The Internet has changed the way people across the planet live their lives, whether in the way we receive our news or how we look to learn about the campaigns and causes that affect the lives of people in far flung regions of the world. The Avaaz group has become one of the world’s leading activism organizations with its basis in the Online realm that has been developed to allow a global group of members to influence the political and human rights landscape across the planet; Avaaz has achieved much after only being established in year 2007 and has allowed Online membership to grow from a grassroots campaigning group to have more than 44 million members globally.
The founding members of Avaaz come from a range of different backgrounds, and include a former U.S. Congressman, a British academic, and an Australian entrepreneur. The global outlook of Avaaz is reflected in the name of the group that has been translated into a number of languages, including Persian to provide English translations meaning either voice or song as the organization is hoping to develop a voice for those who are in need of their assistance.
Despite only having a short history, Avaaz has become one of the most successful human rights and social justice campaigning groups on the planet with a focus on petitions and email campaigns; respected news media, such as “The Guardian” have praised Avaaz for allowing people from different areas to learn about the problems of people due to poverty and human rights abuses taking place in many supposedly democratic countries. Avaaz has also become a key player in the protection of the environment as members have chosen to fight to combat the rise of plastics in the oceans that are on course to outnumber fish by the year 2050.
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For years, Warren Buffett has been regarded as one of the most popular investors. People take his advice on investments fund because he knows what he is talking about and he is successful at investing. While Warren Buffett has come up with some great investment strategies, his latest strategy for switching retirements over index funds might not be the best advice for everyone who is a part of the economy. It will work for a short period of time but it will not work for everyone who does this with their retirement. Tim Armour, who has experience working with people who are retiring or who are close to retiring, warns people that this strategy could cause them to lose a huge portion of their retirement investment fund. He wants everyone to know that it might be a bad idea and that choosing to go that path could cause them to lose a lot of money in the long run.
Tim Armour worked with the Capital Group for many years. In the financial world, he has over 34 years of experience and has been providing people with advice for that long. He is confident in his skills and knows the right way to be able to help people get the best successful investment advice possible. Tim Armour has worked hard to become a financial expert. While he may not be as popular or rich as Warren Buffett, he is able to connect with average Americans about the investments that they can make to improve their own lives.
Since Tim Armour has been working with the Capital Group, he has helped the company to grow. In less than 30 years, he has grown up with the company and made huge strides during that time. Now that he is the CEO and one of the chairmen, he is making some major changes that will make things even better for Capital’s clients. He wants to show people that there will be better options and opportunities that the company is going to offer in the future. The Los Angeles-based investment firm is going to continue to get even better.
Alexandre Gama is a prominent Brazilian businessman mainly in the advertising and media. He was born in 1958 in Rio de Janeiro. Gama is a graduate of Fundacao Alvares Foundation in Advertising and Propaganda. He is the CEO and founder of Neogama, a Brazilian advertising agency which he founded in 1999. In 2002 Neogama merged with BBH becoming Neogama/BBH whereby Neogama retained the majority stake in the resulting company.
According to Wikipedia, Mr. Gama has worked for many other companies before founding Neogama. He began his advertising career in 1982 as a writer at Standart Ogilvy. He then moved to DM9 where he worked for four years as a copywriter. Mr. Gama has also worked for AlmapBBDO as its vice president of creation and as the president and CCO of Young & Rubicam.
While working at BBH as the Chief Creative Officer, he became the first Brazilian to be recognized globally in the communication sector. He is also the only Brazilian among Global Creative Board which comprises of six creative individuals from Publicis Groupe Company.
In 2008 he was awarded a master class recognition becoming the first Latin American to attain such a prize. He was also appointed as the Board member of Brazilian Association of Advertising Agencies in 2012, which is responsible for defending the rights of communication industry stakeholders.
In 2014, he founded VIOLAB, a project comprising of studio, radio program, and Youtube channel. In the same year, he partnered with Briggs Automotive Company, a sports car manufacturing company.
James Dondero who is the co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Capital Management is a man respected for speculating on investment by relying on market insightful analysis of the dynamics of the market. By studying the international trends, he can identify areas that have the greatest investment opportunities for different industry needs. The company known as Highland Capital Management which he co-founded with Mark Okada in 1993 has a collateral loan obligation tool as the basis of its strength. By conservative estimates, the asset portfolio of the company is currently around $15 billion. The types of investments that James Dondero makes are like a mind-puzzle because of the role his company plays as a source of alternative credit management for various global organizations, and during the last one year, the company has registered a growth of about 29.6% through is the captive arm the Highland Capital Advisor Fund. Whereas other credit funds have over 400 Securities, Capital has just about 200.
The Argentinian debt crisis that started in 2012 contributed a lot to the rise of Highland Capital as a provider of security guarantees to businesses that were exposed to credit risks and unstable market conditions. The strategic focus of James’ Dondero’s team was on the abundant natural resources which they accurately predicted would help the country come out of the debt crisis. They went ahead and carried out extensive research and analysis about how the funds could be used to rescue the country out of the financial crisis. Fortunately, the research was right, and by 2014, James Dondero made the country’s resources about 24% of the fund’s assets, and the local currency appreciated against the dollar after the general elections. The country also benefited from the activities of James Dondero, but he also profited from the work done by Vista Energy.
In 1993 the Highland Capital was conceived from collaboration between Okada, James Dondero, and an insurance firm. They started by providing alternative funding sources and credit guarantees before expanding into other areas of the investment industry, and in the year 2000, the company floated its initial alternative loan fund. Apart from investments, James Dondero is also keen on the humanitarian mission, and the best known is Reasoning Minds which sponsors curriculum based on technology. He acquired a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Virginia.
It is paramount for financial advisors to talk about the social security issue with their clients. However, not many or at least the largest percentage don’t talk about the issue. Nationwide president, David Giertz says that according to a survey conducted by Nationwide Retirement Institute, it showed that most advisors didn’t talk about the issue of social security to their clients. He stated that from a consultants’ perspective it’s necessary to ensure that customers are aware of the social-security benefits and when to begin on soundcloud.com. Additionally, David said that four out of five individuals stated that they would likely change their adviser if he/she didn’t mention or talk about the issue of social security.
When asked his opinions on the reason the advisors kept away from the topic, Giertz attributed it to its complexity. 2700 rules govern the issue of social security, and hence it becomes difficult to comprehend. Therefore, having confidence in the topic becomes hard for the advisors. However, understanding social security matters, according to Dave Giertz, is important when it comes to the retirement process. The social security on Bloomberg takes up almost 40 percent of the retirement income. Additionally, to optimize the retirement income, the social security piece should get understood.
The Issue of social security is necessary. One advisor who helps clients on developing retirement plans is David Giertz. David Giertz serves as the head of Nationwide Financial. Through this company, he develops strategies and distributes retirement plans, life insurance among many others to the private sector. Giertz brings to the company 30 years of experience in the financial service industry. Dave holds several positions among them being on the board at Millikin University. He is a graduate of Millikin University and holds an MBA from the University of Miami.
Dick and Betsy DeVos are among the richest philanthropists in the U.S. The family’s combined fortune is worth several billions. Dick DeVos learned at a young age about the value of helping others. His father, Richard DeVos Sr., is the co-founder of Amway Products. He taught Dick the value of hard work and paying it forward.
The DeVoses, also Republican heavyweights and staunch supporters of charter schools, have a foundation devoted to charitable causes. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation has given away billions of dollars to help a number of conservative initiatives in the state of Michigan and beyond. While there was some scrutiny surrounding the couple’s vast fortune, recently appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, had no issues with revealing what her foundation does.
In 2015, the couple donated nearly $12 million for educational causes alone. Dick DeVos says not only Michigan but the entire U.S. is in the midst of an educational crisis that affects children from all backgrounds. DeVos is very concerned about children from impoverished backgrounds and their access to a good and fair education.
While the lion’s share of the family contributions go towards education, the family also contributes to the arts and gentrification causes in Michigan. Betsy DeVos says she has no problem with opening the books regarding her foundation’s appropriation of funds. “The parents and kids in this city know that we have their best interests at heart,” said DeVos. The couple insist they take pride in writing checks for individuals needing a hand up.
Both DeVos and Prince come from wealthy backgrounds. But they haven’t let their lifestyle of privilege blind them from helping others. The DeVoses say they will continue to foster leadership development and doing the right thing for children in Michigan. DeVos has a charter school named after him that helps children with dreams of becoming a pilot.