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Santa Barbara stock promoter charged with fraud

By   /  Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Law, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara stock promoter charged with fraud

The SEC alleges that instead of purchasing the shares in the secondary market as promised, Efstratios “Elias” Argyropoulos and his firm Prima Capital Group misappropriated investor funds.

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East Coast in focus as Somera Capital reaches $2B mark

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Personal Finance, South Coast, Subscriber content, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on East Coast in focus as Somera Capital reaches $2B mark

With a core portfolio of assets from Palo Alto to Los Angeles, the company has started fishing for deals in the Seattle market and putting even more focus on East Coast markets from Washington, D.C. to Savannah, Georgia.

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Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Personal Finance, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Lucia aquires West Coast Asset Management office, key staff

West Coast Asset Management, the alternative investment firm founded by Paul Orfalea and family member Lance Helfert, is merging with a San Diego-based money manager.

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Region’s Richest 2014

By   /  Friday, September 12th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Special Sections, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Region’s Richest 2014

Pulling back the curtain on wealth in the Tri-Counties, we rank the 20 richest people in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

By   /  Wednesday, August 27th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, South Coast, Technology, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on QAD’s second-quarter profits drop despite record revenue

Shares of Summerland-based business software firm QAD fell Aug. 27 on news that the company’s second-quarter profits dropped 24.2 percent to $985,000. QAD reported record revenues and higher operating income during the second quarter. Its total revenue climbed 12 percent to a second-quarter record of $73.1 million, it said, up from $65.2 million in the Read More →

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Billion-dollar bond bonanza bound for ballot box

By   /  Friday, August 15th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Personal Finance, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  1 Comment

Tri-county school and community college districts are seeking passage this fall of bond measures totaling more than $1 billion, with many officials saying outdated buildings and overcrowded classrooms are the reason for the onslaught of financing initiatives. Across the region, at least 11 districts have successfully placed bond measures on the November ballot. The largest Read More →

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Region’s entrepreneurs raise millions with crowdfunding

By   /  Friday, June 27th, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Region’s entrepreneurs raise millions with crowdfunding

According to data compiled by the Business Times, at least $6.3 million has been raised for crowdfunding projects in the Tri-Counties since 2010.

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