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Having survived the Great Recession of 2008, many are now wondering when the Federal Reserve will reverse its low interest rate policy and start to raise interest rates. The financial crisis that began in 2007 was the closest comparable economic trauma the U.S. has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. In an effort to avoid a similar catastrophic financial event, the Federal Reserve implemented monetary policy changes. Reducing short-term interest rates to nearly zero, purchasing large sums of Treasury and government-sponsored agency bonds enabled the Fed to reduce and keep rates low to allow the economy time to stabilize and eventually start to expand. By John Trujillo

Not many companies can boast the growth Boulder B-Cycle has shown since starting in 2011. Marketing communications manager Kevin Bell says the system originated with 12 stations and will be up to 38 this year. B-Cycle digitally tracks its members and 150 bikes. About half of users are annual members, Bell says, while the others are primarily tourists or casual users. Putting bikes in residential areas encourages people to pick up a bike and ride to hubs.The group’s employees calculate that since its launch, B-Cycle has saved 11,000 gallons of gas – and as an added benefit helped people burn countless calories.  By Maria Martin & Nora Caley

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Sport psychology is the science of achieving peak performance. We all know any sport or physical activity, at its highest level, requires a great deal of mental toughness to make it possible to sustain motivation, confidence, intensity, focus and emotional control. We think with our entire body. What we say (to ourselves or to someone else) affects how we feel. How we feel affects how we behave. How we behave affects what we achieve. Thus, we must learn to effectively talk to our bodies so we can optimize our performance. By Dr. Haley Perlus

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