Archive for February, 2016

Brad Reifler’s Big 5 Investment Tips for the Average Joe

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Bradley Reifler told in a Reuters press release , “Unlike Wall Street, we want to be a firm for the people.” Mr. Reifler is referring to the fact that the investment world ignores 99% of potential investors. He personally founded Reifler Trading Corporation in 1982, which focused on global derivatives and was sold in 2000. A few family experiences in his life crystalized the fact just how short-sighted his industry was in only focusing on the wealthy 1%.

The accredited investor

Wikipedia shows that over 30 years ago the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), developed the accredited investor standards to protect investors from risky purchases. Point one stated that an accredited investor is either a corporation, or an individual that had a net worth of one million dollars, or a married couple with a combined net worth of one million excluding the value of their home. Point two stated that a person with an annual income of over $200,000 for two consecutive years or a married couple with a combined income of over $300,000 for two consecutive years. Plus they must have a logical reason for expecting the same level of income in the third year.

The Big Five investing tips

However, interest in and knowledge of the stock market has increased in the average joe over the last generation. In June of 2009, Reifler founded the Forefront Group, an investment firm that caters to the 99%. He advises to be careful how you invest. Make sure to understand your assets and be aware of the risks of each investment. Always have an attainable goal in mind. Here are some more suggestions:

2. Don’t invest everything in the market.
3. Get to know your investment manager and develop trust.
4. Keep in mind the safety of your investment.
5. Before you invest know why you are doing it. Keep your goals in mind.

In 1995 CrunchBase would indicate that Bradley Reifler was the founder and CEO of Pali Capital and remained in that position until November 2008. While at the head of the company its revenues grew to over $200 million per year. The Forefront Management Group, LLC is his latest financial firm. The goal is to assist the overlooked or the 99% of investors. To give them the opportunity usually reserved for the wealthy. They have created a coalition of business leaders that provides to the investor advise in proper investing, portfolio management, and banking.  Check out Brad’s twitter for further information.

Sergio Cortes Makes Respectable Career Impersonating Pop Legend

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Impersonators all over the world have embraced the lifestyle of taking on alternative personas. They accomplish this con art through displaying similarities to their victims, such as their voices, fashion sense, and by the interactions that they have with other people.

On his Facebook profile page, a 43-year old Spanish man by the name of Sergio Cortes claims that this alternative lifestyle is a rather difficult one to maintain. He says that sharing the likeness of talented songwriters, singers, and performers is just as talent-demanding as the jobs of the impersonated celebrities themselves.

The Michael Jackson lookalike has made a career simply by taking on the character of the deceased pop idol. As a child, he observed the way a young Michael Jackson sang and danced during his time in the Jackson 5. He idolized Jackson at such a young age and was eventually offered gigs just dressing and posing as MJ during Cortes’s teenage years. After this, Sergio Cortes was determined to make this impersonation into a career.

Sergio Cortes went on to achieve greatness by mimicking Michael Jackson. He has been offered invitations to attend American Idol in several countries and has also managed to book miscellaneous jobs, such as his own concerts. He has gained a respectable number of fans, having over 16,000 followers on his Facebook page. Today, Cortes still passes as Michael Jackson. While he enjoys the lifestyle he’s taken on, he says that it is still a tiring one, and comparable to that of a star.

You can follow him on Twitter.

Charles Koch Starts A Nonprofit Making Organization

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Charles Koch is the founder of a powerful political organization in the United States. Since its formation, the political machine has been very successful, and it’s evident that in the 2016 elections, the network might be able to stop the Trump. The political network is managed by famous billionaire Charles Koch and his brother, David Koch. Just recently, the Koch networked announced its intentions to launch a non-profit organization that will be able to address important and deep-rooted social issues and at the same time revitalize the society.

The new wing will be known as Stand Together, and at the moment, it is still at the initial stages. The wing intends to raise $15 million funds this year, and this has been confirmed by important officials from the Koch network. Officials from Stand Together believe that they will able to strengthen the fabric of the American Society.

According to Evans Feinberg, the executive director of the Stand Together, the nonprofit making organization will ensure that they make all the difference in the lives of American citizens. Stand Together will not venture into veering policy fights, but it will instead focus its efforts to partnering with the private organizations that mainly address social issues in the society like gang violence and high recidivism.

The Koch network under his leader and Associates intend to work extremely hard to make sure that the new wing works smoothly. The new wing will be participating in their new activities this coming week. A site will be launched representing the network. In the website, they will share all the future plans of the wing.

Stand Together will be coming together with important individuals like Bob Woodson especially during its first activities. Woodson is known to many as a prominent conservative and president of Neighborhood Enterprise. The launch of the new wing has come when the Koch network has used millions of dollars to different programs that mainly focus on helping the poor people in the American society.

The greatest supporters for Charles Koch, Americans for Prosperity will be giving classes to the American citizens in a way of supporting Charles Koch campaigns. The Libre Initiative are also giving Americans free holidays to Latinos. Charles favors himself a classical libertarian.

The Koch network has also received a lot of criticism of from people. Audit reports from the political machine show some serious irregularities performed every now and then. The network has been extravagant in its spendings.

Check out the original VanityFair article here.

Dedicated Philanthropist Avi Weisfogel Assists Operation Smile

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Operation Smile is an organization close to Avi Weisfogel’s heart. The program, which originated in 1972 in the Philippines, assists children overcome conditions such as cleft palates and lips. The need for help in these areas is enormous worldwide. Founded by Dr. and Mrs. William Magee, a dentist and his nurse wife, the organization raises money to provide supplies for the surgeries for children in need internationally, with services provided by volunteer medical staff.

Avi Weisfogel is so passionate about this foundation that he has formed a gofundme.com page to raise donations for the cause. He began his career as a dentist in his home state of New Jersey where he opened a very successful practice. His curriculum vitae is an impressive testament to his dedication to dental care and philanthropy. With degrees from Rutgers and the New York College of Dentistry, Avi Weisfogel won Best Dentist awards for multiple years.

Avi Weisfogel then became interested in the issues that trouble dental patients experience when they also suffer from sleep apnea. He went on to found a company, Owner Unlimited Sleep Patients where he educates dentists about sleep apnea and its impact on dental health. This successful program made a great impact, and he added on an additional program, Dental Sleep Masters. In this program, Avi Weisfogel instructs dentists in the use of oral devices to help their patients improve their sleep issues.

Avi’s dedication to dental health and philanthropy prompted him to start his gofundme.com page to benefit the Operation Smile organization. Children in sixty countries around the world profoundly benefit from the services provided by this organization. Operation Smile has performed over a quarter million surgeries, trained local medical staff and donated supplies. Avi hopes to raise money to assist this worthwhile organization with continuing its efforts to help children in need.

Keith Mann’s Generosity Provides Scholarship for Achievement

Friday, February 19th, 2016

A Scholarship For Professional Achievement
Keith Mann has made an announcement that will recognize the future leaders who are seniors at an Uncommon School in Brooklyn. The Uncommon School is a non-profit charter facility. Every year there will be a scholarship opportunity for a senior at an Uncommon School. This is an opportunity that will make certain that one student will have the funding that will allow them to attend college. The Keith and Keely Mann scholarship is being implemented because they have a desire to show their support for the goal of the Uncommon School. The goal of the school is to prepare students for success. The students are low income and the school has the goal of continuing education through college. The generous scholarship will support the mission of the Uncommon School.

How it Works for Senior Students
The senior applicants will need to write an essay. This must be 1000 words in total. The essay requires that every student explain exactly how a college degree will help them to achieve all of their professional goals. This scholarship is designed to find the future generation of leaders. This will be a generation of innovative leaders within the business area. This application process is available to students until February 29, 2016. The name of the winner will be known by the end of March.

The Result
The end result of the scholarship and the application process will enable one of the students to have the necessary funding to go to a four year college. The scholarship is for the amount of 5,000 dollars. The end result will also support the future leaders with their higher education. This is a win-win end result.

Keith Mann is an Advocate for Education
Keith Mann is the Founder of Dynamics Search Partners. It should be known, he also is a firm advocate for education. He does have a commitment to the discovery of powerful leaders too. Once the leaders have been identified, Mann will ensure that they are matched with a company that will foster their success. Keith Mann believes in education for the future.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

The Amazing Success of Handy Home Services

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The home services industry has been growing very quickly with the new technologies that we have at our disposal. There are many smartphone technologies that are making on-demand home services more possible than ever before. Just like driving apps such as Uber, there are home service apps that are bringing the home services industry to a whole new audience. More now than ever individuals are feeling comfortable about hiring out their home cleaning and repairs. Most of the tasks that individuals used to have to do on their own are now being outsourced to professionals in the home services industry.

Just like any industry, there are companies in the home service industry that are standing out above the rest. Handy has been hailed as one of the leading companies in the home services industry due to their intense attention to detail and customer service. Only 2 years after Handy’s creation, the home services industry giant was up to $1 million dollars in bookings a week.

The success of this company is not only beneficial to those who are looking for home services but it is also beneficial for those professionals in the field of home services as well. With earnings between 15 to 22 dollars an hour, these home cleaning professionals are able to earn rates higher than if they were just on their own. These earning potentials attract the highest quality cleaning professionals to the Handy platform. Handy is very selective in who they choose to hire. When looking at the statistics, it is harder to work for Handy than it is to get into Harvard. This keeps the reputation of Handy very high with the level of expertise that is expected from these home service professionals.

The future looks very bright for Handy as the market conditions are prime for the growth of tech startups. Individuals are becoming more accustom to purchasing goods and booking services online. Handy has also created customer confidence with their high standards of excellence for their employees. With the excellent professionals that are hired by Handy, it is easy to see why customers are so willing to invite these professionals into their home. It seems as though the only way for handy to move is upward. It will be exciting to see what is in store over the next few years for this rapidly growing company.

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Highland Capital Management: Changes In The Portfolio

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Over the course of his 3 decade long career, James Dondero has received the qualifications of Certified Management Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant. And in the past few years, Jim has also decided to serve his community. He is on the board of organizations such as American Banknote, NexBank, MGM Studios, Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical.

The first decade of James Dondero’s career, he spent working for other companies. He worked for American Express. He worked for the Morgan Guaranty training program. But in 1993, Jim Dondero decided that it was time for him to start his own company. He bought out a successful subsidiary that he had helped to get started and he turned it into Highland Capital Management. During the past 2 decades, Jim Dondero has help to expand this company in significant ways. Two big expansions came in 2000 when, first, the fund started its first total return strategy that focused on assets that were distressed. And second, the firm created their first 2 bank loan separate accounts that were mainly for big public pension plans in the United States and Canada.

The firm’s activity was recently under review by Octa Finance, an online newspaper, that looked at the fund’s recently filed 13F from their third quarter of 2015. Octa Finance found some interesting details about the biggest buys the company made and several sector changes that were made. The top 5 new buys were in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr, Amazon Com Inc, Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc, Danaher Corp Del and Intra Cellular Therapies Inc. These buys represent 1.96 percent, .68 percent, .52 percent, .50 percent and .46 percent of the portfolio respectively.

There were also some major changes in the sectors that the firm was investing in. At the end of the second quarter, the firm had 56 percent of its portfolio invest in finance and another 40 percent invested in the health care sector. In the third quarter that changed to 20 percent in health care and 18 percent in finance. The rest of the portfolio shifted sectors to offer a wider variety in the portfolio. The firm has 18 percent of their portfolio in information technology, 12 percent in energy, 10 percent in consumer discretionary and 8 percent in the transport sector.

This article recaps http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/

Good News For New York Real Estate

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

If you are looking at buying or renting a home in New York, you may be happy to know there are some great things happening with the market these days. You may wonder how this will effect you and what will make your buying experience that much better. The good news is, it’s going to make it a true buyers market.

 

Interest Rates and Prices

 

Something rather great is happening with the interest rates and prices of homes in New York. You will see a slight gradual rise in interest rates, but the prices are going to go down for homes across the board. If you want to buy now and have a low interest rate, then that is a great idea as well to keep from dealing with higher rates in the future.

 

The other option is to rent. There are several homes that can be found for rent or for sale at Town Residential. They offer great prices and stunning homes that will meet either need.

 

Deals Will Be More Complicated

 

While homes will still be purchased, there will be a more complicated deal process and many will choose to either rent a home or purchase outright. That is another way Town Residential’s can help you. If you decide you want to try for a deal, they can help to find a home that is going to be great for your budget and make it easier to buy. They can also help you to find a rental that will still fit your needs if you choose not to purchase at this time.

 

There are many reasons you may choose to purchase a home or to stick with renting. These are simply a few reasons you may not want to buy or may push you to buy.

 

Marcio Alaor: Netflix Poised For Growth in 2016

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Netflix, the market leader in streaming video service, is finalizing plans for its expansion in mid 2016. The company started offering its service in several new nations at the start of the year, and the companies service area has nearly doubled in a short time, and more investments are planned in the near future. Netflix is taking a risk with its expansion but it is depending on customer loyalty for its success.

The well known video streaming company is planning to extend its services to more than one hundred and thirty nations by the end of the year, says Marcio Alaor, VP of BMG Bank. This is significant since in the year 2015 the company offered its services in just 60 countries. Netflix would like to expand to Crimea, North Korea and Syria but such efforts have been delayed. Also, there are arrangements to enter China in 2016, reports Marcio Alaor.

One country in which Netflix plans to receive a large influx of subscribers for its video streaming services is India due to it large population. In that nation, with a high number of potential consumers and a solid film industry, Netflix will look to make independent movies with local actors, says Marcio Alaor, VP of BMG Bank. In addition, Netflix would like to extend Bollywood films to a global audience.

Netflix has original productions such as “Orange is the New Black”, “Jessica Jones” and “House of Cards”. The companies offerings are increasing in popularity, notes Marcio Alaor of BMG Bank, which holds a large multi-million dollar investment in the company. Most recently, Netflix launched its first long film entitled “Beasts of No Nation”, a movie which is based on a war novel.

New partnerships with Ericsson in conjunction with Volvo have demonstrated a willingness of companies from different industries to incorporate video streaming technology. These organizations, as Marcio Alaor of BMG Bank illustrates, are helping to create a framework where consumers can watch Netflix videos anywhere without requiring internet connection.

The forecasts for Netflix’s growth in the amount of new subscribers and revenue growth are strong. The company forecast that between the years 2016 and 2020 the number of new streaming video subscribers will increase at a rate of about 24% a year, notes Marcio Alaor. At that rate of growth, by the end of 2020, the global number of Netflix subscribers could reach as much as 150 million, notes the executive of the BMG Bank. Further, at this rate of growth, annual revenue for the company would reach 20 billion dollars. The increase in profit in the year 2016 would be of 137 million dollars, in year 2017, 500 million dollars and in the year 2018 1 billion dollars, notes Marcio Alaor of BMG Bank. Indeed, 2016 should be a profitable year for Netflix.

Marcio Alaor is VP of Banco BMG. BMG bank is one of the largest in Brazil. Alaor, businessman and entrepreneur, has played an instrumental role in the banks growth as the nations top consumer lender.

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George Soros: US Money Reserve Metals.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

The U.S. Money Reserve is the largest precious metal dealer in the country. They handle metals like gold, silver and platinum in the form of coins that have been weighed and its purity tested by the government. The clients who buy gold from the reserve can be rest assured that the coin bought contains the value grooved whether it is gold, silver or platinum. The coins are also considered to be official U.S. legal tender as they have been certified by the Congress. The President of the money reserve, Philip Diehl spearheads all operations in the reserve and is considered to be the most prominent US Mint directors of today.

Philip worked as the chief of staff of the Treasury before joining the Mint. He also operated as the director of the Senate Finance Committee and also as chief of staff of the US treasury before being nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as the Director of Mint. His deep understanding of fiscal and monetary policy can be attributed to the fact that he worked closely with officials in his branch and on Capitol Hill. After joining the Mint, he overhauled the customer service department making the US Mint the second best among all federal agencies as a survey that was done by The University of Michigan.

The money reserve is the best solution to the current status of the unstable dollar according to George Soros a Billionaire financier. Currently, the reserve offers the one-ounce gold bullion coins which can be either the American Eagle, the South African Krugerrand, Canadian Maple Leaf and the Australia’s Philharmonic. The gold bullion bar can be either a one ounce, 32.15 ounces or a 10-ounce bar. Silver bullion in the U.S. Money Reserve include the American Eagle coin, 100 ounce Johnston Matthey bar, 500-coin monster box and the 90% Silver Bag. For more information on the denominations offered click here.
Philip other achievements on the money reserve apart from the customer services improvement are that he led the creation of the 50 states quarter program which came to be the most successful coin in the history of US. The coin sold more than any other coin ever produced by the reserve beating the Susan B. Antony Dollar and the platinum coin. The introduction of the new coin made enough profits for the money reserve up from $450 million to $2.5 billion during the final years. The president of the Mint is also a member of the Coalition for Equitable Regulation and Taxation and is also the co-founder of the Gold and Silver Political Action Committee.

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