The Role Of Investment Banking

Investment banking plays a crucial role in the economy. Investment banks raise capital for companies that need funding. This is often done by raising money through the selling of company stock. The investment bank will often help evaluate the value of the company’s stock, determine the price per share and actually help to sell the stock on the markets. In return for providing this service investment banks receive a commission for the sale of stock. Consultation on the price and amount of stock to sell is another way investment banks earn revenue.

Investment banks also invest their own money into a wide variety of financial instruments. They often buy and sell stocks for profits, and can invest in commodities like oil, gold, metals, foodstuffs and raw materials. Investment banks can also invest in financial derivatives and equity. They can even have controlling stakes in companies. For example an investment bank may decided to buy up a company directly and manage it themselves or have it managed it for them. Profits from the company would flow back to the investment bank then.

Being an investment banker requires competency in the financial markets and an understanding of the global economy. Martin Lustgarten has all the characteristics needed to be successful in investment banking. He has created his very own investment bank called Lustgarten Martin after his name. Martin has a strong understanding of developing markets in South America. He has used his inside knowledge of the markets there to amass a fortune and build up his wealth.

Based out of South Florida, Mr. Lustgarten believes that one should approach any investment with a strong analytical approach. This involves analyzing the risk involved in the potential investment against the possible returns from the investment. A highly analytical approach, Mr. Lustgarten believes helps to minimize risk while at the same allowing his company to invest in higher return investments that due carry greater risk.

Martin Lustgarten enjoys spending time with his family in South Florida in his spare time. He is also an avid collector of luxury and vintage items. He has a collection of vintages watches and also buys and sells rare and vintage watches. You can learn more about Lustgarten by visiting his Slideshare account.

Bringing in Additional Help

Status Labs is one of the leading service providers when it comes to online reputation management. As most business is now conducted over the Internet, having a strong online reputation is a must. However, this is not always as easy as it sounds. Whether someone posts an undesirable comment on social media from the office or outside people create untrue reviews through services like Yelp, all of it can impact how a company is viewed. This is where the team at Status Labs comes into play to help out and to do whatever it can to not only remove the negative content but to also boost the presence of the company online. Now, to remain one of the top reputation management companies in the world it does need to constantly increase the services it offers. This is exactly why Status Labs has decided to bring in Mike Paul, aka “The Reputation Doctor.”

Mike Paul has worked with many of the top companies in the entire world. From United Airlines to Kraft Foods, he has worked with everyone. In fact, he has even worked with the nation of China in order to help with reputation management. Seen as the top expert in the industry, Status Labs decided to seek him out in order to improve the services the company provides to its customers. Mike now stands as an advisor to the company’s board of directors. He can guide the company towards where they should go and how they should continue to assist their customers. His company is also joining up with Status Labs in order to cross service clients. This way, clients of Status Labs can receive help from The Reputation Doctor while clients of The Reputation Doctor are also able to receive assistance from Status Labs. This makes it that much better for all parties involved.

It can prove difficult for customers to know how to handle their own online reputation. That is why Status Labs and their president, Darius Fisher, are constantly looking for ways to improve the services it provides and offer clients with the very best way to ensure everyone receives top assistance, no matter what.

A South African Outbreak Of The Zika Virus Puzzles Researchers According To Dr. Sergio Cortes

The recent outbreak of the Zika Virus in South Africa has scientists around the world scratching their heads. The Zika virus is not a new virus in Africa. Uganda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania have been dealing with the virus for years. But scientists are discovering differences in this new strain of Zika. The old strain produced flu-like symptoms when people were bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and most cases were never reported. The virus was so benign that very little research was done, and no vaccine was developed, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Health’s primary medical expert, Sergio Cortes.

Dr. Cortes has been posting information about the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak on his website for the last eight months. There’s something new posted on the site daily because people want to get to know how the Zika virus works when it enters the human bloodstream and where it goes from there. The latest South African Zika outbreak resembles the Brazilian outbreak more than the old African outbreaks, according to Dr. Cortes.

What Dr. Cortes is saying is the new Zika virus is connected to other diseases. Researchers recently discovered that Zika and the birth disorder call microcephaly are connected. All pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are at risk, according to Cortes, because the virus has been found in the amniotic fluid of infected pregnant women. The researchers aren’t sure if every pregnant Zika virus carrier will deliver a baby with microcephaly, but there is that possibility according to Cortes.

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the side-effects of the Zika virus. Some researchers believe the new strain of Zika could be a mutation of the dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses. The mutated virus could be responsible for not only microcephaly, but also for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a paralyzing neurological condition.

Brazil has an aggressive mosquito eradication program in progress, according to a post on the Dr. Cortes LinkedIn page. Brazil is using a very strong larvicide that alters the genetic code in mosquitos. The new mosquitos are unable to breed.

Some scientist believe some of the larvicide has contaminated the drinking water in the underdeveloped areas of Northeastern Brazil and that is having an impact on the number of microcephaly cases in the country. In 2014, there were about 200 cases of microcephaly in Brazil. In the last seven months, there have been more than 6,500 cases reported, and there are many more cases that have not been reported.

For more information follow Dr. Cortes on Twitter. Facebook users will find more information about microcephaly on his Facebook page.

Soros Calling On Merkel To Lead EU Out Of Current Crisis

George Soros is reinventing the wheel, but this time he’s not doing it in the financial markets. Instead, he is reinventing colloquial sayings to aptly describe the current crisis in Europe. He is saying that Europe and the European Union are on the verge of, “Kicking the ball back up the hill,” instead of saying kicking the can down the road.

The current conditions in Syria and other parts of the Middle East are unfathomable. Millions of innocent families are fleeing war-torn areas and pouring into the European continent at an uncontrollable and economically unsustainable rate. Soros, a successful refugee himself, is urging Germany’s Angela Merkel to stand up and take control of the situation. George Soros has been critical of Merkel in the past, calling her a talented politician who says the right things at the right time but not a leader. He recently changed his stance when he saw Merkel stand up to Vladimir Putin during Russia’s aggression in the Crimea. Now he sees a leader that has the potential to be strong in the face of this crisis which could cripple and destroy the European Union.

Soros is especially sensitive to this migrant crisis. He and his family survived Nazi rule in Turkey, where young George Soros was not allowed to attend school. His family was in such peril that they changed their names and secured fake paperwork to avoid persecution. Once the war was over, his family fled the European mainland for the UK. When they came ashore they had nothing and George had to work on jobs in order to put himself through the London school of economics.

After graduating, he was known as a maverick in the financial markets; almost reckless. Perhaps it was his experience with life-and-death situations as a young man that desensitized him to the risks in the marketplace. But with one brash move he capitalized on the collapse of the British pound, betting against it to make US$1 billion in profit. This boldness made him the most famous hedge fund manager in the world. Every year, his hedge fund has grown 20% and his net worth has ballooned to over $27 billion.

His unique experience as a migrant and as a hedge fund manager puts them into prime position to see the oncoming crisis. The problem lies in the Shengen agreement, a pact that 28 different European countries signed which essentially makes the European continent one country. Once inside, there is free movement of people, money and jobs. But the influx of immigrants is going to flood the economy with impoverished people who do not have jobs. Soros is calling on Germany and the rest of Europe to band together in order to create a uniform policy that allows immigrants to come into the union at an economically sustainable rate.

Doe Deere’s Secret Guide to Breaking Fashion Rules

Doe Deere is the very popular CEO at Lime Crime cosmetics. Her popularity continues to grow because of her very unique style and vibrant cosmetic line. Deere is one beauty, genius that does not go by the rules. She has her own unique way to express herself with makeup. This rule breaker also believes that you should definitely know the rules before following your own path. This applies to makeup and fashions. This self titled unicorn queen proves that steering off the traditional path makes good sense. Doe Deere firmly believes that finding your own style guides you to finding your own creative path.

Doe Deere Believes Breaking The Rules Is Easy
It appears that Doe Deere had been a rule breaker for a long time. This habit breaking rule is actually a great way to define her personal style and makeup line. The rule breakers are actually very easy to follow. Of course, it helps to know the traditional fashion rules before taking your own path. For example, traditional makeup rules suggest one should never wear a bold eye and bold lips. However, Deere believes that it is fun to go wild with colors. Create bold red lips with ruby red eye shadow. She suggests having fun and experimenting. Another fashion or makeup rule suggest that one should never mix a variety of colors. However, Doe Deere believes that mixing colors is fun. Just make sure that the colors coordinate with your accessories and clothing. Another rule that she loves breaking is about mixing patterns. Doe Deere states firmly that patterns are fun. Simply keep them within the same color family. Clearly, Doe Deere believes in finding your own style through non-traditional methods.

About Doe Deere
Doe Deere is the founder of Lime Crime. Lime Crime is a non-traditional cosmetic company that believes in breaking traditional makeup rules. The colors in the makeup line are truly whimsical, wild, and vibrant. Doe Deere’s personal style is clearly very vibrant from the pastel colored hair on her head to the open toe sandals with socks on her feet.

Her Lime Crime Makeup line was developed back in 2008. The line is filled with whimsical colors that are fabulously wild. The cosmetic line is also animal cruelty free. She is very proud of that fact. This is one successful woman that started with an idea and a dream. She made the dream come true. Now, she supports other women entrepreneurs looking to establish their own business.

Compliance and Ethics Officers Need More Authority

Results of a new study show that there has been an increase in the number of compliance officers hired by companies. Lack of empowerment and inadequate training has led to the number of corporate scandals to remain constant.

Kevin Wilson, the CEO of Sterling Management, a practice-management-consulting company based in Los Angeles, says, “compliance officers simply have no power, knowledge or authority to act on the increased cases.”
I agree that the compliance officer’s position is filled with critical thinking gaps, little or no authority and people working in the wrong department.
I believe that salary contributes to the low reputation of this position. For example, the Volkswagen, the emissions software scandal led to massive losses by the company and severely damaged their reputation.
The average salary of a compliance officer in 2013 was $64,340. However, they are expected to exert their authority over executives, who earn 50 times more in bonuses alone. Having someone with a pile of papers serving as a compliance officer devalues the position.
I disagree with the notion that that power or lack of it the sole reason for the inability of the ethics officer to stop the scandals.
Companies need to increase the independence of the position and give the position the singular focus it deserves to enhance their effectiveness. I noted that very few CEOs wear the compliance officer’s hat. Normally, it is an afterthought or a secondary responsibility.
Based on the observations above I conclude only if the right person is chosen for the job can the position be of influence. The core CCO competencies are a sound business understanding, high integrity, discretion, sound judgment, understanding legal materials and excellent communication skills.
I believe that Compliance officers need autonomy, authority and the full backing of all the stakeholders in the business. If not, they risk throwing the entire company to the wolves.

Helane Morrison is a career lawyer. She has served as a director of enforcement programs in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s San Francisco District Office. Her intention is to ensure the maintenance of the offices aggressive during her tenure as the office administrator. She was the first woman to serve as district chief.
Morrison practiced law up to 1996 defending clients facing legal action instigated by the SEC and brokerage firms facing suits brought forward by customers. This experience helped her understand all compliance related issues.
To learn more about Helane’s career and life, connect with her on LinkedIn or find her on Crunchbase.

FreedomPop Raises Big Money for Huge Global Network

FreedomPop keeps growing. The company also keeps raising money. The growth and the continued infusion of capital is thanks to the positive reception by consumers. People want an exceptional budget phone service. The niche of consumers for FreedomPop service is growing to include travelers. Anyone who may be moving throughout the globe is going to enjoy reading some good news. FreedomPop has raised $50 million to support inexpensive global roaming for world travelers. Re/Code has the whole interesting story.

FreedomPop’s current plan is to create a global hotspot that can be accessed in 25 countries. Travelers moving throughout these 25 countries can do so without any worries. The service is going to work smoothly and customers are able to use their phone, text, and data service without any problems.

Access to the hotspot costs a one-time fee of $49. The SIM card necessary to use a phone in these regions costs a mere $10. FreedomPop made its name by offering free monthly service. 200 megabytes of data is available totally for free with the global hotspot service deals.

Major companies do provide global network coverage, but those plans come with massively high monthly costs. FreedomPop presents a budget option for travelers, and this should open new opportunities for the company to make huge sales. One reason FreedomPop costs so little is the company doesn’t engage in costly advertising. So, it is up to users of the service to spread the good word. Free media reports help as well. So far, FreedomPop’s sales figures have been fine. The company is doing well in both the United States and in Europe. FreedomPop has over one million subscribers in the United States. The million-customer mark is a possibility in the U.K. in the near future.

Brazilian Health Secretary Sergio Cortes Visits Xerém To Assess The Disease Level

Xerém is one of those quaint Brazilian cities that time forget. It is a quiet mountainous town with a meandering river running through it. When one of Brazil’s frequent spring rains hit the city the first week of January, the residents knew that this was not going to be an ordinary storm, and it wasn’t. The Capivari River started to swell and overflow from the more than 8 inches of rain that battered the town for 24 hours. The flood devastated the city.

When the rain stopped, garbage filled the wet, muddy streets, and more than 255 people lost their homes. The city’s government reacted quickly, and so did the federal government. The city put up a shelter for the homeless, and the federal government sent its top medical professional, Dr. Sergio Cortes, and his team to assess the potential for a disease outbreak.

The city of Xerém sits about 30 miles north of Rio de Janeiro and areas around the city have always been breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. The flood exacerbated those areas and created new ones. Dr. Cortes and his team according to a twitter post brought 3,000 antibiotic pills, and some calamity kits with them as well as enough sodium hypochlorite to start a drinking water cleaning process. One of the first requests Dr.Cortes had when he arrived was for the city to request bottled water from donors.

The biggest threat that Cortes faced was an outbreak of the Zika virus as well as leptospirosis, according to an article published by Extra.Globo.com. The Cortes medical team on Linked In started an education program at the makeshift shelter, so the victims of the flood would recognize symptoms of the diseases that might develop from the pools of filthy water around the city.

Fortunately, President Dilma Rousseff decided to send the army to areas in the north of Brazil to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, and he strongly suggested that Xerém should be high on the list of cities that would receive the mosquito eradication treatment. Between the garbage, pooling water, dirty living conditions and lack of clean water, Xerém was a prime candidate for an outbreak of one or more of the diseases that are creating a major health issue for the people of Northern Brazil.

Dr. Cortes is one of the top health professionals in the country. To read more about Dr. Cortes visit his LinkedIn page. Cortes often tweets as well.