Hey, it’s me again. By now most of you know that I like to read. It’s my passion.

As you know there are lots of good quality commentary and insightful articles that are overlooked by most of us. But unfortunately for every good blog post or news article there are many, many more that are not.

My hope is that you will allow me to be your filter. I promise that the articles that I suggest will be worthy of your time and effort.

In keeping with my blog posts, they will generally be in the areas of interest that my readers have come to expect from me:

  • Commercial real estate
  • Business & banking
  • The economy
  • The stock market
  • Personal finance
  • Technology

Occasionally I may slip in an article that falls outside this scope because it was too interesting to pass up. So let’s get started. This past month I’ve been searching the internet for the best articles to share with my readers and I believe I have five really good articles for you to read that are both interesting and informative.

I’ve started each article so that you can get a flavor of the content and author’s writing style. If an article catches your interest just click on the link to finish the article.

Happy reading!

The 10th Man: Hi, I’m Charles Evans and Welcome to Jackass by Jared Dillan, GoldSeek.com

“One of the things I always try to remember is that government employees (and this includes the folks at the Federal Reserve) are people just like you and me, most of whom work very hard to do what they believe is right.

The Fed is often maligned, sometimes unfairly. No matter what it does, it’s going to be criticized, often loudly, by someone.

So I don’t think Chicago Fed President Charles Evans is a bad person… just a very wrong person, one of the wrongest people on earth, when he says that it would be a “catastrophe” if the Fed raised rates.

It would not.”

5 Business Books That Changed My Life in 2014 by Brandon Turner, the Bigger Pockets

“You know what they say about those who read? They lead.

In one of my previous articles, “The 21 Best Real Estate Books for Investors,” I talked about all my favorite real estate books and the impact they have had on my life. However, I believe a great real estate investor should read just as many business books as real estate books — if not more.

So this year I made a concentrated effort to read more business books to help me improve my investing and business life.

The following are the five books that made the biggest impact in my life in 2014, and I hope they will make a dramatic impact on your life in 2015.”

2015 Five-Year Global Financial Forecast ヨ Mauldin Economics by John Mauldin

“It is the time of the year for forecasts; but rather than do an annual forecast, which is as much a guessing game as anything else (and I am bad at guessing games), I’m going to do a five-year forecast to take us to the end of the decade, which I think may be useful for longer-term investors. We will focus on events and trends that I think have a high probability, and I’ll state what I think the probabilities are for my forecasts to actually happen. While I could provide several dozen items, I think there are seven major trends that are going to sweep over the globe and that as an investor you need to have on your radar screen. You will need to approach these trends with caution, but they will also provide significant opportunities.”

8 Reasons a Coach Can Take You to the Next Level by Bo Barron, CCIM, BoBarron.com

“Clock in let’s go to work!” ~ Bobby Grant

“I ran cross country and track in high school. I was active duty Marine Corpsfor 5 years, 2 months, and 4 days (who’s counting?). In the ten years I’ve been out, I’ve gone through spurts of working out. Nothing has prepared me for this.”

The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2014 by Camille Rickets, FirstRound.com

“Early last year, I found myself sitting across from Caryn Marooney in Facebook’s cafeteria talking about how startups get noticed. What is that ineffable quality that separates the successful media darlings from the companies no one ever hears from again? It’s a huge question, and Marooney — now head of Facebook’s tech communications and past founder of the OutCast Agency— had good answers. She’s been at it for a while, getting press that has distinguished dozens of startups (including eventual giants like Salesforce). Talking to her, it hit me how special this situation was, and how valuable the advice — based on real experience, wins, losses and lessons.

In the last year, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to nearly 100 people like Marooney who are among the very best at what they do — from hiring designers to building technical teams to increasing employee happiness. They hold the puzzle pieces for how to build startups from the ground up, and here, onThe Review, we’re assembling them for an ever-growing audience.”

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