Berko: Bank of America too big for its own, and your, good

By Malcolm Berko January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: What are your thoughts on buying stock in some of the big "money center banks"? I wanted to buy 1,000 shares of Bank of America when it was selling for $5 a share back in 2011. Unfortunately, I got scared and didn't have enough confidence in my decision to pull the trigger, though I opened an account there. I didn't know that Papa Murphy's is a public company until I read your recent column about the company, and then I bought 200 shares. That place does have great pizza. Do you still like the stock? It hasn't done much since I bought it.

E-book transfers fraught with headaches

By ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

In the world of e-books, you largely have a choice between Amazon's Kindle and everyone else.

Snack makers skewing healthier

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The next generation of food manufacturers are clamoring to satisfy your snack cravings. Just don't expect another potato chip or pretzel.

Clark County Business Briefing

By The Columbian January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

People in the news

Vetaran workers bring long view to their jobs

By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — One collective memory that separates the older generation of workers from everyone else is that of a product that was once ubiquitous: carbon paper. The "cc" line on modern email is a reference to a carbon copy — the type created on a typewriter by inserting carbon paper between sheets of plain white paper.

More women in the boardroom? Probably not just yet, survey says

By Javier Panzar, Los Angeles Times January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Women continue to make strides in politics and in the workplace, but the public isn't sure they're ready to challenge the male domination of the corporate boardrooms, according to a new survey.

Interest rates likely to begin heading higher fairly soon

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Are you carrying a big credit card balance? Or maybe you're considering taking out a mortgage or other loan.

Wireless charging system appears to be on cusp of commercialization

By Jeff Gelles, The Philadelphia Inquirer January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Imagine a world where you don't have to plug in your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or even lay it on one of the Duracell charging mats that Starbucks is rolling out nationwide. Instead, your refrigerator sends them power from across the room via a WiFi-like radio signal.

Delayed email responses could cost you

By Michael Sanserino. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

You might want to think twice about delaying your response to that work email.

Low gas prices change math for electric cars

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, Associated Press January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

DETROIT — Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.

NFL players find second careers

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, Associated Press January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

Clark County 2015 economic forecast

January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Read what local business experts are predicting for the coming year in The Columbian's annual economic forecast section.

Local economy shifts gears

By Gordon Oliver January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

lark County's long-lagging economy played a good deal of catchup during the last fiscal quarter with the larger Portland metro and state of Washington economies, by way of strong job growth, a larger workforce and a steady housing market.

County's winery code matures, ripens

By Viki Eierdam for The Columbian January 25, 2015 6 a.m.

BATTLE GROUND — Last month, Clark County posted a "do not occupy" notice on the exterior of Rusty Grape Vineyard's entrance door. If this sounds like déjà vu, it's because several North County wineries received similar notices around the Christmas holiday in 2013.

Berko: Put brakes on plans to invest in auto stocks

By Malcolm Berko January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. Berko: I bought 300 shares of General Motors at $26 over two years ago, even though you said it was a dumb investment. Auto sales have been taking off, and now I'm asking whether you think it would be a good investment to buy 600 shares of Ford or more General Motors.

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