Monthly Archives: April 2016

Brad Reifler Offers Investment Advice

Brad Reifler knows that experience is sometimes the best teacher, even if it is lessons that we do not necessarily want to learn the hard way. He says one of his earliest lessons as an investor was when he opened a college savings fund for his two daughters. When they got ready to go to college, Reifler’s says the fund was worth less than his original investment.

Another lesson that Reifler learned the hard way was when he went to invest money for his father-in-law who had faithfully worked at an RV repair shop that he owned for 35 years. Brad says that he had trouble finding opportunities for his father-in-law and realized it was a problem faced by 99 percent of Americans.

A Reuters article maintains the problem stems from regulations enacted by the Exchange and Securities Commission based on a feeling in the investment community that many people were not smart enough to invest. Therefore, they say that a person must have earned over $200,000 in each of the last two years or have a net value of over $1 million excluding the value of their primary residence.

As the founder and CEO of Forefront Management Group, Brad Reifler has created a list of five tips that he thinks all investors need to remember. The first is to create goals for your investing keeping in mind your assets while considering risks, charges, and expenses. Secondly, he urges all investors to consider the safety of their money. Third, Brad urges everyone to develop a diverse portfolio without putting all their money in the stock market. Fourth, he says it is vitally important to know who you are trusting with your money and develop a business relationship with that individual. Finally, he says that while you get your goal in mind, that you should start small adding to it gradually as you see that your goal is working.

Brad has certainly used his personal experiences to his advantage. Before Wikipedia shows him founding Forefront Management Group, he founded Pali Capital serving as its CEO for eight years expanding the firm to 200 employees located in five regions of the world. As an independent investor, Brad’s first experience was in founding Reifler Trading Corporation specializing in global derivatives.  There’s more information about Brad on the Forefront Group website.

VTA Publications Presents Solid Advice About Beating The Odds

VTA Publications is a solid publisher of distance learning courses among other endeavors. The company’s website is also home to a lot of good advice in the form of outstanding articles.

One article covers the very popular topic of beating the odds. People want to succeed in their goals in life. The odds may be steep. The odds may be against them. As long as a solid effort is put forth, the potential to succeed exists.

The article discusses one of the most famous tales in sports history in regards to beating the odds. The 1980 Winter Olympics saw the USA hockey team face off against the Soviets. The U.S.A. coach, Herb Brooks, was told the odds of his team winning were very slim. Brooks and the U.S. team ignored the odds and pulled off a major upset.

The article suggests anyone and everyone with a noble goal in life should totally ignore the odds. Instead, focus on getting the job done and achieving the desired goals. This is a better plan than constantly looking at things as being overly daunting.

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iFunding’s CEO, William Skelley, Becomes a Member of the Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders

Recently, William Skelley, Founder of iFunding, was awarded the membership of the Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders. The Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders plans to hold their first yearly dinner, which will be hosted at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City.

On his blog William Skelley describes establishing iFunding in July 2012. After a year of operation and service provision, the Crowdfunding Avenue had garnered $19 million worth of real estate investments. Prior establishing iFunding, William Skelley worked at Rose Park Advisors, where he was the chief advisor. He oversaw the business development practices of the company as well as evaluating the investment capabilities of firms with the potential of altering the current market. Apart from the Rose Park Advisors, he was also part of the General Electric, Olympus and offered advice to numerous start-ups. Consequently, Skelley boasts of experience in alternative investments, venture capital, and asset management.

The iFunding platform allows its accredited investors to invest in any investment opportunity provided by the iFunding website through a minimum of $5000.Most of the investment opportunities presented by iFunding would be out of reach for various investors without the crowdfunding platform. Through its application, which is available for both iOS and Android users, investors can keep a keen watch of their investment. Further, the application is secure in that it safeguards any dealings conducted by a respective investor.

Michael Stoler, Madison Realty Capital’s Managing Director, is the organizer for the invited-guests only association. Stoler is also the host of the NY’s Business Report, which is a television show that has produced fifteen seasons and is devoted to the business and real estate trends present in the tri-state area.

Invitation to the Stoler Report

In addition, Stoler invited Michael Skelley to take part in one episode of the Stoler Report, which is scheduled to air in 2016’s spring season. Together with a panel, which includes Paul Braungart, the former iFunding Sponsor, and Founder of Regional Capital Group, they will analyze the growth and development of the commercial real estate.

Other Named Members of the Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders

Apart from William Skelley, other individuals from leading real estate firms were awarded the membership of the Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders. The members belonged to various firms such as Kushner Companies, Carlyle Group, CIT, Cushman and Wakefield, Merrill Lynch and the Bank of America.  CNBC has more information on iFunding, and crowdfunding platforms in general.

Socialism: Friend or Foe

Fox News recently interviewed Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation regarding presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders and his affiliation with socialism. As defined by Fox News, socialism is a violation of basic human rights. Mr. Halvorssen, however, takes another take on Sanders’ democratic socialist ideals.

Halvorssen admits that socialism is an acceptable policy unless it is forced under an authoritarian government. The problem with socialism lies in the possibility of the government to take full control, even ruining the country by basically looting it of it’s resources. Halvorssen’s major objection to socialism is the potential looting of personal property and the government’s ability to set prices, which can result in massive shortages.

Many Sanders supporters don’t understand the meaning of socialist ideals. However, the pros and cons of each candidate must be compared. As such, Halvorssen ( himself made the largest personal contribution possible to the Bernie Sanders campaign. He presents that the current democratic front runner has taken millions from dictatorships for her campaign. Many of these dictatorships are anti-gay, restrict press freedoms and ban holidays such as Christmas. When given the choices presented in the pending election, our best decision as Americans is to have a democratic socialist in the White House rather than a supporter of dictatorships.

Halvorssen’s experience and knowledge is not just from books, but also from personal experience. His father was a political prisoner in Venezuela, his first cousin is currently a prisoner and his mother was shot by the Venezuelan government. Venezuela makes use of a labor government, but intersperses ideas of democratic socialism.

It is Thor Halvorssen’s contention that Democratic socialism can exist when there is a rule of law. The problem arises when that rule is wiped away and the executive party takes complete control. Still, redistribution of wealth is not the solution to end poverty; the solution to end poverty, in his opinion, lies in the usage of free markets and also in the support of Sanders as the next president of the United States.

QNet Backs Indian Water Campaign In Southern India

Qnet is a well known direct selling company, but the company has also grown a reputation as one of the top backers of philanthropy on the Asian continent to coincide with the rising levels of success seen for QNet. The India Education Diary reports the Indian government has recently been seeking the best ways of improving the standard of living for students across the country, which includes finding better ways of raising awareness about safe drinking water and hygiene levels.

QNet has been a major supporter of many philanthropic activities across Asia in its bid to maintain the success of communities across Asia that will benefit from the continued success of QNet. The company has always looked to give back to community groups who the company remains active within; much of the success of the group is located within the RYTHM foundation that is based upon the principles followed by QNet founders Joseph Bismark and Vijay Eswaran. QNet has been based in Hong Kong since its inception in 1998 following a period of research and education by founder Eswaran to make sure he was ready to take on his role as the leader of a multi-national corporation, Wikipdeia reports.

The group has often sought out the best partners in any area of the world it is located in to make sure the philanthropic enterprises it is seeking to begin; in the Southern India region of Hyderabad the Lions Club is already active in the bid to improve hygiene for all residents of the area. In terms of the latest program operated by the Lions Club and QNet the aim is to provide safe water storage for 800 students at the Sriram Nagar government school in the region. Success for both QNet and the Lions Club will not be limited to the provision of safe water, but also to establish continuing programs to ensure all students and staff are aware of the benefits good hygiene can provide.

The Unique Personality and Life of Billionaire Dick Devos

I believe that the Michigan-born Dick DeVos is a very special kind of individual. He participated in a couple of different studies for executive training. His father, Richard Devos, was the co-founder of Amway so it is not surprising that he also became affiliated with Amway Corporation in 1974 and did enormously well in the company. So well that in 1984 he was appointed vice president of Amway International and helped lead it to worldwide growth. Dick DeVos later launched into several other very exciting and profitable business opportunities, but returned to Amway in 1993 as its president. He served Amway in this position of leadership until 2002.

Today Dick and his wife Betsy have been married for more than 30. Betsy has had a very successful career of her own. Hers has been in the political arena. In 1989, the launched the charitable Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation. The Lauderdale Yacht Club hosted its annual races in March of 2016. Dick DeVos led a racing team that included Mark Menelbatt, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Drew Weirda, Peter Kinney, Erika Reineke, and Mike Hill. Devos acknowledged that there were some truly superb teams racing such as Argo, Stormvogel, Vitamina Amerikana, and Quest. However, Dick DeVos expressed great pride in his top-notch crew who he believed were more than up for the challenge. This team competed with great results in other competitions throughout the year. I am thoroughly impressed that this very successful businessman and benefactor is not only a world-class sail champion, but also a licensed jet plane and helicopter pilot.

Both Dick and his wife are not finished being productive. They continue to be active in community events, charities, and the investment firm, The WindQuest Group. Dick DeVos also continues to sit on the board of several different companies. His long career and immense hard work have paid off enormously. In 2012, Dick Devos was listed as the 67th richest person in the U.S. with an estimated worth of about $5.1 billion. Considering that he and Betsy are still active, his worth will probably keep growing.

The Growth of CCMP Capital Thanks to Stephen Murray

CCMP is an investment firm that was formally developed by Stephen P. Murray, the former president and chief executive of the firm. This firm is a private equity firm that specifically focuses on both buyouts as well as on growth and equity transactions. This firm was previously known as JP Morgan Partners when investment professionals from JP Morgan Chase ventured off and separated from JP Morgan Chase. As of currently, CCMP has around $12 billion in leveraged buyout as well as growth capital transactions. CCMP has even been ranked on the list of the World’s largest private equity funds. CCMP was ranked as number 17 on this list. With over 50 employees, this investment firm has offices located in New York, London, Hong Kong, as well as Tokyo.

CCMP was originally founded in 1984 and has carried several different names. The original name of this firm was Chemical Venture Partners until the company’s acquisition of Chase Manhattan Bank in 1996. The company then was changed from Chemical Venture Partners to Chase Capital Partners. By 2000, the company had changed the name again to become JP Morgan Chase. As of currently, the name CCMP continues to be a strong name within the investment industry. The portfolio of this company is not only vast, but also is diverse which has not only made this company powerful and wealthy, but an exponentially expanding company.

The former leader of this company, Steve Murray graduated with a degree in economics from Boston College. Mr. Murray was present with his former company throughout all the merges and even co-founded CCMP which was a spinout of JP Morgan Chase. By 2007, Mr. Murray was named to become the CEO of CCMP. In addition to his success within the investment firm, Mr. Murray also served on the board of several different corporations. Some of these companies include Aramark, Generac Power Systems, AMC Entertainment, The Vitamin Shoppe, Pinnacle Foods and many more. With Mr. Murray’s many years of serving his company, he has not only expanded, but also made this company one of the largest private investment firms in the world.

In addition to his success, Mr. Steve Murray is also well-known for his philanthropy. One of the biggest organizations that received much of his donations include the Make-A-Wish Foundation within Metro New York City. Other receivers of his generous donations include Boston College, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, the Stamford Museum, as well as the Columbia Business School. For many of these specific organizations, Mr. Murray sat as chairman of the board. As a dedicated businessman, Mr. Murray was able to support major organizations with large and generous donations that have not gone unnoticed over the years. Mr Murray passed away at age 52 according to a Fortune report.

George Soros: Another Billionaire Turned into Political Man

George Soros was born in 1930 to a Jewish family in Hungary. When the Nazis took over this country on, the young boy had to struggle for survival. After, Soros went to the United Kingdom where he graduated from a prestigious London School of Economics.

But Britain wasn’t his final destination: the United States were. This is where he eventually got to acquire a vast fortune (estimated to be around $25 billion), making him one of the richest people in the world. The money was made by financial investing, often on a speculative side. George Soros on theatlantic became known as the man who can take advantage of financial crises of various sorts.

His finest day was back in 1992 when George Soros made between one and two billion dollars in a single day on a bet against the British Pound. Since then, he’s been called as “the man who broke the Bank of England.” Overall, Soros’ investment performance is considered to be among the best in history. He’s listed with the likes of Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch as one of the greatest investors.

After tremendous financial success on NY Times and with vast wealth, Soros decided to turn into political activism. He started by providing scholarships to black South African students during apartheid era. And, he established Open Society Foundation with the aim of promoting human rights and government accountability in multiple countries.

Open Society Foundation, however, has been criticized by some as a foreign-sponsored organization that often contradicts the sovereign governments. Indeed, recently it has been banned in Russia, while its books were burned by a couple of Russian universities.

Lately, George Soros on marketwatch caused even more controversy by telling the European nations to accept at least a million Middle Eastern migrants per year, for as long as needed, and to pay them- all amidst the current migrant crisis.

He’s also a nemesis of the current Presidential candidate, Donald Trump. To fight the real estate tycoon, George Soros is donating millions of dollars, mostly going to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, although it’s possible that some funds will be thrown into anti-Trump campaign.

That has brought much more criticism. Yet, Soros continues to pursue his agenda. After all, he got much money and little time left to do what he wishes to.