The Threat of a Declining China
Prospects of late are looking less rosy
By Dr. Mark A. DeWeaver
Many Americans view China’s emergence as the world’s second largest economy with trepidation. The US, it seems, is in decline. China is a ‘rising power’ destined to take over America’s role as global hegemon sometime in the not-too-distant future. read more
How to Stay Sane During Financial Peaks & Valleys
5 Tips for Dealing with Lifestyle Changes & Money Flux
You don’t have to be a trader on the world’s markets to experience the financial roller coaster, says mathematician Lambros Klouvidakis. read more
Does Your Leadership Measure Up?
Business Expert Identifies Benefits, Pitfalls of 3 Leadership Styles
The top five leaders most admired by the world’s business executives are Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Jack Welch – in that order, according to the 2013 Global CEO Survey conducted by PwC. read more
Managing Young Sales Superstars
Seven Ways to Keep Young Sales Reps from Crashing and Burning
By Lance Cooper
Millennials enter the nation’s sales teams as the most parented generation in history. Yet, they do not have the goals or plans to achieve compelling ambitions. Today, 20 million young men delay maturing until their late 20s and are without solid commitments and responsibilities guiding their lives. read more
Dallas Cowboys, Nationwide: Innovations in Cooperative Marketing
Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware Answer Call to Join the Nation
Two giant playmakers joined forces today and announced a new partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and Nationwide Insurance. read more
Time for the Federal Reserve to Taper?
What would Greenspan do?
from NewOak Risk and Financial Services
"Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and a number of other market pros went on the offensive with the suggestion that central bank intervention was actually holding back stocks from achieving even higher levels,” say James Frischling, President and Co-Founder of NewOak.
Top 10 Questions about Compensation for Financial Professionals
New guide from the Principal Financial Group provides answers to common inquiries
With the one-year anniversary of the new retirement plan disclosure regulation nearing, financial professionalscontinue to face questions about the reasonableness of fees they charge. read more
Understanding and Planning for your LGBT Clients
How financial services professionals can meet the unique needs of a diverse community.
By Debra Abbott-Walker
Over the last decade, many companies have paid increasing attention to the buying power and consumer habits of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) market. But until very recently, little attention has been focused on the financial experience of the LGBT community. read more
How Top Companies are Elevating Loyalty, Productivity and Innovation in Their Workforce
Treat Your Organization’s Most Valuable Resource with Care
When a successful formula is discovered in the business world, it’s copied and becomes part of standard operating procedure throughout entire industries. The newest SOP trend among leading businesses? – Focusing on employee and family well-being, says Gary Kunath, who was honored nationally as Businessman of the Year and recognized with a dinner hosted by the President of the United States. read more
On CEFs: Friends, Clients, Investors… Lend Me Your Ears
Profit taking and expectations of higher rates push their prices down
by Steve Selengut
Unfortunately, I am not permitted by regulation to make this announcement, so please disregard it. Big brother does not think you know that: (1) all investment securities can and will fluctuate in price for many reasons, and that other professionals (and non professionals) may disagree with either the data or the conclusions that follow. read more
Quarter-to-Quarter Variable Annuity Sales Improve in Q1 2013
Variable Annuity Net Sales Return to Positive, Net Assets Grow to New Record
The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today announced final first-quarter 2013 sales results for the United States annuity industry, based on data reported by Morningstar, Inc. and Beacon Research. Industry-wide annuity sales for the first quarter reached nearly $49.6 billion, down 2.0 percent from $50.6 billion in the previous quarter and down 6.6 percent from $53.1 billion in the first quarter of 2012. read more
“Turbulent Teens” continue with potential for rapid growth in U.S. GDP
Keon: New turbulence will be less frightening, more exhilirtating
The United States could see much more robust economic growth than the consensus of market analysts expects, with the potential for more than five percent in real gross domestic product growth sometime in 2014, says Ed Keon, managing director and portfolio manager for Quantitative Management Associates, in his most recent perspective report. QMA is an asset management business of Prudential Financial, Inc., (NYSE: PRU). read more