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Feb 15, 2023

Bridging the gap with early retiree health insurance – Private banking

Are you considering early retirement? Since Medicare isn’t available until you are 65, you’ll need to find another way to cover medical, hospitalization, and prescription drug costs until you become Medicare-eligible. Finding the best coverage option that’s affordable is no small matter: Health insurance premiums and medical expenses can make up a considerable chunk of […]

Feb 14, 2023

Opining on the controversial Super Bowl penalty, Mahomes’ supremacy, reasons for Bills optimism

Before celebrating the greatness that is Patrick Mahomes, we need to address the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Feb 13, 2023

Do our stock markets have a conflict of interest with retail investors?

A survey of investors by Bankrate in 2021 suggests that a majority of retail investors think that the stock market is “rigged” against them. Perhaps investors’ skepticism is based on the way in which the stock markets are run.

Feb 10, 2023

Why it could be a good year for brands to sit out the Super Bowl – Viewpoint

Raise your hand if you enjoy watching Super Bowl ads as much as the game. (Mine is up, btw.) Most people enjoy the ads for pure entertainment, but if you’re wired the way I am, you’re probably also curious about the strategies behind the commercials. I usually dissect the creative, working my way backward through […]

Feb 9, 2023

Phrases like ‘stay in your lane’ can leave workers dispirited

“The other day I had an idea for what I thought was an improvement in efficiency. When I mentioned it to my boss, I was told “stay in your lane.”  Even though I’m not on the team that’s working on that particular project, I feel like anything we can do — or propose — to […]

Feb 7, 2023

Human nature, the economy, and the environment

At this point in history, the climate crisis is more of a human problem than a technology problem. Sure, additional technological advances will be helpful, but we could get very close to a fully decarbonized economy using only technologies that exist today. What we’re currently lacking is the political will to implement those technologies at […]

Feb 3, 2023

Developing a successful corporate strategy for 2023 – Viewpoint

The start of the new year is the perfect time to develop or revisit your organization’s corporate strategy.

Feb 3, 2023

Celebrating National Mentoring Month amid the need for more volunteers

Compeer became an integral part of my journey four years ago, when I met my first peer match, Kathy. As a person who dealt with agoraphobic tendencies, I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, and I certainly didn’t know at the time just how much of an impact our friendship would have on me.

Jan 30, 2023

Anticipated changes to New York’s brownfield cleanup program – Viewpoint

In early 2022, NYSDEC also issued draft revisions to the regulations governing the BCP (6 NYCRR Part 375).  NYSDEC’s proposal contained several problematic provisions that, among other things, potentially limit eligibility for the program, reduces the availability of tax credits for cleanup costs, adds burdensome new reporting and notification obligations, and expands the NY[...]

Jan 27, 2023

Free Lunch at Facebook?

A 2019 Pew Research Center report on social media use in the United States showed that 72% of American adults use social media. In 2005, that number was only 5%. But how many of those 72% understand the business model of social media? I certainly didn’t – at least not well – until recently.  

Jan 27, 2023

Consumer spending teeters U.S. away from recession

The Fed’s biggest enemy today is the labor market. Given that we have seen prices start cooling in many sectors of the market, the remaining piece of the puzzle is wage growth. While wage growth has cooled since July, it is still up more than 6% over the last 12-months. While wage growth is fantastic for the employee, the issue is it is sticky and can get baked into prices ov[...]

Jan 25, 2023

Insights from the 2022 Purpose Power Index

In the business world, “purpose” was all the buzz in 2022, impacting everything from hiring and retention to productivity and profits. Purpose was such a big deal that it became the subject of numerous research projects with striking findings. For example, Great Place to Work reports that team members who find purpose in their jobs are three times more likely to stay with t[...]