The Coming Economic Ice Age [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 18:28
2013 | EPUB | 2.33MB
There is an economic meltdown fast approaching, a collapse that will be known as the first "Great Depression" of the twenty-first century. This economic crisis will be global, affecting all nations including the United States, will make recent recessions look minor, and could be worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s. However, history has shown, calamity brings forth opportunity. For those that are informed, it can be the single greatest financial opportunity in your lifetime - if you are prepared.
When you read this riveting book you'll discover:
- The clear evidence for the approaching economic calamity
- The timing of when you can expect its arrival
- The most dangerous places for your money and how to avoid them
- How to position your portfolio for maximum return and security
- Practical strategies to transform the economic storm into life- changing wealth
Global Value [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 18:21
2014 | EPUB | 1.78MB
Investment bubbles and speculative manias have existed for as long as humans have been involved in markets. Is it possible for investors to identify emerging bubbles and then profit from their inflation? Likewise, can investors avoid the bursting of these bubbles, and the extreme volatility and losses found in their aftermath to survive to invest another day?
Over 70 years ago, Benjamin Graham and David Dodd proposed valuing stocks with earnings smoothed across multiple years. Robert Shiller later popularized this method with his version of the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio in the late 1990s and correctly issued a timely warning of poor stock returns to follow in the coming years. We apply this valuation metric across more than 40 foreign markets and find it both practical and useful. Indeed, we witness even greater examples of bubbles and busts abroad than in the United States. We then create a trading system to build global stock portfolios, and find significant outperformance by selecting markets based on relative and absolute valuation.
The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 18:13
2014 | EPUB | 1.43MB
Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan: A Pro Shares a Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Plan that Gets Results by Hal Shelton will open your eyes to insider tips, hints, and techniques for creating a winning business plan. Nearly 50 percent of new businesses fail within five years. A well thought-out business plan can dramatically turn the odds in your favor. With this easy-to-follow guide, you will:
- Discover why you need a business plan and the best style for you
- Receive step-by-step guidance for creating each section of your plan
- Write your plan as you go using worksheets in every chapter
- Get proven strategies for obtaining bank loans and attracting investors
- Spend less time writing your plan and more time setting up your business
- Learn how to create a business plan for a nonprofit
Are you planning to start a business, grow an existing business, or start a nonprofit? Wherever you are in your journey, you have a need to develop the knowledge and plans to guide you to a successful business operation. While this learning and planning process takes many forms, shapes, and levels of intensity, it is all considered part of the business planning process. If you are in any of the above stages with your business, this book is written for you. It is for entrepreneurs who are thinking of starting a small business or nonprofit, and for small business owners who want to grow an existing business or solve an operating problem.
This book will also help if you are looking for assurance that you are headed in the right direction, seeking help with a section of your business plan that you do not understand, feeling that a section of your business plan is not robust enough and want pointers, or wanting to learn where and how to apply for funding. Entrepreneurs should always surround themselves with mentors and advisors, so you will also find ideas on where to find these valuable resources. The Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan is packed with actionable advice and real-life examples from Shelton’s experience as a senior executive, SCORE small business mentor, and angel investor.
Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility, and Globalization [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 18:01
2012 | EPUB | 2.59MB
A unique perspective of an evolved role for company leadership
Based on the findings of an extensive research project that surveyed more than 5,500 enterprise employees and functional decision makers across the United States and China, Transforming Business: Big Data, Mobility and Globalization explores the influence of technology in the workplace and the implications to company culture, functional responsibilities and competitive advantage. This in-depth analysis illuminates emerging technological trends, the changing workforce, and the shifting face of business and industry while offering prescriptive guidance to leaders.
- Addresses how new technology trends - including mobility, cloud, big data and collaboration - are fundamentally changing the way work is conducted and how company leadership can tap into these trends to affect positive cultural reform
- Examines how the introduction of new technologies and the emergence of new business models are shifting traditional organizational roles, including HR, marketing, finance, and IT
- Takes an in-depth look at how the next-generation of top talent, represented by college students at the top universities, view their future workplace environment and how technology can become a meaningful magnet for recruitment and retention
- Zeroes in on how the integration of technology into the workplace differs between the United States and China and the implications to the global marketplace
What emerges from this book is an evolved role for company leadership, one of significant strategic value as cultural stewards capable of generating sustainable advantage for their companies in the most competitive market witnessed in decades.
Publishing for Profit, 5th Edition [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 17:54
2014 | EPUB | 3.58MB
Publishing in the 21st century is a rapidly changing business, and this highly readable and comprehensive reference covers it all: editorial acquisition and process, the importance of metadata, operations procedures, financial benchmarks and methods, and personnel management as well as product development, production, and sales and marketing.
Written for the practicing professional just starting out or looking to learn new tricks of the trade, as well as self-publishers who want to understand the industry, this revised and expanded fifth edition contains updated industry statistics and benchmark figures, features up-to-date strategies for creating new revenue streams, approaches to online marketing and sales, key concepts of e-book publishing, and provides new information about using financial information to make key management decisions. A new title P & L that incorporates e-books is provided. Over 30 highly practical forms and sample contracts are also included for up-to-the-minute advice.
Focus on Personal Finance [PDF]
08 February 2015, 17:47
2013 | PDF | 29.11MB
Focus on Personal Finance is a brief, 14-chapter book, covering the critical topics in Personal Finance courses. This 4-color, paperback text is designed and written to appeal to a range of ages, life situations, and levels of financial literacy.
A unique aspect of this text is its active approach. This text will not only get your students thinking about their current situation and financial goals, but also encourage them to put these in writing to use as a guide and revise over the course of their lives. The more a student involves themselves in the assessments, exercises and worksheets provided, the more they will discover about their current habits and how to improve them for greater financial freedom.
Students have many different financial goals, but none are more important than having a basic understanding of financial issues and peace of mind with regard to their decisions. The ultimate goal of Focus on Personal Finance is to get students to this point as a first step to achieving the many financial goals they have set for themselves.
Success By Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 17:42
2012 | EPUB | 2.92MB
Want to make your design business a success? Start here.
In your career you may have been like me: Trying to keep projects on the rails and clients happy. Digging through blogs for useful advice. Wondering if there was a better way to handle all of the demands of being a design professional and running a creative business.
The wisdom contained in Success By Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers will help you become a stronger businessperson and better plan your career path as a design leader. This book was born from in-depth interviews with a slew of successful designers, studio directors, project managers, and client service professionals across a wide range of creative industries.
It contains the business secrets I needed the most when I started as a designer sixteen years ago.
The Vacation Rental Goldmine [EPUB]
08 February 2015, 17:37
2013 | EPUB | 1.4MB
“Are you getting the maximum income from your vacation rental property?” The Vacation Rental Goldmine Book gives you everything you need to get every dollar possible from your vacation home. Whether you are experienced or new to vacation rentals by owner, these strategies can make big impact with the profitability of your vacation rental business.
The Vacation Rental Goldmine leads you step by step to get the most profit from your property. These strategies can put thousands more in your pocket by truly making your vacation home stand out from the competition. The keys to this system are great guest experience and detailed instructions on how to make it happen.
Most Vacation Rental books cover concepts and leave the reader to figure out what to do and how. The Goldmine System starts with the guest and works backwards through everything, from shopping for a vacation rental to post vacation communication. The author walks you through instructions and tips to create great guest experiences. A full rental calendar of returning guests coupled with effective marketing will increase your bookings, rates and income.
The Vacation Rental Goldmine includes:
- Creating your vacation rental Marketing Plan
- Pricing your vacation rental right
- Creating an exceptional listing
- Designing and building a great vacation rental website
- Building the best guest experiences
- Finding the right local team to care for guests
- Tracking and using data to drive financial decisions
- Communicating and connecting with your guests
This book can make the difference between mediocre rental income and runaway vacation rental success. Get every dollar from your vacation rental by putting the Vacation Rental Goldmine Book and System to work for you today!
Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success and Impact the World [Audiobook]
08 February 2015, 17:32
2015 | M4B VBR ~ 60 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 6 mins | 250.7MB
Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.
Exploring the exponential technologies that are disrupting today's Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from "I've got an idea" to "I run a billion-dollar company" far faster than ever before, the authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos, the audiobook offers the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today's hyper connected crowd like never before. The authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into tens of billions of dollars of capital, and build communities - armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today's entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.
Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today's exponential entrepreneur's go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome impact of crowd-powered tools.
Money Management Skills [TTC Video]
08 February 2015, 17:22
2015 | Course No 5231 | M4V, AVC, 2000 kbps, 640x360 | English, AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 5.7GB
Money management can be intimidating, but the good news is that the newest research into the human brain can help us understand why we make mistakes and how we can create an effective plan to meet our financial goals. Learning to navigate complex financial markets and create good financial habits is essential to the all-important goal of gaining control over our financial future.
Money management requires knowledge of financial products, investment and risk theory, and essential tax rules. But it also requires an understanding of how we as fallible humans make mistakes. These lectures will go beyond the advice of a traditional money management course and delve into the emerging science of financial decision-making. With this course, you’ll learn how to overcome your brain’s programming and avoid following your emotions down the wrong financial path.
The goal of money management is to maximize our happiness at every stage of our lives. Whether you are a novice investor or a seasoned pro, a young person getting started in life or a Baby Boomer contemplating retirement, Money Management Skills is an excellent primer for creating financial security. Taught by financial expert and Texas Tech University professor Michael Finke, these 12 practical lectures will boost your confidence around money management. This is not a course for big investors looking for the next hot stock. Rather, these lectures are for regular people who want to make sound financial decisions without obsessing over the daily changes in the market.
For most of us, a few basic principles of money management can help us get our financial houses in order, answering such questions as:
- What are the optimal uses of credit and debt?
- Is home ownership actually a good investment?
- How much insurance do I really need?
- Where should I invest my money?
- What should I do to prepare for retirement?
Money Management Skills takes you on a tour of some of the most widely available financial products, from mutual funds to life insurance to college savings accounts. Professor Finke offers evidence-based guidance for building a financial strategy using these products. When you complete the course, you will have all the important information you need to manage your finances—as well as being aware of psychological pitfalls to avoid.
Manage Money for Every Stage of Your Life
After reviewing the psychology of decision-making—and how our instincts often steer us wrong when it comes to loss aversion, risk tolerance, and information overload—Professor Finke explains the “life cycle theory” of financial planning. This eye-opening theory offers a framework for making financial decisions based on the different stages of your life, and it will give you an entirely new perspective on money management.
The goal is simple: to get the most out of your money across time. There is a time in all of our lives where we should be borrowing more and saving less, and a time when we should be saving more and borrowing less. As he teases out the implications of this framework, Professor Finke introduces you to the range of financial products and tools at your disposal, including:
- liquid assets,
- stocks and bonds,
- mutual funds,
- insurance, and
- estate planning.
You’ll receive a comprehensive overview of these options, as well as general guidance about the principles of taxation, building a credit history, analyzing your tolerance for risk, choosing a retirement age, and much more. Professor Finke ties it all together with the most up-to-date financial data and trends.
Create Your Long-Term Financial Plan
The tricky thing about financial management is that our instincts are often unreliable. Scientific evidence suggests that humans are hard-wired to make emotional decisions that prevent us from making good decisions under stress. For instance, we might be tempted to sell stock when the market falls, or we might overestimate certain risks while ignoring greater threats. The key to sound money management is to develop patience and discipline for the long haul.
Money Management Skills gives you a rational blueprint for setting financial goals, managing debt responsibly, setting aside money for retirement, taking advantage of tax benefits, navigating end-of-life issues, and much more. You’ll discover a host of basic rules of thumb, such as:
- Education is one of the most valuable investments you can make for yourself or your children.
- Choose passive, low-expense mutual or index funds for long-term investing, and be sure to diversify your portfolio.
- Term life insurance is a great value, but depending on your tolerance for risk, comprehensive auto insurance might not be such a good deal.
- Retiring just a few years later can leave you with significantly more money to spend annually during your retirement.
While everyone’s life is different, the information and sound advice in this course will empower you to create your own financial plan to reach your goals. Professor Finke provides a worry-free approach to handling all aspects of money management.
- Understanding Your Financial Brain
- Managing Money with Life Cycle Theory
- Basic Investing: Keep It Simple
- The Key Financial Instruments
- How to Use Credit Optimally
- Investing in Education
- The Economics of Home Ownership
- Managing Risk with Insurance
- Essential Tax Principles
- Saving for Retirement
- Fundamentals of Estate Planning
- Putting Your Financial Plan Together