ProfNet Experts Available on Market Volatility, Annuities, Ransomware, More

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Feb 22, 2016, 14:26 ET from ProfNet


NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Finding and Developing Talent in the Engineering Industry
  • Continuous Market Volatility and Economic Growth Concerns
  • What to do About Annuities in Tricky 2016
  • Ransomware and Health Care


  • Editor in Chief – Sacramento Business Journal (CA)
  • Assistant Video Editor – (NY)
  • Sports Reporter – The Paris News (TX)


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Finding and Developing Talent in the Engineering Industry
L. Joe Boyer
CEO, North America
Atkins Global
"With the talent gap continuing to widen, our sector will have to continue to come up with creative ideas for finding and developing new engineering talent. We have started early in the recruiting process of engineers by working with high school kids and getting them interested in our industry with ideas and projects they can relate to, such as drones."
Based in Austin, Texas, Boyer can discuss how demand outpaces the supply of talent in the engineering industry and the gap in the specialty skill set, such as the shortage of transportation infrastructure engineers across the country.
Contact: Amanda Abbott,

Continuous Market Volatility and Economic Growth Concerns
Kevin Mahn
Chief Investment Officer
Hennion & Walsh
"Though we expect the U.S. economy to remain relatively stable, 2016 could see some unique twists in the markets due to a gradually rising interest rate environment, the upcoming elections and the likely 'passing of the baton' from U.S. equities to international equities markets in terms of return potential. We still expect the secular bull market in the U.S. to continue for at least one more year, with low single-digit returns expected again in 2016, similar to 2015."
Mahn is the author of the quarterly "ETF and CEF Insights" and "Market Outlook" newsletters, as well as a co-author of the book, "Exchange Traded Funds: Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches." He is a member of the Forbes Investor team and a frequent contributor to the Forbes Intelligent Investing blog and the Seeking Alpha website. He has also been published in the spring 2015 edition of The Journal of Index Investing for a byline article entitled, "Fixed-Income Indexes and ETFs," and is scheduled to be published in the summer 2016 edition of The Journal of Investing for a byline article entitled, "The Impact of Sustainable Investing Strategies." He is located in Parsippany, N.J.
Contact: Anne Hveem,

What to do About Annuities in Tricky 2016
Andrew Murdoch
Somerset Wealth Strategies
2016 is a particularly tricky year in which to buy an annuity. After years of inching downward, annuity payouts are sinking even more -- about 10 percent -- because of new insurance mortality tables showing people are living longer. Eventually, rising interest rates may reverse some of the tide because they will prompt insurers to boost payouts. Should would-be annuitants wait? Murdoch says no -- other investment prospects are poor to mediocre: "Given the challenges facing prospective annuity buyers in 2016, no one would blame them for freezing their buying decision. But that would be a bad move."
Murdoch has advice about what to do, including building a relatively short-term fixed annuity ladder.
Contact: Steve Kaufman,

Ransomware and Health Care
Shahryar Shaghaghi
Leader, Technology Advisory Practice
"Hospitals' digital evolution was approached with little thought to how their technology architecture would be protected. As health connectivity moves beyond a hospital's four walls, even more weak points are being created. Hospitals need to retrain themselves to think about security the same way they think about accreditation. They must identify sensitive data zones and create technology perimeters around them, and they must collaborate with other providers on cybersecurity disaster response plans."
Shaghaghi is fluent in English and Persian and is available to discuss: the uptick in ransomware attacks and the response from regulators; the typical ransom hacking scenario -- motivations, tactics and demands; cyber liability insurance, a product in its infancy that hospital boards (and other businesses) don't yet know how to evaluate; the difference between having your system shut down and having your records stolen; accounting and financial angles of ransoms; and the challenges of knowing, truly, whether you're protected -- especially since most businesses will be relying on the word of the companies that are installing their security systems.
Contact: Liz DeForest,


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  • Editor in Chief – Sacramento Business Journal (CA)
  • Assistant Video Editor – (NY)
  • Sports Reporter – The Paris News (TX)


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