September SIPA Member News

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Kiplinger Hires ex-USA Today Columnist Waggoner as Senior Associate Editor; Knight Kiplinger Interviewed in Forbes

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has hired longtime business journalist John Waggoner as senior associate editor. "I'm really pleased to be at Kiplinger's, which is dedicated to giving straight, unbiased information to investors of all stripes," said Waggoner.

In a note to the staff, editor Mark Solheim wrote, "John has a well-earned reputation as one of the top journalists writing about investing and personal finance today. He had a long career at USA Today as a senior reporter and columnist [where he was nominated twice by Gannett for a Pulitzer], followed by a stint at InvestmentNews."

In other news, editor in chief Knight Kiplinger was interviewed recently in a Forbes article. "We monetize through advertising," Kiplinger said. "The name of the game today is attracting eyeballs to high-quality content and trusting that they'll like what they read, and click on links, and the website will have stickiness."


Post-Dispatch Health Care Reporter Joins Industry Dive

Health care reporter Samantha Liss has left the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to cover the same beat for Industry Dive. Liss worked at the paper since July 2014. Before that, she spent two years as a reporter for the St. Louis Business Journal and two years working at Liss is a University of Missouri graduate in convergence journalism.


Irving Levin Associates and Inside Mortgage Finance Referenced in Wall Street Journal Articles

In a Wall Street Journal article yesterday titled Behind Your Rising Health-Care Bills: Secret Hospital Deals That Squelch Competition, Irving Levin Associates received this attribution:

"Certain hospital systems are able to command advantageous terms because they have grown through years of deal-making, shifting the balance of power between hospitals and insurers. In 2010, the year the Affordable Care Act passed, the annual number of hospital mergers shot up 40% to 59, and the number of deals has remained above 60 every year since, according to Irving Levin Associates, a research firm that tracks health-care transactions."

In a WSJ article on Sept. 6, Inside Mortgage Finance was referenced in the second paragraph of a big takeout:

"Freedom is nowhere near the size of behemoths like Citigroup Inc. or Bank of America Corp. ; yet last year it originated more mortgages than either of them, some $51.1 billion, according to industry research group Inside Mortgage Finance. It is now the 11th-largest mortgage lender in the U.S., up from No. 78 in 2012.


TrainingToday Named a Top 20 EHS Training Company  

Simplify Compliance's TrainingToday, a leading provider of online education programs for employees and supervisors, was recently selected for the second year in a row for Training Industry's Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies list.

TrainingToday is currently undergoing a course redesign for its 650+-course library, so it will offer a more modern user experience, as well as better mobility, easier customization options and enhancements for accessibility. "It is a great honor that TrainingToday is included among this group of companies," said Dan Oswald, CEO, Simplify Compliance.

Magazines Canada Releases Business Media Buyer Research 

A new market research study of Canadian B2B publications conducted by RKI for Magazines Canada found that, regardless of medium, business media content is highly valued and trusted by their audiences. The business media readership is highly engaged, has decision-making power and purchasing influence, and has great confidence in the content of B2B media.

The study shows that business media magazines are read by senior people in the industries which they cover, the majority of whom are buyers/purchase influencers. Their audiences trust what they read, and overwhelmingly rely on B2B media to find new trends as well as new products and services. High levels of audience trust and the ability to reach decision makers is also beneficial for advertisers, and the research makes a strong business case for advertising in Canadian B2B magazines.

"...the increasing number of people involved in B2B purchase decisions was eye-opening, as was the key role played by younger B2B audience members," explained Magazines Canada Board Chair Scott Jamieson. "The massive response rate allows us to really delve into how businesses make buying decisions..."


OPIS Launches Price Discovery for Refinery Emissions Cap-and-Trade Costs

Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) by IHS Markit has launched a new daily price assessment in the OPIS Carbon Market Report that quantifies the impact of California's cap-and-trade regulations on static carbon emissions at refineries in the state.

OPIS estimates that the California refining industry is set to incur a compliance cost exceeding $200 million for refinery emissions alone in 2018, which is largely not recovered in the fuel market. These static emissions costs are expected to rise as the number of allocations freely distributed to the industry declines each year under the cap-and-trade program.

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…