GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace …

GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace …

GREENVILLE, SC / ACCESSWIRE / October 12, 2020 / World Finance, a people-focused finance company that provides personal installment loan solutions and personal tax preparation services, today announced that it has been honored as a 2020 Top Workplace in states and cities across the country, including in New Mexico, South Carolina and, most recently, San Antonio, Texas.

The independent awards were presented by local media publishers across three states in partnership with Energage, and were based on scientific, anonymous surveys of employees measuring 15 drivers of company culture. In South Carolina, where World Finance is headquartered, the company was ranked as a Top 5 Large Company and also received a special award in Communication, based on standout scores in that category.

“We are honored by these recognitions, especially since they are based on our employees’ experiences across the country,” said Chad Prashad, president and CEO of World Finance. “We know how hard our employees work to further our mission of helping customers get back to the good in life, and we want to foster a culture that makes staff proud to be a part of our team.”

In 2016, World Finance launched a concerted employee engagement effort to ensure culture and communication were core functions of the company. Efforts stemming from that initiative have included the establishment of the

KEY POINTS

  • Every $1,000 increase in home price pushes 150,000 buyers away: Report 
  • Rental prices have dropped by 0.1% since last month: Report
  • Homebuying is currently led by people with jobs and equity

Rising demand for homes, unprecedented levels of mortgage rates and low supply have pushed home prices out of reach for prospective homebuyers, which could make America a ‘renter nation,’ Grant Cardone, a real estate investor, told Yahoo.

“Homeownership is still dead in this country because the only people that are buying homes right now are people that have equity, great credit, and a job,” Cardone said.

For every $1,000 increase in home price, 150,000 buyers are priced out of a possible home purchase, according to a recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The fall season is known to be good for real estate as home prices fall during this time. Realtor.com, however, suggests that median home prices rose to $350,000 in the week ending Oct. 9, almost matching summer highs. This was 12.9% higher than the previous week.

On the other hand, the rental market is looking more desirable and economic with prices dropping. Data from rental website Zumper suggests that the median rent price for a one-bedroom apartment slid 0.1% from last month.

Cardone said a secure job is a way to secure a home loan. Americans would need a better credit score now than they did before COVID-19 to get a home loan, he told Yahoo.

As the pandemic progressed from early February, the American public, especially renters, have higher rates of unemployment, fewer savings to be used for a down payment, and lower credit scores, Elizabeth Renter, an analyst at Nerdwallet, told Yahoo.

Even though the public is struggling with finances, banks have increased their requirements to give out loans,

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina on Friday formally became the first country in the world to approve the use of drought-resistant genetically modified (GMO) wheat, prompting fierce criticism by the country’s massive export agriculture industry.

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HB4 wheat is resistant to drought and tolerates the herbicide glufosinate sodium, a combination the company says can help boost yields on dry years. But the government said the product cannot be sold before Brazil, Argentina’s biggest wheat buyer, approves its importation.

Last year, 45% of the 11.3 million tonnes of wheat exported by Argentina went to neighboring Brazil, which has not commented on the prospects of it approving the purchase of HB4 wheat.

Many farm groups in Argentina objected to the government’s approval of the product, over concerns it could prove a stigma for exporters.

“Not only are wheat and flour exports put at risk, but also pellets, starch, gluten, baked goods, noodles and all the products (that require additional processing),” said a statement signed by regional farmers’ associations, traders, and the influential Chamber of Cereal Exporters (CEC).

No other countries have yet approved the importation of GMO wheat, leaving Argentine farmers with little incentive to plant it. Environmental groups have warned that not enough is yet known about GMO crops, treated with weed killers like glufosinate sodium, for them to be safely consumed by humans.

A green light from Brazil would not trigger Bioceres to immediately commercially launch the new technology before getting approval from other markets, CEO Federico Trucco told Reuters on Thursday.

Associations linked to the farm supply chain in Argentina warned in the statement that national and international companies are already requesting assurances that the wheat they purchase does not have genetic modifications – in addition to its derived flour.

“The damage that would occur to the Argentine wheat

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Gov. Larry Hogan gained national attention for his handling of Maryland’s ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Now, a fundraiser is capitalizing on his reputation.

The National Bobblehead Museum and Hall of Fame unveiled a Hogan figurine on Thursday that raises money for personal protective equipment. The hall of fame is teaming with Protect the Heroes and the 100 Million Mask Challenge to amp up PPE production through the sale of bobbleheads.

“We received several requests to make a bobblehead of Governor Hogan and other governors who have been instrumental in the continued fight against COVID-19,” Phil Sklar, the museum’s co-founder and CEO, said in a press release. “We’re excited to be releasing his bobblehead today.”

Other notable figurines available for purchase include those of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert. The effort started in April and has raised more than $275,000, Sklar says.

The Hogan bobblehead costs $25 plus $8 for shipping. Interest buyers can buy the figurine at this link.

The bobblehead will ship in January of 2021. Sklar says $5 from each purchase supports the nation’s health care workers.

“During these unprecedented times, we want to continue to raise funds for an amazing cause while putting a smile on people’s faces with bobbleheads,” Sklar said.

Through his chairmanship of the National Governors Association, Hogan became one of the faces in the fight against coronavirus. Recent polls reflect his popularity.

The approval rating of Hogan’s handling of coronavirus has fluctuated between 69 and 78 percent since late April. About 71 percent of Marylanders approved of his work, as of a Sept. 8 poll.

Manufacturer’s Note:These bobbleheads are not affiliated with, endorsed or approved by the Governors and were selected based on customer requests. They do not represent an