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Amazon's Bezos defends heavy investments in Prime, Kindle

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos today defended the company's stance on heavy investments in certain areas, saying it's focused on its customers, not its rivals, and that it believes its strategy is the best for the long term.<p>For years, Bezos has demonstrated a preference for plowing resources …

eCommerce

Everybody, Get Ready for the Smallest U.S. Investment Budget in Recorded History

Both the White House and GOP budgets cut domestic spending on infrastructure, education, research and other investments to historic lows as a share of GDP<p><i>Non-defense discretionary spending.</i> God, what a hideous term. The tip of the tongue takes a trip of ten steps and falls on its face at the <i>-ding</i>. …

Investing For The Long Term In Uncertain Times

For institutional investors who crave certainty and predictability, these are challenging times. According to Northwestern Mutual Chief Investment Officer Ron Joelson, the overall lack of confidence in the economy and the global nature of the markets have made it increasingly difficult for …

Investor Clinic: Five reasons to never invest in commodities

This 31-Year-Old Advisor Wants To Change The Way Young People Invest

The 31-year-old advisor just founded her own independent registered investment advisor business that caters to young professionals in New Orleans. She believes that advisors neglect to harness the power of the Web and ignore younger investors at their own peril. Clients in Generation X and Y are …

Do You Invest in Yourself? - chrisbrogan.com

It took a long time to realize that I should invest in myself, that I should put my own mask on first, etc. Too long. To that end, I wanted to share …

Investing strategies for volatile markets

Reporter Jacqueline Nelson talks to money managers John Ewing of Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners and Noah Solomon of Genuity Fund Management about commodities and investing in today’s volatile markets

Leveraged Finance Volume Nears $20B as Loans Stay Hot

With investor cash flowing into mutual funds, leveraged loans continue to drive the overall U.S. leveraged finance market, which saw roughly $20 billion in volume during the week. Of that amount $13.8 billion was loans, as issuers continue to take advantage of seriously low borrowing …

How to Raise Your Kids To Be Personal Financial Failures

Here's another perplexing question: Why do otherwise intelligent people with triple-digit IQs still manage to dig themselves so deeply into debt that they're often forced into bankruptcy?<p>Actually, I have the answer to that one.<p>You see, personal finance is rarely, if ever, taught in high school. So, …

10 Reasons Strong Personal Finances Are Critical To Your Professional Career

It’s income tax time. For many people this is the biggest personal finance project of the year (even if you hand off the calculations to an accountant, you still need to pull together all that documentation). Don’t let this be the only time in the year that you review your personal financial …

Taxes Would Rise 3.86% in Finance Board Budget

The $125.7 million budget passed by the Darien Board of Finance would raise property taxes 3.87 percent, to 13.17 mills (or $13.17 of property taxes …

Wall Street's Climate Finance Bonanza

<b>By Janet Redman and Antonio Tricarico</b><p>Government officials from an elite group of developed countries meeting in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern appear to be on the brink of instigating yet another corporate handout and big bank giveaway -- this time in the name …

What Obama's New Budget Proposal Could Mean For Your Finances

President Obama’s new budget proposal has been getting a lot of attention lately for a combination of tax increases and spending cuts designed to help reduce the federal budget deficit. But what do the proposed changes mean for you and your finances? Let’s take a look at some of them:<p><b>A new $3</b> …

Why Apple Cannot Finance Its Own Buyout To Go Private

Matt Yglesias has an interesting idea. Why can’t Apple simply buy itself off the stock market and go private? The price earnings ratio seems good enough that it might be able to pull off such a deal. I’ve certainly mentioned the idea here once before. Yglesias thinks that it’s just too big a deal. …

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

undefined<p>Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under …

3 Types of Dysfunctional Teams

Is your team guilty of one of these three red flags? Check out how to diagnose and treat a failing team.<p>Team dynamics are complicated, and only a charlatan would claim to be able to diagnose the underlying causes of a team's dysfunction instantaneously.<p>One exception stands out, however. It's a …

Management

Does Money Really Affect Motivation? A Review of the Research

How much should people earn? Even if resources were unlimited, it would be difficult to stipulate your ideal salary. Intuitively, one would think that higher pay should produce better results, but scientific evidence indicates that the link between compensation, motivation and performance is much …

6 Actions of Great Managers

There are plenty of good business leaders out there, but what separates the good from the great? Consider these qualities when assessing your own leadership skills.<p>How would you measure yourself as a manager? There are plenty of good business leaders out there, but what separates the good from the …

Employment

Leadership is Dead

Most of my readers are familiar with Catalyst, the next-gen leadership conference that takes place in Atlanta, SoCal and Dallas and now has one-day …

10 Steps to a Remarkable Company Culture

Sure, you want your company to be a great place to work. Here's how to do it, starting today.<p>Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of BerylHealth, a hospital call-center business, talks and writes often about the importance of building a strong company culture--not just because it's a nice thing to …

Employee Engagement

The Catalyst Leader: An Interview with Brad Lomenick

• Brad and I talked about the 40-year-old age cap that used to exist for the Catalyst Conference.<br>• Brad shares his favorite Catalyst moments.<br>• “Being a …

5 Things Leaders Are Thinking, But Not Talking About

It amazes me just how many leaders don’t act like leaders. They define themselves more by their job title and job description, rather than the required courage, resiliency and determination to continually renew and reinvent themselves – while at the same time having their team’s best interests at …

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

5 Tricks for Working With Millennials

Your youngest employees are creative, bright, and a complete disaster to manage. Here's how to turn the mess around.<p>Just before a recent staff meeting, I overheard one of my Millennial employees ask another, "How crazy is Kim Jong-un?" Her peer looked puzzled and replied, "Who's that, one of your …

Leadership