Tag Archives: Economic Growth

Aaron Schaefer

Jul 02 2015

June’s Economy and Market from Here…at Hills


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

Waiting on the Fed… Stock and bond markets were focused on the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) for most of the second quarter. Investors continue to wonder when the first interest rate hike will occur. Consensus estimates believe it will …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jun 30 2015

Greece: Containment More Likely Than Contagion


Overview The Greek government threw a wrench into official negotiations by calling a referendum on bailout conditions. As a result, the likelihood of Greece having to leave the Eurozone has increased, boosting market volatility. Whatever the outcome, it is likely …
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Aaron Schaefer

Apr 08 2015

April’s Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


The Economy and Market from Here...at Hills.

A general easing of global monetary policy continued amid persistent declining inflation and sluggish economic progress. Eurozone finance ministers reached a temporary resolution on a Greek aid program, with the granting of a four-month extension in late February following the …
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Aaron Schaefer

Jan 05 2015

January’s Economy and Market from Here… at Hills


Economy and Market Here at Hills

Stock prices in the U.S. continued their climb to record highs during the quarter, but not without volatility. In early October, the S&P 500 Index experienced its second correction of 5% or more this year, nearly reaching 10% in intraday …
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Brad Langguth

Dec 08 2014

Challenge Yourself to Live and Shop Local


Challenge Yourself to Live and Shop Local

By joining the local movement, you are supporting your neighbors by providing more choices and better options. When you choose to Live Local, you strengthen and support your community by helping your town prosper. All it takes are small changes …
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Nicole Slaubaugh

Nov 24 2014

4 Reasons to #ShopLocally


Let us know where you are shopping locally! #shoplocally

Hills Bank promotes the growth of hometown businesses and the local community by encouraging everyone to shop locally. By choosing to shop locally, you are not only helping your town prosper, you also receive benefits that only a local business …
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Shaun Barry

Aug 06 2014

Live Local Through Your Small Business


Live Local Small Business

Hills Bank is proud to help sustain our local economy by living local. We encourage businesses to support Live Local to keep our communities vibrant. It’s especially important for business owners to be small business activists. Read the local news and …
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Shaun Barry

May 14 2014

Grow Your Business with Referrals


Grow Your Business through Referrals

If you want to promote your product or service more effectively, let your customers do it for you. That’s what more businesses are doing as they discover the power of referral marketing.

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Molly Brown

Apr 09 2014

Go Places with Google Places for Business


Go Places with Google Places for Business

Many customers connect with local businesses in their community through Google Places for Business. When someone searches Google, business listings will often appear on a map. If your business is listed, you can claim the listing. If it is not …
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Brad Langguth

Jan 07 2014

Business Tip: Iowa Property Tax Reform


January 15th is the Iowa Property Tax Reform Date for Business and Industry.

During the 2013 legislative session, the Iowa legislature enacted a property tax reform bill to reduce property taxes on business and industry. Signed by Governor Terry Branstad in June 2013, this legislation included a Business Property Tax Credit which is …
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