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National Family Meals Month promotes togetherness at the table

Each September, the country celebrates National Family Meals Month to encourage families to enjoy more meals together using items purchased at the grocery store. The Family Meals Movement, which was launched by the FMI Foundation in 2015 as a campaign to shine a light on the importance of family meals, has grown exponentially in recent years. Their goal for the public is simple: to pledge ...

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The pandemic has changed M&A contractual agreements

COVID-19 has profoundly affected all of us.  There is no area of our lives that has escaped its wrath. From the loved ones lost to the lives that have been forever changed, from our restricted social interactions to our ever-changing workplace policies and practices, and from the youngest among us to the oldest, virtually nothing and no one has avoided being touched in some way.   

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The only free lunch in investing (access required)

You may have heard about the importance of broadly diversifying your portfolio with a broad range of investments to reduce risk.   In investing, reducing risk almost always means accepting lower returns. But broad diversification can give you the best of both worlds.   Academic researchers have found that true diversification—the kind afforded by holding global investments for the long term–may be the only free lunch in the investment world. So why not eat plenty of it?  Many investors hold varied ...

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Making it right with the customer says a lot about your brand (access required)

Often a brand that succeeds where others fail is the first to admit, “We’re not perfect.” That brand accepts that mistakes will happen, but what they know is that what they do next can make all the difference. Many brands have built a strong reputation for exceptional responses to displeased customers including, L.L. Bean, Chewy and Zappos. But recent events ...

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The pandemic caused a rift in the Midstate’s economy that will require a more tech-savvy workforce. (access required)

When Jesse McCree looks across the economic landscape in the Central Pennsylvania region, he doesn’t see much difference from the macro trends nationwide caused by the Delta variant and other hiccups in the economic recovery. What worries him is what he sees farther along on the horizon.    “When I look three- to five-years down the road, I have concerns that ...

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