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Great Company Required

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

It is evidently a no-brainer, and yet a broadly misunderstood concept: Happy employees make better companies, and better companies (should) make more money. However, translating this formula into reality is an entirely different conversation.

'Tuition... Freeze!'

Jordan Waxman | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Jordan Waxman

Could it be that the cost of operating a university -- technology, wages and infrastructure -- is rising at triple the rate of other technology, wages and infrastructure simply by being inside an institution of higher learning?

Are You Good Enough

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

Reality is even more obvious when the two nations are measured by "ease of doing business," based on data compiled by The World Bank: the U.S. is ranked within the Top 10, but Ireland lags behind in 15th place.

Out of Office: You Need to Unplug to Recharge

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Ever since my geeky adolescence, I've loved to read. Reading enhances vocabulary, strengthens analytical thinking skills, improves focus and concentration, and leads to better writing.

Leaders Eat Last and Other Rules for Innovators

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

I admire great leaders, those who know their job isn't to bask in the spotlight, but to relentlessly drive growth and move their organizations forward.

If I Were 22: You Want to Change the World, Do You? Then Unlearn These 3 Things Now

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Millennials want to work for organizations that support and drive innovation, because to them it's a natural means to drive positive change. And they're not wrong.

Happy Ending

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

The increase in "distance learning" options, including so-called massive open online courses (MOOCs) is astonishing, and will be important for fostering required change in higher education.

What Would Michael Lewis Do? Let's Ask Him

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

The language of finance is complicated. From the "turgid dialect" of Fedspeak to the rambling disclaimers on investment prospectuses, the industry embraces verbosity.

State of Financial Services: Embrace the Big Bang or Face Extinction

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

The millennial preference for computer-generated financial services may not be the primary threat to the financial industry today, but it will be as this generation enters its prime investing years.

It's Not What You Make, It's What You Keep That Matters

Jordan Waxman | Posted 05.18.2014 | Money
Jordan Waxman

With income and capital gains taxes on the rise, and interest rates as low as they are, it is more important than ever to achieve sufficient after-tax cash flow and keep the tax man at bay.

Ding! "Annoying Has Joined the Meeting."

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Let's face it: conference calls suck. All jokes about corporate tedium aside, conference calls are not an effective means of communication. In theory, they allow people to collaborate efficiently from multiple locations. In reality, they actively work against human nature.

Productivity Hacks: I Empty My Inbox Every Day

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

These are my rules for taking back control, and my undivided attention.

It's Not a Hat!

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 03.16.2014 | Money
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

At the age of six, the narrator of The Little Prince, a well-known 1943 novella, gave up his career as an artist. His drawing of a hat, as it was perc...

Planning Now: Back to the Basics

Jordan Waxman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Money
Jordan Waxman

Tax and estate laws have changed and are likely to change again with little notice. Now is the time to insure one's planning documents are up to date and flexible, and to execute on the strategies to save and grow wealth today and in the future.

Authenticity Goes Viral

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

Generations X and Y have been taught to explore the world with just a few keystrokes, yet we value real-world interaction. We can order anything we want online, but we place a renewed value on shaking the hand of the people who grow the food, create the art and build the businesses.

Another Magic Mountain

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

The higher we climb mountains of debt, the thinner the air will get. Financial markets, after five years of stellar performance, appear to trade closer to this 'out-of-breath constellation,' and caution may be warranted before resuming the ascent.

The Tobacco Industry Is More Transparent Than Finance, And It's Time to Change That

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

As it stands now, too many financial service firms are handing investors a cigarette and suggesting they inhale, all the while trying to convince them that these actions are good for them.

What If Mom and Dad Outlive Their Money?

Jordan Waxman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Jordan Waxman

The overarching solution for portfolio management is to source income from different places and to have enough liquidity in the portfolio to cover expenses. However, the optimal solution is to start planning at an earlier age and create larger and larger "pension funds."