New Hampshire Business Review - December 17 2010

Moody's downgrades N.H. muni bank bonds

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank's 2005 Resolution rating to A1, or "upper medium grade," from Aa3, or "high grade, high quality," affecting $259 million in outstanding debt, said the ratings agency in a release.The…

Nov. foreclosures down 11%

In a welcome holiday bonus, foreclosures in New Hampshire were down some 11 percent in November from the prior month.According to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, there were 227 foreclosures reported in November - the second monthly decrease in…

Heating oil prices rising too

With home heating oil prices taking a jump, gas prices back up to 2008 levels, and talk of $100 and even $125 per-barrel oil prices, things are not exactly merry and bright on the energy front heading into the new…

Dental needs prevalent in North Country

To the editor:The New Hampshire Business Review's excellent article, "Does N.H. face a pending dental shortage?" (Nov. 5-18 NHBR) captured not only the challenges of oral health care, but also how diverse the needs are from one region to another.I'm…

Salem's business climate: a roundtable

NHBR's editors recently met with Salem area businesspeople at the Brookstone Grille in Derry to get their take on how the area's economy is faring and what their expectations are for the future.Participants were:•Ed Callahan, vice president and general manager,…

Tech trends on the 2011 horizon

What trends do technology executives foresee in 2011? It depends on who you ask. But, as Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung puts it, "smart," "cloud," "social" and "open" are just some of the concepts being predicted.Cloud computing - Logicalis, an…

Why not Judd Gregg for president?

Already, potential presidential candidates looking at 2012 are lining up. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and, of course, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are being mentioned.This has me thinking about…