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Choosing the Best Briefcases

No matter the rank or role, it is vital that all business professionals invest in well-designed, high quality, leather briefcases. With the sheer volume of briefcases available on the market, however, selecting the best one can seem a daunting task. Knowing some features to look for and factors to consider can help you find the one that best suits your needs and your personal style.

You can find briefcases in a variety of sizes, from small, messenger-style cases to extra-large briefcases with wheels on the bottom and everything in between. For most people, the standard size is sufficient, but consider how you will use your case, where you will take it and what you need to transport on a regular basis to determine the best size for you.

Briefcases are made from a variety of materials, so you can choose something that fits your discrimination and complements your lifestyle. Many business professionals love the rich look and supple feel of real leather. On the other hand, some are opposed to using animal hide or simply prefer something besides leather. For them, cases made from nylon, aluminum or other animal-friendly materials might be a better option.

Be sure to think about the type of closure you require as well. Briefcases may have zippers, buckles, latches and even locks. If you frequently tote legal briefs, client files or other sensitive documents, choose a case that features built-in combination locks is prudent. Even if the paperwork you carry is not terribly confidential, a brief case that does not have secure closures of some sort can cause you to lose work that may be difficult –if not impossible—to replace.

Look at the interior arrangement and any external pockets or compartments provided. Little extras, such as a special section for your laptop, a compartment for your cell phone or even a fob to hold your keys might not seem like a big deal at first blush. However, when you are rushing to a meeting and you need to bring your laptop for the presentation along with the handouts for your clients, you will be grateful that everything fits neatly in your brief case.

Of course, price is an important aspect. When it comes to costs, briefcases run the gamut. If you have a little wiggle room in your expense account, go for a high-grade, hard-sided case with all of the extras you might need. Alternatively, if your budget is a bit tight, think about the features that matter most to you and then buy the nicest case that best meets those within your price range.

Today is the last day of the month and the third quarter of 2011. Unfortunately, we are not where we would like to be at this time in the economy. Overall, the third quarter wasn’t impressive at all. Compared to last quarter, the stock market is down. And over the past few months, issues in Europe, particularly in Greece, made it much harder for the economy to recover.

The Dow Jones today feel more than 240 points. We finished just over the 10,900 mark. I was hoping that we would stay over the 11,000 mark as the quarter came to an end just so we would have fewer steps to hit the 12,000 mark.

The NASDAQ Composite finished at 2,415 after a drop of more than 65 points, or 2.63%. The S&P 500 dropped 2.5% of its own, or almost 29 points, finishing off at 1,131 points. And the NYSE Saw a drop of more than 183 points, also a 2.63% drop, finishing off at 6,791 points.

The European and Asian markets also ended in the red. The Nikkei 225 stayed nearly flat.

Kodak Plummets below the $1 per share mark

from Yahoo! Finance

Gold saw a small increase from yesterday, but only an increase of $4. Current price of gold is $1,624 an ounce reaching a low of $1,609 an ounce earlier today.

Eastman Kodak Company (EK), also known as just Kodak suffered a huge loss today. Kodak has been experiencing financial trouble for some time thanks to the economy. Today, Kodak stocks dropped more than 53%, or $0.91. Current price of Kodak is just $0.78 per share. It hit a new low earlier today of $0.54 a share. I don’t think that Kodak shares have ever been this low in the many decades it has been around.

If Kodak keeps plunging, they may go bankrupt. It will definitely be a sad sight to see a company that has been around for what seems like ages, just go away. I hope that they resolve everything soon. And of course, now may be the perfect time to invest in Kodak since it has basically become a penny stock. If you do invest, be aware that it is a very risky stock at the moment.

Tomorrow is October 1, 2011, and it marks the final quarter of 2011. The Holidays are coming up and we should see increases in the stock market during the time like we usually do every year. I do hope the issues in Greece is taken care of soon because I believe it has been dragging on for far too long and it needs to come to an end.  I also hope Kodak makes it out okay and finds a decent amount of investors to get the company back on track.

What are your thoughts on the disappointing quarter that we have seen the past three months?


Stocks stay positive for the whole week

by jscreationzs

For the first time in a long time, we have had a full week of growth in the stock market. I honestly don’t remember the last time where the stock market went up every day for five straight days. Today marked the 5th straight day of winning in the stock market. Although I wouldn’t call today’s upward motion of the stock market a “rally” but it was still a positive days. Most stocks went up (although some still suffered losses) which resulted in another day of win in the sock markets all around the world.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average today finished with a gain of almost 76 points. It is over the 11,500 mark and it is getting closer and closer to our targeted 12,000 mark. There is still a long way to go and this weeks Rally of the stock market (after the 3 day slump we saw the week earlier), could trigger another sell off by investors because they may use this opportunity to sell at a moderately high price. Hopefully that won’t happen and investors continue to invest in businesses which would be great for everyone.

The NASDAQ Composite gained more than 15 points finishing at over 2,622 points. The S&P 500 Gained almost 7 points making this week the biggest gains for this Index since July. Currently the S&P 500 is at 1,216. And finally, the NYSE gained more than 19 points, finishing at 7,348 points.

Overall, today was a great day for the market. This turned out to be a great week for the market. I was hoping that the updraft in the market would stick for the whole week and it did. I had my doubts, especially earlier this week when we received bad news from Greece defaulting as well as losses here in the US. At first it seemed as if the negative trend from the prior week would continue into this week and I’m glad it didn’t. The little hope that we saw at the end of the Market day this past Monday triggered the rallies that we have seen all week long all around the world.

Lets hope that the momentum continues and goes over to next week and the following weeks to come. If consumers and investors keep doing what they have been doing this week, we will be on our way to economic recovery in no time. And if President Obama’s Stimulus plan actually gets passed and this time, actually works, we may see the unemployment numbers decline greatly in the next year. It would be great for President Obama with his reelection coming up and of course, it’ll be great for everyone else in the country as well.

Not all stocks prospered this week. I mentioned Netflix (NFLX) yesterday and how it dropped nearly 20 percent after reporting a loss of more than a million subscribers thanks to their new pricing. Netflix’s (NFLX) negative momentum carried over to today and it saw another big drop. This time a drop of over 8.3%, or $14 per share. It is getting closer and closer to its 52 week low. The drop wasn’t as big today as yesterday which could be a good sign that the drop will eventually stop and then slingshot back upwards. It won’t be the first time we have seen that and I won’t be surprised if Netflix recovers just as quickly. It is still a huge company with a lot of stock power in the market, I don’t think Netflix is going anywhere any time soon.

One stock that rallied and had a great day today was Amazon (AMZN). Amazon gained more than 5.5%, or $12.50 per share. It’s current price is $239.30. This week turned out to be pretty good for Amazon and the news from Netflix helped Amazon grow as well.

Unlike last week, I’m glad to saw that this week ended on a very positive note. Lets hope that everything continues into the coming weeks. The holidays are approaching soon and if we can get consumers to spend and investors to invest more, we should be able to pull ourselves out of the recession that we put ourselves in several years ago. Keep a positive mind out and we’ll be out of trouble in no time!

What do you think will happen to the stock market in the coming weeks? Will we be able to go over the 12,000 mark soon? Or will we plummet back below the 11,000 mark that we have fought for this week?

This is a Stocksicity update:

To encourage more commenters on Stocksicity, I have decided to make this blog a full do-follow blog. Before this point, the only way to get a do-follow link was to be a registered user when commenting. Now all links are do-follow including the commentluv links.

Please also note that I have attached a few more spam filters on this blog to prevent spammers from taking advantage. I will also be very strict in enforcing the Comment Rules for all outgoing links. If your comment is seen as spam, your links may be removed. If the comment deserves to be completely removed, it will be without hesitation.

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If you are a blog owner and you have made your blog a do-follow blog, how did it go for you? Was it worth it? I’m interested in hearing about other blog owners from all niches to see if I should look forward to something good, or bad.

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