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GCI Solar: U.S.-China Solar Trade War Will Only Hurt Renewable Energy Access

The U.S. and China have been locked in a trade war over solar panels since 2012, and residential solar power company GCI Solar says a continued trade spat will only hurt advancements in solar energy – an important renewable resource.

The U.S. first placed tariffs on solar panels imported from China in 2012, ranging from 24 to 36 percent. The goal was to level the playing field for solar panel manufacturers in other countries, as China began dominating the market.

“The trade case stemmed from a legal filing [in 2011] by a coalition of manufacturers, led by SolarWorld, a German company with considerable manufacturing in the United States,” The New York Times reports. “The coalition contended that Chinese companies, which dominate global sales with a two-thirds market share, were competing unfairly in the American market.”

Additionally, Chinese solar companies received subsidies from the Chinese government, allowing them to sell products well below market value in the United States, which The New York Times refers to as “dumping.” Read more

21st Century Television: Rising Rate of ADHD Needs New Treatments

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was the subject of a recent episode of the 21st Century Television health program. Looking at possible treatment options, 21st Century Television interviewed Dr. Jay Wiley, MD, Chairman and Founder of Focus-MD, a company that is on the forefront of treating ADHD.

“We are very evidence based. We want the scientific evidence base to be present in everything we do from diagnosis into treatment and follow up,” said Dr. Wiley in describing his company’s approach in helping those with the symptoms of ADHD and related disorders.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.” The symptoms can include difficulty paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. Although the symptoms can range in severity, adults and children afflicted with the condition have problems succeeding in school, getting along with other adults and children, and finishing common tasks around the home. Read more

Blackmore Partners: Preparing Your Company For A Buyout

Financial professionals such as the private equity intermediary firm Blackmore Partners recognize the power – and relatively common business practice – of a company buyout. In many cases, a buyout may seem like bad news for an organization. However, as a strategic business move, buyouts frequently yield significant improvements in overall company operations. The end-result of a strategic buyout often serves both businesses – the acquiring firm and the acquired one.

As the staff at Blackmore Partners note, companies large and small are often left confused once a buyout deal has been finalized. Business professionals who have never experienced a buyout may not recognize the important steps necessary to help facilitate the transition. This holds true from the owners and the executive management team, all the way to the staff.

For companies preparing for a buyout transition, business news source Inc. has released a recent report clearing things up. Contributors Karl Stark and Bill Stewart describe several important steps that business owners and management teams can take to better prepare for a buyout. These steps can make the difference between a smooth and simple transitional process and a complicated mess of an exit strategy. Read more

Business Leaders Like Anton Casey See Singapore As An Emerging Market

Business leaders and fund managers, like Anton Casey, see Singapore as an emerging market in the mobile space, thanks to the nation’s continued tech usage.

Anton Casey has witnessed the mobile revolution in Singapore first hand, having lived and worked in the country for many years. His view is supported by research data from The Economist, which shows that Singapore’s smartphone penetration rate has increased from 74 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013, while the nation’s tablet penetration rate has increased from 31 percent in 2012, to 53 percent in 2013. This ranks amongst the highest in the world. To put it into perspective, the same poll ranked Germany as having a 55 percent smartphone penetration rate and a 21 percent tablet penetration rate.

The data also revealed a noticeable upsurge in apps usage in Singapore; from 70 percent in 2012 to 75 percent in 2013, which ranks Singapore fifth amongst the countries polled. In 2012, Singapore was ranked as ninth. Read more

Arts Consultant Lou Spisto Explains How Orchestras Today Offer More Than Great Music

With an extensive career in arts management in both the theatre and orchestra industry, Lou Spisto knows first-hand that the country’s most successful orchestras are the ones that actively participate in their communities. Spisto has seen the inner workings of many successful orchestras and has established community engagement programs for the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Pacific Symphonies. According to the League of American Orchestras, among all U.S. orchestras, the most successful the ones were, and continue to be, those that find ways to engage with their local community. The League has done much to showcase the importance of community engagement and has done much to honor those orchestras that are doing great work in this area.

Even the greatest and most venerated orchestras in the country, with full touring schedules and major recordings, have found that the path to success includes a real relationship with the community outside the concert hall. Currently an independent theater producer and an arts management consultant for arts institutions, Lou Spisto continues to examine how orchestras can increase their relevancy through engaging with, and giving back to, the community. Read more

Mutual Investment Between China and U.S., According To Bradley Reifler

When Japanese investors and their funding first started pouring into the west about 25 years ago, American companies were wary, noted investment expert Bradley Reifler, founder and CEO of Forefront Capital. In particular, Japanese firms bought up troubled businesses and heavily invested in thousands of others. The public became concerned when Japanese investors bought the Rockefeller Center and the American icon Columbia Records.

While people were nervous about foreign investors, the Japanese financial “invasion” was largely profitable for both sides. American companies got a much needed injection of cash and capital. Japanese investors were able to access more diverse opportunities. Read more

Millennials Driving the Future of Retail, Says Liquidation Channel

“A millennial will let any little differentiator impact their buying decision. They will not rest until they find the perfect item,” said Gerald Tempton, president of Liquidation Channel. And with millenials representing about 80 million Americans, spending upwards of $600 billion a year, they are a group that businesses are zeroing in on. Millennials are being studied as much as their parent’s generation—the baby boomers. It is no wonder why. They are an incredibly influential demographic, and businesses that want to stick around need to tune into their shopping habits.

Tempton, Liquidation Channel president, said that the way millennials make their buying decisions is very different from past generations. With such rapidly changing technology, combined with increased buying power, these younger adults are a shopping force to be reckoned with. But businesses can only profit from millennials if they can keep them interested long enough to make a purchase. NPD Group, Accenture, alongside the Shullman Research Center recently explored what is driving these shoppers. Read more

How to Reduce Credit Card Debt, According to Roy McDonald

According to Roy McDonald, credit card debt remains a major problem among many consumers—and in fact, the sheer volume of credit card debt that the average consumer carries might truly shock you. U.S. News and World Report notes that the average American has around $7,000 in credit card debt, a staggering figure. The rate is actually a little better in other developed economies.

There are plenty of ways in which people can fall into the credit card trap. Unforeseen medical expenses, moving costs, unemployment, or simply poor financial planning can cause a debt spiral that forces an individual to abuse their credit. According to Roy McDonald—Australian wealth management expert—the more pertinent topic is how consumers can reduce their debt.

Certainly, credit card debt is a burdensome thing, but McDonald says there are plenty of ways to minimize that burden. “There are many ways to reduce credit card debt,” he explains. “Consumers simply need to know what the options are.” Read more

How To Invest In A Start-Up: Harmel Rayat Explains

According to Harmel Rayat, there are many reasons to consider investing in a start-up. In fact, the benefits can be not only financial, but also deeply personal. By investing in a start-up company, you are effectively investing in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. You are playing a direct role in the cultivation of a new business and of new jobs—all of which can be immensely satisfying.

There are dangers, too. For one thing, it is difficult to pick a winner; there are countless new companies emerging every year, and investors know full well that only a fraction of them are sustainable. This financial risk carries with it much potential for financial reward, however; according to a recent Forbes article on start-up investment, returns could yield anywhere from five to 100 times the initial investment.

While it may be impossible to pick a winner with any certainty, there are certainly some steps that investors can follow to ensure that they are minimizing their own risk, while maximizing their odds of latching onto something sustainable. Harmel Rayat shares a few of his favorite start-up investment tips in the paragraphs that follow. Read more

Wall and Associates Answers Common Tax Audit Questions

The professionals at Wall and Associates know that it doesn’t take a group of tax experts to realize that nobody enjoys a tax audit from the IRS or the state. Nevertheless, every year thousands of taxpayers are chosen to have their tax returns audited.

While this can prove nerve-wracking for many individuals or businesses, the resolution experts at W&A explain that it doesn’t have to be. By understanding some of the audit process, including what to expect and options available, taxpayers can deal with audits much more easily and with much less stress. And, if need be, qualified tax consultation services are always available to taxpayers through professional firms such as W&A. Read more