• Oklahoma lenders rely on loan database

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Data on how frequently borrowers take out payday loans in Oklahoma, their average amount of indebtedness and other data was once public information until the Florida company that maintains the state’s payday lending database lobbied to have much of the information exempt from the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, July 13, 2014

    By Don Mecoy, Business Editor | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Don Mecoy: A weekly look at Oklahoma companies’ high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Oklahomans are using fewer payday loans

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The volume of payday lending in the state and number of lenders has declined over the past two years after spiking in 2011, according to data released by the Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit.

  • Does Oklahoma City commercial property really need an asterisk?

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Foreign capital spilling out of gateway cities to lower-tier real estate markets? Does that include Oklahoma City? Should it?

  • Oklahoma City investors form partnership to buy assets of Crumbs Bake Shop

    BY DON MECOY, Business Editor | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Dippin’ Dots owners form joint venture to buy company out of bankruptcy.

  • Fed official warns of rising inflation

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, speaks in Shawnee

  • Oklahoma 'Senior Freeze' can be cool tax relief for many homeowners

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Senior Valuation Freeze was passed by a vote of the people in 1996, and widened through a state question in 2004, but it’s not widely publicized. Property owners just have to know that after they turn 65, the taxable values of their homes can be locked in, if their annual gross household incomes are under certain amounts.

  • Cookie crumbles for Oklahoma City-based investors in Crumbs Bake Shop

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    It hasn’t been a sweet week for the Oklahoma City-based owners of Dippin’ Dots ice cream, which also owns a sizable chunk of the flailing cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. Chaparral Energy CEO Mark Fischer and his son Scott Fischer purchased the Dippin’ Dots brand out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012. Crumbs abruptly closed all of its stores on Monday.

  • Gaming device firm with Oklahoma operations acquired in $1.3 billion deal

    By John Stancavage, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Video Gaming Technologies Inc., which has a manufacturing facility in Tulsa, produces gaming devices. It brought $1.3 billion with its acquisition by an Australian company.

  • Debate heats up over specialty drugs' cost

    By Dr. Stephen Prescott | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The cost of two new hepatitis C prescription drugs — $84,000 for a 12-week course of Sovaldi and $66,000 for Olysio — has made an already hot debate about medication costs even more heated.

  • Eagle and Beagle for July 6, 2014

    Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at the state’s high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks by The Oklahoman’s Business Editor Don Mecoy.

  • The right time for REITs

    Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Malcolm Berko recommends several Real Estate Investment Trusts

  • Oklahoma insurance rules mean neighbor's tree can become your problem

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    Heavy winds toppled a weakened tree limb onto the roof of The Oklahoman’s Sheila Stogsdill, who learned that her insurance policy was liable for covering the damage.

  • Oklahoma City unemployment rate rises in May

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s metro area no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S.

  • Oklahoma energy stocks lead the way in first half of 2014

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    After a scare in the first quarter, stocks have rebounded and continued their impressive run. Among Oklahoma’s publicly traded companies, most posted gains in the first half of the year.

  • What's next? Oklahoma employers cite Hobby Lobby decision in their own lawsuits

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s victory this week at the U.S. Supreme Court over contraceptives coverage mandates in the Affordable Care Act could affect several other Oklahoma employers who still have pending lawsuits challenging the mandate.

  • Scams heat up in summer, Better Business Bureau warns

    Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    BBB’s Kitt Letcher discusses most common seasonal scams, from fake time-share rentals to employment-related scams.

  • Despite layoffs, Chesapeake Energy still qualifies for city job creation payments

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Chesapeake entered into $3.5 million incentive deal with Oklahoma City in 2011

  • Freedom State Bank in northwest Oklahoma fails

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY, Business Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma State Banking Department closed the small Freedom State Bank on Friday, the only bank in this Woods County town of about 289 people.

  • MidFirst to enter Colorado with bank purchase

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    MidFirst Bank will make its first foray into Colorado with the acquisition of the Denver-based community bank Steele Street Bank & Trust.