“In 2014 IFA again fulfilled its role as a driving force of the markets. With an even larger volume of orders this year, the foundations were laid for good end-of-year business ahead of the most important sales period of the year.” ~Hans-Joachim Kamp, chairman of the supervisory board
Never before in the 90-year history of the event have so many products made their world debut at IFA. Global trends such as networking, wearables and further improvements in the images and sound produced by digital TV and hi-fi systems have reached new heights. More than ever IFA 2014 underlined its expertise in its role as the world’s meeting place for the industry and for exchanging information. The reactions from retailers and consumers to the many products making their world debut were extremely positive. Over a period of six days alone IFA 2014 generated orders totaling 4.25 billion euros, and follow-up business is expected to be good. IFA’s unique blend of product innovations, stars and entertainment, presented by 1,538 exhibitors on a display area covering around 149,500 square meters, attracted more than 240,000 visitors. The floor space occupied was larger than at any previous event in the history of IFA.
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PCBC 2014 RETURNED TO SAN FRANCISCO’S MOSCONE CENTER IN JUNE, WRAPPING UP WITH RAVE REVIEWS AND HIGH ENTHUSIASM FROM BOTH ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS
One of the most successful and memorable shows in recent years, PCBC 2014 saw an increase in attendance, an expanded exhibit floor, the return of many major manufacturers, and an overall great sense of energy and momentum throughout the event.
"We always have great attendance in Nashville, but this year we set records, with more dealers attending than ever before,” stated Rick Bellows, president of MEGA Group USA. The convention was held at the brand new Music City Center—a two million square foot convention center. Members enjoyed first-class accommodations at the new Omni Center deluxe hotel, with the backdrop of Nashville’s exciting entertainment district.
“I’ve been a MEGA member for ten years,” said Roger Pickett, president of Murmaid Corporation (mattress retailer). “This is the first time I’ve participated in all of the different presentations. They’re certainly worth the while, and I’ll be doing it again next year.”
By Donna Skeels Cygan
Imagine being able to manage your money in a way that not only helps you achieve financial security, but also increases your happiness. You can, and The Joy of Financial Security shows you how. Cygan’s financial expertise is apparent in topics such as increasing your net worth, wise investment strategies, minimizing taxes, and preparing for retirement. Readers learn how to protect themselves from the next economic downturn, how to avoid the pressure to “keep up with the Joneses,” and how to make smarter financial decisions. But she doesn’t stop there. Applying research from psychology and neuroscience, she guides readers to create happier lifestyles by making small changes that reap big rewards. Simple changes such as focusing on gratitude, nurturing creativity, and choosing experiences with family and friends over more “stuff” are encouraged. The way she weaves financial strategies together with happiness strategies is fascinating— rewarding her readers both financially and personally.
Early in her financial planning career, Cygan noticed that clients who had healthy relationships with their money were much happier overall. Being rich didn’t automatically lead to happiness, and being happy didn’t automatically lead to becoming wealthy; the relationship was much more complex. She devoted many years to researching and pondering the relationship between money and happiness, eventually deciding to share her findings in this book. She concluded that money doesn’t buy happiness, but it definitely impacts it. The dilemma was to determine just how money impacts our happiness.
The Joy of Financial Security is grounded in research, but it also includes personal stories from Cygan’s clients and from her own upbringing. Thesestoriesmakethe advice authentic, and help the reader understand how to implement the financial advice and the happiness strategies into their own lives. She shows that taking control of your finances is not rocket science, and that anyone can become a wise investor— simply by developing a financial plan and using discipline to follow the plan.
Although they may seem miles apart, money and happiness are tightly woven in our personal lives. Cygan set an objective of helping her readers manage their money wisely, create a secure financial future, and become happier. Her book is full of wisdom and practical strategies, and readers can experience immense rewards.
About the Author
Donna Skeels Cygan, CFP®, MBA. She is the owner of the financial advisory firm Sage Future Financial, LLC, and the author of The Joy of Financial Security: The art and science of becoming happier, managing your money wisely, and creating a secure financial future. She has been recognized numerous times as one of the top financial advisors in the U.S. She seeks to help her clients take control of their money in a way that maximizes their happiness.
Publisher: Sage Future Press