December 7, 2014 |
Rubbing shoulders with superstar athletes can be thrilling for mere mortals like myself. (I ran junior-varsity cross-country as a high school senior. Not kidding.) But can professional athletes teach us management skills? Keep your expectations within reason. Increasingly, Philadelphia financial firms are corralling sports executives, professional athletes, and coaches to speak, with the idea that "behind-the-scrimmage line" backstories will uncover secrets to success. Maybe, maybe not. But it's an experience for which Philadelphians are paying big bucks.
November 30, 2014 |
There are savvy shoppers. Then there are holiday crazies - expert, rabid consumers who combine coupons, compare online vs. in-store bargains via smartphone, and put us all to shame. Edgar Dworsky, proprietor of nonprofit consumer advocate ConsumerWorld.org, is among the latter. Here's what he does before buying anything, most especially during this season of shopping insanity, along with tips from some other parties: Chart price history. Start by visiting sites like Shopping.com, Shop.pricespider.com, Pricegrabber.com, and TheFind.com, as well as Google Shopping, Amazon.com, and eBay.
November 23, 2014 |
Two childhood memories always stay with me. For several years, my mom asked that we "adopt" families - whom we never met - and supply a full-Monty Christmas, including wrapped gifts, clothes, toys, and a holiday meal. And in the weeks leading up to the holidays, my dad would read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to my sister and me. Sometimes, he fell asleep. I remember these as the greatest gifts they ever gave us. With hard-core, ugly-sweater-shopping season approaching in advance of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, how do we avoid the urge to buy more stuff no one needs?
November 22, 2014 |
After buying the Waldorf-Astoria, the General Motors Building, and billions of dollars of U.S. Treasury bonds, the Chinese may be looking to invest in something completely different - a broke and struggling school system. The head of the Chester Upland School District announced Wednesday that he would travel to China to work out a deal in which an elite school would pour up to a billion dollars into the Delaware County district, which is in state receivership, and the communities it serves.
November 21, 2014 |
An ally of Gov. Christie announced his resignation Wednesday as chairman of the State Investment Council. Robert E. Grady, a private-equity firm director who served in President George H.W. Bush's administration, said during the council's meeting Wednesday that he needed time to deal with an illness in his family, officials said. The council oversees the state's pension funds, which have about $80 billion invested. Grady also said during the meeting that he had stayed longer than he intended, wanting to oversee a leadership change in the investment division of the state Treasury Department, officials said.
November 16, 2014 |
Negotiating with your adult children about whether they stay on the family cellphone plan? Yes, that requires an awkward conversation - even for those who work as financial counselors. "My husband and I have a cellphone account with Verizon," says Becky House, who works with a partner organization of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a network of nonprofit community-based credit-counseling agencies. Since 2007, the family has had a plan that includes phones for two parents and four children.
November 11, 2014 |
"That little junk dealer from Jenkintown has built a multi-billion-dollar entity in New York," Bucks County-based broker and investment adviser Austin Dutton said of real estate mogul Nicholas Schorsch . "From Old York Road to Park Avenue. " Schorsch, whose family made its fortune in the scrap-metal business, is chairman of American Realty Capital Corp. , landlord to some of the biggest U.S. companies. He also is the head of investment bank and brokerage RCS Capital Corp.
November 9, 2014 |
Clifford Carmalt Collings Jr., 97, of Bryn Mawr, a Navy veteran of World War II who became a municipal investment counselor, died Sunday, Nov. 2, of a heart ailment at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Collings worked at CC Collings & Co., the Philadelphia investment firm founded in 1924 by his father, Clifford C. Collings Sr. The younger Mr. Collings later became president and chairman and stayed with the company for more than 50 years. The firm was sold to Legg Mason in 1985; Mr. Collings stayed on for a while to assist.
November 9, 2014 |
You have an idea for a business, or an invention, or a brand? How do you get started, and where? Right in our own backyard, it turns out. Put aside any snobbishness about selling online and on TV because you just might reach 110 million viewers. Home-shopping giant QVC, based in West Chester, has a fairly new start-up-seeding program called QVC Sprouts. If you want immediate crowd-sourced feedback, this could be the way to go for you. Just ask QVC millionaire Tara McConnell.
November 8, 2014 |
NOT MANY people can say part of their life story wound up in a chocolate bar. But Frank Carey had an imaginative daughter. When he reached the age of 85, his daughter Frances, wrote a blurb about him and inserted it in Hershey chocolate bars. You opened the wrapper and there was a photograph of a smiling Frank Carey with some little known facts about him, like the time he grew a beard and nobody noticed, that his favorite foods were salmon and asparagus and cake with orange icing, and his favorite movie was "Gone With the Wind.