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Some investors look for good businesses. They like to find companies with popular products that are well-run. Other investors are contrarian. They like to find reasons why stocks are priced too high or too lower by the market. Paul Mampilly also likes to find good companies that are priced too low for their value, but he has a strategy for finding them. He looks for such companies that also are positioned to ride a major market trends. He calls them megatrends. A company that has a product that is riding a megatrend in popularity is almost guaranteed to rise in price no matter what is happening to the overall economy or stock market.
In the past, Paul Mampilly has identified three current megatrends: the Internet of Things, precision medicine and the millennial generation. Recently, he discovered two more megatrends that will make fortunes in the next few years: financial technology and new sources of energy.
By now, almost everybody has heard of Bitcoin, but not many people appreciate how ingenious it is. The creator of it, figured out how to use distributed databases to independently verify financial transactions. The original intention was to create a type of electronic exchange that keep these secure between the two parties, but yet private. And it would enable financial transactions without involving government money, central banks, private banks, credit card companies or payment processors such as Pay Pal. Bitcoin is having its market ups and downs, but financial institutions are adopting the blockchain technology it’s based on. In addition, they are increasing their investments in mobile technology, peer-to-peer payment systems and artificial intelligence.
The second new megatrend is the increase in sources of energy. Until recently, the world ran most on carbon-based energy. Some electric generators use nuclear energy, but most run on coal or natural gas. Paul Mampilly sees how fast this is changing. It has to, because carbon-based energy sources pollute the world and drive climate change. Nuclear power generation creates nuclear waste which will remain dangerous for hundreds of thousands of years. Paul Mampilly sees the increasing adoption of natural, sustainable energy sources such as solar and wind power.
Paul Mampilly is a former Wall Street insider who decided to stop managing hedge funds that just made already-wealthy people even wealthier. Instead, he writes a newsletter, Profits Unlimited, that anybody can subscribe to and learn what companies he finds that are using these megatrends to make their shareholders wealthy.
Paul Mampilly @ https://www.facebook.com/PaulMampillyGuru/
Dr. Mark McKenna is a medical doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in both Florida and Georgia, although he spends much of his time working in ways other than directly with patients. The physician, a Tulane University Medical School graduate and New Orleans, Louisiana, native, is also CEO and founder of McKenna Venture Investments, a real estate development firm opened with his father. He also owns Uptown Title, LLC, and Universal Mortgage Lending, two additional businesses that he opened and helped form into successful, well-established brands.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravished through new Orleans, ruining the city and much of what Dr. Mark McKenna had worked hard to establish through his various business ventures. Never one to be down and out, Dr. McKenna immediately began assisting in rescue and clean-up efforts in the city. He relocated two years later. This time, life would take the doctor to Atlanta, where ShapeMed would open. After selling the company to Life Time Fitness, Inc., Dr. Mark McKenna served as the National Medical Director of Lifetime Fitness until 2016. One year later, Dr. McKenna began a new role as the CEO and founder of OVME.
Despite the doctor’s many business ventures and advocacy in the community, he still has time to maintain a personal life. Married to Gianine, the couple is the parents of a beautiful daughter named Milana and a Pomeranian named Ryder. OVME is now quite successful and Dr. Mark McKenna still enjoys entrepreneurship as well as actively participating in helping the community. Nonetheless, the doctor still values family above all else and ensures that he shares breakfast with his daughter each morning before a long, hard day of work. Dinner at home with the family is also an important part of daily life for Dr. Mark McKenna, who also says that he attends the gym daily.
Dr. Mark McKenna @ Facebook
Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to go about living your life. You don’t have to be some sort of fitness fanatic to achieve this feat, but you will need to have a better understanding about health, some added motivation, and passion. When comparing active women to active men, the guys seem to be a full step ahead, but in recent years it’s the women’s fitness industry that’s making all of the news headlines. Do you want to get into shape? Do you have the knowledge? These are some important questions you should be asking yourself and if you’re serious about your health, these questions should be addressed.
Have you ever heard of Fabletics? Well, Fabletics is one of the leading female activewear clothing lines on the market. Not only is it a clothing line, it’s more so a community of active individuals. Since it’s fruition in 2013, the female branded company has become a staple in the health and fitness community. Fabletic’s women’s clothing is designed for active people who are passionate about getting in shape. Some of the hottest fitness tops, pants, and shorts comes from this label. starting out as an online business, Fabletics has transcended the game and is currently in the process of opening physical locations across the country. The brand has a large following on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This is a great way for staying on top of the latest news and products from the brand. With such a huge following and success online, Fabletics are looking to build a few “brick and mortar” stores in locations such as Newark, Cincinnati, and St.Louis.
Other competitive female activewear lines are good in their own rights, but they seem to lack community. For these brands it’s all about pumping out products for a profit without having any real interest in health. Fabletics gives consumers hot products that are stylish, have great of motion, and a much cheaper price tag. Did you know that Actress Kate Hudson is one of it’s co-founders? That’s right! Kate Hudson, famous mother of two has always had a passion for healthy living and co-founded Fabletics is positively backing up her ideas. The female fitness industry has always had a gap in coverage and Fabletics fills the void perfectly. Many popular bloggers on mysubscriptionaddition.com has nothing but good things to say about the fashion line. Many have stated that the clothing’s material are “well made and comfortable.” Others have blogged about the great prices and discounts when you become a member.
Unlike the competition, Fabletics is a membership community that takes your personal goals and training skill, then produces activewear that meets your needs. The community also provides answers, knowledge, and support to all members. Where else can you get all of these benefits?
Fabletics offers high quality activewear and reasonable prices. No longer will you go broke in your quest for apex health/fitness and Fabletics is leading the way.
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Judaism is a religion that dates back many thousands of years. Jews have lived in many places since the founding of Judaism. Many Jews have decided to move to Israel since the Jewish state was founded in 1948. Others, who do not live in Israel, have decided to help provide services of all kinds to Israel even when they choose to make their own homeland somewhere else. One such Jewish person is Adam Milstein. Milstein has been devoted to the causes of Judaism and Israel for many years. This is why those who pay close attention to world of Israel were not surprised to learn that Milstein has been called one of the most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post.
Making An Impact
The list in the Jerusalem Post was about those who have made an impact in the world this year and can be expected to make an impact in the coming years. Milstein was proud to find out that he was ranked 39th on the list. He joins a stellar roster of fellow honorees including Benjamin Netanyahu, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and philanthropists including businessman Ronald Lauder and Sheldon Adelson, all of whom have had a truly important impact in some way in making the world a better place both for their fellow men and for their fellow Jews.
Milstein was honored as part of the list for his undeniable leadership as the Co-founder and the Chairman of the important and highly influential Israeli-American Council. His work in this field has also included his great philanthropic efforts as well as his work as activist for Jewish causes. His leadership has also been being about involved in many other prominent Jewish organizations that serve the needs of Jews all over the globe as well as in Israel. His work also includes helping other organizations such as StandWithUs and the Israel on Campus Coalition. He’s also been involved with work on the Hasbara Fellowships and the all important Birthright Israel campaigns, allowing him to help his fellow Jews fully explore Israel in person.
Adam Goldenberg is one of the youngest entrepreneurs who have succeeded tremendously in their career. Goldenberg is the co-CEO of JustFab, a company he co-founded with Don Ressler. At a young age, Adam started his promising career when he established Gamer’s Alliance, a collection of gaming sites. By that time, Adam was only 15 years old. Adam Goldenberg then sold Gamer’s Alliance to join Intermix Media after he completed high school. While working his way through the entrepreneurship ladder, he met Don Ressler, a long-time business associate. They pulled their resources together to start a new company known as Intelligent Beauty.
Currently, they are proud owners of JustFab, an internationally recognized company that started its operations in 2010. JustFab has grown to become an example to many startup companies that are struggling to find their place in the competitive global market on Bloomberg. The company is an e-commerce outlet that boasts a broad range of selections including shoes, handbags and jewelry. The aim of the company is to offer personalized shopping experience to millions of its members worldwide.
The company has extended its operations to over ten countries. Its services are now available to people who live in Germany, Canada, Spain, England, France, Netherlands and many more. In 2013 alone, JustFab raised over $58 million and opened up another new shoe line known as ShoeDazzle. Also, the company is a constant designer of celebrity stylist outfits and athletic brands like Fabletics. Fabletics plans to open more than 75 stores over the next five years. The company is currently referred to as a unicorn, which means it has a valuation of over $1 billion. Source: https://www.vbprofiles.com/people/adam-goldenberg-540345f3fccfb1045402ff96
Mr Adam Goldenberg is still the CEO of Intelligent beauty. Because of his smart approach to what he does, Intelligent beauty is currently an incubator that is on its way to generating more than $500 million in profits this year. When asked about his achievements at Intelligent Beauty and JustFab, Adam acknowledged that their interests in metrics and flexibility have made them be where they are now. He holds to the utmost importance transparency and respect when handling clients and employees. He shares with his employees the good and the bad, which enable the team to make and understand tactical changes necessary to keep the business relevant.
Adam Goldenberg is also a member of Cross Ventures Management where he serves as the advisor. He has also served as director of Brentwood Cosmetics from 2004. Adam Goldenberg is 35 years old.
Women have struggled with getting to the gym down through the years. So many women start each year off with a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and workout. They will join the gym. They will also make the time to get a few gym clothes. After a couple of months at http://www.fabletics.com/swim-shop, however, the desire to workout fades. They revert right back into their old habits. They may find that it is just too time consuming to pack gym bags and change into different outfits. Kate Hudson may have quietly revolutionized the way that women see working out with the active wear that she is presenting through Fabletics.
In a Marie Claire interview about Fabletics it was evident to see that Kate Hudson has stumbled upon something that was different. The Fabletics brand is giving people more options. For the first time in a long time there are people that are getting clothing that is has multiple purposes. There are clothes that are designed to make it easier for women to go out on a date and go to the gym without even changing their attire. This is called athleisure clothing, and Kate Hudson seems to be right on the verge of bringing this to a mass audience with more store openings.
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The buzz started through the websites, but there are plans for about 100 store openings in the next several years. This means that a lot of women are losing their excuses for not exercising, and they are building up a wardrobe from Fabletics that allows them to hit the gym and run errands all with one outfit.
There are no more excuses about the gym bag being left at home. There is no need to wonder if you have packed everything that you need for the yoga class. Hudson has made the type of yoga pants that can be worn from the mall to the yoga class. Kate has impressed a number of people that are just trying to get a simple outfit that is flexible and affordable.
Hudson has really been working towards expanding the brand. There is even some swimwear that is available through the Fabletics brand. This is very interesting because she has said that the design is performance based. This is ideal for the athletic swimmers that may be in training. What Hudson has done, however, is make clothes that are still sexy and flattering to your form.
Kate Hudson has managed to keep many women interested in the brand with the subscription service. That may be the thing that keeps women on track with working out. Once people sign up for a subscription of month garments they are going to feel compelled to continue working out.
For the first few years of operation, Highland Capital focused solely on collateralized loan obligations and separate accounts. In 2000, they decided to change that by developing the fund’s first total return strategy that focused on assets that were distressed. 2000 saw other developments as well. James Dondero, the president and co-founder of the firm, led the firm to establish their first 2 bank loans separate accounts that were specifically for large public pension plans in Canada and the United States. This leadership is how Jim led the company to be the largest collateralized loan obligations manager in the world. In order to do this, he had to launch one of the first non-bank collateralized debt obligations. In the past decade this number has grown to more than 39 CDOs and CLOs that Highland Capital has structured and monitored, which amounts to about 32 billion dollars in asset value.
Jim started out his career in finance by attending the University of Virginia and graduating with a degree in accounting and finance. After graduating Jim Dondero worked in a variety of different positions, including analyst, corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager. This was all before he became the Chief Investment Officer for the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, which he then turned into Highland Capital Management and bought.
Highland Capital Management’s numbers were reviewed by Octa Finance in an article on their website. The online newspaper analyzed the fund’s 13F filing for the third quarter of 2015. In the filing they found that Highland Capital had made 69 new purchases over the course of the third quarter. They also found that the fund had increased its positioning in certain stocks with additional purchases, 62 in total. The fund reduced its position in 80 different stocks and it then sold out of 119 stocks during the quarter. The top 10 holdings amount to nearly 30 percent of the total portfolio.
The firm’s portfolio, by the end of the quarter, was worth 3.42 billion dollars. This was a decrease of 1.49 billion dollars since the second quarter. The filing made actually represents only 22.73 percent of the fund’s total United States listed assets, which is about 15 billion dollars in asset value. The article was unable to provide information about net exposure and shorts.
For those wanting to read further, please go: http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/
China has become the manufacturer of the world with high productivity rates since 2008. Due to the slowing world economy, Chinese inflation and the possible addition of the Yuan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) basket of currencies, top hedge fund managers believe the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) will be forced to devalue. Here are the reasons why James Dondero and George Soros may challenge the PBOC.
“When China sneezes, the world catches a cold.”
Analysts have been carefully following Chinese production. In August 2015, the Guardian ran the headline – “China stuns financial markets by devaluing yuan for second day running.” This Eastern devaluation was conducted over two days, while most Western devaluations are single day events. There is a fine line in monetary policy, which must not be completely predictable because it would allow speculators to profit by anticipating moves.
“PBOC Monetary Tools May Be Ineffective”
Central banks measure their effectiveness by their ability to determine interest rates. While the PBOC has attempted to increase rates to spurn speculation, the efforts may have failed. The January 12, 2016 Chinese overnight rates were increased to an all-time high of 66.8% and fell down to 1.1% by the end of January 2016. Chinese monetary policies may be failing.
By the end of 2016, the Chinese Yuan may be added to the IMF basket of currencies; thus, hedge fund investors – like James Dondero and George Soros – believe that the currency will still need to be devalued even further. They may challenge the PBOC and win.
“Highland Capital Management Co-Founder James Dondero Sees Opportunity”
Since 1993, Highland Capital Management has been managing institutional and retail financial accounts. Highland financial products include Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), hedge funds, private equity funds and other services. The firm had $18.7 billion in assets under its management.
Highland Capital Management Co-Founder & President James Dondero has built up his reputation in the financial industry over three decades. He graduated from the University of Virginia with the highest honors possible (Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi). In the 1980s, Jim was an American Express Portfolio Manager.
Jim is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Mr. Dondaro is Chairman of Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare. Jim is closely following the Chinese Yuan and may see an opportunity to profit from its weakness.
Kyle Bass, the director and founder of Hayman Capital Management, continues to have complete relevance in the world of economics, this time, in a full throttle interview dubbed “Halftime Report” at CNBC where he gave out his perception of the significance of China’s volatility in the US economy.
According to Kyle Bass, the main cause of China’s economic slowdown is due to its banking system. He supports his reasoning by comparing the European economic crisis with China’s current slowdown whereby the banking system surpassed the GDP. China’s banks command a staggering 35 million dollars compared to its GDP, which is at 10 trillion dollars.
Kyle Bass further states that a credit cycle marred with contraction of access to credit is looming and investors should be more worried about it. He further adds that the slow credit growth rate currently witnessed in the US will plunge the country’s economy into a 10-20 downturn by the end of 2016.
Kyles Bass view on the current China’s volatility and how it might affect the US market was taken with much approval from the team of traders that graced the “Halftime Report” at CNBC. They all agreed that China banks had indeed lent too much money. Probably his views that other economic autocrats brand as amoral and misleading should be given second thoughts.
Mr Kyle Bass has is no exception to the piece of bad cake from the business fraternity. He has received mixed signals in terms of acceptance from various economists in US because of his shady history, one that’s been exposed by UsefulStooges. Others think that he is an individual laden with desire to pontificate at the site of the media. For example, his unending support of the Argentine Cristina Fernandez who most business people brands as having lack of knowledge and prudence in the business field has really received outcries from many people. His conflicting ideas about Argentina’s performance in debts have also put him in a hot spotlight with many thinking the Country’s irresponsible economic behavior should be brought to a halt.
He is also widely criticized his stand regarding the reckless management issues in the GM cars with many complaining of accidents caused by mechanical malpractice and mediocrity of the GM car manufacturers. He is blamed for shifting the blame on the fatalities to the victims. He comes out as a money hungry individual who is just interested in protecting his investments.
According to one of the critics Jim McTague, Bass has been so poor in his economic relevancy recently. He further adds that Mr. Bass is involved in several dubious means of getting money while trying to make people think he is the good guy. His Wikipedia history is pretty up and down, so whose to say what’s really going on.
However, let us not forget to remember the “fifteen minutes” of fame Kyle Bass had back in 2008 when he correctly predicted the Subprime mortgage crisis. At least to some, he was a superstar.
The 40 Under Forty list is set up to honor the 40 individuals who have done extraordinary work in the fields of business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, expert witness testimony, financial forensics and litigation consulting.
The honorees were chose from a pool of more than 125 candidates by the Executive Staff of NACVA as well as the Consultants’ Training Institute (CTI). According to the judges this year was an exceptionally difficult decision because there were so many qualified candidates for this honor.
The 40 Under Forty program is designed to give recognition to the next generation of industry thought leaders.
Marsala is a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Madison Street Capital where he specializes in business valuation, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.He has spearheaded the firm’s expansion into the European, African and Asian markets.
For the past 13 years Marsala has performed numerous business valuations for a disparate number of industries including energy, technology, food and agriculture.
Having graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with degrees in Finance and Information Systems, Marsala then attended the University of Oxford’s Said Business School where he earned a Master’s Diploma in Strategy.
He is also a member of the American Society of Appraisers as well as the NACVA.
Madison Street Capital is an international investment banking firm specializing in delivering financial advisory services to public and private companies throughout the world. Under the stewardship of Marsala the firm has expanded into new and emerging markets over the last decade. You can Like them on Facebook.
Indeed, emerging markets have become the core component that has been driving Madison Street Capital’s impressive growth. Marsala and Co. will continue to focus a significant amount of the firm’s assets into these markets.
If Madison Street Capital can continue to expand into new markets there is a high possibility that Anthony Marsala will continue to earn accolades from more industry organizations.