Los Angeles Business Journal

Matt is a finance reporter covering venture capital and private equity.

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Green Dot Extends Deal With Wal-Mart – For Now

Monrovia prepaid debit card company Green Dot Corp. has extended its distribution deal with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., but for just another eight months – an announcement that earned mixed reviews from analysts.

Builder Scores Big Payout From Las Vegas Project

CONSTRUCTION: Tutor Perini scores $190 million for halted MGM hotel.

Investors put their money on Tutor Perini after firm reaches settlement on ill-fated Las Vegas project.

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Special Report Banking & Finance: Driving Interest

Investors tired of spinning their wheels in pursuit of returns have turned to packaged securities of auto loans, some even made to the riskiest borrowers.

Hunt for returns drives lenders and investors to portfolios of auto loans, some to subprime borrowers.

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Cars Hit Road With Cheap Leases, Easy Credit

Easy credit and low lease rates boost traffic at car dealerships.

Healthy Payoff From Microloan

Celia Rivas turned life around by opening her own gym business.

Gym owner Celia Rivas credits a Grameen America microloan with getting her life back in shape.

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Veteran Executive Puts Retirement in Turnaround

INVESTMENT: Lunch leads to new job for Eric Beckman at friend’s Breakwater.

Saif Mansour took Eric Beckman to lunch in February at Toscanova in the Westfield Century City mall.

Keeping Cool, Kosher

Ryan McKim is actually kind of a morning person. But getting out of bed at 6 a.m. on a recent Sunday took some extra motivation.

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Will Holiday Season Bring Deal for Mall Operator?

Real Estate: Recent stock moves by Macerich spur talk of acquisition.

Real Estate: Macerich’s stock deals may mean the mall operator is preparing for a sale – of itself.

East West Bank Opens Shenzhen Branch

Pasadena’s East West Bank became the first Los Angeles bank with a branch in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, as it opened its newest storefront in the coastal boomtown on Tuesday during a ceremony attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Lender Borrows Former U.S. Chief Exec for Event

TRAINING: Bill Clinton speaks on financial literacy for Banc of California.

If you want to explain economic concepts to everyday Californians, you could do a lot worse than enlisting Bill Clinton.

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