The Austin-based entrepreneur Jeffry Schneider is a renowned alternative investment banker and founder of Ascendant Capital, LLC. His flagship investment avenues include hedge funds, private equity as well as real estate funds. Together with his Ascendant managing partners, Jeffry Schneider has the vision to develop an array of high-valued offerings that are backed by a far-reaching suite of marketing sales, operational and education-oriented services.
Jeffry Schneider has reached remarkable milestones such as the raising $1 billion by Ascendant Capital, LLC. Under his tenure, the company has grown tremendously in the past five years.
This year, Jeffry Schneider is focusing on leading the company to raise over $50 million monthly. Jeffry believes that alternative investments are an excellent way of diversifying an organization’s holdings while reducing volatility. He has witnessed significant growth since he began his career, and it can only advance knowing his vast expertise in alternative investments.
Jeffry Schneider is also actively involved in philanthropy. He is involved with several charity based organizations such as Wonders and Worries, the Gazelle Foundation, God’s Love We Deliver and Cherokee Home for Children. Not only does he provide capital to businesses, but he also volunteers his time to help provide for the less fortunate.
The US Money Reserve has won a total of four awards in the year 2016. These awards honor their ability to produce engaging and interesting videos. The awards were given by the 2016 Videographer Awards committee. One of the their honors was received in the “TV Commercials/Products category” because of their excellence. The other one was for “Creativity (TV)/Cinematography”.
Their infomercial was titled, “Testimonial Show”. It received rave reviews from viewers, especially one in particular. This was Richard Petty whom is a gold buyer and NASCAR driver. The show kept him and other viewers riveted as they watched it.
Another show of theirs, “Pearl Harbor Show”, received an Honorable Mention and an Award of Distinction. This is an excellent honor for their creative efforts in producing such fantastic shows.
The judges found their efforts to be remarkable in the categories that they awarded them in. Since this is something that is remarkable seeing a there were around 1,500 entries, they were chosen to be the best. The judges were from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. They look for talent that goes above and beyond the high standards that are placed in the industry.
It is a recognition that holds international esteem. With great pride, the CEO, Angela Koch gives her people plenty of credit for performing at the highest levels possible, and thanks them for their creative and excellence and creating something of such great work that was entertaining for their audience as a whole.
Since winning the awards is an honor, this gives them more encouragement to create and produce more shows. When their people get noticed in this way, they are excited to begin something new and turn it into another masterpiece. The US Money Reserve is proud to have achieved such high honors in year 2016. They also won the Bronze during the Telly Awards, the 37th annual one. With such a good year behind them, they look forward to another one next year. In the years to come, they are sure to take home more awards for her hard work and dedication.
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Charles Botchway is one of the co-founders of Chicago-based Madison Street Capital. Madison Street Capital focuses on small and medium size mergers and acquisitions around the world. Botchway and COO Anthony Marsala have won numerous awards in the financial industry, so people listen when the men talk about investment banking. Botchway and Marsala had an excellent year in 2015. Madison Street Capital closed 42 hedge fund deals in 2015 compared to 32 transactions in 2014. The volume of the 2015 transactions was 27 percent higher than 2014. Botchway and Marsala think 2016 will be a better year than 2015, but many hedge fund investors are expecting to make a 9 percent return on their investments, and that may be too optimistic.
Mr. Botchway thinks smaller hedge fund managers are trying to attract new capital, and they are functioning below projected portfolio capacity levels. Overall, hedge fund managers are experiencing higher operational costs, and there is a lot of pressure to reduce management fees. These issues are forcing all hedge fund managers to consider strategic alternatives. But Madison Street Capital is still performing as expected and management fees have not been impacted so far.
But a survey of 400 investors in other funds, expects at least a 9 percent net return on their investment, but in 2014 there was a net decline of 2 percent when all hedge fund activity was analyzed, according to data tracker eVestment. The survey also showed that 5 percent of hedge fund investors expect an 18 percent return, and 32 percent expect a return between 15 and 17 percent. There is a dramatic difference between what hedge fund investors expect and what hedge funds are delivering, and that mismatch is creating uneasiness in the industry. Many hedge fund managers have lower their fees, and they have offered their investors other perks to compensate for the difference in net returns.Some hedge fund managers are offering investors alternative mutual funds in order to tap into a bigger investor pool.
Hedge fund managers are feeling the pressure and shift in the industry. The old hedge fund performances that beat stock market returns, and provided a hedge against stock market downturns are not there anymore. The old fee base was 2 percent of assets managed and a 20 percent performance fee on top on that. That model is fading fast.
The Madison Street Capital hedge fund and other hedge funds like Element Capital Management and Perceptive Advisors are still outperforming the industry in terms of returns. But there were some big losers last year. Pershing Square Capital’s returns dropped 20 percent last year, and Greenlight Capital also dropped 20 percent. No one is sure how the hedge fund industry will do in 2016, but Botchway is still optimistic based on the assets he manages.
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According to recent statistics, hedge fund assets are at an all-time high, even though 2015 offered only mediocre performance. It seems that institutional investors are allocating assets to hedge funds in an attempt to increase their overall performance. Madison Street Capital is an experienced international investment banking firm, located in Chicago, IL. They provide advice and services to public and private companies. They offer expert financial opinions, mergers and acquisition services and valuation services.
In 2015, Madison Capital closed 42 hedge fund deals. This is up from 32 transactions in 2014, over a 30 percent increase in business. This increase and other key issues should propel 2016 to another record year for Mergers and Acquisitions. Aside from traditional M&A’s other deals are being structured as seed or incubator deals. These are new to the industry. They include revenue share stakes, PE stakes and other features.
Madison Street Capital has focused its attention on partnering with mid-sized firms who need advice on expansion and raising funds. They help advise companies on the best way to raise needed working capital. They help companies with investment advice for their excess capital. Madison also helps many companies expand their businesses through Mergers and Acquisitions. They have developed a solid reputation in global financial markets with their expertise and knowledge.
The firm consists of experts from across the financial arena that bring their experience and knowledge as well as their industry relationships to the company. These people make Madison one of the top middle market investment banking firms in the country.
Madison Street Capital is heavily involved in philanthropic activities as well. They work closely with The United Way to help with disaster relief around the country. They belie e in providing excellent service to the organizations they serve and giving support to their community as well.
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Wealth Solutions is a Registered Investment Advisory Firm that provides personalized financial planning to wealthy families and business owners in the Austin, Texas area. The financial markets are always changing and Wealth Solutions believes that financial strategies must change and evolve as well.
Wealth Solutions is always seeking ways to provide unique solutions that allow clients to look at the upside, while still having minimal risk. Due to the fact that many clients are heading for retirement, Wealth Solutions recognizes that the main goal of the client is to preserve their wealth while building and planning for retirement. Wealth Solutions understands that every client wants to be able to leave a legacy for future generations. Wealth Solutions will help clients compose a financial plan to help them reach their retirement goals.
The firm’s founder Richard Blair has over two decades worth of experience in the financial services industry. Blair has always been a fan of education. Through his family, Blair witnessed how teaching can influence people. Blair also had a natural interest in finance. Blair soon realized that he could assist people with his financial planning and investment skills. After graduating from college, Blair entered the financial services industry. Blair founded Wealth Solutions a year later. Blair hoped to provide advice to his clients without any conflicts of interest. Blair has experience in retirement planning and aims to help bridge the gap between living now and saving money for retirement. By helping his clients stay out of bad situations, Blair shows them how to retire successfully.
Blair follows a Three Pillar Approach to help his clients develop a financial plan. The first pillar will help explain the client’s financial direction. Blair will assess the client’s strengths, goals, and opportunities for growth. This pillar helps Blair build relationships with his clients. Blair helps the client look at realistic expectations.
The Second Pillar helps Richard Blair develop a long term investment strategy that is tailored to each client’s goals and needs. Blair is looking to maximize assets while minimizing the impact that a negative period may have on a client’s portfolio. Performance is tracked and compared to the client’s expectations.
The Third Pillar involved Blair and the client reaching an agreement on the client’s financial goals and strategies to provide growth and liquidity. Blair helps put the client in position to deal with all types of circumstances as they occur.
While there is estimated to be 11 billion barrels of oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas buried under the South China Sea, according to an article published via Forbes, that is not the real issue laying at the heart of the problem. Instead, the real heart of the issue is sovereignty. While problems date back to 2008, on April 8, 2016, Vietnam demanded that China National Offshore Oil Company remove its exploratory drilling rig.
One of the reasons that determining sovereignty is so important is the sovereign nation has fishing rights. Countries fighting over their share of the water include China, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia. In fact, Indonesia blew up over 197 Filipino fishing boats over the last two years. Daily conflicts are constantly taking place between anglers. While Chinese leaders deny that they are building up their military in the area, President Obama has deployed 5,000 troops to the region.
China claims these fish are needed to feed their 1.3 billion people. The Chinese consume almost 40 percent of the fish eaten globally each year. Indonesia operates over 460,000 fishing boats annually. As competition increases, anglers must move further from shore to get their catch resulting in higher costs.
Many around the world, however, fear that the Chinese have an ulterior motive for their large fishing fleet. These experts claim that China plans to use their boats as military weapons.
While this story may not garner much press, it can be highly important for investment bankers trying to make right investment decisions. In fact, CEO Martin Lustgarten stresses that this issue underscores the importance of working with the right investment banker. While many would assume that the reason that so many countries are fighting over the oil and natural gas, the truth is that these countries are fighting over fishing rights.
This investment banker living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, stresses that it is important to have an investment banker with contacts throughout the world. He says that way investors get a more balanced look at what the world is thinking than when relying on sources within just one country.
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