Monthly Archives: August 2014

Yoga with Sarah: Iyengar Based Yoga Classes

August 26, 2014
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Yoga with Sarah: Iyengar Based Yoga Classes

  I’m excited to announce I will soon be teaching yoga classes in addition to my other offerings! I feel so much gratitude to the teachers who’ve passed on the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar to me. His recent passing definitely made a big impact on our community and I’m honored to carry on the torch…

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Bridgetown Bash! Benefits and Necessities of Hosting Annual Events in Same Location

August 26, 2014
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Bridgetown Bash! Benefits and Necessities of Hosting Annual Events in Same Location

The Vital Life Foundation held the nonprofit’s annual BridgeTown Bash event at Pure Space this summer, raising over $525,000. The foundation’s BridgeTown Bash event continues to grow in attendance and financial support, increasing guest count by over 100 and revenue by $125,000 since the inaugural BridgeTown Bash in 2012. Having held the event at Pure…

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TechFestNW

August 26, 2014
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TechFestNW

“If MusicfestNW is the cool-ish, gray-haired skateboarder who has seen it all, TechFestNW is its Warby Parker-rocking little cousin who wants to be a new kind of disruptor” said Joseph Gallivan, journalist for Portland Tribune, describing the two day tech festival. Held primarily at OMSI, Tech Fest NW wrapped up their third annual event at…

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Why Social Media is Important for Your Business

August 25, 2014
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Our world has forever changed due to social media. The exchange of news or ideas used to take days, even weeks to share. Now we can have all the information we ever wanted in an instant. We can learn about large earthquakes in San Francisco as it’s happening. We can hear about how a company…

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Results From Back Testing 9 ETFs Plus SHY

August 25, 2014
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Results From Back Testing 9 ETFs Plus SHY

To perform the back testing presented below, I requested HedgeHunter set up a spreadsheet that would focus investing in the top four ranked ETFs, provided they are performing above SHY.  Here are the rules I sent to HedgeHunter.  The idea behind this strategy is to stay invested in the market as much as possible. I. …

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The Evolution of “Just-in-time” for Utilities

August 25, 2014
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The electric utility sector has been quite successful at managing power on a just-in-time basis. It had to be just-in-time, because since the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, there were very few cost-effective ways to store energy, and those options were mostly limited to solutions like pumped hydro. The investments were substantial, and…

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Hawking “Derby” – Along The Back Stretch (Week 3)

August 23, 2014
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Hawking “Derby” – Along The Back Stretch (Week 3)

This past week saw continued strength in most markets and our 4 Hawking “horses” picked up the pace a little going down the back stretch (week 3) with some changes in position. Our leader for the past 2 weeks (10_4), although showing a 0.92% improvement in returns, has now dropped back into last place (1.51% 3-week return)…

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Portfolio Performance: 23 August 2014

August 23, 2014
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Portfolio Performance: 23 August 2014

After updating the Bullish Percent Indicators (BPI) it is easy to predict what will show up in the Portfolio Percentage table.  Diversified portfolios are designed to reduce risk or volatility, not keep up with the U.S. Equities market and that is exactly what happened this week. Portfolio Performance Data:  While the Internal Rate of Return…

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Bullish Percent Indexes: 22 August 2014

August 23, 2014
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Bullish Percent Indexes: 22 August 2014

Two shifts from defense to offense occurred this week as the NASDAQ picked up steam as did the Discretionary sector.  In general, it was a positive week as most of the indexes and sectors moved higher.  Here is the Point and Figure (PnF) graph for our primary index, the NYSE.  You will note I have…

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What is Branding and Why Is It Important?

August 22, 2014
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Building an effective brand is one of the most critical investments you could ever make in your business or organization. Great brands thrive. Horrible brands die. Even if you have a fantastic service or product, you can find yourself struggling to stay alive because your brand doesn’t resonate or connect with your audience. Today I…

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