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The following blog entry, from March 10, 2009 expressed my opinion on Mr. Bernanke. Eight months later the majority of the congress and a great portion of the financial world seem to agree with my opinions below. Rewind the tape and watch his opinions on the housing disaster and the direction our banking system took. He says everything is cool, and there is nothing to worry about as close as two years ago. He was as wrong as Jim Kramer recommending to buy more Bear Sterns stock 30 days before their collapse! (March 10, 2009) - I am watching yet another Bernanke speech with a Council of Foreign Relations backdrop. This guy was born to be a University professor. All he is talking about is what a parrot would read from the text books. He is not qualified for the job for what we need now during the depression of 2009. No one cares what he thinks. At least Greenspan had ... (more)

How to Avoid Investment Scams

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has just published an article on Avoiding Investment Scams which is available below: FINRA Avoiding Investment Scams This article is six pages long, and depending upon your perspective, either teaches you how to run an investment scam or how to recognize one. It however, does not teach you how to avoid one in the first place. Here is a reprisal of the earlier piece we did on how to AVOID an investment scam: This is what you have with The Barfield Group and what you can tell your friends: It is very simple, but oh so effective: 1) Have ... (more)

Time For Cloud-Based Online Google Bank?

Slowly -- and sometimes not so slowly -- the bricks have been giving way to the clicks for the past 15 years. Plenty of formerly unassailable business models have suffered as a result. The tears flowing for these companies, however, have been few outside their own high, stony walls. Users, customers, innovators, seekers -- the majority bottom sections of the social and economic pyramids -- these are the big winners in the many wonderful effects of the Web and Internet. And I for one have the freedom, productivity, choice and empowerment to prove it. Except in one glaring area: bank... (more)

Buyer's View in ''Life after Mega-deals in the IT Outsourcing Market'' Webinar on March 12 to Be Presented by Everest Research Institute and Bernstein Analysts

Analysts from the Everest Research Institute and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. will hold a one-hour Webinar to discuss the new challenges in the Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO) market stemming from a decrease in the mega-deals segment of the ITO market, lack of traction in the Small and Medium Business (SMB) segment, and the emergence of the Large Enterprises as a key driver of growth in the ITO. The Webinar, “Life after Mega-deals in the IT Outsourcing Market,” will be held March 12, 10 a.m. CDT/11 a.m. EDT. Ross Tisnovsky, Vice President of ITO Research at Ev... (more)

Favorite FLOSS Applications

I often make recommendations on the applications I use daily while sharing my perspective on the Linux desktop. However, recently I've been getting feedback from users on what they feel are the most valuable open source desktop applications and why. Don't take my word for it...take theirs. In this article users discuss their most useful desktop applications. Maybe you'll want to give them a try - if you already use some of them, you may discover features that you were unaware of. Evolution Contributed by Jon Carnes, Network Guru, Featuretel My favorite desktop appl... (more)

WorldCompliance Adds New Features to Enhance Screening Solutions for Banks and Financial Institutions

MIAMI, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- WorldCompliance, a leading provider of due diligence services for screening against money laundering, terrorism, corruption, and other criminal activities, today added new features to better manage regulatory and reputational risk. "We're pleased to unveil revolutionary, time-saving features for helping a wide variety of industries, including financial institutions, broker dealers, insurance companies, government agencies, mutual funds, aerospace and trust companies achieve successful client screening," WorldCompliance President Dirk Mohrmann said. ... (more)