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Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - September 8 - Weekly Market Update

With the last reading before the Fed assembles in September to discuss a potential rate hike, job growth in August was lower than expected. Despite some highs and lows, mediocre numbers overall will add more uncertainty surrounding the rate hike, as the Fed wanted to see key economic data before making their decision. The Weekly Market Update explores the lead market stories of the past week.

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Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - August 31 - Weekly Market Update

The bursting Chinese equity bubble sent waves through global financial markets last week. Several tumultuous weeks in China, which included a surprise devaluation of the Yuan amidst slumping equities and economic growth, finally reached a head and wiped out what little gains remained from the highest flying market from the first half of 2015. Markets around the world were battered, and the S&P 500 Index fell into correction territory (down 10% from its peak) for the first time since 2011. Will this affect the Federal Reserve’s plans to raise interest rates in 2015?

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Executive Severance Arrangements: How and Why They Are Changing

Severance practices continue to evolve, but not as dramatically as we have seen in previous years. Corporate directors persist in implementing reformations of severance practices, but at this point these changes tend to involve minor tweaks rather than drastic revisions. These reformations take place in a variety of ways: the cash severance amounts are becoming smaller, less equity is being accelerated, and the excise tax gross-up provision is being phased out.

Tag(s): Human Resources & Compensation;

Risk Management Safety - A Great Supervisor Leads by Example, is Loyal to Employees and is Friendly

Leads by Example. Loyal to Employees. Friendly. Combined, these three characteristics of a great supervisor help create workplace climate. When employees talk about loving to work for a great company, they are really describing that they love working in a great work climate. That work climate is created, intentionally or unintentionally, by people -- by supervisors. As we look closer at each of these characteristics, reflect back on your own work climate experiences. Better yet, examine the one you are creating or experiencing right now.

Tag(s): Loss Control;

Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - August 24 - Weekly Market Update

Global growth weakness was in the headlines again last week, with the Fed expressing concerns while data from China showed the weakest growth in over six years. Several financial markets have moved sharply lower in August – equities all over the world and commodities especially. Which way will U.S. equities move now that the S&P 500 Index has moved into correction territory?

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