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The secret to our success

I just finished reading Michael Lewis’ “The Big Short”, which deals with the fascinating and ultimately devastating details of the subprime mortgage trading industry and how it brought our financial system to its knees.

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Cloud Computing

If you follow technology trends you have probably heard how “cloud computing” is going to take over the world.

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No Quick Fix

In this Podcast Doug Pullman, a member of the Parker, Smith & Feek marketing team, describes the planning and process this top 100 broker went through to prepare for their launch into the world of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and blogging.

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What makes you happy?

I was having lunch with a client recently and we were talking about how tough the economy is today. Given all these challenges, I asked, “ What makes you happy, what gives you a sense of fulfillment?”

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Passport to Wellness

Late last week we finished our latest Wellness challenge. Employees were challenged to complete 6 out of 14 activities such as, losing 5% body weight; lowering our BMI to 25 or lower; participating in one of the local community walking/running events; having our annual physical or dental exam.

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Compliance Alert – No COBRA Subsidy Extension

Yesterday (Thursday 7/22/2010) Congress passed, and the President has signed, The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010 (H.R.4213). The Act does not include an extension of the COBRA subsidy.

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…let’s take the rest of the summer off to read the Dodd-Frank Act!

Mid July saw BP’s runaway oil well in the Gulf finally capped, but with clear warnings that the mounting drill pipe pressure poses new challenges, the Dodd-Frank Act (2,500 pages of financial reform) that was recently passed in the senate also poses some new challenges – reading it first, and then implementing it!

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Gadget Distractions

Individually we can justify nearly any gadget use and thanks to new technology the world has become a gadget superhighway that has no barriers.

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Visit BAM for Free!

Parker, Smith & Feek is once again pleased to be a supporting sponsor of the Bellevue Art Museum’s artsfair. Our support means that admission to the Museum will be free Friday through Sunday, July 23rd, 24th and 25th during the fair.

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Summer finally hits the Pacific Northwest

After several months of rain, we are finally seeing a prolonged period of warm summer weather. I always find it funny that some of us in the Pacific Northwest will lament about the rain and cold weather for months, but if the temperature raises to above 80 for more than a couple of days, there will be people complaining about the heat as well.

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Happy Fourth of July

Six months into the New Year we find the insurance marketplace and the economy just as challenging as we predicted. It seems many of our clients are still shedding jobs and are not seeing any indication of substantial change this year or next.

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This Boomer to go out Tweeting

Parker, Smith & Feek’s launch into the world of social media has highlighted more clearly the delineation of the generations within our firm. Not surprisingly those of us nearing the end of our careers are skeptical of any benefit.

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