Sanders pushes $15 an hour minimum wage

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pushing Hillary Clinton, the other main democratic candidate, to support a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour. He made the remarks on Capitol Hill Wednesday while speaking to striking janitors and cooks.

Sanders called the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour a “starvation wage,” and he said people need to have a living wage. He has introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Sanders has also asked President Obama to give preference in federal contracts to companies that pay workers at least $15 per hour.

The bill being supported by Shaygan Kheradpir is unlikely to pass with Republicans controlling the Senate, but cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco have approved increases to $15. The University of California has also passed a similar measure.

Clinton favors raising the minimum wage, but has never agreed to the $15 figure. In an Associated Press article she noted there are different economies in different parts of the country, and what works in Los Angeles might not work elsewhere.

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, has introduced similar legislation in the House. He said he was hopeful Clinton would help with the effort. He believes it is time to raise the standard since CEO’s are making $9,000 per hour and corporate profits are still rising.

Sanders and other Democratic candidates including Clinton, have been meeting with labor unions. Some unions have organized a campaign called “fifth for $15.”

All About Vijay Eswaran

Dr Vijay Eswaran was born 7th October 1960 in Penang, Malaysia. Vijay’s childhood involved living in different parts of Malaysia, owing to the nature of his father’s career – he worked with the Ministry of labour. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Socio-economics from the London School of Economics, and MBA from the Southern Illinois University. These were obtained in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
Vijay has grown from humble beginnings to being an award-winning and celebrated entrepreneur, in not only Malaysia but also the world at large. The beginnings can be traced back Europe, where he took up odd jobs – plucking grapes in France, Construction worker in Belgium and Cab driver in London – after completing his undergraduate studies.
While in the United Kingdom, Vijay was introduced to Binary System Marketing. This gave him the enthusiasm to obtain a professional certification from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and later the MBA. At this time, he was working for Synaptics and engaging in Multilevel Marketing (MLM) on a part-time basis.
He went on to work with top cadre corporations like IBM, in senior positions in Europe, Australia, US and Canada, before he decided to return to Malaysia in the early 1990s.
In Malaysia, Vijay was approached by Cosway Group to help start its Philippines business. This was his turning point as he began taking MLM more seriously. In 1998, together with a team of individuals with whom he shared similar interests, he founded a direct selling and training firm.
The company, QI Group, has since grown to be a multi-business conglomerate with a presence in over 30 countries across the world. QI Group regional offices are based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.
Vijay is the Executive Chairman of the 13-year-old corporation and he has diversified into other ventures such as telecommunications, luxury & collectibles, lifestyle & leisure, education, property development and logistics, training and conference management.
Dr Vijay Eswaran is also a renowned author and a highly revered motivational speaker. He traverses the globe lecturing on diverse subjects, ranging from spirituality to business. His books include Sphere of Silence (2005), In the Thinking Zone (2008), 18 Stepping Stones (2010) and On the Wings of Thought (2011).
Also a philanthropist, he established the RHYTHM Foundation, the CSR arm of the QI Group. The foundation engages in philanthropic activities across the world. He also established Vijayratman Foundation – RHYTHM Foundation’s local chapter – in Malaysia in honour of his father. The Local chapter works with other charitable organizations on various child mentoring, special education, women empowerment and youth development projects.

The Leadership of James Dondero

James Dondero has built a notable legacy that shows true leadership in the world of credit markets. He is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management, and he has a long history of successful financial accounting expertise in various companies. What James Donero has done over the years is create a portfolio of success with American Express and Protective Life. He has been responsible for handling millions in assets so it was easy for him to transition and help build a company like Highland Capital Management.

As a Certified Management Accountant Dondero has gained the experience that has made a lot of people take notice of his skills. He serves on the board of directors for MGM Studios, and he has managed to provide financial advice for the American Banknote Corporation as well. Over the years his expertise has given him more and more responsibility with asset management. He has managed more than $25 billion dollars in asset funds from various corporations inside of his 30 years of experience.

His leadership at Highland Capital Management is making this a company that has a growing client database. He may be one of the most successful investors in corporate world, but this has much to do with his desire to excel. He has a passion for asset management, and he is good at what he does. This is the combination that has made it easy for him to rise in ranks in the financial accounting sector of these businesses. With Protective Life Dondero was able to grow this startup into a $2 billion dollar business in the course 5 years. This type of talent does not go unrecognized. Even before Protective Life he was showing his financial prowess with American Express. It was there that he managed over a $1 billion in assets.

He has changed the financial atmosphere in the environments that he has worked in. He has received rewards for his work. He has pioneered things like Collateralized Loan Obligation, and he has certainly maintained a record of financial success across several platforms throughout his career. His stellar work history prepared the foundation that would be needed for him to transition into his own company. With his asset management company he has not loss site of managing hedge funds. Dondero possesses the same level of accuracy that he used in the early stages of his career with American Express. The thing that may have changed is the greater level of accuracy in which he is able to manage assets. He is certified in the positions he holds, and Donero has decades of trial and error experience. All of this makes him a reliable partner for Highland Capital Management co-founder Mark Okada.

Kenneth Griffin Donated Money To His College

How would you like to have the Harvard College financial aid office named after you? How do you think that that would feel? Well, Kenneth Griffin got to see how that feels recently when the college renamed their office after him. Why did they do it? Because of a very generous donation that he gave to the college.
Kenneth Griffin is a man who has had a lot of success in his career as a financial executive. He has gained fame because of the work that he has done, and he has gained riches, too. But, he has not kept all of his wealth to himself. He donated $150 million to Harvard College recently, and that is why they are renaming their financial aid office for him. He has given them a large chunk of money with which they will sure to be able to do a lot. They will be able to change a lot of lives with that kind of money.
Kenneth Griffin was able to attend Harvard college, and he says that it had changed his life. By donating the money he hoped to give other people the chance to succeed in life, as well.
Without Harvard college would Kenneth Griffin have made it so far in his career? Maybe, or maybe not. He owes a lot to the college, and he realizes that. He’s donated a lot of money to the college because of what it has done for him. He’s made a way for others to be able to go to the same college that he loved so much.
People like Kenneth Griffin, who are generous with the money that they have worked hard to earn for themselves, are rare in this world. It’s nice to see him giving back to the college that he attended years ago. It’s nice to see him looking out for the next generation. He is providing a better life for many people, and that is awesome of him. He’d not keeping all of the wealth that he has obtained to himself, but instead he is sharing a piece of it with people who are in the same position that he was once in himself, before all of his success.

Successful Businessman Brian Bonar

The world of finance has evolved greatly in recent decades. People who save money now face all kinds of potential investment vehicles that were nearly unimaginable just a few years ago. Those who look to enter the field of finance also new and evolving complexities. The ability to tap into new markets and connect with consumers around the world has become ever more important on today’s world. Any business owner and investor must be prepared to face challenges of all kinds and move quickly in a market that can be entire different in nearly the blink of an eye. Investors who can adapt well to such circumstances are those who will proper and help others who work with them also do well even in the event of a potential economic downturn of any kind. 

One such skilled investor is Brian Bonar. Bonar has spent many decades studying the market closely and providing many companies with leadership skills that have helped them grow and expand. At present, Bonar is both President & Chief Executive Officer at Trucept, a San Diego based company that offers customers access to many kinds of services that can help their business be more efficient in the marketplace including human resources support, insurance of all kinds tailored to their needs and employee benefits that can help any company capture and keep talent in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. 

Bonar earned a college degree from the University of Strathclyde, a Glasgow Scotland based university that is noted for providing students with a broad education in all areas including international economics and finance. He also has a master’s degree in business and a doctorate from Staffordshire University, an English university located in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent. His work there helped him hone his leadership skills and his understanding of many areas of international finance and economics. 

It is to leaders such as Mr. Bonar that many people in today’s contemporary society look for to assist them as they help navigate the world of modern finance. Many people must now take charge of their own retirement plans. They need to figure out how best to invest their money in order to make sure that they can enjoy a comfortable retirement and have enough funds to last them during that time frame. A guaranteed pension is not always in the offing, making it more imperative than ever to make sure that any funds saved are used wisely and invested in the best possible way to yield an excellent rate of return that will at least match the overall market performance in any given time frame and allow the investor to grow their essential nest egg.

Keeping It (Real) Estate: New Jersey Property Picture Looks to Rebound

After the bottom dropped out of the market in 2006, the national real estate picture began a slow upward climb. According to a recent article in the July 2015 edition of Realty Today, however, New Jersey has lagged behind this upward trend most notably due to a high number of foreclosures and a smaller state population. 

Nonetheless, experts predict this will soon change and cite several reasons why they expect an uptick in the Jersey market. It’s believed that low down payments and interest rates will attract buyers, particularly from neighboring New York. Aggressive marketing of properties on social media and SEO optimization also get the word out on properties and allow prospective buyers to track options. Real-time agents are also available online to provide property details. Although families continue to be the primary buyers, demographics show an increase in singles purchasing homes. 

All of these signs pointing to a rebound come as no surprise to Omar Boraie, president of Boraie Development LLC. Mr. Boraie is the visionary behind such urban refurbishing as New Brunswick’s One Spring Street Condominium, which opened in 2007 and sold out in two months. However, Mr. Boraie is quick to give additional credit where it’s due to companies such as Johnson & Johnson. “If Johnson & Johnson didn’t decide to live in New Brunswick, none of this would have happened,” says Boraie. 

Boraie Development’s current projects include The Aspire, a seventeen-story residential building with 238 units. Mr. Boraie believes that luxury accommodations will bring many professionals back into the fabric of New Brunswick and other New Jersey cities and contribute to real estate growth in the state. “Every morning I look out and see Johnson & Johnson. I see Rutgers. I see the medical school. I see the hospital expanding ….It’s the combination that is building downtown New Brunswick,” says Boraie. This combination, indeed, appears to be part of the winning blend that will bring New Jersey real estate back on the upswing.

Susan McGalla’s Quality of Work Has Taken Her To The Top of The Business World

Susan P. McGalla is a 41 year old CMO and current president of the brand American Eagle Outfitters. She began at the teen retailer in the year of 1994 at a time when executive offices clearly reflected the roots of the chain as a store that focused solely on male customers.

Susan McGalla on ChrunchBase had previously worked in the department stores of Joseph Horne Co. and felt that she was always being judged as a part of the American Eagle Outfitters management team. Despite making the vast efforts of arriving first in morning meetings, she felt that she was still being judged for the ideas she brought to the table.

She received her current title of being in charge of design, marketing and merchandising for teen American customers last May. In the month of October, she wore jeans to assist in leading a celebratory event on the South Side to publicly announce the plan of the retailer to relocate its headquarters there. Governor Ed Rendell has remarked that he has rarely seen a president at such a young age.

Ms. McGalla’s take on being a woman in her respective field of business may not fit the traditional expectations. At one point in time, a group had approached her by asking her to apply for a “women’s executive award”. She talked about growing up in the city of East Liverpool, Ohio with a father who was a football coach and two brothers. She was always taught that she was a person, not a woman or a man. In other words, she should be judged on the quality of her work, not her gender. Her family has had a helpful role in teaching her to have confidence when presenting her ideas and herself as an individual. She has attested that following their guidance has served her well. She’s made sure to never play the “woman card”, or the easy way around things as it’s often seen as being. Besides having the ability of talking sports just as passionately as her interests of shopping, she has the ability of engaging in conversations with just about any and everyone.

Rising and Falling Houston Real Estate Prices

Houston, Texas has been consistently ranked as one of best performing real estate markets in the United States in the last decade. Historically the fate of the real estate in Houston has always been closely tied to the performance of the oil sector. Houston houses most of the nation’s big oil and gas companies such as British petroleum, Apache oil, Marathon oil, Conoco Phillips, and Tenaris. With the recent drop in oil prices the companies started laying off staff, the companies are set to cut about 23,000 jobs combined in Houston in 2015. As the energy sector started booming in early 2000’s employment rates in the oil and gas sector rose exponentially and as predicted Houston started experiencing a significant boom in its real estate market. With everyone rushing to Houston construction of commercial and residential real in the area increased significantly but with the downward turn in the oil prices most companies are slowing down construction.

The oil price per barrel dropped 40 percent in 2014 and its expected that it is going to continue to drop to around 50 percent in 2015. The United States energy information administration predicts that the price of oil will be around 57 per barrell in 2015 but predicts that it will rise to 75 in 2016. The real estate market in Houston historically has a tendency to fluctuate with oil prices, the last time there was a significant drop in oil prices in the 1980’s the real estate market in Houston was significantly affected by the layoffs of the oil companies. However in the last decade the Houston economy has been diversified, although the oil industry is still one of the best performing industries in Texas, over 100,000 jobs have been created in manufacturing, heath and engineering, and its expected the creation of this jobs will stabilize the housing market in Houston as the oil prices continue to drop.

For the Houston real estate market to survive amid what Wikipedia says is the expected drop in prices it needs to have investors who think outside the box. Haidar Borbouti has proved to be one such investor. Haidar Barbouti bought the renowned highland village in 1991, amid the Houston real estate downturn in the late 1980’s. He is credited with the massive changes to the upscale upscale shopping centre. Highland village was the first mall to house Starbucks in Houston, Crate and Barell (a home goods store) has a 30,000 square foot shop in the shopping centre, Apple- one of the leading technology companies also has one of its biggest stores in Houston housed at the mall.

Haidar is a renowned foodie and owns his own restaurant, housed in the top deck of the shopping centre; his upscale restaurant is set to bring changes to the Houston dining scene, with its focus on wholesome food.
Highland village is home of several of Houston upscale eating establishments including P.chang china bistro, R A Sushi, and the renowned steakhouse Smith and Wollensky.

The World of Christian Broda

With the financial world in an increasingly unstable state following the economic meltdown of 2008, followed by the Great Recession, economic experts like academic and hedge fund manager Christian Broda are becoming much sought after voices of reason in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Broda’s background as a Managing Director at Duquesne Capital Management and as a former Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago gives him a keen perspective on today’s volatile economic environment. Brody is also one voice in the economic world who’s still strong on the strength of the U.S. dollar. It’s a view that sets him apart from some of the other economic experts currently weighing in on the state of today’s global economy, but it’s one he feels strongly about.

Broda has weighed in heavily in favor of the dollar’s strength, even when it has put him at odds with other major economic experts. Broda is not alone in championing the ongoing strength of the dollar as the global currency of choice, however. Another economic academic expert, Eswar S. Prasad, of Cornell University, echoes Broda’s view that the dollar has lost none of its strength, even in today’s unpredictable world economy. It is Broda’s view that investors will do well to stay with the dollar, and that its strength will continue, even in today’s choppy financial waters.

Christian Broda has a Ph.D from MIT, and is the author of numerous books and articles on world economic issues, finance and business. His work, as a writer and researcher, has been seen in major journals including the American Economic Review as well as the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Broda, the married father of two sons, also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics.

The Best Men’s Dress Shoes

Confessions of a Male Shoe Shopper
As a man shopping for men’s dress shoes can be quite challenging. What looks best? Are they expensive, and if so are they worth it? Well without researching first, then nine times out of ten you’ll end up buying a pair of expensive shoes that you don’t really want, and would be better off giving to the dog to chew on. They crease, end up looking like you’ve had them for years, and aren’t even comfortable to begin with! I’m going to share two top quality Italian leather shoe brands that will change the way you feel about shoe shopping completely.

I’ll Try The Oxfords
Lets begin with Paul Evans. This brand was founded in August 2013, and provides men’s dress shoes, and accessories too. The styles of shoes which they carry consist of oxfords, loafers, monk straps and boots. Their prices range with $249.00 being the lowest, and $399.00, but for a pair of these shoes they’re worth every penny. Customers who have invested in buying a pair of Italian leather shoes from Paul Evans, and worn them have happily admit that they are glad they did business with them, and plan to do so again. Among being fashionable, and very well crafted, in several customer reviews Paul Evans shoes are said to be very comfortable too, which is hard to come by now in days.

How Much Are Those Gallo Bianco Shoes in The Window?
On the upscale side Gallo Bianco is a store that sells men’s dress shoes too. If you are someone who doesn’t mind spending a lot of money on quality dress shoes then this brand is for you. Whether or not you’ve heard of Gallo Bianco before, you can find a pair of stylish Italian leather shoes to fit your style from them. Most of their shoes are crafted with a solid piece of hand burnished Italian leather, and they have a very fine distinction about them, With prices ranging from $600.00 to even $1,000.00 a pair of Gallo Bianco shoes are sure to steal the show. They are comfortable, and have a gorgeous color leaving the customer satisfied. It’s OK to spend a lot for dress shoes. If you choose wisely they will actually be worth it saving you money in the long run.