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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.

WSJ: How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Whether or not you feel your phone is the greatest and most indispensable tool in your life, this article points out the extent of our phone’s impact our brain. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal

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HBR: Political Diversity as the Next Frontier

My newest piece focuses on political diversity in the workplace. In a country more polarized than perhaps at any other time in history, it’s still important to avoid political homogeneity in the workplace. In addition, I offers some principles I’ve used as a boss for smoothly navigating political discussions. Read the full story in The Harvard…

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WSJ: Steady Hiring Without Wage Gains Deepens Puzzle for Fed

We keep adding jobs and the unemployment rate is extremely low.  So why don’t overall wages rise more that 2-2.5% year over a year?  Holding constant the retirement of high paid baby boomers and millennials entering the work force at starting salaries, we should still normally see more wage growth and tightness in the labor…

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