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Designed for Blue Water

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Blue-water sailing refers to open-sea sailing, such as ocean crossings, where one is unable to put in at a sheltered harbor to avoid heavy weather. When storms bear down, a sailboat and its crew must be able to ride out the event, sometimes trimming all sails and simply absorbing the punishment of violent winds and heaving...

Relationship Building: The 2016 J-Biz Expo

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“Like with the election cycle, there are a lot of (real estate) experts…,” Jason Dov Greenblatt, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of The Trump Organization, quipped.

Mr. Greenblatt delivered an address and held a Q&A session at Wednesday’s J-Biz Expo and Business Conference at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison. Among many other things, Mr. Greenblatt was asked whether he thought the real estate market had peaked. He explained that he, along with most experts, have thought so for a while but the market kept on rising anyway—sort of like his boss’s unprecedented winning of the GOP presidential nomination.

The thousands of...

Sixty Percent of What?

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When the topic is group disability insurance, master swordsman Inigo Montoya from the 1987 movie Princess Bride might reply: “You keep using that word ‘covered.’ I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Montoya’s skepticism is justified. What is considered “covered” by an employer’s group disability plan may leave some employees far more exposed to financial hardship than they assume, when they are told the policy will replace 60 percent of income. It’s not until you get answers to the question “60 percent of what?” that you can be sure your income is protected.

A quick overview of disability insurance metrics:

• If disability insurance benefits fully...

The Realistic Response to ‘Expert’ Optimists

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Mark Twain said that an optimist is a day dreamer more elegantly spelled. If Twain were alive today, he might add that an optimist is a financial expert who can’t see trouble, even though it regularly shows up.

Since 2000, Birinyi Associates, a financial research firm, has tracked the yearly forecasts of 22 financial experts at Wall Street’s biggest banks and investment firms. Every January 1, these experts, called “chief market strategists,” offer opinions on where the S&P 500 stock index will close on December 31. In addition to recording their individual predictions, Birinyi also calculates the average expectations of the group, as a way of assessing the general sentiment of...

J-Biz Expo Draws Participation of Wells Fargo Bank and Diverse Businesses of All Sizes

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It is not every day that your business can share a floor with the likes of Wells Fargo, Amex and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, but that is precisely what makes the 2016 J-Biz Expo and Business Conference such an exciting opportunity.

With registration for the June 1 event in full swing, the growing list of participants is impressive and highly diverse. Wells Fargo Bank announced that it will be a silver sponsor of the event. Other leading corporate powerhouses that will feature prominently at the expo include Amex and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who will be there as exhibitors.

Benjamin Seleski, a frum financial advisor and senior portfolio advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch...
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