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Thursday 31 December 2015

The 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World?

Ziad Abdelnour #142 out of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World!

Description: As Founder and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council and Wall Street investor, Financier, Author,

Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc.

New York, NY, December 30, 2015,

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Wednesday 30 December 2015

Ziad Abdelnour- #142 out of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World

Find out who’s who in the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the world. Discover the social media influencers among us.

Each week The 500 Most Influential CEOs in the world Power 500 recognises the most inspiring social media accounts so you can follow them, join the community and learn more.

Wall Street Investor & Financier, Wharton Grad, Pres.& CEO Blackhawk Partners, Chmn Financial Policy Council, Author Economic Warfare

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Tuesday 29 December 2015

Entrepreneurship: The Way To the Future?

A decade ago, nearly all of the smartest business school graduates flocked to Wall Street traditional corporate jobs in finance and management.

Today, I see a growing number of newly minted Ivy League graduates decide to start their own businesses or go to work for Silicon Valley startups.

In one study of over 30,000 Wharton graduates, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that more than 7% of 2013 grads started their own companies right away — five times as many as in 2007.

They also discovered that, since 1990, nearly a quarter of Wharton grads have been entrepreneurs at some point, even if it wasn't straight out of school.

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Monday 28 December 2015

Do You Network Properly for Business Relationship Building

I used to love attending networking events and crowded conferences. I’m a bit of an extrovert and it always felt great networking with people of all walks of life and sizing up in a heartbeat who was real and who was a total waste of time.

I realized later on that those networking events are a total waste of time… So I decided not to attend any one of them unless I was invited as a panel or keynote speaker. Since then, all started to work like a charm.

Given my experience in the domain, I thought about sharing some of my thoughts with you so you can get the most out of your time spent.

1.Stop Obsessive Networking

The more people you know–really know–the more likely you are to make that important connection you need to take your career, company, or venture to the next level. All the rest is a waste of time.

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Thursday 24 December 2015

Iron Ore Trading for Industrial & Financial consumers

For those who haven’t done business with us in the past, Blackhawk Partners is a reliable trader and supplier of a wide range of commodities to industrial and financial consumers globally.

The Firm’s customers around the world rely upon us as a source of Metals and Minerals and Crude Oil and Oil Products.

One of the major commodities we have been extensively trading for some time now – in the physical market – is Iron Ore.

For the rookies in the business who want to enter this highly lucrative market, Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically extracted. The ores are usually rich in iron oxides and vary in color from dark grey, bright yellow, deep purple, to rusty red.

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Wednesday 23 December 2015

Co-Sponsored by Financial Policy Council – Global Financial Summit 2016

The Global Financial Summit is an exclusive investment conference that brings together an all-star cast of financial gurus, economic forecasters and geo-political analysts. They will offer an experienced perspective on wealth-building, offshore investing opportunities, financial privacy, investment strategies, the best investments to beat the market, and techniques to avoid treacherous bear markets. Featuring some of the biggest names and most insightful advisers in the investment world, the Global Financial Summit offers personalized and exclusive recommendations and opportunities for the most discerning investors who value market principles as a basis for their investing decisions.

Tuesday 22 December 2015

Ziad Abdelnour | Global terrorism changing world markets, national security and human rights

The mission of the Financial Policy Council Inc. (FPC), a research think tank and educational institution, is to formulate and promote sound public policy based on the principles of free enterprise and wealth creation as envisioned by the ideals of the American Founding Fathers.

Monday 21 December 2015

Impact of Lower Oil Prices - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, Canada

It is a fact that the US has increased its production of oil quite dramatically over the last two to three years. It has actually increased it by the size of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members or about two and a half to three million barrels per day.

So we are sitting today on around nine million barrels per day, which is third only to Saudi Arabia and Russia.

I believe that growth is still going to be happening, even if the oil price stays in the $80 to $90 dollar range it is right now.

There is indeed still a lot of production that is still going to be quite profitable in the United States and there is still going to be drilling. We have actually seen the rig rates in the United States kind of stay the same and that is really going to keep continuing to drive, maybe even adding another million barrels per day by the end of next year, which I believe will continue to add pressure on oil prices.

Saudi Arabias

Given the current situation in the good old USA, what is Saudi Arabia thinking?

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Thursday 17 December 2015

The Sony Breach: the Evidence vs Politics

Blaming North Korea for the Sony breach may be like blaming Benghazi on a video. The Sony breach may be much larger than is being admitted and It may affect your household.

Everyone is agog at the recent breach at Sony Pictures in Hollywood.  Movies that have yet to be distributed were downloaded and put on peer to peer sharing sites called torrents. Emails were leaked that showed far left Democrats insulting Obama and making some pretty nasty racist jokes about him. Angelina Jolie was called a no talent bitch and other actors, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith’s children, were also insulted. The FBI quickly blamed North Korea with absolutely no evidence and later doubled down after saying they had investigated the case.

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Tuesday 15 December 2015

About Empowering People - Ziad Abdelnour

I believe success is all about empowering people. The more people you empower, the more money and power one acquires in addition to having an ever increasing impact on his/her constituency. Empowering people is in fact and in my opinion better than education and management hierarchy combined.

The Key question then becomes: How do you truly empower people?

I believe there are several ways to do it. Empowering is really like fueling them with the guns they need to shoot. Here are some ways

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Friday 11 December 2015

Religious fervor and the future of Lebanon

A blessing because the liberal Lebanese value the diversity of sects and appreciate the cultural flavors it adds to the society. They see it as an opportunity to influence and be influenced by others on an intellectual, social, cultural and even educational level. They cherish this engagement and try to promote it whenever they talk about Lebanon. They accept it as a fundamental aspect of Lebanese society and very rarely (if ever) this diversity, negatively influences our choices of friends, life partners, lovers and other aspects of our daily lives.

The liberals consist of a small portion of the Lebanese, most of them are very well educated, some living abroad, others fighting hard to abolish sectarianism, to legalize civil marriage (as opposed to religious marriages), to promote and defend human rights etc… (among many other social and humanitarian causes).

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Thursday 10 December 2015

Becoming the Successful Entrepreneur You Aspire to be

You can tell a lot about a person by the company that they keep. There’s a saying that goes something like: You become the average of the six people that you spend the most time with.

So many people I know keep asking me again and again if I could be their mentor.

For entrepreneurs, the concept of mentorship is one that can be both powerful and elusive. Mentors can help you perform better, point out shortcomings in your business model and make introductions to help further your career.

However, many of us spend a good deal of time without ever finding that one perfectly wise, helpful, been-there-done-that successful individual to take us under his or her wings and navigate the bumpy road to success.

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Wednesday 9 December 2015

My 10 Business Quotes Ever | Ziad Abdelnour

“Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.”
John D. Rockefeller, Founder, Standard Oil Corp.

“If you know exactly how much money you have…then you don’t have  enough.”
Carlos Slim, World’s wealthiest person (2007, 2010-2013).

“It is far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”
Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

“If you do something, and it turns out pretty good, You should go out and do something else wonderful. Don’t dwell on it for too long, just figure out what’s next”
Steve Jobs, Co-Founder Apple, Inc.

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Tuesday 8 December 2015

Best Advice for a Rookie Start-Up CEO

I have backed over 125 companies over my Wall Street career and can humbly say reviewed over 5,000 business plans… From startups to very established companies seeking financing.

These are my golden nuggets I thought I’d share with every bright-eyed rookie CEO starting his entrepreneurial career. Hope you will make the most out of it.

1. Contrary to the stereotype, startups are a marathon, not a sprint.
The truth is, you are not going to be a billion dollar company or be acquired in the next 18 months. The process always takes longer than you think.

2. Determination is the biggest predictor of long-term success: Nobody had an easy road. You can succeed, but often it is a matter of how badly you want to.

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Monday 7 December 2015

Elate Partners and Sister Company, Announce New Partner

We're very excited to have someone of Mr. Abdelnour's caliber on board as we continue our mission of globalizing China's tremendous potential." Pei Zou, Managing Partner at Elate, stated, "China is undergoing a massive transition to a productivity-driven economy focused on a huge domestic market. With excess capital and first-class manufacturing capabilities, China needs western technologies. As its economy slows, Chinese investors are seeking a more global allocation of their assets by investing in better-performing economies such as the US, but also by monetizing their China-based assets. Elate Partners is the only organization that builds its business exclusively around this need. Partnership with someone of Mr. Abdelnour's stature, will help us take our effort to the next level."

Elate Partners is an investment group backed by large institutional, strategic and wealthy individuals focused on connecting capital, assets, technologies, and talents between China and the western world.

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Friday 4 December 2015

Ziad Abdelnour - Elate Partners and Sister Company, PA Asset Advisors, Announce New Partner

Elate Partners, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; in conjunction with its sister company, PA Asset Advisors in Dallas, Texas; is pleased to announce that Ziad Abdelnour, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, New York, NY, has agreed to serve as a board member at Elate Partners. Mr. Ziad Abdelnour is very connected in Wall Street financial circles, has a wide network in American politics, and will help guide Elate's Asset Monetization business. The partnership will focus on the interests of Blackhawk's clients, from oil, gas, mines and specialty real-estate, to technology-based alternative energy, high-end equipment manufacturing, medical and biotechnology, modern agriculture, and aerospace.

Mr. Ziad Abdelnour stated, "I am very pleased about the opportunity this partnership will create for both of our companies. Such a collaboration will help western companies expand into the vast Chinese market, allow western financiers access to China's huge untapped asset base, and match needs of Chinese companies with western solutions."

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Thursday 3 December 2015

What is your purpose in life?

I used to ask myself this question every day. I think I have finally figured it out after many years of soul searching…. Here are my thoughts. Would equally appreciate yours.

As we all know today, it is a cardinal sin to reason without sufficient data – In today’s world, if you are young, you have had hardly any time to explore anything very much apart from school work.

The little time you have before puberty hits with its own distractions, gets ground down in the relentless cycle of school and continuous adult supervision/micromanagement.

It’s never too late to choose your essence, or yourself, although if you are older, you will have to be much more patient in order to progress.

I recommend making a spreadsheet… When in doubt, make a spreadsheet, assess everything in columns – it’s a wonderful aid to analysis.

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