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ESG performance standards: What it is and why you should care (access required)

Publicly traded corporations all have one thing in common: ready access to funds from capital markets is their life’s blood. Financing via stocks and bonds provides firms the resources needed to innovate, grow and thrive. For the last decade or ...

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Inflation data remains key focus when reflecting on second quarter (access required)

Economic growth continued through the second quarter as a substantial decline in COVID cases and increase in vaccination rates have spurred reopening across the country. Current expectations for the second quarter real Gross Domestic Product are around 8%, which would signal an increase from first quarter’s ...

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Jim Kelly, Josh Allen forming a historic Buffalo football bond

There were about 250 of them, ranging in ages from seven to 13, and they had come to Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park last week to learn a little football from the greatest quarterback in Buffalo Bills history. Jim Kelly ...

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NY follows suit: Increased privacy protections for biometric data (access required)

Following the enactment of the NY SHIELD Act in March 2020 and the recent trend of increased data privacy protections for New York residents, a bipartisan group of the New York Legislature introduced Assembly Bill 27 on January 6, 2021, which proposes ...

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The road ahead: Smart ways to decarbonize buildings in New York (access required)

Buildings are energy intensive. Currently, space heating and hot water are directly carbon-intensive, burning natural gas or, where gas is not available, burning heating oil or propane. Building cooling systems run on electricity, which is indirectly carbon-intensive, because when everyone ...

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Polywork: What is it and why is it so popular? (access required)

If you haven’t heard the term “polywork” yet, chances are you will soon. It’s the recently coined term for having more than one job at the same time. Busy polyworkers have also been referred to as “multipotentialites” and “career slashers” who enjoy “portfolio careers.” (Slasher stands for the backslash in programmer/musician/landscaper, for example.)    Whatever you ...

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Special delivery: Income tax payments to Uncle Sam (access required)

What can I say — your rich Uncle (Sam) wants a cut of your financial well-being each and every year, and he’s quite serious about collecting his share. When and how he goes about doing so can take many forms, ...

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Job candidate ‘ghosting’ behavior is getting more common (access required)

“I’ve been posting a job for a key member of my team for several weeks. I followed up with several candidates and scheduled in-person interviews. But I’ve been shocked at how many have not shown up for the interviews. I changed my ...

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Judicious vs. injudicious lies — Are little white lies OK? (access required)

In 1882, Mark Twain made a presentation at a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford entitled “On the Decay of the Art of Lying” in which he observed: No fact is more firmly established than that lying ...

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Detecting financial advisor misconduct (access required)

In recent years, we have noticed a trend that should concern investors. More and more financial advisors who have been barred from the securities industry are registering as insurance agents. Many of them continue to provide financial advice to unsuspecting individuals who have no knowledge ...

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