It’s the age-old question in the investment world. Truth to tell, no one has a really good answer. There is no true science to investing, and certainly not for Private Equity/VC investments. The ugly truth is that most professional investors aren’t very good at it; That’s one of the reasons so few of them outperform major indexes over any reasonable period of time. VCs, on average, are even worse. Most of their investments are dogs, and few ring up truly superior returns.
Well after 30 years in the money business, dealing with some of the most sophisticated and savvy super investors in the world, here are my 10 tips which I hope will broaden your minds further.
1. Correct conceptual understanding of investing. There are plenty of investment theories around. Some are valid, others are nonsense. Your ability to choose a solid investment philosophy is critical. Whatever theory you choose, make sure you understand it inside out. As Warren Buffett keeps saying ” Never invest in a business you can’t understand”. So the first step of being an exceptional investor is to know your stuff like a “master”.
With our Firm’s recent signing of a 200 Million Euros Partnership Agreement to Fund & Facilitate the Purchase of 25 Vessels – http://www.pr.com/press-release/582221. I am frequently asked by partners and observers alike why a Greek company as a platform for our roll-up and why a particular interest in the shipping industry.
Hopefully this will shed some more light as to how we at Blackhawk operate.
1. The rationale?
Blackhawk is first and foremost a “physical commodities trading house” and second a “family office private equity shop”. What better business model to adopt than building a vertically integrated operation that controls the whole commodities trading food chain from logistics to trading and investing all under one roof? This partnership with Golden Sea Ways accomplishes all of that and more and we at Blackhawk cannot be more excited about it.
the 1990s, Israel emerged as a leading center for technology start-ups and innovation.
In the 1990s, Israel emerged as a leading center for technology start-ups and innovation. In 2000, near the peak of the high-tech boom, Israel had 4000 high-tech firms and new ones were forming at the rate of about 500 start-ups per year.
Today, out of the 101 companies trading on NASDAQ; 63 of them are registered in Israel; a stunning number indeed for a country with a population of only seven million people, the size of Rhode Island and the population of New Jersey.
And the story doesn’t stop here.
The Israeli high-tech industry boasts today 43 of the 50 leading technology giants in the world; all with cutting-edge R&D centers. Scientific American’s list of ’50 Research Leaders’ include three Israeli scientists. Notwithstanding the fact that S&P credit rating for Israel is still AA – amid a still shaky global environment – , four Israelis have been awarded the Nobel Prize and Israel tech investments have produced consistent and significant returns which only continue to climb.
So the question is: What makes Israeli technology companies so unique?
Businessman, dealer, financier, philanthropist,This Lebanese-American has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, private equity and international trade and has been involved in more than 125 transactions with a value as a whole that exceeds 10,000 million in banks investment, high yield bonds or debt markets financier difficulties.
He is currently president and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, a family office private equity based in New York acts in companies and projects based in both the United States and emerging markets. Ziad K Abdelnour is also author of the bestseller Economic Warfare: Secrets of wealth creation in the age of welfare politics, published in December 2011