But a measure of employment rose, indicating services firms hired more.

Fiscal cliff looms, but keep eye on long-term

BOSTON — A frightful scenario could play out in a couple months unless a lame-duck Congress and the White House are able to resolve their differences on taxes and spending.

High corn prices caused by drought, demand for ethanol

The rising price of corn caused by the worst drought in half a century may not trickle down to meat prices until 2013.

Local bank ratings show measured recovery

With signs for the national economy largely going in the right direction, the banking industry continued to make gradual but steady recovery in the second quarter of 2012.

Cricket to cut staff in San Diego

Cricket Communications Inc. will cut about 10 percent of its local work force in an effort to slash spending.

Stimulus measures boosted fund returns in 3Q

BOSTON — There's not much good news for investors. The outlook for the global economy is worsening and U.S. corporate profits are starting to shrink.

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Roundtables

Business activity improving, but many awaiting outcome of elections for big decisions

San Diego's small-business owners and bankers are starting to see a slow uptick in business, but election-induced uncertainty has some clients waiting to make decisions and companies feeling the pain.

Banking & Finance Quarterly November 2012

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