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At SALT 2016, Kyle Bass Likens Existing Market To March/April 2007

In 2008 the sub-prime lending crisis led to an economic collapse that reverberated throughout the globe. Kyle Bass became well-known because he, among many others, predicted the imminent collapse. He also had insider information which he shared with the media, and which is arguably responsible for tipping the scales enough to begin the meltdown. Bass is a controversial figure for this and many other reasons.

Recently at SALT 2016, Bass was involved in a Q & A session with several other financiers also prominent in their fields. While there were sounds of agreement to some of what Bass said, there were also those which disagreed. One financier noted four things indicating the presence of a bear market, and said none of those things were currently visible. Bass pointed out a fifth possibility which could also indicate a coming bear on Wall Street, and that was financial bubbles. Bubbles always burst, and Bass sees several in areas like fixed income, energy, and loans. Specifically, he notes that China has been doing the same kind of thing America did before the 2008 collapse, financially. He likened the current economic climate to that of March/April 2007, the implication of which being a similar meltdown to 2008’s collapse could happen in the next 18 months.

Is Bass accurate? Well, he may be, but for what reason? Bass is commonly identified as a stooge to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. De Kirchner is president of Argentina. She has been responsible for the country economically defaulting twice in just 13 years. Somehow, Bass has nothing but good things to say about her, which is exceptionally suspicious given his status as hedge fund manager. Shouldn’t he be skeptical of practices that push a country into default? It seems there are ulterior motives at play.

Bass is also the man responsible for pseudo-humanitarian group CAD, or the Coalition for Affordable Drugs, which acquires petitions and the like geared at decimating prices among pharmaceutical organizations. The end result is a substantial drop in stock value. Bass appropriately short sells his holdings with the pharmaceutical organization in question and makes millions.

Take Advice from Richard Dwayne Blair Before You Engage in Commercial Short-term Rentals

Millions of homeowners today are renting rooms to travelers and short-term tenants using VRBO and Airbnb. The income is good for the homeowners, and it can make expensive areas more affordable. However, the problem is that many of these homeowners have no idea about the financial and legal implications of acting amateur hotelier and the risk onto their users. The following are some of the insurance issues that you should consider before engaging in short-term rentals.


The insurance policy you have for your home is not designed to protect you against the liability associated with paid guests. In many of these cases, the insurance companies consider the commercial activity or short-term rentals you have engaged in as explicitly exclude from the home policy. If the insurance company is not informed or not aware of any commercial activity being carried out in your home, you may not be compensated for a claim.


In response to the high-profile incidents, Airbnb announced $1 million insurance cash as guarantee available to every Airbnb host. However, the guarantee is not an insurance policy and may leave you in problems in case there is a problem. It is because the guarantee is second to insurance and requires the homeowner to explore all the avenues to recover the damage before he/she is eligible for the claim with Airbnb. It also excludes certain kinds of losses, and most online platforms have publicly distanced themselves from taking any responsibility for protecting hosts or guests from trouble.


To protect your assets from these kinds of issues, it is critical that you seek the right policy such as the business liability policy, upgrade the existing policy, or add a rider covering the short-term rentals. Another important way is to require the quests to show the certificate of insurance to prove that they are covered under the rental or homeowner policy. The best way to handle the matter is to consult a qualified insurance professional who has the right knowledge and experience. One of the professionals you should consider is Richard Dwayne Blair.


Richard Dwayne Blair is the financial advisor and the sole owner of the Wealth Solutions Inc. that is based in Bee Cave, Texas. He has over 24 years of experience and passed seven exams. Mr. Blair is a registered professional with SEC as an investment advisor mainly about securities, managing investment portfolios, and other financial planning services. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), he has taken exams in insurance, taxes, estate planning, financial planning, and retirement.


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Bury Bad Articles Ruining A Business’ Reputation

Bad reviews, articles, and other documents published online can be more than an annoying thorn in the side of a business owner. The content could end up hurting an honest business’ bottom line.

The search engines can be cruel to those who have frequently serviced their customers well. A business cannot please all the customers who patronize the business. No matter how hard a business owner may work to keep all customers happy, doing so with 100% effectiveness is not realistic. Some people end up disliking service and choose to vent their feelings on the internet.

Once comments are published online, there is a decidedly troubling effect that could immediately impact the search engine results. Published commentary, good and bad, is indexed by the search engine crawlers. The result is people perusing the internet looking to learn about a business end up coming across the commentary. Their perceptions end up being shaped by the brutality of rough search engine results.

An unfortunate fact of commerce is people who receive good service may choose to simply feel happy, but not motivated to leave a review. Those who are not happy about their experiences with a particular business, however, are commonly more motivated to write a bad review.

And then there are those customers who are prone not to like much of anything. They opt to write bad review after unfair bad review on the internet. Those surfing the web have no idea about the habits of such a  person. They simply take the bad review on face value. Business owners find their internet marketing plans end up damaged severely by such behavior.

There are options available to a business owner hoping to overcoming the hassles of negative online content. Calling a solid professional service that handles online fixing is one of the best options.

Bury Bad Articles is a new company on the search engine/reputation management market. Bury Bad Articles works to remove negative press by adding much more positive, beneficial content to the search engines. Contact the company through its website to receive a quote for services.

We Got Slimmer With NutriMost

We got slimmer with NutriMost after we got inspired by a Facebook story that we saw. We saw people losing a lot of weight using a system that we thought made sense, and I turned to my wife and told her that we should try it. We have never dieted before, but after we saw it on NY Daily News report, we knew a lot of people who had problems because diets are so rough on your body. We were able to get started and feel really good about it because the program told us what to do. We did not have to know a thing, and we just paid attention to the NutriMost program
We even had people tell us that we were not going to e able to do it because these diets never work, and it is not true at all. NutriMost really does work, and it makes it easy for you. We were ready to take on each new challenge with NutriMost, and it made room for us to exercise while we were getting our food right. NutriMost helped us learn what had to be done to make out diet right, and then we were so happy to find out that NutriMost was going to be there when we wanted to move on to a new form of the diet. There is so much food to choose from that we never got bored.

I was so happy that we got to change up our diet as much as we wanted, and then we were able to make sure that we had the best possible plan to follow. We did what NutriMost wanted, and it worked. We lost a lot of weight, and we were able to keep it off. We follow the plan today, and we are still at out goal weights to this day.

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Wen by Chaz Helps with Volume

An editor for Bustle wanted to see if Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner is all that it is cracked up to be. Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner has been featured for years on countless advertisements and is the subject of so many positive reviews from totally happy customers, that this editor on had to see for herself what all of the commotion was about. Taking matters into her own hands, the editor said she would try out Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner by using it as her only shampoo or conditioner on her hair for one week. She would post results on chazdean intermittently throughout the week and then give her final analysis at the end. She hoped her readers would benefit from her personal experience with using the product and willingness to share the results. While her hair is normally very fine and unexciting, Wen hair by Chaz cleansing conditioner transformed it into a voluminous mane with some extra shine. The best part for the editor was that she was able to get great results just using one product instead of having to stock up her bathroom shelves with different styling options. This helped save her wallet and precious moments in her morning routine on Amazon.

That is precisely what so many women love about WEN hair by Chaz cleansing conditioner. Even though they get amazing hair, they do not have to leave their homes or visit an inconvenient salon to make it happen. In addition to the reasonable price and amazing results from Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner, this product on is versatile in that it works on all different types of hair for the same phenomenal results. Wen by Chaz cleansing conditioner can be used everyday to improve the health and look of all different types of women’s hair with very minimal effort on their part.

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Tourism May be Great Investment says Martin Lustgarten

Martin Lustgarten has a lot of experience as an investment banker. He was born in Venezuela before moving to the United States where he operated several investment banks. Now, he has settled down in Florida operating his own firm.
Martin not only has the experience that investors can rely on but also has a network of contacts that he can call on for help around the world. One bit of advice that Lustgarten gives almost all investors is to diversify their portfolios by investing in the world’s fastest growing economies.
The world’s fastest growing economy is Papua New Guinea that is growing at a rate of about 15 percent annually. Each foreign investor must complete a form asking for permission to invest in the country with New Guinea’s Investment Promotion Authority. According to an article published via Business Advantage PNG, most company executives are optimistic that their company growth will continue through 2016. The biggest businesses in the country are in agriculture with the country having some of the world’s major tuna stocks. The country’s government is taking active steps to promote tourism so it might be the perfect opportunity to get in on the start of a new successful trend.
The world’s second fastest growing economy is Macau which is an autonomous territory on the southern coast of the China laying on the western side of the Pearl River District. The territory’s economy is largely based on tourism with gambling being a major factor. Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and Melco Crown have all made major investments in Macau.
The third fastest growing economy in the world is the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Bahamas island chain. Tourism is important here with the government building a large cruise ship port and several luxury resorts being constructed.
Investment bankers, like Martin, say that tourism is a great opportunity for many investors. While many investors may choose to invest in a particular country, there are other ways to get involved. One way, says Martin, is to buy stocks in an online travel provider. A second way is to invest in a cruise line or a hotel chain. Yet, another way is to diversify your options by investing in casinos and other entertainment opportunities. Check out his Tumblr page to see more of what Lustgarten is into lately.

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Solo Shah RecapHedge Fund Managers Live For And Invest In Risks And They Are Often Rewarded Handsomely

Hedge fund managers have been criticized for their ability to make money, but there are a lot of circumstances that must come together for those investors to make the big bucks. Men like billionaire George Soros and Sanjay Shah put a great deal of effort into identifying the risks that produce the greatest rewards. That’s not an easy job. A group of London hedge fund investors made a bundle of cash in 2011 when they bet the European debt would increase, and the euro would depreciate.
The UK Sunday Times published an article about the 18 investors at Capula Investments and the fact they shared a £92m bonus. The thought of splitting a bonus that size didn’t sit well with the working class that doesn’t understand the risks that were taken to secure that bonus. That same article mentioned Sanjay Shah and the fact that he made £19m that same year.
Sanjay Shah is a London-based hedge fund investor that decided to start his own firm in 2009. Shah called his new firm, Solo Capital, and he used the experience and the talents he fine-tuned while working for Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley. Trying to get a new hedge fund off the ground isn’t easy, but Shah knew that there were investment opportunities in emerging markets. Shah took advantage of those opportunities, and today he owns more than 36 companies in Malta, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Dubai.
Solo Capital is a thriving investment firm these days. Solo has more than £67 million in assets under management and a cash flow that exceeds more than £30 million. The investments Solo Capital has made turned Sanjay Shah into a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropists. Autism Rocks, the non-profit organization Shah founded to help research the causes and the cures for Autism, has been one of the bright spots in his successful career. Shah picked Autism because his son has the condition.
There is always a lot of talk about the amount of money hedge fund managers like Shah make, but there is never enough talk about the money they donate or the time they spend helping others.

Reina Pushes For 30 Day Free Trial

On April 12, 2016 Talk Fusion launched the much anticipated 30 day free trial. The free trial will cover all of the different tools that the company has to offer and it will be available globally. Currently, the company has associates and distributors in more than 140 different countries. An article from Business For Home explained the benefit of this free trial. Essentially, it will allow potential customers to get the complete experience of every single product for long enough to actually see a benefit from it.

Within several days of launching the trial, the company was surprised by the number of individuals taking advantage of the option. This rush of activity has them confident that the free trials will slowly turn into long term memberships.

Another benefit of the free trial that Chief Executive Officer, Bob Reina, pointed out is that the trial also allows more flexibility for distributors. Every distributor does not have to be an expert on every single product. When a potential customer has the ability to try the product out for themselves, they will very quickly understand the benefits they can receive from these tools. It also allows for distributors to more easily introduce those who might not have been interested because of the price.

Bob Reina founded the company in 2007. Prior to starting his own business, Reina was a police officer. He was very proud that he was able to serve his community but he was not thrilled with the pay. To supplement his income, Reina decided to try out direct selling. Reina was with various direct selling opportunities and he succeeded with all of them. He did not have the intention of starting his own direct selling opportunity until an idea came to him. Reina was attempting to embed a video into an email but was not able to do so. He and a friend in the IT world got together and came up with a solution. Reina figured that others would like to have the same capability and Talk Fusion was born.

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White Sharks Media Flaunts it’s Flaws

These days with popularity of content marketing you see companies put out self-promotion propaganda just about everywhere. What could be more boring than a social media site filled with companies blowing their own horns and proclaiming excellence? Maybe that is why when we see a company that flaunts its failings we are taken aback. To discover that it’s a marketing and advertising company; well that is just about unheard of. Yet that is exactly what’s happened on White Shark Media’s own blog.

They had the transparency to not only be accountable and own what had become the sources of their client’s frustration, but to follow through and publish just what they were changing to fix their problems. They have published a post on the White Shark Media blog entitled, Typical Complaints from White Shark Media Clients and How We Make Sure They Never Happen Again.

The answers to their problem areas are not just standard, pat answers. Instead, they put the pedal to the metal to discover what they could change internally in their own systems processes to eliminate the issues and better serve clients going forward.

Disqus has it that White Shark Media is a specialty advertising firm that transforms client’s Adwords accounts to maximize click through rates. They are specialists in PPC as evidenced by the fact that they don’t offer organic SEO typical services. They DO consult with their clients on selecting an assertive and professional SEO provider, but they choose to stay in the competitive arena of PPC. Clearly they have learned do the one thing you do better than anyone else, then stop trying to be everything to everyone. You can’t consider yourself an expert if you’re trying to do everything under the sun.

Before clients sign on and start services, most have already had Adwords accounts that are bringing them traffic, and are performing at least moderately successful. Most agencies insist that clients abandon their current campaigns and go with their services exclusively.

Not White Shark Media; they allow their clients to maintain current campaigns that are bringing in traffic while they simultaneously begin new optimized campaigns and analyze the performance. Once the new campaigns take hold and perform well they leave all decisions up to the client to make the final decision after discussing the pros and cons of each.

In addition, they assign only 3-5 SEM Strategists per every experienced Supervisors, so there is constantly oversight from two experts on each client’s campaigns. Further, they install conversion tracking, Google Analytics and call tracking to let you know exactly how your campaigns are performing.

Couple this with their monthly results reporting that they send out in advance of monthly meetings via GoToMeetings shared screen feature, so your SEM Specialist can keep you informed on the sources of all traffic and instruct clients as to what the report of their metrics mean.

When you combine complete accountability with excellent client communication, and a commitment to keep refining their processes to get the best for their clients, White Shark Media might just be the only transparent company successful in PPC advertising.


Paul Walker’s Daughter Awarded Settlement Compensation For His Death

If there’s one concern when another person acts negligently while operating a motor vehicle, it’s the impact of injuries to passengers. One well publicized accident involving “Fast and Furious” star, Paul Walker, caused wide speculation immediately following his death, that it was due to driver error. Apparently, a court agreed with those initial findings after evidential examination of the accident. In an announcement on April 8, 2016, it was revealed that the late actor’s only daughter was awarded a $10 million judgment against the estate of driver, Roger Rodas.

While it is hardly considered a victory for Walker’s family, it does provide some form of monetary compensation in the absence of a confession of guilt. Since the award only reflects the independent inquiry into the deaths of Walker and the driver Rodas. Paul Walker’s 17-year-old daughter, Meadow hired attorney, Jeff Milam of the firm, Milam Law. His firm actually filed a second suit against maker of the car, Porsche, citing key mechanical failure on the fated vehicle.

Milam used his 39 years of legal expertise to secure the settlement for his client. Although, the case was settled in November 2014, it was just announced on Thursday. The money from the settlement has been placed in trust for Meadow, until she turns 21. The settlement doesn’t come close to the amount of money the late actor could have made. In a released statement Milam said that it’s only a, “fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short.”

Another attorney who’s not afraid of taking on highly contested litigation is Sam Tabar. Tabar is an attorney and a capital strategist, who resides in New York City. He holds law degrees from both Oxford University and Columbia School of Law. Before venturing into capital strategies, Sam Tabar began practicing law as an associate with the firm, Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP according to LinkedIn.

After years of practicing law Tabar switched careers to Capital Strategies and Business Development. Eventually, landing a well regarded position as Managing Director and Co-Manager for SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors and later on he would moved to a similar role as Director and Head of the Asia-Pacific Capital Strategy division for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Sam Tabar saw success in his role as Managing Director for both organizations.  Currently, Mr. Tabar serves as COO of FullCycle Fund.