• July 31, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Although when it comes to wine investment it is usually either Bordeaux or Burgundy wines that attract the most investor attention, the upcoming Sothebys (NYSE:BID) April sale in Hong Kong will see clarets facing some Spanish competition with a fine wine selection from the legendary Vega Sicilia winery featured at the auction.

    Stupendous Vega Sicilia Collection

    On March 11, Sothebys announced that the highlights of its Hong Kong Spring Sale 2013 would include an impressive selection of 234 lots of wines direct from the legendary Spanish winery of Bodegas Vega Sicilia. In the auction houses press release, Serena Sutcliffe, International Head of Sothebys Wine, pointed out that it was a great privilege for Sothebys to bring to auction this stupendous collection of wines direct from Vega Sicilia, adding that the auction would present a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire decades of vintages.

    As reported by the Decanter magazine, a vertical lot of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Unico, which comes from the personal collection of the winerys managing director Pablo Alvarez, is expected to bring HK$95,000-160,000 (8,240-13,878). In addition, a lot of Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 is estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000. The sale will also feature the winerys Reserva
    Especial and Valbuena No 5 bottlings.

    Sothebys Hong Kong Auctions

    At Sothebys Hong Kong sales, the Vega Sicilia wines will compete for wine investment attention with some top clarets including Chateaux Petrus 1990, which is expected to go for HK$200,000- HK$280,000, and Chateaux Cheval Blanc 2000, priced between HK$120,000 and HK$200,000.

    Wine with a Soul

    As reported by Bloomberg, on February 25, Mr Alvarez showcased a rare tasting of Vega Sicilia wines to the media and buyers at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. Mr Alvarez outlined the challenges associated with wine making, including sweltering-hot weather in the vineyards during the day, and near-freezing temperatures at night. Our entire philosophy is to make a wine of great elegance, he noted, as quoted by Bloomberg.

    Vega Sicilia wines which have been produced in the Ribera del Duero region of northern Spain for almost 150 years are ranked by connoisseurs alongside Frances Premier Cru Bordeaux and are likely to receive significant wine investment attention at the upcoming Hong Kong auction.The Decanter magazine quoted Sothebys Ms Sutcliffe as describing Vega Sicilia as a wine with a soul which at the same time is a true reflection of its region, climate and the areas oenological traditions.

  • July 31, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    May, 5, 2014 : Company Profiles and Conferences presents a Company Report on “Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (VCB) – Strategic SWOT Analysis Review”, which provides retail banking services, such as savings, and demand and term deposits, e-banking products, such as SMS banking, online savings and Internet banking. Vietcombank has ATM machine locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Lieu, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Pacify, Binh Duong, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan and An Giang among others.

    Summary

    Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) is a commercial banking services provider. The bank offers worldwide trade and traditional services such as capital mobilization, capital trading, credit, and project financing among others. It provides retail banking services, such as savings, and demand and term deposits, e-banking products, such as SMS banking, online savings and Internet banking. Vietcombank has ATM machine locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Lieu, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Pacify, Binh Duong, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan and An Giang among others. The company operates an estimated 400 branches and transaction offices, along with 1,700 automated teller machines and 22,000 points of sale in Vietnam. Vietcombank is headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam Key Recent Developments

    Jul 11, 2013: EVN Signs $690.47m Credit Contracts With Four Banks For 1,200 MW Lai Chau Hydro Power Plant In Vietnam

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    The profile contains critical company information including,

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  • July 30, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    These days wherever you turn it is hard to avoid hearing people talk about the financial crisis and its implications. Almost all news items contain some links to it, and within employment issues the consequences are still very much felt. But has the recession had any impact on the way job seekers perceive working within banking or finance roles?

    Despite the crisis people still seem to be very keen to work within banking or finance. Amongst the majority of the population it is safe to say that the reputation of banks has taken a hit, but amongst job seekers working for a bank or a financial institution remains very much desirable. Jobs for these companies are considered to be very prestigious as they still have the best technologies, the best systems and the best rewards compared to other sectors. Because of this the highest achievers still look to work for banks or financial institutions.

    What else attracts people to work in finance or banking roles? Relative to other sectors these types of roles tend to have more responsibility and involve a lot of problem solving skills. Besides that they get a chance to work with people, there are opportunities to travel and to go out for meetings, and these roles also tend to offer possibilities for fast advancement. All these factors combined make these roles very challenging and interesting for the highest achievers.

    So what has changed within the banking and finance sector? There seems to be a change in the expectations of employees that broadly run along the line of the generations. You could say that the employee profile is slowly evolving from what is called -Generation X’ to -Generation Y’. Within these generations the expectations they have of their employers are very different. Generation X will want to know -What is in it for me’, while Generation Y expects great workplace flexibility as well as wanting extremely fast progression and are less willing to work their way up slowly.

    The profile of employees within the banking and finance sectors is changing, however this is due to a change in mentality that runs alongside the generations more than being caused by the financial crisis.

    Reuben Dennis is a PRO with a leading service sector company and for more on London jobs she recommends you to visit

  • July 29, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    One of the reasons that some business owners do not have a business bank account is because they do not know how to open business bank account. It is not uncommon for small business owners to go for years without ever needing a business account and, therefore, have no idea how to go about. There are several advantages to opening a separate business account such as being able to track spending and making tax reporting easier. It is not difficult to open your own account. Once you have a bank account for your business, you can then enjoy the benefits the account has to offer.

    The first thing you need to do to open business bank account is get a business certificate. This is usually done through the licensing department of your local county government. If you call your business something other than your name, then you will need a DBA certificate which indicates that you are doing business as another name. Even if your business is called Bob Smiths Landscaping, it is still a good idea to get a DBA. When your company name is different than your business name, it helps your business to sound more legitimate and helps people to see that your business is its own entity.

    Once you have your business officially registered and the piece of paper to prove it, then you can head over to the bank to open business bank account. But before you do that, you should spend time talking to different banks to get the best deal. Each bank has its own different way of administering business accounts. A business account will traditionally come with several more features than a personal account such as customized statements. Business accounts will also come with a schedule of fees that will differ from bank to bank. Take the time to find the bank that gives you the best possible deal before you decide on an institution to go with.

    Spend some time becoming familiar with the features of your account once you open business bank account. As you get used to how the account works, you will begin to see all of the benefits it has to offer. After a while, you will wonder how you ever ran your business without a separate bank account.

  • July 29, 2017 /  Business Center
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    With over 20 years experience and exposure to small business, we have learned an enormous amount on what to do and what to avoid. You don’t need to go through all the problems we experienced trying to start-up a small business. We’re happy to share our secrets with those who’d like to listen. Yes, we’ve made mistakes. Some only small, others took us to the brink of bankruptcy! But the great thing is we learned from them and took away important lessons each time.

    We took these lessons, and combined with our formal Business Management and Development Training, have developed our 7 Vital Keys To Small Business Success. These are the very same Quick and Easy Systems we used to grow our Successful International Franchise Network.

    Yes! We went from our garage to franchise in under 12 months, and International Franchise in just over 2 years. We later sold our interests, and profited further from our systems. Our processes are easy to understand , with clear methods to follow. By following our 7 Vital Keys To Small Business Success program, you could quickly establish your own small business, helping you enjoy the lifestyle you desire and the freedom to be your own boss. We know it works. We have seen these processes repeated over and over. Small Business should be about working smart, not working yourself into the ground.

    Starting a Small Business can be risky. About 80% of small businesses fail in the first 2 years. So why do people keep doing it, you ask? Why put your money, family and reputation on the line, just to follow your dreams? Because it’s such a wonderful feeling to start-up and run your very own successful small business. You don’t need to go it alone, though. There is help. Overcome the statistics and be one of the successful few. Start your small business with the right help and know how. You will achieve amazing results in the best possible time, with less headaches, and saving you hard earned dollars along the way.

  • July 28, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    People want their money to work hard to deliver the best possible return on their stake. There are many ways that people can grow their money, from traditional savings and ISA accounts to more diverse investments such as commodities.

    Current times are quite challenging in terms of what investments actually do provide a decent return on customers monies, and many people are turning to ethical investment opportunities.

    What is an ethical investment?

    An ethical (also known as Sustainable) investment is an investment that not only offers a good return on the clients money but also helps the planet. This is done by investing in commodities such as timber, where plantations are created and harvested over a designated period of time. These opportunities often come with social and environmental objectives. They can provide jobs to communities whilst creating sustainable fuels and forestry for years to come.

    Why should you chose an ethical investment?

    Investing money is all about getting a return at any cost. Ethical opportunities are different in that respect. Ultimately the end goal is getting a return on investment, but alongside this investment you know that the money is being put to good use in both a socially and environmentally responsible way. By choosing an ethical investment you can be sure that your money will be put to use in a way that will also help the environment both now and the foreseeable future.

    What are the risk of ethical investments?

    There are always risks in any investment and ethical opportunities are no different, however they do tend to often perform well under poor market conditions. It is important to note, however, that an ethical opportunity might have a higher risk profile than other investment opportunities where a companies activities are more mainstream.

    What types of ethical investments are available?

    There are many different types of sustainable opportunities available to people who are serious about socially responsible investments. These can range from Forestry and Farming to alternative energy sources and eco-housing.

    Before you embark on any type of investment, be it ethical or not, you should always seek guidance and where possible have a look at how the market has been performing over a period of time. Sustainable investments can offer a very high return on your investment, but as with any investment there is an element of risk involved. In some cases the element of risk may be higher in an ethical investment than in a non-ethical option so you should always research the market prior to departing with your hard earned cash. You should only ever invest what you can afford to potentially lose.

    Sustainable investments can provide you with a high return on your money, whilst also helping to build a sustainable planet.

  • July 28, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    The concept of cord blood banking can be considered a boon to mankind. Placenta and umbilical cord that used to be discarded by doctors after delivery has now become a lifesaver. These organs are said to have a lot of potential and the cord blood stem cells collected from them can treat several pediatric disorders.

    Disorders that can be cured with cord blood:

    There are several disorders that can be cured if you decide to get your baby’s cord blood stem cells stored after delivery. Some of them include: Multiple Sclerosis Stroke Cerebral Palsy Spinal Cord Injury Beta – Thalassemia Cardiac Diseases Diabetes Parkinson’s Disease Renal Cell Carcinoma Acute/ Chronic Leukemia Plasma Cell disorders Alzheimer’s disease Renal Cell Carcinoma

    Procedure of cord blood banking:

    Baby or the mother will not experience any pain during the collection of cord blood. The procedure is safe and it just requires few minutes. Once the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut, cord blood is collected immediately. A special bag is used for storage.

    What are the benefits of cord blood banking?

    There is no doubt that the process of banking the cord blood is expensive but if you look at it as an insurance of investment for your child’s future, the cost won’t matter. There are many children all over the world who suffer from lymphoma, leukemia, thalassemia, sickle cell diseases and other disorders that can be treated with cord blood transplant. All these kids can be cured if cord blood stem cells were stored during their birth.

    How expensive is cord blood banking:

    There are many families that cannot afford to pay for banking cord blood stem cells. Private banking is high in rates since the storage procedure is complex. Cost is one of the main concerns that stops many families from benefiting from cord blood banking. A lot depends on the type of cord blood bank you have chosen. For instance, StemOne is one of the leading cord blood banks in India that has been successful in offering this service to many families since 2005. You can contact the bank for their rates and more information about their services.

    So, if you really want to make sure that your child’s health is secure after his birth, take the pain of finding more information on cord blood banking.

    Author Bio: Indrajit Roy is the business development head of StemOne, India. He has a bachelors degree in molecular biology and been actively involved in this field for several years. He likes to share ideas and recent developments in the field of stem cell treatment and cord blood banking through writing.

  • July 26, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Traders make good money doing Bitcoin trading. Recently, Bitcoin was in negative news as one of the online companies that accepted Bitcoin was selling guns and drugs to people and the FBI arrested their owner. However, that does not mean that Bitcoin is over as the FBI still considers that Bitcoin is not illegal. In its charge against Silk Road, FBI claimed that Bitcoin is not illegal and there are not charges against it.

    Bitcoin which is generated at a controlled rate using a computer program is becoming a popular trading option among traders. Also, being traded around the world these days for many traders consider it a beneficial tool to make profit like Forex, you can trade Bitcoin and profit from it. Additionally, as there is no governmental interference, you do not worry if it is under the whims and fancies of the governments or rulers.

    How Can You Trade Bitcoins?

    You need to first contact brokerage firms as there are several brokerage firms that help you trade Bitcoin. They help you make money investing in Bitcoin as most of these brokers are known for providing highly useful trading platform; you can trade without much hassle. Additionally, they help you trade bitcoins like you trade any other asset like currency paiies and help you make money.

    Why is Bitcoin a Lucrative Asset?

    In the last couple of years Bitcoin has become one of the most popular trading options for traders. This year in the beginning it went higher up, and was trading close to 250USD per Bitcoin; from this fact, you can understand how much potential it has for traders. Moreover, Bitcoins are safe and secure as these are a cryptographic digital currency, there is a lot of privacy and that is what attracts traders.

    Additionally, as Bitcoins are generated at a controlled rate using a computer program, even you can make them and save them in your hard disc; however, that needs a lot of expertise and skills required for Bitcoin mining. Nonetheless, the best thing for you if you do not want to do Bitcoin mining is that you can purchase Bitcoins in one of two ways i.e. you get them either through an exchange platform, or directly through other people i.e. retailers.

    These are often sold by retailers or traders who wish to make money buying them at lower prices and selling them at higher prices like any other currency or share. However, you need to be cautious about all this as there are chances of cheating. Nonetheless, whoever you buy your Bitcoin from, make sure that it is saved or protected as there are a lot of cases where they have been stolen.

  • July 26, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Secret offshore bank accounts are the stuff of legend. This article intends to debunk some of the myths about secret offshore banking by setting out what is and isn’t possible.

    1) It’s impossible to open an offshore bank account without first somehow identifying yourself. This means sending a notarized copy of your bank account/passport details to the bank or intermediary.
    2) Most offshore banks will also require a reference from a bank at home.
    3) If you open an offshore account in the name of your offshore company, you still need to provide all the formation documents, and the name and address of a real person. No bank will let a faceless entity open an account without pinning it down to a real person.

    So how is it Secret?

    Well, the reasoning behind all this, is that if you open an offshore account the bank may let you have a ‘number’ rather than a name. This so called ‘numbered account’ allows you to send wire transfers without third parties knowing who you are. An account in the name of a company will do a similar thing, allowing you to send and receive payments almost anonymously, because the company name rather yours will show up on all transactions.

    The problem is, this doesn’t shield you from government inquiries. If for example a government authority suspects you of having an undeclared offshore account, that you are hiding money from your spouse or otherwise engaged in funny business they can go to the country or bank in question and request your details. While some countries will reject the majority of these requests others are more pliant.

    Switzerland and the Cayman Islands are two in particular that co-operate with US and EU authorities. Although both have strong bank secrecy laws on paper, these are not so closely followed in practice. Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse have made headlines recently over IRS investigations into US held offshore accounts.

    The truth is, if you really want a secret account you may have to look further than ‘traditional’ tax havens. That means jurisdictions without tax-information exchange agreements or other links to high-tax countries.

    Another option is using an offshore bank account alternative. This could be (for example) sending your funds to a trust company which then opens a bank account for you in their name. Although this is also not 100% foolproof, it does offer another level of privacy in the same way that an offshore company will shield your identity.

    Whichever option you choose to take, it pays to follow some ‘golden rules’ of privacy:

    1) Limit the number of people who know about the offshore bank account to as few as is humanly possible.
    2) Fund the account with a cheque or western union transfer, rather than by wire from your home bank. 3) Never send funds directly back home from the offshore account.

    Good luck!

  • July 26, 2017 /  Business Center
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    For more going on fifteen years, I have been helping business owners and organizations hold events. The events ranged from races, to fairs, to concerts and dinners. Though the attendance varied greatly between them, the goals of management were often met and exceeded.

    Events are the best way to:

    get prospects to visit your store for the first time

    build upon existing relationships with customers and vendors

    grow existing lines of revenue

    rally and motivate workforce and volunteers

    expand branding

    grow online presence and position

    have a great time!

    Events are very community oriented, and driven by the same. Bringing people together creates buzz.

    There are three major areas of an event: event marketing (getting the brand out), event management (making sure the day is planned well and executed successfully), and event planning (getting all the details together to meet the event vision). Working together, these three items, thought out and coordinated, make great events.

    I am often asked questions related to any of these three items. The questions I hear range from band and entertainment to how to use Facebook. Small businesses can do a lot with a little encouragement and direction. They can go really far with a little help from someone in the event industry. Small businesses and Organizations have a lot of gusto. They are ready to go all the time. And when they can see that something will get them further, they often grab the opportunity.

    Small businesses are flexible. They can have a simple, low cost event marketing schedule coordinated with other ongoing marketing. Pairing an event with current expenditures creates broad public awareness. With current promotions are paired with a chance to experience a business or product, customers have incentive to participate.

    I have often seen this occur. In one case, a restaurant advertised their foods as well as an evening with live music. Some monies from the night would be donated to the city fireworks fund. This night brought some business and money for community fireworks. The result was the night of the fireworks show, the restaurant was full to the brim. They had one of their best nights ever.

    The power of small business event marketing is understated. Giving customers a reason to experience a small business in the form of a party invitation has leverage. As a small business owner, having an event can be fun, rewarding, and valuable to sales overall.