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1. Last Word: GPAC's Grove, Fairgrounds Tea Leaves and Grizz Money Matters -

The Germantown Performing Arts Center has plans for an open-air performance center to be called “The Grove at GPAC” – the latest consideration in what is becoming a vibrant discussion about the capacity for concerts within Shelby County. And it is also a discussion about concert venues that can do other things like festival and movies.

2. Widening The Path -

He asked to only be a small part of this story. But when you come up with an idea so good, so powerful, that it’s named as one of the top 20 ideas in the Forbes Change the World Competition, you are the story’s foundation.

3. Don’t Give Me That Data-tude -

Humans are a limited species. We cannot with any certainty, given the dynamic nature of life, predict the future.

In some cases you have better odds when running models and scenarios based on judging the future by analyzing past behaviors and patterns, such as insurance actuary tables or credit scores; however, most predictions are wrong.

4. Intriguing Story Playing Out Off The Football Field -

Anybody got an extra billion dollars lying around? If so, you can own one-third share of an NFL franchise plus a handful of other assorted business ventures.

That’s the situation involving the Tennessee Titans as they head into what could be a very eventful season. Susie Adams Smith, one of three children of the late franchise founder Bud Adams, is attempting to divest herself of one-third interest in KSA Industries, the business conglomerate built by her father.

5. Old Hat vs. New Tricks -

It’s no secret businesses see value in leveraging technology like social media in their marketing efforts. While technology has opened new doors in customer acquisition, it has also created new headaches for sales teams who find themselves struggling to adapt in today’s changing market landscape.

6. Evolving Customer Lifecycle -

Editor’s Note: Part one in a two-part series. The B2C (business-to-consumer) customer lifecycle is used to describe the phases a customer progresses through when making a purchasing decision and is generally broken down into these five phases: awareness, consideration, purchase, service and advocacy.

7. A Million Reasons Not to Jump Into the Tennessee Governor’s Race -

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mae Beavers is banking on the idea wealthy candidates won’t be able to buy voters in 2018.

8. Using Jargon Not Always a Crime -

We tell ourselves that the use of clever, intentional phrasing designed to encapsulate thoughts as succinctly as possible is the perfect method for communicating with our audience. But are we telling ourselves the truth?

9. U of M Grads Say Bye to Student Loan Debt -

Student loan debt looms large for most college graduates, but one local professional has created a system to knock out $150,000 in student loans in five years, and he wants to put those tools in the hands of a generation that is struggling toward financial freedom.

10. Grizzlies’ Selden Chosen To All-NBA Summer Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. was named to the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.70 steals in 30.5 minutes, guiding the Grizzlies to a 5-1 record and a trip to the semifinals.

11. Guest Op-Ed: Memphis 3.0? Let’s Think More About Memphis 10.0 -

Lately I’ve been asking myself a question, “What would it take for Memphis to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 15 years?” Furthermore, “What would it take for Memphis to be the size of New York in 50 years?”

12. Memphis 3.0? Let’s Make Memphis 10.0 -

Lately I’ve been asking myself a question, “What would it take for Memphis to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 15 years?” Furthermore, “What would it take for Memphis to be the size of New York in 50 years?”

13. Grizzlies’ Selden Chosen To All-NBA Summer Team -

Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. was named to the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Selden averaged 22.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.70 steals in 30.5 minutes, guiding the Grizzlies to a 5-1 record and a trip to the semifinals.

14. Supreme Court Pushes Redskins' Name Fight Back to Society -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Redskins aren't in the clear with their team name just yet, even after the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can't block trademarks on the basis that they're offensive.

15. Cohen Wants Investigation Of Eric Trump Foundation -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis called Monday, June 12, for a U.S. Justice Department investigation of fundraising by the Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

16. Cohen Calls for Investigation Of Eric Trump Foundation -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis called Monday, June 12, for a U.S. Justice Department investigation of fundraising by the Eric Trump Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

17. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

18. Google's Chrome Browser to Block Some Ads Starting Next Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – Websites that run annoying ads such as pop-ups may find all ads blocked by Google's Chrome browser starting next year.

The digital-ad giant's announcement comes as hundreds of millions of internet users have already installed ad blockers on their desktop computers and phones to combat ads that track them and make browsing sites difficult.

19. Google Refutes Charges, Says There is No Gender Pay Gap -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google said it's "taken aback " by the government's claim that it doesn't compensate women fairly.

The company said it conducts "rigorous analyses" that its pay practices are gender-blind and found "no gender pay gap" in 52 major job categories it analyzed last year. Google added that analysts who calculate suggested pay don't have access to employees' gender data.

20. Last Word: Restless Off Season, Memphis Open Closes and Single-Family Rentals -

This is proving to be a restless off-season for Tigers basketball and it is not even summer yet. Add freshman guard Keon Clergeot to the Tigers players exiting the program with word still to come from Markel Crawford. Meanwhile, the Tigers have signed their second junior college recruit – Kyvon Davenport -- at forward.

21. Expanding Baby Boomer Population Brings New Health Care Challenges -

Patients are having to wait longer to make appointments with new doctors in major U.S. cities, according to a new study that links the increased waits partly with an explosion of, well, new patients.

22. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

23. Israel to Lead Greenline Group As Organization’s Focus Shifts -

Andrew Israel recently was named executive director of the Greater Memphis Greenline as the organization shifts its focus to promoting healthy lifestyles and increasing the use of trails, parks and green spaces.
As executive director, Israel is the strategic leader and the chief relationship officer for GMG. Along with creating programs and opportunities to enhance and expand the use of green spaces, GMG works at the grassroots level with neighborhood organizations and individuals to help promote their activities and expand the resources that are available. 

24. Winners Are Adopting Change -

As I reflect over the companies large and small that I have had the privilege to partner with over the past decade, there is a theme across those who have consistently improved and grown. That common thread is a culture of receptivity to change that permeates from senior-most leadership to the front line. 

25. Last Word: ASD Changes & TNReady Scores, Fred's For Sale? and Cinnabon & Ikea -

The day after the TNReady reports cards for school districts were released, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was in Douglass Wednesday with word of some changes in how the Achievement School District operates.

26. Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Looks to Dip His Toes in Tech -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

27. Campaign for School Equity Founder Up for Award -

Campaign for School Equity, a local nonprofit education advocacy organization, has been selected as a finalist for Forbes’ Under 30 Summit Change the World Competition. The competition was open to social entrepreneurs from around the country who are younger than 30 and are leading initiatives to improve education outcomes across.

28. Campaign for School Equity Founder Up for Forbes Award -

Campaign for School Equity, a local nonprofit education advocacy organization, has been selected as a finalist for Forbes’ Under 30 Summit Change the World Competition. The competition was open to social entrepreneurs from around the country who are younger than 30 and are leading initiatives to improve education outcomes across.

29. Can Alan Zucker Do for Titans’ Marcus Mariota What He’s Done for Mannings & Taylor Swift? -

As an NFL quarterback, Sunday is show time for Marcus Mariota. That’s when he suits up and does everything in his power to help the Tennessee Titans win football games.

But a recent Sunday morning was a different kind of show time. Mariota spent four hours on the opposite side of the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium on a commercial shoot. A camera crew captured footage of him jogging in downtown Nashville and posing in front of various landmarks.

30. A Move May Be Best Path To Big Raise -

How often have you talked to a friend who hasn’t received a real raise in years and is feeling frustrated? Perhaps you are that person. You’ve been at your company for years, receiving 2 to 3 percent raises each time you have a performance review. You know you’re falling behind financially as compared to your peers, but you’re not sure what to do.

31. Last Word: Substation 68, Akbari's Convention Slot and Heartbreak Hotel -

Relief came on Sunday for Memphis Light Gas and Water customers in Arlington, Lakeland and a part of Bartlett who have been enduring the possibility of rolling blackouts and voluntary conservation measures in the worst heat of the summer for just shy of two weeks.

32. Forbes: Former Richest Self-Made US Woman Now Worth Nothing -

NEW YORK (AP) – Forbes has revised the net worth of the woman it crowned America's richest self-made woman last year from $4.5 billion to nothing.

Forbes says its estimate of Elizabeth Holmes' wealth is based entirely on her 50 percent stake in troubled blood-testing startup Theranos. The company acknowledged in April that it's under investigation by several regulators and agencies following a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal in which former employees said the company's tests were unreliable. The tests use only a few drops of blood.

33. The Evolving Role of Design, Part Two -

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series. We are talking about Big Design, Big D, Meta D. Designing the energetics, level of interaction, the culture of work, and the methods of inquiry, creation and production – the invisible infrastructure of how all pieces and parts of an organization and the world interrelate.

34. Shoot for a Basketball Coaching Star? Memphis Would Have to Pay Big -

Josh Pastner is officially the new head coach at Georgia Tech and the University of Memphis is officially in the coach search business.

35. Tigers' Josh Pastner Going to Ga. Tech Would Mean Fresh Start for All -

The sports business is the expectations business. Always. No exceptions.

Josh Pastner, while taking some heat a couple of seasons ago at the University of Memphis, said he was getting out of the expectations business.

36. Picking Up Speed -

Forbes recently penned 2016 as the year of the female entrepreneur, and the local landscape isn’t far behind for women business owners in Memphis.

In her article, “Why The Force Will Be With Women Entrepreneurs in 2016,” contributor Geri Stengel outlines that the media is celebrating stories of women leaders while the sheer numbers of women-owned firms is growing.

37. 8 Career Trends For 2016 -

With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs and new careers. One question I keep hearing is “What’s new in 2016?” Here’s the rundown.

38. The Titans Will Be Sold. Soon. Here’s Why -

Anybody got a spare $2 billion lying around? If so, the Tennessee Titans could be yours. Despite statements to the contrary by Titans management, there is growing sentiment locally and around the NFL that the team soon will be available to the highest bidder.

39. Exec Who Jacked Up Price of a Lifesaving Drug Is Arrested -

NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager vilified in nearly every corner of America for buying a pharmaceutical company and jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug more than fiftyfold, was arrested Thursday on securities fraud charges unrelated to the furor.

40. How to Fly Free Forever: Put $170 Million on Your AmEx -

NEW YORK (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

41. Millenials College Guide Reviewed in Forbes -

A new guide to college for millenials and their parents – cowritten by Memphian Amy Howell and Anne Deeter Gallaher – gets a good review from Forbes.

42. Millenials College Guide Reviewed in Forbes -

A new guide to college for millenials and their parents – cowritten by Memphian Amy Howell and Anne Deeter Gallaher – gets a good review from Forbes.

43. Haslam Makes Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has broken into the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.

The new listing from the business magazine ranks Haslam at 327th on its list based on an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion from the Haslam family business – Pilot Flying J, the travel centers, travel plazas and truckstops that Haslam’s father founded in 1958.

44. Haslam Makes Forbes 400 List of Wealthiest Americans -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has broken into the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.

The new listing from the business magazine ranks Haslam at 327th on its list based on an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion from the Haslam family business – Pilot Flying J, the travel centers, travel plazas and truckstops that Haslam’s father founded in 1958.

45. Sales & Marketing Disconnects -

Most companies have historically used marketing to drive brand awareness and generate sales leads, relying on seasoned sales teams to close these deals by identifying the prospect’s needs, recommending strategic solutions and creating a sense of urgency.

46. Famed Wine Cellar Maker Toasts East Memphis Job -

An international, custom wine cellar company has uncorked its crown jewel in Memphis. Michigan-based Revel Custom Wine Cellars has been working for two years to craft the perfect wine haven for a local tech entrepreneur.

47. Best Hotel Rooms in Nashville – With or Without Helicopter -

Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.

48. FedEx Express Nabs Award -

FedEx Express has been garnered a prestigious award.

FedEx Express was recently named Best Express Operator at the 2015 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong.

Held annually, the industry awards honor the organizations that demonstrate leadership and consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability in their fields. FedEx had to overcome competition from two other shortlisted providers, but ultimately garnered more online votes to net the award.

49. Will Latest Inflammatory Comments Tarnish Trump's Brand? -

NEW YORK (AP) – Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be?

Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show "The Apprentice" – "You're fired!" – after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech.

50. FedEx Express Nabs Award -

FedEx Express has been garnered a prestigious award.

FedEx Express was recently named Best Express Operator at the 2015 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong.

Held annually, the industry awards honor the organizations that demonstrate leadership and consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability in their fields. FedEx had to overcome competition from two other shortlisted providers, but ultimately garnered more online votes to net the award.

51. First Tennessee Bank Boosts Hiring in Nashville -

On the heels of another nod to its workplace environment, First Tennessee Bank is looking to fill about 40 positions in the Nashville market.

52. First Tennessee Bank Boosts Hiring in Nashville -

On the heels of another nod to its workplace environment, First Tennessee Bank is looking to fill about 40 positions in the Nashville market.

53. Memphis Library Foundation Crowdfunds for Cloud901 -

This week, the Memphis Library Foundation launched its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 for needed equipment in its new teen learning lab Cloud901, opening this fall.

Thanks to donors Jack and Sandra Jones, that $10,000 will be doubled, with their commitment to match up to $10,000.

54. Want a Great-Paying Job? Here’s the Deal -

Want a new career with nearly unlimited upside potential? One that will have employers beating down your door?

Uncle Sam wants you – to join the technology workforce.

Nationwide, skilled tech workers are in short supply, with more than half a million jobs going unfilled. And in Tennessee, where the rapidly expanding economy has companies competing for every qualified worker, the state is going to great lengths to train people in sought-after tech skills – footing the entire bill, in some cases, for adults willing to retool their careers.

55. Prevent Business Complacency -

Why do so many great organizations struggle with change? After all, “the only thing that is constant is change,” according to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and the sentiment couldn’t be truer today.

56. Apple CEO Tim Cook Plans to Give Away Most of His Fortune -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.

57. Space Race -

Businesses looking for office space in Nashville are learning a painful lesson that homebuyers already know – prices are high, and if you take time to shop around for a better deal, someone else is likely to snap up the property, leaving you out in the cold.

58. Good Health, Wealth Go Hand in Hand -

Ray’s Take: One of the biggest and most challenging issues in retirement is how to plan and pay for health care expenses. Medical bills can mushroom in later life and empty nest eggs. Reimbursements are being reduced regularly. The healthier we are, and remain, the lower our health costs will be. Especially in a world where health costs are rising more each year.

59. Jordan, 2 Other NBA Owners Join Forbes' Billionaire List -

NEW YORK (AP) – Michael Jordan and two other NBA owners have reached new heights, making Forbes world list of billionaires.

60. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With Additional Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

61. Silicone Arts Laboratories Enters 2015 With New Funding, Big Plans -

Silicone Arts Laboratories, a Memphis-based venture that makes innovative cosmetic products, is hosting an open house next month in its new Cooper-Young location.

And “new” is the operative word about the company’s efforts in 2015.

62. Beyond Gaming -

Nearly 60 years ago – even before the Hernando DeSoto Bridge was built across the Mississippi River – Southland Park opened with greyhound dog racing in West Memphis.

Since then it has become Southland Park Gaming and Racing with gambling on horse races simulcast from Oaklawn as well as slot machines and table games.

63. McDonald’s Super Bowl Promotion Hits Memphis -

A social media analysis via Forbes found that McDonald’s Super Bowl ad was the most-liked spot during the big game.

In it, customers were shown being encouraged to “pay with loving” to get their food. It’s a marketing effort the chain has started to push beyond its Super Bowl commercial, taking the idea to participating restaurants across the U.S., including to Memphis.

64. Why the Market has Fallen in 2015 -

The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10 percent-plU.S. . High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

65. IBM Disputes Report That Big Layoffs Coming -

IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people.

The company disclosed plans for some layoffs last week, but it says in a statement that they affect “several thousand people,” or “a small fraction of what’s been reported.”

66. Forbes Says Grizzlies Worth $750 Million -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

67. Grizzlies Worth $750 Million, Forbes Says -

The Memphis Grizzlies’ value is on the rise.

According to Forbes.com, which ranked the value of all 30 NBA teams, the Grizzlies are now worth $750 million, or a 99 percent increase from the $377 million that Robert Pera’s group paid to buy the team from Michael Heisley.

68. Why the Market Has Fallen in 2015 -

Stronger dollar = higher valuations. The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10-plus percent. High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

69. 2015: The Currency War -

War sounds scary. In the traditional sense, war evokes casualties and loss. For investors, currency wars simply convey economic redistribution.

For instance, if there were only two stores in town selling identical items and one store raised prices while the other store lowered prices, demand would certainly follow the discount … but overall demand would be the same.

70. Memphis Brand Enjoys Banner 2014 -

That thing that might best be described as the Memphis brand has enjoyed something of a banner year in 2014.

Businesses and entrepreneurs like Paper & Clay, Muddy’s Bake Shop and chocolatier Phillip Ashley Rix found themselves in the spotlight at various times in the past 12 months thanks to national media attention. The National Association of Food Journalists held its annual conference in Memphis. The city won plaudits for its bike lanes and its affordability.

71. Don’t Be a Hero, Leave Rates at Zero -

As if we needed further evidence that investment markets price off of central bank soliloquies, markets worldwide rallied 4.5 percent last week in reaction to a short press release from the U.S. Fed.

72. Fear Drives US Stocks Higher -

In 2014, more than 600 hedge funds have disbanded. Even accounting for the carnage of 2009, this amounts to a record pace of “smart money” failures. In the more pedestrian mutual fund realm, active money managers are having their worst year of relative performance ever.

73. US Decoupling -

The Eurozone, Japan and select emerging markets all seem to be struggling economically with low inflation levels, poor policy responses, and low demand. Meanwhile, the U.S. keeps posting surprisingly strong economic numbers.

74. Dollar, S&P Levels Point to 1996 -

As trading becomes more mechanized, investors must consider not only market fundamentals but also what‘s driving the algorithms. With the proliferation of ETFs, less analysis occurs at the security level, and more analysis occurs on the technical level.

75. Fed Folds Quantitative Easing -

Nearly five years after the conclusion of the Great Recession, the U.S. Federal Reserve has chosen to conclude its quantitative easing program. Ben Bernanke thought long and hard about the potential for Central Bank “emergency measures” like QE throughout his academic career. His devotion to Milton Freidman and the quantity theory of money (money supply * velocity = GDP) provided the orthodoxy for the U.S. response to the financial crisis.

76. China’s Growth Gut Check -

The global economy is a symphony of regional and local economies interconnected by trade, interest rates and currency movements. We can generalize the influence of our leading instrumentalists in the following ways.

77. The Return of King Dollar -

The market’s game ball in the third quarter goes to the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar rose 7 percent, boosted by the comparative hawkishness of the U.S. Fed. The currency has now advanced for 11 consecutive weeks, its longest winning streak in nearly 20 years (although the uptrend actually started in mid-2011). What should you know about the return of King Dollar?

78. Robotic Rise of the S&P -

The S&P 500 hit a new all-time high again last week for the 34th time so far this year. However, U.S. stocks appear increasingly detached.

While the S&P 500 has risen nearly 10 percent year-to-date, stocks outside the US have returned less than 3 percent. In fact, U.S. stocks have pummeled their international competition by an astounding 70 percent over the last five years.

79. Government for the Prosperity of the People -

The reporting out of the US on China is uniformly downbeat. By applying our western perspectives, China appears inhumane, politically oppressive, over-indebted and fragile.

From the American perspective, functional nations should look more ... well ... like us. They should have democracy, inalienable property rights, free and open markets, freedom of expression, apple pie, etc. Our national belief in the ideology of American exceptionalism defines our worldview.

80. Woeful Period for US Markets -

September 8, 2014, S&P 2000 = 11 + 4 percent + 11 percent + 1.5 percent + 2.5 percent. The last five years have been consistently wonderful for the U.S. markets. Over the time period, the S&P 500 has advanced more than 17 percent annually. Only four bull markets (advances uninterrupted by a 20 percent decline) have lasted longer and returned more. What has this bull been eating?

81. The Dollar Strikes Back -

Movements between the dollar, euro, and yen profoundly impact global flows of goods and capital. Given recent language and policy shifts from the U.S. Federal Reserve (FED), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ), let’s re-examine global currency trends.

82. Meet Hong Kong -

I just realized that while I have now lived in Hong Kong for nearly a month I have failed to properly introduce you. Allow me to give you the tour.

Between 1842 and 1997, the British controlled the 425-square-mile territory of Hong Kong, which includes Kowloon, the New Territories and over 200 smaller islands. Its proximity to China and its naturally deep water ports make Hong Kong an ideal trade destination. When China reopened in the 1980s, manufacturing boomed in nearby Shenzhen, and Hong Kong became the natural financial and logistics center ... in a way, China’s front office.

83. Fuchs Joins Vaco Logistics as Recruiter -

Eddie Fuchs has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, where he’ll consult with distribution, transportation and manufacturing companies to help identify candidates for leadership and specialized skill positions. Fuchs, who previously worked in the business development department of Intermodal Cartage Co., was recently named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2014 Young Memphians list.

84. Silicone Arts Laboratories Recruited for Dallas Accelerator -

A Memphis company founded in 2011 that makes innovative cosmetic products has been recruited to participate in the Dallas-based health care accelerator Health Wildcatters.

The company is Silicone Arts Laboratories, which manufacturers a topical filler called Dermaflage that uses silicone to simulate skin and instantly conceal recessed imperfections. The product is waterproof and conceals skin imperfections for up to 36 hours. Designed for ease of use among consumers, Dermaflage’s other strength is that it provides a cosmetic option for concealing recessed scars and skin defects on the face and body without having to resort automatically to surgery or injections.

85. Fed-Casting the Next Six Months -

The central questions for this aging bull market involve the timing, pace and degree of interest rate increases. Low interest rates make equity earnings larger and more valuable. Freeze interest rates here and stocks look cheap. Increase them to historical norms and stocks look expensive.

86. Where the Values Aren’t -

Downturns, while painful, can be very useful for the information they provide.

The S&P 500, representative of U.S. large cap stocks, declined 4 percent between July 24 and Aug. 7. Limiting our data set to this time period produces a couple of interesting observations. First, while interest rates didn’t actually move as feared, interest rate sensitive investments did. Master limited partnerships, utilities and high dividend payers underperformed over the period. Second, the emerging and frontier markets outperformed notably.

87. Asia Feels Boost From US GDP -

Yippee, GDP! Last week, the U.S. government reported that GDP in the second quarter grew 4 percent and revised the first-quarter number upward from -2.9 percent to -2.1 percent. U.S. equity markets celebrated briefly and then became seriously fearful of Federal Reserve inflation countermeasures.

88. Asia Votes for Growth -

Ni Hao!

I write to you this week from Hong Kong. For the next 12 months I will be working remotely from China in order to closely evaluate conditions within the Asian economies. In addition to my usual market musings I will share my Asian insights and inspirations as they arise … like this one.

89. Forbes Sells Majority Stake to Group of Investors -

NEW YORK (AP) – Forbes said Friday it will sell a majority stake in the family owned magazine publisher to a Hong Kong-based investor group.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The New York company said in November it was putting itself up for sale.

90. Second-Quarter Scoreboards -

With central bank stimulus offsetting moribund economic data and geopolitical depressants, this market continues its low volume, low volatility ways. With the absence of news and trading strategies capturing our attention at the moment, let’s take a look back at the second quarter and identify the winners and losers.

91. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? -

The most commonly cited indicator of complacency, the VIX or volatility index, recently hit a low of 10.73, a level not seen since early 2007.

Now a low VIX does not in any way signal an imminent crisis, but it does indicate a very complacent consensus susceptible to even slightly unpleasant surprises. Sadly, when the markets cannot find a reason to sell, Murphy ’s Law always provides one.

92. What’s Up With Low Rates? -

As 2013 drew to a close, investors bid up “risky” assets and sold “safe” assets in anticipation of a robust 2014. “Risky” stocks rose 30 percent and the “safe” 10-year Treasury bond lost 4 percent.

93. How Low Can We Go? -

With the S&P 500 back at all-time highs, investors may be experiencing a bit of altitude sickness. With the S&P 500 now up 180 percent from the bottom, it’s right to question how much upside remains. However, the better question might be how much downside lies below.

94. Pera’s Just Following Sports Owner Formula -

Until recently, I figured if I ever won a huge lottery and became a gazillionaire, I would indulge my sports fantasy of owning a horse in the Kentucky Derby.

But everyone draws a line somewhere, and I don’t want to pay for the nasal strips on general principle. (California Chrome is just the frontrunner of this movement.)

95. Low Expectations Catch Up With Reality -

There is no better propellant for a market than low expectations. The S&P 500 has gained roughly 3.5 percent during this earnings season as expectations recalibrated with reality.

According to Factset, the the S&P 500 collectively will earn .2 percent less than they did a year ago, versus pre-earnings season expectations of a 1.5 percent decline. So, don’t confuse this rally in sentiment with a rally in fundamentals. That will come later in the year … or so it is expected.

96. Return to Value -

Last week, we discussed that the wrestling match between stimulus and global debt deleveraging will continue to create anxiety and volatility for investors. Viewing the world through this prism helps to clarify seemingly baffling market movements.

97. Renewing Our Vows -

Last week, U.S. indices ascended briefly back into record territory on supportive comments from global powerbrokers.

In Europe, Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, initiated a bold conversation on monetary stimulus measures. Reality has set in across the Eurozone that the euro is too strong and inflation too weak for enduring economic expansion.

98. Now Tack! -

In sailing, when the wind shifts direction, you must move your sails or risk losing the wind. The first indication of a shifting breeze comes from the telltales, strips of lightweight material attached to the sails that foreshadow a change in conditions. Recently, the market telltales have been active.

99. Employers, Workers Navigate Compliance Rules -

As a certified health care reform specialist, Tim Finnell can stand back and from a distance say the Affordable Care Act does not really have a beginning and an end.

“There will never be final rules,” said Finnell, the president and founder of Group Benefits LLC. “Everything’s going to keep changing.”

100. Higher Markets Ahead? -

Fed testimony last week addressed burning economic and policy questions for investors. How did they respond? Fearfully, joyfully and indifferently. Just as they have to nearly every news item so far this year.