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Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters

Jean Rogers | Posted 04.28.2015 | Money
Jean Rogers

Investors need strong signals on sustainability performance--signals that cut through the noise. Toward this end, corporate sustainability ratings must focus on what really matters, not just quantity of corporate ESG disclosure, but quality and materiality.

Gotham Needs Batman. Washington Needs Mary Jo White.

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Since the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United more than five years ago, the potential for corporations to secretly spend shareholder money to influence elections has been an ever-increasing threat to investors. The investors the SEC is charged to protect have called on the agency to deal with this problem, but thus far Mary Jo White hasn't moved the rule forward.

Make EB-5 REALLY Work

Jan H. Brown | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Jan H. Brown

Is PII "selling citizenship"? Is the current "at risk" EB-5 program really that different? I believe that the removal of "at risk" from PII would not be a great philosophic change from the existing EB-5 Investment Program.

Investment Crowdfunding Welcomes the New Crowd

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Investment crowdfunding leaders will convene in Chicago next week to welcome the 96% of Americans who until now haven't been able to participate in this innovative new form of investing.

Fed Near the Cliff

Michael Farr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The incessant parsing and analysis of each and every Fed utterance is becoming quite comical. God love Steve Liesman and Mark Zandi, but are they really adding much value by trying to read between the lines of each statement from each Fed member?

How Retirement Became so Risky

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 04.08.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Risk management is regarded as an essential element of modern investment management. But few people recognize that retirement -- the period when a person stops working and begins to decumulate their assets -- has now become the riskiest stage of a person's entire financial life.

Top 10 Types of Investment Scams (Infographic)

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 04.06.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

It is important that you are aware of the 10 most frequent investment scams that are perpetrated on the public by licensed and unlicensed individuals.

Taking Action to Fund Women-Led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

It's about time that we invest more in women-led startups. There's talk about how we need to #changetheratio, but talk's not enough. There's gotta be action that disrupts the tech sector. Today, I'm partnering with Women Who Tech to launch the first-ever Women Startup Challenge.

Why Do Interest Rates Keep Decreasing?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The market's response to Wednesday's economic data was somewhat perplexing at first blush.

Young and Entrepreneurial: 25-Year-Old Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai -- Building a Social Network for Wall Street

David Ongchoco | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
David Ongchoco

Entrepreneurship runs in the blood of Akshay. His father was a Silicon Valley tech veteran who encouraged Akshay to intern in startups early on starting at 14 years old.

5 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer When Meeting With These 2 Investors

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

John Rampton and Murray Newlands are not only interested in investing, but in providing start-ups with the right kind of support and insight they need to find success.

Why Index Fund Investing Is the Last Thing You Should Do

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 03.25.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

If you are an individual investor that wants to preserve what you have and grow a little over time, the last thing you should do is invest in index funds or in portfolios built with a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Look Before You Leap Into Schwab's New Robo Investment Service

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 03.22.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Is it a free lunch or not? The answer is in the disclosure that contains a lot of vague language that will not mean much to most investors.

I'm Retired So Now What Do I Do With My 401(k)?

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 03.13.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Financial Planning is not a one-time set it and forget it event, it's a process that must be reviewed for changes over time and adjusted.

5 Reasons Not to Invest With Financial Advisers at a Brand Name Firm

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 03.12.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Too many investors select financial advisers from brand firms because they believe it is a safer decision. But, are they really safer based on misleading TV commercials? The number of investors who believe they are safer is dropping.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

Why This Tech Bubble Is Worse Than the Tech Bubble of 2000

Mark Cuban | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Mark Cuban

Why is this bubble far worse than the tech bubble of 2000? Because the only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity.

Obama is Only Half Right: $17 Billion Is the Tip of the Iceberg for Investors

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Wall Street associations and lobbyists are fighting the DOL and SEC 'tooth and nail' to avoid higher ethical standards for hundreds of thousands of stockbrokers who sell investment products to current and future retirees.

The Active Fund Industry Is Desperate

Dan Solin | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Dan Solin

Much of the massive securities industry is based on this false premise: There are "gurus" or "experts" who can identify mispriced equities, tell you when to get in or out of the market, pick mutual fund managers likely to outperform and are otherwise endowed with predictive powers.

Inequality and Fairness: Why Investors Should Care

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Peter Schwartz

The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.

Why Investors Aren't Getting What They Pay for (Infographic)

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 05.02.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

In his popular book, What Investors Really Want, Professor Meir Statman explains that investors want to play the investment game, and they want to win. They believe their investment advisers can help them win by picking skillful active managers.

Best Design Driven Startups of the Decade

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Though studies show design to be vital to startups - it probably only changes the probabilities for success by a dozen percentage points and although AirBnB and Fisker Automotive both leverage design sublimely, it still takes startup experience to succeed.

The End of the Gravy Train?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

In the summer of 2013, a sharp spike higher in interest rates caused by the "taper tantrum" (fear that the Fed will soon end monetary easing) reduced both housing affordability and the opportunities to lower mortgage rates through refinancing.

Ben Walsh

Meet The Man Who Wants To Build The ESPN Of Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business

Inside Keith McCullough's Hedgeye Risk Management: “For better or worse, I’ll die here."

How Can Investors Find Advisors They Can Trust? A New Road Map To Follow

April Rudin | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Is there any issue more contentious than trust in the financial advice and wealth management business? No, probably not. But beyond a little gut instinct and a good referral, how do you really know who you can trust with your hard-earned dollars.