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Market and economic update: Economic activity outside the U.S. continues to appear sluggish

Market attention remains focused on monetary policy authorities and the likely direction of policy. U.S. economic data have been modestly supportive of a conclusion to Federal Reserve tapering this week, with September consumer prices rising just 0.1% and year-over-year prices (excluding food and energy) rising 1.7%. Falling energy prices remain a drag on inflation, but rising home prices reflect strengthening domestic economic activity.

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Cyber Security Awareness Month a great time to check online habits

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the timing is perfect given recent highly publicized security breaches affecting Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, the iCloud, and the social media site Snapchat. IT departments worldwide work around the clock to protect their firms’ networks, but do we personally take all the measures necessary to protect our online lives?

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Market and economic update: U.S. economic data points to solid growth

U.S. economic data appear to support solid growth into the new year. Data reported last week consisted of weaker September retail sales (negative 0.3%) joined by stronger consumer sentiment (preliminary October University of Michigan consumer sentiment up 1.8 points to 86.4), improving September industrial production (1%), and weekly initial jobless claims that reached their lowest level in 14 years (264,000).

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Investing in a rising interest rate environment

After six years of holding interest rates at record low levels, the Federal Reserve recently began a subtle campaign that suggests interest rates will soon be rising. This month, while reiterating its longstanding position to keep short-term interest rates near zero for a “considerable time,” the Fed announced two important steps toward beginning the process of raising interest rates: the end of quantitative easing and two new interest rate hiking mechanisms.

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Why a woman needs an MBA to succeed in business

Ideas are nothing. Execution is everything. While women may have many ideas for starting their own businesses, or for improving an existing business, the problem is that far too few of us can execute those ideas.

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