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Equity Analysts at HSBC Securities Upped Red Electrica (OTC:RDEIY) from “Reduce” to “Hold” Rating - 27 Feb 2016 14:46

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[[html]]&#13;<br><br><img src="http://cdn.octafinance.com/wp-content/uploads/brokers/HSBC Securities Analyst Rating Change.jpg" alt="HSBC Securities Analyst Rating Change Red Electrica OTC:RDEIY" width="1280" height="780"/><br><br>In analysts report revealed on Friday, 12 February, HSBC Securities raised shares of Red Electrica (OTC:RDEIY) to Hold rating from Reduce rating.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AUHmTs-kXNw/Tk6NsjK206I/AAAAAAAAO8k/kFWAynkltTg/s1600/stock+market+1.jpg" width="316" /><br><br>Despite this rating upgrade OTC:RDEIY is right now trading -1.68% lower at $15.71 as of 09:57 New York time. Red Electricas stock is down -19.18% over the past 200 days. It has underperformed the S&amp;P500, which has dropped -11.49% over the same time period.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://realityfundinv.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Stock-market-quotes1-1.jpg" width="335" /><br><br><img src="http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/z?s=RDEIY&amp;t=6m&amp;q=l&amp;l=on&amp;z=l&amp;p=m200,v&amp;a=p12" width="800" height="355" alt="RDEIY Stock Chart" class="alignnone"/><br><br>Red Electrica (OTC:RDEIY) traded down -1.68% on 12 February, hitting $15.71. Robert Stephen Domako is a signed up representative of HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. It is a broker-dealer firm with greater than 2,000 signed up agents in the United States. He has actually been in the market securities enrollment for greater than a years now. Robert supplies two different payment choices such as charge just attribute and also portion of assets.A total of 42,358 shares of the companys stock traded hands. This is up <a href="http://www.thegaltherald.com/four-main-ways-to-buy-and-sell-securities/">Rob Domanko HSBC Securities</a> from average of 25,985 shares. Red Electrica has a 52 week low of $14.83 and a 52 <a href="https://www.brightscope.com/financial-planning/advisor/147152/Robert-Steven-Domanko/">Rob Domanko HSBC</a> week high of $17.73. The company has a market cap of $10.81B and a P/E ratio of 0.<br><br>Get the <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/robertdomankosite/">Rob Domanko HSBC</a> latestRed Electrica (OTC:RDEIY) Stock Ratings at Octafinance. Completely free access to our Analyst Ratings Database for 6000+ stocks.<br><br>&#13; &#13; <br><br>Red Electrica - Receive News &amp; Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.<br><br>&#13;&#13; &#13; &#13; &#13;&#13;Tagged: Red Electrica - (OTC:RDEIY)<br><br>&#13;&#13;&#13;<br><br><a href='http://www.octafinance.com/equity-analysts-at-hsbc-securities-upped-red-electrica-otcrdeiy-from-reduce-to-hold-rating/'>http://www.octafinance.com/equity-analysts-at-hsbc-securities-upped-red-electrica-otcrdeiy-from-reduce-to-hold-rating/</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Academy Awards - 27 Feb 2016 11:40

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[[html]]From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia"Oscars" and "The Oscar" redirect here. For the film, see The Oscar (film). For other uses, see Oscar (disambiguation).<br><br>The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname "Oscar". The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).[1][2]<br><br>The awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries and can be streamed live online.[3] The Oscars is the oldest entertainment awards ceremony; its equivalents, the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theatre, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording, are modeled after the Academy Awards.[4]<br><br>Contents1 88th Academy Awards2 History2.1 Institutions3 Oscar statuette3.1 Naming3.2 Engraving3.3 Ownership of Oscar statuettes4 Nomination4.1 Voters4.2 Rules5 Ceremony5.1 Telecast6 Awards ceremonies7 Venues8 Awards of Merit categories8.1 Current categories8.2 Discontinued categories8.3 Proposed categories9 Special categories9.1 Current special categories9.2 Discontinued special categories10 Criticism10.1 Accusations of commercialism10.2 Accusations of bias10.3 Symbolism or sentimentalization10.4 Refusing the award11 Associated events12 Presenter and performer gifts13 Television ratings and advertisement prices14 Trademark15 Notes16 References17 External links88th Academy Awards<br><br>The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 and hosted by Chris Rock. A total of 2,947 Oscars have been awarded since the inception of the award through the 87th.[5] The 88th awards ceremony has become the target of a potential boycott, based on critics' perception that its all-white acting nominee list reflects bias. In response, the Academy has initiated "historic" changes in membership by the year 2020.[6][7]<br><br>History<br><br>The first Academy Awards presentation was held on May 16, 1929, at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The post-awards party was held at the Mayfair Hotel.[8] The cost of guest tickets for that night's ceremony was $5 ($69 in 2016 dollars).[9] Fifteen statuettes were awarded, honoring artists, directors and other participants in the film-making industry of the time, for their works during the 192728 period. The ceremony ran for 15minutes.<br><br>Winners had been announced to media three months earlier; however, that was changed for the second ceremony in 1930. Since then, for the rest of the first decade, the results were given to newspapers for publication at 11:00pm on the night of the awards.[8] This method was used until an occasion when the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began; as a result, the Academy has, since 1941, used a sealed envelope to reveal the name of the winners.[8]<br><br>Institutions<br><br>The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh. He had to return to Europe before the ceremony, so the Academy agreed to give him the prize earlier; this made him the first Academy Award winner in history. At that time, the winners were recognized for all of their work done in a certain category during the qualifying period; for example, Jannings received the award for two movies in which he starred during that period, and Janet Gaynor later won a single Oscar for performances in three films. With the fourth ceremony, however, the system changed, and professionals were honored for a specific performance in a single film. For the first six ceremonies, the eligibility period spanned two calendar years.[8]<br><br>At the 29th ceremony, held on March 27, 1957, the Best Foreign Language Film category was introduced. Until then, foreign-language films had been honored with the Special Achievement Award.<br><br>The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.<br><br>Since 1972, all Academy Awards ceremonies always end with the Academy Award for Best Picture award.<br><br>Oscar statuette<br><br>Although there are seven other types of annual awards presented by the Academy (the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, the Academy Scientific and Technical Award, the Academy Award for Technical Achievement, the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation and the Student Academy Award) plus two awards that are not presented annually (the Special Achievement Award in the form of an Oscar statuette and the Honorary Award that may or may not be in the form of an Oscar statuette), the best known one is the Academy Award of Merit more popularly known as the Oscar statuette. Made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, it is 13.5in (34.3cm) tall, weighs 8.5lb (3.856kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader's sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.[10]<br><br>No model was used during the design process of the statuette.[11] Sculptor George Stanley (who also did the Muse Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl) sculpted Cedric Gibbons' design. The statuettes presented at the initial ceremonies were gold-plated solid bronze. Within a few years the bronze was abandoned in favor of britannia metal, a pewter-like alloy which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold.[12] Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.[13] The only addition to the Oscar since it was created is a minor streamlining of the base. The original Oscar mold was cast in 1928 at the C.W. Shumway &amp; Sons Foundry in Batavia, Illinois, which also contributed to casting the molds for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Emmy Award's statuettes. From 1983 to 2015,[14] approximately 50 Oscars were made each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R.S. Owens &amp; Company.[15] It takes between three to four weeks to manufacture 50 statuettes.[11]<br><br>In 2016 the Academy returned to bronze as the core metal of the statuettes, handing manufacturing duties to Rock Tavern, New York based Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry.[16] While based on a digital scan of an original 1929 Oscar, the new statuettes will retain their modern-era dimensions and black pedestal. Cast in liquid bronze from 3d printed ceramic molds and polished, they are then electroplated in 24-karat gold by Brooklyn, New York based Epner Technology. The time required to produce 50 such statuettes is roughly 3 months.[17] R.S. Owens will continue producing other awards for the Academy and service existing Oscars.[18]<br><br>Naming<br><br>The origin of the name Oscar is disputed. One biography of Bette Davis, who was a president of the Academy claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson;[19] one of the earliest mentions in print of the term Oscar dates back to a Time magazine article about the 1934 6th Academy Awards.[20]Walt Disney is also quoted as thanking the Academy for his Oscar as early as 1932.[21] Another claimed origin is that the Academy's Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, first saw the award in 1931 and made reference to the statuette's reminding her of her "Uncle Oscar" (a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce).[22] Columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during Herrick's naming and seized the name in his byline, "Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette 'Oscar'".[23] The trophy was officially dubbed the "Oscar" in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.<br><br>Engraving<br><br>To prevent information identifying the Oscar winners from leaking ahead of the ceremony, Oscar statuettes presented at the ceremony have blank baseplates. Until 2010, winners were expected to return the statuettes to the Academy after the ceremony and wait several weeks to have inscriptions applied. Since 2010, winners have had the option of having engraved nameplates applied to their statuettes at an inscription-processing station at the Governor's Ball, a party held immediately after the Oscar ceremony. In 2010, the R.S. Owens company made 197 engraved nameplates ahead of the ceremony, bearing the names of every potential winner. The 175 or so nameplates for non-winning nominees were recycled afterwards.[24][25]<br><br>Ownership of Oscar statuettes<br><br>Since 1950, the statuettes have been legally encumbered by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for US$1. If a winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards not protected by this agreement have been sold in public auctions and private deals for six-figure sums.[26] In December 2011, Orson Welles' 1941 Oscar for Citizen Kane (Best Original Screenplay) was put up for auction, after his heirs won a 2004 court decision contending that Welles did not sign any agreement to return the statue to the Academy.[27] On December 20, 2011, it sold in an online auction for US$861,542.[28]<br><br>In 1992, Harold Russell needed money for his wife's medical expenses. In a controversial decision, he consigned his 1946 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Best Years of Our Lives to Herman Darvick Autograph Auctions, and on August 6, 1992, in New York City, the Oscar sold to a private collector for $60,500. Russell defended his action, saying, "I don't know why anybody would be critical. My wife's health is much more important than sentimental reasons. The movie will be here, even if Oscar isn't." Harold Russell is the only Academy Award winning actor to ever sell an Oscar.<br><br>While the Oscar is owned by the recipient, it is essentially not on the open market.[29]Michael Todd's grandson tried to sell Todd's Oscar statuette to a movie prop collector in 1989, but the Academy won the legal battle by getting a permanent injunction. Although some Oscar sales transactions have been successful, some buyers have subsequently returned the statuettes to the Academy, which keeps them in its treasury.[30]<br><br>Nomination<br><br>Since 2004, Academy Award nomination results have been announced to the public in late January. Prior to that, the results were announced in early February.<br><br><img src="http://www.jared.com/images/products/0724/072413608_MV_ZM_JAR.jpg" width="358" /><br><br>Voters<br><br>The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a professional honorary organization, maintains a voting membership of 5,783 as of 2012.[31]<br><br>Academy membership is divided into different branches, with each representing a different discipline in film production. Actors constitute the largest voting bloc, numbering 1,311 members (22 percent) of the Academy's composition. Votes have been certified by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (and its predecessor Price Waterhouse) for the past 73 annual awards ceremonies.[32]<br><br>All AMPAS members must be invited to join by the Board of Governors, on behalf of Academy Branch Executive Committees. Membership eligibility may be achieved by a competitive nomination or a member may submit a name based on other significant contribution to the field of motion pictures.<br><br>New membership proposals are considered annually. The Academy does not publicly disclose its membership, although as recently as 2007 press releases have announced the names of those who have been invited to join. The 2007 release also stated that it has just under 6,000 voting members. While the membership had been growing, stricter policies have kept its size steady since then.[33]<br><br>In 2012, the results of a study conducted by the Los Angeles Times were published describing the demographic breakdown of approximately 88% of AMPAS' voting membership. Of the 5,100+ active voters confirmed, 94% were Caucasian, 77% were male, and 54% were found to be over the age of 60. 33% of voting members are former nominees (14%) and winners (19%).[34]<br><br>In May 2011, the Academy sent a letter advising its 6,000 or so voting members that an online system for Oscar voting will be implemented in 2013.[35]<br><br>Rules<br><br>According to Rules 2 and 3 of the official Academy Awards Rules, a film must open in the previous calendar year, from midnight at the start of 1 January to midnight at the end of 31 December, in Los Angeles County, California and play for seven consecutive days, to qualify (except for the Best Foreign Language Film).[36][37] For example, the 2009 Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker, was actually first released in 2008, but did not qualify for the 2008 awards as it did not play its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles until mid-2009, thus qualifying for the 2009 awards.<br><br>Rule 2 states that a film must be feature-length, defined as a minimum of 40minutes, except for short subject awards, and it must exist either on a 35 mm or 70 mm film print or in 24frame/s or 48frame/s progressive scan digital cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels.[38]<br><br>Producers must submit an Official Screen Credits online form before the deadline; in case it is not submitted by the defined deadline, the film will be ineligible for Academy Awards in any year. The form includes the production credits for all related categories. Then, each form is checked and put in a Reminder List of Eligible Releases.<br><br>In late December ballots and copies of the Reminder List of Eligible Releases are mailed to around 6,000 active members. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories (i.e. only directors vote for directors, writers for writers, actors for actors, etc.). In all major categories, voters use an instant run-off voting ballot, with potential nominees rewarded in the single transferable vote tally for having strong supporters who rank them first.[39] There are some exceptions in the case of certain categories, like Foreign Film, Documentary and Animated Feature Film, in which movies are selected by special screening committees made up of members from all branches. In the special case of Best Picture, all voting members are eligible to select the nominees for that category. Foreign films must include English subtitles, and each country can submit only one film per year.[40]<br><br>The winners are then determined by a second round of voting in which all members are then allowed to vote in most categories, including Best Picture.[41]<br><br>Film companies will spend as much as several million dollars on marketing to awards voters for a movie in the running for Best Picture, in attempts to improve chances of receiving Oscars and other movie awards conferred in Oscar season. The Academy enforces rules to limit overt campaigning by its members so as to try to eliminate excesses and prevent the process from becoming undignified. It has an awards czar on staff who advises members on allowed practices and levies penalties on offenders.[42] For example, a producer of the 2009 Best Picture nominee, The Hurt Locker, was disqualified as a producer in the category when he contacted associates urging them to vote for his film and not another that was seen as front-runner (The Hurt Locker eventually won).<br><br>CeremonyTelecast<img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/31st_Acad_Awards.jpg/300px-31st_Acad_Awards.jpg" width="300" height="194" class="thumbimage" srcset="upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/31st_Acad_Awards.jpg/450px-31st_Acad_Awards.jpg 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/31st_Acad_Awards.jpg/600px-31st_Acad_Awards.jpg 2x" data-file-width="683" data-file-height="441"/>31st Academy Awards Presentations, Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, 1959<img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG/300px-81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG" width="300" height="225" class="thumbimage" srcset="upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG/450px-81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG 1.5x, upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG/600px-81st_Academy_Awards_Ceremony.JPG 2x" data-file-width="3264" data-file-height="2448"/>81st Academy Awards Presentations, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, 2009<br><br>The major awards are presented at a live televised ceremony, most commonly in late February or early March following the relevant calendar year, and six weeks after the announcement of the nominees. It is the culmination of the film awards season, which usually begins during November or December of the previous year. This is an elaborate extravaganza, with the invited guests walking up the red carpet in the creations of the most prominent fashion designers of the day. Black tie dress is the most common outfit for men, although fashion may dictate not wearing a bow-tie, and musical performers sometimes do not adhere to this. (The artists who recorded the nominees for Best Original Song quite often perform those songs live at the awards ceremony, and the fact that they are performing is often used to promote the television broadcast).<br><br>The Academy Awards is the only awards show that is televised live in all United States time zones (excluding Hawaii; they aired live in Alaska starting in 2011 for the first time since 1996), Canada, the United Kingdom, and gathers millions of viewers elsewhere throughout the world.[43] The 2007 ceremony was watched by more than 40 million Americans.[44] Other awards ceremonies (such as the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys) are broadcast live in the Eastern &amp; Central time zones, but are on tape delay on the West Coast and might not air the same day outside North America (if the awards are even televised). The Academy has for several years claimed that the award show has up to a billion viewers internationally, but this has so far not been confirmed by any independent sources. The Awards show was first televised in 1953, on NBC, which continued to broadcast the event until 1960 when the ABC Network took over, televising the festivities (including the first color broadcast of the event in 1966) through 1970, after which NBC resumed the broadcasts. ABC once again took over broadcast duties in 1976 and it is under contract to do so through the year 2020.[45] The first countries to broadcast the Academy Awards on television, aside from the United States, were Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico; the latter two countries did not broadcast the live show, and Mexico did not carry the live event until 1964. By 1954, seven other countries, namely Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and France, were already broadcasting the Awards show, although previously filmed into a condensed 60-minute version, called the "International Edition" of the Academy Awards. The Awards show was broadcast for the first time via satellite in 1970, but only two South American countries, Chile and Brazil purchased the rights to air the live event. By that time, the television rights to the Awards show were sold in 50 countries. A decade later, the TV rights to the Oscars were already being sold to 60 countries, and by 1984, the TV rights to the Awards were licensed in 76 countries. Until the arrival of subscription television in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, which enabled the Oscars to be broadcast live through these territories, there was already available a previously filmed or taped 90-minute version of the Awards show which was aired on broadcast television in these territories. However, several Asian and Australasian countries, such as Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand were already carrying the live broadcast of the Awards show since the late 1970s. AMPAS still produces a condensed 90-minute version of the Academy Awards for those territories in which the rights to the live broadcast are expensive.<br><br>After more than 60 years of being held in late March or early April, the ceremonies were moved up to late February or early March starting in 2004 to help disrupt and shorten the intense lobbying and ad campaigns associated with Oscar season in the film industry. Another reason was because of the growing TV ratings success of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, which would cut into the Academy Awards audience. The earlier date is also to the advantage of ABC, as it now usually occurs during the highly profitable and important February sweeps period. Some years, the ceremony is moved into early March in deference to the Winter Olympics. Another reason for the move to late February and early March is to avoid the awards ceremony occurring so close to the religious holidays of Passover and Easter, which for decades had been a grievance from members and the general public. Advertising is somewhat restricted, however, as traditionally no movie studios or competitors of official Academy Award sponsors may advertise during the telecast. The Awards show holds the distinction of having won the most Emmys in history, with 47 wins and 195 nominations.[46]<br><br>After many years of being held on Mondays at 9:00pm Eastern/6:00 p.m Pacific, in 1999 the ceremonies were moved to Sundays at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.[47] The reasons given for the move were that more viewers would tune in on Sundays, that Los Angeles rush-hour traffic jams could be avoided, and that an earlier start time would allow viewers on the East Coast to go to bed earlier.[48] For many years the film industry had opposed a Sunday broadcast because it would cut into the weekend box office.[49]<br><br>Originally scheduled for April 8, 1968, the 40th Academy Awards ceremony was postponed for two days, because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. On March 30, 1981, the 53rd Academy Awards was postponed for one day, after the shooting of President Ronald Reagan and others in Washington, D.C.<br><br><img src="http://www.jared.com/images/products/0229/022929208_MV_ZM_JAR.jpg" width="267" /><br><br>In 1993, an In Memoriam segment was introduced,[50] honoring those who had made a significant contribution to cinema who had died in the preceding 12 months, a selection compiled by a small committee of Academy members.[51] This segment has drawn criticism over the years for the omission of some names. Criticism was also levied for many years regarding another aspect, with the segment having a "popularity contest" feel as the audience varied their applause to those who had died by the subject's cultural impact; the applause has since been muted during the telecast, and the audience is discouraged from clapping during the segment and giving silent reflection instead.<br><br>In terms of broadcast length, the ceremony generally averages three and a half hours. The first Oscars, in 1929, lasted 15minutes. At the other end of the spectrum, the 2000 ceremony lasted four hours and four minutes.[52] In 2010, the organizers of the Academy Awards announced that winners' acceptance speeches must not run past 45seconds. This, according to organizer Bill Mechanic, was to ensure the elimination of what he termed "the single most hated thing on the show" overly long and embarrassing displays of emotion.[53]<br><br>The Academy has contemplated moving the ceremony even further back into January, citing TV viewers' fatigue with the film industry's long awards season. However, such an accelerated schedule would dramatically decrease the voting period for its members, to the point where some voters would only have time to view the contending films streamed on their computers (as opposed to traditionally receiving the films and ballots in the mail). Also, a January ceremony would have to compete with National Football League playoff games.[54]<br><br>Awards ceremoniesMain article: List of Academy Awards ceremonies<br><br>Historically, the "Oscarcast" has pulled in a bigger haul when box-office hits are favored to win the Best Picture trophy. More than 57.25 million viewers tuned to the telecast for the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, the year of Titanic, which generated close to US$600 million at the North American box office pre-Oscars.[55] The 76th Academy Awards ceremony in which The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (pre-telecast box office earnings of US$368 million) received 11 Awards including Best Picture drew 43.56 million viewers.[56] The most watched ceremony based on Nielsen ratings to date, however, was the 42nd Academy Awards (Best Picture Midnight Cowboy) which drew a 43.4% household rating on 7 April 1970.[57]<br><br>By contrast, ceremonies honoring films that have not performed well at the box office tend to show weaker ratings. The 78th Academy Awards which awarded low-budgeted, independent film Crash (with a pre-Oscar gross of US$53.4 million) generated an audience of 38.64 million with a household rating of 22.91%.[58] In 2008, the 80th Academy Awards telecast was watched by 31.76 million viewers on average with an 18.66% household rating, the lowest rated and least watched ceremony to date, in spite of celebrating 80 years of the Academy Awards.[59] The Best Picture winner of that particular ceremony was another independently financed film (No Country for Old Men).<br><br>Venues<img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/77/Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg/170px-Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg" width="170" height="181" class="thumbimage" srcset="upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/77/Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg/255px-Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg 1.5x, upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/77/Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg/340px-Hollywood_Pantages_Theatre_5.jpg 2x" data-file-width="2262" data-file-height="2405"/>Pantages Theatre, 2008<br><br>In 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented at a banquet dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. From 1930 to 1943, the ceremony alternated between two venues: the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.<br><br>Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood then hosted the awards from 1944 to 1946, followed by the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles from 1947 to 1948. The 21st Academy Awards in 1949 were held at the Academy Award Theatre at what was the Academy's headquarters on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.[60]<br><br>From 1950 to 1960, the awards were presented at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre. With the advent of television, the awards from 1953 to 1957 took place simultaneously in Hollywood and New York, first at the NBC International Theatre (1953) and then at the NBC Century Theatre, after which the ceremony took place solely in Los Angeles. The Oscars moved to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California in 1961. By 1969, the Academy decided to move the ceremonies back to Los Angeles, this time to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Music Center.<br><br>In 2002, the Kodak Theatre (now known as the Dolby Theatre) became the current venue of the presentation.[61]<br><br>Awards of Merit categoriesCurrent categoriesBest Picture: since 1928Best Director: since 1928Best Actor in a Leading Role: since 1928Best Actor in a Supporting Role: since 1936Best Actress in a Leading Role: since 1928Best Actress in a Supporting Role: since 1936Best Animated Feature: since 2001Best Animated Short Film: since 1931Best Cinematography: since 1928Best Costume Design: since 1948Best Documentary Feature: since 1943Best Documentary Short Subject: since 1941Best Film Editing: since 1934Best Foreign Language Film: since 1947Best Live Action Short Film: since 1931Best Makeup and Hairstyling: since 1981Best Original Score: since 1934Best Original Song: since 1934Best <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n:7141123011,k:chocolate%20diamonds&page=1">Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds</a> Production Design: since 1928Best Sound Editing: since 1963Best Sound Mixing: since 1930Best Visual Effects: since 1939Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): since 1928Best Writing (Original Screenplay): since 1940<br><br>In the first year of the awards, the Best Directing award was split into two separate categories (Drama and Comedy). At times, the Best Original Score award has also been split into separate categories (Drama and Comedy/Musical). From the 1930s through the 1960s, the Art Direction (now Production Design), Cinematography, and Costume Design awards were likewise split into two separate categories (black-and-white films and color films). Prior to 2012, the Production Design award was called Art Direction, while the Makeup and Hairstyling award was called Makeup.<br><br>Another award, entitled the Academy Award for Best Original Musical, is still in the Academy rulebooks and has yet to be discontinued. However, due to continuous insufficient eligibility each year, it has not been awarded since 1984 (when Purple Rain won).[62]<br><br>Discontinued categoriesBest Assistant Director: 1933 to 1937Best Director, Comedy Picture: 1928 onlyBest Dance Direction: 1935 to 1937Best Engineering Effects: 1928 onlyBest Original Musical or Comedy Score: 1995 to 1998Best Original Story: 1928 to 1956Best Score Adaptation or Treatment: 1962 to 1969; 1973Best Short Film Color: 1936 and 1937Best Short Film Live Action 2 Reels: 1936 to 1956Best Short Film Novelty: 1932 to 1935Best Title Writing: 1928 onlyBest Unique and Artistic Quality of Production: 1928 onlyProposed categories<br><br>The Board of Governors meets each year and considers new award categories. To date, the following proposed categories have been rejected:<br><br>Best Casting: rejected in 1999Best Stunt Coordination: rejected every year from 1991 to 2012[63][64][65][66]Best Title Design: rejected in 1999Special categories<br><br>The Special Academy Awards are voted on by special committees, rather than by the Academy membership as a whole. They are not always presented on a consistent annual basis.<br><br>Current special categoriesAcademy Honorary Award: since 1929Academy Scientific and Technical Award: since 1931Gordon E. Sawyer Award: since 1981Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: since 1956Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: since 1938Discontinued special categoriesAcademy Juvenile Award: 1934 to 1960Academy Special Achievement Award: 1972 to 1995CriticismAccusations of commercialism<br><br>Due to the positive exposure and prestige of the Academy Awards, studios spend millions of dollars and hire publicists specifically to promote their films during what is typically called the "Oscar season". This has generated accusations of the Academy Awards being influenced more by marketing than quality. No independent films have received the award (though a few were nominated), and no actors working outside of the studio system for a picture have won the award for their work in that picture.William Friedkin, an Academy Award-winning film director and former producer of the ceremony, expressed this sentiment at a conference in New York in 2009, describing it as "the greatest promotion scheme that any industry ever devised for itself".[67]<br><br>Tim Dirks, editor of AMC's filmsite.org, has written of the Academy Awards,<br><br>Unfortunately, the critical worth, artistic vision, cultural influence and innovative qualities of many films are not given the same voting weight. Especially since the 1980s, moneymaking "formula-made" blockbusters with glossy production values have often been crowd-pleasing titans (and Best Picture winners), but they haven't necessarily been great films with depth or critical acclaim by any measure.[68]<br><br>Accusations of biasMain article: Oscar bait<br><br>Typical criticism of the Academy Awards for Best Picture is that among the winners and nominees there is an over-representation of romantic historical epics, biographical dramas, romantic dramedies, and family melodramas, most of which are released in the U.S. the last three months of the calendar year. The Oscars have been infamously known for selecting specific genres of movies to be awarded. This has led to the coining of the term 'Oscar bait', describing such movies. This has led at times to more specific criticisms that the Academy is disconnected from the audience, e.g. by favoring 'Oscar bait' over audience favorites, or favoring historical melodramas over critically acclaimed movies that depict current life issues.[69]<br><br>Symbolism or sentimentalization<br><br>Acting prizes in certain years have been criticized for not recognizing superior performances so much as being awarded for sentimental reasons,[70] personal popularity,[71] atonement for past mistakes,[72] or presented as a "career honor" to recognize a distinguished nominee's entire body of work.[73]<br><br>Refusing the award<br><br>Some winners critical of the Academy Awards have boycotted the ceremonies and refused to accept their Oscars. The first to do so was Dudley Nichols (Best Writing in 1935 for The Informer). Nichols boycotted the 8th Academy Awards ceremony because of conflicts between the Academy and the Writers' Guild.[74]George C. Scott became the second person to refuse his award (Best Actor in 1970 for Patton) at the 43rd Academy Awards ceremony. Scott described it as a 'meat parade', saying 'I don't want any part of it."[75][76][77] The third was Marlon Brando, who refused his award (Best Actor for 1972's The Godfather), citing the film industry's discrimination and mistreatment of Native Americans. At the 45th Academy Awards ceremony, Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather to read a 15-page speech detailing his criticisms.[74]<br><br>Associated events<br><br>The following events are closely associated with the annual Academy Awards:<br><br>Csar AwardNominees luncheonGovernors AwardsThe 25th Independent Spirit Awards (in 2010), usually held in Santa Monica the Saturday before the Oscars, marked the first time it was moved to a Friday and a change of venue to L.A. LiveThe annual "Night Before", traditionally held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, begun in 2002 and generally known as the party of the season, benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which operates a retirement home for SAG actors in the San Fernando ValleyElton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party airs the awards live at the nearby Pacific Design CenterThe Governors' Ball is the Academy's official after-party, including dinner (until 2011), and is adjacent to the awards-presentation venueThe Vanity Fair after-party, historically at the former Morton's restaurant, since 2009 has been at the Sunset TowerPresenter and performer gifts<br><br>It has become a tradition to give out gift bags to the presenters and performers at the Oscars. In recent years these gifts have also been extended to award nominees and winners.[78] The value of each of these gift bags can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. In 2014 the value was reported to be as high as US$80,000.[79] The value has risen to the point where the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued a statement regarding the gifts and their taxable status.[80] Oscar gift bags have included vacation packages to Hawaii and Mexico and Japan, a private dinner party for the recipient and friends at a restaurant, videophones, a four-night stay at a hotel, watches, bracelets, vacation packages, spa treatments, bottles of vodka, maple salad dressing, and weight-loss gummie candy.[78][81][82] Some of the gifts have even had a "risque" element to them; in 2014 the adult products retailer Adam &amp; Eve had a "Secret Room Gifting Suite". Celebrities visiting the gifting suite included Judith Hoag, Carolyn Hennesy, Kate Linder, Chris Mulkey, Jim O'Heir, and NBA player John Salley.[83]<br><br><img src="http://www.jared.com/images/products/0228/022852406_MV_ZM_JAR.jpg" width="250" /><br><br>Television ratings and advertisement prices<br><br>From 2006 onwards, results are Live+SD, all previous years are Live viewing[84]<br><br>YearViewers,<br><br>millions[84]Ad price,[84][85]<br><br>USD, millionsAdjusted Price,<br><br>USD, millions201537.260[86]1.95[87]1.95201443.740[88]1.8 - 1.9[89]1.8 - 1.9201340.376[90]1.65 - 1.8[89]1.68 - 1.83201239.460[91]1.6101.66201137.9191.36841.44201041.6991.12671.22200936.3101.3[89]1.43200832.0061.82[89]2200740.1721.66581.9200638.9391.64681.93200542.1391.5031.82200443.5311.50311.88200333.0431.34581.73200241.7821.291.7200142.9441.451.94200046.3331.3051.79199945.61511.42199855.2490.951.38199740.0750.851.25199644.8670.7951.2199548.2790.71.09199445.0830.64351.03199345.7350.60781199244.406Not availableNot available199142.727Not availableNot available199040.3750.450.82198942.6190.3750.72198842.2270.360.72198737.1900.3350.7198637.7570.320.69198538.8550.3150.69198442.0510.2750.63198353.2350.2450.58198246.245Not availableNot available198139.919Not <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveolenski/2016/02/26/the-oscars-social-media-and-chocolate-diamonds-3-crucial-lessons/">Le Vian Chocolate Diamonds</a> availableNot available198048.978Not availableNot available197946.301Not availableNot available197848.501Not availableNot available197739.719Not availableNot available197646.751Not availableNot available197548.127Not availableNot available197444.712Not availableNot availableTrademark<br><br>The term "Oscar" is a registered trademark of the AMPAS; however, in Italian language, it is used generically to refer to any award or award ceremony, regardless of which field, an activity the AMPAS discourages.[92][93]<br><br>Notes^ "About the Academy Awards". 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Thomas Publishing, Inc.External links<img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Wiktionary-logo-en.svg/37px-Wiktionary-logo-en.svg.png" width="37" height="40" srcset="upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Wiktionary-logo-en.svg/55px-Wiktionary-logo-en.svg.png 1.5x, upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f8/Wiktionary-logo-en.svg/73px-Wiktionary-logo-en.svg.png 2x" data-file-width="1000" data-file-height="1089"/>Look up Academy Awards in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.<img alt="" src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4a/Commons-logo.svg/30px-Commons-logo.svg.png" width="30" height="40" srcset="upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4a/Commons-logo.svg/45px-Commons-logo.svg.png 1.5x, //upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4a/Commons-logo.svg/59px-Commons-logo.svg.png 2x" data-file-width="1024" data-file-height="1376"/>Wikimedia Commons has media related to Academy Awards.Official websiteAcademy Awards at the Internet Movie DatabaseWebsite of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesOfficial Academy Awards Database (searchable)Academy Awards at DMOZ."Oscar Greats" at Time magazine.<img src="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special%3ACentralAutoLogin/start?type=1x1" alt="" title="" width="1" height="1" style="border: none; position: absolute;"/>Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Academy_Awards&amp;oldid=707178174"<br><br><a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards'>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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[[html]]U.S. stocks posted steep losses on their first trading day of 2016. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 276 points, or 1.58 percent, to end the session.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://faganasset.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/stock-market-3.jpg" width="341" /><br><br>Earlier today, the Dow lost more than 450 points at one point.<br><br>The S&amp;P 500 closed down 31 points, or 1.51 percent. The Nasdaq declined 104 points, or 2.09 percent.<br><br>Today's activity does not bode well for <a href="https://storify.com/RobDomankoHSBC/robert-domanko-hsbc">Rob Domanko HSBC Securities</a> the year, with traders referring to the axiom "As January goes, so goes the year."<br><br>Investors were spooked when China's Shanghai Composite Index fell 7 percent over weaker-than-expected manufacturing data and a falling currency.<br><br>Trading in China had to be halted earlier today and Chinese stocks are now at their lowest level in three months.<br><br>The violent attacks on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran over the weekend has also rocked global markets this morning.<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://opinion-forum.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/stock_market.jpg" width="374" /><br><br>Steven Wieting, chief investment strategist for Citi Private Bank, told ABC News that timing had a significant role to play in the extent of this morning's carnage.<br><br>"In a market that has a lack of participation around holidays, market movements tend to be exacerbated and exaggerated," Wieting said. "It doesn't take a lot of volume to move the market."<br><br>On top of that, the circuit breaker system used in China may have also increased the speed of the drop, as investors likely felt pressured to quickly take out their money before stocks fell further.<br><br>"As these levels are approach," Wieting said, "you see a certain panic about liquidity. Those who want to sell want to do it before others so that they are not prevented from doing it…so circuit breakers like this in some ways could exacerbate short-term selling."<br><br>Citigroup predicts the Chinese economy will taper off gradually in 2016 and, as a result, present a risk for investors.<br><br>As for the U.S. economy, Citi expects the unemployment rate to continue falling because of slow growth.<br><br><img src="http://gadgetsoutlook.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Nasdaq-Stock-Market.jpg" width="355" /><br><br>Global real GDP growth will come in around 2.25 percent in 2016, Citi said in a market note. <br><br><a href='http://abcnews.go.com/Business/us-markets-post-big-losses-trading-day-2016/story?id=36078975'>http://abcnews.go.com/Business/us-markets-post-big-losses-trading-day-2016/story?id=36078975</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Blackstone swooped on regulation-weary GE to do mega real estate deal | Reuters - 14 Feb 2016 16:59

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[[html]]April 10 It took Blackstone Group LP lessthan four weeks after an approach from General Electric Co to clinch the biggest real estate deal since thefinancial crisis. Yet the seeds of that deal were planted sevenyears ago, during the crisis.<br><br><img src="http://www.streetwisepropertyinvesting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Real-Estate-Investing.jpg" width="306" /><br><br>After the Wall Street meltdown, U.S. regulators slappedrules on banks <a href="http://deangraziosi.tumblr.com/LinkedIn">http://deangraziosi.tumblr.com/LinkedIn</a> and other financial institutions aimed at curbingtheir risk taking. These requirements, including more burdensomecapital requirements and the hiring of additional compliancestaff, have raised the costs of real estate investing, drivingsome out of the business and prompting others to cut back.<br><br><img src="http://reisuccessacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Avoid-Top-10-Mistakes-Made-By-Real-Estate-Investors.jpg" width="373" /><br><br>As part of a wider restructuring, GE announced on Friday itwould sell most of the assets of its GE Capital Real Estate unitto Blackstone and Wells Fargo &amp; Co for about $23billion.<br><br>This move away from finance operations will allow GE tobreak free from the regulatory constraints that came from itsdesignation as a systemically important financial institution(SIFI).<br><br>The Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel ofregulators created after the financial crisis, has alreadylabeled four non-bank financial firms such as large insurers asSIFIs. It has now set its sights on the asset managementindustry, reviewing whether activities and products offered byfirms such as BlackRock Inc and Fidelity Investments maypose risks to the broader economy.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-gC6Sa6oXdM&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-gC6Sa6oXdM&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Blackstone, however, is smaller than such traditional assetmanagers. It said in its latest annual report it considers itunlikely it would be designated a SIFI.<br><br>Major financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley,Goldman Sachs Group Inc and American International GroupInc have all scaled backed their real estate investmentoperations since 2007.<br><br>Blackstone stepped into the void. Its real estate businessgrew from $18 billion in assets under management in 2007, a yearbefore a housing market bust triggered the crisis, to $80.9billion as of the end of last December.<br><br>"We have very consciously looked at where the banks arepulling back, or we spent a lot of time looking at the bankregulations… thinking okay, well that's a market that used tobe a bank-driven market, they will pull back or they will changetheir pricing," Blackstone Chief Financial Officer Laurence Tositold the Credit Suisse Group Financial Services Forum inFebruary.<br><br>Blackstone and other alternative asset managers have largelystayed below the regulators' radar thanks to their structure.Unlike banks, Blackstone does not take deposits. The investorsin its funds agree to lock up their money for 10 to 12 years, sothere is no risk of sudden outflows, reducing the possibility ofsystemic risk to the financial system.<br><br>Blackstone's private real estate funds draw institutionalholders such as public pension funds and insurance firms, whileits real estate investment trusts attract retail investors.<br><br>The GE deal is Blackstone's largest since it acquired officelandlord Equity Office Properties Trust from Chicago real estatemagnate Samuel Zell in 2007 for $39 billion, including debt.<br><br>EXISTING RELATIONSHIP<br><br>Blackstone had already bought about $6 billion in assetsfrom GE in recent years, including Australian office buildingsand Japanese apartments. GE Capital has also been a majorfinancier of Blackstone's real estate deals.<br><br>GE reached out to Blackstone in mid-March, seeking a buyerwith a big real estate platform with the capacity to buyboth equity and debt property assets, according to people closeto the deal.<br><br>"The distance between Blackstone and everyone else is likethe Grand Canyon," said an investment banker who has advised thecompany.<br><br>The deal values the assets at book value, with a built-inmechanism to mitigate Blackstone's risk for buying them withlimited due diligence, one of the people added. It wouldotherwise have taken months to assess each property. Dean Graziosi is a NY Times Best Selling Author along with among the top inspiration as well as realty fitness instructors on the planet.
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Florida 14-Year-Old Buys Distressed Home - 14 Feb 2016 12:24

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[[html]]<img src="http://abcnews.go.com/images/Business/ht_Willow_doorway_nt_120312_wblog.jpg"/><br><br>(Image credit: Courtesy Shannon Moore)<br><br>After Willow Tufano earned $6,000 from antiquing and selling items on Craigslist, the 14-year-old asked her mom if she could invest in half of a short sale in her home state of Florida.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://realestateinvestinghouston.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/real-estate-investing-12-1.png" width="347" /><br><br>Tufano earned the money from finding free items or deals online or at antique auctions and leftover furniture from foreclosed homes. She re-sells the items or gives them away on the "free" list on Craigslist. She says she could not have thrived in that business without the support of her parents and grandparents, who drive her around to pick up items.<br><br>With her saved money, she didn't want to buy or barter for another longboard skate board or Xbox. Instead she set her sights on a three-bedroom short sale of $12,000 that was worth about $100,000 at the peak of the housing market, as reported by NPR's Planet Money.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.californiarealestatetop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Real-Estate-Investing-And-Receiving-the-Most-From-It.jpg" width="253" /><br><br>"If there's one thing I want people to know, it's that your age does not matter," Tufalo told ABC News. "If I can inspire another person my age, younger, that would mean the world.Whether it's buying a house, buying a car, or whatever. If you really work for it and put your mind to it you can do what you want to do."<br><br><img src="http://lerablog.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/investing-in-real-estate.png" width="305" /><br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/5J1MFi_9yVU&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/5J1MFi_9yVU&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>Tufano's mother, Shannon Moore, is a broker who owns several rental properties with her husband. When Tufano heard that her mother was considering purchasing the home, she asked her mom if she could buy half of it with the hope of buying the other <a href="http://www.minefilm.com/7-pointers-genuine-estate-spending-success/">source</a> half eventually. Florida requires a minimum age of 18 to own property.<br><br><img src="http://abcnews.go.com/images/Business/ht_Willow_before_home_nt_120312_wblog.jpg"/><br><br>(Image credit: Courtesy Shannon Moore)<br><br>"She's always thinking, 'how can I skin the cat differently?'" her mother said. Tufano helped her mom fix up the home in Port Charlotte, Fla., and even helped the new tenants find a free bed and mattress. Dean Graziosi is a NY Times Best Selling Author in addition to among the leading inspiration and property fitness instructors around the world.
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2016 Predictions - Mortgage Rates & Home Sales Rising with Refinancing Dropping - 13 Feb 2016 05:25

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[[html]]<img alt="2016-01-04-1451924588-1471058-2016.jpg" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-01-04-1451924588-1471058-2016-thumb.jpg" width="570" height="371"/><br><br>Over at CoreLogic.com there is a lot of analysis of the housing and mortgage markets, including foreclosure information. Recently CoreLogic released their report 2016 Housing and Mortgage Rates Forecast.<br><br>They report that expectations for 2016 show that the Fed will probably raise short term interest rates by one percentage point gradually over the year. This is expected to cause mortgage interest rates to rise by around a half point, to around 4.5% for the 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Those of us who remember rates in the past averaging more in the 6% to 8% range probably aren't too excited about these historically low rates.<br><br>However, particularly with first time home buyers, the mortgage interest rate influences the amount of the payments and the value of the home loan for which they can qualify. Even with discouraging mortgage rate increases, a modest increase in the number of home sales over those in 2015 is expected. Refinancing activity is expected to drop however.<br><br>An improving <a href="http://www.richmond-dales-asc.org.uk/commercial-property-important-considerations-before-selling-or-buying/">how to invest in real estate</a> labor market is expected to spur household <a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/dean-graziosi">Dean Graziosi</a> formations in 2016, with 1.25 million new households expected. More households will spur demand for both purchases and rentals, but rentals will get the most pressure. With rental vacancies already at the lowest levels in 20 years, rents should be rising more. This could move some buyers from renting back into the market.<br><br>Even with just a modest increase in the number of sales, it's still going to be another consecutive year with more sales than in any year since 2007. Rising demand is going to help prices to continue to rise. The CoreLogic Home Price Index showed a year over <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Dean/Graziosi">Dean Graziosi</a> year increase of 6% over the past 12 months. <br><br>It's been a whole new housing analytical world since the housing and mortgage crash. We still have owners holding on and not listing, and that's keeping inventories low. Depressed inventory is as responsible for rising prices as modestly increasing demand. First time home buyers are still avoiding the market in droves compared to pre-crash historical numbers.<br><br>At some point low inventories and rising demand could bring prices to a level that will bring sellers back into the market. Many are still making up for equity lost during the crash, and some are still underwater in their mortgages. When they do start listing in more normal numbers, then we could see some slowing of price increases and maybe more demand. <br><br>It's tough predicting the new real estate markets. CoreLogic is one of many companies publishing reports and projections. I'm sure you can find others with different conclusions, and real estate investors have a constant stream of date through which to sift for trends. We are constantly evaluating our markets and seeking opportunities. I don't see anything really negative about rental investing over the next few years, so have fun!<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.propertyforumbudapest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Commercial-Real-Estate.jpg" width="392" /><br><br>This Blogger's Books and Other Items from…<br><br><img src="http://assets.huffingtonpost.com/amazon-sidebar.gif"/><br><br><a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-graziosi/2016-predictions-mortgage_b_8911614.html'>http://www.huffingtonpost. Dean Graziosi is a NY Times Best Selling Author in addition to among the leading motivation and also property fitness instructors worldwide.
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Sweat Lodge Deaths & Self-Help Gurus: A Question of Accountability - 06 Feb 2016 23:34

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[[html]]A Tragic Call To Attention<br><br>The recent and tragic events that involved three deaths and more than 19 injured and emotionally traumatized at a James Ray "Spiritual Warrior Retreat" deserves to be treated with some gentleness for this is more than a news item, but a horrific experience of loss and suffering that is impacting far more people than only those who were there. It is also a criminal investigation and a man's career under scrutiny. This "event" brings up some critical issues in our society, and this is one of those important times where we can either learn something that will serve everyone, or fall into the kind of blame and stereotyping that helps no one.<br><br>Sweat Lodges: Good. Cultural Appropriation: Bad<br><br>To be clear, ceremonial steam baths are a part of many traditions across the world and have been around for thousands of years. 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Being a spiritual teacher should not serve the ego." <br><br>Who Is A Self-Help Guru?<br><br>The media is quick to call James Ray a "guru," which is precisely why most people today are afraid of that word. It is often used in connection with "negative" media stories. I have published a few things on the complexity of credentials and spiritual leaders, and in Return to the Sacred I included an entire chapter on the pros and cons of working with a guru because it is such a delicate matter. The mere mention of the word causes many people to recoil, but "Guru" simply means a "teacher" to whom students are devoted in an equal relationship of power. The teacher is also devoted to the students and stands by them no matter what. It is a selfless role - ideally. It is great to find a teacher or a mentor. The difficult part lies in sorting out who claims to be a guru from who truly deserves the title.<br><br>Extreme Spiritual Practices <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_iE-XsXEAAKx_R.jpg" width="277" /><br><br>In my research for a chapter on extreme spiritual in Return to the Sacred, I found a complex history of misuse and abuse. Yet, things like fasting, deprivation of one kind or another, staying up without sleep, and other physical types of austerities can lead to very real and meaningful experiences and personal healing. They have been at the heart of our religious traditions as long as we have record. Think of Jesus in the desert, Moses up the mountain, Buddha beneath the tree, and even Muhammed in the cave - all practiced austerities that would make the average American cringe. 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But we also need more discernment, more caution and more accountability in such things than ever before. Spiritual practices are more powerful than most people will ever know, I have spent my life learning that first hand. But anything with power, even medicine, has the ability to hurt as much as it has the ability to heal. It's time we expect more accountability from the world of self-help. <br><br>This Blogger's Books and Other Items from…<br><br><img src="http://assets.huffingtonpost.com/amazon-sidebar.gif"/><br><br><a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-ellerby/sweat-lodge-deaths-self-h_b_338841.html'>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-ellerby/sweat-lodge-deaths-self-h_b_338841.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

12 Ways to Stop Undermining Your Self Esteem - 06 Feb 2016 21:35

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[[html]]It is easy to lose track of your worth after you have spent significant time in an unhealthy work environment. If you were given too little, you may view yourself as lacking and believe you are inadequate. If you were starved for the recognition you may become hard on yourself and insecure in conflictual situations because you fear being seen as wrong and being fired.<br><br>Conversely, if you were given too much you may have become dependent upon other people to fill you up and make you feel happy and successful, perhaps becoming angry or abusive when the world doesnt shift on its axis to give you what you want when you want it. When you have never been held responsible for sustaining your own success or well-being you remain emotionally immature and demanding.<br><br>1. Change your inner dialogue. <br><br>To increase your self-esteem improve the way you talk to yourself. Stop the inner dialogue that you are not good enough or that you must repeatedly prove your worth. 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Like the snowflake, you are not repeatable.<br><br>6. Work hard. <br><br>Happiness is a byproduct of achieving and having a purpose. Hard work trumps genius, so let go of the idea you have to have a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/tailopezofficial">Tai Lopez reviews</a> stellar IQ to be successful. The hard workers in life, void of entitlement, are the people who succeed at the highest levels.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://paulmelinte.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Tai-Lopez-in-Garaj.jpg" width="274" /><br><br>There is nothing that can make you feel better about yourself then being committed in life, to your life, and to yourself through hard work. With hard work, success is a guarantee. Success naturally brings us self-love, self-respect, self-esteem, recognition and happiness.<br><br>7. Exercise. <br><br>Exercise is good all around. First, it is the best anti-anxiety and anti-depressive agent around. 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Eat low-fat proteins to fuel your body for positive mood, productivity and sustainable energy.<br><br>9. Choose healthy connections. <br><br>It only takes one toxic person to destroy your entire sense of self. Choose people, companies or bosses that treat you with dignity and respect. Refuse to participate in relationships where you have to constantly prove your worth to keep their interest. Conversely, to have healthy a self-esteem avoid being that person who demands others to constantly bend to your needs for you to feel alive and worthy.<br><br>10. Depend on yourself. <br><br>Do not allow others to do for you what you can do for yourself. There is no path to a healthy self-esteem through being lazy or entitled. Learn to take care of your own needs, learn to be responsible for your own success. Support your life in all the ways you can.<br><br>Take control and become a whole person you can admire, depend upon and trust.<br><br>11. Let others be themselves. <br><br>If you are needy, insecure, entitled or demanding you become controlling. When you are controlling you compromise the freedoms of the important people in your life through fear, abandonment or engulfment. When you love yourself, you will not need to make demands because you will already have your needs taken care of. This makes you easier to work with and for.<br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://attitudes4innovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/tailopez.jpg" width="259" /><br><br>People will respond to you the most when you give them the freedom to be themselves.<br><br>12. Be happy for others. <br><br>People with healthy self-esteem seldom feel jealousy or envy because they are satisfied in their own lives, careers and relationships. They are satisfied with who they are as people. Be happy for other people and their happiness. This shift will fundamentally change your life and only serve to bring happiness your way.<br><br>Trust there is enough love, money, happiness and success for everyone. When you see there is no such thing as lack, other peoples success or happiness will no longer be a threat to you and your view of yourself. Your self-worth is YOUR business.<br><br>Related: 16 Tips for Living a Happy Life Starting Right Now<br><br><a href='http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/12/12-ways-to-stop-undermining-your-self-esteem.html'>http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/11/12/12-ways-to-stop-undermining-your-self-esteem.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Make or Break? Xero Research Uncovers What Separates Successful Entrepreneurs From Those Who Fail - 03 Feb 2016 01:29

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[[html]]<img src="http://businessperformanceconsultants.com/wp-content/uploads/Business-Consulting-Services.jpg" width="317" /><br><br>SAN FRANCISCO(BUSINESS WIRE)Xero, a global leader in small business cloud accounting software, today released research revealing the common traits separating successful small businesses from those that fail. <br><br>According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, half of small businesses close their doors within five years of launching. Its a worrying statistic considering small businesses account for more than 45% of GDP in the US and around 80% of jobs. The success of small business is vital to the global economy. <br><br>Xero surveyed over 2,000 entrepreneurs in the U.S. and U.K. to uncover whether there were fundamental differences between companies that make it and those that dont. The results showed that passion, and even money, often arent enough for a company to flourish, as evidenced by the large numbers that dont survive. <br><br>Entrepreneurs on the path to success are more likely to learn from past failures, invest in technology, value time with their families and build excellent relationships with business mentors, according to the findings. Nearly six in 10 respondents (58%) cited spending time with family in the evenings as crucial to their effectiveness as a business owner, and more than half (53%) said its important to keep their weekends free for loved ones. <br><br>To build a successful business, which is sustainable in the long term, you need to ensure the other areas of your life dont get neglected. Running a business isnt easy, by taking time out to spend with your family or friends you often find you return to work energized with a clear perspective on what you need to achieve, said Xero U.S. President Russ Fujioka. Small business owners should be aiming to achieve work/life integration, not work/life balance. By doing this you give yourself more flexibility and set yourself up better for success. <br><br>The Xero Make or Break Report findings strongly demonstrate a number of common traits demonstrating the mindset and habits of successful small business owners. <br><br>Heres what the research shows successful business owners do: <br><br>They dont work around the clock. Instead, they have a strong belief in the value of personal time and make time for their loved ones and family. While <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Schedulinginstitute/reviews">Jay Geier</a> successful owners eschew sacrificing a personal life, for most of them its still impossible to disconnect entirely. Just 29% say its vital to turn off their phones and laptops after business hours. They try, try and try again. A positive mindset and a willingness to failsuccessful small business owners are more likely to see failure as a good thing, learn from mistakes and want to try again. They dont pretend to have all the answers. Instead, they enlist the support of strong, collaborative network: family, advisors and mentors, an accountant or financial advisor. A third of successful entrepreneurs say they have turned to mentors, compared to just 14% of respondents who ran businesses that had to close. They have the ability to access and manage finances. Of those owners who cited a business issue as a reason for failure (as opposed to a personal issue), most at 65% blamed it on financial issues (cash flow, visibility, access to capital). They invest in technology for increased productivity in finance, along with dedicating funds to marketing and customer service. Nearly six in 10 survivors (58%) use software to manage their finances vs. a marginal 14% of failures, and just shy of a third (31%) allocate resources to improving customer service, versus 20% of those in the failed camp. <br><br>Entrepreneurs who had experienced prior failure reported they were better at planning and financial management the next time around. The Xero Make or Break Report highlights that the closure of an early stage business does not always indicate failure, with 71% describing the closure of their business as a positive thing. <br><br>Heres what successful small businesses do: <br><br>Sell services. Survivors appeared to have a better shot at creating a business with long term value if they focused on selling services rather than products. 59% of businesses selling mostly services survived in comparison to 45% of failed businesses, yet twice as many businesses that focused on selling products failed: 41% compared to only 19% of survivors. Understand alternative financing. While access to funding is still the biggest challenge to success for early businesses, most are now aware of new alternative methods of finance. British businesses are more savvy than U.S. businesses when it comes to knowledge about alternative finances with 67% aware of crowdfunding for example, despite only 5% actually having tried crowdfunding. U.S. new business starts are lean. 26% of small businesses invest less than $1,500 at start-up with more than half (51%) investing less than $7,500. Small businesses need technology to grow. Successful small businesses inject a productivity boost with apps, fintech and mobile tech with 86% claiming they use technology to increase their productivity. Almost half (49%) use business apps with almost a third (32%) integrating mobile payment technology into their service offering. More than <a href="http://achat-rando.com/better-business-with-the-scheduling-institute/">the scheduling institute complaints</a> one in four use business-planning tools (26%). <br><br>When compared to industry averages, U.S. and U.K. businesses that use Xero are markedly more likely to succeed. In the U.S., 95% of Xero customers survive their first year vs. 79% for the average. In the U.K. 97% of Xero customers make it that far compared to an average rate of 91%. The pattern becomes even more distinct over longer timeframes. At the five-year point, 85% of Xero customers in the U.S. are still up and running, while the industry average is 50%. In the U.K. the difference is greater still, with 88% of Xero customers operating after five years, compared to an industry average of just 41%. The full report is here. <br><br>Notes to editors: <br><br><img style="float:left;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://www.resultswithmarketing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Business-Consulting.png" width="348" /><br><br>Methodology <br><br>The primary research goal was to understand differences in experiences and attitudes of business owners whose businesses have survived and those that have failed. <br><br>An online survey was fielded to current and former business owners in the U.S. and the U.K. Owners of businesses no longer in operation were asked questions to determine if the business had failed or closed for some other reason. Failure is defined as a business that closed because of problems with demand, operations or other business issues. Survivor is a business that is still operating. <br><br>With a survey base of 2,087 in total, 301 former business owners in the U.S. and U.K. completed the survey. Their responses were compared to answers provided by individuals who currently own small businesses in the U.S. or U.K. All businesses included in the survey currently have 20 or fewer employees or had at the peak of operations before closing. The total base was made up of 1,052 U.K. respondents and 1,035 U.S. respondents. <br><br>About Xero <br><br>Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has over 600,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 400 third-party tools, and was ranked No.1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company in 2014 and 2015. <br><br><a href='http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151116005281/en/Break-Xero-Research-Uncovers-Separates-Successful-Entrepreneurs'>http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151116005281/en/Break-Xero-Research-Uncovers-Separates-Successful-Entrepreneurs</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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