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BMG Bank Helping the Middle Class

October 8, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Just like we have payday loans here in the United States, they are on the rise in Latin America as well. These type of loans are repaid through deductions from the workers’ payroll checks. This gives both the customer and the bank the chance to build a relationship. Therefore, possibly extending more credit to the borrower in the future. This is a great way for Latin America to help their region’s middle class gain access to funds. BMG Bank in Brazil helps consumers do just that. Payroll loans in Brazil have increased by 16.5% in the past year. They have also launched new products such as the BMG credit card which will expand the opportunities for paycheck-deductible loans. Currently the BMG credit card has over 570,000 active accounts and is issued in association with MasterCard.

BMG Bank provides commercial and credit financing as well as investment services. They even provide commercial loans to small businesses and companies. BMG Bank joined forces with Brazil’s biggest bank Itau Unibanco Holding SA. The team’s goal is to lend around $14 million in payroll loans over the next four years. The Vice President and Director of BMG Bank is Marcio Alaor since 2008. He graduated with a degree in business administration and started his career at Grupo BMG in 1977. Within 20 years he climbed his way up in the company to become their Control Executive Director.

So how easy is it to get a loan with BMG? You simply can apply directly through their web site. They will verify your employment and grant you a loan of up to $5,000. It only takes a few business days to process your information. Once approved they will deduct for up to two years from your bi-weekly paychecks until the loan is paid in full.

Revolutionizing Digital Entertainment: John Textor Leads the Way

October 7, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

How about seeing Elvis in concert tonight, or maybe the Beatles? Maybe a trip to Vegas to see the Rat Pack and Old Blue Eyes himself. Sounds crazy right? How can performers who are no longer alive sing songs and perform for live audiences? The answer is photo-realistic, digital humans. That’s impossible, never heard of anything like that, who’s floating that nonsense around the entertainment universe? John Textor that’s who, and although it seems impossible it’s not. The process is complicated and expensive, but very possible. One of the biggest music festivals in the United States happens annually in California’s Coachella Valley. In 2012, music lovers at the festival were treated to a very special performance by none other than Tupac Shakur, a digital Tupac Shakur. That’s not all, how about a Michael Jackson hologram performance at the 2014 music awards? If anyone is unfamiliar with these two performances, Google them. They are, eye-opening what does the future hold experiences.

His IMDB lists that John Textor graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987. Mr. Textor earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics. The new graduate went on to work at several companies always moving forward and up until in 2006 he became chairman and CEO of Digital Domain and its parent company, Digital Domain Media Group. This company has worked on visual effects for many movies. John’s filmography includes Real Steel, Ender’s Game, Transformers, Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean: at World’s End, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. These are only a few, but wow what an impressive selection of special effects greatness. So impressive that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received the top award for Achievement in Visual Effects and a CLIO. In addition to these two awards, and evidence of how exciting and innovative this technology will become, this same movie won an Academy Award for the first believable digital human actor. John Textor believes in digital human characters so much that he left Digital Domain to take over as executive chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. Three guesses as to Pulse’s specialty.

Mr. Textor remains active other areas of entertainment, but it is safe to assume that the main focus of his company is full development of photo-realistic digital humans. The applications are truly limitless. Anyone up for a little time on the holodeck?

Global Investment Banking With Madison Street Capital

October 7, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Investment banking is highly regarded as one of the most lucrative businesses in the United States and internationally. Investment banking involves firms, small companies, corporations, bankers and individuals. In other words, investment banking is a financial service helps businesses and individuals in making money through the the purchase and the sale of various financial products. The financial products that can be sold and purchased are stocks and bonds, certificates of deposits and other things. Investment bankers can also give advice on how to create and maintain a financial portfolio to get a return on an investment. International investments are a little bit different but can be worked out the same way.

Madison Street Capital is a investment firm that works in the global investment sector. Madison Street Capital works as financial advisors to businesses that are privately and publicly held. The investment banking firm has offices in Africa, Asia and the United States. Madison Street Capital gives their clients advice on mergers and acquisitions and asset management.

Madison Street Capital is unique because they also advise their clients on capital restructuring, opinions on bankruptcy and reorganization on businesses. If companies want a buy out, Madison Street Capital gives them advice on what to do. In addition to mergers, Madison Street Capital advises companies on the industry. In 2015, Madison Street Capital became a finalist in the M and A Advisor Awards which is in its 14th year. The M and A Advisor Awards are one of the top awards in the financial industry. The awards celebrates financial institutions that excel in making deals and restructuring businesses. Madison Street Capital was recognized by other financial companies. The financial institution is a finalist in the cross boarder deal award, where they helped with the acquisition of a company. Two managing directors within Madison Street Capital handled the transaction. The winners will be announced at the end of the year.

Madison Street Capital is a privately held company and they have over 200 employees. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Madison Street Capital is highly successful and will continue to be successful in the years to come.

White Shark Media Translates Customer Complaint To Customer Loyalty

October 7, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Here’s a recent headline that crossed my desk: When’s the Last Time You Analyzed Customer Complaints? Begrudgingly, few companies even consider the dynamics of a complaint, but not the founders of White Shark Media. These guys take a different approach to complaint management that will surely awaken some entrepreneurs from their naive stupor.

Risk or Opportunity

A few years ago, White Shark Media acknowledged they had a few customer concerns, and true to their reputation, they decided to use those few criticisms to their advantage. Not only did they blog about their compliments and complaints, but they embarked on a continuing pursuit to improve communication with their clients. The result has been a refreshing display of confidence with an emphasis on admirable customer service.

If you didn’t notice, here’s the secret to customer complaints; dissatisfaction is nothing more than an opportunity. Embracing this concept has boosted customer confidence for White Shark Media because clients know their concerns never fall on deaf ears. You won’t necessarily lose a customer because of a potential dissatisfaction, but you will lose their loyalty when communication is lacking. Paying such attention to this detail is one of many good reasons White Shark Media remains a digital media powerhouse. They leverage every tool to reach customers and establish performance-based marketing.

Since starting a boutique agency just four years ago, White Shark Media has grown into one of the top-ranking digital marketing agencies that boast a global reach. Hand-picked by both Google and Microsoft for Google AdWords™ Premier SMB, and Bing Ads Authorized Reseller programs, White Shark Media has been recognized for their proven success.

Benefits of Complaint Management

The concept of complaint management is nothing new, but honestly, few online businesses make use of customer feedback. Most companies keep their heads buried in the sand until the faucet shifts from drip to flow, and complaints and rumors begin to unearth. It’s disappointing that most companies operate no systematic performance review. There are essential benefits to managing client concerns;

Quality improvements
Improvements in business processes
The recognition of evolving customer needs

More importantly, many companies indicate cost reduction as an essential aspect of complaint management. Based on the feedback by customers, for example, production errors can be recognized, and in time, additional costs that are attributed to redoing work are eliminated.

None of us likes to hear criticism or welcomes complaints, but when handled effectively, complaints can become an advantage.

Flavio Maluf, The Innovative And Leading Brazilian Executive

October 6, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Flavio Maluf is a leading Brazilian business executive that serves as the President of Eucatex. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position that he assumed in 2005. Flavio is the Chairman of the Board of Executives of the corporation. Flavio Maluf is a graduate of mechanical engineering from the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. He also pursued business administration at the celebrated University of New York.

Aside from Eucatex, Flavio Maluf is the President of Grandfood, a company that produces food products. Recently, he attended an event dubbed the Golden Show Rodeo where country music singer Gustavo entertained the guests. In his company, Flavio Maluf has employed more than 400 individuals mostly from Golden town. He led them in donating a latest technology X-ray machine to the maternity section of Idio Carli Maternity Hospital.

Flavio Maluf is one of the most experienced executives having more than 30 years of experience working for Eucatex and establishing other businesses. Recently, he highlighted the challenges of industrial management in Brazil. Speaking about the industrial sector, Flavio Maluf talked about the different actions he took for the company especially during periods of challenges. He took advantage of the available opportunities during those challenging times to make the company successful.

Flavio points out that the success of the company is based on its objectives that entail working with all stakeholders to further its organizational goals. It mainly focused on environmental issues and acoustic beauty, which he says, has guided the company in its evolution journey. From its original focus, the company has been able to expand its activities starting as a construction company to now serving several manufacturers and big industries. Flavio Maluf points out that it is always good to understand the prevailing situation starting with the most delicate. Therefore, efficient management should be able to invest on proper production and distribution approaches.
In terms of making new investment, Flavio Maluf advises that companies that deal with construction should invest in new technology. Adoption of new technologies serves to provide a competitive edge that allows for growth into other markets within the region. He also agitates for a good credit system. Flavio asserts that proper credit systems enhance the ability of an organization to expand its infrastructural projects in order to achieve its production goals. Recently, Flavio Maluf started the use of On My Way initiative aimed at reducing the company’s expenses when dealing with distribution. This system uses ordinary people to make deliveries rather than using carriers.

All about Investment Banking

October 6, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Investment banks, unlike commercial banks, assist private and public corporations in raising funds in the capital markets (both debt and equity). They additionally provide advisory services for acquisitions, mergers and other financial transactions.

The original purpose of such banks was to advise on acquisitions and mergers, raise capital and advice on other corporate financial strategies. As banking institutions are performing a wide variety of activities, investment banks are designed to fill a number of roles. These roles include:

  • Providing financial security research corporate customers to investors
  • Providing advices on acquisition and merger deals
  • Provision of financial advice to corporate clients with emphasis on security issues
  • Offering brokerage services to institutional and public investors
  • Distributing and underwriting new security issues

Additionally, investment banks have also joined other platforms such as bridge financing, private banking and foreign currency exchange.

A major role of investments banks is to provide advice to companies for raising funds or money. Investment bankers typically use tow ways for raising funds: raising funds through private placements and raising funds through capital markets. When they use capital markets, they can provide advices on debt issues to companies. Alternatively, the investment bank can advise can sell a company’s equities in the stock market using an IPO (initial Public Offering) or secondary offering. Companies also use investment bankers to get advice on private placements. This means that sale or purchase of corporate securities by individuals or private companies. Private placement transactions types include merchant banking, divestitures, acquisitions, private debt placement, private equity investments, strategic investments by companies and venture capital investments.

Investment banks are in possession of an extensive network of financial and industry contracts, current market knowledge, comparable market events and legal processes. All these will enable their clients create an edge to their competitors. Some of the leading private and public investment banks worldwide are Calyon, Brown Brothers Harriman, BNP Paribas, Bear Stearns, Barclays Capital, Banc of America Securities and ABN Amro.

There are a number of investment bankers that have made a great name for themselves since they started off their careers. Such bankers should be the one an individual or private/public institution contacts should they need the services of an investment bank. A good example of such a banker is James Dondero. Mr. James David Dondero, CPA, CFA, CMA, is a Portfolio manager, managing Partner, President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, L.P. in 1993, Mr. Dondero, also known as Jim, co-founded Highland Capital Management. He manages the private equity business. James is also responsible for ensuring and determining the execution of the firm’s operational initiatives and strategic investments.

The investment banker has other duties ion other firms. For instance, he has been NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund’s Portfolio Manager from September 25, 2012. In NexPoint Capital, he has been the Portfolio Manager, Managing Partner and Co-Founder. Additionally, he has been the President of the same company since 2014. Since February 2014, Mr. James Dondero of jimdondero.com has been Nexpoint Multifamily Realty Trust Inc.’s President.

Bradley Reifler, Businessman and Entrepreneur, Founds Forefront Income Trust

October 5, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Bradley Reifler is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Reifler has been the founder, partner and chief executive officer of several investment companies throughout his career. In 1982 the businessman founded Reifler Trading Corporation, and then in 1992 founded Reifler Capital Management. From 1995 to 2008 Reifler was the Chairman and CEO of Pali Capital, Inc. At Pali Capital, the businessman expanded the strategy of traditional hedge funds to include teaching sales traders how to understand and sell packaged strategies.

Reifler led the company to over $1 billion in commission income and profits over $200 million, and opened offices throughout the world. He has been the CEO of Forefront Capital Markets Management, LLC, which he also founded, since 2009. Today Reifler focuses all his efforts on Forefront Capital and its subsidiaries. Forefront Capital members include board members of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. In 2014 Reifler and his team announced its latest subsidiary, Forefront Income Trust. While the businessman has previously focused on investors who make more than $250,000 and with $1 million net worth (excluding their home), Forefront Income Trust now focuses on the majority that do not fall into this category. Forefront Income Trust hopes to expand upon the success Reifler has been able to help his other clients achieve.

Reifler received Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Political Science from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He holds Series 3, 7, 24 and 63 licenses. The businessman is also a Trustee of the Millbrook School, a private preparatory school located in eastern New York.

Why Madison Street Capital Is Leading In Investment Banking

October 5, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Many investment firms have emerged over the years and dominated the capital market. Countries have provided an enabling environment for people to participate in the investment field. As a result, many investment firms are developing at a very faster rate with the aim of capitalizing on the business market. Both small and large business entities depend highly on the investment firms for specialized advice and financial contributions. Many people have developed a lot of interest in the business world through the assistance of investment firms which gives them the desired entrepreneurial advice. This has made many people to start small and medium-sized business entities to try and capitalize on the business opportunities in the capital market. As such, many investment firms have emerged across the world to offer both financial and administrative advice to the entrepreneurs. Madison Street Capital is an investment banking firm based in the United States of America. The firm specializes in the corporate and public advisory services as well as in merger and acquisition of properties. The firm has highly specialized employees who have ensured that the firm provides better services to customer satisfaction. The firm’s headquarter is in Illinois, Chicago and has grown steadily over the years to become one of the leading investment firm in the world. Madison Street Capital has also opened some umbrella branches in other parts of the world like North America, Asia and Africa.
The firm offers a wide range of services to its variety of clients. It deals in business valuation where it carries out the valuation of properties and services offered by the respective client. Through this process, the client is able to know the worth of his property and how he can improve on it to maximize the profit outcome. Valuation also helps the client to understand the extent of his capital investment on any given property and how much he can gain if he invested in business. The company also offers financial opinion to a wide range of services. Through this financial opinion, the client is able to plan for his personal finances. This gives the person a broader spectrum on how to maximize on their finances through different types of investments. Many Americans have benefited from the firm through its capital raising initiatives. The firm helps different people to acquire capital for investing in different types of business entities. Through this process, many entrepreneurs have gained access to capital and have invested in different types of businesses thus leading to increased economic growth. Madison Street Capital principle of fairness has attracted quite a huge number of clients who have invested in the firm. The firm also offers investment opportunities in structural development.

Ken Griffin Believes That A Good Education Is Important

September 30, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Not too many people would be able to successfully invest when they are just a freshman in college, but Ken Griffin was able to do that, and he was able to do many more impressive things with his life after that, as well. In the year following his freshman year at Harvard College he was able to set up a hedge fund that took off well. He was able to do all of this while still in college, and the things that he learned during his years of schooling helped him to become an even smarter businessman.

Ken Griffin earned a degree in economics from Harvard College on valuewalk.com, and he is grateful to the college for teaching him so much. He now is a high profile figure who works in the financial world, and he feels that he has Harvard College to thank for the success that he has had. He feels that the college was able to help him to get a good start in his career, and he wants to help others to be able to do the same as him. So, he has donated a large amount of money to Harvard College so that others can do the same as him in college, and hopefully their careers.

The donation that Ken Griffin gave to Harvard College is not the only donation that he has ever made during his career, and he has been a generous man with his money. He is a man who knows how to have a good career, who has been able to earn a lot of money from doing that, and who is humble enough to know that he would not have been able to make it to the places that he has on his own. He realizes that he owes a lot to Harvard College, and that is why he has given them a good amount of money to help out others who are wanting to get a good education. He was glad to be able to give back in this way after all that the college had done for him.

Ken Griffin could have kept all of his riches to himself, and he could have believed that he did everything on his own, but he has never been like that. He’s never been proud enough to believe that he did not need any help getting to the places that he has, and he is glad to be able to help others out as they start toward their careers. He believes that getting a good education at a good college is essential to being successful, and he wants everyone who is ambitious enough to go through the hard work of getting a good degree to have the chance to make that happen.

Why You Should Invest In Gold Today

September 29, 2015 // by VideoIPOtv

Did you know that you can invest in gold? Yes, you can invest in the precious metal which is awarded to athletes that come in first place at the Olympics. There are a number of ways available for one to invest in gold such as buying physical bullion or gold coins to purchasing mining stock, when one invests in a company that mines gold or through exchange traded treasures. Each has its own advantages but the most common is buying the physical gold coins/bullion.

One of the advantages of investing in gold is that the demand for gold will always be there. This is because a lot of countries embrace the use of jewelry as gifts and or ornaments to wear. And guess what makes these items? You guessed right, gold. Recently, China, the country with the most population in the world and with the second largest economy became the no one importer of gold in the whole world.

Typically, the value of the metal is proportionally indirect to that of the US dollar, which means that one rises when the other one falls. The future of the US dollar has been stated to be bleak and the volatility of the market in recent months has not helped things.

Market analysts have predicted that the value of gold will rise up to around $5000. At the moment, gold is valued at $1,200 which means that it would record more than 300% return on investment. Gold has also been stable in the markets and maintained its value even during the economic crises and downturn in the market.

The U.S Money Reserve allows people to buy gold and other precious metals and by doing so make an investment in them. The company which is based in Austin, Texas offers a wide array of gold products that one can purchase from the Canadian Maple Leaf to the Austrian Philharmonic. The U.S Money Reserve sources its gold from the US mint which was founded in the 18th century and upholds a high standard of quality products.

The company has its gold specialists ready to serve its clients and advise them appropriately on the right investment to make. A number of its clients have been satisfied with the service they have received from the company and have increased their assets through their investments. The company supports a toll-free number and orders of its products can be made from its website.