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Investors Can Boost Their Cybersecurity: Back to the Basics

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


Security Essential for Financial Transactions Online Now that the Cyberworld is upon us, most of us do most, if not all, of our financial transactions online. Long gone is the day when most of us paid our bills by check or delivered a check to our brokers to invest for us. Now we pay our […]

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Key Financial Regulations To Monitor

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


Fourth quarter 2015 was a hard precursor to 2016 both in capital markets and financial corporate governance. Highly volatile commodities and equities markets, an overall slowing of economic growth and a cooling of tech business growth have left the investing landscape bearish. In addition, corporate governance of major financial and business institutions showed signs of […]

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Success and Ego – Two sides of the same coin?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


I believe there is a very thin line between success and ego.  You cross that line and you could be in big trouble. You straddle the two variables carefully and your upside has no limits. So what have I learned in life to manage both and use them to the best of my capabilities? Let’s […]

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When Will We Stop Blindly Pissing Away Money Down the R&D Rat Hole?

By: Ziad K. Abdelnour


Let me start by saying that I am a physicist and have been involved with many of the leading U.S. research facilities over the years — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia Laboratories, just to name two.  I also directed the Socrates Project under the Reagan administration.  So the quick knee-jerk reaction to the title that […]

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The Activist Investor: A True Ally of Corporate Governance

By: Astrid F. Kowlessar


Activist investors: Publicly listed companies fear them. Corporate governance pundits generally do not trust them. Retail investors quietly applaud them, and most laymen do not understand them. However, it is clear that in today’s complex corporate world, we need them. Activist investors may be the only players in the game that can effectively “Occupy Wall […]

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