Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Finance’

World’s Largest Gathering of Angel Investors to Converge on Washington, DC

On the Docket: How Best to Deploy a Collective $23 Billion and Remain a Vital Source of Capital to Startups

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 27, 2014, Dramatic change in angel investing means both threats and opportunities for the angel investment community and the tens of thousands of entrepreneurs they support, according to the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional association for angel investors. The global angel investing community will debate and assess this new environment at the 2014 ACA Summit, “Angel Impact: Entrepreneurial and Economic Success,” March 26-28, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. angel investors – individuals who support startup companies with passion, experience and funding – in 2012 invested nearly $23 billion in about 67,000 ventures, according to estimates by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. Their impact on the economy is huge, as the kinds of innovative startups angels invest in create all of the net new jobs in the country, according to reports by the Census Bureau and Kauffman Foundation.

“This is the place to be for both experienced and (especially) new angels who want to share great ideas, to learn unique investment practices from each other, and don’t want to be left unaware of how the seed stage investment landscape is changing – particularly from a regulatory perspective,” said David Verrill, ACA’s chairman.  “We are hosting this meeting in Washington, D.C. for a reason – the Securities and Exchange Commission is not only assessing the underlying definition of who can be an accredited investor, but is also reviewing significant rules around the JOBS Act involving general solicitation and online crowdfunding platforms. Now more than ever is the time to join with angel colleagues to learn about, to shape, and to nurture this powerful economic engine.”

This ACA Summit is the world’s largest annual gathering of accredited angel investors. More than 700 angel investors, including those among the most active, sophisticated and successful in the world, will share expert advice and ideas. The Innovation Showcase, a related event at the Summit, will show angels in action when dozens of promising startups will receive invaluable advice and feedback from angels.

Discussions will include:

  • New and proposed federal rule changes, including a potential change to the definition of an “accredited investor,” which could dramatically reduce capital available to startups and eliminate as many as 60 percent of the current accredited investor population, dramatically affecting the economy and job creation.
  • Congressional leaders, including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), will discuss how they support angel investing and its vital role in innovation and the American economy.
  • Insight into tactics angels deploy to identify the best investment opportunities in top industries including life sciences and medical devices, information technology and internet, cleantech and cyber security.
  • 2013 angel group deal trends, collected from more than 200 angel groups, will be shared by Rob Wiltbank, VP of research at the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), with the live release of the 2013 Halo Report, by ARI and Silicon Valley Bank, with data powered by CB Insights.
  • Compelling stories, including from Blackboard co-founder Michael Chasen, who will recount how he took his learning management system company from angel backing to IPO.
  • New accredited online platforms are disrupting the angel investing market. Leading platform companies including premier sponsor FundersClub will lead the discussion.
  • Which are the most angel-friendly countries in the world — and how is angel investing helping spur their economies?

To attend the ACA 2014 Summit, register here. Registration is open to ACA members and accredited individual investors from around the world, as well as accelerator and incubator leaders, university innovation professionals, economic development leaders, and public policy makers.

About Angel Capital Association (ACA)

The Angel Capital Association is the leading professional and trade association focused on fueling the success of accredited angel investors and portfolio companies in high-growth, early-stage ventures. ACA is the voice of the angel industry, providing comprehensive services in support of members working in angel groups, through portals and individually. ACA provides professional development, public policy advocacy and significant benefits and resources to its membership of 220 angel groups and more than 12,000 individual accredited investors. www.angelcapitalassociation.org; @ACAAngelCapital.

Contact:
Cynthia Flash
Media Relations for Angel Capital Association
425-603-9520
Email

Cheryl Isen
Media Relations for Angel Capital Association
425-222-0779
Email

Read more news from Angel Capital Association.

SOURCE:

Angel Capital Association

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

No Silver Spoon: Most Millionaires Credit Hard Work And Smart Saving As Keys To Financial Success

– Few Gain Wealth Through Inheritance Or Spouse, PNC Survey Finds –

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21, 2014, Most American millionaires cite smart saving over investment choices as the key ingredient to their financial success and very few have benefited from inheritance or a rich spouse, according to the PNC Wealth and Values Survey.

Saving early and regularly is named most often (56 percent) as the personal decision that most influenced their financial success, according to the survey by PNC Wealth Management, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). Controlling spending (38 percent) and making good investment decisions (38 percent) were next, while “earning a lot of money” is fourth on the list, mentioned by 26 percent. Even fewer cite an inheritance (12 percent) or marrying someone with money (3 percent) as significant.

Asked to rank the greatest influences, two-thirds (65 percent) said “hard work” followed by good decisions (16 percent), discipline (8 percent) and luck (7 percent).

“For individuals who aspire to be millionaires, the survey results are positive.  The most likely path to building wealth is not through inheritance, marriage or luck,” said Joseph Jennings, director of investments for PNC Wealth Management.  “Most of the millionaires surveyed have controlled their own destiny by working hard and saving early and regularly.  These are personal choices over which we all have control.  This indicates that the ‘American dream’ is still very much alive.”

Other Findings
The seeds of success were planted early for most American millionaires, but they have yielded an outcome that goes beyond what they expected. Three out of four (76 percent) expected as they were growing up that they would be successful financially but most (81 percent) express pleasant surprise at the scale of their success.

Slightly more than one third (36 percent) have accumulated at least $1 million within the last decade, with the same number (36 percent) having done so within the past 10-20 years.  Fewer than one in three (28 percent) have had at least this much money for more than 20 years.

Most millionaires (53 percent) say that whatever financial acumen they have is largely self-taught, but the vast majority (77 percent) now work with a financial professional to help manage their wealth. For most, the relationship is very much a collaboration; fewer either delegate most decisions to their advisors or rely solely on their own judgment.

American millionaires report that now they are more at peace and enjoying life more, whereas 10 years ago they were much more likely to be pushing to achieve more.

Most have been able to move beyond a concern about saving enough for retirement (a key priority now for just 8 percent) or paying down debt (a priority for just 2 percent). Now they are most concentrated on having enough money to live comfortably in retirement (the top concern for 57 percent).

Preservation of capital continues to be the main focus for this group, cited more than twice as often (51 percent) as accumulation (23 percent) as a major concern.

An online media kit containing survey highlights and background information are available on PNC’s website at http://www.pnc.com/pncpresskits.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

Survey Methodology
The Wealth and Values Survey was commissioned by PNC to identify attitudes about wealth among high-net-worth individuals, how it affects their lives and their needs in managing wealth. Artemis Strategy Group conducted the online survey in September and October 2013, 923 interviews were completed nationally including 473 with assets of $1 million or more, including 169 with $% million or more. Sampling error for 473 respondents is +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. DISCLAIMER: This report was prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as specific advice or recommendations. Any reliance upon this information is solely and exclusively at your own risk.

The survey was designed and managed by HNW, Inc. (www.hnw.com), an integrated marketing and technology firm with a focus on financial services and understanding and connecting with the affluent. The survey was supported by Artemis Strategy Group (www.ArtemisSG.com), a communications strategy research firm specializing in brand positioning and policy issues.

This report has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended as specific advice or recommendations. Information has been gathered from third party sources and has not been independently verified or accepted by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. PNC makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of the information, assumptions, analyses or conclusions presented in the report. PNC cannot be held responsible for any errors or misrepresentations contained in the report or in the information gathered from third party sources. Any reliance upon the information provided in the report is solely and exclusively at your own risk.

CONTACT:

Alan Aldinger
(412) 768-3711
alan.aldinger@pnc.com

SOURCE:

PNC Wealth Management

Read Full Post »

Younger Canadians not getting ahead financially and can’t count on inheritance, Manulife Investor Sentiment Index shows

WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 8, 2014, Younger Canadians feel that they are not getting ahead financially and they shouldn’t count on an inheritance according to the Manulife Financial’s latest Investor Sentiment Index. The Index also showed that despite robust capital markets at pre-financial crisis levels, Canadians’ overall investor sentiment remains mired in the recession.

Almost half (46 per cent) of Canadians aged 25-34 say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago while 40 per cent of those aged 35-44 say they are worse off financially. Despite that, 62 per cent of Canadians aged 25-34, say they’re optimistic that they will be in a better financial position two years from now, while 60 per cent of those aged 35-44 say they remain optimistic for the future.

The latest survey results also show that it isn’t likely that younger Canadians – part of a generation which has traditionally been challenged by a difficult job market and underemployment – will receive much help in the form of future inheritance. Nearly half of Canadians (43 per cent) report that they haven’t given any thought to how much cash or assets they’ll leave to their heirs. As many as 13 per cent say they plan to leave nothing, while more than one in four (29 per cent) say they will leave less than $100,000. Only two per cent of Canadians report that they will leave an inheritance of $1 million or more.

“The reality is that young Canadians will be the first generation to not be better off than their parents. Many Canadians haven’t even thought about what cash or assets they will leave to their children,” said Paul Lorentz, Executive Vice-President, Retail Markets. “Young Canadians might need some of the financial discipline of their great grandparents, those who lived through the Depression, coupled with modern financial solutions.”

Investor Sentiment Index dips despite continuing market recovery
Overall, investor confidence in Canada was down slightly since May of 2013 as the Investor Sentiment Index dipped by one point, to +21. The Index is up one point from a year ago when it was +20 and it remains substantially higher than it was at the start of the economic downturn in 2008 (+5).

“In these latest results, we saw a marked change to a positive trend we’ve been seeing for some time,” said Mr. Lorentz. “Typically, the Investor Sentiment Index follows the same general pattern as the markets, but despite the gradual recovery there, the Index slipped suggesting that Canadian investors still aren’t finding much comfort in more robust markets. Canadians are still wary.”

Provincially, Alberta residents appear to be Canada’s most confident about investment and savings vehicles, posting an overall Investor Sentiment Index score of +30, while Quebec posted the lowest score at +8.

Maintaining current lifestyle no longer a priority for Canadians
Index results also point out that Canadian investors of all ages have made one significant shift in their financial priorities for 2014. Entering 2013, Canadians were focusing on paying down debt (top priority: 31%) while still maintaining their current lifestyle (second priority: 22%). Today, only 1% of Canadians indicate that maintaining their current lifestyle is a financial priority – a drop of 21 percent.

Regardless of income or age, Canadians’ top financial priority for 2014 is to pay down debt (29 per cent), followed by reducing spending (11 per cent), saving for retirement (9 per cent), saving for a rainy day (8 per cent) and paying down a mortgage (8 per cent.)

“We’re seeing that debt management, reducing spending and saving are, more than ever, top of mind for Canadians but just as importantly, that Canadians are also more aware of the financial choices they’re making. They’re making good financial decisions to put their finances in order for the future even knowing that they may not be able to maintain their current lifestyle because of them,” added Mr. Lorentz.

Advisors make significant impact
Four in ten Canadians report having a financial advisor which proves to be one of the most significant influencers on Index score. The Investor Sentiment Index score for individuals with an advisor is +27, while it is +16 for those without an advisor.

“Clearly, having access to professional financial advice will help you stay on track,” added Mr. Lorentz. “We see time and again that having an advisor is also the single most important positive influence on an individual’s peace of mind with their financial position now and in the future.”

Canadians with an advisor are less likely to cite paying down debt as a priority, but they are more likely to mention saving for retirement. Those who work with an advisor are also significantly more likely to feel that they are on track with their current financial goals (52 per cent vs. 36 per cent) and they are more likely to say that they are in a better financial position than they were two years ago.

About the Manulife Financial Investor Sentiment Index
The Manulife Financial Investor Sentiment Index is a semi-annual measure of investors’ views on a range of asset classes and savings and investment vehicles, as well as their confidence in these areas. The index is based on an online survey of 2,000 Canadians aged 25+ that was conducted November 12-22 by Research House, an Environics Company. A national probability sample of this size would have a margin of error of +/-2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$575 billion (US$559 billion) as at September 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

SOURCE:

Manulife Financial Corporation

Read Full Post »

FOREX.com Q1 2014 Outlook: On the road to recovery? Market conditions poised to improve in the New Year, led by strengthening US economy.

LONDON, NEW YORK and SYDNEY, Dec. 18, 2013, FOREX.com, the retail division of GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GCAP), a global provider of online trading services; today released its Q1 2014 Market Outlook report.

FOREX.com analysts predict that USDJPY could embark on another leg higher as the Fed toys with the idea of pulling back its QE program, while the Bank of Japan sticks to the principles of Abenomics. The EUR is the Teflon currency of the G10; it is managing to defy gravity even though the growth outlook remains weak.

“2014 is set to be the year when the recovery will cement itself. With an improved economic backdrop we expect central banks to take the first steps towards normalizing monetary policy.” said Kathleen Brooks, research director FOREX.com.

“As we move into 2014, we expect a medium-term US dollar recovery, especially against the yen. Fears about a Eurozone break up may recede further into the distance helping to boost the EUR, particularly in the first quarter. Stocks and commodities may not give tapering a warm welcome, and we expect volatility in risky asset classes to rise in the first half of 2014.”

Expectations from the FOREX.com Q1 2014 Markets Outlook include:

  • USD looks ready to recover as US fiscal risks recede and the focus shifts to tapering
  • The yen looks set to underperform the rest of the G10 as the BOJ is poised to add more stimuli as the government embarks on the first sales tax rise for 17 years.
  • EUR may continue to punch above its weight and strengthen even though its domestic fundamentals remain weak
  • The AUD is likely to be a major under-performer as the RBA talks down Aussie strength and potential Fed tapering weighs on higher yielding currencies
  • Expect volatility in global stock markets as central banks take steps to wind back their enormous stimulus programmes. Too fast and stocks could fall sharply, but a steady, cautious taper, could help markets extend into fresh record-breaking territory
  • After a torrid 2013, gold is testing a critical level of resistance as we start this year. If it is breached we could see an acceleration in selling pressure and further declines

The FOREX.com Markets Outlook report for 2014 has enhanced its coverage of the  major global equity markets and commodities including gold, silver and oil markets along with the potential price ranges for key G10 FX pairs, such as EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, EUR/GBP and USD/CNY

The full FOREX.com Q1 2014 Markets Outlook Report is now available at www.forex.com/uk under Market Analysis.

The report is prepared by Research Director Kathleen Brooks, Senior Technical Strategist Chris Tevere, CMT, Technical Analyst Fawad Razaqzada, Research Analyst Chris Tedder and Market Strategists Matthew Weller and Neal Gilbert.

Foreign Exchange and other leveraged products involve significant risk of loss and are not suitable for all investors. Increasing leverage increases risk. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange and other leveraged products, you should carefully consider your financial objectives, level of experience and risk appetite. Spot Gold and Silver contracts are not subject to regulation under the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act. Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are not available for US residents.

GAIN Capital and its affiliates are regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the US; the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK; the Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan; the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in HK; the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC); and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in Australia.

The opinions and information in this report are for general information use and are not intended as an offer or solicitation to any product offered.

About GAIN Capital

GAIN Capital Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:  GCAP) is a global provider of online trading services. GAIN’s innovative trading technology provides market access and highly automated trade execution services across multiple asset classes to a diverse client base of retail and institutional investors.

GAIN’s businesses include FOREX.com, which provides retail traders around the world access to a variety of global OTC financial markets, including forex, precious metals and CFDs on commodities and indices; GTX, a fully independent FX ECN for hedge funds and institutions and OEC, an innovative online futures broker.

GAIN Capital is headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, with a global presence across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions.  For further company information, visit www.gaincapital.com.

SOURCE:

FOREX.com

 

Read Full Post »

New Survey Finds Millennials Rely on Friends’ Financial Habits to Determine Their Own 

AICPA and Ad Council release results of national survey as they launch new ads and website encouraging young adults to ‘feed the pig’

Contacts: AICPA, Kristin Vincenzo, 212-596-6138, kvincenzo@aicpa.org, Ad Council, Ellyn Fisher, efisher@adcouncil.org, 212-984-1964

New York, October 30, 2013 – Doing alright financially? The answer, if you’re 25 to 34 years old, depends on your friends, according to a new survey from the American Institute of CPAs and the Ad Council. They released the results today to coincide with a new series of national public service advertisements and a redesigned website for their Feed the Pig financial literacy campaign.

The national poll found that three quarters of young adults, or 78 percent, use their friends’ financial habits to determine their own. The vast majority, 66 percent, wants to keep pace with their peers on where they live; 64 percent say the same thing about what they wear. Nearly two-thirds experience pressure to keep up with the types of places they eat and the gadgets they carry.

At the same time, in the past year alone, almost half of those in the age group had to use a credit card to pay for necessities like food or utilities and more than a quarter missed a bill payment or were contacted by a bill collector. Sixty-one percent still get financial help from their family.

“As the old saying goes: Be careful about the company you keep,” said Ernie Almonte, CPA, chair of the AICPA’s National Financial Literacy Commission. “Many young adults are building financial foundations with the wrong blueprints. They need to make sure they’re modeling the best behavior for their long-term financial stability.”

The new series of PSAs, developed pro bono by kirshenbaum, bond, senecal + partners (kbs+), taps into millennials’ desire for belonging and its impact on their financial well-being in a light-hearted way.  The PSAs are designed to remind this demographic that they need to forge their own path to financial security. The television PSAs feature scenes of over-the-top spending contrasted by financial achievement. In one ad, for instance, a college graduate celebrates paying off her student debt while a friend, lounging in a formal dress, surrounded by designer shoes and feeding a pet horse, complains that she can never save enough money to get ahead. Earlier this summer, the campaign released print, outdoor, radio and digital PSAs, urging viewers, “When it comes to financial stability, don’t get left behind.”

“Young adults are in the midst of making critical financial decisions about family and careers and are establishing the spending and saving patterns that often last throughout their lives,” added Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Our new PSAs tap into the insight that this generation is strongly influenced by their peers when it comes to lifestyle purchases, but our goal is to extend that peer pressure to also include saving for the future.”

The PSAs direct viewers to www.feedthepig.org, which was relaunched this month. In addition to a myriad of money management tips and tools, the new website features personal finance calculators and short-, mid-, and long-term action plans for achieving goals like buying a house, starting a family or paying off debt. The campaign also directs young adults to Facebook and Twitter to ask questions and engage with financial experts.

“The AICPA cares about the financial literacy of 25 to 34 year olds and they wanted to communicate to them that understanding your finances is crucial at a young age. To do this, the AICPA, the Ad Council and kbs+ created a campaign that humorously brings to life the poor financial decisions that many young adults make every day,” added Will Bright, kbs+ creative director.

The AICPA and the Ad Council first launched the Feed the Pig financial literacy campaign in 2006. To date, the campaign has received over $277 million in donated media support. Per the Ad Council’s model, the new series of PSAs will be distributed to over 33,000 networks nationwide and continue to run in airtime and space donated by the media.

The AICPA and the Ad Council commissioned the new nationwide online survey earlier this month of employed adults between the ages of 25 to 34. It was administered by the Ad Council, conducted by LightSpeed Research and reached a representative sample of men and women. The survey also found:

·         For 70 percent, financial stability means paying all the bills each month.

·         Women feel more financially stable than men.

·         Men find it more important than women to keep up with their friends.

Source:

AICPA

http://www.aicpa.org/

Read Full Post »

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club Introduces ‘Business in a Box’ Exclusively at Toys”R”Us®

Business Kit Teaches Kids Financial Literacy Through Included DVD, Activities and More

Secret Millionaires Club Brand Continues to Expand with Additional DVDs, Books and New Episodes on the Hub Network

 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2013, Warren Buffett’s popular television and online series, Secret Millionaires Club, continues to expand with the introduction of Business in a Box, an all-new product from A Squared Entertainment that teaches kids the fundamentals of financial literacy through interactive play. The kit includes toys, activities and DVDs, and is now available for preorder exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be rolling into stores later this month.

 

Business in a Box, created in partnership with toy company TCG, will launch at Toys”R”Us with two kit options, which provide children with everything they need to create a lemonade stand or a car wash, including a DVD with episodes from the animated Secret Millionaires Club series, as well as a booklet with business tips from Mr. Buffett himself.

Following the success of its first home entertainment release, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment introduced Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 on DVD September 10. The animated series teaches kids how to invest in themselves with realistic life lessons about earning and saving. Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 DVD includes six episodes plus six webisodes as added Bonus Material for the suggested retail price of $14.93. All 26 episodes of Season 1 are currently available digitally everywhere.

The announcement of Business in a Box and the Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 DVD follows recent news of the new book, “Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life” by co-Authors and co-Executive Producers on the animated series, Amy Heyward and Andy Heyward. The book, published by Wiley, features all of the same lessons featured in the animated series. Chapters include, “Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes;” “Love What You Do;” “Protect Your Reputation;” “If You Fail, Try Again;” “Confidence Comes With Understanding;” and many other lessons from Mr. Buffett, which he credits his own success in life. Available at Amazon.com

“We created Secret Millionaires Club with Warren Buffett to help prepare kids to live happy, successful lives,” says A Squared Entertainment CEO, Andy Heyward. “We’ve found ways to make it fun for kids to understand business and to build the confidence to think like entrepreneurs while learning valuable life lessons that can be key to future success.”

Secret Millionaires Club, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. The series airs on the Hub Network. Tune in on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST for a new episode of Secret Millionaires Club titled “The Final Financial Frontier.” The episode will encore on Monday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.

About A Squared Entertainment

A Squared Entertainment creates, produces and distributes original “content with a purpose” for kids, meaning entertainment that is as enriching as it is entertaining. In addition to Secret Millionaires Club, the company is creating Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab to encourage kids in math and science. It also created Martha & Friends with Martha Stewart to inspire creativity, through crafting and cooking; and Gisele & the Green Team with Gisele Bündchen to enlighten kids about the environment. The company also has an exclusive partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics. Together, they have created Stan Lee Comics and have four new superhero series in development. The first, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, debuts early next year with a trilogy of original films and comic books.

About TCG

TCG is a privately held toy company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company began in 1998 with a focus on quality puzzles and games with the well known SURE-LOX® brand. As a manufacturer, TCG offers a variety of products for the whole family including puzzles, games, activities, and room décor – “THE BEST IN FUN.”  Most recently, TCG was granted the license to bring iconic Fisher-Price® games back to the market with innovative game play and technology, TCG utilizes a consumer driven approach to innovation along with the best materials and processes to offer outstanding product quality at great prices in over 30 countries.

About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media.  With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, the company dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry’s most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment.  For more information about Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, call 1.800.869.3603.

About the Hub Network

The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family- favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in over 73 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. 

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.

For Media Inquiries, Please Contact:
Michelle Orsi or Carol Holdsworth
Three.Sixty Marketing + Communications
Email
310.418.6430

Read more news from A Squared Entertainment.

SOURCE:

A Squared Entertainment

 

Read Full Post »

The Princeton Review’s Annual Business And Law School Rankings Based On 38,800 Student Surveys Are Now Out In Its “Best 295 Business Schools” And “Best 169 Law Schools” Guidebooks

– Top 10 Schools in 11 Categories From “Best Career Prospects” to “Best Professors”

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013, The Princeton Review—known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools—today released the 2014 editions of its guides to business and law schools, which also include annual ranking lists uniquely based on student surveys.

“The Best 295 Business Schools” and “The Best 169 Law Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, 2014 Editions, $22.99) each report lists of top 10 ranking schools in 11 categories.

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 20,300 students attending the 295 business schools and 18,500 students attending the 169 law schools profiled in the books. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

– Among the ranking list categories in each book and schools ranked #1 on them:

“Best Career Prospects”
B-school: Stanford University
Law school: Columbia University

“Best Professors”
B-school: University of California—Berkeley
Law school: Boston University

“Best Classroom Experience”
B-school: New York University
Law school: University of Chicago

“Most Competitive Students”
B-school: Acton School of Business
Law school: Baylor University

“Toughest to Get Into”
(the only ranking list in the books based on school-reported data)
B-school: Stanford University
Law school: Yale University

– Other lists in “The Best 295 Business Schools” and #1 schools on them include:

“Greatest Opportunity for Women” – Simmons School of Management
“Best Green MBA”– Yale University

– Other lists in “The Best 169 Law Schools” and #1 schools on them include:

“Most Conservative Students” – Ave Maria School of Law
“Most Liberal Students” – Northeastern University

The books also include other categories of ranking lists. Among them are lists of top 10 schools that are “Best Administered,”  “Most Family Friendly,” or offer the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.”

The Princeton Review today posted its business school rankings on it site at http://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings and its law school rankings at http://www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings. At these areas, users can also read FAQs about the basis for each ranking list and access the Company’s detailed profiles of the schools.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business or law schools hierarchically. “Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or b-school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher, The Princeton Review. “We publish rankings in several categories and detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants the broader information they need to determine which school will be best for them.”

The ranking tallies factor in data from Princeton Review’s surveys of business and law school students completed online at http://survey.review.com during academic years 2012-13, 2011-12, and 2010-11. The survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans. On average, 109 students at each law school and 68 students at each b-school were surveyed for the lists in the books’ 2014 editions. All institutional data reported in the books was collected in 2012-13.

The books’ school profiles report on admission, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career / employment information. The profiles also include five school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) based primarily on institutional data.  Categories include “Admissions Selectivity” and “Career” (which factors in graduates’ starting salaries and employment data).

The Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA, with locations across the U.S.A. and abroad. It is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring services, and line of 150 books published by Random House.  Among them is “The Best 167 Medical Schools: 2014 Edition” also published today.

In August, The Princeton Review reported its annual college rankings in 62 categories in its book, “The Best 378 Colleges.”  In September, The Princeton Review reported its annual lists of the top schools (25 undergraduate, 25 graduate) for entrepreneurship programs with Entrepreneur magazine. In February, the Company partnered with USA TODAY to report its annual list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges” and published its annual companion book, “The Best Value Colleges.”

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

SOURCE:

Random House / Princeton Review Books
http://www.princetonreview.com

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »