Commentary

Mutual funds, ETFs too faulty to be reliable

I received a request from Lillian, who wants me to look at an REIT ETF that she holds and is asking if now is the time to sell because of the upward pressure on interest rates.

April 24, 2015

Adult behavior can be overrated

We were discussing adult-to-adult behavior in our leadership workshop today. Our company’s “tribe” members can elect to participate in our Leadership Laboratory series of courses. One topic we cover is understanding the three major mind states of subconscious, conscious and unconscious, which can be more simply explained in lay terms as child, adult and parent, respectively.

April 24, 2015

Every week is Safety Week in construction

Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer injuries on construction job sites across the United States. They even happen right here in San Diego County. We work hard to keep accidents to a minimum — any incident is one too many — by making safety our No. 1 focus in the construction industry.

April 24, 2015

The challenge of managing retirement plans

Pensions and the ability of workers to save enough for retirement are getting some attention from Congress. Currently under debate is a proposal that financial advisers, particularly for pension planning, should be regulated by the federal government.

April 23, 2015

Artificial intelligence and the tools of power

Michael Lewis, author of the remarkable 2014 book “Flash Boys,” recently wrote an excellent piece in Vanity Fair about the efforts to discredit him by some of the groups he exposed.

April 23, 2015

Why referrals are better than leads

Having attended several networking events lately, I have heard the terms “lead” and “referral” bandied around.

April 22, 2015

Apartment Association conference expected to draw thousands

Get ready to be schooled at the San Diego County Apartment Association’s 41st annual Education Conference and Expo on April 28 at the San Diego Convention Center. “Framework for Success” is this year’s fun-filled college theme.

April 22, 2015

SleazeBob Menendez's 36DD visa program

America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students and so on. All are overwhelmed, loosely monitored and riddled with fraud and corruption.

April 22, 2015
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