The current bull market in equities is still intact. So far it is the second longest bull market in stocks. Some pundits on the financial media will say its time to completely exit stocks, while others believe there are more gains to be made. If you were wise enough to jump into equities at the beginning of 2009, chances are you have enjoyed excellent gains. If you believe the stock market will never crash, you are in one camp. However, if you believe that this bull run may have about run its course, it’s time to heed some advice from Ted Bauman regarding protecting the gains you have made.
Ted Bauman attended Cape Town University and graduated with degrees in History and Economics. He spent some time with Habitat for Humanity working in the Caribbean and Latin America. After spending twenty-five years in South Africa working in the nonprofit sector, he returned to the US and since 2013 has served as the editor of the Bauman Letter for Banyan Hill Publishing. His current focus is on wealth protection for individuals and offers very simple advice that investors can take to protect their wealth.
Ted Bauman believes that investors should have bonds along with stocks. The stock market is where most investors put their assets and many investors avoid the bond market at all costs. If the stock market were to crash, equity investors who held some of their net worth would have a hedge against the losses. Also, bonds receive monthly interest payments which are somewhat like dividend payments for investors.
Ted Bauman also advices that investors keep a portion of their assets out of the control the banking system. He believes that investors should have a fireproof safe at home to store some cash or precious metals and to have some of their assets in a vault overseas. Although asset protection is not the hottest form of investing in the financial world, Ted Bauman believes that investors who seek to defend their assets rather than try to get rich quick will end up making higher returns over the long haul.
The Mexican government has announced a change in its standing policy to keep private companies from oil wells in Mexican waters. This reticent announcement was made with back in 2015, stating that the government was seeking new ways to drive up competition in its energy markets. In response to this announcement, Talos Energy, a Texas-based oil and gas company, formed a partnership with Premier Oil from the UK and Mexico’s own Sierra Oil & Gas. Talos and company first lobbied the Mexican government back in 2015 when the announcement was first made. After much mediation, a $16 million deal for first-drilling rights. It’s the first drilling efforts in Mexican water by private, foreign companies and not the state-run Petroleos Mexicanos since 1938. Drilling efforts began at the Sureste Basin offshore from Tabasco.
The Sama-1 well is expected to contain an approximate 500 million barrels of crude, and these companies have but 90 days to extract it before their drilling window closes. Aside from direct business interests, the energy industry is very interested in what Talos has kicked off in Mexico. According to analysts from Edison Investment Research in London, as Mexico continues to reform its energy regulations and invite more companies to compete with Petroleos Mexicanos it will gain more attention. Seeing this as an opportunity for companies to expand to a new region, Talos has more incentive than before to succeed in meeting its drilling projections than before. The possibility of intense competition in a market that previously had none could shape up to be the most interesting energy story of 2017.
About Talos Energy:
Talos Energy is an oil and gas company that specializes in offshore exploration and the development of deep-water assets. With years of experience operating in the Gulf of Mexico, Talos Energy has been instrumental in testing novel approaches to explorations and making use of high-end seismic technologies in the endless quest for energy stores while maintaining a commitment to protecting the environment. With more than 10 years in operation, Talos Energy has consistently remained at the forefront of success. Remaining abreast of the changes in the industry has allowed Talos to innovate in ways that helps the industry grow and expands their influence to new partners across the globe.
Milan Kordestani is known to be a California native since he was born in Stanford. He grew up there and started attending Phillips Brooks Elementary school. Later he was forced to move to London, England by the divorce of his parents in 2009 but in 2010 he went back to the Bay Area, and in 2017 he graduated High school as an alumnus of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton.
Milan Kordestani started riding horses when he was young at ten years old, what surprises people is that at one time he was thrown off the runway by his horse but instead of getting terrified he went back on the same horse. Unlike other children who would have lost the interest of riding such an unfriendly animal. Milan Kordestani is hardworking and his passion for becoming a world champion he has won major races. He started this career by first attending riding lessons in Atherton. His passion and interest in horse in competing in major horse races made him perform well and within a short time he was able to compete at World Champion Horse Show.
Currently, Milan Kordestani is a chief executive officer as well as the founder of Milan Farms. He founded Milan Farms in 2015. The firm targets to be among the farms that are transparent in their production, giving consumers and reasonable alternative. The animals at Milan Farms are raised using transparency, and their plants are grown using an organic option. He believes that if the consumers are aware of the best option they should be able to find pure and a reasonable option in his farm without anything to be worried of or keeping any secret of how it was grown. He believes this is important when it comes to selection of products.
In the year 2016 is when the Milan Farms acquired a trademark to operate on its brand and logo as company. Since 2016, the firm has grown very fast, and now it has opened three farms that supply eggs on the entire west coast. Milan Farms does not only believe in the traditional method of production but also invest in innovations.
Bradesco Bank SA has been led by its CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi since March 10, 2009. Cappi was born in Marilia, Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 6, 1951. He served in a vast variety of positions of Trabuco Bradesco Bank after first joining the company on April 17, 1969. During those early years, he got a university education. He served as Bradesco’s Department Director from 1984 to 1992. In 1998 he became the president of Bradesco Vida a Previdencia, a pension plan focused company. Read more about Trabuco Bradesco at globo.com.
In 1998 he became Trabuco Bradesco Bank’s Managing Director. In 1999 he became is Executive Vice President. He served on the managing board of the Brazilian Association for Listed Companies from 2000 to 2003. He would lead Seguros to double in size, making it the top leader throughout Latin America’s insurance industry. In 2009, the year he became CEO of Bradesco, he also became the President and Director of Odontoprey SA. In addition, he also currently serves as the Director of Bradespar S.A. Read this article about Trabuco Bradesco at Estadao.
When he became Bradesco’s CEO in 2009, he became the company’s fourth in its entire history. One of the biggest highlights of his time in office and also one of the most important events in Trabuco Bradesco history took place in 2015 when Bradesco bought and absorbed HSBC, one of the largest businesses in Brazil. Another highlight also took place in 2015 when Cappi led Bradesco to found Unibrad, a corporate university. During these years his leadership of Bradesco Bank was so exemplary that in 2015 Isto E Dinheiro named him its Entrepreneur of the Year. The following year Forbes named him on its list of the best CEOs in Brazil.
Today it is considered one of the leading corporate universities in the world. His time as CEO of Trabuco Bradesco ended this year. Prior to officially stepping down, in October 2017 Trabuco began assuming the position of chairman of Bradesco’s board of directors.
Hussain Sajwani was born in 1953 and is a very famous Emirati based property developer. He has been known for his deep understanding of the real estate industry and has inspired so many people in the industry. He possesses a lot of management skills and has volunteered his time towards making sure that he helps as many people as a possible win in the industry.
He is the chairman and the founder of DAMAC Properties and has done everything possible towards ensuring that every effort applied is done in accordance. Global 2000 list as published by Forbes ranks him as number one in the real estate industry. The list has been able to feature some of the fastest growing companies, and he has been able to help towards making this a reality. He is responsible for all management handling and everything when it comes to career success. His mission has been to be the richest Arab in the world and currently he has been ranked at position 4 and has a net worth of $4.1 billion.
Hussain Sajwani was born from a family of entrepreneurship and his father was a successful business person. He used to sell parker pens, watches, and many other products which he used to import from China. This helped him so much, and he managed to take his children through the right process of education. He was among the few student s who were sponsored by their government to travel to the United States for an academic scholarship. He joined the University of Washington and studied a bachelors degree in Economics and Industrial Engineering.
Hussain Sajwani (@HussainSajwaniOfficial) started working in 1981 after graduating from Washington and got a job at the Abu Dhabi Gas Industries. He worked in the finance industry for two years. Later o, he started a catering business and was able to get so many clients including Bechtel and the US military. The company is still intact and today its called Global Logistics Services. In 2002, he decided to establish DAMAC Properties, a company that has completely changed his entire life and is currently the largest property company in the middle east.
OSI Industries is a mega company that’s located in Aurora, Illinois. This particular company has taken over the food service industry in a myriad of ways. Thanks to its more than 20,000 employees, the company can produce a large amount of products in a more efficient timespan. Its supply chain is very long as it actually tracks across multiple continents. OSI Industries’ name says it all. This company is a global enterprise, and it is only getting stronger. Foods, foods and more foods. OSI produces myriad of foods such as:
• Pot Roast
• Chicken Fried Steak
• Chicken Nuggets
• Beef Patties
• Cooked Sausage Links
• Pulled Pork
• And more
This small amount only scratches the surface to what this food provider can produce. OSI Industries has the capability to handle the many frustrations of logistical process. Whether it’s processing, or it’s sourcing, this company covers the whole gambit of operations. OSI Industries also has facilities in various locations, including:
• The United Kingdom
• The Netherlands
• And other nations
It took nearly 75 years for this small butcher shop to become a worldwide powerhouse. Otto Kolschowki, founder of the company, has introduced the world to one of its biggest and most successful projects. His passion still burns thoroughly within the company’s system, and his essence still courses through the company’s veins. In the end, OSI Industries is a modern-day marvel of a wholesale food provider.
Guilherme Paulus is an expert and a great business guru in the tourism industry. He is a man of vision, and he works towards the improvement of the tourism sector in Brazil. He started investing at a young age of 24 when he opened up a tour business. At that time, Guilherme used his marketing strategy to advertise the company in the whole continent of South America. After a few years, his investment partner left him making Guilherme Paulus the sole owner of the company.
Guilherme advertised his company in and outside of South America. This attracted many visitors who eventually increased the economic growth of this country for the time they were there. In 2009, the company’s 64% shares went to a multinational company called the Carlyle Limited. As expected, the remaining shares went to individuals who wanted to partner with the new owner. Afterward, Guilherme Paulus went into the hotel business where he opened up fifteen resorts and hotels. He bought various properties in Brazil which he turned into hotels.
The tourism expert preferred buildings that were near the airport. He would buy them even if the cost was high. He would build executive hotels, which would attract the tourists who came to visit Brazil. When the Olympics and the world cup were in Brazil, Guilherme Paulus registered a huge profit in his hotel business. The tourists occupied most of his hotels scattered across in Brazil. Due to his hard work in the tourism sector, Forbes named him the wealthiest Billionaire in Brazil.
Guilherme Paulus worked in various sectors like at the IBM, which made him realize the skills he possessed in both technology and business. He worked with other companies which gave him an insight into what the business world looks like. He also learned how to tackle the challenges and risks associated with businesses. The businessman understands that success does not come quickly and that one needs to embrace change when it comes. Along the way, Guilherme found people who molded him into the person he is today, and for this reason, he acknowledges them for their contribution toward his successful life. He accepts such mentors have helped him a lot since he started working, and that they helped him to understand what is happening in the world of business clearly.
While OSI Group today is global firm with 20,00 employees and 65 food processing facilities for much of its existence it was a smaller regional company in the state of Illinois. It was in 1909 that this company was founded with Otto Kolchowsky starting it as a retail store that sold meat he butchered himself. He wanted his company to be bigger, though, so he expanded into the wholesale side of the industry before 10 years had gone by. He rebranded his company as Otto & Sons in 1928 when his two sons, Harry and Arthur, joined the company. Over the years they were a regional player but 1955 proved to be a fateful year for them. Harry and Arthur’s friend, Ray Kroc, opened the first McDonald’s fast food restaurant in that year.
It was hugely popular and more and more franchises popped up. Ray Kroc had selected Otto & Sons to be one of his main suppliers of beef and so supplying McDonald’s became a huge part of the company over time. Today, now named OSI Group, they supply McDonald’s globally with meat. They also have other customers around the world as well such as Burger King, Yum Brands, Subway, and large grocery chains. It has been run by their Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin since 1975. He came in as a part-owner and eventually owned the entire company as Harry and Arthur retired and sold their interest to him.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group is committed to being a sustainable food production company. He is a huge believer in embracing change and new technologies. One of their mains focuses is on increasing their efficiency and at the same time decreasing any negative effects his company has on the environment. The leadership team of OSI Group keeps sustainability among the most important issues when making operational decisions. OSI Group has won many industry awards for their sustainability. Among these is the Environmental Award given by the North America Meat Institute. They have also won the California Green Business Award as well as the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour.
Chronicle of Week recently published Haley Thompson’s article “Jason Hope’s 2018 Predictions for Changes in the Internet of Things”. The article discusses the entrepreneur and futurist who is based in Arizona and his predictions for how technology will develop in 2018.
Jason Hope is a philanthropist, investor, and entrepreneur with a passion for technology and giving back to his community. He has his own website to help tech startups get funding. He also recently published an e-book on Amazon that helps people understand the internet of things. He also provides insider insight into entrepreneurship to help startup hopefuls innovate. He graduated from W.P. Carey School of Business with an MBA.
Hope believes that Blockchain technology will help enhance security. Blockchain is a digital edge that keeps the details and records the transactions or exchanges. It is a large part of the current cryptocurrency trend because many people who have accounts want to do so with anonymity. They make the transactions between devices and need high security and better documentation. The data has become less vulnerable to exploitation because the communications are taking place between robots and humans.
Hope also believes that marketers will become more skilled in analyzing metadata. They will create solutions from the detailed data people give off in their connected devices, rather than depending on surveys to collect information about people. They will also be able to collect data on people through voice-activated systems. The information will help marketers personalize information for existing companies.
Jason Hope was also discussed in the Chronicle of Week article “How the Internet of Things is Changing Our World”. The article was also written by Haley Thompson and reveals what the internet of things is. The internet of things refers to the increasing degree of interconnectivity between the people and the world. It specifically speaks about the variety of devices that connect people to the internet. This includes mobile devices, tablets, smart vehicles and homes, many home appliances and other popular items.
Jason Hope believes that by 2020 there will be more than 30 million objects within the structure of the Internet of Things.
On the list of the strongest pillars behind the success of Fortress Investment Group, Peter Briger ranks at the top. He is the force that saw Fortress transform from being a private equity firm that it used to be, and became an alternative investment management firm that managed a variety of investment asset strategies for its customers. The customers of the company constitute of both institutional investors and individual clients. The other asset strategies that were introduced by Briger were permanent capital instruments, credit fund, hedge fund and real estate. This made the assets under management of Fortress Investment Group skyrocket in value within a short period.Peter Briger has a unique belief in education. He works so hard to liberate his community by funding education for children from the less fortunate families.
This has gone a long way in improving the lives of many families who could otherwise still be impoverished. Peter Briger believes that the only way that any community can liberate itself from poverty is by educating their young generation. This move has been taken in a lot of positivity by other community leaders in the quest for improving their standards of living and general productivity of the community. Having special expertise in the management of mergers and acquisition, Peter Briger oversaw the acquisition transactions that saw Fortress acquire the largest ski resort operator in Canada, Intrawest. Fortress Investment Group also acquired several other firms, a move that led to the significant increase of the company’s managed assets.
These firms included Penn National Gaming, Florida East Coast Industries, and the RailAmerica. Later in 2017, another transaction was done by Fortress Investment Group that saw the company acquired by a Japanese multinational corporation, SoftBank. This transaction was made on a cash basis whereby SoftBank spent a total of $3.3 billion. Following the acquisition transaction, all the outstanding shares that belonged to Fortress Investment Group were transferred to SoftBank and its legal subsidiaries. However, Fortress Group continued operating independently under the same leadership of its principals; Wes Edens, Randal Nardone, and Peter Briger. This transaction will see Fortress explore other economic sectors especially the telecommunication since it’s the main area of operation for SoftBank.