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The Rise of Emerging Markets in Asia

SOURCE: CME GROUP As much of the world faces a sharp slowdown in growth, emerging markets in Asia remain a bright spot on the investment horizon. Emerging Asia, which includes China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, has outperformed other emerging markets during the past two decades. Going forward, it is forecast to have…
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IMPROVING Staff for Your Company and Your Country!

Losing a key employee can cost a company as much as twice that person’s salary in lost profits! Turnover seems to vary by wage and role of employee. For example, a CAP study found average costs to replace an employee are: 16 percent of annual salary for high-turnover, low-paying jobs (earning under $30,000 a year). For example,…
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Work is Life. Life is Work. Every Firm Should Support Optimal Health.

by BILLY LEE It is SAD to see so many firms overlook the mental and physical health of their employees. Many firms are sold on an ideology that inhibits sound thinking…(See my Introduction to Non-Typical Thinking). It is only a change in thinking that will bring about a positive change in higher level human behavior.…
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In Business – Every Bit You Lie to Yourself, You Lie to Someone Else

On my Kairos Athletics blog, I wrote a post, Step 1 – Honesty – Strong in Life; Strong in Sport, about how you must be HONEST to succeed in sports. The work that one does to honestly improve one’s game is the same work that you do to improve in life. Strong in Sport; Strong…
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Chicago E-Commerce Solutions Firm Picked Up by San Fran Tech Company for $23 Million

SOURCE: CHICAGO INNO E-commerce continues to transform the globe, and the accelerated use of solutions brought on by COVID-19 continues. Silicon Valley unicorn acquires Chicago software company Nova Libra GrubMarket, a San Francisco food-tech company, has acquired Chicago-based Nova Libra, a 23-year-old software company that builds e-commerce sites for businesses.  GrubMarket said Tuesday it is scooping up…
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Feature: Beeple – Hottest NFT Launch of 2021

As Christmas of 2021 recedes into the past, a record year in NFT’s is coming to a close. Across the land people dream of bringing in 2022 with a NFT bang! As the new year approaches, thoughts of a successful NFT launch are dancing through the minds of artists and collectors. They are dreaming of…
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Business in Post Pandemic World

What should small businesses be anticipating in this murky post pandemic environment? First, anyone starting up or at the helm of a young business can’t look past the political environment. This was proven when highly politicized and unprecedented lockdowns were mandated. The industries that thrived were the pharmaceutical and big tech industries. Amazon, Netflix, Facebook,…
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Learn About the Markets the Right Way – Identifying Cycles and When They Return

Watch what you post! You better be right! The internet keeps a record of what you post to it. (More people should keep that in mind.) The internet holds people accountable for their statements and viewpoints. It’s a double edge sword for a finance professional or any expert. You better be right! How to Learn…
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Crude Oil and Ten Year Dance Brings in Obama Era GDP Rates

FIRST PUBLISHED: MIXED MARKET ARTIST Below, the price of Crude Oil rallies hard and the Ten Year futures contract moves slowly lower (yield higher). Crude Oil Ten Year Futures Analyzing the relationship can inform much about the current cycle. Of course, Crude Oil was demolished during the height of the pandemic and the lockdowns. From…
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Blockchain Technology in China Matters!

(Learn about blockchain technology from IBM.) The Communist Chinese Party has produced a Five Year Plan since 1953. The Five Year Plan outlines social and economic development initiatives. Blockchain and Fintech were mentioned for the first time in the outline of the Five Year Plan that was approved on March 13. 2021 for the period…
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