George Soros, the philanthropist, and Hall of Fame hedge fund investor, has been warning the world that another crippling recession is the making. The signs of another global recession are hard to ignore, according to the multi-billionaire. Europe’s economy is in bad shape thanks to an enormous amount of debt, the migration crisis, and the European Union. The EU is not a united group, according to Soros. Soros has been vocal about China’s economic issues on http://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/, and he believes the Chinese are going to be the main force that pushes the rest of the world into a recession that will rival the 2008 meltdown.
For the most part, the Hungarian-born philanthropist is focused on his foundations that stretch around the globe and promotes the open society concept, but he still has time to manage his $24 billion fortune. It looks like he is making some changes in how that fortune is going to work for him this year. The legendary George Soros hedge fund’s value dropped by $3.5 billion the first three months of 2016, and Soros is making adjustments that include a 1.05 million share investment in the SPDR Gold Trust. Soros also took a stake in Barrick Gold Corporation which is the world’s largest producer of gold.
The interesting fact about the Soros Fund is that George gave all the investors their money back five years ago, and now, the fund only invests Soros money. George Soros is the only investor in the Soros hedge fund, and he wants to keep it that way. It appears Soros is ahead of the investment curve once again. According to Bloomberg.com, the value of gold went up by 16 percent in the first three months of 2016. That’s the biggest value jump in any quarter since 1986. Barrick’s shares doubled in value in the first quarter of 2016.
George Soros is selling stocks like Dow Chemical and Delta Airlines and reinvesting that money in gold, and he has also been vocal about his plan to short-sell the Chinese yuan. Soros made a name for himself in the investment world when he decided to short the pound sterling in 1992. That bet paid off big-time for Soros. He made more than $1.4 billion when his fund made $7 billion when the British devalued the pound sterling. The art of short-selling became popular thanks to Soros. In fact, many of his investment tactics have been copied by other hedge fund managers because they work.
The truth is, George Soros knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the economic health of the world and the United States. Another Soros prediction is, the U.S. economy is slowing down, and it is in danger of going into a contraction mode in 2017.
Read more at http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/george-soros/
Stephen Murray is best remembered as the former president, CEO, and founding partner of CCMP Capital. He served as president and CEO of the company until leaving in early 2015 due to health concerns. His storied rise with the company began in 1989 when it was then known as Chase Capital Partners, one of the biggest private equity firms in the world.
Murray was only 52 when his health concerns led to his stepping down as president and CEO of CCMP Capital and he passed away only two months afterward. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://fortune.com/2015/03/13/ex-ccmp-capital-ceo-steve-murray-passes-away/ and http://patch.com/connecticut/stamford/stephen-p-murray-52-financial-executive-stamford-resident-vice-chair-boston-college-board-trustees
Stephen Murray began his career by earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College then an MBA from Columbia Business School before getting into private equity. He began as a credit trainee with Manufacturers Hanover where he would later become vice-president of lending. When Manufacturers Hanover was acquired by JPMorgan in 2000, Murray was promoted to lead their buyout operations.
Later, as president and CEO of CCMP Capital he would lead the firm in staking out independently from the JPMorgan brand. Murray quickly allayed skepticism of whether the firm would succeed without financial backing from JPMorgan or without its brand recognition. CCMP Capital was able to raise $3.4 billion in its first fundraising campaign outside of JPMorgan with 80% of the funding coming from outside investors. Read more: CCMP’s Murray dead at 52 and This Old Thing? Private Equity Honcho Drops Little Place Uptown for $11M
Stephen Murray was also active in helping build and improve other businesses as part of CCMP Capital investments, sitting on the board of companies like AMC Entertainment, Cabela’s, Aramark, Crestcom International, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Strongwood Insurance Holdings, among many others.
Additionally, Stephen Murray parlayed his business success into supporting local non-profits like the Stamford Museum and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield Country through charitable contributions, as well as hosting fundraising events and serving as a chairman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. He would also give back to his alma mater, Boston College, by serving as its vice-chairman of the board of trustees.
Jessica Boskoff is the founder of Twenty Three Layers. In an interview, Jessica explains that she is always inspired by creative and artful styles that she discovers daily in the wedding industry. Her favorite designers are color-lovers at heart. She likes them because they love texture and contrast. She says that they are never afraid of infusing fun in all their designs.
If you are a lover of color and love designers who break tradition by embracing the modern and playful style then this article will excite you. When you just look at her floral you clearly see her love and amazing eye for design and her beautiful way of styling.
Recently, the stylish designer designed this shoot. She said that they decided to come up with a styled shoot as a way of celebrating their brand’s new look. According to Jessica, they were lucky to have one of their favorite photographers Vanessa Tierney to capture the wonderful moments. Jessica says that she wanted to have some fun by adding a layer of style to their brand. She uses vibrant colors, stylish props and sweet treats.
When Jessica was asked about the colors that she loves most she said that she loves blush things, aqua and mint. It is for that reason that she had to incorporate pastels into the shoot. There were colorful pillows, beautiful desserts and fun décor during the shoot. They all added a feeling of playfulness and whimsy that Jessica really loves. During the interview, she said that she cannot get enough of the shoot.
The touch of pink peonies and the darling cupcakes was out if this world. During the interview, Jessica explained that being is a designer she is able to express what she feels through styling. According to her, designing is amazing. Jessica explained that she likes working in her own creative space since it allows her to what she loves. She considers that applicable various aspects of her life including entertaining family and friends and events planning.
Jessica loves inspiration. Twenty Three Layers is an event planning and design firm that operates in New York. Thus, if you are in need of an event planner in NYC, do not hesitate to hire her services. You can follow Jessica on Instagram.
When it comes to social media and fashion, Lime Crime and its fantastically original founder Doe Deere are beginning to dominate by attracting over 2 million followers to the popular social media outlet. That size of a following makes them one of the more powerful forces in the fashion world and it is because of the innovation and originality of the approach they take to connect with clients all over the world that sets them apart. Doe Deere has made a career out of ignoring and contradicting the conventions of fashion and doing her own thing which has developed a loyal following that enjoy wearing bright colors that defy convention.
Lime Crime has risen to the top of the social media world by storm because they have remembered the number one rule of the medium and that is to be social. When you include followers and their contributions to hair, makeup and outfits and share their look then those followers are going to develop a loyalty to the brand and Doe Deere becomes more and more relevant. They connect with people that enjoy Lime Crime make up and the vibe that they emit. Most companies miss the point of social media by using it as another opportunity to push their products. That’s a mistake that many companies make, but one that Lime Crime sidesteps and engages with followers.
It has been eight years since Doe Deere started her upstart make up empire that has taken the fashion and style that she loves and presented it onto the canvas of the world as Lime Crime cosmetics. She constantly is able to stay ahead of the curve by relying on her lifetime of love for color and creating clothes and accessories that are colorful. It seems like she has an unfair advantage over the competition because she loves the creative process and shares her work with Instagram photos, which are a part of the reason why they have exploded on the Instagram platform. Her legions of unicorns are willing followers and participants in copying and developing her unique sense of style.
Engaging her followers is the secret of Lime Crime’s Instagram success. They do a great job of featuring posts by followers and fans. They republish them with a company hash tag and that automatically posts them to Twitter and the “featured looks” get a chance to go viral. The individuality of their artwork, hair, nail artwork or use of lipstick can be shared and copied with the rest of the world. The community that creates this connection with people is going to be successful and continue to grow.
There is an instant feedback that social media provides and it is showing that Lime Crime and their fearless campaign to be original and connect with their followers is a great way to build a following that will be loyal and become buyers. This makes Doe Deere and Lime Crime a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world, in social media and anywhere else they choose to venture.
Follow Doe Deere on Instagram.