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Marijuana Investments: Massive Growth or Massive Bubble?

Gregory Sichenzia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Gregory Sichenzia

Some investors are wary of betting their chances on a product that the federal government still labels as a Schedule 1 substance. The disparate federal and state laws create an environment of uncertainty that make many investors rightfully nervous.

Building the A Team - Advice for Start-ups

Diane Smith | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Diane Smith

Because we believe that every entrepreneur is a mobile entrepreneur, I am hosting a series of webinars for entrepreneurs with Mobile Future where you can learn more about building the A team - not just top-shelf skills, but also how to attract, compensate and retain great talent.

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

Riding a Growth Wave

Michael Farr | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

It is still early days for the American newfound interest in health and wellness, but as organics only make up 5 percent of total food sales I think the industry has a long runway of growth ahead.

The Best Investment Advice From Buffett and 11 Other Investors

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
GOBankingRates

It's time to hop back in and investing there. We've rounded up the best investment advice from the people you should trust most -- renowned expert investors from Warren Buffett to Carl Icahn who have made millions (some, billions) by investing.

3 Do-It-Yourself Investing Pitfalls

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
PaladinRegistry.com

While the dangers of trying to do your own electrical work are more evident, do-it-yourself (DIY) investing also carries risks for those who aren't careful.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Lessons Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai Learned From A Successful Exit

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

We caught up with Akshay on what he learned from his Tip'd Off journey, from the day he started it to the day it got acquired. While admittedly, it was a very hard decision for Akshay and his cofounders to sell Tip'd Off. They just couldn't let go of this opportunity of a successful exit, with their investors and employees in mind as well.

The Phony Fiduciary 'Debate'

Dan Solin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Dan Solin

The battle over the legal standard to which advisors should be held when giving investment advice has two fronts: Advice given by advisors to retirement plans and advice given by advisors to everyone else, including individual investors.

How to Wow Potential Investors With Your Pitch Deck

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

You will want to make sure you remain professional in your approach and confident of the work you have presented to investors. Don't be afraid to respond to their questions with pride, and always make it a point to follow up no matter the outcome.

Weighing In -- 401(k) Fees, Wall Street and the Supreme Court

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
PaladinRegistry.com

There are layers and layers of fees for consulting, money management, transactions, marketing (12b-1), education and administration. Most of the fees are associated with investing plan assets and the administration of the plans by Third Party Administrators (TPAs).

The Tao Of Being A Social Impact Company

Jennifer K. Anderson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jennifer K. Anderson

According to a recent report by SFI, the total assets under management with a sustainable or responsible investment mandate is approximately 18 percent worldwide. This reflects a 929 percent increase since 1995. Investors are not only looking to eliminate negative impacts from their portfolio, they now want to make a positive impact with their dollars.

Why Women Beat Out Men in Investing

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
PaladinRegistry.com

One reason for the difference in returns between women and men is that male investors tend to be more confident than female investors. Being overconfident leads men to be more active investors than women. In fact, men have a portfolio turnover rate of 45 percent more than women.

So You Think You Can Go Public? (Re)Meet the OTC

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

I believe, if you run a modern company, your stock options should be worth money and you should be able to turn around and sell or exercise them. In other words, your company stocks should be able to become your own currency.

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

I've stated repeatedly that a massive amount of stimulus has been required to generate GDP growth of just 2.0%-2.5% annually since the end of the Great Recession (June 2009). We have further said that the removal or reversal of some of these stimulants will be a tough hurdle for the economy to overcome.

7 Reasons Warren Buffett Should Run for President

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.20.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

If one business leader is more presidential than several of the candidates currently running for president in 2016, it is Warren Buffett. The financial guru, philanthropist and billionaire is more than just the most successful investor of the 20th century. He embodies the traits and leadership skills that make a great president.

Follow the Money: How Pension Fund Leaders Are Key to a Zero-Carbon Future

Sharan Burrow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Sharan Burrow

The money that underpins our dependence on high-carbon assets and puts lives and livelihoods at risk has many masters. One master is the deferred wages of working people, their pensions, used to undergird assets that emit dangerous levels of carbon pollution, causing climate change.

What Investors Want to See in Startup Business Plans

Jose Vasquez | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There are many things investors want to see in a business plan, and you'll have to cover all of them if you want a chance at success.

What You Should Know About REITs

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 05.14.2015 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

A REIT is any corporation, trust or association that acts as an investment agent specializing in real estate and real estate mortgages. It avoids most or all of their tax liabilities by deducting the dividend it pays to its owners.

Poking Holes in the Strong-Dollar Thesis

Michael Farr | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The dollar began its ascent against other major world currencies in mid-2014. The move higher was fast and furious, but the greenback ran into some resistance beginning in the middle of March.

The DuPont Proxy Contest Is a Battle for the Soul of American Capitalism

Bill George | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Bill George

The DuPont proxy vote is a part of a battle for the soul of corporate America. The venerable Martin Lipton, quoted in Nocera's column, has it right: this form of shareholder value is "a disaster for the country."

Trailblazing Women: Ida Beerhalter, Co-head of IOME Family Office

Anne Ravanona | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

"I think the further you move away from your comfort zone and go exploring, that's when you may find a hidden talent or -- what is also important -- something which makes it much easier to face and accept a weakness."

Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters

Jean Rogers | Posted 06.28.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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.