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‘Moneyball’ for financial services

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When the odds are stacked against you, you need a strategy that delivers a competitive advantage.In other words, you need to “Moneyball” it, Rich Berg, CEO/co-founder of Performance Trust Capital Partners LLC, told CUNA Economics & Investments Conference attendees in Chicago.In his presentation—based on the concept described in Michael Lewis’ 2003 book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” which chronicles the financially disadvantaged Oakland A’s baseball team—Berg says results are a function of strategy, management, and luck.By challenging long-held assumptions and prioritizing statistics that led to proven results, the small market A’s were able to compete against the money-rich New York Yankees. continue reading »last_img read more

Trojan Transcripts: an interview with Bob Wheatley

first_imgAs part of a new podcast series, Trojan Transcripts, associate managing editor Will Laws interviewed baseball pitcher Bob Wheatley about past and future games, his time at USC and his future. The Trojans play next on Friday vs Houston 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img

Olympic Champion Gets Year Ban for Missing Drugs Tests

first_img​​American Olympic champion Brianna Rollins has been banned for a year for missing three drugs tests in 2016 – one of which came while she was meeting former United States president Barack Obama at the White House.Another saw Rollins, 25, miss a test to attend ‘Brianna Rollins Day’ in September in her hometown in Florida.Rollins, who won 100m hurdles gold in Rio, is banned until 18 December. She will therefore miss the World Championships in London in August.“This is one of the most difficult times in my career, especially after having such a great 2016 season,” Rollins said in a statement on Instagram.The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) says Rollins failed to properly file her whereabouts information for drug testers.Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, athletes cannot miss three tests in a 12-month period.Rollins missed one in April 2016, as she was travelling, and two in September – one when she was visiting the White House and the other when she returned to Florida.Usada says her results from 27 September – the date of her third whereabouts failure – will be disqualified, meaning the world champion will be allowed to keep the Olympic medal she won in August.“This is a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind,” Usada said in the ruling Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Foreign Appeal…Greek government wants to reform casino sector attracting international players

first_img Share Greek leisure approval sees OPAP return to full capacity June 8, 2020 Submit Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Greek news source Ekathimerini has reported that the Syriza government may seek to reform industry taxes on casino gambling in order to make its national market more attractive to foreign companies.The Greek government may move to present new legislation to the Economic Ministry aimed at propelling Greece’s casino sector, by creating conditions attractive to international players willing to invest in the Greek economy.Ministers may table a consultation reviewing Greece’s current gambling ‘turnover tax’ set at 30-37% dependent on gaming vertical. Seeking to gain new players for its casino market, Syriza may move to reduce taxes on slots and table gaming.Revamping its casino sector, the government wants to gain high-quality gambling venues attractive to its growing number of tourists (projected 30 million by 2018). A reform attractive to foreign operators would see the Greek government gain much-needed tax revenues from better gambling enterprises as well as licensing procedures.Winning the 2015 Greek General Election, the Syriza Party ( the coalition of the left) have earmarked major reforms to gambling in order to create much-needed tax revenues. In May 2015, Syriza approved a fixed 35% gross-gaming-revenue tax for all online gambling verticals.Further to a potential casino sector reform, the government has allowed for a new tender to create a new Casino resort on the site of its former Elliniko international airport outside of Athens.last_img read more