Perhaps it’s something in the water, or maybe universities are just doing a better job of preparing graduates for the world of public relations, but our Junior Associate class of summer 2014 is turning out to be the strongest we’ve ever hosted here at Gregory FCA.Each summer, we bring in eight to 12 Junior Associates as either college juniors or post grad candidates as paid members of the Gregory FCA team.
More than 650 new exchange-traded products launched since the start of 2011 for a total of 1,586 products on the U.S. market as of April 17, 2014. The din of the crowd is making it harder for new voices and new products to stand out to investors in a sea of choices from the likes of iShares, Vanguard, PIMCO, Schwab and State Street. For some, the challenge has been so great that the product sponsors have pulled the plug, as evidenced by a closure rate running more than 35 percent of the issuance rate since 2011.
COMPUTERS: Are they becoming more like humans? I have been working a lot lately in some pretty funky technologies -- quantum computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other stuff I don’t fully understand, but somehow manage to write about and promote.One of my most brilliant clients, Stephen DeAngelis at Enterra Solutions recently wrote a blog post for Scientific America where he considers where all this is headed and the threat that self-aware computers might pose to human beings.
Last night I drifted off to sleep in front of the tube after another busy day at the office. The last thing I remember seeing on TV was the trailer for a new movie sequel based on Steve Harvey’s relationship book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. When the alarm clock sounded, it struck me that financial firms can satisfy their need to connect with a client base in much the same way Harvey suggests women connect with men.