Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Stock Market of 2016

Overview

The stock market is one of the most common ways for people to save for retirement. Over the long term, the stock market generally provides a solid return for people who are willing to think about their finances many years down the road. However, there are a lot of people who have lost money in the stock market this year. James Dondero is a person who has a lot of experience in the stock market as far as investing goes. He has been able to help a lot of people with their retirement through the years. To start off the year, the stock market has not been doing well at all. Anyone looking for high returns is going to have trouble doing so. Here are some things to remember about the stock market in 2016.

Rate of Return

The rate of return is the most important metric in the stock market. Over the long term, investors hope to have a high rate of return. This will affect how much money they build up over time. If you are someone who is interested in investing, there are a lot of different ways that you can do so in the market today. Always work on trying to increase your rate of return. There are many people who are not able to do so because of the direction of the market. James Dondero, CEO of Highland Capital Management, is a great resource of information for anyone who is looking to learn more about the market overall. Not only does he have a lot of experience in the market, but he has been there for many people as they try to increase their rate of return. You can see Jim and his team ring the NYSE Closing Bell below.

Oil Prices

One of the biggest reasons that the current stock market is in decline is the price of oil. Although there has been a recent bounce in the price of oil, there are a lot of people who doubt how long it will last. There are many people who are interested in buying up oil companies. Although this sounds like a good idea, there is going to be a lot of short term volatility for people who are willing to get through it. Always think long term when it comes to investing in stocks. There are a lot of people who have been able to increase their overall investing returns by buying companies when the market is down.

This article recapped http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/22/us-markets.html

Brenda Wardle Expresses Her Opinion on Racism Expose By Woke Twitter

The power of the internet simply put is just amazing. It has led revolutions and initiated changes affecting entire nations of the world and just recently three racism propagators; Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart, and Justin Van Vurem, felt its wrath in Cape Town. Their racist tweets, aimed at the black South Africans landed on the vigilant eyes of Woke Twitter that nationalized them creating an online buzz about them that prompted the National authorities to institute charges against them.

What is woke twitter?

Woke Twitter is a faceless online movement in South Africa that calls on its members to remain conscious and vigilant of the online activities of different individuals. The movement mobilizes social media users to take actions on any form of online injustice or impunity or perpetuated against the South Africans. It is a replication of international conscious movements all over the world such as the #blacklivesmatter in the United States. To achieve this, the movement creates trending hashtags and circularizes screenshots.

On this particular case, Woke online activists captured screenshots of some racist remarks made by the three individuals and sought to bring them to the limelight. This has had dire consequences on the three as the South African state has accused them of infringing on the liberty of the South Africans by injuring their right to human dignity. Consequentially, Hart has lost his job as the Standard Bank South Africa analyst following this expose.

Brenda’s analysis of the situation

Giving her thoughts on the matter, Brenda Wardle believes that the accused can be lawfully arrested and charged with infringement of the dignity rights of the black South Africans. She further explains that the three can be charged with misuse of their limited freedom of expression and speech as well as intentionally causing injurious damage to the limitless human right to dignity. She regards their remarks as reckless and punishable under the South African laws.

Brenda Wardle is a law scholar and famed law analyst in South Africa and internationally. She has analyzed prominent cases both at the local and international level for various news and media agencies including BBC and CNN. She is the current Chief Operations Officer at the Wardle College in Johannesburg.

Brenda Wardle is author of To Kill A Fragile Rose

Greg Hague Tells Us Of A Better Way To Sell Homes

The home selling process in this country has long been established. People sell houses in a specific way. They put a house on the market with the help of a real estate agent. The house goes on the market and then enters into the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. Once the house is put into the MLS, buyers can see all the details about the house including how long the listing has been on the market. Real estate professional Gregory Hague feels this process is not helpful at all to sellers. In his view, the MLS can actually hurt the seller rather than help them sell a house.

As Greg Hague tells Forbes Magazine, the process means that any given buyer can see how long the house has been on the market. Once a house has been on the market for even as little as a month, the house may be perceived in a very negative light. Buyers may see a house that has remained on the MLS as a house that will not be a good house to buy. As Hague points out, this can lead to all kinds of problems for seller. Such problems may include a lingering mortgage that the seller does not want to pay and all kinds of fiscal problems because the seller is unable to unload the house and move somewhere else.

Hague wants to upend this process and turn the process upside down. In his view, the biggest problem is that real estate agents have not done what they need to do in order to help generate new excitement about any given property. He knows that agents are not always thinking outside of the market and keeping up with the times. This is why he and his company, Real Estate Mavericks, propose a new way to look at the real estate market. He knows that the aim of any agent should be to help sellers avoid the problem that may be as a result of lingering on the market.

He and his team of happy agents look to show real estate agents how they can use the world of publicity to help them bring a property to market and help connect with buyers who are looking to buy as soon as possible. They aim to start showing off a property as soon as possible. The real estate agent needs to bring buyers to the property who are going to see it in a new light. In doing so, they can help generate excitement and push the sale to a group of buyers who are helped to see the property as desirable and ideal for their needs. This impressive method has worked for Hague’s agents.

A New Technique For Selling Homes

With thirty five years of real estate experience under his belt, Greg Hague speaks about the way that America sells homes. His main gripe is that the same process and tactics have been being used for the last 75 years. With so many new techniques available he doesn’t understand why some changes aren’t being made. Strategies developed and used by companies like Apple and Amazon would change the way real estate sales are structured and would save home sellers as much as eight percent in losses.

Hope Marketing
Hague currently refers to our process of real estate sales as ‘hope marketing’. He calls it this because real estate agents typically go through a cookie cutter process to sell homes. A sign goes up on the front lawn, the house is listed on the MLS system and an open house will hopefully seal the deal with a seller. There is no intricate marketing or launch process used.

Better Training
There are a number of real estate programs out there that provide much more involved and newly designed tactics for selling homes. For example, Real Estate Mavericks boast techniques that are outside of the normal procedures. Their 29 day fast sale formula is designed to sell homes at their best possible pricing. You also learn how to secure clients and build up a positive reputation. This is Hague’s latest project and he hopes to turn the real estate market around with this development.

Through Hague, the Real Estate Mavericks coach agents through the initial steps of listing a home. By using excitement and demand, the goal is to generate a big influx in interest once a home is listed to create a ‘buy it now or lose it’ mentality. This can generate a higher price initially because buyers don’t want to lose a potential home. This works for the homeowner because they get a high selling price for their property and the agent is also able to develop a good reputation with a high price point average. There are many steps that occur before a sign goes up and a listing is placed on MLS. Generating curiousity and interest are more important.

An Inside Look at Brad Reifler

Brad Reifler is an entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of Forefront Advisory, and Forefront Capital Management. Reifler has more than 30 years of experience in the business.

Reifler graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from Bowdoin College. The following year, Reifler founded his first company; Reifler Trading Corporation. The Company was so successful that Refco eventually bought the company. Reifler managed Retco’s Institutional Sales Desk where he oversaw sales and execution of global derivatives, as well as creating custom investment programs for institutional and high net worth clients.

During this time, Reifler founded and served as the CEO of Pali Capital. Reifler led the company to over $200 million in profits, and opened offices all around the World. Reifler serves as Director at Symmetry Property Development LLC, as well as ITG Market Research, ROOT Exchange, and ITG Investment Research. Reifler also serves as an independent director of Sino Mercury Acquisition Corporation. Reifler has served on many different boards, including Foresight Research Solutions and the European American Investment Bank. Reifler has spoken out about his passion for the world of investing. Reifler has appeared on Yahoo Finance and Reuters, among other outlets.

Currently, Reifler’s focus is on Forefront Capital. Due to a number of subsidiaries under the Forefront umbrella, Reifler is able to attract top investment advisers, bankers, and business leaders to the firm. Many of the opportunities available to the firm are primarily due to the networking of the community.

The latest venture from Reifler and Forefront Capital is the Forefront Income Trust. Due to the increasing wage gap between upper and middle class Americans, the Forefront Income Trust is focused on finance opportunities where higher yields are made to help reduce the risk that naturally comes with potentially high yielding investment products. They want to open up to the middle class, and really make things happen.

Staying Active At The Manse On Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is an assisted living facility that is dedicated to making sure that your life is enriched while you are staying at the facility. They want to make sure that you have plenty to do, that you have plenty of options and that you don’t have to worry about a thing.

The activities are the key to enrichment at the Manse on Marsh. They know that it is really important for you to be able to stay active and they make the choice to let you decide what you want to do while you are at the Manse on Marsh. There are options that you can choose from while you are there including sports, art and even entertainment. With a theater, a recreation room and daily activities, you will never get bored after you’ve made the decision to live at the Manse on Marsh.

On their Twitter it’s pretty clear that there are living arrangements that are made to suit your needs. You don’t have to worry about being stuffed into a cube style apartment building when you are living at the Manse on Marsh. You can choose from nearly everything, including apartments that are spacious or ones that are smaller and easier to keep clean. By deciding which type of apartment or living arrangement you would like while you are there, you can ensure that all of your needs are being met. This is the key to being at home while you are living at the Manse on Marsh assisted living facility.

Options are all about making it work for you and the Manse on Marsh gives you all of the options that you could dream of while you are living there, several of them outlined on their blog. You can choose from options that allow you to choose what you are doing, allow you to set up a schedule or even try new things out. With the options that are offered by the facility that are right on campus, you can be sure that you will have a great time living there. The campus is so dedicated to options that they will even give you options when dining in the area’s beautiful climate.

Eating at the facility doesn’t have to be all about what is on the menu. If you don’t like a thing on the menu, which is actually difficult to do, you can have an item created just for you. The chefs will cook up what you would like to eat and they will be able to give you the most of what you want. By utilizing this option, you will essentially have a chef available to make you food whenever you would like to eat. Many dining options are included with your residency at the Manse on Marsh assisted living facility.  Contact them online for more info.

Kyle Bass, China, and the Bears on Wall Street

The bears are coming, and Kyle Bass is preparing America. On a recent episode of Half Time, Bass pointed out that in Europe, banks lent in excess of their Gross Domestic Product, and as a result facilitated economic declination. He points out that in China, the exact same thing is happening. Currently the Chinese banks have the country on the hook for some thirty-five trillion dollars, as measured in U.S. currency. The thing is, China’s annual GDP is only ten trillion dollars, which means she’s in the hole for 3.5 times her net worth.

Most every country surrounding China has some stake in her economy–at least as far as lending and investments are concerned. According to Bass, those surrounding countries have been “Lending Aggressively” to China, and the result will be an economic collapse when the bubble bursts. The collapse will extend to those countries that have aggressively lent to China, and by proxy to the United States. Currently America has substantial financial ties to China’s economy, and should the bubble burst in 2016 as Bass predicts, America’s economy stands to diminish between ten and twenty percent.

Bass is an Argentine who manages hedge funds in Texas. Bass became prominent on the national financial scene when he accurately predicted the banking crisis which emanated from sub-prime loans being meted out throughout America prior 2008. He understood those loans were built on nothing, and would eventually implode, and so he bet against the banks and won.

Bass has also been able to legally manipulate the United States stock market through his organization, “The Coalition for Affordable Drugs”, or CAD. Something that a lot of reporters, UsefulStooges included, see as more than a little shady.  CAD was able to diminish the cost of several big-ticket pharmaceutical companies’ medication. This led to a decline in their stock value, on which Bass quickly capitalized, making a pretty penny and prompting politicians into bipartisanship as they scrambled to close the loophole he’d exploited. As yet they haven’t been able to in America, and Bass has other legal stock-market manipulation schemes built around the pharmaceutical industry up his sleeve.

Bass also predicted an economic crisis in Japan which resulted in the country having to mete out stimulus packages.

Finally, Bass is connected to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a well known socialist who currently presides over Argentina. What this means in regard to Bass’ financial endeavors is anyone’s guess, but it’s certainly indicative of something.

Bass has made successful predictions before on his blog, and if he’s right about China, it makes sense for investors with assets tied up in the country to do what can be done in order to cut losses and maintain investment capital. If history has taught the modern world anything in the 21st century, it’s that bubbles burst.

Puppet Master

The billionaire power brokers of the republican party, the Koch brothers, have had a long time at the head of the country. Charles Koch says that the influence on politicians with donations may not be as strong as it was in previous years. Charles Koch was interviewed by The Financial Times and he stated his concerns about the republican presidential candidate hopefuls Donald J Trump and Ted Cruz. His issues are loud and clear. He does not agree with the policies that either of the presidential candidates are presenting.

“I think the country has urgent needs, and aren’t being addressed” says Charles Koch. Charles Koch is the 80 year old chairman of Koch Industries. He says that Trump’s plan to ban foreign Muslims from the country in unethical and completely goes against american values. He feels that by doing so will eliminate our free society.

Koch industries have provided over $900 million in non profit political donations “super PAC’s”. Donald Trump is running a self-financed campaign and calls the other politicians puppets.

Charles Koch is an american businessman and philanthropist. He has a net worth of $44.3 billion. As one of the most wealthiest man in the world, Charles Koch has funded a number of conservative presidential campaigns. His company Koch Industries is worth over $80 billion dollars making his family very powerful. Charles Koch supports a number of free-market educational institutes such as George Mason University, the Mercatus Center and he also co-founded the Washington, DC based Cato Institute.

This article recapped http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/01/08/charles-koch-knocks-positions-of-donald-trump-and-ted-cruz/?_r=0

Dondero Jim Explains the State of the 2016 United States Stock Market

Dondero Jim is a qualified and registered accountant who offers quality and affordable services to financial institutions. Executive James Dondero has been providing his accountancy services in the financial industry for more than ten years. He has led to the growth of many financial institutions. Executive James holds a degree in accountancy and finance administration. He started his career at NexBank where he served for more than six years.

Jim Dondero is a famous investor who made a significant impact on the Long/Short Healthcare department. His commitment and dedication have made him earn recognitions and awards from various organizations. Executive Dondero currently serves as the senior board chairperson of NexBank. Apart from investments, Sir James Dondero also serves as the Chief Officer of HCM. Dondero’s quality governance has led to the achievements and the evidenced success of Highland Capital Management.

According to Forbes.com, executive James Dondero made a release explaining his views of the United States stock market. In the liberation, it was clear that the third quarter of 2015 stock market did not favor many investors. Dondero implied that the investors should be careful when bidding stocks. In his views, investors should consider purchasing secure stocks in the stock exchange.

He added that substantial assets brought about positive returns regarding dividends as compared to weak stocks. The attitude of investors shifts regarding the Company’s success. The publication outlined that companies that perform better in the stock market are in a better position to encounter more investors subscribing to their protection from stiff competition. Watch him and his staff ring the NYSE Closing Bell below.

Lowering of commodity prices was experienced in the 2015 third quarter. The months of August, September, and October did not favor the investment exercise. The fourth quartile, however, did not shift the attitudes of the investors as there were no significant changes evidenced. Investors engaged in the stock market activities by risking their worry and bidding for more stocks. The newly bought stocks acted to boost the existing shares. Open http://www.forbes.com/sites/johntobey/2015/12/31/how-2015s-flat-stock-market-boosts-2016s-prospects/ to receive further information.

2015 stock market experienced a shift of attitudes from optimism nature to an evidenced worry. The investors assume that conducive environment to conduct business results to a higher potential of dividends and returns. The stock market analysts recommend the current time to be the best time to stake high in the stock exchange. The analysts viewed the New Year as a success of the United States stock exchange investors.