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Taking a Late-Career Leap

The expertise of older professionals is needed now more than ever. In its 2018 study, The Global Talent Crunch, Korn Ferry forecasts a worldwide shortage of 10.7 million workers by 2030 in the financial and business services sector alone. What’s more, technology is evolving at such a rapid clip, along with corporate development, that young leaders with less experience often focus on day-to-day operations—bu ...

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Does AI-Flavored Feedback Require a Human Touch?

Digital tools and technologies are now relentlessly and remorselessly transforming how performance management works. Customized and continuous data-driven feedback is becoming a new normal for enterprises worldwide. This feedback appears both qualitatively and quantitatively superior to its performance review precursors and should lead to better outcomes. But does AI-flavored feedback require a human touch ...

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Rich Women Increasingly Call the Shots, Wealth Management Execs Say

Women control about $14 trillion in assets in the U.S., which is comparable to the gross domestic products of China and India combined—and they are under-served by financial advisors. The industry needs to hone its services to reflect the growing power of female clients. To read the full article in Financial Planning, click: Rich Women Increasingly Call the Shots, Wealth Management Execs Say. ...

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Three Keys to Faster, Better Decisions

Decision makers fed up with slow or subpar results take heart. Three practices can help improve decision making and convince skeptical business leaders that there is life after death by committee. To read the full article in McKinsey & Company, click: Three Keys to Faster, Better Decisions. ...

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Tax Surprise for Children of Gold Star Families: Tax Strategy Scan

Children of military personnel who died in active duty are facing a surprise tax bill for their annual survivor's benefit thanks to the new tax law. The new law simplified the Kiddie Tax by switching the rate from the parents' rate to trust tax rates. In one case, a 6-year-old owed $7,000 in federal taxes two years after his father, a U.S. Navy senior chief petty officer, died of a heart attack. To read the ...

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The Real Source of Job Satisfaction

If, like the Rolling Stones, you can’t get no satisfaction (on the job), a recent survey may be able to shed a little light on why. Business backer FundRocket asked more than 1,000 workers what gives them purpose and pride at work—and what they found may surprise you. (Hint: It doesn’t come down to salary.) To read the full article in Glassdoor, click: The Real Source of Job Satisfaction. ...

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The Most Valuable Company (for Now) is Having a Nadellaissance

The congratulatory texts and tweets started the last week of November. Microsoft had overtaken Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, a stunning climax in a year that also saw it pass Amazon and Google’s Alphabet Inc. Longtime employees, who’d grown accustomed to thinking of Microsoft as far removed from its glory years, when it was run by Bill Gates and feared as the “Evil Empire,” were flooded ...

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Want to Work for L’Oreal? Get Ready to Chat with an AI Bot

The internet has revolutionized the workplace over the past three decades. Artificial Intelligence is now poised to do the same, and businesses that do not capitalize on the technology risk being left behind. Global tech giants like Amazon have been leading the charge—with algorithms powering personalized shopping recommendations and personal stylists—but businesses of all sizes are now embracing the techno ...

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Why You Can’t Wait to Prepare for Disaster

For a business or CPA firm, a disaster can take the form of a catastrophic weather event, a cyberattack, or even a sudden regulatory decision that may put the future of the organization in jeopardy. It may be impossible to prevent such a disaster, but proper planning can help minimize the damage and disruption an organization suffers if it is hit by a catastrophe. In this podcast, Jennifer H. Elder, discuss ...

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10 Things You Should Know About Bear Markets

Olympic athletes are at the peak of their careers, but even they need rest days to stay healthy. Sometimes financial markets need to reset from record-setting performance, too. Here’s what you need to know about bear, or down, markets. To read the full article in Hartford Funds, click: 10 Things You Should Know About Bear Markets. ...

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Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon’s Cloud Every Month, Making it One of the Biggest AWS Customers

As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amazon’s cloud, according to people familiar with the arrangement. To read the full article in CNBC, click: Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon's Cloud Every Month, Making it One of the Biggest AWS Custome ...

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How to Handle Office Conflict

Disagreements at work are common. Most people spend their week working with colleagues who have different ways of thinking and communicating. While having many different personalities on one team can often be a benefit, it can also fuel conflict, putting employees and their managers in awkward positions. To read the full article in Journal of Accountancy, click: How to Handle Office Conflict. ...

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How Beneficiaries Can Determine IRA Basis

Tracking IRA basis is critical for avoiding double taxation of assets, but this can be especially difficult for those who inherit retirement accounts. Reviewing the decedent's Form 8606 is an important first step, and other tax forms can also provide valuable information if this form cannot be found. To read the full article in Kiplinger, click: How Beneficiaries Can Determine IRA Basis. ...

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Grappling with the College Debt Burden

Some baby boomers are taking out loans or using their retirement savings to help fund their children's education. This, in turn, is contributing to the significant debt burden facing some families headed by people over 60. To read the full article in Think Advisor, click: Grappling with the College Debt Burden. ...

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