Archive for December, 2015

Brad Reifler: An Amazing Entrepreneur12.16.15

To become an entrepreneur, it takes not only courage but also a willingness to try new ideas. In doing so, this is often the difference between success and failure. However, as Brad Reifler’s Wikipedia has demonstrated for more than three decades, by doing this and believing in one’s self, it’s possible to achieve greatness along the way. Having been one of America’s and in fact the world’s most admired and respected entrepreneurs and investors, Brad is indeed an amazing entrepreneur and businessman, and his CrunchBase history really drives that point home.

Whether it was his successful Reifler Trading Company, his incredible 13-year run at Pali Capital, or his current role as CEO of Forefront Capital Management, Brad has shown each time a willingness to use his ideas as well as those gathered from others and blend them together into a winning combination. In Brad’s case, doing so meant taking tremendous chances with the companies he founded. Whether at RTC, Pali, or his many ventures into entrepreneurship, Brad has demonstrated time and again that becoming successful in business is not simply dumb luck, but indeed a process requiring plenty of time and energy.

As Brad’s companies and the success they have attained have proven, it’s quite possible to think outside the box and still come out on top. This point was proven all too well with Pali Capital, which Brad started after selling Reifler Trading Company. Using his innovative approach and unparalleled skills in research and information dissemination, Brad set out to create a company unlike any seen before. Working closely with a sales team comprised of the best in the business, Brad developed sales strategies that focused on credit analysis and derivative structures. And as the results proved, his ideas were right on target. After he concluded his 13-year run as CEO of Pali, it was determined that Brad and his team amassed an amazing total of $1 billion in commission income.

As Brad continues to look for new challenges, he now spends much of his time in consultation with some of the movers and shakers in the business world, and producing content for Reuters. Some days he may be meeting with political leaders from around the world, helping advise them as to how the world economy will affect their nation. Other days he may be in a board room, meeting with Fortune 500 executives and board members as he explains how today’s economic trends will impact them now and later on. In fact, Brad’s reputation is so well-known worldwide that economists from China and other Asian nations regularly seek his advice on important economic matters. No matter what situation Brad deals with each day, it’s certain that his confidence and unwavering commitment to success will take any of his ventures straight to the top.  Follow Brad on his Twitter account to learn even more about the man and the legend.

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Sam Tabar Announces Involvement in THINX Program For Women12.10.15

Business professionals and capital strategists, like Sam Tabar who can be found on LinkedIn, are constantly adding to their portfolio. In January of 2015, Tabar added a new startup company called THINX. This company helps women both in Africa and America with menstruation and incontinence, two very private matters. The fashionable underwear company purchases underwear for those who are of indigent backgrounds. They have a pad in the center that is removable and reusable. Many women, especially those in Africa, would miss work or school during these periods because of their monthly menstruation cycle. Now, through the help of Tabar’s company, they can resume life as normal.

There are five styles available to these completely functional undergarments. Tabar has a proven track record that gives him the confidence in the fact that THINX is distinct in respect to its business model. It encourages people to help with global issues and give back by making a small purchase. Antonia and Miki are the masterminds behind these products. Each purchase that is made through a donor allows a woman in countries like Uganda to get gifted with seven pairs of washable and reusable underwear. These women can leave their home and go to school or work providing for their families. This is imperative in third world countries where poverty is an epidemic.

Things are not the same in Africa as they are in America. Women there don’t have the money or resources to manage their menstruation effectively. They have no other choice but to stay home and take care of their business in private. Sam Tabar is an expert when it comes to the investment market, and provides many of his own tips, which is why he is one of the heads on this campaign. He utilized legal counsel from Sparx Group, as well as Merrill Lynch for financing. Tabar is a lawyer in prominent standing in New York. He graduated from both Oxford University, as well as Columbia Law School. He is known for his work in the hedge fund world with big shots like Meagher & Flom and Arps. Before his THINX campaign, he was the senior associate for Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Mutual friends introduced Tabar and the women behind the THINX program. He wasn’t really interested in doing any investments at the time, but their business model caught his attention. They used crowdfunding to kick start the campaign and bring in some much-needed financing. Though they are just in the inception, this company promises to bring great things to those women in need.

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From puppy to adult, BENEFUL has an amazing selection of dog food to help keep your dog happy and healthy12.10.15

No matter what stage or age your dog is. BENEFUL has the right food that fits your dogs needs because they care. From the puppy stage to adult, they offer the most healthy, nutritious, delicious food, to keep your best friend in the best of health. Your growing puppy needs his calcium and nutrients, and with BENEFUL, HEALTHY PUPPY dog food, they will get all of the benefits they need to grow into a healthy, happy dog. Made with real chicken, with peas and carrots added, you can rest assure that you are giving your puppy the best dog food for your money and more. And as your puppy grows, you want to keep him playful and happy. So we recommend giving him the BENEFUL, PLAYFUL LIFE dog food because he will need it as he leaps and bounds with energy. Made with real beef and egg added, you can bet he is getting all of the nutrients needed to help him along his way to becoming a healthy adult dog and doing what he does best, playing. Next as he becomes an adult, his body needs to maintain it’s stamina and vitality, and the best way to keep him in great shape, is to feed him a healthy diet of one of the BENEFUL ORIGINALS dog food I saw o Facebook, made with real Beef, Chicken or Salmon. The choice is yours, and with all of the different choices, you can never go wrong. As he gets older and less active and if his weight becomes a problem, feed him BENEFUL, HEALTHY WEIGHT dog food, to help him maintain a healthy weight. This low-calorie dog food is mixed with crunchy and tender bites, and made with real chicken, and added carrots, green beans and apples, he will never miss the calories or the taste. Maybe you have a small dog who needs smaller bites, so The wonderful makers of BENEFUL offer the INCREDIBITES, just for your small fry, and made with real chicken and beef they are sure to be just as healthy and happy as the big guys. So whichever stage your puppy or dog is in, BENEFUL from Petco  is sure to have just the right dog food to keep your pets, not only happy and healthy but bright eyed and bushy tailed, because you wouldn’t have them any other way.

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RISE OF THE MOTOR INDUSTRY IN THESTOCK EXCHANGE12.04.15

The automotive industry is attracting more and more investors into the stock exchange. Despite the recent scandals that have affected the big wigs, there is evidence investment there brings in the needed revenue. MarcioAlaor, the vice president of Banco BMG, gave a brief view of the numbers in a recent interview.
MarcioAlaour gave a history of motor manufacturer going public starting with General Motors, which went public in 1915.It was before people thought that possible. It is today valued at $ 53.52 billion .Ford Motors announced its IPO in 1956.It was the greatest at the time and attracted 600 million calls. It was an already established company with a well-known brand. Its IPO was hence a hot cake in the market.
Initial public offering or IPO as is commonly known is where by a company floats shares in the stock exchange to the public for the 1st time. It is the 1st process of turning a private company to a corporation. It helps an organization raise funds. According to Marcio Alaor, Ferrari recently floated an IPO that saw its stock increase in value by 5% to $ 10 billion. According to data published by Marcio some French motor manufacturers have seen their stock value rise by an average of 50%.Others like Tesla have stock valued at more than $ 211 apiece. It shows motoring companies continue to perform well.
Marcio Alaor is the Vice President if Banco BMG.It is Brazil’s largest consigned Credit lender. It has over 5 million customers and growing fast. It has also built a network of over 3000 points of sale terminals with over 50000 agents around the country. In the consigned market category; it controls 80% of the market. The market is currently about 50% penetrated. It is a segment 62 other banks are fighting for the remaining share.
Banco BMG has been in existence fir the last 85 years. It has served Brazil since 1930.The Guimares family owns it, and Ricardo Guimares is its president. It is affiliated with BMG group based in Hollad.It uses its international connections to float bonds in the international market and get money to expand its operations. It is also the biggest corporate sponsor in Brazil currently. It sponsors many football clubs including Santos. It is also the official sponsor of Marcelo Melo, the Tennis prodigy.

Source: Exame Magazine

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George Soros’ Take on Europe’s Refugee Crisis12.02.15

“In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity.” – George Soros

George Soros needs no introduction. Born in Hungary in 1930, escaped to England in 1947 where he received his university education and worked for a while before moving to New York in 1956, Soros is a household name in the world of business, philanthropy and political activism(1). Perhaps not surprising for a man born In Hungary, Soros is among few American billionaires who take keen interest in events occurring in Europe. In 2014 he came out strongly against Putin’s intervention in Ukraine when the EU and the US were still at a loss on how to respond to the Ukraine crisis (2).
If the Ukraine crisis was the biggest crisis to face EU in 2014, the refugee crisis is the biggest on in 2015. Fleeing from conflict and poverty in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have found their way to Europe in search of peace and a better life. Like in the Ukrainian crisis, EU leaders have been slow to respond to this crisis. As his article which can be read on Market Watch shows (3), Soros is not short of ideas on how to solve this refugee crisis which he believes has been allowed to develop into a serious problem thanks to a lack of a comprehensive unified plan from EU leaders.
Soros’ first step in solving this crisis is for the EU to accept 1 million refugees every year until the problem is solved. The refugees should be shared fairly among all the EU states and given adequate financial support funded through selling of long term bonds.
Soros also urges the EU to take leadership in global efforts to fund states that neighbor Syria where the bulk of the refugees come from. To Soros, it is not just a matter of giving Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon money; EU should help these countries develop thriving economies through trade and investment. Such economies would then have adequate jobs for both the refugees and the locals thus eliminating the need to immigrate to Europe.
Additionally, he proposes setting up of one EU Border Guard and Asylum and Migration Agency. Such an agency, enforcing common procedures and rules pertaining to employment and benefits of refugees, will not only be cheaper but also more efficient than the current 28 such agencies run by different countries.
Other proposals include working in conjunction with the UN Refugee Agency to set up processing centres in countries like Turkey so that successful applicants can safely be transported to Europe instead of making dangerous journeys on their own and mobilizing the private sector to help EU in getting the required funding and human capacity needed for successful integration of the refugees in European societies.
Soros doesn’t pretend to know it all but as his political activism and philanthropy shows, he believes that to whom much is given much is expected. His proposals on how to solve the refugee crisis in Europe as discussed above is his way of serving humanity through lending his prestige and influence to a just cause.
References

  1. http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp?header_alt=b
  2. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/20/wake-up-europe/

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soros-heres-my-plan-to-solve-the-asylum-chaos-2015-09-29

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Financial Services Offered By Madison Street Capital12.02.15

Madison Street Capital is a financial institution focusing more on middle-market companies seeking funding solutions and other financial opinions services. The various services offered by Madison Street Capital position clients in a place where they can be successful in the worldwide market. These services include M&A expertise, valuation and corporate advisory services to private and public entities. MSC focuses on emerging markets as crucial element for the growth of clients on the global platform. The firm is trusted by clients because of its dedication to ensure high level professionalism is observed. Madison Street Capital explains on Today in America TV that, through their expertise, they seek to educate their clients on what their financial and investment options are.
Private placement’s specialists at MSC interact regularly with credit officers and other experts at hedge funds, insurance companies and commercial banks operating globally. The strategy of MSC is to ensure healthy relationships that are based previous success hence creating favorable opportunities to new investors. Also, the firm provides transactions relating to private investment in public equity (PIPE) for addressing financial needs as well as capital structure. MSC collaborate with a wide range of PIPE financing options like mutual funds, private equity funds and others.
Capital restructuring is another service provided by Madison Street Capital. The firm has a diverse source of funding from mezzanine lenders, venture capital, commercial banks and other equity providers. This is achieved through its experience in debt restructuring and valuation expertise. Indeed, clients are able to overcome several obstacles facing clients relating to their financial situations. MSC has worked with almost all types of business including specific startup entities, developing businesses and also established ones. Also, the firm has a team with vast experience in growth and working capital, debt restructuring, financing accounts receivable as well as other investment vehicles relied by investors.
After the Great Credit Recession that affected entities of all sizes, Madison Street Capital identified strategies that would be used by trouble businesses to preserve their value while at the same time catering for the needs of creditors and lenders. MSC is an investment banking institution with experience in several financial sectors hence it is able recognize solutions to some complications like capital restructure, reorganization and mergers.
The goal of Madison Street Capital is to stabilize entities, generate liquidity, and restore vital relationships with suppliers and vendors.MSC differs from other competitors since its can offer skilled services relating to bankruptcy. Madison Street Capital ensures companies faced with bankruptcy challenges are able to turn them into opportunities to revitalize their entities.

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