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APPLYING PRACTICAL INSIGHT TO
COMPLEX FINANCIAL CONCEPTS

Karen Firestone has spent over thirty years honing skills applied to
the investment world, while at the same time navigating a path through the work/familyscape. She considers many issues from an unusual angle, including stock market movement, factors facing professional women today, and how to think in simple terms about some complex financial structures. Karen shares her observations in posts that also appear in the Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post. As the CEO of Aureus Asset Management, a former fund manager at Fidelity Investments, and the mother of four grown children, Karen has a rare perspective into which she injects humor and some irreverence.

Getting a handle on a scandal

The recent Facebook “crisis” over user data is just the latest chapter in the long history of corporate crises. In this article, The Economist analyzes the impact of such crises on long-term shareholder value. Read the full article in The Economist

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Which firms profit most from America’s health-care system

Healthcare has been a great sector in which to invest for many years now. But as The Economist lays out in this article, there are factors in place that may change the source of those high returns, especially for some participants in the industry. Read the full article in The Economist

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The Economist: Steven Pinker’s case for optimism

Steven Pinker’s latest book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress,” posits that the prevalence (and allure) of negative news undermines the amazing progress humanity is making. Nowhere is this more true than the public markets, where the most recent bout of volatility focused the minds of investors (and clients alike) more…

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HBR: WORK AFTER #METOO, YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

I offer my thoughts on the #metoo movement from the perspective of a small business owner. In light of the fact that many small businesses operate without an official HR department, issues may arise without proactively leadership. Read the full article in The Harvard Business Review

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WSJ: New Worry for CEOs: Rising Costs From Metals to Meat

We are finally seeing articles about how higher costs for labor, commodities, and raw materials are affecting companies.  It’s likely that earnings expectations were just too rosy and the market has adjusted to a more realistic outlook on profit margins. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal

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