Ep 8. – So, What Makes Great Organizations “Great” Anyway?

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In this Lead. Learn. Thrive. podcast episode, Raffa’s Karen Schuler, Managing Director, Search, Transition & Planning, talks with Tony Cancelosi, President and CEO of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, as he shares his experience running successful for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

The key take away from this podcast is people are the backbone of all great organizations. Continue reading

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Durable Goods Orders Bounced Back in July

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 27th

Stocks fell over the week as investors saw an interest rate hike from the fed as more likely. The S&P 500 eased 0.7% and the Dow ticked down 0.8% for the week; their largest declines since the Brexit vote.  Abroad, Europe rose 1.1%, while Japan fell 1.1% for the week.  The yield on the 10 Year Treasury bond rose over the week to 1.63% with increased expectations for an interest rate increase.  It is at its highest yield since the Brexit vote. Continue reading

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Oil Rallied Over the Week

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 20th

US Stocks were relatively flat over the week as investors considered the potential for a Fed interest rate increase in September. The S&P 500 and Dow ticked down 0.1% for the week.  Internationally, Europe sank 1.7% and Japan fell 2.2%.  Oil has rallied rising 9% over the week on supply cut expectations.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose to 1.58%. Continue reading

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US GDP Below Expectations

Stocks were mixed over the last week of July on corporate earnings and weaker economic reports. The S&P 500 was flat, while the Dow fell 0.7% for the week.  Abroad Japan was off 0.4% and Europe rose 0.5% for the week.   The yield on the 10 year Treasury finished the month at 1.46% after starting July at 1.49%.  Oil has sunk from the $50 a barrel level seen in June to finish July at $41.60. Continue reading

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Ep 7. – Protecting Your Systems: Cyber Security in 2016

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Cyber Risk. Cyber Fraud. Phishing. Virus. Malware. Denial of Service. Ransomware. It is mission critical that executives are aware of what these terms mean and what their responsibility is when it comes to protecting their organization, members, employees and clients from cyber attacks. In this Lead. Learn. Thrive. podcast episode, Raffa’s Nate Solloway talks with Martin Nash from EagleBank about what executives should be concerned about when it comes to IT security, why they should be concerned and what steps they should be taking to prevent cyber attacks. Continue reading

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Understanding the Importance of Database Backups for SQL Server

By Edward McGovern, Raffa Technology

If you are working with accounting systems for the mid-market – products like Dynamics SL or Dynamics GP – then you are most likely using SQL Server to store your accounting data. Naturally, you understand how important this data is to your organization or you would not have made the investment to capture the accounting data. In order to protect your investment, you must do a periodic backup of data that needs to be verified and monitored. Your data is your property. No consultant owns it. No developer who works on your systems owns it. You own it and you are responsible for it. Continue reading

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June Jobs Report Blew Past Expectations

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through July 9th

Global stock markets were mixed as US stocks surged on the positive US jobs report, while foreign stocks were still dealing with the fallout of the Brexit vote. The S&P 500 briefly touched an all time high on Friday and was up 1.3% for the week.  The Dow rose 1.1% for the week.  Abroad, Europe fell 1.5% and Japan sank 3.5% for the week.  Safe haven investments continued to surge with the 10 year Treasury hitting a record low yield of 1.366%. Continue reading

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