US Political Situation

George Soros Says 2016 is like 08

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Investor George Soros has said that the current market situation is like 2008. He is an important democratic investor and donor and has had a large say in democratic election candidates in the past ( He donated $6 million recently to a PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s election and this has added to past donations (
Although in 2004 Forbes billionaire Soros donated $20million to fight the election of George W Bush, he dialed back his spending since then. He scaled back in 2012 and has since recommitted to the Clinton campaign. He also donated to the Clinton campaign earlier in the year.

Since Soros is concerned about the markets being like 2008, this could be a reason he is re-upping he is support for the Clinton campaign. He has also previously been a philanthropist, helping black students go to college in South Africa during apartheid. He has also donated to various causes around the world. (

Other parties have given to democratic candidates such as the Sabans, but Soros of course is quite well known to the electorate. The super PAC supporting Clinton has brought in a sum of money this year over $30m ( It will be interesting to see if Soros donates more money to the democratic campaign and whether he has further opinions on the Presidency.

Soros regretted supporting President Obama over Clinton in 2008 according to private sources and perhaps this is why he is keen to support Clinton this time. Also, some sources predict the markets to be in for a challenging ride and perhaps this could be an an issue for Soros.

Either way, Soros is clearly a person of interest in the 2016 election, and Priorities USA the super PAC courted him clearly. His support for Hillary has been clear and hopefully we will learn the specific reasons for this support soon.

Investment Guru

Sam Tabar’s Rise to Succession

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New York City attorney, Sam Tabar has the experience and skills that cover a broad range of legal areas. In corporate, Tabar’s emphasis is primarily in financial markets, advising clients on various aspects of their organization and continued operations, in multiple jurisdictions. In business development, his talents include negotiating contracts, facilitating contract compliance, and structuring competitive strategic alliances and relationships. Overall, his clients have included hedge funds, private equity funds, investment banks, and insurance companies.

A Rapid Start

After excelling at Oxford University, with honors, LinkedIn shows Tabar enrolled at Columbia Law School. He began his career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP, tasked with advising high net worth clients in investment management activities that included transactional and regulatory issues related to their business, their operations, and various financing activities. Considered a strong candidate for a number of positions, Tabar moved on to PMA Investment Advisors. Drawing on his proven expertise in business development, and developing a great reputation at PMA, he was promoted to Managing Director, tasked with operating a $2 billion dollar hedge fund account.

Sam Tabar left PMA Investment Advisors to join Bank of America in 2011, as the Director and Head of Capital Strategy, and by 2013, Tabar was attracted to the opportunities offered by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Taking charge as Senior Associate, he advised on structuring and instituting investment funds, in particular hedge funds, and investment transactions and relations with investors. Tabar also advised on regulatory issues impacting funds and their managers.

Continuity and Growth

Tabar has always had an unwavering sense of his own destiny. In 2014, he left Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and tapped into the potential of a start-up company, THINX. The company develops undergarments for women, specifically targeted during a women’s menstruation. The “period-panties” are composed of a special absorbent fabric to ensure the flow of a woman’s monthly period does not ruin her underwear.  This inspired Sam Tabar to undertake his own mission with AWI, a charity to help African youth.

Sam Tabar’s biggest inspiration is perhaps the persistent question of “how can he help others?” While he doesn’t consider himself an activist, he is committed to finding ways to help others.  Instagram does a great job of showcasing how Sam goes about this journey.

Business Leaders/Public Relations

Darius Fisher Shows How to Keep Talent

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Keeping top talent inside of the business is very important. It can often prove challenging to continually restart with new employees every few months or so. This results in a massive drop off in productivity, not only while the position remains empty, but while the new employee is trained and while someone is required to move away from their own work to help train the individual If you are a business owner, how should you go about improving this and assisting employees with their overall quality of work? You need to make sure they are happy. Happy employees who feel appreciated are less likely to leave work for any reason. While potential advancements may arise in other businesses, you never want lateral movement. This is where someone moves from your company to another company to take the exact same job. This is where Darius Fisher steps in and shows how you can improve your relationship with employees, which in turn reduces the chances of them leaving.

First of all, your employees need to feel appreciated. There are a few ways to do this. First, you should keep them in the loop. This means tell your employees what is happening with the company. They shouldn’t be caught off guard. You should also acknowledge when they do something good. Everyone likes the occasional recognition for a job well done. That doesn’t just stop after being a child, it continues on, yet adults hear it less and less. Darius Fisher, the head of Status Labs, points out why this is important and how you can go about offering this recognition.

In order to produce better results, employees need incentives. They already come in and do work for you every single day, but it can be difficult to do this when there is no end in sight. Instead, offer an incentive to reach a particular goal. This gives them the chance to improve it and to push through to the end. Receiving that award, whether it is a gift certificate to a restaurant or movie or something else, it is usually well worth the effort.

Dog's Health

High Quality Dog Foods Are Hitting The Market

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There are many different types of dog food that are available. There are small corporations that produce dog food, and large corporations are also involved in the production of dog food. The quality of dog foods that are being made has gone up significantly in recent times. This is because people are beginning to be mindful of what their dogs are eating. Dogs have become beloved family members, rather than simply animals that people keep. Many dog food production companies are adjusting to these changes. Nestle Purina works on creating very nutritious and high quality dog foods. One of these high quality lines of dog food is Beneful. Beneful is wildly popular, and it is easily available. Many millions of dogs eat Beneful all the time.

Beneful has natural materials, such as meats, grains, and vegetables. This gives the Beneful foods an excellent taste for dogs. It also helps to boost the nutrient content of the foods. This helps the health of dogs in a twofold approach. For one, the food tends to be quite nutritious. Therefore, there is more nutrients in each serving of Beneful. Additionally, dogs really enjoy eating Beneful. This makes sure that dogs eat enough of the dog food to get the full benefits.

Furthermore, there are different kinds of Beneful available on Amazon. Beneful takes three age ranges into account when making the products. They make Beneful that is designed for puppies, grown dogs, and elderly dogs. There also are types of Beneful that cater to dogs with specific needs. For instance, there is a Beneful that is designed for weight loss. This type of Beneful has all the necessary nutrients for canine health. However, it also has a lesser amount of calories.

You can also get Beneful in different forms. There are several different flavors of Beneful, such as beef, chicken, and fish. However, you can also get Beneful in both wet and dry forms. Different dogs have different tastes when it comes to this.

Beneful is just one of the excellent dog foods that are on the market today. There are many others. Dog food is becoming increasingly nutritious. People are paying more attention to the health of their pets, and pet food manufacturers are taking the same approach.



Investment Guru

CCMP Equity Firm CEO Stephen Murray

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Stephen Murray was a well-known investor and philanthropist. He attended Boston College where from where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in economics. Later, Murray attended Columbia Business School and earned his master’s degree in business administration. Murray kicked off his career in 1984 at Manufacturers Hanover Cooperation where he became a member of the credit analyst training team. Later in 1989, he joined the MH Cooperation. In 2005, Stephen Murray was appointed as the head of buyout business at the JP Morgan Partners. Murray was a co-founder of the CCMP Capital, a global private equity firm that specializes in buyouts and growth equity investments. In his career, Murray has also served as a board member of major companies such as the General Power Systems, AMC Entertainment, and The Vitamin Shoppe among many others. As a philanthropist, Murray has served as a Vice Chairman of the board of trustees at Boston College. He was also a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Make a Wish Foundation that is located in Metro New York. In his life and career, Murray has supported many organizations among them, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Stamford Museum and Columbia Business School.

CCMP Capital is a global private equity firm. It majorly specializes the functions in buyout and growth equity investments in North America and Europe. The financial organization began operating as an independent company in 2006. The name CCMP is an acronym that reflects the organizations that involved in the formation of CCMP Capital, these groups include Chemical Ventures, Chase Capital, Manufacturers Hanover Capital/J.P Morgan, and Partners. The Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has invested in various companies whose size ranges from 250 million US dollars to two billion US dollars. The amount of equity financed by CCMP Capital in these firms range from 100 million US dollars to 500 million US dollars. The private equity firm invests in these companies with the objective of:
• Offering estate diversification solutions to the founder-owned business.
• Enabling corporate curve-outs and management buyouts.
• Converting public companies into privately owned institutions.
• Growing businesses that are going through the development stage.
• Equalizing over-levered capital structures.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital advisers according to Linked In have invested more than 16 million US dollars in buyout and growth equity transactions since 1984. The equity firm invests in four major targeted sectors that include consumer/retail, industrial, healthcare, and chemicals/energy. It invests in these sectors by leveraging combined strengths of the firm’s proprietary operating resources and industry expertise. The private equity firm has built its reputation globally as a world-class investment partner. The company’s experienced management team and its powerful value creation model have made it famous globally. At the beginning of this year, it was announced by CCMP Capital Advisers that they had appointed a new managing director to the firm. Mr. Robert Toth was named to the position to be a full-time investment member whose responsibility will be to source new investment opportunities for the equity firm.

Business Leaders

A Review of the Xiaomi Smartphone and Its Impact in Brazilian Market

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The demand for Smartphone has risen significantly in the last decade. As the technology also advances, the Smartphone are competing to outdo each other to win the market. China is also a rising manufacturer of Smart phones with a reduced price as compared to other countries. The new Xiaomi Smartphone has hit the market with good sales with many consumers liking its quality and cheap technology.

Flavio Maluf reviews the Xiaomi Smartphone and its impact on the Brazilian market. According to information published on his website, the new smart model has gained significant sales owing to its low price and quality. The businesses are changing their focuses to internet marketing especially in social media. The reason for this is the migration of business to the online market platform. Xiaomi captures the change in its business model and its entry to Brazilian market combined two important aspects, price, and quality.

The Xiaomi Smartphone is more affordable to Brazilian than its competitors like Apple. The Chinese model has won the Brazilian market by winning the consumers by providing the features found in more expensive models with a low price. The Xiaomi smart phone is a product of Xiaomi Company founded by Lei Jun in may 2010. The first device to b e released into the market was on 2011.

In the third quarter of 2011, the Smartphone made over 17.3 million sales. The company also estimated to make over 60 million handsets at the end of the year to cater for the huge demand. The great success was due to the company’s swift response to consumer questions regarding the model. The company had an efficient customer care ensuring the customer complaints were solved in time. The company ranks second in Asia in both sales and quality.

Flavio provided regular reviews of technology devices in his website. He is a mechanical engineer by profession. Flavio is also the president of the Eucatex Company the family corporation. It’s the first and pioneer company in Brazil to invest in forest products. The company currently exports wood products in the world.  Something Flavio has been very proud of on his Twitter account.

Wikipedia shows that Maluf is also a graduate of New York University in administration. He serves as the president of Grand foods. The company specializes in providing farmers with technology to increase their yield and maximize profits. Flavio graduated from the prestigious FAAP institution in San Paulo. He joined Eucatex in 1987 and became president in 1997. He is reachable through his Facebook and linked in profiles.

Philanthropic Leadership

Russia Bans George Soros Funded Charities

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The Russian government has banned two charities founded by billionaire investor George Soros, report. The official reason given by Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office is that the charities – the Open Society Foundation and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – represent a threat to the “foundations of the constitutional system” of the Russian Federation and also the “security of the state.”

CNBC also reported that after the announcement more than 50 books related to the charities were burned in a college in northern Russia, according to Russian news reports. College libraries in the republic of Komi were raided and 53 books associated to the George Soros foundations were seized.

An additional 427 other books were also seized in order to be shredded, according to reports.

Some believe that this action is retribution against Soros because he urged leaders of the West to increase their aid to Ukraine, which has been subject to Russian aggression. Soros called for the West to contribute up to $50 billion to Ukraine in an effort to stop Russian inroads into the country.

Soros has been a target of the Russian government because his foundations actively finance opposition groups in the country. He is seen as a “puppet master” fostering revolutions of former Soviet states by the current Russian government.

The Open Society released a statement saying that despite the Russian government’s claims they have helped to protect the rights of all Russians and strengthen the Russian rule of law. They also regret that the current actions have hindered them in their support of “Russian civil society.”

In a separate statement Soros declared this action as a “temporary aberration” and that “the aspirations of the Russian people for a better future” will ultimately win out.

THe Open Society Foundations were founded by Soros in 1979 and are currently active in 70 countries around the world. In 2013 they closed their offices in Russia but has continued to fund many civil society organization in the country.

The Soros funded charities have been added to a list of “undesirable organizations” by the Russian government in an attempt to stop foreign governments for meddling in the affairs of Russia to secure their national security.

On its website The Open Society states that its mission is to “build vibrant and tolerant” societies around the world where the presiding government is open to the “participation of all people.” They also strive to create civil societies that “ keep government power in check.”

Business Leaders

Wall Street and Brad Reifler

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For many business executives, working with seasoned veterans from Wall Street can be a bit intimidating. However, for those who have spent years themselves consulting with Wall Street firms and developing strategies that have been used by companies around the world, it is anything but intimidating. That’s the case with Brad Reifler, who has not only built a reputation for excellence as an entrepreneur and investor in various areas of business, but has also gained the respect of Wall Street managers and other financial professionals around the world.

No matter which company Brad has started, success has always followed. Whether it’s Reifler Trading Company, Pali Capital, or in his present position as CEO of Forefront Capital, Brad has always demonstrated the skills needed to build a successful team that will work together and follow his direction. This has been demonstrated time and time again with his sales strategies, which have been used everywhere he has been to help his companies grow. In many cases, he has used strategies involving in-depth credit analysis and global research to get results that many thought were simply not possible. Even when others fear failure is on the horizon, Brad knows that with hard work and determination, it is not failure but instead success that is soon to follow.

Considered to be one of the business world’s best teachers and consultants, Brad’s services have been in very high demand in recent years. A regular consultant to many businesses in the Asia-Pacific region, he communicates on an almost daily basis with economists from China and nearby nations, helping them better understand how their economies and that of the United States can work together to make each stronger. A firm believer in a strong world economy, Brad has always felt that it is through the relationships developed with others in the business world that will ultimately lead to the levels of success all companies and individuals hope to achieve.

With his burning desire to achieve success for himself and others, Brad is poised in the years ahead to make that happen, and his profile is more loaded than ever with all of his new projects and interests. With his reputation continuing to expand around the world, it’s expected that Brad’s services will be sought after even more so than they are now. While he continues to build Forefront Capital into a financial services powerhouse, he will also continue his commitment to help both large and small investors achieve the financial goals they seek.

Business Leaders/Compliance Officers

Helane Morrison Shows the Value of a Compliance Officer

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The Rapid Growing Profession

The compliance officer is one profession that is growing at a rapid pace. This is a newer job that has not been in place for a long period of time. In the last 20 years this profession has exploded from having zero jobs to now blooming into tens and thousands of jobs. This is certainly a profession that is needed.

The Role of a Compliance Officer

The compliance officer has the ability to prevent fraud in the workplace as well as having the role of fixing problems that arise or are beginning to arise. Compliance officers much meet fraud or unethical behavior head-on such as Helane Morrison, Hall Capital’s chief compliance officer’s assessment of Metropolitan.

The following are some of the roles that an officer of compliance will be responsible for. These include:

* risk assessments
* investigation
* education
* the fixing of ethical and regulatory problems
* the implementing of compliance programs

Prevention is incorporated in the role of the compliance officer. Preventing problems and preventing fraud. There is much to this overall role. The compliance officer will keep the employees from making mistakes, the goal of this would be to prevent any punitive actions.

The Necessary Skills

The compliance officer must possess some standard skills in order to be effective. These include the following:

* the ability to have an influence of the leaders of a company
* strong people skills
* solid technical skills

Leadership will play a big role in solving the problems in a company. If the leadership has not been influenced previously, the problems most likely will continue because they must be dealt with in order to be resolved. There are several universities that do offer a formal degree program for those who wish to pursue this career.

Helene Morrison and A New Era

Helene is part of this new era of compliance, marketing, and fundraising. Ms. Morrison holds the following positions at Hall Capital Partners LLC. These include:

* General Counsel
* Chief Compliance Officer

These are vital positions that do lead to high standards. There is absolutely no false advertising allowed. The prohibiting of misleading statements and puffery is enforced because it lacks ethics and high standards.

Helane Morrison Requests Corrections

Ms Morrison is a lawyer with many requests. The requests have been for the corrections in business practices. These requests have been a result of the last three years that include the requests along with deficiency letters under her direction. She has been the director of the enforcement program of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This has been in the San Franciso District Office.

Learn more about Helane’s career on her LinkedIn or her Crunchbase profile.

Real Estate

TOWN Residential Runs An Analysis Of Fourth Quarter Real Estate Numbers In New York

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TOWN Residential is a New York developer who participates in commercial projects, residential projects and helps sell private homes to its clients. The firm itself is committed to the New York market, and they release The Aggregate every quarter to share their analysis of real estate numbers in the city. The fourth quarter of 2015 was quite substantial, and the fourth quarter has something to say about the coming year in 2016. This article explains what TOWN Residential believes will happen in 2016.

#1: The Fourth Quarter Was Intense

The fourth quarter in New York real estate was so substantial that numbers were still on the rise in certain parts of the city. Volume was quite high, and buyers were still paying quite a lot of money for all their purchases. TOWN believes that prices in the city will begin to flatten out over time, but the prices will still remain quite high. Someone who has a building on the market will garner a high price, but that price is not likely to rise again.

#2: Buyers Are Not Losing

Buyers are not losing money while searching for the perfect building or home. Buyers had an honest fear in 2015 that prices would rise too much in a day to make waiting affordable. Buyers in 2016 may take their time to make a decision, and the prices on the market as a whole will not shoot up overnight. TOWN sees a much calmer year for its residential buyers, and its commercial buyers need not spend their money immediately in order to garner savings.

#3: Prospects For 2016

Virtual Strategy Marketing first reported these numbers, and their article states that 2016 will be a strong year for real estate in New York City. Prices are already quite high, but there is no reason for anyone to believe that prices will continue to rise. The high prices in the city have broken records recently, and the records will not fall again. The housing market in New York is bullish, but it is not out of control.

TOWN Residential created a stellar report on real estate in New York, and their magazine shows that prices have reached a plateau. Their analysis of the situation offers hope for buyers and sellers in the city. Sellers will make quite a lot of money, but buyers will not continue to spend more money every day they wait to buy.