Archive for January 2013

Keynote speaker – Futurist – at conference / corporate event. Global leadership event for MTN by Dr Patrick Dixon. Keynote lecture given to multinational audience of several hundred in South Africa. Keynote presentation covered marketing, management, motivation, industry, leadership, new technology, mobile phones, broadband, convergence, divergence,web phones, future of broadband, sms, video phones and other devices. Keynote conference slides also available on consumer trends, customer relationship management, client support. Business communications and virtual teams and virtual organisations. Leadership training and executive education. Patrick Dixon is a keynote speaker on issues such as globalisation, culture clashes, poltical change, global warming, carbon trading, demogaphics, urbanisation, bottom of pyramid, health, ageing and AIDS. Watch other Conference keynote lectures by Patrick Dixon. Banks will become phone companies and telecom companies will become banks. Keynote also covered mobile payment systems, micropayments, mobile phone credit card transactions and loans. Economic impact of remittances from foreign workers using SMS credit to avoid foreign exchange transaction costs. How biometrics fingerprint technology will allow large mobile phone payments. Commissions and interest charges on loans. Impact of revenues from American Express, Visa, Delta, Access, Mastercard moving to mobile phone transactions. Threat to retail banks from mobile phone payment systems

Management thought leaders share their ideas on values in business. Featuring: Arturo Condo, David Rock, Buie Seawell, Erin Lehman, Christopher Adkins, Maj. Gen. Frederick B. Hodges, Susan Clancy, and Jonathan Gosling.
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AssuredPartners, Inc. Acquires Tobias Insurance Group, Inc.

Indianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) January 11, 2013

Lake Mary, Fl. – December 31, 2012 —AssuredPartners, Inc. has completed a transaction for substantially all of the assets of Tobias Insurance Group, Inc. Tobias Insurance Group, Inc. will continue under its own name and its headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Tobias is one of the largest independently owned commercial insurance brokerage businesses in the Midwest, serving clients both domestically and internationally, and will continue under the leadership of Nick J. Rutigliano.

Founded in 1973, Tobias offers a comprehensive mix of insurance products and services, including property and casualty, surety, and employee benefits. Tobias works with a wide array of industries, with a strong focus on construction. This acquisition will strategically expand AssuredPartners footprint in the Midwest

“After careful and thoughtful consideration, we decided that the time was right to broaden our scope by partnering with a growing national broker,” said Nick Rutigliano, President of Tobias. “This will allow us to continue our focus of taking care of our clients, taking care of our employees with added opportunities and resources to take our company and services to the next level”

“Tobias has a culture focusing on client advocacy and quality service. Their talented team will complement our expertise in the Midwest and increase our footprint in Indiana,” said Jim Henderson, Chairman and CEO of AssuredPartners, Inc. “As our company continues to expand, we remain committed to offering unmatched service and financial security to all of our new and existing clients.”


Headquartered in Lake Mary, Florida and led by Jim Henderson and Tom Riley, AssuredPartners Inc., a portfolio company of Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR, acquires and invests in property and casualty and employee benefits brokerage businesses across the country. AssuredPartners has grown to approximately $ 230 million in annualized revenue and continues to be one of the fastest growing insurance brokerage firms in the United States. For more information, please contact Dean Curtis, CFO, at (407) 708-0031 or, or visit

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Optimus Advisory Group Launches Three Tactical ETF Investment Strategies that Access Eight Asset Classes, as well as Low Volatility ETFs

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) January 08, 2013

Optimus Advisory Group ( is proud to announce the launch of three new tactical strategies. These new strategies help us expand beyond our current offerings of Long-Short and Short-Only liquid alternative investment strategies.

All three strategies are long-only, fully diversified and rules-based. Each strategy has its own unique combination of decision making tools.

Optimus REV Multi-Strategy:

Seeks to provide investors with the capital appreciation normally associated with a diversified mix of stocks and bonds, while using active management and downside risk protection techniques. This long-only ETF model can vary its equity investments from 10% to 90% of the portfolio, depending upon three separate factors:

Rotation: Utilizes a combination of core strategic & overweighting/underweighting of key holdings.

Economic: Uses a composite of economic indicators to determine which assets to be invested in during varying economic climates.

Volatility: Uses volatility as a tool for selecting which assets to be invested in at any given time.

Possible ETF investment categories for REV include:

Low Volatility Equities (US, International & Emerging Markets), US Large, Mid & Small Cap Equities, High Yield Bonds, Emerging Markets Debt & Intermediate-Term Bonds.

Optimus Eight Baskets Rotation Strategy:

The Eight Baskets Rotation Strategy allocates client assets among eight asset classes: U.S. Stocks, Foreign Stocks, U.S. Bonds, Foreign Bonds, Cash/Short-Term Bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Commodities and Precious Metals. Client assets are invested in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) that represent the baskets in varying percentages. The strategy utilizes a combination of core strategic & rotational overweighting/underweighting of key holdings.

Optimus Eight Baskets Tactical Strategy:

This strategy already has a 10-year live track record among our private client base, but has been launched as a Separately Managed Account (SMA) now available to the public. The Eight Baskets Tactical Strategy allocates client assets among eight asset classes: U.S. Stocks; Foreign Stocks, U.S. Bonds, Foreign Bonds, Cash/Short-Term Bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Commodities and Precious Metals. Client assets are invested in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and actively-managed Mutual Funds that represent the baskets in varying percentages. The strategy has a broad mandate and may use any combination of technical, economic, rotation & volatility measures. The percent allocation to each basket varies considerably.

For more information about the new strategies, please visit the Investment Strategies page There (under the “Multi-Strategy” & “Rotation” tabs) you will find factsheets for each strategy that include detailed descriptions as well as the live and backtested performance numbers. All strategies offer daily liquidity.

Optimus Advisory Group manages several SMAs designed to provide superior risk-adjusted returns over a full market cycle while maintaining a low-correlation to traditional market indices. Our SMAs are available via Placemark’s UMA platform at the following custodians:

TD Ameritrade




Optimus Advisory Group

Steve Rumsey: Chief Investment Officer

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Irvine, CA 92618

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On this episode of on the CNBC TV 18 show Market and Macros CFP Harshvardhan Roongta discusses the two types of Medi-Claim policies – Individual and Family Floater. He explains the two different types of policies, and offers examples to help understand the costs, pros, cons, and effectiveness of the policies in order to help you chose what will work best for you and your family. The show was telecast on November 30, 2012.

On this episode of on the CNBC TV 18 show Market and Macros CFP Harshvardhan Roongta offers his advice on how an investor can know which Medi-Claim policy is best suited to them. He discusses the two types of Medi-Claim policies – Individual and Family Floater. The show was telecast on November 22, 2012.
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Kris Lindahl, The Edina Realty Agent, Held a Short Sale Strategies Meeting in Corcoran, MN on Tuesday Morning

“A Homeowner’s Guide To Short Sales” eBook

Blaine, MN (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

Kris Lindahl led a short sale strategies meeting in Corcoran, MN on Tuesday morning that saw full attendance. Kris is Edina Realty’s number one short sale agent. Lindahl went over several strategies involved in the short selling process that can make the experience run smoother and shorter. Afterwards Lindahl took questions from the audience regarding specific banks and lenders.

Kris Lindahl identified the first and most important step as finding the right agent. “Finding the right agent can make or break the process,”Kris Lindahl said at the meeting. After that it’s up to your agent and the lender of your choice’s representative to agree on a selling price and write up a short sale approval letter. Lindahl also covered several online resources that he’s created for the general public’s use.

Kris Lindahl and his team are full-time Edina Realty realtors that hold the following designations: Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resources (SFR), and Council of Residential Specialists (CRS). Lindahl recently received the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor an agent can receive, from Edina Realty for excellence in sales and sales volume.

Call Kris and his team for more information at (763) 607-1415. Visit the Minnesota Short Sale Calculator website to check eligibility. Download a complimentary copy of the eBook titled “A Homeowner’s Guide To Short Sales” and check out the video series on YouTube.

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Order “Too Much Horror Business – The Kirk Hammett Collection” Now at, http or Not only is Kirk Hammett the lead guitarist for Metallica, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, but he’s also the curator of one of the world’s finest collections of monster-movie memorabilia, a collection few people have ever seen. In Too Much Horror Business, Kirk finally unveils his near-mythical treasure trove of rare posters, props, costumes, and toys from the early silent classics to more modern fare. From Bela Lugosi’s annotated Dracula script to the creepy Donnie Darko bunny suit to cool model kits from the 1960s, Hammett has amassed hundreds of items over the years, including priceless international collectibles as well as the quirkier toys of his youth. Alongside scores of full-color, original photographs in this highly designed volume, Kirk offers up thoughts about his appreciation for all things scary and fantastic, shedding light on not only the collection of a lifetime, but the man himself.

RocketSpace Announces Global Expansion Plans With New President and CFO, Karl Knight

Karl Knight, President & CEO of RocketSpace

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 05, 2013

RocketSpace, the leading San Francisco technology accelerator, today announced the appointment of Karl Knight as President & Chief Financial Officer.

“Bringing Karl to RocketSpace demonstrates our commitment to expanding into new markets,” commented Duncan Logan, RocketSpace’s founder and CEO. “RocketSpace has proven its ability to accelerate tech startups in Silicon Valley and we are dedicated to developing a RocketSpace ecosystem in emerging technology hubs worldwide. Karl will be instrumental in helping us pick the best opportunities in collaboration with local government and financing partners.”

In his new role, Mr. Knight will be responsible for RocketSpace’s finances and strategy. With the hiring of Mr. Knight, RocketSpace has taken a major step towards its next goal: to foster technology hubs worldwide by creating the physical and virtual networks necessary for the technology economy to thrive.

Mr. Knight was most recently Sr. Vice President and Managing Director of Recurrent Energy, where he was responsible for international development. His previous roles have included CFO of Regenesis Power and a number of internet technology investment banking positions at GCA Savvian, Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. Mr. Knight holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business (NYU).

“Karl brings a unique combination to RocketSpace: proven strategic planning and execution capabilities, hands-on expertise with high-growth tech startups, and deep knowledge in developing asset-based infrastructure around the world,” said Mr. Logan.

Mr. Knight joins the RocketSpace executive team of Mr. Logan (Chief Executive Officer), Todd Elsberg (Chief Operating Officer), Eryc Branham (Chief Revenue Officer), and Mike Bowie (Director of IT).

“Duncan and the team have built a tremendous platform and brand at RocketSpace. I am looking forward to the challenge of driving domestic and international expansion as well as broadening the service offering provided to our customers,” Mr. Knight noted.

About RocketSpace:

RocketSpace is fueling the technology economy. We provide the perfect ecosystem for tech startups, corporate innovation teams, government tech incubators, and the leading service providers to the technology industry. To learn more, visit our website at

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Physical Gold Responds to Rise in Gold Prices as US Fiscal Crisis Ends

(PRWEB UK) 2 January 2013

US congress passed a bill early this morning that will avoid tax hikes and spending cuts worth $ 600 Billion.

The White House compromise will impose tax rises on the wealthiest and spare the working and middle class.

Gold added $ 7.01 an ounce to reach $ 1,681.55 by 06.49 GMT on Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson from Physical Gold said:

“The delay over the US reaching a decision to avoid the Fiscal Cliff has seen gold prices slightly stall as investors waited to see what would happen. Now a decision has finally been made, we have seen gold prices rise once again.

“2012 was a great year for gold, and 2013 is predicted to offer another straight year of gains for the commodity. Gold investment is a great way of saving for your future, and as a new year begins, it is well worth considering your investment options.”

Physical Gold Ltd is a leading UK gold dealer, helping investors diversify their portfolios with innovative investment solutions. Renowned for their ground breaking products such as the Sipp gold and Gold Accumulation Account, the firm specialise in providing customers with tailored assistance in sourcing the best gold for their personal requirements. Based in London, the team are BNTA accredited and have an unrivalled knowledge of the gold market as well as an exceptional understanding of the general financial markets.

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Salve Duplito, one of the hosts of ANC’s On The Money, lists the top personal finance trends to watch out for in 2013.
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