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Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.

Has the Bull Market Lulled You to Sleep?

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 12.18.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

If you are like most investors, you prefer to talk about good performance years and avoid discussions about bad years. Well, you have had a lot to talk about the past few years, but there are some serious storm clouds on the horizon.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The median household income in 2013 was only slightly above that reported for 1995 (after adjusting for inflation), while costs for necessities like housing (rent), health care, and education are making it much more difficult for middle-class folks to get by. 

How to Raise Capital But Preserve Your Equity: Royalty Based Crowdfunding (Interview With Arthur Lipper)

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

With nowadays technology which keeps simplifying revenue management while making crowdfunding platforms as commodities, I believe royalty based crowdfunding is set to be one of the most popular models in the next two-three years.

Why Venture Capitalist Investors Should Care More About Human Rights Values

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | Posted 11.26.2014 | Technology
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

In a world where government surveillance regimes like the NSA are not shy about asking companies for users' personal information, companies have a heightened responsibility to only collect what they absolutely need--and to keep it safe.

Clearing the Table, Not the Rainforest, This Thanksgiving

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Mindy S. Lubber

Investing in companies that practice sustainability in their supply chains helps to ensure that the retirement funds of those who have served the state and cities of New York are being invested in companies that take the long view.

What Is Causing the Drag?

Michael Farr | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Using inflation-adjusted numbers, we indexed each component of GDP to 4Q07 levels, beginning with a value of 100 for each. We graphically display the results below, followed by some commentary.

Finding a Financial Adviser Is Risky Business

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 11.21.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Finding a financial adviser on your own or waiting until they find you is the question. What are the most frequently used strategies if you want to find a financial adviser on your own? How do you minimize your risk of making a major financial mistake?

A Delaware Court Decision Threatens Effective Enforcement of Our Nation's Securities Laws, While the SEC Stands Idly By

Micah Hauptman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Micah Hauptman

Delaware courts often set standards for what corporations are permitted to do. In May, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a corporation's board of directors can unilaterally amend the company's bylaws to include a "loser pays" provision that shifts all litigation expenses to a plaintiff who sues the company for intra-corporate wrongdoing.

Deleveraging Has Not Yet Run Its Course

Michael Farr | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

I've argued for some time that the process of deleveraging has yet to run its course. The aggregate level of debt in our economy currently stands at a record high, even though many pundits continue to say that debt levels are much more manageable now as compared to the pre-crisis days.

Miracle Saves Active Investment Management

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 11.03.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

Numerous studies by S&P, Vanguard, Morningstar and others prove that active investment management fails to outperform passive, especially after fees and expenses.

What Oil Is Telling You

Michael Farr | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The drop in oil (and corresponding drop in energy stocks) is causing much consternation throughout the investment world because it is inconsistent with the narrative articulated by most economists.

Inside the Shark Tank

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Nate Holzapfel

When I walked on to the stage of ABC's Shark Tank, and saw my belts hanging there on the rack, I felt a calmness that can only be described as, a peac...

11 Slides You Need to Sell Your Vision

Lili Balfour | Posted 10.27.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Delivering a compelling pitch is Step 0 in building your company. Whether you are pitching to a customer, an investor, or a potential hire, you need t...

Wall Street's 5 Most Deceptive Sales Practices

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 12.17.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

The headlines are not the only risks that are created by Wall Street. There are other risks and there is a 75% probability one of them is impacting you.

Should You Sell???

Michael Farr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The growth of the American and global economies are the underlying drivers for most all equity investments. A clear discipline, dogged research, and dispassionate assessment are an investor's best friends.

Why Europe Is Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge With a Glass of Water

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Gemma Godfrey

ECB President Mario Draghi has been highly effective with his words alone -- moving markets with speeches and little action. However, by doing so he has also set the bar high and expectations for action are becoming the norm.

The Buyback Binge

Michael Farr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Remember, markets go down from time to time, and it's normal. Cool heads and steady hands make money over time.

Retirement Class Warfare Is Coming to America

PaladinRegistry.com | Posted 11.17.2014 | Money
PaladinRegistry.com

A 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute showed Americans are increasingly confident in their ab...

The Devil Made Miuccia Prada a Multi-Billionaire

Lili Balfour | Posted 12.08.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

We all know the old adage, "The love of money is the root of all evil." I joke. Of, course. I don't believe we need to be "evil" to build wealth. However, I do believe we need to be focused on wealth creation to create wealth.

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

Angel Investing: 'Back to School'

Ellevate | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Ellevate

As an angel investor, September puts me in a "back to school" frame of mind. In preparation for training sessions, I am constantly looking for new resources, books, etc. to continue to enhance or improve our training materials. here are some resources that I have found to be helpful.

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 11.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

Are You Ready for the Naked Truth? Lessons from an IPO Offering

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Going for an IPO isn't easy. It requires difficult, honest conversations and responding to tough questions. But nothing worthwhile is easy, right?

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.