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Pissing Away Money Down the R&D Rat Hole

Let me start by saying that I am a physicist and have been involved with many of the leading U.S. research facilities over the years — Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia Laboratories, just to name two.  I also directed the Socrates Project under the Reagan administration.  So the quick knee-jerk reaction to the title that “I don’t understand research and development or the value of technology” holds no water at all.  Please don’t even try to argue this point.

Research and development (R&D) does not equate to a competitive advantage in the marketplace or on the military battlefield.  Knowledge for knowledge’s sake is a worthwhile pursuit.  Totally agree.  But it is conceptually flawed and detrimental to the objective — being competitive — when companies and governments use the need to increase economic and military might as justification for higher expenditures on R&D.  But yet this is the rapidly rising battle cry among the leading thinkers in Congress, the Pentagon, academia, think tanks, and the press — “Raise R&D funding levels, and America’s future will be secured.”  How so far from the truth.

One highly critical set of decision makers who suffers from this R&D is the key to competitiveness thinking is the leadership in the office of the Secretary of Defense.  But this was all avoidable.


ForMore: http://financialpolicycouncil.org/blog/when-will-we-stop-blindly-pissing-money-down-the-rd-rat-hole

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Doomsayers Be Right and Can They Make Us Any Money? – Ziad K Abdelnour

When Will the Doomsayers Be Right and Can They Make Us Any Money? – Mark Skousen and Ziad K Abdelnour, Financial Policy Council Event, Monday, 16 November 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Location: The Graduate Center / CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue at The Elebash Recital Hall – On the main floor of the building and on the left as you enter into the main lobby.
Mark Skousen, Ph. D., Editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor, and author of more than 25 books.

The Panelists:

Ziad K Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc.

Vince D’Addona is a senior executive with Strategies for Wealth – a wealth planning and management firm – with 36 years of experience providing financial planning.

Michael Grad has been employed by AIG, Inc. from 2009 through this month. He joined AIG in early 2009 as Senior Managing Director in the Restructuring Group.


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Money, Power, Respect

We all know that man comes in the world alone and goes from the world alone. He is only remembered by his acts. Some do good for others while some spend their lives running after money.

One cannot deny the fact that Money is power. Money is though erratic, when in low positions, respect acts an important support. By the same token, money can’t buy respect but respect can help earn money. Besides, you can have all the money you want, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into power or respect. Money can buy power at times, but respect is hard to demand.










For More: http://ziadabdelnour.net/money-power-respect-which-trumps-all

Wake up folks…. It’s all about Big Oil’s

Wake up folks…. It is high time to realize that the whole Syrian shenanigan was nothing but Assad getting in the crosshairs between his ally Putin and his Arab foes’ interests (Qatar and Saudi Arabia).


All the rest is for the birds… no matter what the US media leads you to believe.


No one gives a rat’s ass about 120,000 people dying or Assad playing with his toys…. It’s all about money, oil and power….. Very unfortunate state of affairs but true.


The fact of the matter is that Assad refused to sign a proposed agreement with Qatar that would run a pipeline from the latter’s North field, contiguous with Iran’s South Pars field, through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and on to Turkey, with a view to supply European markets – albeit crucially bypassing Russia.


Assad’s rationale was “to protect the interests of his Russian ally, which is Europe’s top supplier of natural gas.


For More: http://ziadabdelnour.net/its-all-about-big-oils-interests-stupid

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About Empowering People

I believe success is all about empowering people. The more people you empower, the more money and power one acquires in addition to having an ever increasing impact on his/her constituency. Empowering people is in fact and in my opinion better than education and management hierarchy combined.


The Key question then becomes: How do you truly empower people?


I believe there are several ways to do it. Empowering is really like fueling them with the guns they need to shoot. Here are some ways:


1. Build a culture. Empowerment will not happen if there is a culture that doesn’t back it. A culture where challenges are thrown at people and their perspective is accepted, appreciated in handling the challenge. Form a team that helps , supports in getting team members do things. Let them realize that what they are doing is good even if they fail. Help them do things that are one step ahead and not in their job roles.


2. Be the best mentor/coach there is. Give them freedom. Let them make decisions. Help them validate those decisions. Teach them the ropes, then let them take risks and learn from their mistakes and successes without micromanaging them.


For More: http://ziadabdelnourfinance.com/about-empowering-people/


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Money Making Secret on Planet Earth Today

For the small club of companies who trade the food, fuels and metals that keep the world running, the last decade has been sensational. Driven by the rise of Brazil, China, India and other fast-growing economies, the global commodities boom has turbocharged profits at the world’s biggest trading houses.


Who are those firms and what makes them so powerful?


They are the Club of 16 comprised of Vitol, Glencore, Cargill, Koch Industries, Archer Daniels Midland, Gunvor, Trafigura, Mercuria, Noble, Louis Dreyfus, Bunge, Wilmar International, Arcadia, Mabanaft, Olam and Hin Leong.


Together, they are worth over one trillion dollars in annual revenue and control more than half the world’s freely traded commodities. Many amass speculative positions worth billions in raw goods, or hoard commodities in warehouses and super-tankers during periods of tight supply.


How big are the biggest of them? Well, take Vitol and Trafigura as an example, they sold more oil last year than the oil exports of Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined and their reach is only expanding.


Big trading firms now own a growing number of the mines that produce many of our commodities, the ships and pipelines that carry them, and the warehouses, silos and ports where they are stored


ForMore: http://ziadabdelnourblackhawk.com/the-best-kept-money-making-secret-on-planet-earth-today/

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Child Soldiers Involved in the War in the Middle East

The primary cry of these people is that children are no threat. That we are admitting babies. Hillary Clinton said, “Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee—that is just not who we are.”  I ask what is a child? Is she talking about the 18-year-old MS13 gang members that came in with the push that allowed them to cross the Southern border because they were “children.”


The total number of child soldiers involved in the war in the Middle East is unknown. Around 200 child soldiers have been confirmed killed in action by human rights groups over the past four years and, they say, the real number is likely far higher. Moreover, younger adolescents (ages of 13 to 17), usually males, may be employed as spies, guards, or smugglers. Human rights groups say that even 14- and 15-year-old combatants are not unknown in rebel-held areas.


For More: http://ziadabdelnour.org/what-to-do-with-syrian-and-other-refugees/

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Event Driven Investing – A Review of the State of the Art

One investment strategy we at Blackhawk Partners have been particularly been involved in over the last few years is “Event Driven Investing”.

Event-driven investing is an investing strategy that seeks to exploit pricing inefficiencies that may occur before or after a corporate event, such as a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition or spinoff.

To illustrate, consider what happens in the case of a potential acquisition. When a company signals its intent to buy another company, the stock price of the company to be acquired typically rises. However, it usually remains somewhere below the acquisition price—a discount that reflects the market’s uncertainty about whether the acquisition will truly occur.

That’s when we enter the picture. We will analyze the potential acquisition—looking at the reason for the acquisition, the terms of the acquisition and any regulatory issues (such as antitrust laws)—and determine the likelihood of the acquisition actually occurring. If it seems likely that the deal will close, we will purchase the stock of the company to be acquired, and sell it after the acquisition, when its price has risen to the acquisition price (or greater).


For More: http://ziadabdelnourblackhawk.com/event-driven-investing-a-review-of-the-state-of-the-art/

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About Those Mad Wall Street Egomaniacs We Call “Masters of the Universe”

Some people grow, other people swell. You’d better figure out who you are. — John Weinberg, Senior partner and chairman, Goldman Sachs, 1976 – 1990


Reading on a regular basis the Wall Street Journal on hedge fund managers, two themes emerge: They hate fame and they like to be feared.


That is not uncommon on Wall Street, where it’s better to be hated and rich than loved and famous.


That is unfortunately the hierarchy in the finance culture today: the more important you are, the less you need to be liked, and the less you need to be seen.


At the very top of the Wall Street pyramid are the billionaire hedge-fund managers, masters of the markets who are famous for not wanting fame. Their ability and desire to stay under the radar of the public is a signal of how really important they are. They flee from cameras, flee from being interviewed. Unflattering news, unflattering photos, are either bought with money, or buried via legal action.


The distaste of fame often morphs into outright secrecy, especially amongst the hedge-fund set.


For More: http://ziadabdelnourfinance.com/about-those-mad-wall-street-egomaniacs-we-call-masters-of-the-universe/