When George Soros speaks, people listen, and have been doing so for years. Now one of the thirty richest people in the world, Soros was born into a Jewish family in Budapest. Having escaped the Nazi occupation of Hungary and emigrated to England, Soros worked his own way through a university degree from the London School of Economics. His business acumen brought him to the USA, where in 1970 he founded Soros Fund Management; in 2010 this organization was rated one of the world’s most profitable hedge funds. From this background George Soros has emerged not only as one of the savviest financiers in history, but as one of the world’s great philanthropists as well. He has given away more than $11 billion, funding humanitarian, educational, and politically liberal causes in many nations around the world. To assist this activity he founded The Open Society Foundation in 1993.
George Soros has been true to his personal history in supporting a number of causes in Central Europe, among these his support of the Central European University in Budapest. During the rocky period of the breakup of the Soviet Union, George Soros assisted the transition to capitalism in a variety of ways. He has been active in opposing apartheid in South Africa and human rights in the USA. So it comes as no surprise that George Soros would cause some attention recently in an article for MarketWatch.
In his article, George Soros addresses the need for a solid and uniformly applied plan to deal with the immigration crisis in the European Union. Swamped with refugees rushing into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, member states of the EU have been desperately trying to impose some kind of order. Right-wing governments such as that of Hungary have been issuing their own dictates and forming their own policies concerning their border security. But this is a very bad step, Soros insists, one that is basically opposed to the EU’s basic commitment to the ontological rights of human beings. Any policy involving the refugees must be one that recognizes their human rights; on this point Soros is adamant. Such a policy must be supported by the United Nations as well, which must treat the refugee crisis as a global issue. To this end, Soros proposes a six-step plan. First, the European Union must accept that it will have to resettle and support at least a million refugees annually; these people have the right to participate in the selection of the place they are settled, and can be supported by the sale of bonds. Secondly, Middle Eastern countries like Turkey that are currently sheltering refugees must be given financial support. The EU needs to set up a single Asylum and Migration Agency to deal with all Europe’s borders and insure that refugees crossing the Mediterranean won’t be putting their lives at risk. Such an agency would establish global standards for treating refugees. Finally, the European Union should organize and mobilize various groups from the private sector (churches, NGO’s, non-profit organizations) to assist in implementing the details of its policies. The ultimate goal: keep the EU true to its human-rights principles.
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The Justice Department and the Security and Exchange Commission are turning up the heat on corporations that like to bend the rules in order to increase profits. Investors and corporate executives are feeling the heat from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Yates recently told a group of investment bankers that the Justice Department will increase their efforts to prosecute Chief Compliance Officers and other corporate executives that condone corporate misconduct, according to Helane Morrison, the Chief Compliance Office and General Counsel of Hall Partners LLC in San Francisco.
Sally Yates recently announced the hiring of Hui Chen as the compliance counsel for the Department of Justice. Chen is a former federal prosecutor, and she also worked for Microsoft, Standard Charter Bank, and Pfizer. Morrison was the regional director of the Security and Exchange Commission in San Francisco before joining Hall Partners.
The Yates memo did point out there were several challenges involved with pursuing executives for corporate violations. There are endless paper trails to follow and it’s hard to identify the decision-making responsibility in many corporations, according to Morrison. Morrison knows that because she is also an attorney and the Managing Director of Hall Capital. Morrison also said that Chen has the budget to identify and pursue individuals within corporate structures. That is a first since the DOJ, and the SEC have always had budget restrictions that prevented them from going after all the individuals that violate regulations for the sake of money.
Chief Compliance Officers know that trying to follow all the regulations to the letter is a challenge. Almost 65 percent of the Chief Compliance Officers that responded to a recent survey said that the new developments in policing regulations may force them to leave their job as CCO. The stress of being ruined financially as well as having a reputation destroyed that took years to build ay be too much to ask any CCO. Morrison believes that many chief compliance officers will resign or take a position that is not in the line of fire when it comes to prosecuting corporate misbehavior. CCOs know that jail time and large fees are possibilities if Yates and Chen do what they say they are in the process of doing.
Helane Morrison is not one of those chief compliance officers. Morrison is familiar with how the government works, and she makes sure her company is well within the boundaries set by the DOJ and the SEC.
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George Soros’ first notable philanthropic work came in 1979 when he engaged in funding young African leaders in South Africa. He issued these leaders with scholarships so that they could study abroad and increase their understanding of democracy. George Soros says that his efforts at this time played a major role in helping the leaders fight for the independence of their country. George Soros also engaged his philanthropic efforts towards the fall of communism in Germany. He gave funding to inventors of the Xerox decoder machine which was used to infiltrate Communist communication networks. He also funded the activists who pushed for the abolishment of the Communist rule on opensocietyfoundations.org and the fall of the Berlin wall. His efforts during this period of the cold war paid off with the fall of the communist rule and the Berlin wall in the country. From this time, George Soros continued engaging in philanthropic work directed towards bringing democracy and human rights to all nations worldwide.
George Soros later founded the Open Society Foundation. His major aim for forming this foundation was so that he could use it to drive his agenda of human rights respect, government accountability and the ideology of democracy all over the world. The Open Society soon grew to become a parent human rights and democracy philanthropic movement. It expanded into over 100 countries globally supporting and funding human rights organizations in this countries. With great economic success, it was easy for George Soros to influence democratic movements and human rights actions in this countries. George Soros admits that alongside his business success came an obligation to the society. He adds that he felt that he was in a position where he could do something to prevent the suffering of innocent civilians all over the world. george Soros continues to say that all he does in the lines of human rights and democracy is to ensure that every person around the world get the best services they deserve from their governments.
On the current global economic environment on marketwatch.com, George Soros said that there is a market crisis that has been created by China. He added that from his long business markets experience and expertise he has noticed seen signs of the current crisis coming out like 2008 one. George Soros said that the consistent rise of interest rates in third world countries and the collapse of stocks trade in Asian markets are the same indicators that were seen in 2008. He adds that currently its even worse, as Europe won’t be able to try and rectify the situation this time as previously. George Soros says that Europe is already in a turmoil of crises and it is currently economically weak. He adds that the Euro itself is diminishing in value, and the region has to achieve unity if it hopes to revive itself.
Going in a different direction than most investment firms, Forefront Capital has decided to institute a new initiative for non-accredited investors, according to a Reuters article. Founder Brad Reifler is exited to offer a new way for the average Joe to invest. He claims in the article for a long time he was only “focusing on the accredited investor that makes $200,000 a year or has a net worth of more than a million dollars not counting their house.” His change of heart came when trying to assist his father-in-law, who owned an RV repair shop before retirement, with investing and realizing there just weren’t many options out there for the other 99 percent.
Although the guidelines for accredited investors were meant to protect shareholders from risky investments, Bloomberg indicates that Reifler thinks it is unfair to suppose the average Joe isn’t smart enough to form opinions on investment. The new Forefront Capital initiative, Forefront Income Trust will give an investment opportunity to the middle class. Middle class investors are allowed to invest a minimum of $2,500 in products that are not correlated to the stock market diversifying portfolios and reducing risk.
A graduate of Bowdoin College, CrunchBase shows Reifler started in the 1980s to work his way up in the business world starting out with Reifler Trading Company which managed discretionary accounts and then evolved into an institutional research firm. Working his way through the financial sector, Reifler became known as an expert in finances and investments trusted by many companies. He founded Pali Capital in 1995. The firm grew greatly within 13 years and earned $1 billion in commission income and employed 300 people.
Forefront Capital was started in 2009. Brad Reifler has been able to grow the business by differentiated product offerings as he had done in the past with his other companies. Forefront has attracted some of the most influential and talented business leaders across the world including a winner of the equivalent of Nobel Prize of Economics in China. Check out Brad Reifler’s tips for investment for further reading.
Following in the family footsteps, Dick and Betsy DeVos are constantly of expanding their Business Empire. Atop their already established chain of businesses, Dick and Betsy now seek to add a liquor company, Coppercraft Distillery, that they are about to acquire from the Holland Township Company. The proprietor of the company, Walter Catton, said that he has been looking for an investor to help expand the business and it seems like he just found one in Windquest Group, Dick DeVos Grand Rapids-based Company.
The Windquest Group is one of the companies owned by Dick and his wife Betsy is a management firm that oversees the administration of the couple’s chain of enterprises. These companies mainly fall under the technological and manufacturing sectors. For instance, one such company under the Windquest banner is the Electrotherm Company that runs the green machine project that converts waste heat from manufacturing companies to electricity. Dick is on record noting that he is only interested in investing in investments that are environmentally sound and economically viable while not just relying on tax incentives.
Dick is a serial entrepreneur whose accomplishments stretch far beyond the West Michigan neighborhood. He started working in the family businesses before moving on and establishing his conglomerate. He began working for the family company, Amway, in various divisions before rising to become its president heading its overall operations in over 18 countries. When his family acquired the Orlando Magic basketball club, he was appointed CEO and President before jumping back to Amway to succeed his father as president of the company. By the time he left the company presidency in 2012, he had transformed the company and solidified its stakes not just in the United States but also in the overseas markets. He is currently the President and CEO of Windquest company.
Apart from business, Dick is also a widely known philanthropist. He and his wife are regularly donating and funding various charitable organizations in West Michigan. For instance, he has established the West Michigan Aviation Academy, a high school sponsoring bright West Michigan students wishing to further their career in the aviation industry. He has also co-founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos family foundation that donates to charity.
Business industries are characterized by new trends and increased competition, which requires new visions and innovations to ascend to new heights. In turn, this field requires leaders that can drive a vision and inspire innovations to meet expectations of the new workforce. Sam Tabar is a business leader whose massive contributions to the business industry cannot escape the public eye.
Sam Tabar is a prominent New York-City based attorney and financial strategist which is reflected in his LinkedIn credentials. He received a bachelor of arts with honors from Oxford University in 2001 and proceeded to Columbia law school. At this prestigious institution, Tabar served as Associate Editor of the Columbia Business Law, with full educational accolades listed on About.me.
Sam’s remarkable career started in September 2001, shortly after his graduation. He joined one of the most prestigious law firms as an Associate. The firm was known as Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher, and Flom LLP. With his outstanding skills in financial markets, Sam had an opportunity to counsel clients on hedge fund memoranda, side letters and regulatory, employment and compliance issues while at Skadden.
Climbing another step higher in 2004, Sam Tabar left Skadden and joined a unit of Sparx Group Co. located in Hong Kong, PMA Investment Advisors. In September of the same year, Sam’s Career ascended again to a higher level when he was promoted to the position of the managing director and assistant head in charge of business development. The new post saw him manage all facets of global marketing and investor relations for a $2 billion hedge fund.
Sam’s boundless experience in investments and startup businesses enabled him to design a strategic marketing plan for his firm, which targeted institutional investors, ultra-high-net worth clients and large family offices globally. He produced a personal rolodex of over 2000 potential qualified investors and created over 400 investor introductions. Tabar’s innate business skills also helped the firm raise $1.2 billion in assets.
The remarkable financial strategist joined the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in February 2011. He served as the director and In charge of capital strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. Sam became the director of Adanac LLC, BVI in December of the following year. In September 2013, Sam joined Schulte Roth and Zabel LLP as a senior associate. Now in 2015 he’s recently become the CEO of FullCycle Fund.
The prominent attorney added THINX, a startup company that helps women in Africa and America, to his investment portfolio. Sam Tabar believes that this startup is special since it encourages the people of the community to think about global issues and donate through their own purchases. Sam also created a GoFundMe page to help further take up African causes.
The fight for sales in the $11 billion premium dog food market is spiking and brands are trying to innovate in a variety of different ways. Namely, these brands are counting on customers being increasingly concerned with the health and wellness of their pets, much as many people are increasingly interested in their own health. Their offerings are commonly unique and try to meet various market niches. Some brands are engineering diets that bring dogs back to their roots with raw meats mixed with probiotic foods, as is offered by the Vital Raw line and seek to better embody the eating habits of dogs during the time period during which they first evolved. This hearkens back to the paleo diet that many people are going after and many feel as if these diets are healthier and more natural than the higher processed foods. Other brands are going for the more natural route and using fresh beef and chicken without preservatives as market pioneer Freshpet is doing. Their sales have recently climbed to over $100 million but many are doubtful of their long-term success as these products are significantly more expensive than alternatives, even in the premium dog food market. With 15,000 refrigerators this represents a large capital outlay though Freshpet is anticipating profit in 2016. Dog food behemoth, Beneful, owned by Nestle, has joined the market with a unique website that allows dog owners to choose their own blends of dog food that can be special designed for their own pet. Each pet in a family can even have their own blend of dog food which is particularly useful for dog owners with different breed dogs with completely different nutritional needs and tastes. Beneful isn’t stopping there, however, and is making specialty dog foods that are designed to provide pet owners with elderly dogs food that is easier to digest and therefore less intrusive for them than normal pet foods. These Beneful foods have triglycerides with fat from coconut oil that is easier for elderly dogs to process and digest. As you have seen there are a wide range of premium dog food options available for dog owners that are different and unique ways to provide your dog with high quality foods.
In recent years I have become very fascinated with Igor Cornelsen and his wonderful investment tips. I was nursing a failing portfolio back to health, and the tips that have been given by Igor Cornelsen have made it much easier for me to build up a healthy portfolio that is diverse.
I do not know if I would have ever even considered Brazilian stocks if it wasn’t for Cornelsen. I didn’t know anything about the import and export industry there. To the contrary, the only thing that I knew about in Brazil was the love of soccer and the beautiful beaches. I had experienced Brazil as a tourist. I have never considered Brazil as an investor. It was Igor that talked about the export industry that is so big in Brazil. All of the natural resources that were available made this the perfect country for investing.
Igor Cornelsen knows a lot about Brazil because he lived in Latin America for so many years. His experience has proven to be invaluable to me and my family. I know that there is red tape to be expected with some of the investment opportunities, but Igor prepared me for all of that. I didn’t become frightened by the red tape that is involved in some of the investing because Cornelsen had already mentioned that.
The thing that I like the most about Igor Cornelsen is his willingness to give the free advice. He has an investment consulting firm, but he has given some of his best tips away for free. I think that this has a lot to do with his passion to see other people making the most of their investment opportunities.
Another thing that I really like about Cornelsen is his ability to become a leader on brandyourself.com that takes his own advice. There are many investors that may be preaching one thing and doing something different to preserve their own financial standing. Cornelsen is not one of those investors. He teaches from principles that he applies to his own life. Cornelsen also investors in those stocks that he encourages other people to pursue.
I didn’t know much about Brazilian stocks, but I took a leap of faith based on recommendations that Igor Cornelsen on imgfave has made over the years. I have found myself in a place where I have been fortunate to reap great returns from the Brazilian index file. This falls in line for what Igor Cornelsen mentions when he tells people not to put all of their money into one particular stock. With an index fund I am investing in a lot of different Brazilian stocks. This is a wonderful addition to my collection of stocks, mutual funds and 401K investments for retirement.
If there is one thing that stands out about Jon Urbana, it is that he has an apparently fresh curiosity of life. This gets him to explore many different possibilities and learn different skills. The more skills he learns, the more people are going to learn from him. One thing that he likes to do is to teach people lacrosse skills at his camp, Next Level Lacrosse Camp.
As the camp’s head coach, Urbana likes to help his campers build their understanding of the sport. He not only lectures and talks to campers on Facebook about building their lives off the field, but also shows them how he does it with live videos. He demonstrates to people that it could be done. When people hear about something, it is one thing. When they see it in action being done by Jon Urbana as he did for Villanova, then that takes it to a whole new level.
Among the activities he likes to do is to help preserve the environment. With his GoFundMe persistence, Urbana takes part in making sure that the earth is taken care of. He also takes in children and trains them to take part in preserving the environment. Children need direction, and Urbana’s fun videos give them this direction. When they are left without direction, then they are vulnerable to destructive activities.
Jon Urbana shows the above and other activities on his official blog. He makes sure that he keeps an active daily presence across his different social media platforms. Facebook is one of his most active platforms. He also uses Twitter and Instagram in order to promote his activities as an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.
Among the activities that he promotes as a social media presence is his music via Soundcloud. He shares his photography on Tumblr and even his own site. Jon Urbana has demonstrated that he has a great eye for photography. He uses it to create some good pictures to show on his pages.
He can also market his pictures with his business background if he wants to sell his photos. For one thing, he has majored in business when he went to a university. Given the education that he has received, he knows how to utilize the many different marketing methods. He is also good at online marketing due to updating his Medium feed. Therefore, anything he wants to sell could be easily sold.
Learn more about Jon at https://about.me/jon.urbana