Eucatex is one of the largest wood products manufacturers in the world. The company, which started in 1951, uses raw eucalytus as a staple of its products. Eucatex began its operation primarily producing soft boards. Shortly after its inception, the company started manufacturing tiles and panels. Within 15 years, Eucatex went international and began exporting its products overseas. As Eucatex continued to grow exponentially, the 1980s ended with the company exporting to over 50 companies and splitting into 4 categories: Forrestry, wood, metallic and mineral.
The man behind the company’s extraordinary success is Brazilian business magnate Flavio Maluf. After receiving a mechanical engineering degree, he took a job with Eucatex in 1987. Maluf worked with the family company in several different areas and quickly moved up the management chain. By 1996, he was the lead manager of the industrial section. By 1996, he uncle, who was also Eucatex’s president, invited him to become part of the executive board of the Eucatex Group.
Now that Eucatex has celebrated its 65 years in existence, the company continues to be a global leader. The company is environmentally conscious and manufactures in a way to preserve the environment. The company now employs over 2,000 people and has manufacturing operations in Brazil and Argentina.
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) were both placed on what is known as a “stop list” by the Russian state.
According to CNBC, 53 books linked to the charity were burned by a college in northern Russia. The official letter from the regional education ministry also noted there was an additional 427 books seized for shredding.
In other words, anything that is in anyway related to Soros and his charities will at some point be destroyed. A letter released to the local media in Russia quoted a presidential envoy as saying Soros’ charities were “forming a perverted perception of history and making ideological directives, alien to Russian ideology, popular.”
A translated version of the press statement released by the General Prosecutor’s Office read as follows, “It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.”
The Open Society Foundations first caught the attention of Russian officials back in July 2015. During this time the Russian government was considering a ban on certain organizations they viewed as pro democracy.
They felt these organizations were causing some of their citizens to form what they coined as “soft aggression”.
This isn’t the first time Soros and his charities have come under fire. In October 2015 state politicians in Hungary, Soros’ homeland, accused the billionaire of supporting illegal immigration after he criticized the way the country treated refugees. He suggested all migrants receive $16,000 per year to help cover expenses such as healthcare, education and housing.
The Open Society Foundations was originally formed to help countries move away from communism. Now the charity focuses on building democracy all over the world.
CCMP Capital is an investment company on crunchbase.com located in New York focusing its operations on growth capital and buyout transactions in the vast North America and Europe. The firm began operating as an independent entity in August 2006, following a spinout from JPMorgan Chase. CCMP has about $16 billion in investment in growth equity and buyout transactions since commencing operations. The firm is one of the largest private equity companies across the world. The company utilizes its strength of deep industry expertise and abundant operating resources to target four major sectors; consumer, healthcare, chemical and industrial.
CCMP has an efficient team of pros who were formerly led by Steve Murray on linkedin who was the President and CEO of the firm. He was one of the co-founders of CCMP Capital and was announced the Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Steve Murray served on the board of a number of companies like The Vitamin Shoppe, Pinnacle Foods, AMC Entertainment among others. Murray was supporting numerous foundations in New York and surrounding areas like Stamford Museum, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Food Bank and Boston College. Steve Murray received his degree in economics from Boston College in 1984, and in 1989 graduated from Columbia Business School with a master’s degree in business administration.
CCMP team of professionals from operating and investment departments closely collaborates with executive teams during each stage of investment process. At the time due diligence is conducted, CCMP Capital’s pros work hand in hand with management to develop a common vision for the future of the entity by defining the most significant investment strategy for the company. Once an agreement is arrived at on financial targets, strategic goals and incentives, CCMP Capital’s team of experts would monitor how the initiatives are being implemented by respective portfolio managers.
CCMP Capital follows this process to ensure a solid partnership and team work is developed with the investor. Diversity and integrity are very critical for the success of its investment. The firm has invested heavily on external and internal resources in order to support portfolio managers in implementing strategic plans at any time. The firm has full-time partners with operating history of C-level, and management advisors with average working experience of 30 years in this sector. The approach of CCMP Capital is to enhance operational efficiency and enable portfolio companies achieve their goals within a shorter period.
CCMP Capital has managed to establish itself as a powerful and reputable investment partner recognized across the globe. The firm provides solutions to public companies that wants to be privatized, facilitate corporate curve-outs and management buyouts. In addition, they offer estate diversification solutions to business entities as well as enhancing business growth. Indeed, CCMP Capital is the right investment vehicle that investors should approach for their investment strategies.
There is not a single investor alive today he does not remember the events of 2008-2009. This was a hugely turbulent time in the stock markets. It was a moment in history at which we were concerned that the entire economic system itself might collapse. Fortunately, this did not happen, but there is no question that no one wants to see those days again in the market. Unfortunately, there are some big names saying that this may be the direction that we may be headed towards once again.
Soros Worries That 2008 Is Coming Back
It is sure to grab some headlines when billionaire investor George Soros says that signs are pointed towards another 2008 like event, according to Bloomberg. He says that a lot of the worries in the market are things that are hard to overcome and get back to working the way that they usually do. What are the things he is particularly concerned about?
The Problem In China
CNBC reports that one of the primary concerns for Soros is what is going on in China. There are worries that the government in China is feeling the pressure to devalue its currency. This causes problems in US markets and in fact in markets all around the world.
The issues in China have certainly had an impact on their own stock markets. In the last few trading days we have seen the Chinese government pull out the circuit breakers to shut down the markets after they dropped some 7% or more in just the few minutes that they were actually open. This caused huge worries in the United States and have caused markets to get very jittery.
Greek Debt Problems Remain
They have been overshadowed in a lot of ways because of the other news in the market, but investors would be wise to not ignore what is going on in this country. There could still be ripples to the economy that are a result of the Greek debt crisis.
Why Listen To Soros
Of all of the voices out there talking about the economy, Soros is one worth listening to. He has actually made his money in the markets and continues to be a pioneer in those markets. It just makes sense that Soros is the kind of guy to listen to when it comes to getting the straight answers on the economy. He knows what he is talking about from experience, and he shares that information with the public.
It is a good idea to listen to strong voices in the market in order to get better ideas about what is really going on and to make sure that you are making the right moves. Consider the fact that he has made a huge amount of money by trading his whole life and you will see why it is such a good idea to pay attention to what he had to say.
Solvy.com is run by Alexei Beltyukov who was born in Russia, graduated from the INSEAD school of business according to LinkedIN, he holds a master in business administration. He also has other vested interest, which includes: A-Ventures(a company that invest in companies that are failing, with monetary assistant), Endemic Capital(this company invest in mobile applications,restaurants, and turbine power), Mechanicus(and New Gas Technologies. He also sits on the board of FORO Energy (involves in natural gas, geothermal,and mining industry).
Beltyukov began working at a medical career, but he did a complete about face and establish his own company. He is the Chief Operator of Solvy.com, which began operating it’s website on April 2015. The website is an on line homework mathematics helper, for children attending high school. It designed for teachers and students to communicate, by helping them to understand their work. It oversee what progress a student is making, and will help guide the instructor by providing the answer in different ways to get them there.
He is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist as shown on his website, who also know the value of a good educational background. So that why at Solvy.com he has employed the best educators, who have helped the students achieve maximum success. He designed the website so that there are no multiple choice questions. It was done this way because he wanted the student to improve their typing skills, and also be more in tuned on what they are working on at the moment, while allowing them to work harder on their mistakes.
He has funded many Russian businesses, and has help individuals wanting to attend school by establishing an Alumni Scholarship fund. At the Skolkovo Foundation he is the Vice President, this company gives grants to Russian up and coming technology company and individuals trying to start a business by providing financial guidance.
His goal is for educators to understand and help students make progress in mathematics education. The difference between SOLVY and other online courses, is that SOLVY gets involve with the student by giving clues and also commenting. This helps the teachers to keep abreast of the students progress, and those who requires extra attention, will get it. It also allows the teacher to know if the student is understanding what is being taught in class. Follow where Alexei is going next on Twitter.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation recently donated one million dollars to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. According to a recent press release by the Kennedy Center this donation caps a $135.9 million dollar total that will go towards a new riverfront pavilion, and expansion and improvements to the center itself. DeVos is an entrepreneur businessman and former CEO of Amway, a consumer goods distribution company and through his foundation has participated directly in donating many thousands of dollars to the arts, education, and other worthwhile charities since 1990. Their foundation has been very committed to the arts, previously donating $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management in 2010, which was then renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts. In further support of the arts, their foundation has supported ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, since 2009.
Although Dick DeVos was born into the Amway family business, as his father Richard DeVos was a co-founder, his steady rise in the company was hardly nepotism. Under his steady leadership the company opened numerous new markets and tripled international sales from 5% of sales to over 50%.Check out Dick’s full resume on his LinkedIn profile or to read more about his history, click here.
DeVos retired as president of Alticor in 2002 and then resurfaced in a major political way in 2006 as he ran for Governor of Michigan as a Republican against then incumbent Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm. It was an election campaign that almost exclusively focused on jobs and the economy as Michigan was suffering through one of the highest unemployment rates of any state in the country. Even though he lead in the polls at one point 48-40 against Granholm, it proved to be too difficult a task to beat the incumbent governor, and he lost by a 14 point margin.
More recently in 2012 DeVos was very involved in Michigan’s becoming a right to work state. He started off with a series of debates with Teamster President James Hoffa and these debates focused on Michigan’s Proposition 2, to become a right to work state. Working in tandem with Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature DeVos worked behind the scenes with lawmakers and publicly by creating the Michigan Freedom Fund to help finance the campaign for Proposition 2’s passage. The proposal passed in 2013 and was considered a major political success for Dick as he was a key figure in getting it passed into law. Check out the interview with him explaining his position on this matter in the video below.
J Kyle Bass founded Dallas, Texas’ Hayman Capital Management in 2006 according to Wikipedia. His ability to predict the success of funds made him the favorite of Argentina aristocrats. His predictions made him very successful. Some people compared his 2001 success to M Night Shayamaylan who became an instant overnight success with his 1999 film The Sixth Sense. There was nothing Bass could do wrong because of his winning streak. The native Floridian was born on September 7, 1969 in Miami. He earned his BA in Finance, Business Administration, and Real estate at Texas Christian University in 1992. After graduation, Bass worked Prudential Securities,Bear Stearns, and Legg Mason before founding Hayman Capital.
Just as Shaymaylan’s good fortune in the motion picture industry has gone south, so is Kyle Bass’ ability to predict good investments. Bass tends to keep bad company,particularly Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, an economics illiterate from Argentina. Her country thinks she is terrible, and Bass can’t give her enough praise for economic abilities, and this is in spite of the fact her country defaulted in paying off the sovereign debut for the second time in the past 13 years. The New York Post believes that Kyle Bass is out of touch with reality and reminds them of Axel Kicillof who’s a leftist economist, rather than Bass sounding like US hedge-fund manager. The BBC claims that he’s one of Fernández de Kirchner,’s biggest supporters despite the fact her economic policies are unreasonable. Bass lashed out at New York Judge Thomas Griesa for holding Fernández de Kirchner responsible for Argentina’s credit problem.
Kyle Bass’s making one bad deal after another. He refuses to be responsible for his promised investments to General Motor by blaming the big automotive company for defective air bags and faulty power steering. He believes GM claimed the people who were killed in the accidents, involving problem steering and airbags, were really due to these people driving drunk.
Lately, Kyle is professionally involved with the Taya Kyle who’s the widow of Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame who was murdered in 2013.
Kyle Bass believes that China is going to take a hit in their economy, but it won’t be as bad as they experienced back in 2007. Bass believes the problem is that China is under financed and they are not using all the investment products that they could, such as printing more money and selling savings bonds.
Brad Reifler, according to Wikipedia, is an innovative businessman and impressive investor who has had successes in business from a young age. He first established his starter business Reifler Trading Company through hard work and sound investments. Reifler Trading started out as a company that attained global derivatives, which are financial contracts between buyers and sellers for making future payments on the delivery of an underlying asset. His investments and business acumen was so exceptionally successful that the powerhouse New York-based financial services company, primarily known as a broker of commodities and futures contracts would end up buying out the company at an incredible profit.
Brad Reifler is known for his success even in a volatile market
Today Brad Reifler is well known for being the CEO of Forefront Advisory globally recognized financial services firm. Where Brad Reifler’s exceptional knack for doling out expert advice to commodity and forex traders is much sought after and has led Mr. Reifler to make a name for himself as being as being an ingenuous guide for investments despite the commodity markets well known inconsistent market exchange. His prowess for establishing solid investments through careful analysis has made a global success of the investment group.
Brad Reifler makes a difference
What makes Brad Reifler different as an entreprener and investment guru is his willingness to share his expertise. He wants to educate the masses so that investing in the future and for retirement can be made more simplified for everyone interested. He is a prominent public speaker who believes that anyone can get involved in the world of investing today. All that is needed is the education and know how. You do not need to invest millions to begin to invest wisely according to Brad Rifler. You do not even need thousands to start out with. Brad Reifler makes it his mission to speak to middle class and lower class investors, provide tips for them, on how they can make a change to sock money away for a rainy day. With more than 30 years in the business, Brad Refler knows what he is talking about. It is refreshing that a man as successful as Brad Reifler takes the time to make a change for the better doing what he knows best. Brad Reifler is himself an educated man, having graduated with his bachelors degree from Bowdoin College.