Archive for March, 2017

Anthem is likely to pull back from Obamacare’s individual insurance markets in a big way for next year, according to a report from analysts.

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<p>The new projections show steeper debt growth than last year's long-term forecast and could make it harder for Congress to support a tax reform.</p><p></p>

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<p>They sued for fraud, claiming they’d been duped by false promises of riches and instant success.</p>

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Congress has voted to overturn Obama-era internet privacy rules. Now the path is clear for telecom giants like Verizon and AT&amp;T to build detailed profiles of their customers’ behavior and sell that information to marketers.

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A couple of times recently I’ve found myself coaching people to stay positive. In both cases they very reasonably pushed back, saying great idea, but they didn’t want to be false and pretend to feel positive when inside they felt anything but. Two conversations about the art of being authentically positive ensued and I’ve been collecting my thoughts on the subject since then.

Let me start by taking a step back. This may be obvious to many of you, but we all like being around positive people. It’s more fun and it helps us keep our own energy up.

Positivity is doubly important in startups where the ups and downs will inevitably lead to periods where we question whether the whole endeavour is worth our time. Happiness is contagious and companies full of positive people climb out of the dark patches more quickly.

However, to really work, the positivity must be authentic. Saying or implying you feel good when you’re really not sure is better than giving into cynicism, but people can tell, and after a while it will chew you up inside.

One trick for staying authentically positive is to avoid dwelling on the big problems and focus on the little wins. When someone asks how you are doing, reflect on something that has gone well recently. If you made minor progress with a major client in the last 24 hours, say so. It’s genuine, and will make you and the person you are talking to feel better than a negative or neutral statement.

Underlying this is a really important point, which is that effective operators respond to feeling down by finding something positive to do. When we were still working out the details of our model here at Forward Partners we had a chap who started to get cynical about key aspects of his role. To his credit he responded by taking ownership of one of our content initiatives. It was a side project for him, but he had success there which kept him positive whilst we sorted out his bigger issues.

Other helpful tricks are getting enough sleep, exercising, eating well, meditating, and – simplest of all – remembering to smile. If you feel good in your body you will have more energy and find it easier to stay positive.

Like happiness, positivity is a function of mindset and behaviour. It can and should be cultivated.



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“We’re done.”

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For years, Carl's Jr. and Hardee's featured sexy TV ads with Paris Hilton and Kate Upton lustily devouring drippy hamburgers.

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“We’re done.”

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Investors who put money into U.S. index funds usually aren’t looking for surprises.

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The company has a program that avoids calling the police.

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<p>Not even a high six-figure salary is enough to keep New York City families out of the red.</p>

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Jeff Bezos has leapt past Amancio Ortega and Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person.

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The Puerto Rican $70 billion dollar debt crisis is tragic, has led to massive levels of unemployment (almost half of the population of the island), it’s nearly decimated the public health sector, and it continues to create a series of only bad choices for nearly everyone involved, including policymakers. One current matter that has become a point of hot debate is whether or not Puerto Rico’s governor should reject a previously agreed upon restructuring plan with the commonwealths power company: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, generally known as PREPA.
Newly elected Puerto Rican…

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Donald Trump swept into office on a populist wave. His promise of greater growth for the United States economy resonated with a large part of those disappointed with stagnant wages and a lack of opportunity. He said he would bring manufacturing jobs back and provide better healthcare coverage at a lower cost. All politicians know that they can make promises during a campaign that voters will not remember or that they will understand an administration not being able to accomplish, but the new team in Washington has an ambitious agenda and is off to a slow start. Trump has said that he expects…

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Finding big money in Small Town U.S.A. is as simple as looking toward the mountains of the Old West.

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