CP Complimentary Training on PMP and Dual Lean Six Sigma for Veterans

Change in career is difficult for anybody. It is no different rather even more difficult for military personnel’s or veterans as they move into the civilian zone. In the military, planning and decision-making are key skills they acquire. They follow frameworks like The Marine Corps Planning Process (MCPP) and Situation, Mission, Execution, Administration, and Command (SMEAC). These decision-making frameworks, when combined with other frameworks, can be highly beneficial in the corporate world.

The State of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses: Increased Risk, Limited Resources

In today’s threat landscape, small businesses are uniquely vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Unlike larger enterprises, they face resource constraints for the complex tasks of monitoring, identifying and remediating an increasing variety of risks— from strong encryption ransomware and malware to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and crypto mining threats. And while they may have a smaller attack surface, small businesses are just as vulnerable as a major enterprise.

Dogs of the S&P 500: Dividend Yield of 4.66% with Strong Historical Growth

This week, Durig takes a closer look at the various benefits that its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio may provide investors in light of today’s unpredictable financial markets. September Performance Highlights (See bullet points above).

A Multi-Benefit Income Strategy

Durig’s Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio has the dual benefit of growth and income from a variety of the highest yielding (with regard to dividends) blue chip companies listed on the S&P 500.  The portfolio is able to capture the highest quality blue chip dividends through its use of strategic weighting, achieving  an average dividend yield of 4.66%, with the growth component of this strategy helping to boost the total year-to-date portfolio return to 20.78%, and a trailing 1 year return of 13.77%, outpacing the S&P 500 itself in both year-to-date return and trailing 1 year return.  This multi benefit strategy allows investors to capture strong growth in principal, while still generating a healthy level of diversified income and realizing strong historical returns.

Improving Availability with Modern Storage Environments

Today’s storage technologies are in the midst of a disruptive evolution and the types of storage that businesses are using — and even the ways that they’re using it — is radically different from the past. Globalization and the consumerization of IT have resulted in the need for an Always-On™ business model with higher requirements for performance and Availability than ever before. Many businesses now require 24.7.365 Availability. Plus, today’s businesses need to deal with massive storage growth.

Tenneco Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.85% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a look at an industrial designer, manufacturer and marketer of aftermarket parts for light vehicles, commercial trucks and other industrial uses.  Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) is on track and getting ready to create two market leading companies after its landmark acquisition of Federal-Mogul late last year. Its second quarter results tell the story of a company working diligently to grow its business, even among some industry slowdowns (see above).

Tenneco’s 2024 bonds have a yield-to-maturity of just about 7.85%. This is a fantastic yield, especially when investors can’t even get 2% from the current 30-year U.S. Treasury bond. In light of this and the company’s solid Q2 performance, these bonds are ideal for additional weighting in Durig Capital’s Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio, the aggregated performance of which is shown below.

Disaster Recovery: Make the Case to Add it to Your IT Budget

Business leaders across the globe may think disaster recovery (DR) is too expensive, too complex or that a disaster is unlikely to impact them. Yet human error, cybercrime or a natural disaster can cause their company’s digital infrastructure to come crashing down in a split second. Then what?

The Reality of Disaster Recovery (DR)

Every year, IT teams are challenged to do more with less. The number of projects, advances and business requirements for IT grows, and it is a struggle to fit it all into the budget. One line item that is often cut is disaster recovery. People tend to think “Disasters happen to someone else. We’ll get around to it next budget cycle.” The reality is that DR is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. IT has become a fundamental piece of every business and it is critical to be always available for your internal and external users.

SD-WAN Migration: How to Transition from MPLS to Cato Cloud in 6 Steps

Cato Cloud enables a significant WAN transformation for many of our customers, one that addresses a longheld wish for a simpler, more agile infrastructure. A single secure, global network connecting and protecting all offices, resources and users anywhere and managed by a single set of policies — it’s a networking dream come true.

At the same time, networking teams are often concerned about incurring too much risk or disrupting existing MPLS operation while changing their WANs. Cato Cloud was engineered to be deployed incrementally, minimizing risk. Customers address immediate pain-points today while providing a framework for a complete WAN transformation tomorrow.

Want More Income? Find It in Short Term Bond Portfolio

Do you want more income? If your answer is yes, we have excellent news for you! Durig’s FX2 Portfolio has a lifetime track record of historical outperformance of its peer benchmarks while generating extremely high levels of fully customizable income options, something that no mutual fund can offer, all within your own separately managed account.

(Above: FX2 Benchmark Performance, 8-27-19)

How to Make Sales Through a Corporate Blog

Having a blog attached to your company’s website is a marketing trend nowadays. Many business owners develop a blog just because they know they should, not because they have a clear strategy behind. Unfortunately, without a marketing and content plan for your corporate blog, you will feel after a while that it’s not worth the investment. The reality is totally different and business owners should not underestimate a blog’s potential. Moreover, when you build a corporate blog, you should have in mind one simple rule: it shouldn’t be about only about your company. Then, what should a corporate blog be about? Keep reading this article and learn how to make sales through a corporate blog.

Ransomware: Four Ways to Protect Data Now

It’s a nightmare scenario for any user or organization: in the middle of an ordinary day, your screen is taken over by an alert that your data has been encrypted and your computer’s essential functions have been locked down. You have two choices: pay a ransom — or accept that you’ll never see your data again, including any sensitive or regulated information they may contain (which, in turn, may well be leaked or sold to the highest bidder).

PMP® Exam Change Moves to June 2020

Project Management Institute (PMI®) takes into consideration the feedback shared by numerous stakeholders and postpones the PMP® certification exam change to June 2020. The new exam outline will come into effect from 1st July 2020. In an earlier announcement by PMI, which came in June 2019, PMP examination was set to change from 15th December 2019. While the current PMP examination has 5 domains: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing, the new PMP® exam outline will be set around 3 domains: People, Process and Business Environment.

Tips to Run a Results Focused Digital Marketing Campaign

Marketing is the bridge between the producer and the consumer. Successful marketing techniques run on raw creativity. A digital marketing campaign is made up of interconnected parts which must move together for a business to experience tremendous growth.

Running a digital marketing campaign starts with designing advertisements, sales funnels and email automation. The advertisements should be designed in a unique way such that you can easily review analytics to gauge whether your business is growing as expected.

5 Reasons to Convert Articles to PDF on Your Website

Portable document format (PDF) is one of the most used file formats in the world. A PDF file resembles a printed document but with so many more features. With this format, you can restrict access to the file or print or share it.

These are a few qualities that have made PDF files crucial for personal and business use. It is why people convert documents, including webpages into PDF. What advantage does it offer, though? Why not just save a webpage on your computer or screenshot it? Before looking at some of these reasons, you should know how to convert an article to PDF.

6 Steps to Increase SEO Ranking for Business Websites

You should know that about 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine.

Individuals are conducting searches each day, so you should optimize your website to increase your search engine ranking. No doubt, a better search engine ranking will definitely help your business obtain new leads and grow.

On this piece, we will offer you with six steps for how to increase SEO ranking. Let us get started!

Identifying Potential Managers – 8 Traits to Look For

One of the most crucial tasks for any business is to find effective managers. They are the once who make or break the team. While the importance of effective managers is well established, 82% of the business get it wrong. High performing professionals are often promoted to the role of manager. Although an important trait of a good manager, individual performance is not a sufficient parameter to promote an employee to the position of a manager.

Is Amazon Hosting the World’s Largest Consumer Fraud? Did You Know Fake Reviews Come With Guarantees?

The amount of fake review consumer fraud on Amazon is massive and shocking. The truth is, no single company benefits more from this massive fraud than Amazon.com. The Jeff Bezos company doesn’t use their monopoly powers in the traditional way to create higher prices. Instead, they knowingly choose more unscrupulous ways to advance their dominate market position, but always using their size and reach to ensure other companies in the marketplace are forced to react to their leadership.

CEC Entertainment Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 9.77% YTM

This week, Durig Capital look again at the parent company of a long-time, beloved family entertainment restaurant. Chuck E. Cheese, whose parent company is CEC Entertainment, has long been a beloved rite of passage for children’s birthday celebrations. CEC has spent the past few years updating the venue’s image, mainly in an effort to appeal to the parents as well as their kids. The new image seems to be working. With the release of its second quarter and year-to-date results, CEC has now logged five consecutive quarters of same-store growth. Other highlights from CEC’s latest results (see above).

Developments in the Trade War – Can China Compromise?

Up to this point the Trump presidency has been marked with controversy, uncertainty, disapproval, and excitement. Of All of the president’s policies none embody these characteristics as well as his tariffing of Chinese imports, and the subsequent trade-war with China. This trade war has caused volatility in the stock market, increased costs to American manufacturers, and has threatened US imports into China. It has also has also helped to protect American industry and to give the US leverage against China to renegotiate trade agreements.

Dividend Aristocrats – Grow Income Over Time

The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio, Durig Capital’s newest exciting investment solution is now open for investment.  This portfolio strategy targets the “cream of the crop” among a diversity of blue-chip companies listed on the S&P 500, seeking the companies with only the highest yields and have a stable history of increasing dividends.

Income Growth Over Time

5 Tips to Run Successful Business Meetings and Conferences

Meetings of today have become so generic and boring that most employees sulk at the mere mention of one. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Meetings can be a powerful tool that streamlines productivity and boost the efficiency of an organization. But that will depend on how you run your meeting from the introductory phase to closure. So here are some useful tips on how to plan a successful conference and meeting.

Community Health Systems Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 23% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at the healthcare sector to review one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States. Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH) has spent the last few years rationalizing its portfolio of hospitals. The company is beginning to realize the effects of this strategy as evidenced by its same-store results for the second quarter (see above).

White House Economic Advisor: China and US Working Hard to Resume Negotiations

US President Trump’s Chief Economic Adviser, Larry Kudlow said on August 18th that the Washington and Beijing authorities are actively working to resume trade negotiations to end the US-China trade war that disrupts the global market. Kudlow also said that despite the turmoil in the global financial market, there will be no economic recession, and the trade war against China has not harmed the US economy.

United States Extended the Ban on Huawei’s “Breathing” for 90 Days

Reuters quoted two sources saying that the US Department of Commerce will extend the time for Chinese technology giant Huawei to purchase US corporate products. It is expected to be extended for another 90 days. If the ban is strictly enforced, it will seriously affect Huawei’s supply chain. However, it may also strike against US customers that Huawei is serving and suppliers that supply Huawei. In view of this, the United States proposed a delay in implementation shortly after the ban was issued.

Top Decentralized Exchanges to Watch in 2019

As most of them have tried with Centralized Exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, and looking to branch out further? If you’re one such person, this article is a must-read for you.

You can go with creating and launching Decentralized Exchanges (DEX) which are the new crypto future. Decentralized Exchanges are the crypto trading platforms that perform transactions anonymously or without a central authority. The major motto of launching DEX is to get rid of unwanted fraudulent activities from third-party services.

Dogs of the S&P 500 – Less Blue Chip Volatility – More Peace of Mind

Over the last few months, the ongoing trade-war between the U.S. and China has escalated into something of a volatility generating machine, with some market indices jumping up or down hundreds of points in a single day as new tariffs are added, sentiments of certain key political figures are expressed, etc.  Causality aside, the markets are boiling and have many investors looking to find a way to beat the heat without having to leave the kitchen entirely. This week, Durig Capital explains how investors can do just that with its Dogs of the S&P 500 Portfolio.

AK Steel Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 10.0% YTM

This week, Durig Capital reviews one of the leading producers of steel products in the United States. AK Steel (NYSE:AKS) produces steel for the automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. There has been much talk of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S., especially in the production and manufacturing of steel. AK Steel is one of the companies trying to ensure continued heavy manufacturing capabilities within the United States. It recently reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending June 30, 2019) with the highlights (listed above).

United States Delays New Tariffs on Chinese Products

President Trump has given consumers a break with removing a number of key products from China’s list of imports that have been imposed with new tariffs beginning from September this year. Mobile phones, computers, and video game consoles, among others, will not be taxed until December 15, allowing US companies to stock up for Christmas holidays. The announcement, which led to a surge in the stock market, provides more time to try to open negotiations on a way out of a trade war fought by both powers.

The Dignity Lens – All Labor Has Dignity

I had to catch my first international flight in April, 2005 all alone! Those who came to see me off were large in number. At last I was left alone. I took my luggage to weigh to the scales and see whether it fulfilled 50 pounds per suitcase. Never had I lifted anything more than 5 lbs in my life. Every time I boarded a train or a bus a porter would help me out. In India, we rely on porters, servants, and “others” such as electricians, plumbers, who assist with a minimum “fee.”

Is Amazon Putting Greed Ahead of Their Ethical, Moral and Legal Obligations? Another Company Fern & Willow With 100% Fake Reviews

Amazon started a new service that shows Amazon Hot New Releases but Amazon is doing little to nothing to stop the massive amount of fake reviews on their site, even after having it documented for them. Fake reviews and fake companies receive a big bang and advantage from Amazon when launching new products, which we have demonstrated in several articles. Amazon is giving another asymmetric advantage to the fake review cheaters that also launch new products and get listed as Hot New Releases.

UK FCA Hints At XRP Potentially Being An Exchange Utility Token Hybrid, Non Security

As the cryptocurrency space continues to expand, regulators are also expanding their powers and beginning to crack down. Many regulators are starting to understand the widespread adoption that’s occurring in cryptocurrency and Blockchain. Along with companies such as Samsung expanding into the crypto space, we are also aware of Facebook’s plan to introduce cryptocurrency to 1+ billion users globally. When any sort of technology evolves to the masses, the regulatory industry will surely be involved.

Freelance Writers Can Publish News, Blogs and SOON Gigs– for Free at Communal News & Marketplace

The Communal News (CN) platform of free and easy news publishing, available to global freelance writers, is growing. The CN website is expanding exponentially in many key metrics: Visitors, Articles Published, Page Views, Referral Websites, and Search Engine Referrals. Thanks to you, the readers and writers, our future looks very bright.

Bitcoin Reverses Sentiment From 2018, Outperforming Markets in 2019

Bitcoin has been in the news frequently in 2019 as its showed much promise. The emerging asset class came off a brutal year in 2018 and some called it the end to Bitcoins future. With the Bitcoin community being so large, this price action did not faze many people who still believed in the long-term value of Bitcoin. Industry followers and enthusiasts continued to label Bitcoin as “undervalued” and price deflating due to short-term news developments and uncertainties. In less than a year, Bitcoin fell from $19,783 in December 2017 to $5,500 in November 2018. After much scrutiny, Bitcoin was able to recover in what some are calling the “strongest recovery in market history.” The sell-off last year was hard to swallow, but many who were “dollar cost averaging” on the way down have done extremely well this year. Some of the developments that pushed down Bitcoin were:

CoreCivic Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.7% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that primarily provides private prison services for governmental agencies here in the United States. CoreCivic (NYSE:CXW) has also recently added two additional business segments to its portfolio – CoreCivic Community, which consists of residential reentry centers, and CoreCivic Properties, which is a portfolio of government-leased properties. The company recently posted a solid first quarter, registering increases in many of its financial metrics.

5 Ways Litigation Management System (LMS) Help Banks in Dealing With Non-Performing Assets

Non-performing assets (NPA) are loans or advances that have remained unpaid to the financial institutions beyond their due dates. NPA is a major point of concern for any bank because it affects their cash flow, disrupts their budget, and reduces their earnings. Although the duration differs for different loan types, defaulting payment for 90 days or more is usually frowned upon. In order to prevent the borrowers from defaulting on repayment, banks and other financial institutions implement measures such as litigation management system (LMS).

World’s Richest People Suffered Big Loss After Escalation in the US-China Trade War

The collective wealth of the 500 richest people in the world suffered a gigantic loss in a single day after the escalation in the US-China trade war. According to news sources, the biggest tycoons lost 2.1% of their fortune on Monday, equivalent to the $110 billion, after the biggest stock market fall following China devaluing its currency, the yuan.

Mnuchin Declares China Currency Manipulator, Shakes Wall Street, Stirs Beijing to Retaliate

On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin put his mouth where the money was.  After China allowed the Yuan to fall to below 7 per U.S. dollar, its lowest rate in eleven years, Mnuchin, at the behest of the Trump administration, labelled China a currency manipulator.  The declaration opened yet another front in what is quickly becoming a total trade war between Washington and Beijing.  It also shook global markets and stirred China to hit back ten times harder.

Theratechnologies Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks to a Canadian issuer, a specialty pharmaceutical company that is successfully treating long-term HIV patients with its unique medicines so that patients have the opportunity to have a better quality of life. Theratechnologies (TSX:TH) has two landmark drugs, Trogarzo™ and EGRIFTA™ specifically developed to help HIV patients. The company has reported its second quarter results (for the three months ending May 31, 2019) and continues to see outstanding growth over its product lines.

Trump Pushes Venezuela’s Maduro to the Wall, Slams the Country with Fresh Sanctions

It is now even more evident that the push by the US to have Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro vacate office is still actively on. In the most recent move to frustrate Maduro’s administration, US President Donald Trump has imposed a total blockade on the state assets of the Venezuela government in the US. The move by Trump is most likely aimed at imposing a future total embargo on Venezuela. Before Venezuela’s inclusion on the list, the blockade of state assets in the US was only effective on; Cuba, Syria, Iran, and North Korea.

Asian Stock Market Affected After US Treasury Announced China as a Currency Manipulator

Shortly after the Chinese yuan’s exchange rate against the US dollar fell “breaking seven,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a statement saying that the US government determined that China is manipulating the RMB exchange rate. This is the first time in 25 years that the United States has listed China as a currency manipulator.

How to Be Successful with LinkedIn Ads in 2019

LinkedIn has really evolved as a superior advertising platform, most especially in the last 2 years. In the last couple of months it has gotten better than ever. So if you are a business owner, would you consider using LinkedIn advertising for your business? When working with LinkedIn Ads it is really helpful to understand both the pros and the cons of the platform just to make sure you make the right decisions.