O SlideShare utiliza cookies para otimizar a funcionalidade e o desempenho do site, assim como para apresentar publicidade mais relevante aos nossos usuarios. Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. Another complaint is the microphone is very VERY weak, even with the non water proof case (also provided).
For some reason every time I go to use it the battery is almost dead, not sure if that's just me. Lastly I have not found anyway to set the time and date with out using the two buttons on the body. My son asked me to update his Windows 7 laptop that I had got as rubbish (and minus a hard drive) from work.
Then I promptly forgot about it until I need to update my Windows 7 laptop that originally came pre-installed with Vista and is only used for emergencies. So I went back to the original machine and this time left that for over 7hrs overnight and it worked also. Finally got the youngest to hand over his Windows 7 laptop and ran the same procedure and this time as well as working it offered Windows 10. Well as I said I have my laptop to do emergency work related stuff, but that is obsolete because I now have a work machine (Surface Pro 4) that travels with me. I was very impressed with the reviews of the DebugClip kickstarter, in fact it sounded to good to be true. You can optionally power the Raspberry Pi directly from USB connection, just set the jumper to closed. You will notice that the clip appears to be 'floating' about the GPIO pins, the early Pis had larger pins and although I could squish it down it would be a pain to remove it again. The second best thing about the clip is that you do not need to install anything, on either the Pi or the host Linux machine.
The LEDs are a great addition and show when the serial modem is sending and receiving data. There is a dirty little secret with the Raspberry Pi models 2 and 3 but luckily most users will never come across it.
Quick side note, the rainbow screen is in fact just four pixels scaled up by the processor.
Last week the fitting company noted that based on the data and photos we had sent the charger may have to be 'slow' requiring 6 not 3 hours for a full charge. For the Raspberry Pi 3 build I had only a 4GB micro SD card and the standard Raspbian image will not fit on it. It was a little bit busy and for 6 hours straight I had queues of kids wanting to have a go with the robot and the last hour still had at least one child trying to have "another" go.
Bottom line was everyone had fun and the organisers have invited us back, we also got a lot of positive feedback from the parents. I bought a number of other cheap bits like a Drum Hat, Cambridge Edu Kit 3 (robotics) and a couple of the new MagPi books.
This is because we are not using the default of the HDMI audio output but the 3.5mm audio jack to old PC speakers.
I managed to nab a couple on Dell 2009WT 20" monitors from work that were on their way to the tip for the boys to replace the CRTs that currently heat their rooms. But it seemed what ever I did they would not generate a display from the Raspberry Pi using a VGA->HDMI converter. I also managed to get another couple of "items" that would have otherwise gone to the tip, very heavy items that I will have to investigate the worth of in the future. FYI two separate companies have donated games for use on the Raspberry Pi and I now need to try them out, for the boys, you understand. I then found a pending pull-request from a user trying to identify firmware issues so had a go at running that. Pimoroni emailed me the firmware and it was easy to unpack and run a Python script that fixed the SkyWriter Hat. I asked why this was not available in the GitHub repository and if a lot of people were affected. As it is a Hat and comes pre-assembled all you have to do is connect it and fits perfectly on a Raspberry Pi 2 and download the code. I have edited the massive output to highlight instances of "presses", "flicks" and "airwheels"(rotating your finger as if stirring the SkyWriter Hat, but not touching it). I like to use my linux machine running X with the Pi not running X but having GUI apps available with no connected display(i.e. I have my old colleagues asking me what its like in my new role and I just explain it is exactly the same as before except I have more power!
When I was Senior Dev I tried to make thing better, post build scripts, continuous integration, build quality etc as well as the day to day coding.
I always think that I do *nothing* then I do my end of year review and find I have done quite a bit. Since introducing a spell checker into the flog process I was surprised to find so many mistakes. One of the things I bought last year was an LCD 16x2 screen that I never got around to hooking up. It would seem that not all LCD 16x2 screens are exactly alike but are so mostly alike that anyone of the many many tutorials are viable.
What really makes it for me in this video is that graphics showing which pin goes where and the fact it is all done Live. Once I had soldered the header pins on and the wired it to the Pi and the LCD was displaying a line of filled squares the software was a little more time consuming. The pin changes in the video were still valid, excluding the last one that was noted to not being used. The commands to set the LCD line are not required when using the lcd_string method and the second parameter in the video is now the line(address) not the justification. Now I can pass the line as 1 or 2 and the justification as 0 for left justified, 1 for entered and 2 for right justified, or default to left aligned.
I did not try the AdaFruit libraries and numerous posts had mentioned problems with it and I did not need any of its extra abilities. The camera path is just a bezier circle to be the camera track and set it as the camera's parent. I was waiting at a swimming pool and found myself staring at the waves and how they distorted the black lines on the bottom of the pool. The following is very simplified version of why I have not blogged recently, it is for me, not you, enjoy!
I unlock the front door and then break the sliding bolt to find her sprawled at the bottom of the stairs still crying in pain.
Ten mins later no sign of anyone, Sarah is still making a lot of noise and the kids are now very upset. I am hoping about in and out of the house in hope of hearing a siren, they keep coming in the distance but never seem to get any closer.
30 minutes from first 999 call and a siren is getting louder but it still takes ages before we see the blue lights reflecting off distant houses. 30 minutes with the ambulance crew and they have to call for a doctor to give a specific injection. Another 30 minutes and the doctor has arrived given the injection and they are trying to get her moved. Slowly we get in to the ambulance and we all go to the hospital arriving just over an 1 hour and half from the original call.
The next few weeks a complete blur with parents and parents-in-law helping out, working from home and Sarah living downstairs.
I while back I managed to uninstall python which is critical for building packages on Gentoo. To be fair the emerge -a --depclean did say it was going to remove one version of gcc and preserve the other. I needed the ssvncviewer to start automatically on boot and that meant either disabling the VNC server password or passing the password into ssvncviewer. The documentation says to use vncpasswd to generate a password file but I could not get vncpasswd installed.
OK so in the last post we got the new Raspberry Pi 7" Touch screen working in Raspbian Jessie. Hang on, its only showing the top left 800x600 pixels of the Windows machine, where is the scaling options?
The ssvncviewer man page and help screen both say you can "auto" scale and "fit" to screen but each time I tried I got scaling not supported.
Somebody wanted to mirror their Windows desktop in a read-only manor as simple calendar display for another room.
The main screen instructions and information are here and the stand was from ModMyPi with details on their blog. The ModMyPi display case was easy to put together and I loved that it came with so many extra bits including a completely clear front option vs the black acrylic. Although I had no intention of using the USB ports I found I had to swap the Wifi dongle(had to borrow one before the official one came into stock) and a USB keyboard and mouse. I saw a great straight forward Blender Lattice tutorial over on the awesome Blender Nation and knew I would have to try it out. After following this guide I failed to get Eclipse to install the Android tools, appears the version available in the bog-standard Gentoo is 5 years old. We had a Minecraft party for one of the kids and although I stole a lot of ideas from the internet a couple of original games and activities made it ours. I had a Raspberry Pi and I expected to install Kodi(which is the new name for RASPMC) and then stream on to our Humax box. The kids went absolutely nuts over the very simple water bottles that we had wrapped "Healing potion" labels around.
I had bought these two Minecraft paper kits to simply decorate the rooms, but there were so many bits to make we did not even open the big one until the party. I have always wanted to try the Mentos and Diet Coke fountains and one of these party blogs mentioned marking the bottles as TNT. Before we got to the food Sarah had suggested we get a movie to let the kids calm down and as the party was for four hours I had gone and bought the latest kids DVD Shawn the sheep.
Finally the cake was just a sponge square with green pre-made icing and some black squares to make a Creeper face. All in all everyone was very happy, Sarah and I were completely knackered and all the kids not only got a party bag but a Minecraft pixel mask and a few paper cubes. FYI I had all the above links open in my browser for the week after the party in the vague hope I would write this blog post, and at least one of them used up serious amounts of CPU and memory.
The development team at work wanted an easy way of visualising the number of issues in various queues.
The development team was very happy, but not so the design team that got distracted every time the sign flashed and blinked as it scrolled. Skip forward a few months, the Raspberry Pi was released and my bosses boss got two and the budget for a couple of HDMI TVs with wall mounting brackets. Originally the Raspberry Pi running Chromium was the preferred way of running a GeckoBoard but the single core 256mb machines(these were very early Pis) could not cut it and kept just dying, requiring a power cycle. Fast forward to present day, I requested and was surprised to receive a Raspberry Pi 2 4 core 1GB ram. Works well with the GeckoBoard JavaScript that tripped up all the other non Chrome browsers.
Sends to the F11 command as if you had typed it and if Iceweasel is the in-focus application then it switches to full screen! I then commented out the lines that run the screen saver and desktop and added in xset calls that stop the automatic screen blanking and a call to shell script to run Iceweasel and my python code(more on that later). The script file was necessary as systemd makes it impossible(or at least very difficult) to till when things are ready. Rebooting now meant the Pi came up then ran Iceweasel with the dashboard page and then 15 seconds later switched to full screen. This was great but I need to get the IP address that the Pi would use at work from the WiFi network.
I rebuilt the linux kernel and everything went fine, rebooted and tried to follow my "post kernel install steps", which are basically just install a matching GFX card driver.
It was giving an error every time I ran it "Segmentation Fault", which is as generic as you can get on Linux. In the mean time I had been reading MANY posts from Gentoo users over the last 3 months about problems installing the latest ATI drivers with 4.0 kernel. A web page available on my local network that and browser can visit see and toggle the status.
Number two sounds too time consuming for value I would get from it, Number one sounds the simplest but I can never get switches to work with the GPIO pins so there would be a lot of research, though I have the Pis for it. I struggled for a long time with the last Pi cam, so I wanted to take a completely different approach. PIR (Passive Infrared Sensor) are simple and cheap, detecting the movement of objects giving of Infrared radiation e.g. This would involve electronics (which I am not very good at) but should result in a simple setup. You can clearly see when the sensor was tripped "+" and then when the sensor thought nothing else was going to happen "=" and finally nothing has changed from the last state "_". I then added in some simple camera commands and it would take pictures and save them to the PI when activity was sensed. If the "capturing" flag is set then increase the frame counter, get a new file name and the correct folder name for the day. It has been running for 10 days with no issue other than my free DropBox account ran out of space.
I need to setup a Pi with wifi and looked over my old notes and groaned, why does it need to be so complicated? I seem to be constantly being attacked by shiny things that distract me from what I need to complete!
This is mainly so I can remember the steps to add textures in both Blender Internal and Cycles rendering engines. Needless to say rather than using the paint mode in the Blender UV editor you can just save the image file and work on it in something like GIMP.
As gift from my family for reaching a mile stone age I got to pre-order the Pebble Time smart watch from Kickstarter. It arrived last Friday and I am pleased to say that the battery has not needed recharging once(though it is now at 10%). Choice of watch faces: I was blown away at the news that Apple would not support different faces on their much more expensive device. I have been telling people for years that I do not need a watch, but I am really loving this.
I forgot to note my favourite command for monitoring the failed connections through the kidsspot proxy.
I managed to nab some out-of-date laptops from work that were destined for the skip, with the proviso that I remove the hard disks for destruction. Children should be chaperoned while on the internet at all times rather than being restricted. At this point you can connect to your hot-spot and get an IP address and have full access to the internet!
The Outlook Social Connector lets you see profiles and updates for people that send you email.
The most obvious change will be the appearance of pictures for contacts that send you emails. While exploring the People Pane you’ll be able to expand it by clicking the arrow on the right hand side.
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Christopher Stanley.This entry was posted in Apps, Productivity, Social Media, Tools and tagged Apps, Collaboration, Productivity, Social Media. Got to hand it to Microsoft — Who’s idea was it to hide this functionality so deep?
Chris, when you send a connection request through Outlook Social connector – is it possible to change the generic message that gets sent? I do not have an x where your picture shows in step four, thus I am not allowed to delete it.
Our team is working with Microsoft to build even more powerful tools to help you stay connected with your professional world. There is a Office App alternative called LinkedIn for Outlook, but it leaves a lot to be desired.
Following is an example of the type of phishing or imposter emails that enter employees’ inboxes. In this article, we will take a look at some critical considerations and provide guidelines for what to look for when selecting a Help Desk provider for your firm. The best Help Desks are those on which analysts are 100% employed by the IT service provider.
Help Desk employees should be centralized to ensure that clients in all regions have access to the highest quality service regardless of the day or time.
With a centralized Help Desk, response times increase and more escalation paths are available to help speed problem resolution. A Help Desk is only effective if its team members are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the range of issues that may arise. When evaluating a support desk, look for one that has an open floor layout, so that all team members can easily communicate with one another throughout the day. Having a knowledgeable Help Desk team is crucial, but the most effective teams deliver top quality service with a personal touch.
After the Help Desk has rendered its services, a client should have the ability to provide feedback on both the analyst and services provided. Additionally, the best Help Desks have an efficient internal system in place for monitoring client feedback, so that great service can be rewarded and problems can be prevented from ocurring in the future.
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Paul defined cybersecurity and scalability as two primary technology considerations for new managers.
Paul continued to place emphasis on customized IT, stating that when it comes to outsourcing, it is imperative that a firm carries out proper due diligence in choosing a provider to meet the firm’s unique needs. In addressing the SEC’s increasing cyber expectations, Paul noted the importance of having a Written Information Security Plan (WISP) in place. In addition to WISP development and implementing additional policies (Access Control, Personal Information Security, Incident Response, etc.), and, of course, employing layers of security across infrastructure, employee awareness and training is the last critical piece of the puzzle.
Paul concluded by describing the five most common mistakes new launches make during the start-up phase, and how to avoid them.
You haven’t fully considered the multiple roles technology plays in your current work environment.
Trimming down your digital environment to include only what’s necessary gives way to easier management, allowing you to catch potential security breaches early on. He went on to note that the operational due diligence (ODD) industry has grown dramatically post-Madoff. Given the importance of outsourcing from an investor perspective, service provider selection must be carried out carefully. Knowledge and Experience in Investment Strategy – Can they do bank debt, trade claims, etc.? Breadth of Services – Can they provide audit and tax services under one umbrella or compliance and technology services?
Fund structure: Is it a domestic LP or full blown master feeder structure with onshore offshore feeders and an offshore master?
Size of organization: This will determine whether an organization launches in a hedge fund hotel or rents their own office space.
To hear more from Frank Napolitani about startup budgets, ODD preparation and best practices, listen to the full replay below. The topic of how to setup a family office is deep and could cover a full week-long intensive workshop, but for those looking for some of the basics, we have come up with a checklist that will get families pointed in the right direction. A Family Compass document has been created to ensure that from the beginning, the vision, objectives, goals, values, mission, and history of the family has been documented and incorporated into the investing and operating plans of the single family office. An operating plan on how day-to-day activities are carried out within the single family office has been established. Financial controls are in place to prevent embezzlement, unauthorized investments, and style drift within an investment portfolio. Ethics and governance policies have been established to set out expectations for how personnel decisions are made, who can use family assets for personal benefit, how conflicts of interest should be managed, and what ethical obligations each family member is under. Legal structures are set up properly for real estate holdings, operating businesses, investments, etc. Independent insurance professionals have been consulted who are not on commission to sell you more insurance to ensure proper coverage.
A diverse advisory board and investment committee have been established with policies on how they operate and help oversee governance issues within the single family office. Benefits: Benefits will be one of the most important factors your employees will consider when deciding to work for you. To hear more of what Maya shared during her webinar, including information on creating employee handbooks, and how the Affordable Care Act is affecting insurance coverage, listen to the full webinar replay below. The iPhone SE promises an A9 processor with faster LTE and Wi-Fi speeds, better battery life, 4k and 240 fps slow-mo video recording, live photo support, and Apple Pay.
The starting price for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport is now $299, down $50 from the introductory price.
Apple announced the launch of Carekit, a companion to ResearchKit that allows six partner medical organizations, including John Hopkins University and Stanford Medicine, to create apps to help patients monitor their symptoms and care with their doctor. Apple also gave an update on its goal to run all facilities on 100 percent renewable energy. But there is another trap you should be wary of, and that’s the one hackers are setting for you right now. A cyber attacker will send you a message that appears to be from a reliable source, prompting you to open it. In traditional phishing, cyber criminals send out messages to millions of users trying to infect as many users as possible.
Many firms create a 10-20-page written information security plan that formalizes the definitions and policies that govern the creation, access, and deletion of confidential information and computing services. Regulatory Risks – Following the right security practices will enable you to achieve clean audits from industry and government regulators.
Personal Email – Even if your employee is following all of your processes and practices with work-related email, you could still be vulnerable if her private, personal email is breached or corrupted. By developing an internal culture of security, the organization does far more than deploy and configure bits and bytes.
The cybersecurity landscape is constantly changing and today the cyber threat actors range from organized crime to state sponsors. When it comes to advanced persistent threats, the cyber criminals often use targeted social engineering tactics including spear phishing.
Real-time intrusion detection and prevention systems that include 24x7 monitoring by security experts are a key defense in finding and stopping network intruders. Show investors that you have a 3+ year budget for working capital without any performance fees. Make sure to properly allocate expense and investment opportunities if you decide to launch a single investor fund or separately managed accounts. When it comes to seed arrangements, pick the right partner and put parameters around potential issues that could arise. Become familiar with the changing expectations on the cybersecurity front, from both investors and regulators.
The Cybersecurity Interpretive Notice applies to all membership categories--futures commission merchants, swap dealers, major swap participants, introducing brokers, forex dealer members, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors. But whatever approach is taken, the Cybersecurity Interpretive Notice requires Members to adopt and enforce an information systems security program (ISSP) appropriate to its circumstances. Description of ongoing education and training related to information systems security for employees. NFA recognizes that some Members may face a significant challenge implementing ISSPs by the March 1, 2016 effective date, and any programs that are adopted will be refined over time.
Eze Castle Integration’s Cybersecurity Practice Team is available to create Written Information System Security Programs for firms. Investment firms often place too much emphasis on managing portfolios and not enough on managing the business as a whole. The decisions you make from the outset will define how your firm is regarded within the industry, by both investors and competitors. Since the 2008 economic collapse and scandals caused by the likes of Madoff, transparency has become a key requirement for investors.
By investing upfront in operational and technology systems that can support your business and propel operations, you provide your firm with marketing tools that will far surpass the capabilities of a presentation or pitch book.
These critical considerations are ideal for new managers to address as they enter the startup phase. Operating capital may be limited in the first few years after your launch, so careful budgeting and long range planning will serve your firm well. Governmental oversight of the financial industry has evolved dramatically in the last decade.
Apart from registration, you should also determine if there are any legislative implications for your new firm. Since 2014, cybersecurity preparedness is also a critical area of focus for regulatory bodies. Cloud services offer more flexibility than traditional infrastructure models and, beyond cost-savings, can reap rewards for new launches.
Of course, one of the greatest benefits to using an outsourced cloud service is professional management and monitoring. Beyond infrastructure safeguards, it is critical that firms implement policies and procedures to protect firm and client assets. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make as a new investment manager is how to set up your hedge fund.
Based on these structural decisions, you’ll need to determine your tax implications as well as regulatory requirements.
Once upon a time, hedge fund marketing was generally frowned upon, and in some cases, illegal.
During the initial marketing phase when a new launch is looking to secure startup capital, it’s important that firms understand their key selling points.
Every successful hedge fund needs smart partners on their side, therefore deciding what service provider your firm is going to engage with is one of the most critical decisions your new startup will make. Positively, using best-in-class vendors will say a lot to investors about the value you place on your firm. While the list of considerations is surely long for new hedge fund managers, we've whittled it down to 10 Keys to Launching a Hedge Fund Successfully - a guide for new startups to use when setting off on their new journey. We're using Exchange server and users have to enter their login information every time they open outlook: username, password and domain. In Outlook 2007, go to the Tools menu, Account Settings; in Outlook 2010 and up, it's File, Account Settings. The steps are similar in Outlook 2003 and older: open the Tools, Accounts dialog (the name vary with the version of Outlook), double click on the Exchange account then look on the Security tab. About Diane PoremskyA Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. Do you need help setting up Outlook, moving your email to a new computer, or just need some one-on-one help?
According to Bloomberg, the FOMC saw little change in the economic outlook since the September meeting. It also said that while the impact of the government shutdown would be temporary and limited, it still saw "several significant risks" remaining for the U.S.
The Manager of the System Open Market Account reported on developments in domestic and foreign financial markets as well as System open market operations, including the progress of the overnight reverse repurchase agreement operational exercise, during the period since the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) met on September 17-18, 2013.
The Committee considered a proposal to convert the existing temporary central bank liquidity swap arrangements to standing arrangements with no preset expiration dates. Drawings on the dollar and foreign currency liquidity swap lines will be approved by the Chairman in consultation with the Foreign Currency Subcommittee. The Chairman may change the rates and fees on the swap arrangements by mutual agreement with the foreign central banks and in consultation with the Foreign Currency Subcommittee. In general, the data available at the time of the October 29-30 meeting suggested that economic activity continued to rise at a moderate pace; the set of information reviewed for this meeting, however, was reduced somewhat by delays in selected statistical releases associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government earlier in the month.
Private nonfarm employment rose in September but at a slower pace than in the previous month, while total government employment increased at a solid rate.


Manufacturing production expanded modestly in September, but output was flat outside of the motor vehicle sector and the rate of total manufacturing capacity utilization was unchanged.
The recovery in the housing sector appeared to continue, although recent data in this sector were limited. Growth in real private expenditures for business equipment and intellectual property products appeared to be tepid in the third quarter. Real federal government purchases likely declined as federal employment edged down further in September and many federal employees were temporarily furloughed during the partial government shutdown in October. Foreign economic growth appeared to improve in the third quarter following a sluggish first half, largely reflecting stronger growth estimated for China and a rebound in Mexico from contraction in the previous quarter. On balance over the intermeeting period, longer-term interest rates declined and equity prices rose, largely in response to expectations for more-accommodative monetary policy. Financial market views about the outlook for monetary policy shifted notably following the September FOMC meeting, as the outcome and communications from that meeting were seen as more accommodative than expected.
Five- and 10-year yields on both nominal and inflation-protected Treasury securities declined 30 basis points or more over the intermeeting period.
Short-term funding markets were adversely affected for a time by concerns about potential delays in raising the federal debt limit. Credit flows to nonfinancial businesses appeared to slow somewhat during the fiscal standoff amid increased market volatility; however, access to credit generally remained ample for large firms.
Foreign stock prices rose, foreign yields and yield spreads declined, and the dollar depreciated against most other currencies.
In the economic projection prepared by the staff for the October FOMC meeting, the forecast for growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) in the near term was revised down somewhat from the one prepared for the previous meeting, primarily reflecting the effects of the federal government shutdown and some data on consumer spending that were softer than anticipated. The staff's forecast for inflation was little changed from the projection prepared for the previous FOMC meeting. In their discussion of the economic situation and the outlook, meeting participants generally indicated that the broad contours of their medium-term economic projections had not changed materially since the September meeting. Business contacts generally reported continued moderate growth in sales, but remained cautious about expanding payrolls and capital expenditures.
Participants generally saw the direct economic effects of the partial shutdown of the federal government as temporary and limited, but a number of them expressed concern about the possible economic effects of repeated fiscal impasses on business and consumer confidence.
Although a number of participants indicated that the September employment report was somewhat disappointing, they judged that the labor market continued to improve, albeit slowly. Available information suggested that inflation remained subdued and below the Committee's longer-run objective of 2 percent. Financial conditions eased notably over the intermeeting period, with declines in longer-term interest rates and increases in equity values. After an introductory briefing by the staff, meeting participants had a wide-ranging discussion of topics related to the path of monetary policy over the medium term, including strategic and communication issues associated with the Committee's asset purchase program as well as possibilities for clarifying or strengthening its forward guidance for the federal funds rate. During this general discussion of policy strategy and tactics, participants reviewed issues specific to the Committee's asset purchase program. Participants generally expressed reservations about the possibility of introducing a simple mechanical rule that would adjust the pace of asset purchases automatically based on a single variable such as the unemployment rate or payroll employment.
As part of the planning discussion, participants also examined several possibilities for clarifying or strengthening the forward guidance for the federal funds rate, including by providing additional information about the likely path of the rate either after one of the economic thresholds in the current guidance was reached or after the funds rate target was eventually raised from its current, exceptionally low level.
Participants also discussed a range of possible actions that could be considered if the Committee wished to signal its intention to keep short-term rates low or reinforce the forward guidance on the federal funds rate.
At the end of the discussion, participants agreed that it would be helpful to continue reviewing these issues of longer-run policy strategy at upcoming meetings.
Committee members saw the information received over the intermeeting period as suggesting that economic activity was continuing to expand at a moderate pace. In their discussion of monetary policy for the period ahead, members generally noted that there had been little change in the economic outlook since the September meeting, and all members but one again judged that it would be appropriate for the Committee to await more evidence that progress toward its economic objectives would be sustained before adjusting the pace of asset purchases. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Committee decided to continue adding policy accommodation by purchasing additional MBS at a pace of $40 billion per month and longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month and to maintain its existing reinvestment policies.
Members also discussed the wording of the policy statement to be issued following the meeting. Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Taking into account the extent of federal fiscal retrenchment over the past year, the Committee sees the improvement in economic activity and labor market conditions since it began its asset purchase program as consistent with growing underlying strength in the broader economy. The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months and will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a context of price stability.
To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens. It was agreed that the next meeting of the Committee would be held on Tuesday-Wednesday, December 17-18, 2013. Notation VoteBy notation vote completed on October 8, 2013, the Committee unanimously approved the minutes of the FOMC meeting held on September 17-18, 2013. Videoconference meeting of October 16On October 16, 2013, the Committee met by video-conference to discuss issues associated with contingencies in the event that the Treasury was temporarily unable to meet its obligations because the statutory federal debt limit was not raised.
The wording of the statement released at the end of that meeting on October 30 was little changed from that of the statement released at the conclusion of the September FOMC meeting.
In September, the FOMC surprised market participants by refraining from announcing a first tapering of its quantitative easing program a€” under which the Federal Reserve buys $85 billion of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities each month a€” justifying its decision on the grounds that economic data had not improved enough to warrant tapering. Following the September decision, the consensus expectation for the timing of the first tapering announcement was pushed all the way out to the March FOMC meeting, especially in light of the government shutdown that spanned the first half of October.
Notably absent from the October statement, however, was any acknowledgment from the FOMC that the shutdown would weigh on the economy, such that a tapering announcement would be pushed back even further. This omission from the statement, along with subsequent economic data releases that largely suggested the economy shrugged off the shutdown in October, has brought a tapering announcement at either the December or January meetings back into the discussion. Today's release of the minutes of the October meeting could shed more light on how close the FOMC is to tapering. It has only a tiny grey LCD screen to tell you what mode you are in, so you can not know how the image is framed before downloading it. For instance the time-lapse happily filled a 32gb SD card with 26900 images but at the default resolution. Rebooting the Pi and letting the scripts run failed and the only thing in the logs was this warning. This prevents urllib3 from configuring SSL appropriately and may cause certain SSL connections to fail.
This may cause the server to present an incorrect TLS certificate, which can cause validation failures.
I did not investigate connecting it to Windows or Mac machines but I can see plenty of people have.
Because their CPUs are ARM7 and not ARM6 like their predecessors, you cannot use a SD card setup for ARM6 on the an ARM7.
To be more precise the HDMI output was stuck at the rainbow and the SD green LED was flashing four times slowly and four times fast, which apparently is flashing 8 times.
Which would have been fine for my mini commute, but apparently our setup cannot even manage that. As Lego towers featured heavily a Raspberry Pi just showing my screen saver of falling blocks that pile up was ideal. Especially liked the workshop format; Basic intro, "what is this wire for", sense hat workshop walk through, followed by "select the worksheet you are interested in". We also won a Pibrella board and the foundation gave everyone another copy (latest version) of "Adventures in Raspberry Pi". So by starting the app and the using my real mouse to select the menu I could move up and down and on to sub-menus and even execute programs by floating over the SkyWriter! The hardware in the video has an inbuilt resistor but all the other tutorials I could find said use the pot and tweak it to set the brightness.
But I was annoyed that the camera tracked the centre of the block instead of focusing on each end.
The Empty does not render so I created a UV Sphere withe Wire-Frame modifier to as a stand in.
This does not render with no depth so I extruded it and created a tapered cube to show where the camera was.
Reluctantly I do so and they go through all the same questions and can not tell when the ambulance will get there.
They wanted to buy a cheap PC and monitor but I steered them to a Raspberry Pi 7" Touch screen. The build was a little nerve racking, what with all the bare circuit boards, wires and ribbon cables. As with any small touch screen the control is quite hit and miss with my giant fingers, but that was never the intention. This presented quite a challenge as the case makes the available finger space very tight and when I added the micro SD card it took multiple tries. The easiest way of visualising the result is a Lattice in the shape or an hour glass on its side. This one is from 2014 when I was interested in creating an Android app and I guess I was expecting to expand on it before posting.
But there's a catch the country shapes change size based on the map projection, so things shrink around the equator and grow huge at the poles. 18 Edible gems that was expensive for what it was but of course the kids loved the novelty, they tasted of nothing and had a funny rubbery texture, I really expected boiled sweets not jellies. I got a couple of big foam backing boards from Hobbycraft and a load of coloured paper and then spent some hours measuring and cutting to make sure everyone would be able to make an 8x8 mask.
Not one child complained that only water was on offer and many came back for multiple bottles during the day. Simple printed out six Minecraft block patterns with the names and thumb tacked them to six parts of the fence around the garden.
We used 500ml Diet Pepsi bottles with 3 mentos per child, this made a rather unimpressive 10-15cm burst and I thought the experiment was a bust. This film is quite slow and before 30mins half the kids had started an impromptu football match and I do not think anyone survived to the end. So that was scrapped, which was extra annoying as I had already built a basic bitmap library to display arbitrary images.
He based this purchase arrangement on a service called GeckoBoard which shows custom dashboards.
I did try setting up the watchdog as well as scheduled daily reboots but they got worse and worse until GeckoBoard stopped supporting them.
After the success with DropBox and Python on a previous Pi project I copied that code and added the value for the IP address. Deciding that right then and there I did not need 3D and that slow screen switching was acceptable, I left it as a job to do later. At work I had come across talk of the strace command that logs system calls in Linux programs. Number three fits with other projects and I know I could get node to do the necessary work. If no variables are included with the Python command then no output is made during the scripts operation. Waits a hundredth of a second to make sure we are not hammering the poor little Pi then checks the PIR status and sets a flag to say if we should be taking photos or not. Then set a black background for the photo text annotation and set the text of the annotation to be a time stamp. There are hundreds of completely free faces from analogue to digital to fire to Batman to weather to just about anything you can think of. And on top of that, they offer a full free online IDE to develop in that includes emulators of all Pebble devices links to Github and a deploy to device option. Any kick back from the kids regarding whats available can be met with "it's better than nothing", which they seem happy with. The Pi will push all the traffic requests through a filter, so only what is allowed gets access to the internets[sic].
The connector is available as a download for earlier versions of Outlook, but with Outlook 2013 it is included out of the box. If you open an email that the connector is able to find a LinkedIn profile for you’ll also see additional information in the bottom pane of the email message (known as the People Pane), including their recent activity on LinkedIn. This will expose addition tabs including What’s New, Mail, Attachments, and Meetings. With the new version of LinkedIn Contacts, I’d hope that the connector will be improved upon in the future though. This means that LinkedIn information about your email contacts will not be visible in those Outlook versions. Until then you can get similar capabilities with the “LinkedIn for Outlook” app for Outlook 2013 from the Office Store. Hopefully with the focused support of Office 2013 the connector will be able to be better supported and we may see some feature enhancements.
The article says you can re-enable the add-in via a registry entry, but after doing so it seems that it will not authenticate. Many are reporting that searching for contacts doesn’t work correctly with it enabled. We hear and read stories too often about employees being victims of social engineering schemes. This approach means that the support analysts are focused solely on servicing the products provided by their company, thus allowing them to become experts on those systems.
It is not uncommon for an IT firm to have decentralized Help Desks focused on specific geographic regions. Eze Castle Integration, for example, has a centralized Help Desk in New York City that takes calls 24x7x365 and then works with local engineers to respond to on-site needs.
The best Help Desk teams receive regular training to stay constantly abreast of all product updates and changes. There should also be a knowledge sharing platform, such as an internal Wiki, where analysts can share troubleshooting tips with other engineers across all regions.
Analysts should recognize that a technology issue is very important to your firm and should carefully see your problem through to resolution.
Plus, we are the proud winners of the prestigious HDI Team Excellence Award for External Support. Enacting and employing policies to mitigate security risk is critical, but documenting those policies is equally as important -- not only to meet the demands of the SEC, but to demonstrate to clients and investors that your firm takes cybersecurity preparedness seriously.
Policies can be documented, Paul explained, but if employees are not trained to identify and mitigate cyber risks, the policies will be ineffective in protecting a firm. In reality, a successful approach means negotiating, purchasing and deploying multiple systems from multiple service providers. Before you commit to any tech solutions, envision how your fund will look in the long term. Consider the work you’re doing as an employee, and consider which systems supported that work. Acknowledge that you will require IT systems to build servers, manage networks, and handle day-to-day needs.
Store copies of your files on an external drive in the event a virus strikes, a computer or smart device is lost, or hardware breaks down. Your computer may have picked up unnecessary files over time that slow processes and make it prone to malware infections. This is a good time to scour through all those e-mail folders and discard anything unopened or no longer meaningful. That, and the peace of mind that comes with an overall refresh, will have you feeling Spring-ready. While a manager’s pedigree, investment process, and performance used to take precedence, it is now front, middle, and back office operations plus legal compliance that are most important. Because they collaborate with many ODD teams, research teams will immediately have a feel for what is right and what is wrong with a manager from a front, middle, and back office perspective. The differentiating factor, he explains, is AUM, and in turn the number of employees and the portion of labor that is outsourced versus internalized. These firms will rely heavily on their prime broker and administrator for real-time reports, EMS and OMS for trade execution, and in some cases IT. Beyond investment priorities and strategy decisions, new managers are also grappling with securing office space, ordering technology, engaging with service providers, and much more. Will you outsource certain functions and leverage a Professional Employer Organization (PEO)? For example, can the provider handle the unique payroll items that hedge funds often implement such as deferred compensation and different bonus schemes?
Fittingly, CEO Tim Cook also discussed security at length – not shying away from concerns resulting from the current fight with the FBI. The 16GB model, as well as a 64 GB model for $499 go up for pre-order on March 24, 2016, with the first units shipping March 31, 2016. In addition, the screen of the new iPad pro will be 40% less reflective than that of the iPad Air 2, but will be 25% brighter. The most important development is the introduction of voice dictation support – meaning you can ask Siri to search for a specific movie as well as enter your username and password.
Users can record, track, and compare their symptoms with their doctors, and in turn the physicians can create a list of care instructions that are adjusted based on the CareKit information. Currently, 93 percent of its facilities run on renewable power, and 100 percent of US facilities are environmentally friendly. Phishing is a psychological attack used by cyber criminals in order to trick you into giving up personal information or taking action. If the email appears to be from a legitimate organization but the address is a personal account (Gmail, MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo) it is probably an attack.
If your friend or colleague sends you a strange message, their account may have been attacked.
That can be everything from a definition of personally identifiable information (PII), a description of user access privileges and roles, or policies regarding USB thumb-drives. It commits to defining and following thoughtful, far-ranging policies to eliminate the needless internal vulnerabilities that often go unrecognized. APT intrusions are often focused on high-value information and sectors such as the financial industry. In a spear phishing incident, criminals target specific companies or individuals and conduct background research to compile employee names, titles and contact information.
Not only must emerging managers evaluate traditional deployment strategies, but consider current factors influencing the financial landscape. There was quite a bit of content discussed during the 1-hour event, so we’ve pulled out some key takeaways.
Target those who have a history of being receptive to founder share class and who may offer lower management and performance fees. Recognize where the private cloud has an edge: high-touch, industry-specific service and support, scalability and application integration, and security and compliance. Value is derived from knowledge of the application, knowledge of business, and having a dedicated support team. The NFA's Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36 and 2-49 entitled Information Systems Security Programs requires Member firms to adopt and enforce written policies and procedures to secure customer data and access to their electronic systems. Executive-level participation and annual review of the information security program is expected.
NFA expects to devote appropriate resources, such as providing additional guidance, to assist Members as they develop and implement their ISSPs.
By taking into account all aspects of your firm and relying on trusted service providers to support operations, you prove to the greater investment industry that you should be taken seriously and can operate successfully in a challenging environment.
Nothing less than full disclosure is expected of firms from the newest launches to the most established investment firms. And while that goal is certainly reachable, the process does not stop on your go-live date. These decisions can put your new firm on equal footing with established firms and demonstrate to investors that you are built to succeed. Our advice centers on everything from marketing and operations to IT budgeting and service provider selection. Don't forget to visit Hedge IT on Thursday as we reveal the last of our key considerations for starting a hedge fund.
Hedge funds, private equity firms and registered investment advisers now operate in a world where they are beholden to regulatory bodies with growing expectations and requirements. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which redefined the registration requirements for hedge funds, also set forth new reporting requirements and standards for safeguards. With the prevalence of cyber threats and attacks, the SEC’s Office of Compliance and Examinations (OCIE) has incorporated cybersecurity into its examination targets.
Firms can add users nearly instantly – a welcome benefit for startups looking to ramp up quickly. You can do this by conducting employee awareness training to keep all users informed and educated about the cyber environment and the threats that may arise.
Be sure to come back to Hedge IT next week as we reveal more of our key considerations for starting a hedge fund. Your organizational structure will typically reveal itself as a limited partnership (LP) or limited liability company (LLC). In the United States, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), under the Dodd-Frank Act, requires asset managers managing more than $150 million in AUM to register and hence meet a host of reporting requirements.
It wasn’t until the JOBS Act was enacted in 2013 that hedge funds finally had the opportunity to shed their fears of noncompliance and publicly market and advertise their funds. As a new firm, you won’t be able to manage all aspects of your operations internally.
If you outgrow your vendor quickly, it can be a significant operational disruption to transition to a new one. And be sure to come back to Hedge IT later this week when we'll be sharing an excerpt from our brand new whitepaper on the same topic!
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke addresses the National Economists Club annual dinner at the U.S.
By unanimous vote, the Committee ratified the Desk's domestic transactions over the intermeeting period.
The Manager described the proposed arrangements, noting that the Committee would still be asked to review participation in the arrangements annually. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee directs the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to convert the existing temporary foreign currency liquidity swap arrangements with the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and the Swiss National Bank to standing facilities, also with the modifications approved by the Committee. The Foreign Currency Subcommittee will consult with the Federal Open Market Committee prior to the initial drawing on the dollar or foreign currency liquidity swap lines if possible under the circumstances then prevailing; authority to approve subsequent drawings of a more routine character for either the dollar or foreign currency liquidity swap lines may be delegated to the Manager, in consultation with the Chairman. In the labor market, total payroll employment increased further in September, but the unemployment rate was still high.
Automakers' schedules indicated that the pace of light motor vehicle assemblies would be slightly lower in the coming months, but broader indicators of manufacturing production, such as the readings on new orders from the national and regional manufacturing surveys, pointed to further gains in factory output in the near term.
In September, nominal retail sales, excluding those at motor vehicle and parts outlets, increased significantly, while sales of light motor vehicles declined.
Starts and permits of new single-family homes increased in August, but starts and permits of multifamily units declined.
Nominal shipments of nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft rose modestly, on balance, in August and September after declining in July. Real state and local government purchases, however, appeared to increase; the payrolls of these governments expanded briskly in September, and nominal state and local construction expenditures rose in August. Growth also picked up in the third quarter in the United Kingdom, and available indicators suggested an increase in growth in Canada and continued mild recovery in the euro area.
In addition, financial markets were affected for a time by uncertainties about raising the federal debt limit and resolving the government shutdown.
Investors pushed out their anticipated timing of both the first reduction in the pace of FOMC asset purchases and the first hike in the target federal funds rate. The reduction in longer-term Treasury yields was also reflected in other longer-term rates, such as those on agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and corporate securities.
The Treasury bill market was particularly affected as yields on bills maturing between mid-October and early November rose sharply and some bill auctions saw reduced demand.
Gross issuance of nonfinancial corporate bonds and commercial paper, which had been particularly strong in September, slowed a bit in October. Yields on 20-year general obligation municipal bonds decreased about in line with other longer-term market rates over the intermeeting period. Growth of core loans slowed, primarily because of a sizable decline in outstanding balances of residential mortgages on banks' books. Preliminary data indicated that growth in M2 picked up temporarily in early October amid uncertainty about the passage of debt limit legislation; deposits increased sharply as institutional investors appeared to shift from money fund shares to bank deposits, and as money funds increased their bank deposits in anticipation of possible redemptions. A large portion of these asset price changes occurred immediately following the September FOMC announcement. In contrast, the staff's medium-term forecast for real GDP was revised up slightly, mostly reflecting lower projected paths for the foreign exchange value of the dollar and longer-term interest rates, along with somewhat higher projected paths for equity prices and home values. The staff continued to expect that inflation would be modest in the second half of this year, but higher than its level in the first half. The downside risks to economic activity included the uncertain effects and future course of fiscal policy, concerns about the outlook for consumer spending growth, and the potential effects on residential construction of the increase in mortgage rates since the spring.
Although the incoming data suggested that growth in the second half of 2013 might prove somewhat weaker than many of them had previously anticipated, participants broadly continued to project the pace of economic activity to pick up.
A number of participants noted that their outlook for stronger economic activity was contingent on a pickup in growth of consumer spending and reviewed the factors that might contribute to such a development, including low interest rates, easing of debt burdens, continued gains in employment, lower gasoline prices, higher real incomes, and higher household wealth boosted by rising home prices and equity values.
Manufacturing activity in parts of the country was reported to have picked up, and auto sales remained strong. More broadly, fiscal policy, which has been exerting significant restraint on economic growth, was expected to become somewhat less restrictive over the forecast period.
The limited pace of gains in wages and payrolls, as well as the number of employees working part time for economic reasons, were mentioned as evidence of substantial remaining slack in the labor market. Similarly, longer-run inflation expectations remained stable and, by some measures, below 2 percent. Financial quotes suggested that markets moved out the date at which they expected to see the Committee first increase the federal funds rate target. In this context, participants discussed the financial market response to the Committee's decisions at its June and September meetings and, more generally, the complexities associated with communications about the Committee's current policy tools.
They generally expected that the data would prove consistent with the Committee's outlook for ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and would thus warrant trimming the pace of purchases in coming months.
While some were open to considering such a rule, others viewed that approach as unlikely to reliably produce appropriate policy outcomes. For example, most participants thought that a reduction by the Board of Governors in the interest rate paid on excess reserves could be worth considering at some stage, although the benefits of such a step were generally seen as likely to be small except possibly as a signal of policy intentions. No decisions on the substance were taken, and participants generally noted the usefulness of planning for various contingencies. Although indicators of labor market conditions had shown some further improvement, the unemployment rate remained elevated.
In the view of one member, the cumulative improvement in the economy indicated that the continued easing of monetary policy at the current pace was no longer necessary.
In addition to updating its description of the state of the economy, the Committee considered whether to note that the effects of the temporary government shutdown had made economic conditions more difficult to assess, but judged that this might overemphasize the role of the shutdown in the Committee's policy deliberations. Indicators of labor market conditions have shown some further improvement, but the unemployment rate remains elevated. The Committee expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic growth will pick up from its recent pace and the unemployment rate will gradually decline toward levels the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate. However, the Committee decided to await more evidence that progress will be sustained before adjusting the pace of its purchases. In judging when to moderate the pace of asset purchases, the Committee will, at its coming meetings, assess whether incoming information continues to support the Committee's expectation of ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward its longer-run objective. George dissented because she did not see the continued aggressive easing of monetary policy as warranted in the face of both actual and forecasted improvements in the economy.
The meeting covered issues similar to those discussed at the Committee's videoconference meeting of August 1, 2011. That said the 1080p 2592x1944 images are very good but distorted by the trademark(not officially) partially fish-eye lens.
Still needed a reboot and then a couple more updates, but they were quick to detect and download. Which is great because the old style kept getting bumped, ejecting the card but so subtly that I would not notice and then spend ages trying to understand why it did work and now it does not.
I was also demoing First Lego League using Lego mindstorms robots with kids to complete challenges, so I had another Raspberry Pi running omxplayer in a loop with videos about the First Lego League.
I could not open or unlock the back door, Sarah had left her key in the door after locking it (again). Apart from one step implying the ribbon cable should be in further than it can go, it was straight forward.
As the vertices approach they are concentrated more and more at the "waist" of the hour glass and then expanded as the leave the other end.


Then it was just a simple matter of moving head to below the lattice and adding a key frame at position 0 and then moving above it and setting a key frame at 250, Blender does the rest. 27 Pin the tail on the [insert Minecraft creature], they suggest Pig we wanted Ender Dragon, but ran out of time.
After reading in a blog that the language can be questionable I pre-screened all the videos and edited out the odd naughty bits.
I was quite surprised how much the collection of 8-9 year old boys liked this activity with only one choosing not to take part and that may have been just because the room was so crowded.
Then with everybody in the middle rolled one of the Minecraft paper blocks that had written the name of the element, Gold, Iron, Stone, Creeper et.
Eventually I managed to build the nice command line tool that would update the sign in multi-colours with the correct information. Running this produced thousands of lines that made little or no sense and just ended with the SIGSEGV signal. These watch faces and apps can be developed in C or JavaScript, but I have found the JS support lacking as it is still in Beta. This is all done via an app that is free to install from Pebble that connects via Bluetooth. I have found the using the Outlook Social Connector for LinkedIn to be very valuable, and it think it will be for you too.
If there are multiple recipients as a part of the email, you will be able to look at the other contacts also. These can all come in handy when you are trying to look back at your previous communication with the contact.
From downloading a malicious virus to falling for a wire transfer scam, these occurrences not only have financial implications to an investment firm but can also impact an employee personally and directly.
Note the sender email address, which includes Eze Castle Integration’s domain, the balance due amount and the type of company (medical) sending the invoice. Alternative investment firms rely heavily on technology, but no technology is completely infallible. They are also much more likely to be experienced in resolving any issues that your firm may experience.
The challenge with this approach is that resources often get stretched during peak call times resulting in long hold times. Also, since each individual analyst will not likely experience every type of issue, knowledge sharing between team members is extremely important to ensuring that all analysts have knowledge to draw upon when serving customers. Finally, the company should invest in training the analysts and keeping their certifications current. They should also take the time to follow up with you to ensure that the problem has been resolved and no further issues have occurred. One of the most common mistakes new launches make, according to Paul, is assuming that they only require the basic bare minimum in terms of technology.
Brand and reputation, long lasting relationships with clients, and industry experience are some of criteria Paul feels are most important when selecting a service provider. The goal of a WISP, Paul continued, is to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical information, information assets and sensitive materials for your firm and those of your clients. While we wait for warmer winds to come sweep away the chaos of winter, it may also be time to freshen up our digital ecosystems.
During the 30-minute interview, Frank shared insights on the benefits of outsourcing to service providers as well as advice on how to conduct proper due diligence on front, middle, and back office operations.
Now, as the employer for the first time, you’re expected to fill that role seamlessly. You’ll need to remit taxes, making sure all the employer-side taxes are accurately collected. Mandatory benefits typically include benefits such as worker’s compensation and short-term disability.
Other new features include Folders, allowing users to organize apps in the home screen, access to the iCloud Photo Library, and Live Photos. Oftentimes the email domain will be missing a letter or have letters reversed, so you'll have to pay close attention. Also, hover your mouse over the link before you proceed to make sure that it is taking you where it claims to. The bank believes hackers executed a hack that allowed $81 million to be taken from the bank’s foreign exchange account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. And the way that starts to happen is through systemic and comprehensive training practices. Prepare an institutional set of documents up front if you are looking to attract institutional money versus high net money. They include risk assessment, governance, training, access control, vendor management, and information sharing. Additionally, firms must provide employees training during the onboarding processes as well as periodically during employment.
That means you have to demonstrate to investors that you take your business seriously and that you’ve made investments in your operations, technology, etc.
As such, fund managers should take this to heart and make strong efforts to comply with increasing investor expectations.
From your legal paperwork to security practices and technology safeguards, the importance of documentation cannot be understated in today’s environment. For example, system safeguards such as data protection, disaster recovery measures and email archiving are requirements under Dodd-Frank. Having released two extensive questionnaires and several risk alerts focused on security, the SEC has made it clear to investment firms that they will be investigating the practices employed at firms and increasing expectations for the future.
Startups have a variety of options when it comes to settling on their technology infrastructure. Users can gain access to email, file services and applications from virtually anywhere, and built-in disaster recovery provides confidence that everything is protected from the inside out.
Users should understand how security threats may present themselves (phishing schemes, social engineering, etc.) as well as how they can become cybersecurity assets to your firm.
You may also consider a master-feeder fund structure, which could provide favorable benefits, and a domestic or offshore choice may also come into consideration.
There are a variety of communication options firms can use to solicit investors – from traditional print and websites to social media, video and email marketing. Determine what exactly your marketing pitch will be and how you plan to go about promoting it.
Again, your CRM system comes into play here and will assist you in tailoring your messaging for future communications. The due diligence process plays an important role here; you should thoroughly vet service providers to ensure you have the information necessary to assist you in the decision process.
From a technology perspective, investors will appreciate that you’ve made an investment in systems and processes that support your business and trading operations, and it will give them peace of mind knowing your IT vendor is equipped to handle any issues that may arise. Successfully operating a new startup beyond the first year is a feat many managers struggle to accomplish, therefore it's critical for emerging managers to gain a full understanding of the industry that awaits them and the hurdles they should expect to face. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums. There were no intervention operations in foreign currencies for the System's account over the intermeeting period. A couple of participants expressed reservations about the proposal, citing opposition to swap lines with foreign central banks in general or questioning the governance implications of these standing arrangements in particular.
Consumer price inflation continued to be modest, and measures of longer-run inflation expectations remained stable.
Recent readings on key factors that influence consumer spending were somewhat mixed: Households' net worth likely expanded further as both equity values and home prices rose in recent months, and real disposable incomes increased solidly in August, but measures of consumer sentiment declined in September and October. After falling significantly in July, sales of new homes increased in August, but existing home sales decreased, on balance, in August and September, and pending home sales also contracted.
However, nominal new orders for these capital goods continued to be above the level of shipments, pointing to increases in shipments in subsequent months, and other forward-looking indicators, such as surveys of business conditions, were consistent with some gains in business equipment spending in the near term.
Economic activity in Japan appeared to have decelerated somewhat from its first-half pace but continued to expand, and inflation measured on a 12-month basis turned positive in the middle of this year. The path of the federal funds rate implied by financial market quotes shifted down over the period, as did the path based on the results from the Desk's survey of primary dealers. Conditions in other short-term markets, such as the market for repurchase agreements, were also strained.
Mortgage rates declined over the intermeeting period, although they were still above their early-May lows.
Third-quarter earnings reports for large banks generally met or exceeded analysts' modest expectations. These inflows to deposits were estimated to have reversed shortly after the debt limit agreement was reached.
In addition, yields and the value of the dollar fell further after the debt ceiling agreement was reached and in response to the U.S.
The staff anticipated that the pace of expansion in real GDP this year would be about the same as the growth rate of potential output but continued to project that real GDP would accelerate in 2014 and 2015, supported by an easing in the effects of fiscal policy restraint on economic growth, increases in consumer and business sentiment, further improvements in credit availability and financial conditions, and accommodative monetary policy. Over the medium term, with longer-run inflation expectations assumed to remain stable, changes in commodity and import prices expected to be relatively small, and slack in labor and product markets persisting over most of the projection period, inflation was projected to run somewhat below the FOMC's longer-run inflation objective of 2 percent through 2016.
With regard to inflation, the staff saw risks both to the downside, that the low rates of core consumer price inflation posted earlier this year could be more persistent than anticipated, and to the upside, that unanticipated increases in energy or other commodity prices could emerge.
The acceleration over the medium term was expected to be bolstered by the gradual abatement of headwinds that have been slowing the pace of economic recovery--such as household-sector deleveraging, tight credit conditions for some households and businesses, and fiscal restraint--as well as improved prospects for global growth. Nonetheless, consumer sentiment remained unusually low, posing a downside risk to the forecast, and uncertainty surrounding prospective fiscal deliberations could weigh further on consumer confidence. Reports from several Districts indicated that commercial real estate and housing-related business activity continued to advance. Nonetheless, it was noted that the stance of fiscal policy was likely to remain one of the most important headwinds restraining growth over the medium term. The drop in the unemployment rate over the past year, while welcome and significant, could overstate the degree of improvement in labor market conditions, in part because of the decline in the labor force participation rate. It was noted that interest rate volatility was substantially lower than at the time of the September meeting, and a couple of participants pointed to signs suggesting that reaching-for-yield behavior might be increasing again.
A number of participants noted that recent movements in interest rates and other indicators suggested that financial markets viewed the Committee's tools--asset purchases and forward guidance regarding the federal funds rate--as closely linked. However, participants also considered scenarios under which it might, at some stage, be appropriate to begin to wind down the program before an unambiguous further improvement in the outlook was apparent. As an alternative, some participants mentioned that it might be preferable to adopt an even simpler plan and announce a total size of remaining purchases or a timetable for winding down the program.
By contrast, participants expressed a range of concerns about using open market operations aimed at affecting the expected path of short-term interest rates, such as a standing purchase facility for shorter-term Treasury securities or the provision of term funding through repurchase agreements. Household spending and business fixed investment advanced, but the recovery in the housing sector slowed somewhat in recent months, and fiscal policy was restraining economic growth. Many members stressed the data-dependent nature of the current asset purchase program, and some pointed out that, if economic conditions warranted, the Committee could decide to slow the pace of purchases at one of its next few meetings. Members noted the improvement in financial conditions since the time of the September meeting and agreed that it was appropriate to drop the reference, which was included in the September statement, to the tightening of financial conditions seen over the summer. Available data suggest that household spending and business fixed investment advanced, while the recovery in the housing sector slowed somewhat in recent months. The Committee sees the downside risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market as having diminished, on net, since last fall. Accordingly, the Committee decided to continue purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month and longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month. Asset purchases are not on a preset course, and the Committee's decisions about their pace will remain contingent on the Committee's economic outlook as well as its assessment of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases. In determining how long to maintain a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy, the Committee will also consider other information, including additional measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial developments.
In her view, the cumulative progress in labor markets justified taking steps toward slowing the pace of the Committee's asset purchases. The staff provided an update on legislative developments bearing on the debt ceiling and the funding of the federal government, recent conditions in financial markets, technical aspects of the processing of federal payments, potential implications for bank supervision and regulatory policies, and possible actions that the Federal Reserve could take if disruptions to market functioning posed a threat to the Federal Reserve's economic objectives. Worst instance of that was at work, where the Pi worked at my desk but in the process of mounting it behind a TV the card got ejected. As I try to talk to her, I realise she really can not move and I suggest breaking the front door. It is not perfect, the real lattice has internal vertices and the cube only shows the outer ones on the "skin". But the video quality was terrible, even though this was a Raspberry Pi 2 B with four processors and 1GB ram.
Firstly the sign was pretty cheap and could only be programmed via a serial cable from Windows XP. Incoming calls can easily be dismissed without retrieving your phone and SMS's can be replied to via the voice to text, template or smilie options. Simply put, a proxy that operates on the clients behalf without the clients having to know about it(zero setup). Even if you are not an avid user of LinkedIn and you don’t have many connections, this connector will pull information from anyone out there with a public profile (which is most folks). On the lower right you’ll see a small arrow allowing you to open the Contact Card for the user.
You may (and hopefully do) have advanced email security mechanisms in place, but you still have to train your employees because scams are only going to get more sophisticated. In the event of an unexpected issue, having a knowledgeable, experienced support staff at your fingertips is essential. When a challenge with your firm’s technology arises, having dedicated Help Desk analysts ensures a rapid and efficient resolution. This also means that analysts have a limited number of colleagues to tap if they cannot answer a question. He urges new managers to pick an IT solution with operational growth in mind -- considering the business not at the onset, but in three to five years.
If you are an administrator, flag accounts that have not undergone a password change in three months. To kick off our Hedge Fund Launch Webinar Series, we invited Maya Cohen, Senior Vice President at TriNet, to share HR priorities for startup hedge fund managers. Consider how your firm’s structure (LLC or LP) will affect you from a tax perspective.
Realistically, as a new launch, you’ll probably outsource at least some HR functions.
Many employees are financially savvy and want to select their own funds for retirement assets. It appears that the initial point of entry for the hackers was a spear-phishing email, potentially sent weeks before the fraud took place, which allowed the criminals time to remotely monitor and probe the bank’s networks without detection. Obtaining such details and observing communications provides criminals with the tools to mirror email addresses, website URLs and dialect. Tools such as risk management or document management systems can give extra peace of mind to demanding investors with high expectations. Regardless of the assets your firm is launching with, you will be expected to have sophisticated and comprehensive policies and procedures in place from day one to combat cyber threats.
With the birth of cloud technology, firms can save on upfront capital expenditures and host their infrastructure in the cloud – providing flexibility within those startup budgets. A reputable cloud services provider not only provides world-class infrastructure and resiliency; it also assumes responsibility for the management and daily maintenance of your cloud environment. Investors also have high expectations, and before they will even consider allocating money to your firm, they want to understand what protections you’ve put in place to protect their assets. Many of these decisions will be impacted by the assets you plan to launch with or if you’re using or planning to solicit seed or acceleration capital.
Regardless of how, firms should build comprehensive marketing plans that will support their business beyond the launch phase. During this initial period, consider investing in a customer relationship management (CRM) tool to help you monitor and track investor communications. Measures of firms' hiring plans improved, the rate of job openings increased slightly, and the rate of long-duration unemployment declined a little.
Nominal business expenditures for nonresidential construction were essentially unchanged in August. The Desk's survey also indicated that the dealers had revised up their expectations of the total size of the Committee's asset purchase program.
However, these effects eased quickly after an agreement to raise the debt limit was reached in mid-October. Commercial and industrial (C&I) loans at banks continued to advance, on balance, in the third quarter at about the pace posted in the previous quarter, and commercial real estate (CRE) loans at banks rose moderately. Mortgage refinancing applications were down dramatically compared with May, but purchase applications were only a bit below their earlier level. Real GDP growth was projected to begin to slow a little in 2016 but to remain above potential output growth. While downside risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market were generally viewed as having diminished, on balance, since last fall, several significant risks remained, including the uncertain effects of ongoing fiscal drag and of the continuing fiscal debate. A few participants commented that a pickup in the growth rates of economic activity or real disposable income could require improvements in productivity growth.
In the agricultural sector, crop yields were healthy, farmland values were up, and lower crop prices were increasing the affordability of livestock feed. However, a few participants offered reasons why recent readings on the unemployment rate might provide an accurate assessment, on balance, of the extent of improvement in the labor market. Nevertheless, term premiums appeared to only partially retrace their rise of earlier in the year, and longer-term interest rates remained well above their levels in the spring. One possible explanation for this view was an inference on the part of investors that a change in asset purchases reflected a change in the Committee's outlook for the economy, which would be associated with adjustments in both the purchase program and the expected path of policy rates; another was a perspective that a change in asset purchases would be read as providing information about the willingness of the Committee to pursue its economic objectives with both tools. A calendar-based step-down would run counter to the data-dependent, state-contingent nature of the current asset purchase program, but it would be easier to communicate and might help the public separate the Committee's purchase program from its policy for the federal funds rate and the overall stance of policy. In general, the benefits of adding this kind of quantitative floor for inflation were viewed as uncertain and likely to be rather modest, and communicating it could present challenges, but a few participants remained favorably inclined toward it. Among the concerns voiced was that such operations would inhibit price discovery and remove valuable sources of market information; in addition, such operations might be difficult to explain to the public, complicate the Committee's communications, and appear inconsistent with the economic thresholds for the federal funds rate.
The Committee expected that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic growth would pick up from its recent pace, resulting in a gradual decline in the unemployment rate toward levels consistent with the Committee's dual mandate. A couple of members also commented that it would be important to continue laying the groundwork for such a reduction in pace through public statements and speeches, while emphasizing that the overall stance of monetary policy would remain highly accommodative as needed to meet the Committee's objectives. Members also discussed whether to add to the forward guidance in the policy statement an indication that the headwinds restraining the economic recovery were likely to abate only gradually, with the federal funds rate target anticipated to remain below its longer-run normal value for a considerable time. The Committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it anticipates that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. Moreover, market expectations for the size of the purchase program had continued to escalate despite that progress, increasing her concerns about communications challenges and the potential costs associated with asset purchases. Meeting participants saw no legal or operational need in the event of delayed payments on Treasury securities to make changes to the conduct or procedures employed in currently authorized Desk operations, such as open market operations, large-scale asset purchases, or securities lending, or to the operation of the discount window. Finally I rendered four movies from different view points, added four planes and set the texture to be the animations. I thought this would be so easy that I left it until the day of the party and then found all sorts of problems.
I thought about buying a codec pack but then I remembered the Omxplayer can run the full screen MP4s. Strangely some kids found the waiting in line to shoot the guns to much and went off to make more blocks. This got more involvement than any other activity and although we had only planned on one game the kids organised it to have extras, even though there was only ever one prize.
The service provider should not only address day-to-day operations but also anticipate potential problems down the road.
On the elective side, it’s important to remember that not everything needs to be implemented day one.
Compliance is critical, so depending on your internal bandwidth, it may make the most sense to consider using an outside firm to support your team. Phishing now refers to any message-based attack, whether that be email, IM, or on a social media network. The end result is the criminal’s identity masqueraded as a legitimate, trustworthy source.
With competition for investor allocations at an all-time high, you’ll have to work to determine what sets your firm apart from the others. Be sure to enable your firm’s processes to comply with SEC recommendations including risk assessments, infrastructure practices, policy documentation, etc. With hackers savvier than ever and financial firms as known targets, it’s critical that firms establish a comprehensive approach to security to not only meet investor and regulatory demands but also to protect firm assets and mitigate business risk.
However, household expectations of the labor market situation deteriorated somewhat, the rate of gross private-sector hiring remained flat, and the share of workers employed part time for economic reasons was essentially unchanged and continued to be elevated. Recent book-value data for inventory-to-sales ratios, along with readings on inventories from national and regional manufacturing surveys, did not point to notable inventory imbalances. Concerns about the fiscal situation and somewhat weaker-than-expected economic data releases also contributed to the change in expectations about the timing of monetary policy actions. In response to the October Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices (SLOOS), banks generally indicated that they had eased standards on C&I and CRE loans over the past three months. Some large banks responding to the October SLOOS reported having eased standards on home-purchase loans to prime borrowers on net. Mutual fund flows to emerging markets stabilized, following large outflows earlier this year. The expansion in economic activity was anticipated to slowly reduce resource slack over the projection period, and the unemployment rate was expected to decline gradually.
Wage and cost pressures remained limited, but business contacts in some Districts mentioned that selected labor markets were tight or expressed concerns about a shortage of skilled workers.
For instance, if the decline in labor force participation reflected decisions to retire, it was unlikely to be reversed, because retirees were unlikely to return to the labor force. A few participants expressed concerns about the eventual economic impact of the change in financial conditions since the spring; in particular, increases in mortgage rates and home prices had reduced the affordability of housing, and the higher rates were at least partly responsible for some slowing in that sector.
A couple of participants observed that the decision at the September FOMC meeting might have strengthened the credibility of monetary policy, as suggested by the downward shift in the expected path of short-term interest rates that had brought the path more closely into alignment with the Committee's forward guidance.
With regard to future reductions in asset purchases, participants discussed how those might be split across asset classes. Several participants concluded that providing additional qualitative information on the Committee's intentions regarding the federal funds rate after the unemployment threshold was reached could be more helpful. Nevertheless, a number of participants noted that such operations were worthy of further study or saw them as potentially helpful in some circumstances. Members generally continued to see the downside risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market as having diminished, on net, since last fall.
While there was some support for adding this language at some stage, a range of concerns were expressed about including it at this meeting. Apart from fluctuations due to changes in energy prices, inflation has been running below the Committee's longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable. Taken together, these actions should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee's dual mandate. They also generally agreed that the Federal Reserve would continue to employ prevailing market values of securities in all its transactions and operations, under the usual terms.
Staggering benefits as the firm grows is a great way to continue to support your employees over time. If you don’t learn how to differentiate yourself, your chances of getting lost in the crowd are much higher.
If not forthcoming, you may open up your firm to serious regulatory and criminal prosecution. Your cloud services provider should act as your trusted technology adviser and, as such, give you the flexibility and time you need to focus on your investment priorities without worrying about security updates and patch controls.
In addition, initial claims for unemployment insurance rose in the first few weeks of October, likely reflecting, in part, some spillover effects from the government shutdown. In addition, the Bank of Mexico continued to ease monetary policy, citing concerns about the strength of the economy, but central banks in certain other emerging market economies, including Brazil and India, tightened policy and intervened in currency markets in response to concerns about the potential effect of currency depreciation on inflation. In nonmortgage credit, automobile loans and student loans continued to expand at a robust pace, while balances on revolving consumer credit were again about flat. Reports from the retail sector were mixed, with remarks about higher luxury sales and expectations for reduced hiring of seasonal workers over the upcoming holiday season.
Furthermore, a secular decline in labor market dynamism, or turnover, might have contributed to a reduction in the size of normal monthly payroll gains. One participant stated that the extended period of near-zero interest rates continued to create challenges for the banking industry, as net interest margins remained under pressure. Participants broadly endorsed making the Committee's communications as simple, clear, and consistent as possible, and discussed ways of doing so. Nonetheless, some participants noted that, if the Committee were going to contemplate cutting purchases in the future based on criteria other than improvement in the labor market outlook, such as concerns about the efficacy or costs of further asset purchases, it would need to communicate effectively about those other criteria.
A number of participants believed that making roughly equal adjustments to purchases of Treasury securities and MBS would be appropriate and relatively straightforward to communicate to the public. Such guidance could indicate the range of information that the Committee would consider in evaluating when it would be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate. Inflation was running below the Committee's longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations were stable, and the Committee anticipated that inflation would move back toward its objective over the medium term. In particular, given its complexity, many members felt that it would be difficult to communicate this point succinctly in the statement.
With respect to potential additional actions, participants noted that the appropriate responses would depend importantly on the actual conditions observed in financial markets. There is no right or wrong answer, but the majority of hedge funds across the industry treat their partners as W2 employees. At a minimum, most firms offer medical, dental and vision benefits, but many also consider 401K plans, group life insurance plans, etc.
Uncertainty about future fiscal policy and the regulatory environment, including changes in health care, were mentioned as weighing on business planning.
Finally, revised data showed that the historical relationship between real GDP growth and changes in the unemployment rate had remained broadly in place in recent years, suggesting that the unemployment rate continued to provide a reasonably accurate signal about the strength of the labor market and the degree of slack in the economy.
With regard to the asset purchase program, one suggestion was to repeat a set of principles in public communications; for example, participants could emphasize that the program was data dependent, that any reduction in the pace of purchases would depend on both the cumulative progress in labor markets since the start of the program as well as the outlook for future gains, and that a continuing assessment of the efficacy and costs of asset purchases might lead the Committee to decide at some point to change the mix of its policy tools while maintaining a high degree of accommodation. In those circumstances, it might well be appropriate to offset the effects of reduced purchases by undertaking alternative actions to provide accommodation at the same time. However, some others indicated that they could back trimming the pace of Treasury purchases more rapidly than those of MBS, perhaps to signal an intention to support mortgage markets, and one participant thought that trimming MBS first would reduce the potential for distortions in credit allocation.
Alternatively, the policy statement could indicate that even after the first increase in the federal funds rate target, the Committee anticipated keeping the rate below its longer-run equilibrium value for some time, as economic headwinds were likely to diminish only slowly. Members recognized, however, that inflation persistently below the Committee's 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic performance.
In addition, there was not complete consensus within the Committee that headwinds were the only explanation for the low expected future path of policy rates.
Under certain circumstances, the Desk might act to facilitate the smooth transmission of monetary policy through money markets and to address disruptions in market functioning and liquidity. And if you are like me you often forget names, but having a picture can help connect the dots.
Another suggestion for enhancing communications was to use the Summary of Economic Projections to provide more information about participants' views. Other factors besides those headwinds were also mentioned as possibly providing a rationale for maintaining a low trajectory for the federal funds rate, including following through on a commitment to support the economy by maintaining more-accommodative policy for longer.
Supervisory policy would take into account and make appropriate allowance for unusual market conditions.
These are just a sample of the decisions you’ll need to make as you start your hedge fund. These or other modifications to the forward guidance for the federal funds rate could be implemented in the future, either to improve clarity or to add to policy accommodation, perhaps in conjunction with a reduction in the pace of asset purchases as part of a rebalancing of the Committee's tools.
The need to maintain the traditional separation of the Federal Reserve's actions from the Treasury's debt management decisions was noted. Participants agreed that while the Federal Reserve should take whatever steps it could, the risks posed to the financial system and to the broader economy by a delay in payments on Treasury securities would be potentially catastrophic, and thus such a situation should be avoided at all costs.



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