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Affluent Magazine Aug / Sept 2009

Aug / Sept 2009


Emotional Dealing

by Jonathan Citrin

The phrase “we are only human” is a cliché that speaks volumes about the ability – or lack thereof – to overcome our inherent biological and psychological limitations and resist deeply ingrained social behaviors to make better, more informed decisions. There is nothing more intrinsically human than emotion – and yet, at the same time, there is nothing more counterproductive to successfully planning, establishing and maintaining a sound investment portfolio. Doing the smart thing can sometimes feel wrong, and making financial decisions based on anything other than unbiased critical thinking and careful analysis is a risky proposition. Read More

How Do I Manage My Financial Pie Today?

by George Wells

Here are my five “must eat” slices of any sound financial pie for any baby boomer that is still in the workforce, who is looking to effectively manage their finances and protect for the future. In today’s “new” economy, the key to success is planning ahead. Positioning your assets to obtain predictable results is more important today than ever.  Each slice counts 20 percent towards complete financial success. Read More

Need Growth, But Nervous About Risk? Consider Converting to Convertibles

by David N. Grenier

Investors who lost much of their savings during the current bear market ironically need the growth that stocks can provide more than ever. Depending on the size of their losses and how long they will have before they need access to their savings, many investors will either need to earn significant gains in coming years or scale back their financial goals. Read More

Communications 101 for Managers

by Sharí Alexander

Recently Harvard Business Publications confirmed what many of us have always known: effective communication is the number one skill for executives to develop. So why is this skill so neglected when it comes to employee development? Companies send their managers and executives to all types of “continuing education” programs. Anything from enhancing organizational skills, learning new software, to various certifications. And yet, communication development goes highly overlooked. Read More

Divorce for the Well To-Do

by Laurence J. Cutler, Esq., and Erin D. DeGeorge, Esq.

Divorce for those of substantial wealth relative to those of limited wealth is an oxymoron – aspects of divorce between the two classifications are both similar and yet quite different.  In final analysis, it is a question of degree – that is, the number of zeros behind the dollar signs.  This summary discussion will deal with certain procedures and aspects of divorce which are similar to both classes.  The distinctions lie in the availability and desirability of various procedural vehicles to the two groups. Read More

Financial Planning is a Journey, Not a Destination

by Alan Goldfarb, CFP®, AIF®, MBA

The topic of financial planning has been given a big boost recently, mostly due to a tough economy, a volatile stock market and headline-grabbing scandals, one of which resulted in the coining of an unfortunate new condition—“Madoffed.”  As a result, investors have reacted in a variety of ways. Some simply ignore the whole situation, putting their financial planning on indefinite hold. Read More

Stone Creek Offers Opulent Choices for Build-to-Suit Estates & Private Compounds

by Affluent Magazine

Stone Creek Offers Opulent Choices for Build-to-Suit Estates & Private Compounds At Stone Creek, an environment of perfect beauty and serenity awaits you. Nestled amid 187 acres of rolling green vistas, spectacular treescapes and expansive sparkling lakes, Stone Creek in Delray Beach, developed by Kenco Communities, is south Florida's grandest estate home community, providing the ultimate in privacy and privileged lifestyle. Read More

How To Lose Less Business

by Joseph Sommerville, Ph.D.

How To Lose Less Business Presentations offer a variety of benefits as a prospecting tool.  They’re low-cost, they position you as an advisor rather than as a salesperson and they can be highly-leveraged. But when delivered without a carefully thought out strategy, presentations can actually damage your credibility with prospects.  Here are five common mistakes to avoid that will help you lose less business. Read More

The St. Regis New York: An Oasis of Refinement

by Affluent Magazine

The St. Regis New York: An Oasis of Refinement The St. Regis New York, a Beaux Arts beauty built in 1904 by John Jacob Astor, is a grand and beloved New York landmark and is revered as one of the finest addresses in the world.  The hotel's dramatic public spaces, richly designed guest rooms and impeccable service create a luxurious, residential environment, while personal butlers attend to every wish and desire. Read More

Live Like an Astor in Historic Apthorp Residences, Newly Upgraded with 21st Century Amenities

by Affluent Magazine

Live Like an Astor in Historic Apthorp Residences, Newly Upgraded with 21st Century Amenities The legendary Crown Jewel of the Upper West Side, The Apthorp, is being reincarnated as condominium residences. Marketed by Prudential Douglas Elliman, and newly managed by Broadwall Management of Apthorp, LLC, a division of The Feil Organization, the iconic building was erected in 1908 by William Waldorf Astor and brought to life by his architects Clinton & Russell. Stretching from West End Avenue to Broadway and 78th to 79th Streets, The Apthorp is a timeless part of Manhattan’s landscape. Read More
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