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.
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.
Peter Briger has artistic skills in the world of business and management techniques. Equipped with numerous ideas for an extended period in his career, he has been absorbed and promoted in a diverse business environment. Briger has partnered with Goldman Sachs Company for many years. While at Goldman he attended several workshops in Asia and Japan including committees such as Compliance and Global control. Peter Briger also served as the assistant head in at a private equity real estate of Asian origin. Moreover, Peter has served as a co-head at Special Opportunities Fund, Asian Distressed debt and Whole loan sales companies. Peter Briger is currently the head and assistant chairman at Fortress Investment Group in the board of directors committee. He has risen to all these high ranked business positions as a result of prominent skills in his lifetime.
Through embracing higher learning, he graduated with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Princeton University and later qualified with masters of Business Administration in Wharton school. Through his well-established educational background in the field of business and commitment, Peter has emerged to be one of the renowned pioneers in the business sector in the whole world. Peter Briger’s outstanding proficiency in the field of investment and finance has enabled him to manage distressed debts and borrowed funds. Therefore, he has won the position of co-chair and president in Fortress Company. The achievements at Fortress has facilitated the promotion in his reputation as one of the world most prominent billionaires. His devotional character at Goldman after education facilitated his rise on the career ladder where he was offered a partnership deal in the same company.
By the time he left Goldman, Peter had well-outlined skills and knowledge in business and management.The longtime experienced enabled Briger to associate with Nardone and Wes Edens for the startup of Fortress group. The Fortress split into various divisions, and Peter was assigned the responsibilities of real estate and credit fund both of which he operated diligently. Peter Briger employed the skills obtained from Goldman in Fortress, and the new company grew tremendously. Through his expertise, Peter helped not only in the company’s establishment but also its vertical growth within a short period. Peter also well publicized Fortress Group making it one of the biggest investment companies. Briger was not only concerned with his career but also engaged in social activities to help the less fortunate in the community. He gives out his finances to fund public utilities such as the Central Park of New York.
According to Austin Culture Map, “Austin, once again, ranks among the fittest cities in America. The 2015 American Fitness Index ranks Austin the No. 20 fittest city in the country; last year we ranked No. 14.” As an extremely dedicated sportsperson, Jeff Schneider, Manhattan native and CEO of a private company, is right at home living in Austin where he has access to a variety of health groups and gyms. An accolades runner, Jeffry Schneider joined a cadre of athletes dedicated to wellness in Central Texas when he moved to the area. Jeffry sees groups of people coming together around wellness as a beautiful thing. If you didn’t already know, Austin, TX is a beautiful place to visit, live, and experience.
Jeff Schneider is passionate about wellness plans which are starting to become a Twitter trend. A wellness program or plan can be done solo or with a group. A wellness plan can bring about a multitude of positive health effects. For example, a program can improve overall health, increase cognitive function, decrease stress levels, and increase the rate of productivity in the office. Scientist have shown that there’s a positive correlation between individuals who exercise regularly as part of their health program and fewer sick-leave requests which is not the case for those who do not exercise at all. Because of this and many other reasons, Jeffry implements them at his workplace, in his children’s lives, and in his own life.
Austin isn’t just known for being healthy, it’s also known as the live music capital of the world and the most liberal place in Texas, a stereotypically conservative state. All kinds of people from all sorts of backgrounds come together in Austin to share music, food, and nature. Places like Barton Springs and Lady Bird Lake boast beautiful flora and fauna and provide Austinites with a place to cool off in the summertime which typically reaches triple-digit temperatures. Even celebrities find love in Austin. For instance, Janis Joplin, famous singer/songwriter and Willie Nelson native Texan and famous singer/songwriter both loved Austin and even have monuments dedicated to them around the city. Willie Nelson, happily said, “There’s a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.” There’s for sure a lack of inhibition that begins to creep in the longer you stay in Austin which could be why Robert Rodriguez, famed filmmaker and screenwriter feels that, “People don’t live in Austin to work, they work to live there.” Jeff Schneider couldn’t agree more and is grateful to be able to experience the awesomeness that is Austin. For more info, visit jeffryschneider.com.
Susan McGalla has been a trailblazer for women in the business world and has become a success story and inspiration for young women with aspirations of climbing the company ladder. She has demonstrated versatility in her business career as she’s comfortable working with both men and women. She has held a variety of executive posts in the corporate world and has made her mark with each one.
The rough and tumble childhood that McGalla enjoyed as she grew up with two rowdy brothers and her football coach father has provided a unique preparation for her later career in business. She wasn’t singled out because she was a female, rather she was forced to compete on her own merits and has embarked on her career with the same mindset. Hard work was commended in her family and it has been the accelerant for her career to this day.
One noteworthy chapter in McGalla’s career that is illustrative of her accomplishments and drive for success is her stint with American Eagle Outfitters. She helped break the glass ceiling during her time there when she became the first female executive at the company. She not only became the first female executive with the company she also rose up through the ranks to become their President.
Susan McGalla has been a strong voice for women getting opportunities to advance their careers based on their own merits. One avenue that she endorses that is rarely used is mentoring and executive sponsorships for aspiring career-minded women. Women’s initiatives and conferences abound, however, McGalla believes a more practical way forward is for young women to work with male executives on important assignments and forge mentoring relationships.
Mount Union College was where Susan McGalla attended college and she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing which became the foundation for her success. She also serves on their College Board of Advisors and is married as well to Stephen McGalla.
As McGalla served as the President of American Eagle Outfitters she played a crucial role in the launch of their Aerie brand which has been a wonderful success for the company. She currently works for the Pittsburgh Steelers where she is a Vice-President of Business Strategy and Creative Development.