What Fans Want From The New Potter Movie

As the world of Harry Potter ended in the books, fans latched on to the movie series which was still ongoing then. Despite the odd changes made on the big screen, it was still something – a slice from the world of Harry Potter that starving fans lapped straight up. However, that two ended, despite the final movie being split in two parts.

This is why when it was announced that there was going to be a Harry Potter spinoff movie – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Harry Potter fans rejoiced all over again.

There are many ways this movie can go wrong but if it ticks the following points, it would be fine according to Laidlaw & Company investors at Wall Street Oasis.

Keep The Trio Out Of This – The franchise has already done some good work in this area by not referencing “Harry Potter” anywhere in the promos. Instead, they simply signalled a return to the wizarding world. By treating this exactly like what it is – a spinoff – they would be helping casual fans ease into the situation.

Surprise Appearance From The Faves – Despite the above mentioned point, hardcore fans would still want some of the old favourites to make an appearance. The list is quite a long one but even a small appearance from Dumbledore, McGonagall, Hagrid, and Grindelwald could really amp up the game.

Overall, the movie has to find some way to be fun for both the casual and hardcore fans of the series.

Kyle Bass, Baseball, And China

What do Kyle Bass, China, and Baseball all have in common? Money.

Kyle Bass recently made some predictions about emerging financial markets. He likened them to a game of baseball. He said that financially things were about “mid-fifth inning”, and that there were about “three tough innings to go”.

Wikipedia shows that Bass founded Hayman Capital Management. It’s a hedge fund that is based in Dallas, Texas. Bass has used this as a financial starting point for a number of extremely lucrative financial exploits in the United States. Starting in 2008, UsefulStooges said that Kyle Bass did a great job predicting the financial crisis which set the country reeling and had a domino effect on the global market. Recently he predicted economic decline in Japan and Europe, and his organization The Coalition For Affordable Drugs has successfully devalued big-ticket pharmaceuticals’ drug costs such that Bass was able to short-sell his stock and make a pretty penny. Bass also has controversial ties to Kristina Fernandez de Kirchner, a well-known socialist advocate who currently presides over Argentina.

So the question becomes: is Bass merely extremely good when it comes to financial markets, or does he have access to information funneled through some kind of unknown network? Is he acting altruistically as a shrewd businessman, or is he acting in a revolutionary capacity as some kind of economic imploding agent? There’s no real way to tell, but whatever the case, his predictions seem to come true on a regular basis.

With emerging markets, Bass gave a quick summary of their economic futures starting with Brazil. He pointed out that a two billion dollar scandal stretching to the president of the country indicated such corruption as would gut the country until it were weeded out. He then turned to Russia, where he made a similar evaluation; likening Putin to some sort of global Chessmaster playing games with the nations, and therefore difficult to predict. He contrasted these negative assessments with the observation that India seemed as though economically there may be a good future for the first time in a long time. Bass ended his analysis pointing out that China’s banks were doing basically the same thing America’s banks did in 2008, and that the economic bubble was imploding with extreme rapidity. Bass said the country’s currency would end up being devalued as a result, and that his firm Hayman Capital Management was definitely interested in said currency.

Is this interest of the genuine kind, or is Bass trying to manipulate the market in ways statistically minor, but lucrative, through means as yet we don’t understand? Again, it’s hard to tell, but Bass seems eminently capable of successfully predicting the ebb and flow of the market, so at the very least his words should be considered.

Organo Gold Growing One Cup at a Time

Organo Gold was founded in 2008 by marketing wizard, Shane Morand and Multi level marketing genius, Bernardo Chua. The pair have headquarters in Canada and the United States. They have amassed sales teams worldwide in such countries as the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, the Philippines, Jamaica and Peru. Recently, Bernardo Chua expanded Organo Gold into Turkey, Colombia, and Vietnam as partners into their global coffee market. In time Bernardo Chua hopes to have distributors in each country around the world.

Organo Gold staff and workers, work alongside two chief medical consultants who certify the organic ingredients that go into the coffee. One of the primary ingredients in Organo Gold coffee is Ganoderma Lucidum. Ganoderma Lucidum is an oriental fungus that has been used in China, Japan and other Asian countries for promoting health and longevity. This Asian herb has been used for nearly 5,000 years and is listed in the American Herb journal. The makers of Organo Gold have promoted their coffee as being healthier than other coffee brands. The coffee itself is made from 100% Arabica beans that have been blended with Ganoderma extract.

Organo Gold is a multi-level marketing company whose distributors purchase the products and each individual distributor is responsible for promoting and selling the company’s products. As of 2010 some of the top earners of Organo Gold have earned between 350 Thousand even up to four million dollars a year selling to friends and family.

Bernardo Chua was born in the Philippines and began his career as an executive with Gano Excel. During his three years with Gano Excel he expanded the company into Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. Once the American office was opened he took over as president of Gano Excel USA. Bernardo Chua recognized that Gano Excel was not going to prosper in the western markets so he left in 2008. During this transition he founded Organo Gold which is an umbrella company for Organo Gold products and Coffee Connoisseur products. Bernardo’s primary goal is to offer a healthy range of coffee products that provide healthy benefits instead of just caffeine overload.

In 2015 Bernardo rebranded the company from Organo Gold to just Organo. They continue to sell a wide range of their products through their global network of independent distributors. During February 2015, Organo Gold received 5 People’s Choice Awards at the Dangal ng Bayan awards in Manila. While Bernardo Chua was in Manila accepting his awards, he took the time to award his star achievers that came to the event. Two of his star sellers have sold millions of dollars of products. Organo Gold is quickly reaching 1 million plus global distributors and has grossed an estimated 800 million dollars in sales.  Follow Bernie on his Facebook fan page.

Predictions for the New York Real Estate Market

The New York City apartments for sale and real estate market is always in motion. It is something you need to monitor, especially if you are interested in buying a new piece of property, moving into the city or selling your current home. Whatever you are looking for, staying abreast on the situation and what is taking place in the city is a must. Of course, whatever you are looking for, Town Residential is able to assist with this.

For starters, it is important for all potential home buyers to realize that interest rates are going to slowly rise over the next several months. For starters, prices are starting to settle down. After the housing bubble burst, prices dropped of significantly, but since then have made nearly a complete recovery. As the time goes by, the price and value of these houses have leveled off. With the ability of the pricing market, the interest rate is now starting to raise slowly. So, if you are interesting in buying a home, now is the time to go, otherwise you are likely to pay a slightly higher interest rate. Town Residential specializes in the best of the best throughout the city of New York, and they understand the difference between even half a percentage point. Due to this, it is extremely important for anyone to do what they can to save some money. Town Residential can assist with this and help show off possible homes now while the interest rate is a bit lower.

Beyond the change of interest rate, there are other changes in the real estate market to consider. First, as the prices have leveled off, buyers will generally take longer to purchase a home. They do not feel pressured to buy a home right away due to quickly rising prices. This is something to look at for anyone who is selling their home. If you fall into this category you need to be calm and understand it might take a bit longer to move your home. On the flip side, it also means that deals on homes are harder to come by as fewer sellers are going to change the price of their houses.

George Soros Thinks The Structural Defects In The Euro Could Help Create Another 2008-Type Meltdown

George Soros, the multi-billionaire, has a hedge-fund firm that gains about 20 percent a year on average, and it has been doing that for the last forty years. The last net worth total for Soros was more than $27.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg.com and the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Soros started investing in the 1950s. In 1992, Soros bet that the British Pound would have to be devaluated. Soros did a short sale and made more than $1 billion on that trade. Soros is now betting that the global economy will have a major meltdown in 2016. He is basing that bet on several key crisis situations around the globe.

The structural defects of the euro, has made European authorities masters at moving from one crisis to another. George Soros calls that practice kicking a crisis up a hill and it keeps falling back down the hill with no real solution. Now, there are at least four internal issues that need a solution and one external crisis that is not easy to solve.

The four internal issues are the Greek financial mess, the migration crisis, the British move to leave the European Union and the Euro. The external crisis is the Russian-Ukraine conflict that won’t go away. All these issues are reinforcing one another, and when China is added to the mix, the chances of a global meltdown increase tremendously.

The public as well as the people in power are shaking their heads because it’s obvious that the EU leader, Angela Merkel, can’t find a solution that will bring stability to the Union and the global markets. Soros told NYBooks.com that the Ukraine situation should be the top priority. Soros said it is impossible to solve all the issues at the same time.

Soros believes there is a new Ukraine that developed from the 2014 revolution and this new Ukraine needs financial support. The European Union can’t continue to treat the Ukraine like they treated the old Ukraine, according to Mr. Soros.

As far as the Euro crisis, it has created a major shortage of funds that can be used for budgetary purposes. European Union member want to reduce their contributions to the budget and that is causing budget issues in the Eurozone.

But when the China economic mess is added to the European mess, the end result could be a 2008-type meltdown in the global economy. Stock markets around the world have lost trillions of dollars in equity in 2016 and it appears the hemorrhaging isn’t stopping.

Some investors are pulling money out of the market and investing in safer investment vehicles. But there are investors that believe cash is king during times like these. Those investors are waiting until the bottom falls out. When it does, they will return to pick up the pieces in true Soros fashion.

Autism Rocks Creates Hope

Every year the number of children diagnosed with autism, increases. Currently, approximately 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with the condition worldwide. Luckily, there is one incredible organization that hopes to change this trend. Autism Rocks, founded by Sanjay Shah, is trying to curb this number by raising money for the cause in big ways.

After growing a hugely successful financial company, Solo Capital Partners LLP, President and CEO Sanjay Shah had the perfect opportunity to make something grand happen, and he jumped on it. Thinking about his love of music, Shah had the idea to throw benefit concerts. Eventually, he was able to work with renowned stars such as Lenny Kravitz and Prince, to create huge benefit events raising large amounts of money for autism research.

In 2011, Shah’s youngest child was diagnosed with Autism. His reaction to long wait lists for medical care was to pay for additional staff to be hired at the facilities. Ultimately, while a lot of other organizations choose to focus on financially helping families pay for early intervention, Shah decided that trying to find the cause of autism spoke more to his heart.

The money raised by Autism Rocks goes to support studies being done at Cambridge University in England at the Autism Research Centre. There, scientists are focusing on coming up with better ways of assessing and treating autism through interventions proven beneficial through biomedical research. The areas of research range from genetics, hormones, neuroscience and more. By more thoroughly understanding autism, the institution is helping to pave a better future for kids with the diagnosis.

The world could use more selfless people like Shah who use their financial good fortune to benefit others. Organizations, like Autism Rocks, give hope to families and children affected by Autism. The artists, who help raise the funds, are an inspiration. Universities, like Cambridge, who have programs like ARC, help create positive change for a diagnosis being so widely given. Everyone working together for benefit of the future generation sets the stage for a successful society that can overcome differences with proactive involvement.

 

George Soros Predicts the Collapse of the EU

According to George Soros, the European Union is on the verge of a collapse amidst the migrant crisis. One factor that George is looking at is the huge number of migrants and refugees that have traveled to the region in just recent year. One thing that George Soros has named as the key to the problem is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel has opened Germany up to the refugees from Middle Eastern country. George Soros has expressed agreement with her decision to open up Germany to refugees and migrants. Angela herself has predicted the fall of the European Union.

One thing that can be noticed about about the European authorities is that they have been barely making it through one crisis after another ever since the Greek crisis. This is very similar to kicking a ball up the hill and causing it to roll back down the hill. One thing Merkel realizes is that the collapse of the EU is not reversible. There is talk about making Germany the dominant power of Europe. The only thing is that it is up to the German authorities if they want Germany to take over as the head of Europe.

Germany’s open policy on the migrants of the middle east were seen as humane. At the same time, there is a potential problem that it could cause for the nation. There are two aspects of the freedom of movement. For one thing, opening Germany to outsiders was considered a freedom of movement of people. The EU crisis is about money’s freedom of movement. The two core pillars are being threatened as of this moment. Therefore, they are trying to figure this whole situation out before it causes even greater problems.

There are some people who even tried to compared the act of opening up Germany to refugees to an act of terrorism. However, one person has pointed out that the problem of terrorism has a much deeper root than this. One solution that they are thinking about is providing employment for the refugees so that the country can avoid radicalization. They want to do more than to shelter the refugees. They want to give them hope and make them feel somewhat useful. Among other things they could do is to teach the German language to the refugees so that they can have an easier time in the new country. While it is good enough to allow them to leave their former situation, it is even better to teach them how to adjust to a new life.

The original article could be found at CNBC.

Dick DeVos Continues A Tradition Of Family Giving

The DeVos family is one of the best known in Michigan, and across the U.S. for their business empire and their charitable giving. For a number of years the well respected Forbes Magazine has been looking for information on just how much money is given away by the many foundations the DeVos family have established. The owning family of the AmWay corporation have recently become even more active in their charitable to make sure the people of the U.S. have the chance to share in the success and wealth of the family.

This is the first time the DeVos family has agreed to provide details of the charitable giving of the foundations the family operate, such as the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation. The DeVos family appear on the top 2 list of most generous charitable families in the U.S. for 2015 after the revealing the foundations provided around $92 million in donations in 2015. In the lifetime of the DeVos family more than $1.2 billion has been donated to charitable groups, which the family now hope will inspire others to give more to those in need.

Dick DeVos inherited the AmWay group from his father, Rich, who is credited with beginning the tradition of charitable giving.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Much of the charitable giving of the DeVos family has been located in the Grand Rapids and Michigan area, which includes a large investment in the education system through a number of charter schools. This, of course, includes the West Michigan Aviation Academy, the DeVos-founded public high school for students interested in avionics. Dick is a helicopter pilot and also enjoys flying airplanes in his spare time.

DeVos Family Foundation has also looked to enter the national stage as a popular donor to the Kennedy Center for the Arts. In 2015, the improvements to be made to the Kennedy Center were under a charitable program to raise more than $100 million for a new pavilion. The DeVos family have been regular donors to the Kennedy Center and provided an initial $1 million for the fund to aid in producing a number of improvements for the center.

Thanks to his career successes, Dick continues his spirit of philanthropy even as he makes strides in the business world. Though he has retired from Amway, he stays busy on multiple boards and running his own business in the meantime.

Learn more about Dick on his personal website, or visit his LinkedIn to see more about his career.

AI and Visual Search has the ability to increase your online shopping experience

The introduction of the internet has allowed the task of shopping to become easier. Individuals are able to visit a host of stores just in the comfort of their own home. Also, with the help of visual search engines shoppers are able to type in product names and/or descriptions to find an item that they have seen on television or around town. Though this is a useful technique to shoppers, it does not always render pleasing results. Sometimes searching by a name and/or description does not find the item that is being searched for or it does not reveal how and where to buy it from. Thanks to a new technology, shoppers will be able to find items help of a more effective and easier technique.

Now shoppers have the ability to search and shop with images. There is no longer a need to type in a description or name of an item in order to locate it online. This new technology has been made possible with the help of image-recognition software. Though this software could possibly be very helpful for almost every online retail store, it is currently only being used by two companies. Today Pinterest and Shoes.com are giving the software a try. With the social media site of Pinterest you will be able to utilize the software by simply drawing a box around an item.

A similar technology was used previously introduced by companies such as Amazon and Google but these technologies failed to either take off or they do not offer the type of technologies that allow details to be emphasized.

The type of technology listed above is offered by Slyce. Slyce offers this image recognition technology to various companies. With the help of Slyce companies provide companies the ability to offer their customers a shopping experience like no other. The technology offered by slyce allows users to take a picture of any item and almost immediately have that item or a similar item located on the internet.

This technology offered by slyce can help your company in a number of ways. Your customers can have an easier shopping experience. A simple snap of a picture can lead potential buyers to your website. There they will be able to view and read the description of various items that they have captured.

Amway Founder’s Son Gives Billions to Charity

Entrepreneur, sports club owner and fan, and billionaire Dick DeVos is promising to give over a billion dollars to charity over his lifetime through his foundation according to a recent article. If the past is any indication, it will be an easy sell. In 2014, Forbes reported that the DeVos family gave away $94 million. In 2013, the total donated was over $90 million. Funds were broken down for education, health, community services, faith-based enterprises, and arts and culture. These numbers only indicate monies recorded as reaching recipients. It is believed DeVos is probably responsible for additional millions given away that aren’t publicly recorded. He is not one to comfortably dispell the amounts he’s given and demonstrates humility when his actions are publicly recognized.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

For the DeVos family, giving away and sharing the wealth is a way of life. The gift of giving is their response to what they call their “financial blessing.” In that regard, The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation strives to be a catalyst and partner to better position local and global communities, advocating growth and visibility.

DeVos is noted as much for his business acumen as his philanthropy. His father co-founded Amway in 1959 and he has been instrumental in its massive success. He served as the company’s president from 1993 to 2002, managing all operations across 50 countries and six continents. He eventualy mixed his love of sports and business in 1991 when his family acquired the Orlando Magic. He served as the organization’s president and CEO for three years. His work experience is checkered with success and hard work as you can see by chekcing out his impressive resume.

But as hard as he worked, it was always obvious DeVos leaned towards community and global initiatives. He started the Education Freedom Fund, an organization that’s awarded thousands of scholarships to underprivileged children. He is also a founder of the West Michigan Aviation Academy, providing an aviation-focused educational program for high schoolers. DeVos has also served on the State Board of Education and chaired a number of Grand Rapids area revitalization and regional health care projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. DeVos is also an accomplished author. His book, Rediscovering American Values, was a New York Times best seller. His leisure time is spent sailing and flying aircrafts like the one in the video below. 

There are many who claim they appreciate their good fortune, but not many are so adamant in their lifestyle proving it without a lot of fanfare. Married for over 35 years and parenting four children, DeVos has made charity part of the family. With the promise of giving away billions, many can look forward to better lives.