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Liberty Tax dodges a bullet (Inside Business)
A troubled bank these days isn’t catastrophic except for the fact that fewer than a handful of banks fund RALs, loans sold to customers in advance of their government tax refund. Such a small number of RAL originators leaves little wiggle room should one find itself in trouble, as is the case with PCB’s Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. The terror continued as publicly traded Jackson-Hewitt that day notified investors and regulators that about 75 percent of its RALs were funded by Santa Barbara Bank. Jackson-Hewitt’s stock consequently plummeted 23 percent in the abbreviated Christmas Eve trading day.

The Disposable Worker (BusinessWeek)
Pay is falling, benefits are vanishing, and no one’s job is secure. How companies are making the era of the temp more than temporary.

Rising gas prices could be a drag on economic recovery (Washington Post)
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit $2.70 on Thursday, according to the auto club AAA. That’s up 67 percent from this time last year, and it’s the highest price since October 2008 — a fact not lost on drivers.

Converting Web Traffic Into Sales Leads (Inc.)
How to use tools like Google Analytics and Demandbase to boost online lead generation.

Weekly Wind-Down: Where is August’s daddy? (Danish Ad)
If you have four minutes at work today, check out this ad produced by the Danish tourism department to encourage tourism. It’s either disturbing, or very very effective, featuring an attractive blonde wondering where her baby’s daddy is. She says in the video she met a tourist in that country and one thing led to another. Now she wants to track him down, but no pressure.

Liberty Tax dodges a bullet (Inside Business)
A troubled bank these days isn’t catastrophic except for the fact that fewer than a handful of banks fund RALs, loans sold to customers in advance of their government tax refund. Such a small number of RAL originators leaves little wiggle room should one find itself in trouble, as is the case with PCB’s Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. The terror continued as publicly traded Jackson-Hewitt that day notified investors and regulators that about 75 percent of its RALs were funded by Santa Barbara Bank. Jackson-Hewitt’s stock consequently plummeted 23 percent in the abbreviated Christmas Eve trading day.

The Disposable Worker (BusinessWeek)
Pay is falling, benefits are vanishing, and no one’s job is secure. How companies are making the era of the temp more than temporary.

Rising gas prices could be a drag on economic recovery (Washington Post)
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit $2.70 on Thursday, according to the auto club AAA. That’s up 67 percent from this time last year, and it’s the highest price since October 2008 — a fact not lost on drivers.

Converting Web Traffic Into Sales Leads (Inc.)
How to use tools like Google Analytics and Demandbase to boost online lead generation.

Weekly Wind-Down: Where is August’s daddy? (Danish Ad)
If you have four minutes at work today, check out this ad produced by the Danish tourism department to encourage tourism. It’s either disturbing, or very very effective, featuring an attractive blonde wondering where her baby’s daddy is. She says in the video she met a tourist in that country and one thing led to another. Now she wants to track him down, but no pressure.

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