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  • High Yield Bonds: Yellen Yells Out Over Exuberance
    High Yield Bonds: Yellen Yells Out Over Exuberance

    Risk of corporate defaults severely underestimated by the market

    by Ron D’Vari, & James Frischling, President, NewOak

    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen warned investors last week of over exuberance and blamed them of counting too much on accommodative central bank policies. With high yield corporate bonds’ yields less than 5%, monetary policy makers think the risk of corporate defaults are severely underestimated by the market.
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  • RetirementGPS.com Helps Advisors Introduce Clients to Retirement Income Planning;
    RetirementGPS.com Helps Advisors Introduce Clients to Retirement Income Planning;

    A starting point for retirement income conversation

    Tablet-friendly RetirementGPS.com helps financial advisors prepare clients for developing retirement income planning strategies.
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  • Are You Ready for the Great Depression of 2030?
    Are You Ready for the Great Depression of 2030?

    Leading Economists Predict a Grim Future…and Identify Who the Winners and Losers Will Be

    Economic turbulence is the new normal. And if the ups and downs have you wondering what the future holds, Brian and Alan Beaulieu say it’s a good news/bad news/good news story.
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  • Poll: Americans Lack Confidence When Dealing With Personal Finance
    Poll: Americans Lack Confidence When Dealing With Personal Finance

    Misconceptions may keep consumers from reaching out for the help they need

    Successfully managing our daily lives includes making smart financial decisions, often requiring a fair degree of financial competence. Nevertheless, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) June online poll revealed that the majority of respondents were not fully confident when managing their finances, with more than one in four (26%) wishing they didn’t have to deal with their finances at all.
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  • 401k Plans Are Retirement Programs – NOT
    401k Plans Are Retirement Programs – NOT

    401(k) plans have replaced private pensions, transferring investment responsibility from investment professionals to investment amateurs

    by Steve Selengut

    Smack, right up alongside the head, 401(k) market values deteriorate rapidly as the stock market weakens. Who knew there was so much risk in those mutual funds and ETFs? The pain is most often temporary, but the timing of the recovery could alter participant retirement schedules and benefits--- not to mention the hefty confiscation level from Uncle Sam.
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  • Study: How Is High-Frequency-Trading Impacting the Australian Market
    Study: How Is High-Frequency-Trading Impacting the Australian Market

    MGSM Embarks on Landmark Research Into the Impact of High Frequency Trading

    A team of leading financial researchers from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) will undertake Australia's first comprehensive study into the impact of High Frequency Trading (HFT) on the quality of Australia's financial market.
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  • No Summertime Blues for Investors…
    No Summertime Blues for Investors…

    TD Ameritrade’s Investor Movement Index Shows a Steady Start; Investor activity remains relatively high and unchanged from May to June

    TD Ameritrade, Inc. (“TD Ameritrade”), a broker-dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD), is today releasing the Investor Movement Index® reading for June 2014.
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  • MassMutual, BlackRock Team Up
    MassMutual, BlackRock Team Up

    To Offer Customized Asset Allocation Program for Retirement Plans

    MassMutual Retirement, responding to a growing demand by financial advisors and employers, is teaming up with BlackRock to introduce a customized, lower-cost alternative to managed accounts for defined contribution retirement plans.
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  • 5 Essential Building Blocks for a Thriving Work Culture
    5 Essential Building Blocks for a Thriving Work Culture

    It’s All About Having the Right Players, Says ‘Coolest Young Entrepreneur’

    What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg.
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  • Real Estate Trend: Millennials & Walkable Urban Places
    Real Estate Trend: Millennials & Walkable Urban Places

    Waking Up to Walk-Ups

    by Ron D’Vari, CEO, NewOak & James Frischling, President, NewOak

    A recent survey conducted by LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a coalition of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with The George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis, identifies each of top 30 metro WalkUps and ranks them based on their current and future commercial real estate metrics.
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  • Your People Skills Are Getting Flabby
    Your People Skills Are Getting Flabby

    Seven Ways to Strengthen Your Communication Skills by Loosening Your Smartphone Grip

    In the always-on digital age, we’re all guilty of indulging in communication shortcuts. We email our colleague Jim instead of walking ten steps to his office. We half-heartedly listen to our kids while fooling around on our smartphone.
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  • What Today’s Consumers Want… Today
    What Today’s Consumers Want… Today

    In search of authenticity

    by Bruce Turkel

    We jogged past the Matheson Hammock tidal basin and reached the bay just as half of the giant sun poked above the horizon and Biscayne Bay reflected a brilliant orange carpet straight to the shore. Neither Bob, Tim nor I had our phones with us so the scene will have to live in our memories exactly the way it seared across our optic nerves.
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