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African startup investment by country

Africa’s Exploding Tech Startup Ecosystem In terms of economic potential and growth, Africa has never been more important on the world stage. Africa is home to the fastest growing cities, and more than half of the world’s population growth will take place on the continent over the coming decades. By 2050, cities like Lagos and […]

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The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its class of 2019. Nominations will be accepted through June 15. More information and an online nomination form can be found at arinsurancehof.org/nominations. The 2019 Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Banquet will be Oct. 17 at the University of Central Arkansas’ HPER Center. “We are […]

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Facebook Inc. on Monday (April 9) reached a $35 million pact with the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS) and other class-action plaintiffs concerning allegations that the social media giant propped up growth projections ahead of its much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) in the summer of 2012. Arkansas largest public pension fund – along with the […]

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The Two High-Growth Sectors That Could Outperform Tech

Over recent years, there has been no bigger opportunity for investors than technology. The FAANG stocks alone have gained over $1 trillion in market capitalization since 2014 – and these stocks, along with other tech movers and shakers, have helped propel indices to constant new highs. Growing Competition While tech shows no signs of letting […]

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A new slate of officers was installed at the ABA Annual Convention on Wednesday, April 17, including Chairman Robert Robinson, Simmons Bank of El Dorado; Chairman-Elect Jonathan Harrell, Generations Bank of Rogers; Vice-Chairman Jim Cargill, Arvest Bank of Little Rock; and Treasurer Tom Grumbles, First Service Bank of Greenbrier. Additional leadership for the coming year […]

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Arvest Bank announced Tuesday (Jan. 15) that its mortgage division originated more than $2 billion in loans in 2018, the third time it has done so in its history. “From strong performance to the launch of our Home4Me mobile app to an updated online platform and process improvements, 2018 was a good year for Arvest […]

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Little Rock-based Bank OZK (NASDAQ: OZK), formerly Bank of the Ozarks, celebrated the first day of trading under its new name and ticker symbol OZK, marking the occasion by opening the market Monday morning (July 16) at NASDAQ. Bank OZK Chairman and CEO George Gleason was joined by executives from throughout the company to ring […]

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Visualizing the Future of Media and Entertainment Over your lifetime, the consumption of media and entertainment has already changed drastically. For Boomers and Gen Xers, the shift has been earth-shattering. Both generations will remember a time before mainstream computing when TV was dominated by the Big Three TV networks (NBC, ABC, and CBS), and newspapers […]

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The inner-workings of most commercialized batteries are typically pretty straightforward. The lead-acid battery, which is the traditional battery used in the automotive sector, is as easy as it gets. Put two lead plates in sulphuric acid, and you’re off to the races. However, lithium-ion batteries are almost infinitely more complex than their predecessors. That’s because […]

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