Amidst Data Flood, Treasurys Move Sideways

Tuesday’s trading is just the latest case in point: Despite three major economic releases, the Treasury market remained essentially flat. The 10-year Treasury yield hovered near 1.93% most of the day. This continues the trend from Monday’s and last Friday’s sessions which also were directionless compared to heightened volatility around Fedspeak earlier in the month. […]


e-Signatures: Should Your Business Use Them?

The less paper the better, right? But what about when you need a customer’s John Hancock or a vendor needs yours? In an e-commerce world, are e-signatures valid? Both technology and the law are creating more instances where businesses…

This Romantic Disney World Proposal Is A Great To Start To Happily Ever After

Disney World is a hot spot for marriage proposals, and Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch can count their engagement among the park’s most romantic.

Hatch thought he was going out for drinks with a friend at Disney’s Boardwalk in Florida, but upon his arrival, he was handed a card.

“Gavin, this very moment is the start of our new adventure together,” it read. “You always talked about being in love like in the movies, however, all of the best love stories have one thing in common. You have to go against all odds to get there.”

Hatch continued to follow clues until he was met with a spectacular dance performance to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” and, eventually, a proposal.

“I don’t think Gavin had a clue what was going to happen to him that night,” Santos told The Huffington Post. “I had to make up a few stories in order for all of this to be possible.”

Hatch said he was completely blown away by the proposal.

“When I was handed my first card, I knew Patrick was up to something … as we continued to walk the boardwalk and I saw more and more of my friends, I started to think that it might be a proposal, but it just didn’t hit me until I was handed the last card by my best friend,” he told HuffPost. “I will admit though, I always knew that if Patrick was the one to pop the question, it would be a big and unforgettable event, and it sure was.”

Well if that isn’t the most romantic thing ever, we don’t know what is.

Indy Star Blasts Gov. Mike Pence Over ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘Fix This Now’

The Indianapolis Star is holding Gov. Mike Pence (R) accountable for the state’s controversial “religious freedom” law.

On Thursday, Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows businesses to discriminate against people by citing religious beliefs if they get sued. The LGBT community is often targeted by this type of discrimination.

Tuesday’s bold front page features an editorial blasting Pence for signing the law, and urging him to fix the damage it has already done to the Hoosier State.

We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history.

And much is at stake.

Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

Major companies, such as Apple, Walmart and Salesforce, have since announced they will boycott doing business in Indiana. Two states, Washington and Connecticut, said they will ban state-funded travel to Indiana.

The newspaper’s editorial board is calling for the passage of a statewide human rights law that would protect the LGBT community and take a clear stand against discrimination. Indianapolis’ Republican mayor Greg Ballard took similar measures on Monday by signing an executive order that forces businesses to abide by the city’s human rights ordinance, which prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation.

So far, the state’s Republican leaders have defended the law and remained steadfast in saying it does not discriminate. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Pence said the law is “not a license to discriminate” and “simply reflects” federal legislation. Other state GOP leaders said they were “shocked” that their religious freedom law was seen as anti-gay, and that they simply didn’t anticipate the backlash.

But Indy Star has a strong message for these political leaders:

We urge Gov. Pence and lawmakers to stop clinging to arguments about whether RFRA really does what critics fear; to stop clinging to ideology or personal preferences; to focus instead on fixing this.

Governor, Indiana is in a state of crisis. It is worse than you seem to understand.

Read the full editorial at Indy Star.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Shay Mitchell Has Advice For Your Tinder-Life Struggles

Dating in 2015 can be #majorstrugs.

While advice from typical newspaper channels is often outdated (Um, what’s “asking someone out to dinner”?), “Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell gets that sometimes your nights are spent analyzing the punctuation in Tinder messages.

In honor of today’s debut of “Get Roped In” — a YouTube dating show from SweeTARTS Ropes hosted by Mitchell and starring YouTube celebrities like Ryan Tellez, Meghan Rienks and Catherine Valdes — we got on the phone with the actress and social media icon to get her advice for some relatable 2015 dating scenarios. Read on for her take on Snapchat flirtations, and head over to YouTube to check out the new show.

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Scenario No. 1: You have a very flirtatious Snapchat relationship with a friend of yours. For example, after getting caught in a rainstorm, he/she will take a selfie looking miserable, drenched and muddy, and send it to you with the caption “Wish you were here.” But in real life, only about a quarter of your interactions are flirtatious. How do you translate the Snapchat vibes into real romance?

I would ask to meet them in person, and actually reach out to them in a cute way — using Snapchat possibly since that’s how they’ve been using it to flirt. And be like, “Hey, wanna meet for some coffee?” or “What do you say about dinner this Friday?” You know, holding up a sign or something cute, asking them the question on Snapchat but then actually having that meeting in real life. I think that could be a fun thing. Use [social media] as an opportunity to ask them to hang out in more than just a friend way.

Scenario No. 2: Someone you casually know and see regularly at mutual friends’ parties tells you one night he thinks you’re “cute and cool.” You give him your number, which he assures you he’ll use. You text him the next day, and after sending one message back three hours later, he promptly stops responding. You see him tweet that night: “Ode to this chicken finger, the only thing I’ll ever let close to my heart.” You are definitely going to keep seeing him at your mutual friends’ social events. How should you act?

I would act normal! Like yes, did he call back? No. But that’s fine. You should move on as well. I would continue to see other people and be available and be out there. I wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket, as they say, because that’s what dating is, seeing what works for you. So, like, great it didn’t work right now but maybe he wasn’t the right person anyway. Because if there truly was genuine interest, you’re going to write back to someone. Nobody’s ever that busy, trust me.

Scenario No. 3: You’re living a life of dread as an HR rep at an investment bank. Then, you start attending a weekly paint and wine class, and for the first time in a while really feel like you’re accessing yourself. You start to think you might be vibing with with your instructor, who hovers close to you when giving notes about your painting. But, this could just be a normal painting instructor practice, and also you drank a lot of wine. Should you say something, or keep quiet because rejection would ruin your one bastion from feeling like a cog in a machine?

I would suggest, although I love wine, drinking less wine in the next class and see if your sober self is really sensing a vibe from your painting instructor, or if it was just the wine telling you that. For the next class, try like, this class I’m just gonna have two glasses instead of four and I’m gonna see if it’s all in my head or if there’s something I’m getting from this guy.

Scenario No. 4: You’re really into someone for like a year, but it takes a while to get things off the ground. The first time you actually make out with them, they keep pushing your bangs/any hair that covers your face back and saying out loud, “I want to see your forehead.” Your instinct is to flee this situation and never speak to them again, despite feeling five minutes earlier that the relationship could really go somewhere. What should you do?

Okay, I would be like, do you have an obsession with foreheads? Is this something we should talk about? [Laughs] I would want to know if, like, maybe he just wants to see your face. You know, guys say, like, “I like seeing girls in the morning.” You know, in a lot of relationships they prefer no makeup. So maybe that’s just him thinking that hair is, in a way, blocking your entire face. So I would be more specific before I just bolted. If it got a little weird and then he told me to take off my socks so he could look at my feet, then I’d really feel weird. But, you know, if he’s just asking to see more of my face, I’d be like, “Okay, cool.” If it was more than that and he actually had some weird fetish then, you know, that’s time to leave. But I’d stay there for five more minutes to hear him out.