In the guest chair:

Jeff Arnold & Dana Barrett

Jeff Arnold & Dana Barrett

This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana had the pleasure of hosting Jeff Arnold, Founder and CEO of Sharecare. Jeff also currently serves as Chairman of Forbes Travel Guide and previously, was Chairman and CEO of and WebMD. While on the show, Jeff discussed new advances in medical technology and explained how Sharecare can help you.

During hour two of the show, Dana welcomed back the fabulous ladies from Northwestern Mutual, Kasey Gartner and Samantha Holowka. Kasey has spent more than a decade in the financial services industry. After achieving the coveted CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification – Kasey launched her own advisory practice to better serve the needs of busy professionals and business owners.

Samantha Holowka, Kasey Gartner & Dana Barrett

Samantha Holowka, Kasey Gartner & Dana Barrett

After 14 years of experience with Northwestern Mutual in various marketing and leadership roles around the country, Samantha answered the call to help individuals and businesses directly with their financial security planning.

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company is a U.S. financial services mutual organization based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its products include life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, mutual funds, and employee benefit services. The ladies dished on what you need to do in order to plan for 2016 and gave an update on Northwestern Mutual.

In the local headlines:

  • Another big merger in the works… this time in the consumer brands sector. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is in talks about a potential merger with Boca Raton, Fla.-based Jarden Corp.
  • Serguei Kouzmine, a Russian nuclear physicist turned venture capitalist has launched a $100 million Atlanta-based fund focused on building financial technology companies. Fintech Ventures Fund will target early stage investments in alternative lending technologies and smart payment systems all over the world.  We mentioned this in passing on Friday as GROUNDFLOOR is the funds first investment.
  • Legislation that would expand Sunday alcohol-pouring hours in Georgia restaurants by two hours will get a second shot next year. The so-called Sunday Brunch bill, will be reintroduced in the state Senate during next year’s Georgia General Assembly.  If approved, the legislation would allow municipalities to opt in to permit their restaurants to start serving alcohol on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Today, restaurants must wait until 12:30 p.m. to pour a drink.  The article in the ABC says the bill will receive some pushback from those who say Georgia is a “wholesome state”.  Sheesh.
  • Bowing to public pressure, the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) Friday abandoned a proposal to add bicycle lanes along Peachtree Road in southern Buckhead (from Deering Rd to Pharr Rd).
  • The Atlanta City Council has voted to hire four consulting companies to work on a plan to retrofit dozens of city buildings with energy- and water-saving technology. Council members approved contracts with the companies to evaluate 181 city buildings.  They say all of the buildings on the list will be retrofit – the consultants will just help figure out exactly what needs to be done at each location.

In the national headlines:

  • More mergers to talk about…Dow Chemical and DuPont agreed to combine their operations into one company that will subsequently split into three, marking one of the largest mergers in the history of business.
  • The House used a trade bill Friday to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access — a victory for consumers and the technology industry but not for retailers or state coffers. If you want your state roads fixed, the money has to come from somewhere people.  Just sayin’.
  • An update on the FanDuel, DraftKings story…On Friday, just hours after a New York judge ordered the two largest fantasy sports operators to shut down in the state, an appellate court judge issued an emergency stay that allows residents to keep playing. FanDuel Inc., and DraftKings Inc. are battling in court with the state’s attorney general over whether the games constitute illegal gambling. The reprieve lasts until at least Jan. 4.
  • A group of deep-pocketed Silicon Valley investors committed $1 billion to ensure that artificial intelligence serves societal needs rather than commercial interests.
  • It is looking like Federal Reserve will almost-certainly raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade next week at the conclusion of its December meeting this Wednesday.  The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee meets Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and reports say that we can expect a small rate hike of 0.25%. The Fed will announce its decision at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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