business and finance

10 home design trends to watch in 2018

WASHINGTON – The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its top-10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Is there a monster in your mailbox?

Are you scared to open your credit card bill, or should I say bills? The typical credit card user has four credit cards in his wallet. If you are scared, you’re not alone. Having had more than 10...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Cotton was 2017’s star crop, and funds have high hopes for 2018

WASHINGTON – The longest winning streak in two decades propelled cotton to 2017’s biggest increase among crop commodities, and hedge funds are ready for more gains in 2018. Of the nine components...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Amazon maintains holiday dominance despite stepped-up pressure

NEW YORK – Amazon.com maintained its online dominance in the 2017 holiday shopping season despite increasing competition from Wal-Mart Stores, Target and Best Buy. Amazon captured 89 percent of all...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates stumble at beginning of new year

WASHINGTON – A week after soaring to their highest levels in months, mortgage rates retreated to where they had been hovering for the past several weeks. According to the latest data released...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Main Avenue boutique closing after almost 11 years in Durango

After almost 11 years, Blu, a women’s clothing boutique on Main Avenue, plans to close this month. “It’s real sad. We love this place, we love this store, we love our customers. We have had an...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Custom Window Coverings relocates

Custom Window Coverings, Inc. recently moved to 351 S. Camino del Rio, Suite G., in the Centennial shopping center. “We wanted a relaxed, helpful atmosphere where people can get ideas on their...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Looking to compete in American Ninja Warrior? Jungle Gym DGO has you covered

Durangoans who hope someday to compete in “American Ninja Warrior” now have a place to train with the opening of a new gym. Jungle Gym , 151 E. 15th St., offers obstacle course training, group...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Moving in, out and around Durango

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a four-part series on the Four Pillars of a Strong Tourism Community. Last time, I described the second pillar of a strong tourism economy, which is the...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2017 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Small businesses more interested in loans

NEW YORK – Small companies are getting more interested in borrowing, but many are still finding it hard to get loans from banks. That’s the finding of a quarterly survey of small businesses...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

11 business and leadership books to read in 2018

WASHINGTON – Following a year of dizzying news cycles, Twitter flame wars and increasingly deep political divisions, getting engrossed in a meaty book on leadership lessons, in-depth career advice...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates rise sharply during holiday week

WASHINGTON – Mortgage rates have soared to their highest levels in several months. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 3.99...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business