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About William Stern

William, Managing Director in charge of business development and human capital, serves on the firm's executive steering committee. William's expertise in sales and organizational management has helped the firm exceed ambitious growth targets year after year. William is devoted to building infrastructure, eradicating inefficiencies, and developing new products and services that keep Cardiff a dynamic force within its markets. One of William's many initiatives has been to increase Cardiff's footprint across the US, penetrating new markets while building stronger relationships with current partners. Before joining Cardiff, William worked for TD Waterhouse as a Learning and Development Counselor for their burgeoning discount brokerage division. Following TDW, William held a key business development post in the Commercial Equipment Finance Division of a California-based leasing company helping to expand market share and annual sales through direct marketing to middle market companies seeking equipment financing and leasing. To learn more about capital markets, both foreign and domestic, William moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career with Fisher Investments (FI) as an Investment Counselor in their Private Client Group. William received two degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Castillian Spanish Literature and Political Science from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego.

Fidelity Succession Plan Picks Nepotism Over Capitalism

Abigail Johnson Fingered as Next CEO of Fidelity

Fidelity Investments has a new CEO in Abigail Johnson. The announcement comes as no surprise, but provides some insight into the controlling family’s future outlook for the mutual fund giant. They thus signaled their preferences for the status quo over capitalist innovation and creative destruction.
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Buckingham Palace Distances Itself from Reigning in on the Scottish Referendum

Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister seated with the Queen

Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister seated with the Queen

Last evening, Buckingham Palace distanced itself from the impending Scottish referendum. The Queen insisted that the outcome of the vote is for the Scottish people to determine. These words are seemingly in conflict with reports that the Queen is ostensibly concerned with breaking up the 300-year union.

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Pigskin Pugilists – Apparently the NFL Neither Glorifies Violence, Nor Regulates It


By now you have watched the violent video of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice knocking out his wife in an Atlantic City elevator. The NFL is oft accused of glorifying violence, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hasty verdict to suspend Ray Rice for a meager two games without pay does nothing to challenge critics. The NFL shows through its actions that violence, both on and off the field, can be adjudicated with the proverbial slap on the wrist.

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Chick-fil-A Inc. Billionaire, S. Truett Cathy, Pioneer of Fast-Food Chicken and Conservative Values, Dead at 93

S. Truett Cathy, a billionaire made famous for selling chicken and adhering to a six-day work week and conservative Southern Baptist ideologies has died at 93. The company announced his passing today, but did not cite a cause. His death comes at a controversial time when both unions (Service Employees International Union) and fair-wage supporters are rallying to force fast food establishments to enact at base wage of at least $15 and hour.

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