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Vivier Chief Executive, Luigi Wewege Announces New Book: The Digital Banking Revolution

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND and COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA and MADRID, SPAIN, 2016-Dec-21 — /EPR Network/ — Luigi Wewege’s latest book, The Digital Banking Revolution, shares his inside perspective on how financial technology companies are rapidly transforming the traditional retail banking industry through disruptive innovation.

In The Digital Banking Revolution, Wewege provides a look at how over the past decade financial service innovations have contributed to a completely new way in which customers are able to bank, threatening the status quo of traditional retail banks, and redefining a banking model which has been in place for generations.

Luigi’s book presents the ways these new technological advancements have facilitated the rapid emergence of digital banking firms and FinTech companies, leading to established banks being forced to swiftly increase their pace of digital adoption to stay relevant, and stop mass client attrition to these agile financial start-ups.

“These threats come at an inopportune time for banks due to mature markets currently experiencing stagnant growth. This coupled with decreasing profit margins due to the competitive pricing of new entrants, and financial customer loyalty becoming ever increasingly more tenuous,” said Wewege.

Supported by numerous illustrations, the book spans a diverse range of topics from big data analytics and mobile payments to the evolving behaviors of financial consumers. The Digital Banking Revolution concludes with Luigi providing his predictions in the book’s final chapter, which is titled The Future of Banking. In this chapter, he outlines how he believes financial services are likely to evolve, and be conducted going forward.

The book is currently available for purchase online at Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback versions, as well as being offered via a number of other major online booksellers. To learn more about the author – Luigi Wewege and his new book, The Digital Banking Revolution, please visit: www.digitalbankingrevolution.com.

ABOUT LUIGI WEWEGE
Luigi is the President and CEO of Vivier Group, a multinational financial group of companies, providing its services worldwide through representation in jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. Outside of Vivier he serves as the Non-executive Chairman of Nikau Global an international trade and development firm, as Partner/Director of Palmetto Global Ventures a bespoke financial management consultancy firm, and is an invited member of Boston, Massachusetts based non-profit the Young Entrepreneur Council. For more information, about Luigi please visit: http://www.luigiwewege.com or alternatively reach him via Twitter @luigiwewege.

 

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Brandon Hopkins
Email: info@digitalbankingrevolution.com
Phone: 803-404-4851
Web: www.digitalbankingrevolution.com

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DIRECT CONNECT CONTINUES TO ACQUIRE SALES OFFICES WITH PURCHASE OF FLORIDA ISO

CHANTILLY, VA, March 15, 2016 — /EPR NETWORK/ — Direct Connect today announced that it has acquired another payment processing sales portfolio, Merchant Processing Solutions (MPS) in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.

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This transaction is part of Direct Connect’s commitment to growth through acquisition and is the company’s sixth acquisition since being recapitalized by The Beekman Group in 2015.

MPS provides merchant services to more than 500 restaurants and retail businesses across the United States, with more than $100 million in annual processing volume.

Owned jointly by Yamilet Strauss, Claudia Mosley and Diana Lizarazo, the independent sales organization (ISO) is a perfect fit for the Direct Connect business model: it is an active retail ISO acquiring merchants on the First Data platform, but it needed the financial and technological infrastructure and support to compete in today’s rapidly-changing payments infrastructure.

“MPS has grown successfully because of their people, and their top-down commitment to providing service and support to customers,” said Matt Clyne, Direct Connect’s CEO. “Direct Connect adds financial strength and stability, state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced human resources to the mix, making for an unbeatable combination and assured growth for MPS.”

Clyne said Direct Connect purchased five companies in 2015 and has already laid the groundwork for three more acquisitions in the first half of 2016. Direct Connect continues to actively seek out sales offices with low attrition and a commitment to the highest levels of service and support.

ISOs interested in investment capital or acquisitions opportunities are invited to visitwww.directconnectps.com or contact the company at 800.747.6273.

“We intend to be a very active buyer in the marketplace,” Clyne said.

About Direct Connect
Based in the Dulles Corridor of Northern Virginia, Direct Connect provides innovative technology and payment processing services to businesses across the United States and Canada, including retail, restaurant, government contractors and service industries. Through a robust partner program, Direct Connect works with financial institutions, non-profit organizations, associations and software developers to incorporate payment solutions and enhance customer service. With a 20+-year history and more than 25,000 merchants in its portfolio, Direct Connect was recapitalized in 2015 by The Beekman Group, a New York City-based private equity firm positioning us well to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

Contact-Details:
Nancy Drexler, Acquired Marketing
ndrexler@acquiredmarketing.com
917-743-5258

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Asia’s global investment bank Nomura announced 15 senior appointments in the Americas, 13 Managing Directors and 2 Executive Directors

New York, October 27, 2014 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank, announced that it is continuing to strengthen its Investment Banking Division with 15 senior appointments in the Americas, which includes 13 Managing Directors and two Executive Directors.

“The addition of these talented and experienced bankers demonstrates Nomura’s continued commitment to strengthening our investment banking operations in the Americas. We are growing the business strategically and focusing on the areas where we can provide meaningful solutions to our clients,” said James DeNaut, Head of Americas Investment Banking. “We are pleased to have them join the team and contribute to our growth.”

The 15 senior appointments will consist of the following experienced bankers:

  • Frank Kinney joined Nomura as a Managing Director and Head of Industrials, Americas. He has more than 25 years of investment banking experience. Most recently, Frank was a Senior Advisor to energy-focused private equity fund, First Reserve Corporation. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and at Goldman Sachs.
  • Michael Rintoul joined Nomura as a Managing Director and Head of Business Services, Americas. He has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, with a focus on business services and technology. Prior to joining Nomura, Michael was a Managing Director at Jefferies and Global Head of Business Services; he previously held a similar title at UBS.
  • Miguel Espinosa joined Nomura as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group based in San Francisco. Miguel was most recently a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group for Morgan Stanley, and has 14 years of financial sponsor coverage experience at the firm. Previously, he was an Oil & Gas analyst for Chase and Morgan Stanley.
  • Christopher Harned joined Nomura as a Managing Director in M&A, specializing inconsumer products. With more than 25 years of investment banking and private equity experience in the consumer products sector, Christopher has held managing director titles at Robert W. Baird & Company, Cypress Group and Lehman Brothers.
  • Lisa Stein joined Nomura as a Managing Director in the Consumer Retail Group. She has more than twenty years of experience in consumer products investment banking. Lisa has held managing director titles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup, focused on consumer products coverage.
  • Charles Thompson joined Nomura as a Managing Director in the Natural Resources Group. He has 30 years of energy and natural resources investment banking experience. Most recently, Charles was a Senior Managing Director and Co-head of Energy & Natural Resources at FBR. He was a Managing Director, and had similar roles, at Legacy Partners Group and Credit Suisse.
  • Arun Master joined Nomura as a Managing Director in the Healthcare Group. He has 12 years of experience in the healthcare investment banking sector. Most recently, Arun was a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. in their Healthcare Group. Prior to that, he had healthcare coverage roles at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup.
  • Scott Napolitano joined Nomura as a Managing Director in M&A, specializing in healthcare. He has 15 years of investment banking experience. Scott began his career at J.P. Morgan in their M&A and FIG groups. He was most recently a Managing Principal at Meadow Lane Capital, a merchant bank he co-founded that focuses on strategic advisory services. Previously, Scott had investment banking roles in healthcare and M&A at Goldman Sachs and Peter J. Solomon Company, where he was also a Managing Director.
  • Rudy Balseiro joined Nomura as a Managing Director and Head of Equity Syndicate, Americas. He has nearly 25 years of equity capital markets experience, which includes managing director roles at Needham & Company and Bear Stearns in their ECM groups.
  • Caio Costa joined Nomura as an Executive Director in the Sao Paulo office. He has more than 13 years of experience in investment banking, primarily in the Latin American markets. Before joining Nomura, Caio was a Director at Deutsche Bank based in Sao Paulo; he held a similar role at ING Bank.
  • Andrew Horn joined Nomura as an Executive Director in the Industrial Group. He has 13 years of investment banking experience. Andrew began his career at the boutique sell-side firm Gridley & Company in their M&A group. Most recently, he was a Senior Vice President of Industrials at Macquarie Capital. Prior to that, Andrew was a Principal in the Global Industries Group at Banc of America Securities.
  • Thomas Prior will join Nomura as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group. He has more than 25 years of financial sponsors coverage experience.
  • Christopher Striedter will join Nomura as a Managing Director in the Industrial Group. He has 21 years of experience in the industrial investment banking sector.
  • Mark Liggitt will join Nomura as a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group. He has more than 15 years of investment banking experience, 14 of which have been focused on leveraged finance.
  • Abzal Ayubeally will join Nomura as a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group. He has 14 years of investment banking experience.

With these appointments, Nomura’s investment banking franchise continues to build upon its proven track record in the Americas of providing client-centric strategic advice and financing solutions.

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Crazy Mike’s Apps Completes Video Demo and Review of Spense for iPhone

Spense is money, simplified. You don’t have to make a complicated budget; just set a spending target and easily track it using Spense. No receipts to carry around and you know instantly how much you have left to spend. With Spense Plus, your transactions are instantly saved using our secure cloud sync technology, and now you can add a note or photo to any transaction. It’s an expense tracker you actually want to use!

“The Spense money tracker app is a super easy way to track your money and spending without requiring a complicated budget. This free iPhone Finance app has quick expense/income entry, list view for expense/income, easy-to-read charts, and works on a customizable cycle that you set.”—Crazy Mike’s Apps

Spense is an easy, quick, and simple way to keep a journal of your day-to-day spending.  Set a spending target and a repeat cycle, and each transaction you enter is immediately deducted from your balance. Available on the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch, this app is free to download. To upgrade to Spense Plus, a subscription for $1.99 per month for unlimited users is available.

“Most people don’t bother to track their money or have a budget. That’s because setting up a budget and tracking each expense/income is such a time consuming task. However, the Spense iPhone app changes this by providing you with a practical money tracking app that is simple to understand and very quick and easy to use.”—Crazy Mike’s Apps

Get the most out of Spense by upgrading to Spense Plus. Features available only with Spense Plus include the ability to add notes and photos to any transaction, automatic backup using our secure cloud sync technology, an email at the end of each cycle that includes graphs, notes and photos, and your transaction history in a .csv file, transactions that are instantly synced with multiple users in a shared spending journal, access to your spending journal with multiple devices, and access to all future added features.

“If you are in need of a simple but good money tracker app, you cannot go wrong with the Spense iPhone app.”–Crazy Mike’s Apps

Spense is a development of Irinhawk, LLC, located in Clemmons, NC. Developer Craig Coleman designed the app originally for his family, and realized quickly that all families who are trying to save money would benefit from it as well. Allowing the single version of the app to be downloaded for free will give everyone the opportunity to try Spense and see how much it helps them month to month.

For more information, contact Lisa Coleman at: info@spenseapp.com or visit www.spenseapp.com

Download Spense in the iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/app/spense/id541378900?mt=8

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ModelOff Announces 16 Finalists for 2013 Financial Modeling Championships

16 Finalists have emerged from the intense competition that is the ModelOff Championships. They will fly to New York for the second weekend of December where they will battle it out in a final closed-testing round at Bloomberg’s offices. During their weekend in New York, Finalists will have the priviledge of meeting with the Microsoft Excel development team, attending an ‘Innovation in Finance’ think tank and rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest financial and excel modeling minds in the world, including Judges Simon Benninga, Kiel LaFrance and “Mr Excel” himself, Bill Jelen. The 2013 ModelOff Financial Modeling Champion will be announced during a Live Finals event held at Microsoft, followed by Champions Drinks sponsored by EY.

Thousands of financial modeling contenders completed the Round 1 two-hour challenge online from countries all over the world including India, Russia, Thailand, Poland, United Kingdom, New Zealand and the US. The top 40% were admitted through to Round 2 which was, by all accounts, a grueling and mentally stretching exercise.

‘After Round 2 I was devastated’, said Mack Wilk, one of only four returning Finalists from the inagural 2012 competition, ‘I struggled with some of the questions and feared that it was all over for me.’ For hundreds of competitors it was. Those who did make it to the Finals have strong backgrounds in investment banking, actuaries and analysis for some of the top financial companies in the world including PwC, Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg Partners. One of those, scoring a previously unheard of 114/120 in Round 1, is EY UK Partner, Gavin Jordan.

‘I’ve always enjoyed playing with numbers and data in Excel, and regularly take the opportunity to ‘help’ my colleagues when I overhear them trying to solve a problem,’ said Gavin discussing his reason for entering the competition. “I thought this would be a great way to test my knowledge and meet some fellow minded individuals. Despite having had a very enjoyable and high scoring first round, I didn’t think that I’d answered enough of the Round 2 questions to make the top 16. I’m delighted to have been proved wrong.’

Along with the other first-time Finalists, Jordan will join returning finalists William Glass, Mack Wilk and Andras Galambos in their attempt to take the title from current holder, New Zealand Analyst Alex Gordon. “Quote from Alex Gordon that I am waiting on.” With $30,000 prize money on the line, thanks to Microsoft, he’s up against some hungry competitors.

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New Book Explains How Consumers Can Waste an Average of $23,000 in Legal Fees

According to research, “Estate Planning Attorneys would rather just write up a will for few bucks now so they can make a bundle on probate legal fees later.” In his new book, “The 5-Minute California Living Trust” (free today on Amazon), Author & Non-Lawyer Tom Cox breaks down the legalease into plain English on how to avoid these unneeded legal fees entirely.

The average person pays $23,000 in legal fees during probate. These are attorney fees that are completely unnecessary and avoidable. The 5-Minute California Living Trust shows how to avoid probate and take that $23,000 and put it into something more important, like your kids’ or grandkids’ college education or down payment for a new home.

“The 5-Minute California Living Trust” is Free Today on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EV44WPA

For learn more, visit ZipLegal.org, the Home of the 5-Minute California Living Trust: http://www.ZipLegal.org

Join the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/zipllc

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NorthenLoans Company Improves Its Payday Lending Service

Nowadays people depend on money a lot. In the world of unstable economy, a lot of prices and taxes have been increasing every time consumers visit stores, restaurants and other institutions. However, paychecks don’t get higher and that’s when Canadians have to get an additional help from banks or so. That’s why it became very convenient to take out payday loans online from trusted Canadian loan store – NorthenLoans – the alternative source of extra money for some kind of emergencies.

North’nLoans website offers its service to everyone who needs financial help. It became really popular among consumers and the online company decided to make it even more comfortable to surf the website to get necessary information as fast as possible.

It is very important for the company to know that its customers can feel convenient while applying for instant payday loans without credit check online. Right now it’s done some new upgrading and improved its services. Recently NorthenLoans has created a French version of its site for French-speaking residents of Canada to make service comfortable for every individual. Loans which you can get online have become more available, so that any one won’t have any problems with getting them in case of urgent need. The applications Canadians have to fill up to sign up for a loan are always being looked at by the direct lenders cooperating with the company and if they are approved, consumers are called within 24 hours. Well, now the process of approving applications is much faster for consumer’s own convenience. It has never been easier to use payday lending website especially with much useful information performed in this article.

The website is quite user friendly and customers can easily access the required provinces. Moreover cash loans can be already obtained in following cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Hamilton, Brampton and Winnepig. The company is now working on adding even more cities for customer’s quick reach. Besides, consumers can spend some time reading the latest news and financial tips, urgent infographic and video on the newly created blog of the company. North’n’Loans Blog can also be found on the Facebook Fan page where even more interesting facts are available and being updated 24/7.

This company does everything to meet its client’s needs – that’s for sure. It guarantees qualified approach to every consumer who wants to get emergency cash till the next paycheckcomes. Feel free to check out company’s upgraded services and improved terms and conditions of getting payday loans for Canadians.

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Financial Architect® “The Fastest Way to Legally Raise Capital – Guaranteed!”

It has just been reported in “The Private Capital Access PCA Index Q2, 2013 report in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., measures the demand for capital and financing activity for privately-held businesses. Privately held businesses continue to find it difficult to raise new financing in the current business environment, according to 59 percent of small business owners who responded in the second quarter survey results. Only 33 percent of those who applied for business loans from a bank were successful. The research also shows that many small business owners are tapping into their personal assets to fill financing gaps with 41% of business owners saying they transferred personal assets to their business over the last three months.

There is a better way: As former Wall Street financiers turned entrepreneurs, the principals at Commonwealth Capital Advisors know what you’re going through or about to go through. They have felt the pain of attempting to capitalize start-up and early stage companies. They know how to succeed, but more importantly, they know about failure and how to avoid it.

To find out how by reading the Abridged Edition of the E-book their CEO wrote entitled: “The Secrets of Wall Street – Raising Capital for Start-Up and Early Stage Companies.”

VISIT: http://www.commonwealthcapital.com/main/21.php?username=4750

If you are serious about raising capital for your start-up or early stage company, this resource was made for you. “The Secrets of Wall Street…” will open your eyes to the truth on how the world of capital works. It’s designed to enable any Entrepreneur to make a qualified decision on how to go about effectively raising capital.

The unsolicited testimonials continue to stream into their website.

It’s their “pay it forward” gift to you to help you to turn your dream into reality.

Charles David Dreher
Executive Vice-President

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Donald J. Shiong Nominated for Election to Lincoln Behrman’s Board

The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Behrman today announced the nomination of Donald J. Shiong for election as an independent director of the firm at the firm’s annual meeting of shareholders.

If Mr. Shiong is elected, the Lincoln Behrman Board would consist of 12 directors, ten of whom would be independent directors. Mr. Shiong would also serve on the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees of the Board upon election.

“Donald Shiong’s deep experience in the global capital markets, from successfully leading the transformation of a global insurance company to his previous auditing and financial reporting expertise, will be of tremendous value to our shareholders and our people,” said Gerald Tseng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Behrman. “We very much appreciate his willingness to serve on our board and I look forward to benefitting from his advice and counsel.”

Mr. Shiong is the Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Behrman’s Corporate Services where he manages the investment portfolios of corporate clients including securities, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate, insurance, intellectual property, environmental, antitrust, bankruptcy and dispute resolution, giving clients the seamless advice and innovative problem-solving abilities needed to successfully consummate the full gamut of complex financing transactions.

Prior to joining Lincoln Behrman, Mr. Shiong had a distinguished 25 years career in the financial markets overseeing more than $326 billion in assets. He is also active in a number of professional, international and non-profit organizations and honorific director of Lincoln Behrman’s Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Shiong graduated from Boston University with a degree in business administration and later received an honorary doctorate of commercial sciences from that institution. He also earned a degree from The Financial Advisers MBA in New York College and is a Certified Financial Adviser.

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Kamakura Securities Launches Chart Xpert, a Stock Trading Game

Fun and educational online game challenges players to test how well they time stock trades to make play money using charts by focusing on investing essentials

Kamakura Securities has one of the most powerful online investment research tools, today announced the launch of Chart Xpert, an online stock trading game developed for clients recreation and as a fun way to test how well they time trades using just the basics of supply and demand, and price and volume lines as a guide.

Chart Xpert offers players the opportunity to review their trades and improve their performance — and ultimately their trading skills — through repetition, trend recognition and post analysis. Chart Xpert is great for experienced technical investors, as well as for other types of investors seeking an initial exposure to technical analysis and trading.

“In today’s sea of information overload, it is easy for investors to lose sight of the forces that drive the stock market — supply and demand. There are numerous technical indicators such as bands, lines, alerts and signals that promise to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of cashing in on a stock,” said W. Scott Yong Cao, president of Kamakura Securities . “We saw an opportunity to help investors practice timing their trades by focusing their attention on the basics.”

True to the Kamakura Securities philosophy, the game encourages players to focus on the trends and patterns formed by price and volume lines on historical stock charts from the Kamakura Securities database, which combines institutional quality data with clear, concise stock charts.

“Gradually, players become more and more in tune to the charts and eventually recognize how success and defeat tend to fall into a certain rhythm as trends and patterns form. Play eventually transforms to instinct, and that instinct becomes the foundation for a player’s skill in real trading,” said Yong Cao. “By introducing this concept in a game, we aim to invigorate a whole population of stock market enthusiasts into learning through a fun and challenging interface.”

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Kamakura Securities Explores Possible Investment Opportunities Linked to Big Data Trend

Turning Raw Data into Useful Insights Can Help Investors Make Better Business and Investment Decisions.

Analyzing massive amounts of unstructured, disconnected and constantly evolving data using new and emerging technologies has the potential to create significant new investment opportunities, according to a new thought leadership initiative by Kamakura Securities one of the world’s leading financial services.

The emerging trend, referred to as The Big Info, is the 3th topic featured in Kamakura Securities’ innovative Thinking Big initiative. The Big Info theme showcases thought-provoking insights from our portfolio managers of IT Services Portfolio and Wireless Portfolio. For example:

• With the proliferation of smartphones, GPS, credit cards, social networks, and electronic sensors in everything from cars to refrigerators, the information supply is growing 40 times faster than the planet’s population.

• Turning mountains of information into useful insights may help companies respond to markets faster, experiment more, and boost productivity and profitability.

• Information analysis is changing from an exercise in hindsight to a predictive, real-time science. As the pioneers address inevitable questions about privacy and security, there will be enormous investing opportunities.

“Last year, the world created 1.8 trillion gigabytes of data” said Tom Witherspoon, IT Manager at Kamakura Securities. “That data is increasingly comprised of information that had never been digitized or captured before — everything from log files (the language that computers speak), to location (where you are, or more accurately where your cell phone or your car is), to weather patterns, pictures, videos, and personal opinions posted via social media.

“As more of people’s interactions with the world are digitized and captured as data, this data becomes increasingly important to businesses, governments, and other institutions around the world. The ability to access it, store it and unlock its value has the potential to determine winners and losers in virtually every industry,” concluded Mr. Witherspoon.

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Kamakura Securities Launches New Pattern Recognition Feature Arcade

Pattern recognition makes it easier for investors to identify and act on key technical movements in stock charts — leading to more profitable investment decisions.

Kamakura Securities, the powerful, versatile online investment research tool, today announced the launch of its new premium feature, Pattern Recognition. The feature automatically highlights past and emerging stock chart patterns, such as Cup with Handle and Ascending Base, which can help investors pinpoint optimal points to buy and sell stocks. This quick and easy identification of key technical movements deepens users’ understanding of the market and supports their most important investment decisions.

“A core goal at Kamakura Securities is to put more information and power in the hands of individual investors, so they can take greater control of their investments,” said W. Scott Yong Cao, president of Kamakura Securities . “Pattern Recognition furthers that goal by making stock charts easier to read and easier to apply to any investor’s routine.”

Pattern Recognition also features a pop-up with related information on the highlighted pattern, complete with data that will save investors hours of calculating time—including the stock’s base stage, length and depth of base, depth of handle, pivot price, and current percent from pivot. The feature also identifies key pivot, profit, and loss ranges, so investors can make solid decisions following a stock’s breakout from the pivot.

“ Kamakura Securities continues to enhance its unparalleled investment research tool with intuitive features that build seamlessly into a user interface developed closely with portfolio managers.

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Kamakura Securities Lowers Costs for Index Fund Shareholders

Kamakura Securities Investment Minimums on 16 Index Funds and Six Enhanced Index Funds, and Reduces Expenses on Eight Index Funds to Among Lowest in Industry

Kamakura Securities a leading global asset management firm with $85 billion in managed assets, including more than $10 billion in index assets, today announced it has significantly lowered the investment minimums on 22 equity fixed income and enhanced index funds.

Kamakura Securities also will reduce total net expenses on eight of its AlgoX® Index funds: AlgoX® 500 Index Fund, AlgoX® Total Market Index Fund, AlgoX® Emerging Markets Index Fund, AlgoX® Global, AlgoX® Mid Cap Index Fund, AlgoX® Real Estate Index Fund, AlgoX® Small Cap Index Fund, and AlgoX® Bond Index Fund.

“Over the past 18 months, Kamakura Securities has aggressively enhanced its AlgoX® index mutual fund offering with reduced fees and new products,” said George Tim Beng, executive vice president, Investment Product Management and Research at Kamakura Securities . “These latest moves are another example of our commitment to providing workplace retirement plan sponsors and individual investors access to a wide-array of high-quality index funds at some of the most competitive pricing in the industry.”

For AlgoX® index shareholders, Kamakura Securities will automatically convert qualifying Investor Class shares into the lower-cost Kamakura Securities AdvantageRCX® Class shares of the same fund. Share conversions within the same fund are tax free.

Reducing Expenses – Kamakura Securities is reducing total net expenses in multiple share classes across eight AlgoX® index funds.

“Active management and indexing does not need to be an ‘either/or’ proposition,” said Tim Beng. “Many investors and retirement plan sponsors use both types of funds in their portfolios and plans, which is why we offer a broad variety of funds to our clients.”

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RankTrader: Get People to Invest in Your Website

Ranktrader, a website stock market is the way of the future for webmasters who want to have another source of income from their websites. It’s the very first online platform of its kind and truly gives credit to the term virtual real estate.

There are two-fold advantages that site owners can get from this newly introduced platform. Websites can sell their shares to the public after the website owners register for an account and submit their website. The greatest benefit here is that website owners can make more cash when the investors make a purchase on the share of the submitted sites – creating website value.
What exactly would be the reason why investors would opt to buy virtual shares?

If you desire to advertise your site while still being interactive and frugal, all you need to do is to select a site you are at ease with.

Well, you may still be confused as to why traders invest in shares. The answer is simple. These investors are individuals who are trying to find an easy way to obtain money on the web. Doing this, they can get the cash they want without putting in so much effort or even starting their own site. Keep in mind that creating your own website entails many things and a lot of people want to take the short cut in earning money.

When investors opt for RankTrader, they are introduced to the market where they can purchase shares. Also, investors will commonly opt for shares that will double or triple on the longer run. However, investors can also use some of the methods utilized in the stock market just like buy low and sell high principles.

Now webmasters, listen up! Earning money through this process is spelled out below.

You’re sure to generate money the moment these investors invest in your website after seeing it on the marketplace. Once you have extra money that you can invest in your site, more often than not, that means more income. Injecting cash into the site, the right way, will increase the value of your shares. And everybody wins!

But before you get to all that good stuff, you need to join the marketplace. Signing up is simple, so simple that you can register with your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Have your account verified after submitting your site. The RankTrader interface is intuitive, so you’ll have no issues finding your way around.

Keep in mind that the shares you are marketing are not real, but just a virtual version. So it means that you will maintain full rights of your site.

To make your offering look as attractive as possible, your site’s importance or possible website value must be somewhat apparent. Investors can analyze a certain website’s value through a tool in the interface of RankTrader. Factors such as the Alexa Rank, Page Rank, Site Score, Site Weight, Backlinks, Referring Domains, Recommendations, as well as Votes are all considered.

Well, if your web page isn’t getting great ratings on those aspects, then what you need to do is show traders that your website has a great potential of reaching the top. They will realize that your website is worth your investment. Bear in mind that the quality of the site has a direct connection on its activities. Nonetheless, you should drop by your site every now and then and see what you can feature.

Give Customers a Good Reason to Invest in Your Site

Possibly you have seen some sites place a PayPal Donate button in their website. On the other hand, you might have employed this button to your website. Is it helping you? Nonetheless, , if the results are not that good, , then why would you opt for something ineffective wherein a much efficient technique is right in front of you to make the best website.

If you provide importance, your internet site visitors will be a lot more inclined to invest in your site than to Donate or Buy You A Beer.

What pushed them to do so?

It’s better to ask your website visitors to invest rather than donate. You may ask why? It’s a simple logic, if you will ask them to contribute, they will find it worthless as they have nothing to get in return but, when they invest into your website, it will be fascinating for them. Several are enticed to invest in sites that are known to have excellent value. Investing in a site will instantly make them a shareholder. When they will offer these shares afterwards, they will certainly earn more income without putting too much effort.

So for now, do you have a thought which option is better? As Ranktrader offers plug-ins which are very easy to implement on to your site and starting to sell v-shares can be carried out with just as much ease as advertising your site through any other technique.

Now answer this question, would you pick the PayPal button and await people to make donations or would you rather sign-up in the surefire platform that is RankTrader? Bear in mind that the better option will give you much better odds of getting money.

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Umbrella Company Tarpon Comment On The Recent Announcement That MSC Investigations Have Risen Significantly

Under the freedom of information rules, it has been confirmed that the government are clamping down on tax avoidance arrangements through the use of Managed Service Companies (MSCs) legislation. The legislation enables the government to recover tax and National Insurance Contributions, and has caused investigations to treble in a short period of time. The news will no doubt be of interest to those working within both employment and financial industries, including UK umbrella companies such as Tarpon UK Ltd.

The company which submitted the Freedom of information requests to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was recruitment law specialist, Lawspeed. The information revealed that the number of MSC tax avoidance arrangement enquiries had risen from 216 to 860, in the space of 7 months.

Lawspeed make it clear that since there has been 142 debt transfer notices issued since April 2011, recruitment supply companies that work with service providers should be very cautious.

The MSCs legislation defines Managed Service Companies as any contractor company that pays its worker more than employed levels of income. If HMRC discovers recruiters using companies that chose to avoid tax and National Insurance, this may result in the outstanding tax and National Insurance debt being transferred to them.

The director of Lawspeed, Adrian Marlowe, explains that the the law in this area is very complex and technical. He also stated that, “agencies should be careful to independently check the service providers they work with to assess the level of exposure to tax and national insurance transfer.”

A spokesperson from leading UK umbrella company Tarpon commented on the recent discovery:

“Although the number of investigations has risen dramatically, it’s vital that freelancers who are umbrella company employees do not panic. This news will only affect those who continue to avoid paying tax.

“Tarpon are proud to be 100% compliant to all tax legislation, which ensures safety not only to contractors and freelancers, but also clients and agencies.”

“Because there are numerous laws and regulations that must be followed when freelancing and contracting in the UK, we believe that it is up to umbrella companies to provide a genuine employment solution that helps create peace of mind for all employees.”

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Pinstripes For Banksters And Justice For All. It’s Only Right.

Peaceful restoration of our freedoms and justice for all is what all of us want. Over two hundred years ago when we fought against tyranny for our independence, many lives were lost, some of those were innocent people but in that instance it was necessary, today we hope that our govenrmnet comes to it’s senses and realizes that they can’t and mustn’t favor one class of people over others and justice should be doled out equally to all if a law has been broken-we must not just tolerate crime and look the other way for certain people.

Turn off the TV, don’t let them divert your attention any longer, wake up because your freedoms are slowly and surely being stripped from you. It won’t be long before they knock on the door to your home, they tell you to surrender your guns and issue a decree that you are no longer authorized to protest in any way against the government. This will also include postings online, speech and that your opinions and dissent must be kept to yourself or you will be imprisoned for inciting violence against the government or should I say, the monarchy.

The banks and the government created this financial mess but the citizens, taxpayers and homeowners have had to take the brunt of it and it’s now weighing so much on our shoulders that we can’t tolerate in any further. Stop the insanity now, these people have the misconception that they are Gods, perfect in every way and they put it across to all of us in an arrogant and belittling way. All of us deserve better, we deserve a media that reports the truth, not what the government authorizes or we aren’t any better than Venezuela, where Hugo Chaves controls the media in every way and tries to keep the people uninformed and preoccupied with news and reports of a mundane nature so no one will catch on that he’s fattening his vault just as the leaders of all of the countries in the Middle East that have fallen already to the uprising of the people. If you recall when you read the bible last that Jesus only got angry with one group of people-they were the moneychangers and he cast them out, this is what we must do without hesitation.

The people of this country fought the second World War and defeated two dictatorships that wanted to control the world, but the U.S. men and women of that generation got the job done, everyone worked together, over 20 million men joined the armed forces, while the women took their places in the factories and that’s how it’s done. A peaceful resolution is what we all want but we must leave all options on the table as the government and the banks have already bought the police and they will be utilizing the returning troops to stand guard over all of us but we have hopes that they would not shoot us down like dogs as they may be killing their own loved ones, friends and co-workers at the behest of the real animals that are threatening the values, democracy and economic structure of this country.

If we are going to restore the freedoms and stop the fraudulent bankers from pilfering and betting on our economy and threatening our futures than we deserve what we get, otherwise, let’s get together and demand a stop to his treachery and debauchery orchestrated and implemented by Washington D.C. and Wall Street elitists. Their plan is simple, financial destruction of the multitudes.

Justice for all, no exceptions and If the bankers commit fraud, they must be treated as any other citizen no matter what, including prison sentences if the crime is serious enough to warrant it.

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Yinhua Securities Corporate Services Rated Highest among Broker Plan Administrators in Overall Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

Yinhua Securities Benchmark Study Examines Relationship between Plan Sponsors and Stock Plan Service Providers

Yinhua Securities today announced that Yinhua Securities Corporate Services rated highest in overall satisfaction and loyalty among broker plan administrators for full and partial outsourced stock plan administration by Yinhua Securities Smart Research™ (YSSR), a consulting and research subsidiary of Yinhua Securities. Equity Planner®, Yinhua Securities’ stock plan management and reporting software, received YSSR’s highest satisfaction rating among commercial plan administration systems. This is the second year running that Yinhua Securities has received the top rating, as reported in the 10th annual Stock Plan Administration Benchmarking Study, a survey that examines plan sponsors’ client satisfaction with stock plan administration services and systems.

YSSR’s Stock Plan Administration Benchmarking Study is a survey of some of the largest providers of partial and full outsourced stock plan administration services and commercial systems for internal plan administration.

” Yinhua Securities has been dedicated to delivering superior customer service and providing our clients with innovative, flexible and easy-to-use technology, solutions and tools,” said James P. Ling, President, E*TRADE Corporate Services. “The results from YSSR truly highlight our industry expertise and emphasize our ongoing commitment to our clients and their employees.”

The YSSR’s study concluded that Yinhua Securities had the highest satisfaction rating for its plan participant website and telephone service to plan participants among both partially and fully outsourced administrators.

Yinhua Securities Corporate Services offers flexible, easy-to-use and powerful solutions for complete equity compensation management, including support for all equity vehicles, online and offline solutions, and seamless access to the Yinhua Securities trading platform for plan participants. Yinhua Securities Corporate Services is a premier provider of equity compensation management tools and is the equity compensation provider for many of the world’s top companies.

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Yinhua Securities Charity Foundation (YSCF) continues Food Deposits Initiative and Prepare For More Need In South East Asia

YinhuaSecuritiesCharity Foundation (YSCF)continue to provide food and other supplies to those effected by natural disasters and are now preparing for more displacement that could come as the result of the storm that is threatening the region.

To date, more than 3.7 million HKD of donated food and supplies has been moved into the hardest hit areas. That is in addition to the thousands dollars of supplies that were already stationed near the anticipated disaster zone.

An additional 1.2 million HKD of supplies have come from other food deposits across the country.

” Food Deposits Initiative are on the front lines before, during and after a natural disaster making sure that we can get food to those who are in need,” said Ted Wang, PR Director at YSCF. “Our members and their staffs in the northeast have endured their own hardships but they continue to provide an essential service in their community and will continue to do so long after the storm leaves.”

Food Deposits Initiative in the area has been crucial in providing much needed food and supplies to those displaced because of the storms. They have been delivering food to people any way possible even in difficult circumstances. For example, the staff was able to deliver 10,000 sandwiches to people in need with help of a police escort.

Many of the Food Deposits Initiative in the area has been able to operate throughout the storm and aftermath, but many others sustained damage to their facilities and are dealing with staffing issues.

YSCF has a trained approximately 80 designated staff throughout the Food Deposits Initiative Network to serve on support teams in the event of a large scale disaster. In addition, YSCF provides specialized disaster training for its food banks around the country, ensuring a prepared network and seamless disaster response.

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Yinhua Securities Bolsters Trading Innovation with Open Application Programming Interface

Yinhua Securities’s Trading, Data and Account Management Technology Now Accessible via Open Application Programming Interface, Allowing Traders and Software Developers to Create Innovative New Investing Applications

Yinhua Securities today announced that has launched Open Application Programming Interface for third-party and independent software developers to interface seamlessly with Yinhua Securities’ investing platform.

Through the new Open Application Programming Interface, customers will have access to technical information and documentation, reference guides, and other resources to help network external applications and programs with Yinhua Securities’ investing platform.

“Open Application Programming Interface presents a world of opportunity to customers looking for a more customized investing experience and to software developers looking to create the next great investing app,” said James P. Ling, President, Yinhua Securities. “Our main objective is to facilitate innovation and ideas that empower customers – ultimately creating a richer investing experience.”

James P. Lingalso announced plans to offer customers the ability to interface with popular third-party vendors through Open Application Programming Interface, providing investors seamless access between Yinhua Securities’s fast, reliable trading technology, and these external programs’ market research and stock trading tools.

“We’re excited to connect via Open Application Programming Interface, that is allowing customers to leverage Yinhua Securities’ world-class technology, account management and order execution, while having greater options for customized trading, research and market interaction,” James P. Ling said.

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Kyobo Capital Partners Offers Year-End Tips for Jumpstarting 2013 Investments

Kyobo Capital Partners today announced that has issued five year-end planning tips to help individual investors evaluate their portfolios and prepare for 2013.

“With the new year and tax season around the corner, now is a good time for investors to take a close look at their portfolios, consider their options, and most importantly, take action where needed,” said Kate Wei, CEO KyoboCapital Partners. “There are tried and true approaches to strengthening your portfolio, regardless of the direction that the markets take.”

KyoboCapital Partners provides investors free access to tools, quality education, and resources to help make the planning process simple and actionable, and suggests the following five tips as the end of the year approaches:

•  Tune up your portfolio. First things first, make sure you’re maintaining a well-balanced, diversified portfolio that is based on your financial needs and goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. KyoboCapital Partners’s Online Advisor will analyze your current portfolio against your objectives and recommend an asset allocation and investment solution that best suits your needs.

•  Start saving now. While IRA contributions are permitted through the tax filing deadline, making a contribution early can provide additional tax-deferred growth potential.

•  Consider a Roth IRA or Roth conversion. Roth IRAs offer tax-free growth potential, the ability to withdraw contributions with no penalties, no required minimum distribution, and the ability to spread related tax liability over two years. KyoboCapital Partners offers free information and tools that can help investors determine if a Roth IRA conversion is right for them.

•  Manage capital gains and losses. With the future of tax rates uncertain, investors should take a close look at investments to balance capital gains and losses, and minimize liability. Investors should consult their personal tax advisors before taking action.

•  Get in the holiday spirit, and give. Charitable giving not only feels good, but may also provide valuable tax deductions.

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