July 28, 2015
Brad Reifler is an American entrepreneur who is based in the New York, New York area. He currently serves as the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) for Forefront Capital Management, an international financial services company. He’s also the company founder. Before he set up Forefront Capital Management in the summer of 2009, he was employed at Pali Capital, a boutique agency that focused on fixed income trading and derivatives. Pali Capital no longer is in business. Reifler was also Pali Capital’s founder, having created the business back in 1995.
Reifler’s time at Pali Capital was a success. Under his guidance, the firm experienced groundbreaking growth. Pali Capital earned revenues that exceeded $200 million annually. Not only was the firm in demand in the United States, but also eventually in Latin America, Singapore, Austria and the United Kingdom.
Reifler graduated from Bowdoin College, a Brunswick, Maine private liberal arts institution. He majored in political science and economics and attended the college between the years of 1977 and 1981. Reifler counts investment management, commodities, hedge funds, trading, derivatives, financial structuring and asset management as being among his numerous career skills.
Reifler’s independent career started more than three decades ago at the beginning of the 1980s. At that time, he established Reifler Trading Company, a business that would go on to be responsible for handling millions and millions of dollars in discretionary accounts. With time, Reifler Trading Company shifted its focuses to institutional research, execution services, information dissemination and beyond. In the year 2000, Reifler sold Reifler Trading Company to Refco Inc. Refco Inc. has the distinction of being the biggest futures company on the entire planet.
Reifler is part of various advisory and corporate boards. He also is involved with the Millbrook School as a trustee. He even works as the chairman for the school’s finance division.
Investors can always find opportunities for investment around the world. Some are looking to Southeast Asia and countries such as Singapore and Indonesia. There are, however, good investment opportunities in the Americas. Brazil has generated a lot of investment buzz lately and for good reason. Depending on the measurement one uses, Brazil is currently the seventh or eighth largest economy in the world right now. It possesses the asset of infrastructure in the form of 4000 airports and numerous ports that can move hundreds of millions of passengers and 700 million tons of cargo a year respectively. It also has a decent amount of natural resources as the world’s largest producer of ethanol and iron ore, and oil, soybeans, sugar, poultry and the aforementioned iron ore are its top exports. Their energy production is cutting-edge with about 85 percent of it coming from renewable sources as of data from 2009. This is compared to 11 percent of renewables on average for other countries of the world.
These and other assets make Brazil an attractive option for investors. When investing in Brazil, however, one should be in for the long-term. This is the advice investor Igor Cornelsen gives those who ask his opinion. This top Brazilian investment expert and banker offers tips to those who wish to invest in Brazil such as connecting with the natives because success in Brazil, as anywhere else, relies on relationships and networking. He also lets investors know that confronting and handling the red tape that invariably comes up is essential and that you have to deal with foreign currency restrictions.
Overall, investing in Brazil should yield an impressive return to those who are willing to stick it out for the long haul. It is the largest country in South America with a population of around 200 million people, and it is an emerging market that has the potential to become a major economic powerhouse. Sound investment advice from Igor Cornelsen and others can enable those looking to help this country grow make an impressive return themselves while doing so. Brazil is one of those places that some people look at when searching for the next China in the developing world. Perhaps in a decade or so, when you turn over that knick-knack you are looking at in the local store, it will say “Made in Brazil” instead of “Made in China.”
July 22, 2015
When it comes to law, it is something that almost everyone in the world has to deal with at some point. People deal with everyday situations where the law is needed in order to solve them. However, there are so many different law firms and lawyers out there, which causes most people to become confused on which one is best for them contact. In fact, this mostly happens in Brazil. However, what most people don’t know is that Brazilian lawyers and law firms are very efficient and competent and they always make sure to properly serve and satisfy their customers.
As said before, most Brazilian law firms are very efficient, which is why it is best for people who need help in their situations. In fact, there are many different but great Brazilian law firms that have received many great reviews. These are usually where the best lawyers are found. It is always important to find the best lawyer for your case as they are defending you and trying to help you win. However, there are also self-employed lawyers out there who work for themselves in Brazil, but these lawyers can be a little more pricey, but some of them are worth the money!
For most people in Brazil, they don’t really have a preference on which works best for them. Some people enjoy going Brazilian law firms because they have options on who they want to choose to represent them in law and the prices are much cheaper, however, others also like the option of going to a self-employed lawyer. They are a little pricier, but it is known that most self-employed lawyers are more experienced than other lawyers working in law firms. Lawyers like Ricardo Tosto advise that, overall, it is up to the customer, almost all types of lawyers in Brazil work extremely hard and will serve all their customers correctly and make sure to give them best they have to offer so no matter what you pick, the outcome will most likely be very great.
As said before, it is important to pick which law firm or lawyer is best for you, but it can be hard to do so when there are many different law companies around the world to choose for, but for Brazil that’s no problem, as they are seen and known to be one of very few countries that have the best law firms and lawyers so don’t be afraid to look into what they have to offer.
July 21, 2015
The life of Dr. Jennifer Walden begun in Austin Texas. Her father was a well-known dentist and her mother was a surgical nurse. She attended the local Anderson high School and later joined Texas University where she graduated with a degree in biology. It was this degree that would pave the way for her fabulous career. After completing her undergraduate course, she enrolled in medical school at the University of Texas medical branch. She was the salutary speaker of her class at the completion of her studies. Being a resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch opened doors for her. The Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital would come to call on her to join their aesthetic surgery fellowship that was led by Dr. Sherrell Aston, who was the chairman of the department. Even after the end of her fellowship Dr. Jennifer Walden stayed at the hospital for seven and a half years working at the New York City’s Upper East Side. In her incumbency in the city of New York, Dr. Jennifer Walden entered into clinical trials that saw silicone breast implants be reintroduced.
After the birth of her twins, Houston and Rex, Dr. Jennifer Walden relocated to Austin Texas. She then started her own business, Walden Cosmetic Surgery Centre, which operates under the wings of Westlake Medical Centre. She recently opened a few satellite cosmetic surgery clinics at Seton Hospital, Central Park Surgery Centre, St. David’s North Austin Medical Centre, and Hill Country Memorial in Marble Falls.
Being one of the few board-certified female surgeons in Texas, Dr. Jennifer Walden is enwrapped in issues of women health and how they colligate to self-empowerment and self-reliance in decision making, all aspects of plastic surgery, and breast health. In its April 2014 issue, Harper’s Bazaar magazine named Dr. Walden was named one of the nation’s 24 best beauty surgeons in the United States.
The doctor has been a typical face in the media. She has been a sought-after expert apropos topics such as mommy makeovers, celebrity plastic surgery, soft tissue injectable, technological advances in surgery, breast implants, lasers, and general medical commensurateness. She is also a well-known renowned author having published a couple of articles and demoed several award-winning research papers. She has also edited and co-authored an outstanding textbook entitled Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Jennifer Walden, just like many other doctors in the medical field is also a philanthropist. She has ensure that she makes time to volunteer to help the less fortunate and underserved in the society and finds this to be a very rewarding experience.
Igor Cornelsen is an investment expert specializing in innovative portfolio strategies and a provider of reliable and trusted financial advice. Once known as the top investment banker in Brazil, Cornelsen has revolutionized the industry by proving that profit can be made even in a volatile marketplace. His own portfolio is proof of his effective strategies.
Despite his retirement from his banking career, he remains active in the field offering advice to individuals and corporations in need of boosting their investment profits. Cornelsen splits his time between enjoying his partial retirement in the United States, working as an advisor with the Bainbridge Group in the Bahamas and has since returned to Brazil to offer the troubled banking industry some advice. With their most recent financial records exposing the reality of what many experts around the world had expected, Cornelsen has made himself available to help encourage them out of their current slump.
Not only is his advice being given to Brazilian banks, but to those outside investors as well who are interested in profiting from what many think could be amazing growth in this booming South American country. Known for its natural beauty and growing population, many including Cornelsen believe Brazil is in a position to reap great success. He points to key factors such as the country’s relationship with its largest trading partner, China and the appointment of a new finance minister.
More than anything, Igor Cornelsen is adamant that everyone should consider the importance of passive income earned through long-term investing. For many overworked individuals who are struggling to make ends meet, this is the only opportunity they may have to build wealth for their retirements. He encourages investors to learn about diversifying and planning for the future. While it may be difficult for many to wait decades to see their profit, the enormous returns, like those he has experienced for himself and his clients, should be adequate reward for waiting.
July 15, 2015
According to a press release issued on PRNewswire.com Mikal Watts a Texas attorney has filed a lawsuit against the Swiss seed corn supplier Syngenta for selling its genetically modified (GMO) corn before obtaining international approvals. The central issue is China’s refusal to accept corn shipments from the United States during the latter part of 2013 and through 2014 because of the GMO corn. China’s refusal cost American farmers millions of dollars and caused a subsequent steep drop in corn prices.
American farmers export nearly 40% of the annual corn crop to international markets. While only three percent of the corn sold was from the GMO corn seed sold by Syngenta, it was impossible to separate that corn from non-GMO corn, so the entire shipments were rejected by Chinese officials. Allegedly, Syngenta sold the seed to farmers knowing that approval from China had not yet been obtained through false and misleading sales practices and marketing.
While individual farmers and allied agribusinesses have been filing their own lawsuits in twenty states, Watts looks to provide representation for those plaintiffs and encourage other affected farmers to join the thousands of suits already filed.
Mikal Watts is a partner in the law firm Watts Guerra based in San Antonio, Texas. Watts successfully filed a lawsuit against Bayer Crop Sciences that resulted in $ 750 million settlement making the firm one of very few with the experience and expertise in large agri-business lawsuits. The firm also represents its other clients in the areas of personal injury, product liability, automotive defects, commercial trucking negligence, medical device and pharmaceutical product defects.
For more than 85 years, Purina has been delivering high quality feeds and treats for our pets. Many of us fondly remember taking care of a family pet and Purina products were no doubt part of their care. The Purina news just seems to have always been there, helping to prolong and enrich the lives of our furry family members. The Purina brand settles itself in alongside our most loved brand names of our childhood. But It seems the company is not inclined to rest on nostalgia alone. Purina continues its efforts to create high-quality products and makes numerous contributions to our lives and our pets even today.
Purina’s passion for the welfare of animals no doubt had a part in their decision to allow employees to bring their pets to work. This has been one of the reasons cited behind the company’s numerous awards, labeling it one of the best places to work. Purina also has a hand in a number of charities that enrich life for both animals and people. Purina believes that animals and people are better together. This is certainly evident in the many different organizations that the company supports. Whether an effort to help connect autistic children with pets or lending a hand to assist organizations which shelter the pets of women leaving domestic violence situations, Purina has embodied the ideals of integrity, passion, expertise and performance.
Innovation has also come into play with the company’s continuing success story. Purina continues to be imaginative with its products. Nutrition will always be of huge importance, but its products are also leading the way in palatability, quality and safety. Beyond products, Purina has been making a bit of a name for itself with fun marketing. A rapping corgi went viral last year with “I get Beggin'” . YouTube couldn’t get enough of “Boss” the corgi singing for his treats. It was a natural decision to place the musical pooch in an advertisement during the Grammy Awards. According to adweek.com, digital ads featuring “Boss” are also running on Pandora, Hulu Plus, and Twitter. With a commitment to passion, innovation and imagination, it seems that Purina is poised to take its place in the future as a pet product leader, creating better lives for both people and their pets.
July 14, 2015
Nestle Purina is one of the largest pet food and pet product manufacturers in the world reaching over $8 billion dollars in sales in 2013. As any company this large should do, Purina has focused on more sustainable ways to do their business. Let’s take a look at some of the Purina news that this global company is taking to help preserve our planet.
Knowing how things can be changed to better help customers, employees and the planet begin with knowing how things are done. To this effect, Nestle Purina is implementing a Responsible Sourcing Audit Program to analyze the way things are done along their supply chain. Suppliers are audited on Health & Safety, Labor Standards, Environment and Business Integrity. Another aspect of this program also looks at major environmental issues like deforestation, overfishing, water scarcity and animal welfare.
Waste not, want not is the motto of Purina’s Alaskan salmon sourcing. The delicious salmon caught off the coasts of Alaska are processed for human consumption. This simply means the filets are taken out to be sold in your local grocery store. For many years, the rest of the fish which also contains nutrient-rich meat would simply be tossed out. In an effort to help the fishermen and the environment, Purina began discussions into acquiring this Omega 3 heavy meat. Today, with Nestle’s strict regulations for processing in place, the environment does not have to absorb the impact of this wasteful practice.
Mining with Integrity
The clay used for kitty litter has to be mined, which can be a draining process for the environment. To decrease the footprint left in these areas, Nestle Purina takes a few extra steps in their clay mining process. In mines such as the one located in Maricopa, California, Purina uses the power of the sun to dry and evaporate some of the moisture in the clay instead of using all-electric processes. To filter the water returning to the Earth, ponds are used at most mining sites to naturally filter water before returning it to the waterways. Instead of leaving an area pockmarked with over-used mines, Nestle returns the land to a more natural state to help the environment and creatures living in the area flourish.
Nestle Purina not only makes high-quality pet food. They also play an active role in reducing the human footprint on our environment.
July 2, 2015
With few exceptions in our long history, humans have basically been getting taller over the centuries. We are actually taller than we were just one century ago. To bring some other metrics into the picture we are also fatter and living longer than at any previous time in human history. If ample food availability and medicine to curb disease are a factor in height increases the relative bounty of agricultural yields and medicines in the 20th century could explain some of this increase in just the past 100 years.
A mere 100 years is too short a time for genetic changes to come into play. However, Beneful indicates this increase in height has been going on for a longer time. A recent study has indicated that people have been evolving to both get taller and smarter. The study found that those with a higher degree of genetic diversity in their background share this increase in these two traits. Genetic diversity has characteristically been associated with greater health, but no such correlation was found in this regard. Whether one’s genes were relatively diverse or not, there wasn’t much change in the likelihood of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Apparently evolution has just selected height and intelligence as survival traits. Women tend to be attracted to tall men so there may have been some natural selection going on in the form of women desiring taller mates and them then being more likely to have taller offspring.
July 1, 2015
Officials in the United States and Cuba have made a deal to re-establish diplomatic relations. On Wednesday, President Obama made the official announcement that the Cuban embassy in the U.S. and the American embassy in Havana will be reopened. The president called this “a historic step forward.” They’ll both be opened on July 20th. Secretary of State John Kerry will go to Havana to raise the American flag at the U.S. compound. A delegation from Cuba will come to Washington to raise theirs.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries hasn’t existed for 54 years says Stephen Murray CCMP Capital in this article. They were severed in 1961 after Castro seized private land and took control of private companies, including some American subsidiaries. Taxes on exports from the U.S. to Cuba were so high; it didn’t pay to send our goods there. As a result, Castro started trading more with the Soviet Union. Initially, the U.S. embargo on Cuba was temporary and put trade restrictions on everything but food and medical supplies. But in 1962, President Kennedy made it permanent, and no goods could be shipped to Cuba after that.