Individuals and families should consider taking charge of their financial situations to reach their material goals in life. Most people would like to save for retirement, many would like to secure the ability to pay, at least partly, for their children’s college educations. Others plan and save for vacations, purchasing a home, or a host of other things which can take a substantial bite out of their monthly incomes.
Financial service companies, such as Essex Financial in Essex, Connecticut, can help people clarify their goals and set up savings plans that will help them reach them.
Saving for retirement is something highly recommended, and which many people take responsibility for. Although some people choose to handle their own retirement plans, many others turn to professionals like Essex Financial to help them manage investments, understand new tax laws which can affect their bottom lines, and other complex issues that most working people simply don’t have the time or expertise to focus on successfully.
Financial planners are trained professionals that have at their fingertips large amounts of information that a layman would need hours of research to discover. Once financial goals are clarified, then the advisor can recommend actions on how families or individuals can meet those goals. He or she will know how investments should be allocated, how much and what kind of insurance is needed, and how certain actions affect the individual’s tax bill or estate.
Just as someone would not diagnose or try and treat an illness without the help and advice of a qualified medical professional, so too people should seek the help of a financial professional to help them maintain excellent financial health, all throughout life.
The Silverfern Group, co-managed by Clive Holmes and Reeta Holmes, has released its investments from 2016 at its 2017 Annual Meeting, providing an overview which revealed five new investments, three follow-on investments and three exits.
“Silverfern’s two largest, global networks- our base of investors spanning five continents and 23 countries, and our network of more than 50 operating executives and local operating partners- again provided us with a flow of private, off-market information that created unique investment opportunities,” Silverfern’s Clive Holmes said at the event. “We continue to add global diversification to our portfolio, while at all times remaining an informed, local investor.”
The new investments were in private equity and real estate, and included positions in the recapitalization of Temp RiverPark Apartments and the acquisitions of APR Energy plc, Continental Bakeries, Broad River Power Holdings and the Waste Services Group. The firm also made three follow-on investments into APR Energy, O-Tex Holdings, Inc. and Sequitur Energy Resources, as well as three investment exits.
“2016 proved to be extremely productive for Silverfern as we made five new platform investments, three follow-on investments, and achieved three investment exits globally,” said Reeta Co-Managing Partner Reeta Holmes. “The pace of our investments in middle market private equity, real estate and private debt globally has been accelerating, and we expect it will continue in 2017.”
In the wake of President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, General Electric announced it will sign $15 million worth of business deals to help diversify the Kingdom’s economy away from oil.
GE announced last week at a conference of senior US business executives with their Saudi counterparts its intention to deal with the desert Kingdom to help it diversify.
The agreements are worth about $7 billion in goods and services from GE itself. The range from utilities to healthcare; the oil industry, mining, and natural gas. Some of the deals are still in the form of memos and will need further negotiations to come to fruition.
One of the GE projects will guide power manufacture in Saudi Arabia to become more efficient and also offer digital technology to the operations at Saudi Aramco. The hope is that this project will ultimately create $4 billion in annual productivity increases at Aramco. It also hopes to cooperate in training and medical research.
The Dutch-based electronics company Philips says that its sale of a sub-company called Lumileds for $3.3 billion is now being scrutinized by a group called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.” According to the Philips third-quarter results, the CFIUS has “expressed certain unforeseen concerns” which made the sale of Lumileds uncertain.
Lumileds manufactures LEDs and car components, and also owns many LED patents.
Philips is selling an 80.1 percent stake in Lumileds to a consortium of mostly investors from China. The consortium is called Go Scales and is made up of GSR Capital, Nanchang Industrial Group, and Asia Pacific Resource Development, all of which are based in China.
The sale was announced in March and is part of the company’s plan to better concentrate on consumer goods and its medical technology business.
Philips said that it will “continue to engage with CFIUS and will take all reasonable steps to address its concerns” but did not give any details about what those concerns are and in what way they will be engaged.
“Our operational performance continues to strengthen, despite deteriorating macro-economic conditions in a number of markets, most notably China,” said Philips chief executive Frans van Houten.
Avenue Capital Group was founded by Marc Lasry and his sister Sonia Gardner in 1995.
The investment firm is based in New York, but has offices throughout Europe and Asia, including in London, Luxemborg and Munich. It employs 215 people, and specializes in distressed investments. As of January 2013, Avenue Capital Group manages assets of around $12.2 billion.
According to their website, Avenue Capital Group’s core strategies involve distressed and undervalued debt, as well as equity opportunities in Asia, Europe and the United States. Avenue’s strategies also include real estate, securitized loan obligations and investments in other funds.