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Cetera Affiliate Farpointe Adds Louisiana Firm with $190M - FA Mag (whole article)


IT in a Post-COVID World - The Forecast


Hybrid and multicloud will be the dominant architecture in the near future,” agreed John Woodall, vice president of engineering at General Datatech, a worldwide IT solutions provider and network integrator. …[T]he attack surface has exploded in size with the arrival of more mobile devices and remote endpoints, said General Datatech’s Woodall. “IT is pursuing security at every level ─ in the data center, at the edge, in the cloud, in devices,” Woodall said. “And we’re seeing much more interest in cloud and especially software-as-a-service as more secure options.”


Feeling Overwhelmed and 'Boxed' In by Your 401(k)? Here's the Way Out - Forbes


“Morningstar’s style boxes conformed to MPT because they standardized mutual funds into groups that could then be compared for determining correlations or inverse correlations to indexes,” says Nolan Schexnayder, owner and senior advisor of Schexnayder Wealth Advisors in southeast Louisiana.


This Is How We Rescued Retirement Savings from the 401(k) Frankenstein Created by an Infatuation with the 'Style Box' - Fiduciary News


“Entities offering 401k plans are required to offer a minimum of 3 different types of investments that have 3 different types of risk and exposure (e.g., cash fund, bond fund, and stock fund),” says Nolan Schexnayder, owner and senior advisor of Schexnayder Wealth Advisors in southeast Louisiana. “MPT, and the ‘style box’ format in particular, influenced 401k plans by offering providers more levels of diversification, thereby limiting their liability exposure.”


Don't Let the 'CoronaCrash' Mess Up Your Retirement - Forbes


“When the media uses words like ‘plummet’ or ‘tumble’ to describe market volatility—as it generally does during election years and international panics such as Coronavirus—it can feel nearly impossible to stay disciplined as an investor,” says Nolan Schexnayder, owner and senior advisor of Schexnayder Wealth Advisors in southeast Louisiana. “However, weathering short-term volatility is key to accomplishing long-term financial goals. Keep in mind, a long-term investment was purchased for its future value not its current value.”


Swiping Right in 2020: How People Use Dating Apps - The Manifest

Shelley Yates, communications expert and founder of Yates Communication, met her husband on dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. It took her a year of using the app to meet her current husband, but she still enjoyed dating apps before that. 

“I think the experience varies from person to person,” Yates said. “One of my friends exclusively used Bumble and met her husband from it. I had a similar experience with Coffee Meets Bagel, and another friend living in NYC swears by OkCupid.” 

This 14% success rate might seem slim to those downloading dating apps to find something long-term, but it’s stories such as Yates’ that keep people downloading and using the apps. 

Camille Virginia, the author of The Offline Dating Method, argues in her book that dating apps are designed for user engagement (i.e., “keep swiping!”) rather than the user’s desired outcome (e.g., “find love”), like casino games.

“Think about it: As soon as you find your lifelong partner, the platforms lose you as a customer,” Virginia wrote. 

Virginia acknowledges the potential for success stories like Yates’ but encourages her readers not to rely on dating apps as their sole gateway to dating. 

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Why Liberal Arts Majors May Take Over the Tech World - Channel Futures


Shelley Schexnayder heads up content marketing initiatives for Apptricity, a provider of IoT M2M mobile supply chain and spend management software solutions in Dallas, Texas. If you had told her when she was a creative writing major seven years ago that someday she’d be writing about enterprise software applications, she’d have laughed in your face. But she also credits her liberal arts education with the very skills that make her a valuable asset to a tech company. She may not be able to code, but she can translate between the development team, business development and the end user to craft a message that drives Apptricity’s business forward.

"I think you’d be hard pressed to find an industry where an English degree isn’t an asset. Regardless of what you’re doing — selling, creating, stocking, analyzing, whatever — you’re using words to do it."

Schexnayder explains that the tech world can be very insular, and the industry has a tendency to use business and technical jargon that is inaccessible to most people outside of the sector. She sees her English degree as a huge asset because she can understand the value proposition and competitive differentiators from a technical standpoint while also knowing how to get that message across to potential customers.

"Here’s an example: my company offers asset geolocation through RFID tagging. In plain English, we can help you track the movement of a company laptop from one room to another from the other side of the world. Which do you think helps us get our point across more easily?' she asks. “In short, having an English degree makes the technology industry accessible to non-techies.”

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