George Soros Makes Bearish Investment Moves

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According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, George Soros is trading again, or at least making strategic re-allocations to his portfolio of investment assets that clearly betray a bearish bias.

Soros stopped actively trading nearly 10 years ago, letting Soros Fund Management handle his personal portfolio of around $30 billion dollars. However, he still keeps a close eye on his money, according to insiders, the Wall Street Journal learned.

His top trader, Scott Bessent, left the firm to found his own hedge fund. Therefore, this year George Soros has spent more time in the office making trades. He hopes to profit enormously from the potential global financial crisis coming in the near future.

In speeches and interviews given earlier in 2016, Soros has revealed his pessimistic outlook on both China and Europe. He calls China’s situation similar to that of the United States going into the 2008 financial crisis. The country is experiencing the flight of capital, and is spending rather than accumulating foreign currencies. Also, the political leadership suffers from internal conflict that could hamper its ability to deal with economic problems. He is concerned China’s political milieu may prevent the kind of permanent reforms he believes that country needs to remain prosperous. And he makes it clear that an economic collapse in China would have negative implications for the rest of the world.

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George Soros Portfolio – 2016 Stock Picks and Performances

Billionaire Investor George Soros Sees Economic Trouble Ahead

Soros also sees the European Union facing three crisis: the possible British exit, Greek government debt and the tremendous numbers of immigrants. They could cause the collapse of the EU.

The recent moves George Soros made include selling stocks, and buying gold and the stock shares of gold companies such as Barrick Gold and Silver Wheaton. These moves indicates Soros expects stock prices to fall and the price of gold to rise, which will also make companies that mine gold more profitable. He has also bought puts on the S&P 500, which means he will profit if the U.S. large cap stock index goes down in the future.

According to Zero Hedge, the last time Soros took this much interest in trading was 2007, when he became concerned about home mortgages. The bearish trades he made then netted him a billion dollars in profits over the next two years.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, in 1973 Soros founded his first hedge fund, which became the Quantum Fund. He made many successful trades, becoming quite wealthy, and famous in the world of trading. He published his first book The Alchemy of Trading in 1988. He extended his philanthropical activities to include funding organizations working for freedom within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He first became known to the general public in 1992 when he made a billion dollars by breaking the Bank of England.

Learn more about George Soros:

http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bearish-george-soros-is-trading-again-1465429163

Brian Bonar Honored As Prominent Who’s Who®

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For more than 30 years, CEO of Dalrada Financial Corporation, Brian Bonar, has been a stalwart of business efficiency, with a major presence in the finance industry. Now, along with that recognition, Bonar has been honored as a Cambridge Who’s Who® Executive of the Year. “Brian Bonar has never been one to seek the limelight,” and “This is most definitely deserved,” said an associate.

Founded in 1975, The Cambridge Who’s Who® registry lists a selected index of more than 200,000 prominent professionals, and highlights their accomplishments and careers. The registry limits their honorees to those selected professionals that demonstrate achievement in their selected categories. “It’s an honor for me to be recognized with top achievers in our industry,” said Bonar.

Bonar is a graduate of James Watt Technical College, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Technical Engineering and then continued on to Stanford University, earning a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Staffordshire University. His work experience includes IBM, where he worked as procurement manager before moving ahead to a supervising position at QMS. Brian Bonar’s affiliations and accomplishments are numerous including his advocacy and board memberships with Alliance National Insurance Agency, Inc., the Greater San Diego Boys & Girls Clubs, and the American Finance Association.

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Brian Bonar Receives Professional Networking Community’s Highest Honor

Brian Bonar has over 30 years of professional experience in financial and business management and developing automated applications that serve a wide array of employee and employer benefits. As the president and CEO of Dalrada Financial Corporation, he has worked directly with a number of clients supplying a broad variety of programs that ease daily operations. Bonar is also CEO of Smart-Tek Automated Services, a staffing organization that provides a number of financial and employee solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. Smart-Tek Automated Services has been used throughout the industry, quickly expanding, since 2009. The company’s full line of solutions range from simple, budget friendly services to enterprise-wide administration.

Under the leadership of Bonar, Smart-Tek Automated Services has welcomed growth from an onset of new clients, and markets, and gained notoriety, becoming one of the industry’s top choice. He has also been instrumental in new service development and analysis that pinpoint the needs of the industry. Bonar has developed a reputation as one of the prominent leaders in the finance industry.

Brian Bonar’s financial and business expertise, and strong work ethic are representative of Dalrada Financial Corporation and Smart-Tek Automated Services core values.


Learn more about Brian Bonar:
http://www.whitepages.com/name/Brian-Bonar

https://about.me/brianbonar

Andy Wirth Helps Squaw Valley Plan A Prosperous Future

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Andy Wirth has worked in the great outdoors for most of his life. His choice of profession may have been influenced by his grandfather, Conrad Wirth, who was director of the US National Park Service. Over the course of his life Wirth has developed his own connections to the national parks. Read more:  Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser  and Andy Wirth – About.me

He was a member of the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew in Northern New Mexico. He also served as a backcountry ranger and wilderness ranger at Rocky Mountain National Parks and the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. This shows he is a caring person with extensive knowledge of how to deal with the sometimes dangerous national parks and wilderness areas.

Andy Wirth is also an excellent businessman and civic-minded leader. Since 1986 With has been making a mark in the resorts and hotel industry. During that time he has earned a reputation as someone that is committed to doing his best not only to build his company, but to support other business people and the community at large. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/andy-wirth#/entity and http://andywirth.com/

Such dedication has led every community in which he has worked honoring him with numerous awards. Even after his harrowing accident in 2013 which saw his right arm torn off and surgically reattached, Wirth hard work and concern for others led him to be chosen Disabled Sports USA’s Citizen of the Year for 2014.

Recently, Andy Wirth wrote an op-ed piece through the Auburn Journal where he talked about the process and progress local residents and businesspeople in Squaw Valley in developing the region( http://www.auburnjournal.com/article/10/28/15/another-view-community-input-shaping-squaw-valley’s-future).

The piece also details the challenges and opportunities the area has in its future. The importance of getting area residents as well as the business community to take the time to get together, make the necessary compromises and develop a consensus is at the heart of the piece. They met over 500 times.

The op-ed explains that at those meeting the Squaw Valley stakeholders developed a plan that would allow them to maintain their mountain resort culture while expanding the area’s tourism-dependent economy, creating good-paying jobs and lucrative business opportunities, yet be responsible stewards of the environment.

From Ally To Accuser: The Predicament Facing George Gascon

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A blue-ribbon task force formed by District Attorney George Gascon could end up investigating him after allegations arose that he once made racially disparaging remarks on a booze-fueled dinner. The allegations form part of a sworn declaration that Delagnes submitted when he appeared before the three-judge panel. His appearance came just eight days after Gascon provided his testimony to the panel.
Gary Delagnes, the former Police Officers Association president spent 25 years on the force. He led the Police Officers Association for nine years before going on retirement back in 2013. He is well known as one who throws verbal punches and he saves the haymaker for last in the end in his declaration. In an interview, the allegations Delagnes made are seconded by Martin Halloran, the current president of the Police Officers Association, who was also present at the said event.
The account given is that in 2010, when attending a dinner organized by Harvard Law School, then police Chief George Gascon became drunk and started reminiscing about his time with the LAPD. In the process, he got so loud and animated, making several remarks that were meant to demean minorities. At this point, an African American patron approached him, requesting him to restrain himself. According to the patron, Gascon was beginning to become offensive to his family.
In his testimony to the blue-ribbon task force panel, Gascon stated that the police union was powerful enough to affect the ability of a chief of police or Police Commission to execute reforms. He also stated that he was more worried about the present state of the police department than he was back when he was chief of police.
Delagnes decided to come forward after reading the submission that Gascon made to the panel. According to Delagnes, Gascon had some issues with the rank and file or the union leaders when he was in charge of the department. Also, he and Gascon met routinely and spoke two to three times a week on the phone. All we can do is wait to see how all this unfolds.

 

Find out more about George Gascon:

http://sfist.com/2010/03/26/police_chief_gascon_angers_middle_e.php

http://www.ktvu.com/news/68927195-story

Choosing to Use Laidlaw and Company for Investing

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Investment banking is a world all its own and a lot of people struggle to attempt investing on their own. Because of the problems that can come when you make your own investments, it helps to work with a company like Laidlaw and Company. Laidlaw & Company is one of the top investment firms in the world and has grown in its popularity because of the fact that they can truly make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you are an individual looking for simple investment help or you are someone who owns an enterprise and needs a lot of help with investment strategies, Laidlaw & Company is there to help.

The one main thing that sets Laidlaw & Company apart from so many others is that they work with an assortment of people on investment decisions. Once you make the decision to hire a professional like Laidlaw & Company, they will do wonders when it comes to helping you make a decision that fits your needs and budget. Whether you want to make a small investment and still need help with it or you are looking to make an incredibly large investment and need a lot of assistance with it, Laidlaw & Company will have your back every step of the way. When you work with Matthew Eitner of Laidlaw, you will have a great experience.

Investing on your own can be a problem if you are unaware of what to expect and get out of your investments. Thankfully, companies like Laidlaw & Company are there to help with everything that needs to be done. Once you make the decision to hire Laidlaw & Company, you will be working with experts who are skilled in this field and who can help a range of different people to meet their financial goals when they are going to be putting their hard-earned money into different investments.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303643304579107442831410708

The Devos and the Hiring of Phil Dolci

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The head of The Winquest Group, Dick DeVos, owns and controls several companies under The Windquest Group. Its biggest is Stow Company. The most successful of the remaining dozen are Boxed Water, Neurocore, and the reserve. DeVos owns and controls his empire with his wife of more than 30 years, Betsy Devos. He came on board the Amway Corporation train in 1974 and became the vice president of Amway International in 1984. He left Amway for a few years, but returned to it in 1993 as its president.

In addition to his present position as owner and controller of The Windquest Group, DeVos also sits as a board member for six different companies. He also has several outstanding personal accomplishments: He is a two-time National Champion sailor, as well as a fully licensed jet and helicopter pilot. For her part, Betsy’s accomplishments have also been great, having also been active in the Republican party for many years. She currently also sits as a member of several boards across the country. The Devos are very active in the operations of The Windquest Group. Dick recently hired Phil Dolci as the new CEO of his company, The Stow Company Inc.

Dolci with be replacing the retiring Frank Newman, who will remain on board activities at the company as a member of the board of advisors. Dolci is definitely not a newbie in the field. He comes to The Stow Company with more than 23 years of experience in the consumer products manufacturing and marketing industry. Devos is confident in Dolci’s ability to lead the company to ever greater heights. Dolci earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University has previously worked with Crosman Corporation, U.S. Playing Cards, Sanford, ConAgra Foods, Dean Foods, and Kraft Foods.

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Shea Butter is One Hype You Can Believe!

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Shea butter…that miracle ingredient with so many uses. Aloe and bee naturals have nothing on shea butter. This edible health phenomenon is extracted from the African karite tree. While rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, it also possesses the unique quality of having an abundance of plant sterols, like oleic acid and stearic, important fatty acids with great healing potential. Here are five uses of shea butter that render superior results:

  • Great as a hair conditioner.
  • Treat dark spots, stretch marks, wrinkles and blemishes.
  • Relieves pain and swelling from arthritis.
  • Use as a sunscreen or for diaper rash.
  • Treats and soothes eczema and minor burns.

Eugenia Shea is a producer and distributor of quality shea butter products. They focus on all natural raw shea butter, because the clarity of the ingredients is important. Eugenia Akuete is the founder and daughter of Ghanaian midwife named Comfort. Her midwifery secret of using raw, unrefined shea butter is available in beautifully packaged containers of this wonder product. Available in progressive strengths from Everyday Shea, to Dermatology Strength to Pregnancy Strength, it is of the highest quality shea butter harvested from the Northern Ghana shea fruit. With a focus on quality control, up to 25% of the nuts don’t make the grade. After the nut is roasted, it is ground and kneaded with water, forcing the moisturizing oils to separate from the fruit.

Just by rubbing the highly potent shea butter in your hands to melt it, the oil can then be applied to skin, hair, even safe for babies. In honesty, you will find shea butter so valuable for so many uses, that Eugenia Shea has provided the option for users to join a subscription service. Once a month you can receive a replenishment of shea butter and the shipping is free when you become a subscribing member. For Mother’s Day, birthdays, Christmas or Valentines Day, a beautiful gift box containing four 2 ounce shea butter tins in Lavender, Grapefruit, Unfragranced and 100% Raw shea butter, will make not only a heartfelt gift but one that will truly be used and cherished.

Visual Search Engine Transforming How Business Is Done

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Image recognition is a process that involves identifying and detecting objects or features in a digital video or image. This type of technology is used in security surveillance, toll both monitoring, and factory automation. Ordinary image recognition has, optical character recognition, face recognition, license plate matching, pattern and gradient matching, and scene change detection.

In an article in TechCrunch, titled, “Why image recognition is about to transform business” the technology is predicted to be even better and will transform how business is done. In Facebook Annual Developer Conference, the co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg spoke of how this technology will one day be better than people’s perception. Image recognition will in future help the blind “see” or understand what is happening by explaining it in words.

In the article, the extent of the program is further defined. There are no bounds to what image recognition can do, from helping the blind, to safety features in cars, to organizing untagged photo collection and getting business insights from social media – http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/30/why-image-recognition-is-about-to-transform-business/.

This progress in computer vision today is giving new remarkable opportunities in analyzing images that will only help many businesses rise. It will not matter what business one is involved in, automotive, advertising, to augmented reality.

Browsing and exploring search engines results with visual search engines has become easy. It provides you with the exact result that you want. This helps one to directly get the result they are looking for instead of a long list of unwanted page titles and URLs. When selecting a visual search engine that best suits you need to consider the following;

  1. technology type, whether it is software or web-based.
  2. Visual Types, list, stacks, dynamic map, tag clouds, etc.
  3. Search option, keywords, domain RSS, or date
  4. Content sources, this include the web, videos, images, Amazon books, Wikipedia, etc.

Slyce is one company that is leading in the use of visual search technology. They provide two options to either take a picture or scan a barcode. Then using their visual search engine one search for results. The results are received between 1- 15 seconds depending on whether it is a barcode or a 3D image.

In the article available in TechCrunch, there are detailed reports that helps one to understand exactly how the technology will be improved. Computers will model human brains. Thus, making computers faster than ever. Image recognition hardly exists in isolation, but for businesses with specific needs, there are custom solutions. In future, success will be determined by how much use of this technology a business use. Read more: Slyce – Visual Search, Image & Product Recognition

Investment Career Lessons From Igor Cornelsen

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Igor Cornelsen is a retired Brazilian business mogul and a renowned stock market trader. Even though he is retired, he still cannot resists doing what he knows best; he is currently engaged in foreign exchange investment with the South America Bainbridge Group as a part-time investment consultant. At the same time, Igor Cornelsen enjoys his retired and spends of time playing golf in the beautiful weather of South Florida.

Being an investment guru, Igor Cornelsen spends time helping investors to do long-term investing through consultancy. He discourages people from putting their money in companies with a dented reputation instead, he advises them to focus on damaged stock markets. Igor Cornelsen is a leader in this industry with most of his techniques considered to be sensitive, but suitable for firms whose stock prices have shrunk due to short-term challenges

Igor looks at investing as a career move where investors ought to be ready to invest their cash in different places for many years to realize returns on the investment. He has continued to provide his expertise knowledge on ireport.cnn.com and skills not just in Brazil, but across the globe through his advisory services. Igor’s advice to people is to connect with the locals and fit into their cultures and be prepared to stick to the set rules and regulations of the country they plan to invest their resources. Those who observe this principle are assured of operating without difficulties.

Igor Cornelsen believes that Brazil can play an essential role in the world regarding investments since so far it has shown tremendous growth in the economy. He encourages investors to have a stake in the country having led banks there in registering profits during the financial crisis. Only a person with such expertise can achieve such a milestone.

Igor is among the few individuals’ new entrepreneurs look up to regardless of the area they are investing in; he has advice for everyone. He advises people that, before they make any investment, they must research about the company on crunchbase.com they would like to entrust with their money. He has helped many to make informed choices when establishing a business, and those who listen to him have succeeded.

Igor was raised by dedicated and hardworking parents. Having limited education, his parents raised him to understand the importance of working hard and advancing in education. He attended schools with a bias in business, and soon became one of the most flourishing and influential investors in Brazil. He would later become a strong force in Brazilian banks by directly involving himself in managing the country’s gross economy. Before made it to where he stands today, he learnt a lot from people who came before him. His drive, passion, and ambition have paid off even in his retirement.

Handy Makes Spring Cleaning Easier

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Spring is in the air and with that comes the idea of spring cleaning. The good news for many people is that a company called Handy has made is easier than ever to get that cleaning done without lifting a finger. Handy is a home cleaning service that offers independent home cleaners a place to work and offers people who want to get their homes cleaned options to hire service professionals who know what they are doing.

Handy is a successful start up company who is taking the home cleaning industry by a storm. This is partly because of their business model and the way they match home cleaners with homes that need to be cleaned. Home cleaning customers have a whole ton of benefits when they engage the services of a Handy cleaning professional. Doing business with Handy guarantees you are getting a home cleaning professional and that the job will be done correctly too.

Spring cleaning is not the only service that Handy offers. For example they offer furniture delivery and assembly and even shopping in some areas. The services that the company offers are dependent on what services the area wants and needs. The founders of Handy are willing to explore many areas of service if it will benefit their customers. Handy is a company that is always putting the company first, perhaps this is why they have reached such rapid growth and are a household name in so many areas. In a time when other service businesses are down, Handy is thriving. This is largely due to their top notch service and their marketing plan.

Regardless of how much Spring cleaning you have to do, it can be quickly accomplished with the help of Handy’s service professionals. There are many reasons to use their service. They are cost effective and allow you to engage the professionals you need with ease. You can use their service just to clean up for the Spring or you can use it on a continual basis. Most people find it is far more effective to continue using Handy to provide the cleaning they need for their home and office needs.