Day: February 8, 2018

Employment laws to watch in 2018

Employment laws continue to evolve, and 2018 will usher in some big changes in two of our most populous states, California and New York. The HR world is abuzz with all the implications of implementing New York state’s paid family leave legislation and California’s ban-the-box law, both of which went into effect January 2018. If […]

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How to Compare Socially Responsible Investing Solutions

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is an approach to investing that attempts to overweight investment in companies that an individual investor feels reflects their values for “social responsibility.” Obviously, this should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice returns in the process. The notion of socially responsible investing has long been attractive to many investors, […]

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners

Tip #1: Know what it’s all about The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work. In Scrum, the team collectively agrees to a sprint goal and is responsible for meeting it. This includes tracking progress of the work on a daily basis and discussing […]

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Insurance hasn’t changed much-but everything around it has

Insurers cannot afford to be complacent when disruption has upended other industries. The industry can, and must, embrace change and the future-fearlessly. Insurance hasn’t changed much in 200 years. It’s still about capital placed against risk. It’s still about creating tailored products for customers. It’s still about using information to sell through channels, to generate […]

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3 Tax Planning Opportunities to Consider Before 2017 Ends

On Wednesday, the House and Senate passed a sweeping tax reform bill, and the president is signed the bill into law this morning. Betterment is busy digesting all of the changes to understand tax planning strategies that might make sense once the new law takes effect in 2018. In the meantime, here are some time-sensitive […]

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WEF Insights for Insurers from Davos 2018 Day 3

Day 3 of Davos offered a diverse program of discussions, including the potential effects of new technologies on the environment (“Future Shocks: Rogue Technology”), the backlash against big tech (“Big Tech, Big Impact”), Agile Governance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Stepping Up Climate Action. The latter conversation featured Thomas Buberl, CEO of AXA, who discussed the potential role of insurers in […]

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Do Product Owners Need Technical Skills?

How can you tell if you would benefit from having technical skills as a product owner? To answer this question, I find it helpful to look at how the role is applied. If you manage a digital product that end users employ, such as a web or mobile app, then you usually do not require in-depth technical skills, […]

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National Property Listings Drop in January

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential listings dropped in January 2018 by 4.8% to 303,901, as homeowners took a break and enjoyed summer holidays.  But over the year, listing have jumped in Sydney as some homeowners take profits on their properties. The fall in listings was led by a 13.9% drop in […]

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The Benefits of Rolling Over Your 401(k) or 403(b) into an IRA

When you’ve switched jobs multiple times in your career, you may have participated in several employer-sponsored retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. 401(k)s are generally provided by many for-profit employers, while 403(b) plans are most often used by the nonprofit sector. What many people don’t know is that when you leave a job, […]

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5 Tips for Building Empathy with Users

Why Empathy Matters Possibly the most profound challenge in product management is to understand the needs of users and customers. Without developing the right understanding, our chances of creating a successful product are slim. While there are numerous techniques available to uncover user needs—think of direct observation, problem interviews, focus groups, surveys, and MVPs, to […]

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