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Affluent Magazine June / July 2009

June / July 2009


If You Think “Buy-and-Hold” Investing Is A Gamble, Consider Active Management

by Brenda Wenning

In poker, if you have a bad hand, you “fold.”  In investing, the commonly accepted philosophy is to “buy and hold,” even during a bear market. So which of the two is really gambling – poker or buy-and-hold investing?  Today’s market, which is putting buy-and-hold investing to its biggest test since the Great Depression, may provide the answer. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped thousands of points, yet the prevailing advice has been to stay put. Read More

Spark Modern Fires- Making Gas Fire The Ultimate Designer's Tool

by Affluent Magazine

Spark Modern Fires- Making Gas Fire The Ultimate Designer's Tool Spark Modern Fires, the award winning designer and manufacturer of modern, clean, and elegant gas fireplaces offers designers several options to create “custom linear firescapes” with a nationally certified and approved burner system.  These include vent free units, direct vent units in different sizes and configurations, and most recently the Linear Burner system – a modular system that comes in different lengths - in both inside and outside versions.
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A Golfer's Dream- PGA National Resort & Spa Delivers Comprehensive South Florida Escape

by Affluent Magazine

A Golfer's Dream- PGA National Resort & Spa Delivers Comprehensive South Florida Escape The thundering galleries of grand tournaments past, some of the most memorable moments in golf - PGA National Resort & Spa’s story only begins with great history. Since acquiring the property in 2006, new owners have launched a stunning rebirth of the legendary resort with a $65 million transformation. Guests will immediately notice extensive renovations to the resort’s public spaces, a new contemporary lobby and restaurant, sparkling new zero-entry resort pool, and a complete renovation of The Palmer course by the Palmer Design Group as well as an update of the famed Champion course.
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The Apollo Attitude- When Failure is Not an Option

by Roxanne Emmerich

It's hard to beat the movie Apollo 13 for drama. Over 200,000 miles from Earth, in the vacuum of space, an explosion disabled a space capsule on its way to the Moon. The explosion damaged power lines and an oxygen tank. The mission was over. And it would have been reasonable to assume the astronauts' lives were over, too. Earth was three days away, by which time the astronauts would be dead from the build-up of carbon monoxide, the loss of heat, or any of a dozen other things.  Read More

Time to Talk About the 800 Pound Gorilla in the Room

by Susan Beacham

Parents ask me daily how to talk with their kids about what’s going on in the market and as a result, in their own homes. Parents are worried and kids pick that worry up and begin to try to make sense of it on their own. Here’s a plan that will help you help your family acknowledge the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Talk about money at dinner. Since you are eating in more these days, make sure you are all eating together so you can talk and you can listen. You need to know what your kids think they know. Read More

Reductions in Force: Top Considerations

by Michael W. Casey, III

Companies across the board are laying off staff.  Many reductions-in-force (RIF) result in employees filing lawsuits against the employer, primarily involving class action claims of discrimination based upon age, race and gender.  The potential damages in RIF class action litigation can be enormous.  Here are the top 10 factors to consider when management is facing substantial declining revenues.  Read More

The Introverted Leader

by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

In today’s extroverted business world, introverts can feel ignored, overlooked, and misunderstood. In fact, according to my research—a two-and-a-half year national study of introverted professionals—four out of five introverts say extroverts are more likely to get ahead in their workplace. What’s more, over 40 percent say they would like to change their introverted tendencies, but don’t know where or how to begin. Read More

How Do You Quantify An Ideal Investment?

by Jeffrey Snyder

In today’s turbulent economic environment many investors are either frozen in fear or are watching their investments wither away. Most American investors don’t know what to do or who to trust. The Problem: When it comes to mainstream investments these days, viable options are few and far between. The stock market has been in flux over the last several years by virtue of looming inflation, spiraling oil prices and the constant threat of terrorism. Read More

Life Settlements… Morbid, Moral Dilemma or Lucrative Living Solution?

by Judi Snyder

Warren Buffet. Just the name connotes financial success. Most Americans have a high-degree of respect and admiration for Mr. Buffet’s achievements. And many people would love to be able to acquire just one share of Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway stock at the hefty price of $120,000. Few would argue that it is a good risk. It may surprise you; however, that Berkshire Hathaway invests $600 million annually in life settlements and even has owns a private company that sells life settlements. Read More

Creating Impactful Logos that Build Business in the New Recession

by Aaron Belyea

Creating Impactful Logos that Build Business in the New Recession Computer scientist Alan Kay said it perfectly: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” With so many people laid off or looking for change, the recession has been ripe for innovation, inspiring countless entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Networking, building client lists, and showcasing talent are all at the top of the to-do list for new enterprises, but often logo and brand development are overlooked - with company names appear as simple typefaces on a word document. Read More
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