Industry experts share their insight and tell you why: Unified managed accounts represent the future of the managed money industry. «No other platform offers so many options and can be customized to meet the needs of so many different types of investors,» says one of the nation's most prominent money managers. «We are able to address a wide variety of investment needs with a single product.» (Chapter Mutual fund wrap accounts are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. «With mutual fund advisory accounts, advisors can develop a consolidated strategy for their clients utilizing mutual funds,» explains one top executive at a leading investment bank. «Investors know that proper asset allocation produces better results.» (Chapter 3) Exchange-traded funds have exploded in popularity with clients and advisors. «ETFs have changed the landscape by offering financial advisors a new way to diversify their clients' portfolios,» says the national sales manager of one of the world's largest ETF providers. «Advisors can fully diversify across all asset classes.» (Chapter 4) Client demand is fueling the growth of alternative investments. «Larger clients are asking for these types of investments,» says one director of investment consulting solutions at one of America's largest banks. «Diversification to minimize risk is the key incentive for adding alternative investments to a portfolio.» (Chapter 4) They'll also teach you how to: * Determine if managed account solutions are right for you, your practice, and your clients * Transform your financial advisory practice into a wealth management business * Differentiate yourself from other advisors * Develop a recurring revenue stream that will enable you to grow your business * Attract new clients and capture additional assets from existing clients * Conduct successful client meetings and host seminars that get results * Position yourself as a provider of managed account solutions and partner effectively with other advisors, allied professionals, and the media
Your guide to keeping the heat on Whether you're an apprentice or a veteran HVAC technician, you know that technology changes and you need to keep up. This fully revised guidebook covers everything you need to know to install, maintain, and repair the components that run, regulate, and fuel both old and new systems. From oil burners and steam line controls to the newest chip-based technology and environmental regulations, Volume 2 helps you keep the heat on. * Install and repair thermostats, humidistats, automatic controls, and oil or gas burner controls * Review pipes, pipe fittings, piping details, valve installation, and duct systems * Find new calculations and environmental guidelines * Learn the best ways to handle hydronics and steam line controls * Deal with solid fuels and understand coal firing methods * Refer to data tables with conversions, formula cross-references, and manufacturers' lists The Audel HVAC Library Vol. 1: Heating Systems, Furnaces, and Boilers Vol. 2: Heating System Components, Gas and Oil Burners, and Automatic Controls Vol. 3: Air Conditioning, Heat Pumps, and Distribution Systems
This book presents fundamentals of reliability engineering with its applications in evaluating reliability of multistage interconnection networks. In the first part of the book, it introduces the concept of reliability engineering, elements of probability theory, probability distributions, availability and data analysis. The second part of the book provides an overview of parallel/distributed computing, network design considerations, and more. The book covers a comprehensive reliability engineering methods and its practical aspects in the interconnection network systems. Students, engineers, researchers, managers will find this book as a valuable reference source.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to actuarial mathematics, covering both deterministic and stochastic models of life contingencies, as well as more advanced topics such as risk theory, credibility theory and multi-state models. This new edition includes additional material on credibility theory, continuous time multi-state models, more complex types of contingent insurances, flexible contracts such as universal life, the risk measures VaR and TVaR. Key Features: Covers much of the syllabus material on the modeling examinations of the Society of Actuaries, Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society. (SOA-CIA exams MLC and C, CSA exams 3L and 4.) Extensively revised and updated with new material. Orders the topics specifically to facilitate learning. Provides a streamlined approach to actuarial notation. Employs modern computational methods. Contains a variety of exercises, both computational and theoretical, together with answers, enabling use for self-study. An ideal text for students planning for a professional career as actuaries, providing a solid preparation for the modeling examinations of the major North American actuarial associations. Furthermore, this book is highly suitable reference for those wanting a sound introduction to the subject, and for those working in insurance, annuities and pensions.
Biophysics is a science that comprises theoretical plotting and models based on contemporary physicochemical conceptions. They mirror physical specificity of the molecular organization and elementary processes in living organisms, which in their turn form the molecular basis of biological phenomena. Presentation of a complete course in biophysics requires vast biological material as well as additional involvement of state-of-the-art concepts in physics, chemistry and mathematics. This is essential for the students to “perceive” the specific nature and peculiarity of molecular biological processes and see how this specificity is displayed in biological systems. This is the essence of the up-to-date biophysical approach to the analysis of biological processes. Fundamentals of Biophysics offers a complete, thorough coverage of the material in a straightforward and no-nonsense format, offering a new and unique approach to the material that presents the appropriate topics without extraneous and unneeded filler material.
Nanomachines represent one of the most fascinating topics in of nanotechnology. These tiny devices provide diverse opportunities towards a wide range of important applications, ranging from targeted delivery of drug payloads to environmental remediation. This book addresses comprehensively the latest developments and discoveries in the field of nano- and microscale machines. It covers the evolution of nanomachines in general from a historical perspective, the fundamental challenges for motion at the nanoscale, different categories of biological and synthetic nano/microscale motors based on different propulsion mechanisms, ways for controlling the movement directionality and regulated speed, followed by detailed of major areas for which nanomachines has the potential to make a transformational impact. It ends with a futuristic look at nano/microscale machines and into their impact on the society. Key Features: * The only nanomachine introductory textbook currently available. * Written with college graduate level in mind to appeal to a broad interdisciplinary audience. * Covers the fundamental challenges for nanoscale motion. * Covers the latest advances in the design and operaton of a wide range of small-scale machines. * Covers diverse biomedical, environmental and technological applications of nanomachines. * Written in review format with cited articles to cover latest research and developments.
A straightforward, valuable guide to reduce effort and raise profits Step inside any organization, even a very successful one, and you’ll probably find a lot of waste if you know where to look. From providing a feature that consumers don’t care about to exhausting efforts on tasks that only require adequate attention, there are countless areas where resources go down the drain. In Low-Hanging Fruit, Jeremy Eden and Terri Long provide seventy-seven of their most effective techniques for improvement, each drawn from their success working with major companies. For more than twenty years, Jeremy Eden and Terri Long have helped companies of all sizes make millions by harvesting their low-hanging fruit. In this practical guide, Eden and Long share valuable, refreshing insights in entertaining chapters that get straight to the point. This book shows you how to smoothly shift your approach, your priorities, and your mindset to reveal the hidden potential in your organization. Whether you are a member of a small team or a global executive, you will learn how to identify and solve hidden problems, improve productivity, and increase profits. Many people don’t realize that there are dozens of quick, easy, and affordable ways to make things better. Don’t buy into the myth that only some people have creative ideas. Typically, the people closest to the work (from the factory floor to the C-Suite) and the people closest to the customer know the best ways to improve business. We can pluck this “low-hanging fruit” every day to save time and money right away. Need to grow your company’s earnings but don’t know where to find the low-hanging fruit? The answer is right in front of you, but harvesting it takes skill. Eden and Long show you seventy-seven clever ways to discover possibilities and make meaningful changes. Low-Hanging Fruit shows you how to easily improve your job satisfaction, your team’s performance, and your company’s earnings.
"Fundraising Fundamentals is a practical and valuable resource for fundraising professionals, trustees, philanthropists, and nonprofit executives who aspire to raise substantial monies for worthy causes. I have utilized Jim Greenfield's literature in various fundraising courses . . . my students have benefited from the theory and substance that Jim so clearly conveys along with real-life models that can be applied to their respective organizations." -Stephen M. Levy, CFRE, President of Levy Philanthropic Counsel Former Chair of the Association of Professionals Foundation Board Adjunct Professor of Philanthropy, Columbia University Proven methods and techniques for running a successful annual giving campaign Learn how to carry out winning annual giving campaigns that will help your nonprofit organization grow and increase its financial resources with Fundraising Fundamentals. Complete with the essential basics of fundraising and comprehensive enough to help experienced fundraisers improve their campaigns, this up-to-date Second Edition features key material on: * How to find likely first-time donors * Membership organizations and donor clubs * Methods of donor renewal, upgrading, and reward * Recruiting and training volunteer solicitors * Multimedia and Internet soliciting techniques
Molecular biotechnology continues to triumph, as this textbook testifies – edited by one of the academic pioneers in the field and written by experienced professionals. This completely revised second edition covers the entire spectrum, from the fundamentals of molecular and cell biology, via an overview of standard methods and technologies, the application of the various «-omics», and the development of novel drug targets, right up to the significance of system biology in biotechnology. The whole is rounded off by an introduction to industrial biotechnology as well as chapters on company foundation, patent law and marketing. The new edition features: – Large format and full color throughout – Proven structure according to basics, methods, main topics and economic perspectives – New sections on system biology, RNA interference, microscopic techniques, high throughput sequencing, laser applications, biocatalysis, current biomedical applications and drug approval – Optimized teaching with learning targets, a glossary containing around 800 entries, over 500 important abbreviations and further reading. The only resource for those who are seriously interested in the topic. Bonus material available online free of charge: www.wiley-vch.de/home/molecbiotech
Securing virtual environments for VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft hypervisors Virtualization changes the playing field when it comes to security. There are new attack vectors, new operational patterns and complexity, and changes in IT architecture and deployment life cycles. What's more, the technologies, best practices, and strategies used for securing physical environments do not provide sufficient protection for virtual environments. This book includes step-by-step configurations for the security controls that come with the three leading hypervisor–VMware vSphere and ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008, and Citrix XenServer. Includes strategy for securely implementing network policies and integrating virtual networks into the existing physical infrastructure Discusses vSphere and Hyper-V native virtual switches as well as the Cisco Nexus 1000v and Open vSwitch switches Offers effective practices for securing virtual machines without creating additional operational overhead for administrators Contains methods for integrating virtualization into existing workflows and creating new policies and processes for change and configuration management so that virtualization can help make these critical operations processes more effective This must-have resource offers tips and tricks for improving disaster recovery and business continuity, security-specific scripts, and examples of how Virtual Desktop Infrastructure benefits security.
A one-stop resource for understanding and applying current International Financial Reporting Standards The move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) is the single most important initiative in the financial reporting world, with more than 100 countries requiring or allowing the use of IFRS for the preparation of financial statements by publicly held companies. It is expected that by 2011, more than 150 countries will be converting to it. It's clear that IFRS is here to stay—get the expert advice you need to properly implement IFRS with Understanding IFRS Fundamentals: International Financial Reporting Standards. Filled with easy-to-follow examples and case studies, Understanding IFRS Fundamentals: International Financial Reporting Standards is your handy resource to all things IFRS, presenting: Authoritative advice and simple explanations of IFRS standards Topical arrangement of issues of common interest to financial statement preparers and users Extracts from published financial statements illustrating practical implications for applying IFRS Guidance for finance professionals in more than 100 countries that have either adopted or adapted to IFRS Simple explanations of complex standards A practical reference with the answers to your issues of interest, Understanding IFRS Fundamentals: International Financial Reporting Standards serves as an essential resource for when you need information in a hurry. Stay on track and focused with the straightforward guidance in Understanding IFRS Fundamentals: International Financial Reporting Standards.
Now in its fourth edition, this textbook is one of the few titles worldwide to cover enzyme kinetics in its entire scope and the only one to include its implications for bioinformatics and systems biology. Multi-enzyme complexes and cooperativity are therefore treated in more detail than in any other textbook on the market. The respected and well known author is one of the most experienced researchers into the topic and writes with outstanding style and didactic clarity. As with the previous editions, he presents here steady-state kinetics and fast reactions, supplementing each chapter with problems and solutions. For the first time, this edition features a companion website providing all figures in colour www.wiley-vch.de/home/fundenzykinet
Authoritative Answers to All Your Linux Security Questions—Specifically for Linux Administrators This is the most complete, most advanced guide to Linux security you'll find anywhere. Written by a Linux security expert with over a decade of experience, Linux Security teaches you, step-by-step, all the standard and advanced techniques you need to know to keep your Linux environment safe from threats of all kinds. Hundreds of clear, consistent examples illustrate these techniques in detail†so you stay on track and accomplish all your goals. Coverage includes: Understanding information and system security procedures Developing a corporate security policy Designing and deploying an effective system and network monitoring strategy Managing the network services offered by Linux servers Understanding Sendmail security, including authentication and privacy Providing application-level mail security using PGP Designing and deploying an Apache HTTP server, including SSL extensions Securing your Samba server Building a network layer firewall using IPtables and Linux kernel v.2.4 Using the NEC SOCKS5 transport layer firewall Deploying the TIS firewall toolkit Offering secure remote connectivity with IPsec and PPTP VPNs Adding strong user authentication to Linux servers using Kerberos Understanding the Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM)
The book offers a comprehensive and user-oriented description of the theoretical and technical system fundamentals of computed tomography (CT) for a wide readership, from conventional single-slice acquisitions to volume acquisition with multi-slice and cone-beam spiral CT. It covers in detail all characteristic parameters relevant for image quality and all performance features significant for clinical application. Readers will thus be informed how to use a CT system to an optimum depending on the different diagnostic requirements. This includes a detailed discussion about the dose required and about dose measurements as well as how to reduce dose in CT. All considerations pay special attention to spiral CT and to new developments towards advanced multi-slice and cone-beam CT. For the third edition most of the contents have been updated and latest topics like dual source CT, dual energy CT, flat detector CT and interventional CT have been added. The enclosed CD-ROM again offers copies of all figures in the book and attractive case studies, including many examples from the most recent 64-slice acquisitions, and interactive exercises for image viewing and manipulation. This book is intended for all those who work daily, regularly or even only occasionally with CT: physicians, radiographers, engineers, technicians and physicists. A glossary describes all the important technical terms in alphabetical order. The enclosed DVD again offers attractive case studies, including many examples from the most recent 64-slice acquisitions, and interactive exercises for image viewing and manipulation. This book is intended for all those who work daily, regularly or even only occasionally with CT: physicians, radiographers, engineers, technicians and physicists. A glossary describes all the important technical terms in alphabetical order.
This handy reference is the first comprehensive book covering both fundamentals and recent developments in the field with an emphasis on nanotechnology. Written by a highly regarded author in the field, the book details state-of-the-art preparation, characterization and applications of thin films of organic molecules and biomaterials fabricated by wet processes and also highlights applications in nanotechnology The categories of films covered include monomolecular films (monolayers) both on a water surface and on a solid plate, Langmuir-Blodgett films (transferred multilayer films on a solid plate from a water surface), layer-by-layer films (adsorbed multilayer films on a solid support), and spontaneously assembled films in solution.