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  • » TLV Industry: August 18, 2017

    • August
    • 18
    • 2017

    TLV Industry: August 18, 2017

    Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
    - Charles Swindoll


    Are BDCs ready to be tamed?
    Alternative debt providers may soon see growing competition from institutional investors.
    U.S. Bank CEOs are paid three times their global competitors
    Last year, US CEOs earned 3.26 times as much as their global peers, but below the peak of 6.8 times their peers in 2004.
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  • » TLV Economy: August 5, 2017

    • August
    • 05
    • 2017

    TLV Economy: August 5, 2017

    May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
    - Nelson Mandela

    The roaring sentiment increase after Trump’s election is subsiding somewhat while America’s organic economy continues to muddle its way forward. Car sales are weak, but housing sales are picking up. Construction activity is steady. Wages are trying to rise while consumption still seems dependent on growing consumer debt. Job growth continues at a worthwhile pace.
    The stock market rise has made the bulls happy while the bears seem ever more bearish. For the bears, stocks were too high before Trump was elected. Now they are even higher. And real estate in all the coastal geographies is benefiting from foreign capital that still seems to view the U.S. as the world’s safest harbor and quite possibly its most dynamic and sustainable economy.

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  • » TLV Careers: July 19, 2017

    • July
    • 19
    • 2017

    TLV Careers: July 19, 2017

    The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”
    - Marcus Aurelius

    Lead Better

    The science of pep talks
    For as valuable as pep talks can be, there is very little training in how to give one that motivates employees and drives results. It turns out, there is science to the art of the pep talk. Follow the link for the three elements a pep talk needs to impact the bottom line.
    11 Modern leadership lesson’s from history’s masters
    Today’s leaders speak about the leaders of yesterday who’ve influenced their leadership philosophy. Inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddha and Marcus Aurelius follow. Read More »

  • » TLV Deep Dive: Outsmarting Our Smartphones

    • July
    • 14
    • 2017

    TLV Deep Dive: Outsmarting Our Smartphones

    "Life is what happens when your cell phone is charging."
    - Unknown

    Smartphones: The Cigarettes of the 21st Century
    In the 1990s, a U.S. study, and later one in the U.K., found that cigarette companies were “engineering” cigarettes to be more addictive, a claim the tobacco industry vehemently denied. The U.K. findings listed the following additives and effects:
    - “Additives are used to make cigarettes that provide high levels of 'free' nicotine, which increases the addictive kick of the product
    - Additives are used to enhance the taste of tobacco smoke
    - Sweeteners and chocolate are used to make cigarettes more palatable to children
    - Eugenol and menthol are added to numb the throat to mask the aggravating effects of tobacco smoke
    - Additives such as cocoa are used to dilate the airways allowing the smoke an easier and deeper passage into the lungs
    - Additives are used to mask the smell and visibility of smoke that is not breathed in by the smoker”

    As recently as the mid 1990s, tobacco industry executives were trying to convince us—and a Congressional panel—that cigarettes are not addictive. A Congressional hearing had been called in response to then new research linking nicotine to addiction and cigarettes to several diseases, prompting a rising tide of anti-smoking sentiment. 

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  • » TLV: This Year's Best Graduation Speeches

    • June
    • 23
    • 2017

    TLV: This Year's Best Graduation Speeches
    June 23, 2017

    "If you can win the trust and affection of your soldiers,
    they will win all the battles for you."
    - Secretary of Defense General James Mattis, on ledearthip to West Point graduates

    James Mattis at West Point
    As far as commencement speeches go, few are more humbling than those delivered to West Point graduates. Most of us graduated into relatively sheltered circumstances in a dangerous world. These young adults willingly graduate into that dangerous world so that we may remain relatively sheltered.
    Secretary of Defense General James Mattis—who personifies humble confidence—speaks of what leadership must look like in the military, but we can all benefit from his wisdom. “If your troops make mistakes,” Mattis says to these soldiers, “look in the mirror and figure out how to coach them better.”

    Defense Chief Mattis Gives West Point Commencement Address - Full Speech
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  • » TLV Industry: June 16, 2017

    • June
    • 16
    • 2017

    TLV Industry: June 16, 2017

    The smarter you get, the less you speak.”
    Arab proverb

    Goldman automates the IPO process 
    Eliminating thousands of hours of work increases productivity. —Bloomberg Technology
    America’s community banks hope for lighter regulation —The Economist
    Lots of challenges for community banks these days, in addition to regulation.
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  • » TLV Economy: June 2, 2017

    • June
    • 02
    • 2017

    TLV Economy: June 2, 2017

    The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
    - Henry David Thoreau


    After Trump’s election, a few well respected CEOs and investors suggested the country’s animal spirits could be ignited. This was reflected in euphoric post election economic sentiment surveys. Since Trump has taken office, sentiment has declined slightly, but still remains strong.
    Optimistic that Trump the Washington outsider and Trump the businessman would stimulate the economy through improved economic and tax policy fueled rising sentiment. But so far, the Trump administration has been stuck in the swamp, unable to move forward with neither health care nor tax policy improvements.
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  • » TLV Careers: May 26, 2017

    • May
    • 26
    • 2017

    TLV Careers: May 26, 2017

    Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
    -Muhammad Ali

    Lead Better
    McKinsey: What makes a CEO exceptional?
    McKinsey analyzed the top 5% performing CEOs from 600 S&P 500 companies. Clear patterns of decisions and strategic moves made early in their tenures emerged.
    HBR: How to get on the shortlist for the C-Suite
    Considerations today for those who strive to land the corner office tomorrow.

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  • » TLV Economy: May 5, 2017

    • May
    • 05
    • 2017

    TLV Economy: May 5, 2017

    A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.”
    English proverb

    Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
    Weekly unemployment insurance claims rising off February low
    (April 27, 2017) In the week ending April 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 257,000, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week. The 4-week moving average was 242,250. Claims have risen since February 2017 when they hit, 223,000, the lowest level for initial claims since March 31, 1973.
    Conference Board Help Wanted Online Index
    Online job ads declined 26,100 in April
    (May 3, 2017) Online advertised vacancies decreased to 4,613,600 in April. Supply/Demand rate stands at 1.55 unemployed for each advertised vacancy, with a total of 2.6 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised vacancies. The number of unemployed was approximately 7.2 million in March.
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  • » TLV Careers: April 27, 2017

    • April
    • 27
    • 2017

    TLV Careers: April 27, 2017

    "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
    We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
    - Albert Einstein
    Lead Better
    ​Intuition is the highest form of intelligence
    Intuition can keep you from poor leadership decisions or safeguard you from groupthink. Intelligent intuition might not be what you think it is. Read on to learn how to practice perhaps the highest form of intelligence.  Read More »

  • » TLV Industry: April 17, 2017

    • April
    • 17
    • 2017

    TLV Industry: April 17, 2017

    Forecasts create the mirage that the future is knowable.”
    – Peter Bernstein



    Shadow banking: The big winner from the financial crisis
    Regulation is driving capital source innovation. – Stanford Business
    Citigroup’s decade of agony almost over
    It’s taken a while for Citi to rebound from the 08/09 global financial crisis. What’s next? – The Economist
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  • » TLV Deep Dive: Losing and Finding a Sense of Wonder

    • March
    • 31
    • 2017

    TLV Deep Dive: Losing and Finding a Sense of Wonder

    Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
    - Socrates
    It has sure been an interesting few months after a quite an election year. The news—fake, real, biased, slanted or otherwise (who knows anymore)—is coming at us like bullets from a machine gun. It’s overwhelming. It’s exhausting. It’s confusing.
    And it’s taking its toll. Of a survey of 500 American adults employed full-time, a third reported that they have been less productive since the election, thanks to the distraction of political news. Twenty-one percent said they read more than 20 political posts per day, which amounts to two hours of lost productivity. Nearly 75 percent said they had discussed politics with coworkers, and half said they have witnessed a political conversation at work turn into an all out argument. Read More »

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