Thursday, April 19, 2012

Qatar, Philippines Agree To $1 Billion Investment Fund

Qatar Holding LLC reached an agreement this week with the government of the Philippines to bring a $1 billion investment fund to the country's disposal this year. The project finance fund will help the Philippines pay to open up new trade partnerships and start infrastructure and public works projects the country hopes to bring online in the next few years.

Qatar Holding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), specializes in strategic private and public equity as well as in other direct investments, according to the agency’s Web site. The company signed a memorandum of understanding along with the investment fund deal declaring that the fund would conduct an investigation into possible investment projects across the Philippines.

“There is a provision there which says that parties would explore investment opportunities in the Philippines in various sectors including but not limited to natural resources, commodities, energy, agriculture, infrastructure, and to study the establishment of the fund,” Philippines Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement on the proposed fund last week.

This fund and the subsequent studies stemming from it will likely open up project financing opportunities across the Philippines for companies and individuals looking to diversify portfolios through international financial management. From infrastructure to alternative energy funds across the world, Qatar will soon begin to look for additional funders interested in getting involved in the Philippine economy.

Not all of the projects the fund will tackle will make immediate money. Many of the projects—infrastructure, agriculture—are not expected to turn a profit in the near future. Whether you are an experienced investor or working with a portfolio management firm, there will likely be competition for the more quick-turn investments. But by planning a long-term financial strategy, your financial advisors can show you a path to long-term growth in these foreign markets. Recommendations are expected to change as more news comes out about funding priorities for the Philippines government.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Challenger For World Bank Presidency Demands Merit-Based Nomination

With the resignation of World Bank president Robert Zoellick coming up in June, the United States nominated Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to take the top spot at the international financial management agency. But from elsewhere in the world, credible challenges are contesting U.S. supremacy as leader of the World Bank.

Angola, Nigeria and South Africa endorsed the nomination of Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a respected economist and diplomat. Largely responsible for creating emerging economies across Africa with sterling portfolio management and partnering with private investment banking, Okonio-Iweala's supporters say her presidency would support transparency and add a merit-based component to the process.

Brazil has thrown their support behind former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo. While Ocampo's credentials are strong, his country is focusing on nominating a member to the International Labor Organization.

Jim Yong Kim's presidency is thought to be a foregone conclusion, as an American has held the reins of the World Bank since it was established at the end of World War Two.

While there has typically been agreement that America and western powers in Europe vote for an American for the World Bank and a European for the IMF, many financial professionals in public and private sectors have called for a more merit-based system. According to Reuters, Fredrik Erixon, director of the Brussels-based European Center for International Political Economy called for the candidates to be questioned as to what they would do to improve the World Bank throughout their term.

"They should in particular be asked how they want to reform the World Bank to revitalize its role for economic development,” Erixon said.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Need Structured Financing Assistance? We Can Help!

Structured financing may seem very complex to those who are unfamiliar with the business world, but in reality, it's easier to understand than you might think. Structured financing is a generalized term that is used to define a sector of finance that is created to transfer risk and avoid certain complex laws. The reasons behind structured financing are varied. A few of the common reasons why structured financing is sought by a corporation include finding an alternate funding method, better utilization of current funds, or reducing credit or risk management reduction with the corporation.

A financial management company like ours is usually consulted by a corporation to guide them in structured financing. Our experience in the industry along with our expert staff is here to give advice that can help our clients meet their goals as we strive to build a long-term lasting relationship with our clients. We are very direct and honest with all our clients, as we feel this is the only way to build a foundation for a strong relationship that will last.

The information we provide on complex structured financing issues can affect everyone from large corporations to small business owners. Some issues that we give consulting on range from a financial transaction that might impact the organization, a company merger, or wealth management. We approach each situation individually in order to provide the most specific information and advice. Our trained staff of professionals will review your financial situation and revise your financial plans while giving you timely advice.

We strive to work hard and understand our clients' needs and requirements, and are strongly committed to providing the best advice and tools for our clients to succeed. If you need help with structured financing, contact us today.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

2012 Market Predictions From Top Portfolio Managers

With the first quarter of 2012 upon us and the stock market showing no signs of leveling out, companies are looking to portfolio management professionals to protect their investments against market volatility. Just a few months after these corporate finance professionals issued their predictions for 2012, some of their prophecies are already coming true.

Daptiv Portfolio Management, Seattle, WA:
Financial experts at Daptiv predicted that business uncertainty would continue, becoming the "new normal." They also predicted that portfolio managers would begin to take a more holistic view of a company’s assets. Using PPM tools to manage end-to-end service portfolios, product delivery, application lifecycle management, and change management programs, companies could face a more diversified, volatile marketplace in a variety of new ways, leaving no stone unturned.

But while companies struggle to keep heads above water in a still-recovering economy, portfolio managers will need to re-establish their worth. This will involve managers building in accountability guidelines and creating adaptable planning frameworks so that companies not only see what you have done, but also where you are going at all times.

BOK Financial Corp, Tulsa, OK: Jim Huntzinger, Executive VP and CEO of BOK Financial told Tulsa World that he foresees continued volatility for the market in 2012. "There were 49 times last year that 90 percent of the daily trading volume was either up or down," he said. "A normal year might find five days that the volume is all in one direction."

Huntzinger notes that many investors have become risk-averse and, while 2009 and 2010 were great return years, many investors missed them because they had moved money over to bonds. Look for that to continue on a broad scale. But portfolio managers believe that, even with this volatility, they can help customers find less risky investments to get some investors back in the game in 2012.

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Most Successful Mergers And Acquisitions Of All Time

While many marriages end in divorce, people continue to seek out a partner to spend the rest of their lives with. The same is true of mergers and acquisitions. While many fail, the successful ones give corporate finance professionals and business tycoons hope for the future; that the marriage of two companies can repair a broken bottom line, for better or worse.

To celebrate these successful unions, Rasmussen College compiled a list of the most (and least) successful mergers of all time. What went right, and why can't all business transactions have their happy-ever-after?

Disney-Pixar While Disney was already releasing Pixar films before the merger, the marriage allowed Pixar resources and merchandising they were never able to achieve before. This explains why films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo can't match the smash hit Cars when it comes to merchandising. Disney has released 2 Pixar films a year since the merger, a production level unheard of before Disney came into the picture.

Sirius-XM Radio Acquisition finance professionals and analysts thought Sirius and XM would become the Coke and Pepsi of the satellite radio world. But on July 29, 2008, the two companies joined forces, effectively creating a monopoly over the world of digital radio. With huge assists from stars like Howard Stern, Martha Stewart and Oprah, both companies saw unprecedented business as many car companies made XM/Sirius an option on all cars they sell. Once the two companies were able to get around FCC licensing restrictions, the merger was instantly successful and still has no equal.

Exxon-Mobile: This $81 billion deal forged in 1999 created the world-wide leader in oil production. Today the company is leading the charge on many energy breakthroughs that can keep the company in business long after oil.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

How Can Structured Finance Help Your Corporation?

Corporations turn to structured finance when they are in need of additional capital for new projects, expansions, recovering from losses, etc. Here at Global Private Group, our professional Structured Finance team works with our Investment Banking and Global Wealth Management teams to help clients raise the capital they need to reach their monetary goals. Our teams strategize with clients on how they can use unconventional means to meet financial expectations as well as create low-risk investment products for our investors.

How do our teams accomplish these goals?
Our Structured Finance team is comprised of top professionals who use their extensive financial knowledge and past experiences to access debt capital markets and to generate liquidity via credit enhancement as well as customize financial structures based on the parameters directed by our investors. Our experts then work with:
  • Acclaimed banking institutions
  • World development funds
  • Export credit agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Governmental institutions and more in order to issue financial risk instruments and contracts as well as assist in raising low cost capital for our clients.
With structured finance there are many different instruments advisers can use to gain the capital they need. Some popular instruments include asset-backed securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities, credit derivatives, as well as many, many more. 

We understand in today's strained economy things are constantly changing as people are now criticizing Wall Street more than ever. For this reason our Structured Finance teams are constantly thinking ahead, strategizing new methods to help clients get the low-cost capital they need by spreading projects' risks across multiple financial institutions.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Joint Ventures Provide New Opportunities

A joint venture is a business arrangement that is often overlooked but can bring valuable opportunities to businesses and entrepreneurs. With this type of arrangement, you enter into an agreement with another party to accomplish a specific task or work towards a goal. If you're considering expanding your business or looking for new customers, using a joint venture is one way to accomplish these goals.

One of the major advantages of joint ventures is that it gives your business or product an entirely new customer base to deal with. For example, if you enter into this type of arrangement with another business, you automatically get access to their customer base. Your partner can market your product or service to the customer base without you having to pay any money upfront in the form of advertising.

If your business is the one with the customer base, it can benefit you in the form of additional revenues. You do not have to spend the money it takes to develop a new product or service and you can offer something of value to your customers. For each sale that you generate, it could bring in revenue without you really having to put much work into the process.

 Another advantage of using joint ventures is that it provides you with an opportunity to share some of the risk of taking on a project. In some arrangements, you agree to share the costs of development or advertising with your business partner. This makes it possible to reduce your own business risk, while sharing it evenly with your business partner.
In some cases, using this type of business arrangement is beneficial because it provides you with an opportunity to gain access to resources that you would not otherwise have. When you enter into an agreement with a powerful partner, that partner may have exactly what your business needs to have a successful run with a new product or service. Contact us today to learn more about the difference a joint venture could make for you.


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