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Gold for the Win With Swiss America Trading

Guest post in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you are anything like me, watching your hard earned stocks drop all year has been a disheartening end to an already catastrophic pandemic. I started investing at the start of the virus as a way to protect some of the stimulus money I was receiving. During that time, it has been fun to watch the stocks drop and rise, never losing more than a few points here and there. 

This year is a different story. As of last week the Dow was down .28%, bitcoin was down 7.99%, Nasdaq was down 3.86% and S&P 500 was down 1.27%. The crisis in Ukraine, mixed with high inflation and a still recovering world has caused the markets to be unpredictable at best, downright dangerous at worst. After watching my money wax and wane for two years, seeing it drop significantly in that short amount of time, made me realize I needed a change. 

I am not a financially savvy individual, so when I make investments, I am diligent about how and what I am planning on investing in. I liked the thrill of the stock market, but it was time to find something with a little less risk. That’s when I decided to look into gold. 

Why Gold? 

Obviously, I am not selling the stocks I already have, that would be a loss of investment. But as tax season rolls around, I plan on taking that nice little return, and investing it in gold. Why gold, you may ask? Simple, as stated in that article, gold is safer. It doesn’t rise and fall with the markets. So, while I will keep my stocks and hope for a rise, it is time in my adult-life to diversify my portfolio and buy some gold as well. Gold started as the standard for our modern world. It was the way international exchanges were gauged, but recently, with set exchange rates, it is a separate commodity. Continue reading

Shocking Ways Personal Brands Will Make You a Better Leader

Guest post in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Shocking Ways Personal Brands Will Make You a Better Leader creates a thoughtful perspective on the future of leadership development.

After decades worth of studying leadership development and career advancement, there is a powerful truth that presents itself. Anyone in a leadership role that wants to be a better leader should understand this basic principle. Shocking ways personal brands will make you a better leader is the easiest way to command attention from a team regardless of how many people you lead.

Let’s look at leadership from two main perspectives. The first perspective is the individual perspective. This is otherwise known as a personal brand. The second perspective is the collective or team where each individual contributor adds to the greater whole. Somewhere in the middle is where it seems to go off the rails. Good leaders can get distracted when they need to keep it simple. The shocking truth is that being a better leader is easier when you focus on personal brands. Here’s how we do it!

The basic objective in leadership is to get the individual contributors to effectively and productively work toward the common goal with less effort. Turning this complicated task into a simple solution is easy. The right approach leads to simplicity. Let’s consider the shocking ways personal brands will make you a better leader by focusing on personal brands.

Shockingly Simple Ways to Use a Personal Brand to Lead

Anyone in a leadership position may already know the difficulty that comes when leading teams of individual contributors. The bigger the team, the more difficult the task. Using a simple approach repeatedly makes you a better leader.Continue reading