• Half of Americans can’t qualify for affordable loan rates

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Half of Americans can’t qualify for affordable loan rates Gary Myles of Arvest Bank tells how consumers can begin to change their credit history, and ultimately raise their credit scores.

  • LSB projects costs of its new plant in Arkansas will be $560M to $575M

    BY BRIANNA BAILEY Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries Inc. estimates the expansion of its El Dorado, Ark., chemical plant will cost $560 million to $575 million, up from the previous estimate of $495 million to $520 million.

  • BancFirst to acquire Yukon-based Bank of Commerce

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based BancFirst will acquire Bank of Commerce BancFirst and Bank of Commerce will merge in October. Bank of Commerce has branches in Yukon, OK, and offices in Mustang and El Reno.

  • Q&A with Richard Newberry

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    More than $56M lost in burglaries in 2013 across Oklahoma, OSBI says  Q: How common are burglaries in Oklahoma? A: Residential burglaries accounted for 79 percent of burglaries in 2013 with a total loss of more than $56 million, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice says the majority of home break-ins occur during the popular vacation months of July and August. Perhaps the most important tip to remember in our digital age is to resist the temptation to post your vacation plans and activities on social media, since broadcasting your absence can make your house a target.

  • Eagle & Beagle

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Rates for health insurance policies could soar in Oklahoma next year

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Oklahomans who purchase health insurance policies next year from the leading insurer in the Affordable Care Act marketplace could face unsubsidized rate increases averaging 31 percent, Oklahoma Watch data research shows.

  • Oklahoma State Medical Association to sell PLICO to Berkshire Hathaway unit

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Medical Association has agreed to sell PLICO Inc., the state's top medical malpractice insurer, to Berkshire Hathaway's MedPro Group.

  • Oklahoma ranks in top 20 for private equity investments

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Private equity firms invested about $7.3 billion in 44 Oklahoma-based companies in 2014, the council said Tuesday. That’s down nearly $1 billion from the previous year, when Oklahoma ranked 16th in private equity investment.

  • Oklahoma business news briefs

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma business news in brief for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

  • Legal Counsel: Discussing sentimental or costly items early can make estate planning easier for families

    Lauren OttawayCrowe & Dunlevy For The Oklahoman  | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Lauren Ottaway, of Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses ways to help avoid disputes in estate planning.

  • Taking Stock: Easy credit and debt resolution tale shows why not to change interest rate

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: A growing gathering of Fed-watchers believe that Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen won’t raise interest rates this year for fear that a rate increase would doom the market.

  • Social Security Q&A for Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Social Security Q&A: Can I check the status of retirement benefits application?

  • As wheat harvest nears completion, Oklahoma's crop should double last year’s meager result

    BY MIKE COPPOCK For The Okahoman | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    As combines near the state's northern border and cut swaths through fields of wheat, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission does not believe the 2015 harvest will be a bumper crop, though it will be double the 2014 harvest.

  • Two health insurers plan exit, one wants in ACA market

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Two health insurance companies taking part in the Affordable Care Act market in Oklahoma are expected to leave the program next year, while another big insurer wants in. The shuffle would occur Jan. 1.

  • BOK Financial names new mortgage executive

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Glenn Brunker has been selected to lead BOK Financial Mortgage. He will replace Ben Cowen, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

  • Finance expert compares Greece's economy to that of Oklahoma

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Troy E. Jones, a certified public planner and chief executive of Access Financial Resources Inc., discusses why we should care about the financial crisis in Greece.

  • Women need latest technology for prevention of breast cancer

    By Paula Burkes Business Writerpburkes@oklahoman.com   | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Studies show 3-D mammograms can find 41 percent more invasive cancers and significantly improve cure rates through earlier detection. But most private insurers have yet to cover it.

  • New job creation requires funding commitment from policymakers

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Scott Meacham, president and CEO of i2E Inc., takes a look at Oklahoma’s recently completed budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, June 28, 2015

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Taking Stock: High-income stocks too risky for retired investors

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Getting a safe 12 to 18 percent dependable income would be purrfect but impossible, even with highly regarded speculative issues such as Mesabi Trust, Portugal Telecom, TICC Capital, LinnCo, Northern Tier Energy, Calumet Specialty Products Partners or Dominion Resources.




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