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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: January 1-5

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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: January 1-5

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on IRIS.xyz, January 1-5, 2018

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1. The Hardest Item to Work on to Improve Your Business Is You

I want to ask you a question. What is the number one thing holding you back from accomplishing more this year? What one thing, if tackled, would produce great results?  — Grant Hicks

2. What’s Ahead in Robotics and AI? 5 Trends That Have Investors Buckling up for a Wild 2018!

There’s never been a more exciting time to be an investor—especially in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence where the rate of change and innovation has become exponential and is poised to surpass anything we’ve ever seen before. — William Studebaker

3. 5 Signs That a Prospect Is About to Waste Your Time

Your time is precious so it’s essential that you spend it productively by prospecting to the right people. Some prospects are not worth spending time on – maybe expressing an interest when they’re not really committed to investing – and despite all your best efforts you won’t be able to do anything to change their minds. — Don Connelly

4. 5 Selling Habits You’ve Got to Ditch Right Now

Greek philosopher Aristotle was fond of saying “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.” But when it comes to sales, not all selling habits are created equal. And certainly not all habits lead to excellence. — Ago Cluytens

5. How to Reach Sustained Peak Performance

How to stay on top of your game, get the results that you want in business, and maintain peak performance….it all comes down to having a system, or a process.   Consistent output does after all usually result from consistent inputs….but putting in the right amount of the right things is what leads to peak performance. Tony Vidler

6. How to Improve Your Relationship with Money in 2018

The turning of the calendar year is traditionally a time when you feel inspired by the possibilities of a new start, a new beginning, and the onset of positive change. It can be a time that is empowering, energetic and life supporting; it can forever alter the trajectory towards a more successful money life. — Michael Kay

7. Are You Ready To Set Intentions for 2018?

We all know what it’s like to start the year with a clear set of intentions. Some people call them resolutions, but it’s more about your intention to start something, or develop something you are already working on that gives you the best chance to make this your best year yet. — Jacqueline Wales

8. 10 Charts That Show Why Gold Is Undervalued Right Now

This New Year, it might be time to start thinking about rebalancing the gold holdings in your portfolio. That includes bullion, jewelry, gold stocks and well-managed gold funds—all of which I recommend giving a collective 10 percent weighting. Because it’s been such a strong year for stocks—they’ve advanced more than 20 percent as of today—it’s likely that most investors will need to add to their gold exposure to meet that 10 percent weighting as we head into 2018. — Frank Holmes

9. Completing Any One of These Priorities Will Make 2018 a Financial Success

Chances are, you have secretly resolved to get in to better shape, get more organized, be better about your finances and improve your social media game. If, between your plank challenge and the selfie retakes, you’re already feeling like you’ve bit off more than you can chew, we get it. Nobody’s perfect. Rather than juggling a list of goals for the rest of the year, we encourage you to focus on one. — The Sense

10. The Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2018

Despite the plethora of negative articles about the hedge fund industry, hedge fund assets have reached an all-time high 5 quarters in a row. There is clearly a disconnect between the mainstream media’s coverage of the industry and the reasons why investors continue to allocate to hedge funds. Across the hedge fund investor landscape, we see a significant improvement in sentiment towards the industry. We forecast that industry assets will grow by 5.5% over the next 12 months. — Don Steinbrugge

11. The 2018 Guide to MarTech Basics for The Financial Services Industry

Digital marketing technology in the financial services industry continues to evolve at an astounding rate as technology companies give marketers a buffet of affordable software products.  These MarTech solutions are poised to position companies and products front and center with clients and prospects. — Teresa Leno

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