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Opportunities/Challenges: Calculating the Value

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Feb 19, 2020 9:00:00 AM
A growing number of CEOs participate in some form of round-table discussion. Some are half days each month, some whole days, some far less frequent. Some tie to specific industry groups, or perhaps they are an appendage of the Chamber of Commerce or local community college business center. Several of my Design Group International colleagues are privileged to be Executive Chairs for round tables like these. For example,I run one that draws across greater Milwaukee. Phil Bergey has launched one in Lancaster, PA.
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Topics: process consulting, Financial Leadership, organizational development muse, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, behavioral economics, steward leadership, organizational problem solving, organizational decision making, Executive peer-based advising, long term decision making, society for process consulting

Investing in the New Normal: economic reflections from Matthew Thomas

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Aug 20, 2011 12:25:00 PM

Churches, denominations and non-profits are all stuck in the same economic mud as businesses, people saving for retirement, or those living on fixed incomes. With extremely low interest rates, traditionally safe investments (savings accounts, bank certificates of deposit and money market accounts) do not make enough money to keep up with inflation. Thus, investing in what are usually considered safe vehicles actually cause long-term devaluation of savings because of inflation’s modest, but upward trend. For instance, what cost $10,000.00 in 1980 cost $26,110.95 in 2010[1]--a 3.2% average annual percentage rate.[2]

Unfortunately, most savings account rates are 1/300th of that right now, and most CDs don’t get over 1% without having quite a bit of money in for a long time. This means that the real dollar value of investments in such instruments is declining faster than interest can be added to make up for inflation.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, The Muse, Matthew Thomas, Design Group International, Whorled Viewz, organizational design, behavioral economics, investment strategy

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