Money Saving Mondays: Airfare

With family in Los Angeles and friends — and weddings — all over the country, Boston resident Madelynn Sirbu loves to travel, as often as every other month.

But, like all of us who fly, she has sometimes anxiously wondered as airfare prices rise and fall just when to book a flight. Ive gone through the hassle of seeing the prices go up and go down so much, and then after a while, Im just, like: Im just going to buy it. Then my friends wound up buying a ticket for $100 dollars cheaper, and I get so upset, Sirbu said.

Shes since become one of the first 500,000 to download a free new iPhone app that became available about two and a half months ago to solve that problem,...

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Merchants Advance Network Named Top Merchant Cash Advance Service by …

NAPLES, FL–(Marketwired – April 14, 2015) – The independent authority on merchant services, topcreditcardprocessors.com, has named Merchants Advance Network the best merchant cash advance service for the month of April 2015. Merchants Advance Network was chosen based on their effective performance in an in-depth analysis of the solutions they offer. While there are thousands of services offering a variety of solutions, the rankings consist of the best featured based on the results of the in-depth evaluation process.

The independent research team at topcreditcardprocessors.com performs a thorough analysis of the competing services in order to remain apprised of their...

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Back to the future: 6 innovative technologies saving restaurants money and …

4. Digital workforce management and energy analytics: saving time and money with POS-integrated apps

Digital workforce management is accelerating as restaurateurs see the time- and money-saving advantages these cloud-based systems can provide for scheduling, payroll, HR paperwork and more.

Some examples include tracking food costs, accessing schedules and scheduling labor and using barcode scanners to check inventory. Access to food prep instructions, food safety, ordering and inventory have all taken the digital mobile turn, Jeff Pinc, director of foodservices, Panasonic System Communications Co. of North America, told PizzaMarketplace.com in an article.

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MBSB plans RM900mil covered sukuk issuance

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB) plans its third issuance of covered sukuk worth RM900mil, according to a regulatory filing by credit rating agency RAM Ratings Bhd.

Covered sukuk are rare in Islamic finance but work in much the same way as conventional covered bonds, where investors are entitled to claims not only on the issuer but also on assets backing the structure, giving them two layers of security.

MBSB has raised a combined RM1.2bil worth of covered sukuk in the past two years, under a RM3bil programme.

The third tranche has a tenor of 10 years and has been assigned a preliminary rating of AA1 by RAM Ratings.

The transaction uses a portfolio...

April 24, 2015

Ithmaar Bank eyes return to profitability this year


Ithmaar Bank eyes return to profitability this year
MANAMA, 22 days
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Ithmaar Bank, a Bahrain-based Islamic retail bank, expects to return to profitability this year, chief executive Ahmed Abdul Rahim said yesterday (March 31).

He said that efforts to turn the group around are paying off, as is evident from the growth in the operating profits of 14 per cent last year, reported the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

Abdul Rahim was speaking on the sidelines of the banks annual general meeting (AGM) held at the Ramee Grand Hotel, Seef.

Net loss last year of $15 million, after impairment provision and taxation, is significantly...

April 23, 2015

How To Make Money In China? Lend, Don’t Invest

The cost of borrowing money is a huge and growing burden for most companies and municipal governments in China. But, it is also the most attractive untapped large investment opportunity in China for foreign institutional investors. This is the broad outline of the Chinese-language essay published in this weeks Caijing Magazine, among Chinas most well-read business publications. The authors are me and Dr. Yansong Wang, China First Capitals chief operating officer.

Foreign investors and asset managers have mainly been kept out of Chinas lucrative high-yield debt market – one reason why interest rates are so high here. But, global capital is now eager to find ways to lend directly...

April 23, 2015

New policy offers a money saving option while helping a co-worker

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY) – The sick leave donation policy allows city workers to donate their sick time to a co-worker in need.

We can do fundraisers but that only goes so far. Now, we can actually give sick time that will carry them further into the future, said city employee Ken Hamilton.

Hamilton has worked for the City of Decatur for more than 25 years and after simply asking a question, a new policy was created, to allow city employees to anonymously donate their sick time to other employees.

I can up 2 weeks. Thats a paycheck. I cant pay anyone a paycheck, but I can give them 2 weeks of pay and actually save the city money, explained Hamilton

As...

April 23, 2015

School board adopts money-saving measures

The Madison County School Board approved several measures Thursday night that will save the district hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.

Refinancing of two bonds at lower interest rates will save the most money, a total of $686,000 over the life of the bonds.

April 22, 2015

Brunei Darussalam’s banks weather oil price volatility

Banks in Brunei Darussalam have so far weathered the impact of falling oil prices, winning plaudits from credit rating agencies for their resilience and stability.

Credit ratings agency Standard amp; Poor’s (Samp;P) said in early March that the Sultanate’s strong economic base had dampened the effects of the drop in oil prices on the banking sector, echoing the view of the central banking authority, the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD), earlier in the year.

“In our view, the low loan-to-deposit ratio and strong net external creditor position of the Brunei banking system mitigates [oil price-related] risks,” said Samp;P. Speaking about oil exporters...

April 22, 2015

Maui, Hawaii on a budget: Money-saving tips

The perception of Maui as a destination for the rich is only partially true.

Flights and hotels can be pricey. The only down season lasts about two weeks at the start of December. But the island has many affordable options for food, lodging and entertainment, and some attractions — the beach, beautiful drives — are free.

Theres such natural resources around that its easy to enjoy yourself without spending a lot of money, said Kelii Brown of the Maui Visitors Bureau. There are lots of opportunities, a lot of ways to save. Here are a few ways to take an affordable trip to Maui.

April 22, 2015

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