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Arvest Bank in Little Rock Names Virgil Miller as New CRA Director
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/96543/arvest-bank-in-little-rock-names-virgil-miller-as-new-cra-director
Miller's career in banking stretches back 36 years, the last 13 of which were spent at Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock, where he served as the CRA officer. Miller, a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, also worked at Worthen Bank, Boatmen's

Five-minute guide to interest rates
http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/456101/Five-minute-guide-to-interest-rates
Five-minute guide to interest rates The number of people out of work is just above the target set last year by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, which could trigger a review on raising interest rates. On Friday, Carney said that interest rates were likely to remain low in the medium

The Gadfly of Greenwich Real Estate
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/business/the-gadfly-of-greenwich-real-estate.html?hpw&rref=business
Though the Federal Reserve's policy of rock-bottom interest rates over the last few years has revived the value of many of the nation's subdivisions and sent stocks soaring to historic highs, it has prompted only modest interest in the over-the-top

Down in the polls, Stephen Harper finds public affection abroad
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/01/25/down_in_the_polls_stephen_harper_finds_public_affection_abroad.html
Down in the polls, Stephen Harper finds public affection abroad And on this, his first-ever trip to Israel, it was like the pent-up appreciation finally let loose, with a standing ovation in the Knesset, praise at Tel Aviv University, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate, and at the Western Wall, where he got

Otis Elevator At Arvest Bank Downtown Little Rock, Ar

Riding the elevator at Arvest Bank. ~Elevator # 2725 Info~ Brand: Otis Type: Geared Traction Capacity: 3500 LBS Speed: 350 FPM No. Of Floors: 5 ...

Bank of Ozarks profit jumps

Bank of the Ozarks earned a record $90.5 million in the second quarter, up 66 percent from a profit of $54.5 million a year earlier, the Little Rock bank said Wednesday.

The bank earned 73 cents a share, matching the average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Bank of the Ozarks closed at $46.40 a share, down 15 cents in trading on the Nasdaq exchange.

Bank of the Ozarks is the largest bank in the state with $20.1 billion in assets on June 30, up from $12.3 billion in assets a year earlier. It has a goal of reaching $50 billion in assets, which it doesn't expect to hit for at least three years.

"We had excellent second-quarter results, which included our seventh consecutive quarter of record net income and other favorable financial results," said George Gleason, Bank of the Ozarks' chairman and chief executive officer.

Other records were set in net interest income and service charge income, Gleason said.

"The second-quarter results reflect record increases in almost all areas from the prior year, such as earnings and loans and assets," said Garland Binns, a Little Rock banking attorney. "And management expects continued growth going forward.

Restaurant Transitions: Potbelly sets opening in downtown Little Rock; KFC looks to rebuild, permit shows

Aug. 1 is the new target for the opening of the downtown Potbelly Sandwich Shop, in part of the former Cheers on Broadway space in the lobby of the Lyon Building, 401 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock (the shorter building, housing U.S. Bank, next to the much bigger Simmons Bank Tower). It's the second central Arkansas outlet for owner-franchisee Ryan Hamra -- the first is in the Park Avenue shopping center, 314 S. University Ave., Little Rock -- and he'll add breakfast to the menu, which at lunch and after will include sandwiches, soups, salads, shakes, etc. Hours will be 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. The phone number is (501) 747-1297. Hamra has said he plans to open three more shops in central and Northwest Arkansas in the next couple of years.

Nearby, in the Simmons Bank Building, 425 W. Capitol Ave. at Broadway, Little Rock, the folks that run Banana Leaf Indian Cuisine are back from vacation and open once again. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The phone number: (501) 227-0860.