Month: March 2016
Sanjay Shah may be best known for his role as the founder and leader of the Solo Capital brand, but he has gained a growing reputation as the founder of the Autism Rocks charity. The Sunday Times recently revealed Shah has decided the time has come to add some new faces to the board of trustee’s of the charity that has become one of the major donors to autism research conducted at Cambridge University. Shah has decided to bring brothers Pete and Will Best to the board of trustess for their skills in finance and the music industry.
The decision to found Autism Rocks according to a globalcitizen article came after Sanjay Shah was told of his own son’s diagnosis with the neurological condition after the family moved to Dubai; fortunately for Sanjay Shah he had already formed his own Solo Capital company on registerFCA and was in a position to devote some of his time to the raising of funds for the charity established in 2014. The charity was formed by Sanjay Shah to combine his lifelong love of music with fund raising for the charity.
Sanjay Shah formed Solo Capital in 2009 when he embarked upon a new stage in his life after working in the financial markets for the majority of his career. Shah had already left behind a career as a medical professional to embark on his financial expert before deciding to form Solo Capital, which he felt offered him the chance to enjoy life with his family in a more successful way than continuing his career as a broker.
Autism Rocks has become an increasing area of focus for Sanjay Shah after establishing Solo Capital and creating a team of professionals to handle investment and asset management for his clients. The increasing importance of Autism Rocks in the life of Sanjay Shah has seen him seek the assistance of Pete and Will Best as trustees. Pete Best has joined the charity after deciding to focus his efforts on philanthropy after a long and successful career working on the financial markets; Pete is joined by brother Will on the board of trustees following his successful career as a music broadcaster and promoter, which will add to the quality and amount of invitation only concerts the charity is able to provide.
When someone says “socialism”, what do you think of? Do you think of countries like the USSR (now known as Russia)? Or do you think of Venezuela, a country where human rights are violated by the government? When the word is mentioned to Thor Halvorssen, he thinks of the latter more often than not.
Halvorssen is the founder and current CEO of the Human Rights Foundation. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, beaten and treated as if he were no more than chopped liver. His first cousin is still imprisoned in Venezuela. At a peaceful protest, the regime gunned her down.
Now, he has done something quite interesting. He has donated as much as he can in one donation to Bernie Sanders, a democratic presidential candidate who is pushing some rather socialist policies. Socialist policies are in a different category than a socialist government. In a socialist government, the government runs everything. They control the prices, the resources, and everything that is available to the people. With socialist policies, on the other hand, the government still breaks up into different branches that check and balance each other.
Halvorssen’s reason for supporting Sanders is a little controversial. The democratic front runner, as of early March 2016, is pushing an agenda that Thor Halvorssen doesn’t support. What’s more, this person is being funded by a variety of countries with dictators. These dictators restrict freedoms in their own countries – whether it is the freedom of the press, of religion, or speech. Some even imprison political opponents.
Furthermore, Halvorssen does believe that socialist policies can be good. In the right conditions, a socialist government can function and not violate basic human rights. Those are the kind of policies that Sanders is pushing.
While Halvorssen may not wish to see socialism come to America, he knows where his head should be.
As most business owners and presidents would agree, employee turnover can be costly to both the gaining an losing sides. The loser has to spend time replacing the employee while the winning team has to compensate the new employee accordingly. Unfortunately, with today’s changing job market and cost of living, compensating new employees requires more than the old salary, and that does not include the human resources that go into the hiring process or the hours other people put into filling the ex-employee’s work in the meantime. This is why Status Labs leader, Darius Fisher, has offered some tips to maintaining the employees you have, so you do not have to worry about replacing them anytime soon.
According to Darius, the primary goal is creating incentives. These incentives can be simple recognition of accomplishments, monetary compensation, fun activities, additional benefits or something else creative, but they have to be enticing and rewarding to the employees. Do not fail to appreciate your crew because they will begin to notice, and they will arrange improved work conditions elsewhere.
Where to Start
Many people feel lost when trying to implement an incentive plan. Obviously you have to work within a budget, but the process can be made much simpler by letting the employees provide options. Take a survey to find employee interests. Hold a meeting to take suggestions, or send out an email and wait on replies to pile in. Regardless of how you reach out, make sure you are actually addressing the needs and desires of the workers, so you can please as many people as possible. Employees will tell you what they want, and it is your job to recognize these interests in the most efficient way possible.
As president of Status Labs, Darius Fisher established the direction of the company in helping people manage online reputations. By developing partnerships, Darius has led the business to setting-up offices in Austin, New York and Sao Paolo. Status Labs has impressively served over 1,500 clients in 35 countries. Before cofounding Status Labs, Darius Fisher worked in political consulting and copy writing.
Harper’s Bazaar has telescoped out 24 of over 1000 doctors who have performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States, believing its list to feature the ultimate surgery Gods in cosmetology. The list includes six doctors from California, including Chang and Owsley from San Francisco and Kanodia, Cassileth and Rollins from Beverly Hills. Miami’s Mendieta and Gallo, New York’s Kolker, Hirmand and Matarasso, Troy’s Youn and Austin’s Walden also made to the top 24, in addition to 12 others from various parts of the United States.
Every single of these doctors has a medical record to swoon over. Dr. Walden, for instance, is the winner of the Aesthetic award for plastic surgeries and the Excellence award in Medicine plus scholarship from Kelsey. Jennifer Walden is currently based in Austin, but previously practiced in New York as well. Most of her education can be credited to Texas, although an externship in Miami is also brought to light when discussing her achievements. The start of her career, however, belonged to Manhattan under the supervision of Dr. Aston. An outstanding education and career experience have enabled her to be recognized as the ideal speaker for cosmetic surgeries on the busiest news and information channels of the world, including the ABC and Fox News.
Jennifer has had the fortune of inheriting the medical dedication and skill right in her genes. Born to a father who had established himself as a dentist and a mother who was known for her nursing skills in surgery departments, Walden soon revealed her love for reaching the top of whatever she did. When she sent her application to the medical institution at the Texas University, she was initially kept waiting while the first lists rolled out. As though this was not to define her skills, by the time she left the institution, she had managed to bag the title of Salutatorian in her class.
Harper’s Bazaar has sharply picked out the doctors that are not only a boon for the patients but also an inspiration and role models for the medical students, and Walden is one of them.
The optical transport specialist Coriant has been on a large period of growth since the 2013 acquisition of a department of Siemens that forms the basis of the Coriant brand. Coriant has looked to establish a company that includes a number of high profile acquisitions since 2013 that has allowed the company to grow into one of the largest in the optical transport industry; amongst the companies parent Marlin Equity Partners added to the Coriant brand has been Tellabs, one of the top players in the technology equipment market Coriant purchased for more than $800 million.
At the end of 2015, Marlin Equity Partners sprang something of a surprise on the industry with the announcement that founding CEO Pat DiPietro was returning to his previous role with Marlin. In his place came Shaygan Kheradpir was appointed as CEO and member of the Coriant board who has spent the majority of the last three decades working in the technology industry; although the plan for DiPietro to stand down at Coriant has always been in place the appointment of Kheradpir was not known about until revealed just prior to his taking over the company. Shaygan Kheradpir brings a wealth of technology based experience to the role of CEO that should see the success of Coriant continue into the future.
Shaygan Kheradpir graduated from Cornell University with a degree in electrical engineering that led him to work with Verizon in developing new technologies. Kheradpir has never stood still in his career and followed his time at Verizon with a move into the financial sector where he became the first technology executive to sit on the board of the financial giant Barclays.
Shaygan Kheradir joins Coriant at a crucial time in its short history, which sees Coriant looking to develop a new range of technology products for its customers in more than 100 countries around the world. Coriant sees the development of new technology as an important aspect of the continued growth of the company, which includes the latest release of a new cloud based storage system.
George Soros has been behind the political and international scenes for several years, ever since Politico reported he spent over $25 million to remove President Bush in 2004. In 2015, he came back into the headlines when he donated a total of $8 million during this year to pro-Hillary PAC groups.
An organization is considered a political action committee or a PAC when it handles more than $2,600 to influence in a federal election. A PAC gives the funds in the campaign either for or against a candidate. George Soros is a political philanthropist who stands for his convictions.
Soros is an experienced hedge fund investor who is worth over $27.3 billion. He founded his firm in the 1950s, and in the 1960s, he made one million dollars on a long shot, which earned him the reputation of a financier with incredible prowess and a sense of the future. Recently, he made an announcement that that he has observed signs in the global market that resemble those surrounding the crisis of 2008.
Mr. Soros has been a philanthropist for over 50 years, but in 1979, he decided that he had made enough money, and he established the Open Society. The Open Society helps in an imperfect world, and one way he has done this is by giving scholarships to black students in Cape Town. Mr. Soros recognizes his success offers him a greater degree of independence than most people, and it allows him to stand on controversial issues. Mr. Soros is aware of his responsibility in the financial arena and lives up to it.
The financial crisis of 2008 was the worst financial downfall in the history of global finances. Here are five signs that Soros sees as similar to that time in the market.
1) Gold prices are rising and are at an all-time high of over $1,300 an ounce.
2) The yen is losing value quickly because of the shift in the Chinese economy and there is a $2.5 trillion loss in China since the beginning of 2016.
3) Chinese equities halted operations on two separate occasions.
4) The fear gauge or the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index is up 13 percent.
5) China’s losses have affected the economy of the rest of Asia.
On a panel in Washington, Soros said that these facts and others could amount to a crisis that is much more serious than that of 2008. With 2016 being an election year, Soros has made his voice known in donating a $6 million check directly to support Hillary Clinton. George has always been a liberal and is not quiet about his endorsements.
When a member of a high profile business or organization is associated with racism; this usually means the death of their career. This is true for Melissa Click the University of Missouri assistant faculty member who was suspended last November for her making negative comments and actions. Apparently, Click had assaulted a camera man and tried to use some muscle to get a crowd of protesters to disperse. Her actions went viral and she was immediately shunned by the public and the university. Click has been out of the spotlight for months and is now taking measures to get her life back in order.
One thing that Click has done to make amends and to correct her mistakes is to hire the services of a public relations firm named Status Labs. This organization is in the business of repairing and restoring a person’s personal character after it has been ruined.
This organization will use a variety of different measures to reduce the problems associated with a person’s reputation. Status Labs realizes that a person’s online reputation counts for a lot in the modern age. This is because many individuals, companies and businesses search online for a person’s work history and personal information. Status Labs will help clients to get around this problem by pushing down negative search results and doing away with links that promote negative information about a person.
Status Labs knows that some negative information is warranted and they do not want to make light of serious situations or pretend like they did not happen. However, they do not want their clients or anyone else to be permanently defined by this situations. They know that people make mistakes and that they should be give a second chance to make up for their past transgressions. This is one of the main reasons why Click has used Status Labs. She is woman who needs a second chance.
FreedomPop has a “freemium” service. This kind of service has a base fee of nothing for a certain amount of data. This data is not only limited to texting; it includes voice mails, phone calls, texts, and smart phone data. The company has seen a large surge of popularity since it has started up.
FierceWireless recently covered a new expansion that FreedomPop is talking about. This new expansion would take the currently US and UK only company into Europe. It would expand the company into 25 European countries, to be exact.
Though free services are always available, the data is limited to 200 MB a month. For an extra $10, users can purchase an extra 500 MB a month. There is no limit to how many extra MBs can be bought by a customer. A SIM card can be purchased for $10 as well, and access to a global hotspot costs $50.
Despite the option to not pay anything for extra services, almost half of FreedomPop’s customers pay for something extra every month. The conversation from free to paying to something is good, too; 48% of people who use FreedomPop in the USA pay now, and 40% of those in the UK.
In a world of so much competition, having an edge on the competition is likely to do a company good. With FreedomPop and Sprint teaming up, it’s no surprise that FreedomPop has seen such growth and fervor.
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The Street recently released an article that analyzed the Soros Fund Management major sale of all stocks in Chevron, Chesapeake Energy and NRG Energy. The article questioned whether Soros and his firm knew something about the future of the energy sector. It then cautioned most investors to wait until more facts and figures are revealed.
Investors should have a much better idea of whether to hang on to their shares or sell like George Soros did, after many companies release their earnings statement for 2015. The Baker-Hughes Rig Count is also being released this coming Friday and that is expected to shed some light on the energy situation.
The article went on to highlight some of the current issues in the oil industry. The main concern is that while a drop in oil prices does help the average American with their spending, the broad implication is negative. That broader implication is that there are 9 million American jobs in oil, which makes up 5 percent of total employment.
The article mentioned attempts to fix the oil price issue among the biggest oil producing countries. Unfortunately, Iran had no interest in coming to any agreement due to wanting revenge for the hardships that sanctions have brought. Saudi Arabia and Russia attempted to sway Iran into freezing oil production in order to bring up the price, but to no avail.
This move to sell shares in the energy sector is a big one for the Soros Fund, but it is not their first. This is the firm that broke the Bank of England because he shorted the British Pound. He did a similar thing with several Asian currencies and through these type of moves, George Soros is now worth almost 25 billion dollars.
George Soros did not start out with a lot of money, though. He was actually born in Budapest in 1930 and spent his childhood living under Nazi and then Communist rule. Soros fled in 1947 and decided to study at the London School of Economics. After graduating, he moved to the United States and worked successfully for many years as an investor for various New York firms.
In the 1970s, Soros decided to start Soros Fund Management and started helping people make billions of dollars. He had years where he created a 100 percent return and would rarely create a return of less than 30 percent. After, Soros made his billions, he decided to concentrate on his philanthropy, the Open Society Foundations. This charity works to help individuals create more transparent governments, more open societies and more human rights for every individual on the earth.
For those who would like to read The Street’s full article, go here: http://www.thestreet.com/story/13465588/2/week-ahead-in-energy-does-george-soros-know-something-we-don-t.html
Investment banking differs markedly from retail banking. Bank branches where you deposit paychecks, checks and cash are part of the retail banking world. Retail banks also known as commercial banks loan money for mortgages and may also offers credit cards to consumers. Commercial banks also offer certificates of deposits, savings accounts and checking accounts. The main way that retail banks function is they take money from an individual or business and then loan a portion of that money to someone else in the form of loans or credit. The retail bank makes money off of interest charged to people who have taken loans or use credit.
Investment banks play a very different role in the economy. To start, most investment banks do not have branches that will accept deposits of cash or checks like commercial banks do. You won’t find certificates of deposit or savings account at investment banks either. Investment banks instead invest money into stocks, commodities such as corn, oil, precious metals and cotton. They buy and sell stocks, bonds and commodities and try to make a profit off these items. Investment banks are actively involved in trading goods and financial derivatives. Commercial banks typically do not do this.
Another important job that investment banks do, is raising money for companies by determining the value of company stock, and then actually trying to sell the stocks on the markets. Investment banks often charge a fee for this service or they are paid on a commission basis for every share of stock sold. Helping companies acquire and merge with other firms is another job that investment banks do.
Investment banking can be a very lucrative field with big payoffs. Martin Lustgarten, the founder of investment banking firm Lustgarten Martin has a made fortune in the field of investment banking. Mr. Lustgarten approaches investments with a very cautious eye and compares the possibility of a payoff when the possibility of losing money before making an investment. This approach has minimized losses for Lustgarten Martin and has kept his firm profitable.
Investment banker Martin Lustgarten has a great deal of knowledge of the Central, South and North American markets. His insight has helped him spot profitable investments and avoid many pitfalls that abound in developing countries. Mr. Lustgarten resides with his family in Florida. His firm is also located in Florida, outside of Jacksonville.