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Alex, a mother of two, is an experienced journalist and a talented writer . She enjoys reading as well as writing, and enjoys vigorous long walks. Alex writes on anything and everything related to beauty, health and nutrition advice and studies, based on information provided by experts in these fields.

Weekly Market Update: January 22, 2010

– Weekly Market Update

The Economy

* Tighter proposed banking regulation from the U.S. and initial steps to scale back lending by China, combined with gloomy economic data, resulted in uncertainty about the ongoing recovery-yet another bump on what we expect will be a long and winding road to recovery.

* The Obama administration proposed the “Volcker Rule,” legislation to limit the size and trading practices of banks.

* The U.S. Index of Leading Economic Indicators gained 1.1%, fueled by an increase in building permits for December.

* The Philadelphia Fed Index of manufacturing activity dropped to 15.2, which was weaker than expected and below its median level of 18.0.

* U.S. jobless claims rose unexpectedly; consensus estimates

predicted that claims would fall.

* U.S. housing starts fell 4% in December, and total housing starts for 2009 were the lowest on record dating back to 1959.

* European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet warned that the euro-zone recovery would like be uneven despite government stimulus efforts.

Economic Calendar

* Existing home sales and Dallas Fed Manufacturing Activity will be released January  5.

* Consumer confidence and the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index will be released January 26.

* New home sales and the Federal Open Market Committee’s rate decision will be released January 27.

* Initial jobless claims and durable goods will be released January 28.

* Gross domestic product, employment costs and the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index will be released January 29.


* Global markets fell on anxiety that additional regulation and tighter monetary policies may hinder the fragile recovery.

* In the U.S., small caps outperformed their large-cap brethren. Growth stocks outperformed their value counterparts.

* In the U.S., Telecommunications was the best-performing sector, while Materials lagged behind the broader markets.

* In the UK, investors flocked to defensive sectors; leaders were Healthcare, Utilities, Telecommunications and Consumer Staples. Materials and Financials lagged.

* In Europe, Healthcare, Consumer Staples and Information Technology led while Materials and Financials lagged.

* Oil and gold both fell at the end of the week in response to Obama’s plan to regulate banks and China’s possible rate increase.


* Global government bonds rallied on weaker economic data and the announcements from China and President Obama.

* Demand for U.S. Treasuries rose as investors worried about the impact of increased regulation on economic growth.

* Corporate bonds fell as investors snapped up government bonds.

* High-yield and emerging-market debt fell as investors sought safety in government bonds.

The Numbers as of Friday 1

Week YTD 1 Year Friday’s

Jan 22, 2010 Close

Global Equity Indices

MSCI World ($) -2.4% -0.1% 40.5% 1166.9

MSCI EAFE ($) -2.4% -0.3% 44.4% 343.2

MSCI Emerging Mkts ($) -2.9% -0.8% 90.8% 981.2

US & Canadian Equities

Dow Jones Industrials ($) -4.1% -2.4% 25.2% 10173.0

S&P 500 ($) -3.9% -2.1% 31.9% 1091.8

NASDAQ ($) -3.6% -2.8% 50.5% 2205.3

S&P/ TSX Composite (C$) -2.9% -3.4% 33.7% 11343.4

UK & European Equities

FTSE All-Share (£) -2.7% -1.7% 33.5% 2714.1

MSCI Europe ex UK (

Women In Film International present a Night To Celebrate: Short Films By Korean Filmmakers

– This year’s films support the creative talents of Korean and Korean American filmmakers.

Through a diverse program of short films, this year’s series will celebrate and support the creative talents of Korean filmmakers. Every filmmaker has a unique perspective on their culture and their world. The films selected both narrative and documentary, will provide views into the psyche of these communities and deepen our understanding of Korean life, land, and cultures.

The WIFI Shorts Program is a celebration of filmmakers from all corners of the world, produced by the members of the Women In Film International Committee (WIFI).  This year, for the 4th Annual Film Shorts, WIFI has partnered with the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA), the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and NYX Cosmetics to showcase and celebrate the dynamic works of emerging and established Korean and Korean American filmmakers.


Los Angeles California on October 2, 2010 from 6:00PM 10:00P.M.

Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located in the Miracle Mile District, the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles provides insights into the rich cultural heritage of Korea. On Saturday, October 2, 2010, come join us and partake in film, art, music, cuisine, and culture!

General Admission

Members: $15

Non-members: $20

For information program listing go to:

Media Contact: Tobie Loomis: 310-924-4050

Tessa Bell: 908-310-7141

The Women In Film International (WIFI) Committee fosters interactive cultural bonds with other countries by discovering, promoting and supporting the efforts of entertainment professionals (especially women), throughout the world. Our programs include panels on co-production, screenings and participation in international film festivals. Networking does not stop at our borders so WIFI also serves as a resource for foreign consulates, film boards, visiting filmmakers and dignitaries.

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J.Ovanni, Chino Hills, CA Resident Breakout Concert at Pearson Park Amphitheatre Oct. 9

– 707 Entertainment Group and Starbooking joined forces to create The Rock and Romance Concert. Headliner J.Ovanni is a triple threat Artist ready for the world to recognize his mission. His smooth tones, contagious smile, energy and passion will make you appreciate music and artistry all over again. At a very young age, Music was always an essential part of J.Ovanni’s world. “I started singing when I was five but, it wasn’t until my teens that I committed myself to the craft. I am dedicated to making it my mission to producing great music and performing to my best ability for people all over the world.” says the native Californian who grew up in Chino Hills and graduate of Chino Hills High School. This passionate music lover credits extraordinary individuals such as legendary artists Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Michael Jackson, Usher and Craig David as his source of inspiration.

He will be on stage with A2C, Gravity Boys, Genre, XCLusyve and more local acts to bring in the fall with a roar. Join them October 9th at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre, 401 N Lemon St., Anaheim, CA 92805. Tickets are $10 on-line and $15.00 at the door. Doors open at 4:00 pm and all ages are welcomed.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

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About 707 Entertainment Group

Our company is based on an enthusiastic passion for quality music and artists. It is our vision to discover new talent and to usher in raw musical brilliance to the forefront of the music industry. We are dedicated to the development, growth, and marketing of our artists as we seek to provide a nourishing platform to liberate their gifts. We love music and the creative community of music, both hidden and known. (

Kids Wish Network’s Board of Directors Vote in a New Member: Florida Entrepreneur, Andy Gottlieb

– Andy Gottlieb has dedicated most of his life to helping children in need. In fact, the retired tax accountant is also a certified Broward County teacher who volunteers with the Special Olympics and is a specialized coach in aquatics, basketball and bowling. Also, since 1999, Andy Gottlieb has wholeheartedly and generously supported Florida-based 501(c)(3) charity Kids Wish Network and their programs through the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, for which he is a trustee.

For the past three years, Andy, through the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, has supported Kids Wish Network’s Hero of the Month and Holiday of Hope Gift Bank programs at both Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale and the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Ft. Myers. Just recently, Andy also added Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida to his list of sponsored facilities and is currently looking into sponsoring other specialized pediatric care facilities and programs for which to sponsor through Kids Wish Network.  

In addition to sponsoring the three hospitals, Andy Gottlieb also volunteers his time for the Holiday of Hope events that occur at the hospitals to celebrate the donations of toys they receive through Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. For the past three years, nurses, Child Life Specialists and, of course, the children themselves have enjoyed Andy’s presence at the little parties they throw just as much as he has enjoyed being a part of their celebrations.

Anna Lanzatella, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development for Kids Wish Network, said, “Words cannot express my true appreciation for all the support the Arnold & Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation have provided to Kids Wish Network throughout the years.  We are especially grateful to Andy Gottlieb. He truly is our Guardian Angel and we are so grateful to have his support.”

Because of his heartfelt dedication to helping children in need, Andy was elected onto Kids Wish Network’s Board of Directors at their most recent board meeting, a position most suited for someone as kind and helpful as Andy Gottlieb truly is.

For more information on Kids Wish Network’s unique programs, please visit their website at If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Hero of the Month or Gift Bank programs, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

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Kids Wish Network is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children through their uniquely specialized programs.

Internationally Acclaimed Artist Dena of Dena Designs Gave Insights for Others on How to Succeed

– The Art Licensing Info Monthly Ask Call series featured artist Dena of Dena Designs last night.  More than 120 artists listened live and learned how Dena went from using one paint brush and mixing her paints on a pizza pan 25 years ago, to the internationally acclaimed brand she is today.

Designer, TV Host, and entrepreneur, Dena Designs Inc., is a full service design and

Microsoft Certified Partners, The Best Solution, Inc. Moves into Southbury, Connecticut Offices

– Based in Woodbury, Connecticut for the past 19 years, The Best Solution, Inc. (, Microsoft Certified Partners, has moved to 450 Heritage Road in Southbury. Providers of financial support and solutions for companies throughout the United States, co-owners Kara Hermes and Richard Novia, Microsoft Certified Partners, collectively bring more than 50 years of combined extensive experience in sales, operations management, software and hardware solutions. “We help companies improve their operations,” stated Novia, “and get the most from every dollar they earn by offering controllership-level services.” Those services include financial and accounting system audits, training, technical and professional assistance with financial software products for mid to large-sized companies in the $5 to $100M in annual gross earnings.

Founded in 1991 by Kara Hermes and her late-husband, Neil Kenny, The Best Solution, Inc. was created to “meet the needs of companies that wanted to purchase their own accounting software, but did not know how to evaluate hardware and software options available to them.” Ms. Hermes pointed out that “we founded the company before Microsoft’s MS Office software was even a concept.” Their ambition was to help companies quantify their needs for accounting software and support for various accounting and financial software that were available during the time. “It was a time when most large companies used main frame computers and the majority of PC’s and Mac’s were relegated to stand-alone support tasks.”

In 1998, five years after the release of Dynamics software, The Best Solution, Inc. refocused its services to support Microsoft Business Solutions, and eventually, Microsoft Dynamics-GP. During that time, Hermes co-founded a regional partnership of resellers of all business solutions products that included 35 companies in 4 states. The resellers group met bi-monthly until the passing of Neil Kenny in 2006 after a long illness.

In 2008, Richard Novia joined The Best Solution, Inc. and enrolled the company into the Microsoft Dynamics Acceleration program; reorganized and updated the company’s website; and in 2008 was named Connecticut chapter president of IAMCP International Microsoft Channel Partners. Ms. Hermes is currently Treasurer of the IAMCP Connecticut chapter.

As executive vice president of sales, Novia brings to The Best Solution, Inc., more than 30 years in the software/hardware arena; manufacturing, printing and technology industries; and a strong background in the sales arena. Previously he was divisional director for R.R. Donnelly & Sons in Chicago for ten years, and founded and operated his own financial and accounting management consulting agency for seven years. Novia also assisted numerous companies facing bankruptcy recover and become profit leaders throughout New England.

The Best Solution, Inc. currently works with manufacturing firms, business services, medical organizations, environmental ‘green technologies’, transportation, construction, financial services and non-profit organizations. During 2010, they became members of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Southbury Business Association (SBA).

To learn more, contact Richard Novia at The Best Solution, Inc. at 203-232-5986, or via their website,