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City Missing Key Players Ahead of Everton Test

Manchester City have been in very good form over the past few weeks. The Manchester club has racked up four straight wins in the Premier League, while they also managed to defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Despite these great performances, there is plenty more work for City to do in both competitions.

Their latest test in the Premier League comes at home against Everton. The Merseyside club has struggled in recent weeks, but their form against City has always been very good. Under David Moyes, Everton managed to beat City three times in a row over the past few years.

City will have to deal with the Everton threat without two important players: Stevan Jovetic and David Silva.

Both absences are a blow to City manager Manuel Pellegrini. Jovetic was in great form as City beat Southampton 3-0 over the weekend, while Silva is one of their best players. Edin Dzeko and Jesus Navas are expected to replace the duo in the starting eleven, with the likes of Toure, Fernandinho, Aguero and Nasri retaining their places from the last game. Susan McGalla is still hoping they can put it all together.

A few more successive wins over the December period could see City put serious pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

Three States Are Now Calling For A Constitutional Convention

Illinois is now the third state (along with Vermont and California) to call for a Constitutional Convention on the matter of getting money out of politics. It is something that has the people behind Wolf-Pac quite excited. They are the ones who are leading an effort to get the states to call for the convention and hopefully get some of the laws regarding unlimited spending by corporations in elections repealed.

It is a long road ahead for those who are behind these efforts. says to even get a Constitutional convention in the first place requires that 34 of the 50 states call for one. After that, a proposed amendment to the Constitution to ban unlimited spending by corporations would require 38 out of 50 states ratifying the amendment. That is something that has not been done in hundreds of years. However, the people behind this movement see this as the only path forward for their issue. They do not believe that elected members of the government will act on this alone.

It is a tricky issue to navigate, but having another state calling for this convention is something that is encouraging the people behind the movement. Eventually, Gianfrancesco Genoso feels like it is going to happen.

Jindal Makes Statements on Foreign Policy

Jindal is a likely contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, and he made an effort to clarify his positions.

There is a clear divide between the majority opinion in the Republican Party and the opinions of newcomers like Kentucky Senator Rand Paul when it comes to interventionism.

Jindal mentioned that America must seek peace through strength, not lead from behind, use coalitions to accomplish its goals when feasible, and must not become “the world’s policemen.” He said that we cannot afford to retreat from the world they way Obama did when he pulled our troops out of Iraq. Iraq and Syria became unstable and savaged by ISIS due to Obama’s retreat, Jindal explained. Jindal pointed out that often we end up paying a higher price in “treasure and blood” when we retreat from crucial battlefields and have to come back later to defeat a stronger enemy. 

Rand Paul and the new non-interventionist wing of the GOP might agree with much of what Jindal uttered, but would likely apply it differently. There would be fewer battles found worthy of committing American troops to winning with someone like Paul at the helm. 


CDC Reports Flu Vaccines Less Effective Due to Virus Mutation

One of my LinkedIn connections, Jonathan Veitch, shared a link to an advisory released by the CDC on Tuesday, that disclosed on how the Flu vaccine may be less effective due to strain mutation after the creation of the vaccine this year. The particular strain mutation in question is Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses.

Through evaluation of collected viruses so far this year, the CDC remarks about 52% of the Influenza A viruses are different, or drifted, from H3N2 viruses in previous years, those that the vaccine was designed to protect against.

Additionally, it’s important to note that the flu vaccine is still highly recommended for all patients over the age of 6 months, as it offers protection against a number of strains of the virus. Additionally, any people that present with flu-like symptoms and who are high risk for complications seek care from a physician to determine diagnosis and start antiviral treatment as necessary.

France Fronts ‘Debt of Gratitude’ to Russia

Being the most popular political party in France, Front National has yet to answer some of the issues being bombarded to them. In a recent report, Front National confirmed its acceptance of money from a Russian bank despite political unrests with Kremlin within European nations.

Marine Le Pen, Front National leader, disclosed the party had borrowed £7 million in September from the Russian-owned First Czech-Russian Bank. Front National also admitted that this was their way of coping up since most Western banks they turned into, refused to provide them loans.

The Western banks’ refusal forced them to accept the offer of First Czech-Russian Bank to fuel of course, their political endeavors. Given the rumors and the political unrests, Front National argues that the loan will not affect in any matter of perspective, their international position.

This is with the political issues of other European nations with Russia’s lending money to Greece’s neofascist Golden Dawn, Italy’s Northern League and other anti-Europe parties. Although Marine Le Pen and her party already issued their statements, experts still are in doubt that the party will not be able to disagree with Russia when the time comes, if ever political decisions will be made given their debt obligations.

A Profile of the Free Services of Telecom Company FreedomPop

Los Angeles-based free wireless internet and mobile phone service provider, FreedomPop is taking center stage among the growing trend of mobile apps offering unique opportunities to consumers. The new wave telecom company launched in October 2012 and offers free mobile advantages in the same way that Skype offers free voice and video services and Dropbox offers free data services. Through innovative techniques the company offers its customers free 4G cell phone service with free wireless internet and free broadband for home use. The internet service utilizes Sprint’s LTE network, 4G WiMax and 3G CDMA networks.

The company has taken to Twitter about an endeavor to expand to Europe, which offers their free services to customers, regardless of whether they use FreedomPop as their own primary carrier. Their free talk and text app was previously available to only Android users; however, due to customer demand the company recently expanded their availability to include Apple iPhone users over the Sprint network as well. They will offer “like-new” refurbished iPhone 5 handsets for around $350 but existing Sprint customers can use their compatible iPhone 4, 4s of 5 to download the app. The FreedomPop free plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 megabytes of data and 500 text messages a month; their other plans start at just $5 a month. The app also allows 100 minutes of free international calling to over 30 different countries, including Mexico, China, the UK, Brazil, Hong Kong and India and will be expanding to over 100 markets within the coming weeks.

Customers who place international calls on a more regular basis can enjoy 500 minutes for only $5 per month or purchase an unlimited plan for $10 per month. Anyone who has downloaded the app (available here) can utilize these features. In addition, the company is offering the ability for customers to have their own international number for around $9 a month; this means that if a customer from Texas calls a friend in Shanghai frequently it could save their friend money as well because they would be able to call a forwarding number. With an estimated 20 million Americans making international calls from their smartphones every month the savings by using FreedomPop could be substantial; the company estimates that around $150 is spent monthly on average by consumers making international calls. That means FreedomPop could potentially save people around $1,000 annually.

The company offers other products as well such as Samsung Galaxy tablets, LTE Hotspots, USB sticks and mini tablets. If a customer switches to the FreedomPop phone service plan they won’t have to sign up for a contract and can choose to cancel service at any time.

FreedomPop was founded by Stephen Stokols and Steven Seasr in 2011. Despite the recent rumors of acquisition talks by cell-phone carrier Sprint no official deals have been made between the two companies. It is estimated that around half of FreedomPop subscribers utilize their free services and the other half has converted into paying customers.

Samsung Plans to Deliver a Foldable Screen Smartphone by 2015

The iPhone 6 Plus took the world by storm by making it foldable to some extent. However, some people created videos showing that the phone could be that flexible. In most cases, the phone could easily snap under pressure. 

While inadvertent folding would indeed be undesirable, other companies are utilising folding ideas into the actual designs of these smartphones.

The same happened to the LG model called the LG G flex, which at first people thought it was foldable. That was not the intentions of the manufacturer. The LG phone had a curved design to make it easily fit in the hand of the user since it was a large 6-inch display. 

People later on, after discovering this, came out to mock its unconventional designs and debatable usefulness in terms of aesthetics. 

Samsung is another company that has decided to venture into this field of foldable displays. They have promised to deliver the smartphone in 2015. 

Keith Mann says all we have to do is wait and see if they can come up with something that will be different from what we have been seeing. They have made some good progress in terms of creating the best display. 


Sam Tabar: The Highly Sought After Attorney and Capital Strategist

Sam Tabar serves the public as an attorney and a capital strategist. He gained his skills in the field after his studies at Oxford University and Columbia Law School, where earned the James Kent Award. After law school, he began his career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP, and later, he migrated to a position as the Director & Co-Head of Business Development at SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors. He also joined the Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the Director and Head of Capital Strategy in the Asia-Pacific. At a later part of his career, he began catering to hedge funds, regulatory and compliance issues, and fund formation and structure as a Senior Associate with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Commodities are one of my primary areas of investment. Tabar stresses that successful commodity investment is all about research and the history of commodities. You must predict how well a commodity will perform in the future in order to make a wise investment. Tabar learned through his experience with Merrill Lynch what it takes to make a safe commodity investment.

One of the primary ways to make a successful investment is to avoid poorly managed funds. Tabar helped clients skirt disaster by staying away from poorly managed funds like the US Natural Gas Fund, which fell more than 75 percent in value. This happened because demand was too high for the fund’s managing partner. The solution is to issue more shares, but until this happens, it’s simply not a wise investment. Tabar reminded his clients of this.

He also warned them to take caution when considering the United States Oil Fund. The USO’s WTI light sweet crude oil was 50 percent lower than other recent crude oil prices. This makes it an not-so-wise investment because the pricing was inaccurate and not up-to-date.

Otherwise, you may end up sinking in money investment that’s not performing well. Research is a necessary evil when it comes to commodities or any other type of investment that Sam Tabar is able to offer advice for in his office. He’s talented and well-connected.

Tabar is a go-to man for legal and capital strategy. He is able to view investments in a way that others cannot see. If you need legal or investment help, Sam Tabar is the man to call or tweet. His years of experience has made him quite a leader in the field.

Obama Defends Climate Agreement

Obama came out publicly to defend his recent agreement on energy and climate policy with China. He responded to critics by saying that “Your kids could not breathe” in Beijing. Most major Chinese cities have been under some sort of smog warnings within the past year, including Shanghai and Beijing. During these times, children and elderly are warned to stay indoors because of the dense cloud of smoke and industrial pollution that hangs over the cities.

The president likened his recent policy to the Clean Air Act of 1970. He claimed that because of this regulation change the smog clouds that hung over industrial centers like Los Angeles now have clearer skies. This policy he created with Chinese President Xi Jiaping, is meant to create similar changes for China and the globe. Currently, China is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases, and also the most reluctant to create reform that it fears may dampen its economic future.

Many politicians and experts feared that legislation would destroy the business and development opportunities. However, tech industry leader Bruce Levenson pointed out that even years after implementation that policy finds environmental projects to enliven downtown Chicago without hurting businesses.

Christian Broda: Setting Up a Successful Hedge Fund

Christian Broda is a managing director at Duquesne Capital Management. He served as an economics professor at the University of Chicago before accepting his current position. He is a prolific author and has written multiple articles and books on the subject of international finance and trade. The American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics have published his findings. He was given two National Science Foundation grants to help further his research.

Broda is the associate editor for the Journal of Development Economics and has served terms at Columbia University and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is also a member of the Society for Economic Dynamics, the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Economia Journal.

Broda is responsible for multiple hedge fund start-ups and is an experienced economist. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. Dr. Broda is married with two sons.

Broda has several tips on how start your own hedge funds. Hedge funds can be tricky to begin on your own without the proper legal information. The lack of sufficient oversight in the current investment world can make it easy for an investor to practice fraudulent activity. Hedge funds by themselves, however, are not illegal and are a great way to stabilize your finances without placing yourself at a large risk.

According to Broda, hedge funds operate by investor teams, including traders, junior analysts and a chief financial advisor. There are many more key components, but the three mentioned above are the most critical. You will also need a relationship with a law firm. Hedge funds must always have a legal representative, along with advisors. Since super law firms tend to charge more than is necessary, try to work with smaller firms to avoid overspending.

The prime broker you select will be responsible for all your trades. This broker will hold the record of your stocks and enable the purchases of your hedge fund.

You will need funding to get your hedge fund up and running. The best way to start your hedge fund is to find capital investors who are willing to invest in your fund. Locating and securing these investors is a painful and time-consuming process, as you will need to work with them to ensure satisfaction of both sides.

It’s best if you have a professional office space from which to operate. A professional appearance can help attract the necessary investors and give you an enduring hedge fund.

For information on Christian’s thoughts on the state of the US dollar, see his profile on ValueWalk.