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Benjamin Hall Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:51pm Categories:

Last month, Fitch Solutions released a special report that looks at the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the rising adoption of AgTech, connected cars, and digital health.

According to the new edition, “4IR is primarily defined as the blurring of physical, digital and biological worlds framed by disruptive technologies.”

“…[4IR] means that every company becomes a tech company, and that every product becomes a service.”

The acceleration in adoption of 4IR, decidedly lead by the US and China, is still early stage—particularly in AgTech. According to various sources...

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Benjamin Hall Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:13pm Categories:

“Today, many workers across multiple professions perform calculations far more complex, and millions of people understand and manipulate data using tools and techniques that would confound even the most skillful of 19th century experts…The advanced skills of the past become the foundational skills of the future.”

Burning Glass Technologies was hired by the Business-Higher Education Forum to examine the job market. Pouring over 150 million unique U.S. job postings (from 2017) and roughly 56 million resumes, Burning Glass identified skills that create mobility for employees; “People...

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Benjamin Hall Friday, October 18, 2019 - 1:35pm Categories:

"Financial Freedom is about a lot more than money, it's about living a richer life." - David Bach, NY Times-bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire

One of the newest editions to our New Popular Business Books is Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.

Dubbed "The Millennial Millionaire" by CNBC, author Grant Sabatier went from $2.26 to $1 million in 5 years through entrepreneurship, side hustling and investing. After reaching financial independence at the age of 30, Grant founded MillennialMoney.com, where he writes about making and...

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Benjamin Hall Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 3:53pm Categories:

“At its core, social exchange theory is a theory of motivation that relies on non-monetary reinforcement principles among dyadic pairs of individuals seeking need fulfillment tied to their own rational self-interests (Homans, 1961).”

In a workplace, individuals have needs related to autonomy, competence, and relatedness…

According to MSU author John Hollenbeck, “It seems highly plausible that both leaders and team members serve as alternative reciprocation partners for need fulfillment in interdependent team contexts (273).” In a sample of surveys from 439 employees on 61...

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Benjamin Hall Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:27pm Categories:

Looking for profit and loss statements for the average dental office making $1-499,999/year in Omaha Nebraska?

Want to know (quickly) how many grocery stores there are in the 14564, 14425 zip codes?

In a word: BIZMINER

Bizminer from Business Valuation Resources (BVR) is a leading resource for financial and marketing data for some 16,000 lines of business across hundreds of national and local markets throughout the U.S.

The greatest value of BizMiner reports lies in discerning patterns of market activity, which are reflected in the large samples that BVR uses to...

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Benjamin Hall Monday, September 16, 2019 - 4:56pm Categories:

Although there’s not really any discernible agreement as to when “initialism” or acronyms first became mainstream, the somewhat frightful acronym FAMGA is certainly outperforming OTP ("One True Pairing") at the moment.

FAMGA is an acronym for Facebook Inc (FB), Apple Inc (AAPL), Microsoft Corp (MSFT), Google (GOOG) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN), the five biggest stocks in the Nasdaq. Today, the FAMGA make up an astonishing 40% of the NASDAQ 100 company index. 

The FAMGA family phenomena is also enormously profitable. Combined, the frightful five have a market-cap of roughly $4...

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Benjamin Hall Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 4:43pm Categories:

There are, for all intents and purposes, four types of analytics positions in the U.S; data analyst, business analyst (BA), data scientist, and business intelligence analyst (BIA). Since these position titles tend to be fluid over time, there’s a need to continually re-identify the skill requirements for professionals in each of these areas.

Fortunately, several researchers have taken inventory of some of the most desirable analytics skills sought by employers between December 2016 and February 2017.

Verma et al. (2019) used content analysis to examine a sample of 1,235 job...

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Benjamin Hall Monday, September 9, 2019 - 4:38pm Categories:

“The yield curve does not cause a recession in my framework. The yield curve is just an elegant way to summarize sentiment in the economy.” - Campbell Harvey

An inverted yield curve marks a point where short-term investments in U.S. Treasury bonds pay more than long-term ones. When they flip, or invert, it’s widely regarded as a bad sign for the economy.

Facts in August

The rate of the 10-year bond fell below the 1-year bond The rate of the 2-year bond did not close above the 10-year bond (flat) The 10-year bond rate has closed less than the 3-month bond rate every day... Continue reading "The CRAZY Inverted Yield Curve"...
Benjamin Hall Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:35am Categories:

“An indispensable insight into the future of Shopping and how Retail must adapt to stay relevant to the "on my terms" customer."  - Robin Phillips, The Watch Shop

One of the newest editions to our New Popular Business Books is a title by Kogan Page Limited, one of the world’s leading publishers of professional books and business content.

Amazon: How the World’s Most Relentless Retailer will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce is not an ordinary read. It’s like a handbook for e-commerce and m-commerce pros on “The Everything Store.”

Retail experts Natalie Berg and Miya...

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Benjamin Hall Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 11:13am Categories:

“The massive amount of [leadership] literature and the diversity of theoretical approaches raise a compelling need for stocktaking…”

Leadership is a particularly popular topic due to rapidly changing societal phenomena. Whether in politics, business, or higher education, the evolution of leadership as a practice has been written about extensively.

In order to better understand the literature, MSU author Russell Johnson applied bibliometric analysis to a corpus of leadership research to quantitatively visualize the landscape and the evolution of the field. Using co-citation...

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