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Thursday, 29 August 2013

How disruptive is your Investment Model?

I am Ziad K. Abdelnour and I am often asked what are the key industries that are positioned to be today the most disruptive ones out there and which we at Blackhawk Partners would be very keen on taking a real close look at.

So I thought of sharing some of them with you in the hope of catching your attention and sharing feedback.

1. Natural Gas:

I believe Natural gas is still in the very early stages of general adoption, and that there is a huge potential in the making in here ... at least to become a more self sufficient energy focused nation. Though natural gas engines currently comprise 3 percent of truck engines, I predict that penetration will rise to 10 or 15 percent by 2020--allowing investors to capitalize on "niche truck and bus applications."

2. Software Defined Networking (SDN):

Cloud computing has clearly wreaked havoc on the traditional PC-centric hardware and software model. I think this is just the beginning as I believe the cloud model is likely to disrupt digital networking in a major way. The size of the market: $51 billion. Offsetting the likely declines and commoditization of the hardware, I expect to see the emergence of a new networking software segment, though it is too early to size it given we’re still in the stage of nascent start-up activity.

3. 3D Printing:

What makes 3D printing so special--besides the fact that it allows users to print anything from machine parts to gun parts--is the medium's customizable nature. 3D printing currently makes up a $2.2 billion market--with forecasts for a compound annual growth rate of 23 percent. But there's something else to consider: The 3D printing industry operates within the design-to-manufacture value chain, which by some estimates is a $30 billion opportunity.

4. Big Data:

Social networks, blogs, email platforms and web browsers are all generating humongous quantities of data, and it needs to be stored somewhere. That's great news for the companies that currently make up Big Data's $11 billion market. And there's even better news for entrepreneurs still hoping to break in. The industry has a projected compound annual growth of 32 percent over the next five years. Without a doubt plenty of opportunities to capitalize on in the space.

5. Cancer Immunotherapy:

Immunotherapy drugs work differently than those used in chemotherapy or targeted therapy by stimulating the body's immune system to enhance or restore a natural attack on cancer cells. In addition to the obvious medical benefits, I believe the new drugs to tap into a multi-billion dollar market.

These are by no means investment recommendations but some general thoughts as to where I believe the most disruptive industries lie ahead of us.

 Share your thoughts

Thank you very much.

                                                                                Ziad K Abdelnour

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Get Ahead in Life real fast and save you lots of Time, Money

I am Ziad K Abdelnour and I crack up when I see so many rookies in the business world today trying to make deals happen having no clue how to go about it.

So they go on relying on bigger idiots who are totally inept at even understanding a deal and you have the recipe for disaster.

Having done more deals in more businesses than I can count, I’ve got a few simple rules that have saved me tons of money, helped me dodge more than a few bullets, and added a few years to my life.

Here are some real productive tips that should help you get ahead in life real fast and save you lots of time, money and dashed expectations.

1. Never respond to anyone who sends you a transaction of any sort by Email without sharing his full contact info in the body of his Email. Someone who doesn’t present himself properly to you right from the start does not deserve any attention.

2. Never bother with transactions that have been mass mailed to an infinite audience and without being addressed to you personally. Shows the sender lacks all consideration of your investment/trading criteria and has not done any homework about your wants and needs. Just looking to fill in a slot for his transaction or arrange a meeting for his boss.

3. If the guy who can say “yes” and/or sign the check isn’t part of the discussion, you’re wasting your time. Too many little monkeys and paper pushers can say “no”, but only the real decision-makers get to say yes.

4. By and large, deals don’t get better or sweeter over time. If you don’t like something about the deal right at the outset, or you’re uncomfortable with the people or the process, it’s only going to get worse over time.

5. When you’re negotiating the deal, don’t confuse silence or good manners with acceptance or agreement. It’s better to bag the deal now than it is to bury fundamental issues or differences and leave them to blow up later. Only the “slimy lawyers” and their litigators benefit from leaving critical questions unanswered.

6. Don’t chase a deal that takes too long to get done. Be prepared to walk away. And don’t kill the messenger if a deal doesn’t get done – After all, you want your people to keep looking and to keep bringing in opportunities. Instead, think of deals that fall through as mini-R&D projects. Sometimes, losing a deal is the best result for everybody.

7. Do small deals and trades on a regular and recurring basis to keep generating cash flow. Go for singles, not home runs. You want small, quick, additive or incremental deals that don’t burn up critical management time or resources and that reach a “go” or “no go” point quickly.

Now that you know the basics….go build a “deal machine” and never turn back.


Ziad K Abdelnour

Monday, 19 August 2013

The US Economic - Political Model towards the Middle East

Machiavelli once wrote that princes should see to it that they are either respected or feared; what they must avoid at all cost is to be despised. To have made itself despised as irrelevant: That is the legacy of US faithlessness and willful blindness in the Middle East.

It is obvious to any idiot out there today that America has long supported dictators, instead of democracies in the Middle East ….. simply because our “economic model” in the region always supported strong men who will ensure that their country always acts as a “client state” and by the same token moves to crush countries which refuse to act as satellites to us. I strongly believe this “godlike” attitude has got to change if we are ever to dream having any presence in the Middle East one day. Why?...Know more


Ziad K Abdelnour

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Why Reshaping the Federal Reserve is today an Absolute Must?

The Fed has enormous discretion in its decisions. It is entirely appropriate to demand that they be carried out with greater transparency and be subject to greater oversight.

To take it one step further, we believe that the very structure of the Federal Reserve system is so fraught with conflicts that it is "corrupt" and undermines democracy.

If the World Bank had seen a governance structure that corresponds to our Federal Reserve system, we would have been yelling and screaming and saying that country does not deserve any assistance, this is a corrupt governing structure.

In fact, if another country had presented a plan to reform its financial system, and included a regulatory regime that copied the makeup of the Federal Reserve system - "it would have been a big signal that something is wrong."

Further, the Fed banks have clear conflicts of interest, since the banks are largely governed by a board of directors that includes officers of the very banks they're supposed to be overseeing:

So, these are the guys who appointed the guy who bailed them out ... How is that not a conflict of interest?

Ziad K Abdelnour is the Author Of Economic Warfare Book (Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics)

First ... how effective a regulator can the Federal Reserve be if it is unwilling to strive for good public policy through its regulatory powers?

Second, there is an inherent conflict in the manner in which regional reserve branch presidents are selected – in that representatives of the member banks select the regional president. It seems counterproductive, yet the banking system has provided case after case of regulated entities selecting their own regulator.

Third, the Federal Reserve has continually resisted efforts to engage in discussion on structural and governance reform at the System. Most recently, the Federal Reserve has rejected a White House request that it conducts a public review of its structure and operations. Despite a request from the administration that provided ample opportunity for the Federal Reserve to have input into its own reforms, the central bank has simply refused. It is because of this attitude that I argue that real financial regulatory reform cannot occur without an examination into the structure of this entity.

Fourth, and most importantly, the Federal Reserve has shown a repeated unwillingness to accept efforts to improve transparency for the System...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How To Save Time and Money in Business?

You know the basics…go build a “Deal Machine” and never turn back.

I am Ziad K Abdelnour, Now i am going to share my knowledge about how to save Time and Money in Business?

I crack up when I see so many rookies in the business world today trying to make deals happen having no clue how to go about it.

So they go on relying on bigger idiots who are totally inept at even understanding a deal and you have the recipe for disaster.

Having done more deals in more businesses than I can count, I’ve got a few simple rules that have saved me tons of money, helped me dodge more than a few bullets, and added a few years to my life.

Here are some real productive tips that should help you get ahead in life real fast and save you lots of time, money and dashed expectations...Know more

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Injection Of Politics Into Economic Discussions - by Ziad K Abdelnour

Some people criticize the injection of politics into economic discussions.

But economic historians tell us that economists used to understand and accept that economics is wholly interrelated with politics, and that politics affects our economy.

 They note that modern economists have artificially tried to somehow separate the two, like Descartes tried to separate the mind from the body.
 Indeed, the father of modern economics - Adam Smith - talked a lot about politics in relation to economics...Know more


Ziad K Abdelnour

Thursday, 1 August 2013

How To Get Ahead in Business & Make Things Happen in Following Steps

I meet thousands of people a year - both online and offline - and I am frankly flabbergasted how well educated and supposedly highly connected people are so awkward in engaging in business.

For the most part, they think that just by soliciting you online – on LinkedIn or other social network – or through a referral friend; they are now at equal footing with you and can sell you anything they want.

And then when you face them with reality, they get very frustrated, act real weird because they didn’t get what they were looking for and drop you as fast as they met you.

Welcome to the age of shallowness, stupidity and the sound byte.

For all those rookies out there, let me share with you those few but priceless tips in the hope you’ll learn one day a thing or two about how you really get ahead in life and make things happen....Know more