Optimize Wealth Management Welcomes Stuart Proctor as Senior Financial Planner, Furthering its Nationwide Expansion

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TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Optimize Wealth Management announced the recent addition of Senior Financial Planner Stuart Proctor to the firm. Stuart has an extensive history of helping clients in the Calgary region meet their desired long-term goals.

“We are thrilled to have a knowledgeable and skilled planner such as Stuart join our team,” said Matthew McGrath, Head of Advisory Channel and Corporate Development at Optimize Wealth. “We are confident that Stuart can aid in providing comprehensive financial planning to our clients through our entirely holistic approach.

Working alongside a competent and skilled team of licenced portfolio managers, Stuart will help clients to achieve prosperity and long-term success from Optimize Wealth’s newest office in Calgary.

“I’m pleased to be joining Optimize,” said Stuart Proctor, Senior Financial Planner. “Now with the help of Optimize Wealth’s multi-family office platform and their robust portfolio management, my clients will benefit from

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Why in-game advertising should be part of your media mix

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One of the few growth areas during lockdowns around the world has been gaming, but current level of investment in in-game advertising does not reflect the opportunity; the latest WARC Guide explores why.

In The WARC Guide to marketing in the gaming ecosystem, Andy Sampson, Global Client Lead at Wavemaker, notes that the effect of the pandemic on the gaming sector has been two-fold. 

Firstly, there has been an increase in the number of active players – either new ones or previous gamers with more time on their hands reigniting their passion; secondly, there has been more time spent playing and an increase in game-related content consumption.

“Gaming is arguably the world’s favourite form of entertainment, generating more revenue than TV, film or music,” he points out.

“Gamers are a cross-section of our societal makeup, coming from all ages, genders and incomes. They are a highly-engaged audience that ‘leans-in’ to

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Fundraising goes on as Leah Still marks 5 years cancer free

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Leah Still planned to celebrate five years cancer free with a dinner at her favorite steakhouse.The 10-year-old daughter of former NFL player Devon Still had to settle for a home-cooked meal when the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans.Shoutouts, though, lauding her recovery from entertainment and sports stars ranging from Kevin Hart to LeBron James were a pretty sweet reward for a girl who raised cancer awareness and funds during her own fight with the disease.Leah Still was amazed James sent a video message telling the fifth grader, “I just want you to know that I’m still right there with you because you will always be one of my favorites.” “I was really shocked and happy,” she said.Still was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer that affects primarily infants and young children. She needed a stem-cell transplant, and her blood vessels and liver would become infected … Read More

New Vehicle Retail Sales Make a Roaring Comeback in the Third Quarter, Edmunds Forecasts

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The car shopping experts at Edmunds say that the third quarter represents a positive turning point for the automotive industry despite challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Edmunds analysts forecast that 3,850,707 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S., which reflects an 11% decrease from the third quarter of 2019 but a 30.6% increase compared to the second quarter of the year.

“Third-quarter sales make at least two things apparent: Most of the doomsday scenarios forecasted at the beginning of the pandemic fortunately did not hold true, and the American consumer stepped up to become one of the many heroes in this chapter of resilience for the automotive industry, ” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of insights. “Consistently lower interest rates encouraged new-car buyers — who were less likely to be financially hindered by the

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The Healthcare Financial Management Association Releases Best Practices for the Fair Resolution of Patients’ Medical Bills

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Washington, D.C., Sep 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) today published voluntary best practices for the fair resolution of patients’ medical bills. The best practices are designed for use by healthcare providers, providers’ business affiliates and credit bureaus. Jointly published with the Association for Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International), the 28-page report updates and extends guidance that was originally published by HFMA in 2014. The report emphasizes the importance of educating patients and ensuring that they understand the account resolution process.

“Education and engagement are important throughout a patient’s financial experience,” said HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. “Transparency is important not only for price information but also with regard to financial assistance policies, identifying sources of coverage,

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Blume Global Welcomes Tom Williams as Chief Financial Officer

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PLEASANTON, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blume Global, a leading provider of logistics and supply chain solutions empowered by the largest globally-connected network, today announced Tom Williams as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Most recently, Williams led the finance team at Steelwedge as their CFO, which included the management of the acquisition by E2Open. Prior to Steelwedge, Williams served as Chief Financial Officer for Evestment, Inc., the world’s largest institutional investment database, for more than six years.

With more than three decades of experience in finance, including leadership roles at public companies, including Manhattan Associates and Sterling Commerce, Williams will work closely with Blume’s CEO and management team in order to help shape and define business strategies. His extensive knowledge of leading companies through initial public offerings and acquisitions, transparent accounting practices, investor relations, and experience in guiding companies through challenging times will be invaluable as Blume

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it’s about the (thin) margins

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In my previous agency, ‘Advertising is a senior people’s business’ was a maxim – a true one at that. And senior people from both sides need to talk strategy and chart out an execution plan, which may involve use of all kinds of media – traditional or digital (the lines are blurring, in any case).

It calls for generalists, who have a grasp of the basics of marketing, brand building, and the role of media and platforms in achieving business growth. Just as they needed to know the best practices and strengths of, say, radio as a medium, they need to appreciate the same of social media, new technologies and platforms. Again, it calls for nothing more than common sense and a willingness to learn, adapt.

In my view, the desire to position prefer young talent over senior folks (positioned as ‘has-beens’, who don’t get digital) is directly linked to

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Vinyl Sales Surpass CD Sales for the First Time in 34 Years

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The post Vinyl Sales Surpass CD Sales for the First Time in 34 Years appeared first on Consequence of Sound.

It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s officially official: vinyl sales have surpassed CD sales in the US. According to a new report from The Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl records accounted for $232.1 million of music sales in the first six months of 2020, whereas CDs have only brought in $129.9 million. This is the first time since 1986 — 34 years! — that vinyl has outsold CDs.

Physical sales overall dropped by 23% in the first half of this year, likely because fewer people are leaving their homes, nevermind to visit music stores. However, CD sales declined by 48% whereas vinyl sales started to climb, particularly during the week of Record Store Day “Drops” when 802,000 records were sold. Unsurprisingly, digital sales continued to decrease

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Mobile financial management platform for business Monit makes debut

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Monit, a mobile financial platform designed for small business owners, will launch today with a demo at Finovate Fall 2020.

Monit keeps business owners on top of their key financial numbers and forecasts cash flow using advanced, patent-pending predictive technologies packaged in an intuitive, mobile experience. Responding to the COVID crisis, Monit includes features every PPP borrower can use, including automatically monitoring transactions and providing guidance to optimize PPP forgiveness. Monit is distributed through banks for their small business clients. For a limited time, small businesses under duress or challenged by PPP forgiveness will also have access, at no charge, directly at monitapp.io/free.

According to a study commissioned by a U.S. bank, more than 80 percent of small business failures are due to poor cash flow management. Monit puts visibility into current and future business vitals in the palm of the small business owner’s hand. The platform helps

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Braves lay off ‘dozens’ after dire financial report – report

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The Atlanta Braves are laying off employees throughout the organization following a precipitous drop in revenues in the second quarter, multiple outlets reported.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said “dozens” of full-time employees will be cut.

Last month, team owner Liberty Media said revenues fell by 95 percent from $208 million to $11 million in the second quarter as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Braves had an operating loss of $26 million compared to $62 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Non-contract employees will work until Oct. 1, while those on contract will not have their deals renewed. The cuts involve both the baseball and business sides of the franchise, with employees in scouting and player development, minor-league operations and real estate among those affected, according to the report.

“The Atlanta Braves have completed a reorganization of full-time staff,” the team said in a statement, per the Journal-Constitution. “…

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