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The good times are coming back, sort of. Although employment remains far below its late 90s peak in Silicon Valley, and through the miracle of modern-day offshore outsourcing appears not to be fully recovering soon, the technology industry as a whole is doing much better than it did during the catastrophic first years of the new millenium. Interest rates remain low, providing relatively easy cash for those brave enough to borrow it. The vast amounts of technology developed adn deployed in the late 90s, in preperation for a Y2K crisis that didn't come (either because it was never a threat or because everyone prepared for it very well), is now at or past the end of its normal replacement/update cycle. And innovation marches on, with things such as web services, wireless techniques, open-source development, and the dawn of the age of ubiquitous computing continuing to th... (more)

DBJ Associates Reveals the Sixth Trend

According to a summary report by Doug Anderson, SVP, Research & Development, The Nielsen Company, growth will be hard to come by in the coming decade and there are "Five Key Trends Other Than Aging" at work which will make growth extremely difficult.  DBJ Associates provides questions wealth advisors may want to ask of themselves in order to benefit from these trends, along with the answer to: "What'd they miss?" Growth is found in less-developed world. By 2030, world population will have grown by around 20%. Only 3.2% of this growth will come from the more developed world. In th... (more)

AJAX-Based Google Finance Beta to Compete with Yahoo! Finance

Google recently launched Google Finance Beta for users to search for and find financial information about public and private companies, as well as mutual funds. It is poised to take on Yahoo! Finance, and other financial portals. The Google Finance experience is enhanced via AJAX, and some of the highlights include: • Interactive Charts – Google Finance takes financial charts one step further by mapping market data with corresponding news stories in one interactive chart, so users can track news to stock performance. Rich charts. Drag and drop, move around, external li... (more)

Were You Hit By the $23 Quadrillion Error?

Reports are flying around the Internet about people using their VISA debit cards and seeing errors on their billing statements for charges of $23,148,855,308,184,500.  That’s 23 QUADRILLION dollars.  For perspective, that’s: 68,690,965 Airbus A380s 3,858,142 Large Hadron Colliders 13,616,973 Space Shuttles 154,325 Space Shuttle Programs 1,622 times the United States 2008 GDP Of course, the additional $15 overdraft fee looks puny in comparison. That’s a pretty serious software bug and one that will cost VISA a lot of time and credibility to fix.  They’ve already indicated that the... (more)

A Little Encouragement...

I am not sure the origination of this quote, but it certainly is timely: "Hard work: All hard work brings profit; but mere talk leads only to poverty. Earnings: Never depend on a single source of income. Spending: If you buy things you don’t need, you’ll soon sell things you need. Savings: Don’t save what is left after spending; Spend what is left after saving. Borrowings: The borrower becomes the lender’s slave. Accounting: It’s no use carrying an umbrella, if your shoes are leaking. Auditing: Beware of little expenses; a small leak can sink a large ship. Risk-taking: Never test the dept... (more)

What FINRA Doesn’t Want You to Know About Social Media

New Media on Ulitzer Topic A at the recent Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Meeting (SIFMA) was what to do about the fastest-growing communications phenomenon since the invention of the Internet: the explosion in social networking. Whenever compliance and communications come together there is sure to be a tussle and this meeting was no different. Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum cited the current policy as “currently constructed, these sites would not permit you to easily supervise these communications. For that reason, most firms prohibit their employe... (more)