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5 Steps To Building A Remote Work Environment That Sustains Over Time

by Larry English, author of “Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture with Virtual Teams

When COVID-19 began, work-from-home seemed like a blessed stopgap — a way out of working in potentially health- and life-compromising environments, and a way to (partially) manage kids who had nowhere to go during the day. But now, more and more organizations are focusing on how to transition to remote work for the long-haul — from Twitter to Google, work from home is the new office, and likely will be after the long shadow of coronavirus has finally faded.

How do I know this? Because I run a 1,000- employee strong remote organization aimed at helping companies build connected, collaborative cultures outside the traditional office, and we’ve been watching the remote work wave come toward us since long before coronavirus set in. We started all the way back in 1999, and … Read the rest

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Editor’s Column: The WFH Financial Planning conundrum

 

To work from home, or not to work from home? – that is the question. It’s certainly a question many Financial Planners are wrangling with at the moment.

I’ve adapted a famous Shakespearian quote because it reminded me of a book I read recently about Elizabethan England around the time of Shakespeare’s life.

One risky aspect of life in Elizabethan England was the number of plagues, or virus pandemics as we would now call them. In fact viruses swept the country numerous times during Shakespeare’s life, closing theatres and public venues, particularly in London. When a virus swept the capital, London went into Elizabethan lockdown.

During these outbreaks Shakespeare would have spent much time outside London until the plagues had past. He would have worked from home in Stratford or other people’s homes around the country. Working from home has been around a very long time.

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Is Roku the Future of TV Ad Monetization? Analyst Weighs In

There has been lots of talk this year of the COVID-19 benefits reaped by streaming services. As a result of the stay-at-home culture, OTT leader Roku (ROKU) has been a prime beneficiary, experiencing large account growth.But according to Rosenblatt analyst Mark Zgutowicz, Roku is particularly well placed to benefit from another trend: the move from linear to connected TV (CTV).Following discussions within OTT/CTV programmatic venues, the 5-star analyst notes there is clear indication “the demand picture for Roku will soon climb to new heights.” Zgutowicz believes the big 5 Ad agencies are “making a concerted effort to negotiate volume commitments for OTT/CTV inventory.”Importantly, Zgutowicz adds, the budgets for these advertising needs will come from “long-standing linear spend.”In other words, the agencies are realizing the untapped potential of CTV, as consumers move from the “decades old model” of linear TV to more flexible CTV services. This is great for CTV services … Read the rest

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Trading Places: The Start-Ups And Newcomers Worth Watching 

The common saying goes that the first year of running a business can be one of the hardest. The idea, the product, the service might come quickly, but all the other aspects of business beyond that – the administration, structure, hierarchy, financials, branding, can all be huge amounts of legwork and complexity. In recent years, some of the most exciting and successful businesses have come on leaps and bounds compared to the progress made in their earliest years.

As a rule, we’ll be looking at companies that are no more than approximately five to ten years old, but their prospects are certainly not in question. If you’re trading, make a note of some of these names, or head to their sites and make use of some of their outstanding services.

Freeing the freelancers.

Fiverr is only around a decade old, however, its presence as a hub for freelancing is unquestioned, … Read the rest

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Schroders buys £2.2bn London firm serving UHNW clients 

Schroder’s Cazenove Capital business is to acquire London-based UHNW family office Sandaire in a drive to expand its wealth management business globally.

Schroders, which part owns the Schroders Personal Wealth Financial Planning business, says the combination of Cazenove and Sandaire will help Cazenove expand in the Ultra High Net Worth client sector around the world.

The price of the deal has not been revealed.

Sandaire serves about 45 wealthy families and manages about £2.2bn in assets. Cazenove Capital is responsible for £35.6bn  of client assets.

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Sandaire was founded by the Scott family in 1996 when Provincial Insurance, the family business founded by Sir James William Scott in 1903, was sold.

Sandaire was established initially to “preserve and grow” the wealth of the family. However under its founder, Alex Scott, it has expanded to provide advice to other multi-generational families of “significant wealth.”

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Oil Set for Best Week Since June With Saudis Defending Recovery

(Bloomberg) — Oil is poised for its biggest weekly advance since early June with Saudi Arabia ratcheting up the pressure on OPEC+ members to adhere to the group’s production cuts amid signs demand is faltering.Futures in New York are up almost 11% this week, despite bearish calls on the outlook from industry heavyweights such as BP Plc and Trafigura Group to the International Energy Administration. Saudi Arabia showed its determination to protect the recovery at an OPEC+ committee meeting on Thursday, lambasting members that have cheated on production quotas.Oil has clawed its way back to $41 a barrel this week, buoyed by a weaker dollar and a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories. The market is still contending with an uneven recovery in consumption, with OPEC+ seeing a risk to demand from a second wave of the outbreak, urging members to be proactive and ready to take further action.“Saudi Arabia’s … Read the rest

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The Benefits Of Using Managed Printing Services

Running a business nowadays has become much more convenient than it was decades ago. Most businesses today are digitalized, meaning most of their pen and paper-produced work contained in physical storage units is now transferred into computers and cloud servers. Digitalizing the work environment will undoubtedly ease up the entire work process and declutter company offices from mountains of documents and paper files.

Yet the importance of printers is undeniable in any workspace as printing documents is something most people do daily. But there’s a way to make your printing infrastructure more convenient and faster without dealing with problems like running out of ink during a printing cycle. You can now hire a company that provides managed print services (MPS), and they’ll take care of maintaining all the company’s printers for your convenience.

These are the top benefits to expect when hiring an MPS company:

1. Improved Company Efficiency While

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DB transfer values fall to pre-lockdown levels

DB transfer values fell from July’s record-high to levels similar to pre-lockdown in August, whilst the number of members taking a transfer value also declined, according to a new report.

XPS Pensions Group’s Transfer Value Index fell consistently throughout August from £260,700 to £253,200. This was mainly the result of an increase in gilt yields during the month.

Activity levels also fell. XPS’s Transfer Activity Index fell by around a third in August. Transfer activity was at an annual equivalent of 0.67% of eligible members, down from 0.94% in July. This represents 67 in every 10,000 eligible members transferring.

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As the risk of pension scams increase, XPS has launched a Red Flag Index as part of its monthly Transfer Watch tracker which measures the incidence of possible scam red flags in cases covered by their scam protection service. The pension group said this will help give regular insights

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Adelson’s Singapore Casino Hires Law Firm to Probe $1 Billion in Transfers

(Bloomberg) — Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Singapore casino has hired a law firm to conduct a new investigation into employee transfers of more than $1 billion in gamblers’ money to third parties, according to people familiar with the matter.Davinder Singh Chambers LLC, which specializes in dispute resolution and international arbitration, was appointed after Singapore police began a probe of third-party transfers at Marina Bay Sands Ltd., said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.The review by one of Singapore’s best-known law firms adds to scrutiny of the casino by the U.S. Department of Justice and Singapore authorities after a patron sued the firm last year alleging that S$9.1 million ($6.7 million) of his money was transferred to other gamblers without his knowledge. The lawsuit was settled out of court in June, with the casino agreeing to reimburse the full amount. There was a “non-admission” of liability … Read the rest

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Stepping Into The New Normal For FedEx

by Kawal Preet, President, FedEx, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA)

Not all change is exciting, right? After the year we’ve had so far, I think there’s no denying that. But for me, almost everything that is exciting involves change. Change into adulthood or parenthood; change of career; change of country. Even the most exciting things in nature are forever changing: stars, planets, seasons, landscapes. And the latest change, for me, means stepping into a new role of great responsibility at FedEx at – yes, an extraordinary time.

To begin with, it’s unique to take up a position that didn’t actually exist before – of the creation of a mega-region, AMEA: Asia Pacific plus the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, and Africa.

Today, AMEA is home to powerhouses of manufacturing, trade, innovation and explosive growth. These regions are firmly among the most vibrant and dynamic of our international business.

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