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Why the Midwest is better for startups than saturated Silicon Valley
VentureBeat
Traditionally, top talent flocks to the coasts for the in-demand and most coveted technology jobs. The Midwest is rarely seen as a technology hub, if at all. In recent years that has been attributed to the “brain drain” phenomenon — the idea that talent created and nurtured in Midwest cities leaves for larger cities that are more well-known for their business and tech culture.
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Staying ahead of the pack — investment identities need maintenance too
CFA Chicago
A company's investment identity is central to its success and critical to how investors value it. It needs to be shaped and maintained in order to maximize investor interest and value. Miles D. White can speak to the success of his own company's investment identity — White serves as Chairman and CEO of Abbott, whose 2013 performance has received much "applause" from investors.
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In the changing world of commodities investing, approach is everything
CFA Chicago
Commodities investing has typically served as a protector of institutional and retail investor portfolios — Investors employed several different methods to gain diversified exposure. Things have changed though, and a new breed of passive commodity investors have stepped onto the scene. Jodie Gunzberg, S&P Dow Jones Indices, explores the pros and cons to the multiple differing approaches in commodities investing.
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Relevancy on LinkedIn could help you climb the ladder
CFA Chicago
There's more to a LinkedIn profile than career titles and endorsements: With LinkedIn's new features, it's critical to utilize everything to make sure your online story is current and attractive. Of course, shaping your presence doesn't always come easy, but that's where career strategist Kathy Graham steps in — When it comes to managing social media practices within the financial services industry, Graham is the expert.
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7 nonfinancial books that made Jason Voss a better financial professional
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
Among the many things that his years in finance have taught him is that the more well-rounded you are, the better you are as a financial professional. Investing demands that you be a polymath — knowing a lot about many things (including nonfinancial topics) and how those things interconnect into an organic whole. In shaping his mind to be a better financial pro, here are some of the books that Jason Voss read that changed how he perceived and understood the world.
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Pension alert is issued in Chicago budget talk
The New York Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently proposed a spending plan for his city next year that is full of nips and tucks: a 75-cent per pack increase in the cigarette tax, higher zoning permit fees for big developments, an end to some retirees’ health insurance subsidies and a rolling hiring freeze. Left alone, for now, were more controversial taxes, on property, sales and gasoline. But looming beyond Mr. Emanuel’s somewhat unsurprising $6.97 billion budget for 2014 are circumstances far more ominous: a pension system that is short by $19.5 billion.
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Janet Yellen: What's ahead for the Fed?
Forbes
Unlike current Fed chief Ben Bernanke, who enjoyed a relatively quiet first year in office before the financial crisis let loose, Yellen is likely to experience trial by fire from the get-go. Looming on her agenda is the closely monitored decision on when to start winding down the Fed’s massive bond buying program, which was instigated by Bernanke after the 2008 financial crisis to stimulate the U.S. economy.
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5 LinkedIn strategies you haven't thought of before
Forbes
Cheryl Conner's client asked if she could stay for a bit after their weekly meeting so he could thank her, not for a PR project, but to show her how he’d used a tactic she had shown him on LinkedIn to put himself well on the track of securing a much more aggressive marketing budget next year.
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3 global dividend ETFs worth a look
ETF Daily News
The recovery in the U.S. market has been spectacular this year with major indexes recording multi-year highs and equities experiencing heavy inflows. But thanks to some recent market volatility and the lack of a Fed Tapering, dividend focused investing has come back into the spotlight. Investors still seek these higher dividend ETFs as they not only offer higher yields, but also provide for capital appreciation too.
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SMS assist gets $45 million from Pritzker Group
Chicago Business Journal
Pritzker Group Venture Capital, which recently expanded its investment focus, said it has invested $45 million in SMS Assist, an advanced mobile and cloud-based facilities maintenance technology company. The amount brings the Pritzkers’ total investment in Chicago-based SMS to $62 million. The company is now Pritzker Group’s largest venture investment, surpassing its $50 million investment in IO, a provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services.
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Multibillion dollar Pritzker brothers change New World's name
The Wall Street Journal
New World Ventures, a tech-focused venture capital firm run by members of Chicago’s Pritzker family, is changing its name to Pritzker Group Venture Capital, a branding exercise that better reflects the source of the firm’s capital.

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Staying ahead of the pack — investment identities need maintenance too
CFA Chicago
A company's investment identity is central to its success and critical to how investors value it. It needs to be shaped and maintained in order to maximize investor interest and value. Miles D. White can speak to the success of his own company's investment identity — White serves as the Chairman and CEO of Abbott.

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It's time for late adopters to polish their profile
CFA Chicago
There's more to a LinkedIn profile than career titles and endorsements: With LinkedIn's new features, it's critical to utilize everything to make sure your online story is current and attractive. Of course, shaping your presence doesn't always come easy, but that's where career strategist Kathy Graham steps in.

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Overbought? No sweat, thanks to 'Bernanke-care'
CNBC
With bullishness seemingly everywhere in sight, the stock market is as overbought as it's ever been, and that doesn't really seem to be bothering many people. Bespoke Investment Group recenntly labeled the S&P 500 as "extremely overbought," while analysts at Strategas said that from a valuation standpoint the market "exhibited tendencies similar to that of a runaway freight train." No matter — the stock market went on its merry way Oct. 24, rallying modestly to threaten new highs. Investors may be playing a dangerous hand, but there's very little skepticism that things can't keep going on the same track.
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Chicago's chief technology officer stepping down
Chicago Tribune
John Tolva, the former IBM executive who was the city of Chicago’s first chief technology officer, is leaving at month-end to rejoin the private sector. Tolva joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in spring 2011 and spearheaded many of the mayor’s tech-related efforts, such as recruiting startups to the area and encouraging civic-minded developers to build mobile and Web applications based on data furnished by city agencies. In an email, Tolva said he'll be working as an adviser to Chicago-based investment firm Pritzker Group, founded by brothers J.B. and Tony Pritzker.
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