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Collaborative Investing in Local Clusters Leads to Economic Development

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Group investment is not a novel idea but can be significant in developing stronger local growth models . A “ hot ” market is one that draws substantial investment interest that encourages growth among market relevant businesses . Pack investing offers opportunities to create multiple points of capital infusion that lead to the growth of a battery of related companies . Companies do not work in a vacuum and rely on different local stakeholders to feed the building of their business . They need resources , human capital , science , facilities , suppliers, partners , and customers to develop momentum . If they lack the right environment , their business is doomed to failure before it gets started . Pack investing offers the opportunity to take a local core competency with a solid industry base and infuse large amounts of capital at various points to encourage mutual growth . Multiple investors may

Poll Shows Investors are Optimistic in 2014-Can We Find a Place for Their Money?

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A Morgan Stanley poll of high net worth individuals found that 88% of investors are optimistic about their future economic prospects. High net worth individuals are people 25-75 with at least 100K in investable assets. A third of these individuals have at least a million dollars of investment assets and can significantly impact national economic growth if they believe that investing today will earn them higher rates of return in the short, medium, and long-term future.   Investors are expecting a positive investment environment over the next year. Eighty-eight (88%) believe their worth will rise, 84% believe their investment portfolios will stay the same or improve, and 70% envision a better investment climate. This optimism pushes the belief that investment prospects are growing and a few gold nuggets provide for higher growth sectors. Positive impressions are persisting despite some looming problems in the governance and the geo-political issues of our times. A total o

Book Review: Buffett: the making of an American Capitalist

Rarely do we get a glimpse of the life of the successful and famous.   To many in the business world Warren Buffett is more like a god than a man. In his book Buffett: the making of an American Capitalist you won’t be receiving insider investment tips but you will come to know a little of the man that has been an inspiration to business students and investment gurus for a number of decades. You will learn what made him the man he is today. Sometimes, it is those little things in life that put on us on unique paths. Of particular interest is the information about Buffett’s life and his formation as a leading investor. He started as an odd but liked child who seemed more like a fish out of water than the confident billionaire he is today. A little socially awkward people came to accept him as he was. He watched the stocks while other boys made modeled airplanes. A boy who loved to play sports, talk of financial success, and attract other boys to him.  He loved to read and a

Fitch Ratings Report Suggests Independent Economic Growth

Fitch Ratings released a report entitle Mapping a Subpar Economic Recovery: What Can History Tell Us? that details the differences in historical economic recovery and growth.   They analyzed various recoveries in countries like Germany, U.S., U.K, and Japan and found similar trends that define these recoveries. Many of the eras of recovery saw the wealth effect, lower inflation and interest rates, higher government spending, new technology, changing consumer preferences, global competitiveness, trading relationships and currency effects. Today’s recovery has some unique differences that challenge basic economic assumptions.  Interest rates are at historic lows and have been for some time. It is not believed that continued low interest rates will add much more to the economy. The same can be said of the stimulus policy. Each of these naturally has an influence on growth but can become increasingly burdensome after their initial shock impact.   Exports often rise during a r