Archive | January, 2009

Visa Black Card Attempt

First was American Express Centurion Card with its invite only card that required $250,000 worth of annual spending and had a $2500 annual fee.

Everyone knows that you respect anyone that takes out an AMEX black card from their wallet. The card is famously known for having unlimited spending limits and being carried by just about any celebrity.

Now comes the newest attempt geared to get the market between $50,000-$200,000 of annual spending and only a $500 annual fee.

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Aston Martin DBS and Jaeger LeCoultre Watch

Some of us are fortunate enough to purchase a $5000 watch, some of us are even fortunate enough to buy $100,000 cars but only a few are honored with the right and privilege to drive the James Bond car in the same fashion as the man himself.

Aston Martin DBS James Bond

Introducing the Aston Martin DBS and the $35,000 Jaeger LeCoultre watch that starts it, activates it and allows you to launch your missiles (Assuming you actually get the missile option from the dealer.)

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How you can Use the Stock Market to Fund your Companies Growth

Thinking of starting a business? Considering opening your business to investors?

Once your company reaches a certain size, you might find yourself looking for new sources of financing that will allow you to continue growing the business. For instance, maybe you want to add a whole new type of products or services to your existing range of offerings. Or perhaps it is simply that your market is expanding and you are outgrowing your existing setup. One way or another, you will need to raise some funds to support your additional requirements for staff, equipment, real estate, technology and working capital.

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Corporate America and Loyalty

Years ago, I worked in finance for a small financial institution. During that time I worked for a great individual that I will leave nameless for now. He was a great man, but one that managed with fear and he was often misunderstood because of that.

One day during a small seminar we attended together he made a speech about his father and corporate loyalty in America, one that I would like to share some parts of with you.

Back in the 50′s AT&T had enjoyed a very successful few years as it was quickly becoming a mega power in its industry, much of that success was the result of a few mens lifetime devotion to their work. Continue Reading

How To Stay Positive in This Economy

In this economy, it is difficult to remain positive. It is even more difficult to feel confident that the economy will turn around.

We are faced everyday with new challenges as we hear of continuous problems facing our economy, some have past, some are present and some bad times are still ahead. The reality is just that, times are not the best this country has seen nor is this the best time you’ve seen.

It is easy to get caught in all the news, the gossip and the general media out there and simply get afraid of things to come.  The reality however remains that this is the exact attitude that will keep us where we are, and keep us from getting out of this mess. The economy is directly tied to consumer spending and therefore the main reason it is down, is the lack of confidence from people in the economy.

We discussed earlier that the way to fix this economic mess is not to inject more money by borrowing it, but rather recirculate existing money within the system to better use.

Regardless of what the ultimate fix is to this economy, it is important that consumer spending increases and recirculates the money in retail institutions who can then remain profitable and keep more staff on hand which prevents unemployment. I am not advising that you go out and spend all your money as you would normally do, I am simply suggesting caution when spending instead of fear. Business owners and managers who manage with the fear of losing everything end up losing more, as they do not pay attention to their business but spend time driving themselves mentally crazy.

Make correct choices that allow you to continue living life while remaining cautious of your spending but not keeping you from your regular day to day activities. If you have to make changes, reduce your habits, but do not change your way of life.

Beverly Hills Mansion

Everyone loves a beautiful home, a large home with expensive furniture, one with a breath taking view, and off course one with options. Money can buy you all of these things but if you are tired of the same old design that just looks expensive and boring, then you will enjoy our next home. 10,000 square feet of pure modern luxury. Custom built and available for  $10 million right in the heart of Beverly Hills. This estate has the most unbelievable design I have ever seen. It features 10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 30ft ceilings, a fantastic view from 270 degrees and a pool.

Beverly Hills Mansion

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Where to Find Emerging Markets

As we all know, times change and so does the world around us. Every 4-6 years new cycles start in the national and global economy, these cycles are neither good or bad, simply different and create opportunity for those that understand markets and can anticipate the changes to come.

In 1999, the emerging market was real estate, few people saw it coming early and chose to jump on the bandwagon. Some of the traces that indicated the boom that was to come were as follow.

- Government involvement: The White House encouraged banks to lend money to minorities.

- Banks created more options for borrowers and became creative with their loans, from stated income to 110% loan to value loans.

- Customer spending was increasing: more people realized that their equity was increasing and tapped into their homes to get rid of debt, instead of paying it off

These were simply a few of the signs of what was to come. Those that jumped on opportunity got wealthy from it, those that chose to wait and wait and wait until it was a sure bet, became known as the reason why the market crashed.

It is important to look for signs in a changing economy, and to act on those opportunities early.

As the market crashed, the emerging market of foreclosures and services to help prevent foreclosures emerged. There was also opportunity there, however of much shorter time frame.

In the next few months, keep an eye out on signs/hints to make sure you don’t miss out on emerging opportunities. Look for new bills signed, new laws put in place, new restrictions, new tax cuts, new bailouts, new trade agreements, it could be anything and everything you hear.

If you find it, then take a chance.  A small risk for a great reward.

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