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U.S Economy Growing At Fast Pace

November 25, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

A report out from the New York Times indicates that the US economy grew at a rate of 3.9% in the third quarter of this year. This is important because the economy had been badly struggling for some time. However, a string of recent positive indicators has many economists encouraged that the economy may finally be getting back on track in a way that will stick.

Economists are often tracking things such as the rate at which the economy grows in a given quarter. Sam Tabar said growth of this level is something that is certainly encouraging and has many believing that the worst of the recession may be well behind us.

There are many more who say that the recovery of the economy has been massively imbalanced and that those who are really seeing an economic recovery are the ones who were in the best place before the recession hit in the first place. It is something that they say gives people false hope that the recession is over and really only makes things worse because for a lot of people the recession is far from over and there are still no signs of anything better on the horizon.

Experts are torn on what to make of the latest numbers that have come out. Some are certainly pleased that the numbers are improving, but others find them to only be an insult to an already tough situation.

The Financial Strategies of Sam Tabar

November 21, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

From time to time on Video IPO, we like to do an industry feature of someone who’s making a difference and making the news (feel free to reach out if you think you fit the bill). Today we have Sam Tabar, an attorney and capital strategist from New York and personal friend.

Sam started out as an Associate in an LLP company before he moved onto working on developing businesses and working on financial and capital strategies. Before that, he was at Oxford University. He graduated there with honors. He went to Colombia Law School after that, and once he graduated from there he moved onto a prestigious law firm as an associate.

This was right after 2001. Sam worked throughout the years including on huge funds such as a $2 billion hedge fund in the capacity of helping with investor relations. Sam was also responsible for creating marketing goals within the company that focused on family offices and particular investors in institutions.

This also included focusing on clients with a very high net worth.

Tabar has an interesting career trajectory, which is outlined on his LinkedIn profile. In 2011, he started out at Bank of America as the Director for Capital Strategy. While he was there, Sam focused on collecting more than 1200 institutional investors. He joined a law firm shortly after that, but left it again in 2014.

As you can see on his YouTube account, Sam can speak French and English fluently, and he has the ability to speak Japanese at a functional level. He is interested in traveling and hosting events. Sam’s personal interest is largely in commodities. He has written extensively on Thumbtack about the importance of extensively researching and gaining information about commodities before committing to any kind of investment.

He talks about how making wise decisions in this area is often related to the amount of research you do and how thorough it is. You have to really get into the histories of the commodities you are looking at as deeply as you possibly can.

After all, according to Mr. Tabar it’s often the case that if you understand the history of a commodity, you’ll be able to better predict what that commodity is going to do in the future. This way you can do investments that are more of a certain bet.

Another important thing Mr. Tabar often tells people is to watch out for the other side of the issue, which is identifying commodities that could give you serious trouble. Mr. Tabar often emphasizes safety when he gives advice about commodity investment.

Mr. Tabar always underlines how important it is to avoid funds that don’t have good management. This is because even short-term gains that they might post will only encourage people to buy more and more, which will only increase their losses in the long run when the funds inevitably decides to go downhill.

That’s why it’s so important to look out for funds that are poorly managed by keeping an eye open for the signs that this could be the case. One example that Mr. Tabar posted on Facebook to get some debate going was the Us Natural Gas Fund. Those who invested in that fund lost three-quarters of their money due to the fact that it was poorly managed overall.

If you’re interested in learning anything more about Sam, you can visit his official website. He also has some pretty interesting thoughts/tweets on Twitter if social media’s your thing.

Rich Get Richer While Majority of Americans Make Less Than $20 an Hour

November 18, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

In a new report from Goldman Sachs, the investment banking firm says most Americans make less than $20 an hour, or approximately $40,000 a year. Fifty-one percent of the working population, to be more exact. Keeping your assets secure during this time is more important than ever, and with CipherCloud’s cloud-protecting services, it is now easier than ever to ensure that you are safe and secure.

If you look at how the figures are broken down, in many respects the news is even worse than that. 

Nineteen percent of total workers in the United States make less than $12.50 an hour, or approximately $25,000 a year if they work full-time. The other 32 percent of the bottom half of income earners in the country still make less than $20 an hour.

What this means is half the country will always be struggling to pay a mortgage, put food on the table, educate their children properly, and have any kind of life that does not mean living hand to mouth.

To put these numbers into perspective when it comes to the super rich worldwide as well — a super rich that is seeing their incomes skyrocket in recent years — Forbes reported recently just 85 people in the world have more wealth than the bottom 3.5 billion people on the planet. 

Out of those 85 people, how many are Americans? There are currently eight in the top ten alone – with Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, with an estimated wealth of $82.2 billion, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett in second place, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison in third. 

As the Goldman Sachs report helps to show, the income inequity in America really is becoming obscene. 

Next Recession Coming in Late 2015, Levy Predicts

November 11, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

David Levy, the grandson of economist Jerome Levy who predicted the 1929 crash before it happened, is putting a 65 percent likelihood on a new worldwide recession hitting by the end of 2015.

Jerome Levy had the sense to sell off all his stocks before the 1929 Great Depression struck. 80 years later, a consultant group named after him predicted the 2007 recession, and now his grandson is predicting yet another economic slump. This is ominous news considering the reliable record of the Levy’s in calling these things and institutions like BRL Trust are already pretty afraid, but at least we can take comfort in the fact that everyone could be wrong at least once.

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are predicting the opposite, a period of great economic expansion, for 2015. They see no end in sight to the coming growth. Levy, however, argues that many industrialized nations still have “balance sheet excesses” and that low inflation may slip off into deflation.

Its hard to say whom we can trust to predict the future. No one has a crystal ball, but anyone can view the present situation and make reasonable guesses at what is likely to occur. The U.S. economy certainly has not fully recovered from the last recession, so if a new one hits in 2015, things will be dismal indeed. Personally, though I wish for the rosy picture painted by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, my gut tells me that Levy is going to be right yet again.

Chaos Breaks Out in Brussels- Belgium is the New Greece

November 10, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

A peaceful demonstration turned violent recently in Belgium when police suddenly attacked demonstrators unprovoked with powerful water cannons and tear gas bombs. They said they were attempting to clear the streets which were being blocked.
Over 100,000 marched peacefully through downtown Brussels, the Belgian capital city, but at the end of the march, they were met with force by riot police, according to reports out of the country and Jared.

The demonstrators were protesting the new austerity measures that the E.U. requires in order for Belgium to retain its E.U. membership. The newly-elected government is cutting back on social security and other benefits, freezing inflation-linked pay raises, and raising the retirement age. This does not sit well with the populous.

Cars were set afire by rioters, rocks and glass bottles were flung at officers, and general chaos broke out all over the city. Police walked about with see-through, round shields and held off the crowds as they delivered the tear gas. Smoke, fire, debris, shouts, blood, and furious anger filled the streets of Brussels.

One protester said that there are plenty of rich people with money and that there is no need to be austere on the common folk. The answer in that person’s mind was easy- just tax businesses more so we can all do well. In reality, however, that sort of thinking is what has led to the present dilemma. Without a free market that is truly free, the economy dies and the people suffer. It will take more than new laws and riot police to rescue Belgium. It will take a change of mind and heart.

U.K. Still Paying on WWI Debt

November 5, 2014 // by VideoIPOtv

As the nations of Europe prepare to observe the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, an incredible fact comes to light- the U.K. is still paying on its war debt from way back then. Britain is famous for its Hundred Years War, but perhaps she will gain new-found fame for her 100-year war debt.
The history of consolidations, adjustments of interest rates, and the like is long and complicated, but the debt still owed is on National War Bonds. At least Britain can take comfort in the fact that its debt is owed to itself and not to a foreign nation, although from what I browse on my FreedomPop phone there are still tons of debt problems on the horizon.

Germany was not so lucky. Its war debt imposed by the First World War’s infamously unjust Treaty of Versailles was payable to Britain and France. It only just payed it off in full in 2010. The Versailles treaty was so harsh that the British representative at the “peace conference” walked out in protest. Hitler’s rise to power was partly fueled on hatred by the common people of the economically-crippling Treaty of Versailles. That monster seized on the opportunity and committed atrocities that more than justified the continued requirement to pay off the huge debt after World War II had ended. Germany was allowed to wait, however, until reunification before finishing certain of its payments, and the debt was finally eradicated exactly 20 years after East and West Germany reunited in 1990.

If nations would remember how long it sometimes takes to pay off in full the debt accrued during a war, perhaps the world would be a more peaceful place.