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The Growing Skills Gap and What to Do About it

The Growing Skills Gap

As the American economy enters its eighth year of post-recession growth, the unemployment rate continues to fall.  In fact, May’s reported unemployment rate of 4.3% is the lowest in sixteen years, marking just how far we’ve come since a high-point of 10.0% in October 2009.  Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence from workers and employers and a deeper dive into labor statistics indicate that, despite these improvements, structural issues remain.  While concerns such as underemployment and reduced participation in the labor force remain problematic, perhaps the biggest issue for American jobseekers and businesses today is a growing gap between the skills companies seek and the abilities of the workforce.  Known as the ‘skills gap,’ this asymmetry can have a damaging ripple effect that weighs on everything from individuals’ opportunities for employment to overall economic productivity.

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Condor Capital Management’s 2016/17 Ski Season Wrap-Up

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Condor Capital Management’s 2016/17 Ski Season Wrap-Up: Ski Resorts Gear Up for a Multi-Pass Showdown

MARTINSVILLE, N.J., – (PR NEWSWIRE) – Although there are still some slopes to be conquered, many skiers and snowboarders can agree that the 2016/17 season turned out to be quite a success. According to Ken Schapiro of Condor Capital Management, resorts across the United States were able to benefit from a flurry of winter storms that arrived just in time for the holidays, translating to 30% and 4% increases of total skier visits from last season for the months of December and March, respectively. Overall, average resort snowfall increased 36% from last season. Accordingly, recent figures by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) showed that nationwide skier and snowboarder visits rose to 54.7 million, a 1.5% increase from 53.9 million during the 2015/16 season.

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Customer Service in the Age of Twitter

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Technology has advanced rapidly since the advent of the internet. New platforms, such as Twitter, have become a huge disrupter to the traditional consumer shopping experience. How companies adapt to this new age of communication is reflective of their brand image, especially among an increasingly more interconnected population.

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Net Unrealized Appreciation — Your Options

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Individuals who own company stock in an employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan may be able to benefit from an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax rule that provides an additional distribution option for such a holding. According to Vanguard’s 2014 research on nearly 1,500 qualified plan sponsors, 15% of all plan participants utilize company stock in their employer’s qualified retirement plan. Continue reading “Net Unrealized Appreciation — Your Options”

Protecting an Investment in Jewelry

Jewelry

High-net-worth individuals often underestimate the value of their jewelry collection. Often, people do not think of jewelry as an investment, but view the purchase through an emotional lens. As more pieces are accumulated, the value of the collection can be quite significant. As a collection grows in value, it is important to review how you are safeguarding this asset.

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Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?

Inheritance

One of the most important components of financial planning is ensuring a sound plan is in place for the transfer of an individual’s estate upon their passing. Several changes have been (and continue to be) made to federal and state laws that govern the transfer and subsequent taxation of estates in the United States, leaving many people feeling overwhelmed by the sheer complexities that exist. Continue reading “Estate Tax Versus Inheritance Tax — What’s The Difference?”

Top 5 Mistakes People Make in College Planning

The cost of education is rapidly increasing.  With student loan debt now being the second highest consumer debt category, trailing mortgage debt, the stakes of college planning are high and there is not much room for error.  Here are some common mistakes that parents make when planning for their children’s college education.

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