Betsy DeVos Is Educational Reformation’s Angel

There are three D’s to success: Dedication, Determination, and Devotion. When it comes to education reform there’s only one: DeVos. Elizabeth “Betsy” DeVos graduated from Holland Christian High School and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Calvin College. For over 35 years Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to reforming a broken US educational system. She has run a number of campaigns and party organizations (republican). Betsy has even spent six years as the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. Mrs. DeVos has continuously been a pioneer in communities, fighting for change and creating environments where people are able to be productive and stable. DeVos is also the former chairman of and on the board of directors for the American Federation of Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable. She has been on numerous local and national boards, such as the American Enterprise Institute, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com.

Mrs. DeVos also founded The Windquest Group with her husband where she is the former chairman. The Windquest Group is a privately owned investment and management firm that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. Another organization of hers is The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. The foundation is motivated by their spiritual beliefs and centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation, and leveraging support in five areas: education, community, arts, and justice. In 2015 the DeVos family donated $11.6 million to charity, ranking them top 25 in America.

School choice is an important topic for Betsy and she takes it very personally. Her experiences from when her own children were in school and seeing what other families had gone through made her want to make a difference. Being able to choose where your child goes to school would take education to the next level. There have already been some states to implement this, but it has not yet become a national standard. The topic has been getting more talk and attention, and Betsy DeVos is at the forefront.

Betsy DeVos is now the Secretary of Education, winning by a very slim margin of 51-50. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in favor of DeVos. Back in November of 2016, President Donald Trump did say that he was going to nominate Betsy, so it’s no surprise that he followed through. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Reading George Soros Recent Market Move and Political Position

Leading Wall Street investors such as George Soros, Carl Icahn and Prem Watsa are pulling the polar ends of string, trying to decide whether to short or long the Trump Rally. According to an excerpt published in Forbes Magazine on April 3 2017, most investors are not sure if the market will continue to rally or plunge with billions at stake. Billionaire investor Soros and activist investor Icahn have in the past few months made short calls and maintained them, expecting a meltdown. Prem Watsa, on the other hand is hedging on the faith that President Donald Trump will continue to grow the economy after taking costly short positions in the past due to growing market apprehension.

Icahn whose hedge fund began losing huge sums of money in 2016 was appointed Trump’s special advisor on regulatory reform in December. Following his appointment, shares of his Icahn Enterprises short up 8%, before taking a 26% dive through the November 8 elections. In total, Icahn lost over $2.1 billion in 2015 and $2.13 billion in 2015. His long positions, mainly invested in oil interests lost 18% while the short positions gained 0.8% for an annual drop of 18% in 2016. George Soros famous for shorting the UK pound in a trade that netted him $1billion in 1992, bet against the stock markets during the election cycle, but the Trump Rally seems to have wiped out the losses suffered following his unexpected win.

Soros is currently actively trading through Soros Fund Management. His recent market moves include doubling his S&P 500 SPDR puts to 4 million and tripling his puts on iShares Russell 2000. The market rally has, however, forced Soros to revert his short position on S&P 500. Outside the stock market, George Soros is a great supporter of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party and philanthropy. His net worth is estimated at over $25 billion by Forbes. His philanthropic activities are largely focused on immigration reform, democracy, education and civil rights. In the run up to the 2016 US Elections, the billionaire investor dialed back on his political donations in a move signaling a new willingness to shape public policy.

According to a Politico article published on July 2016, Soros committed over $25 million to support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy along with that of other Democratic Party candidates and causes. The 86 year old, Hungarian born billionaire made the push after spending record breaking $27 million in 2004 in efforts to defeat President George Bush. Soros has been the subject of attacks from conservatives over his donations to support Democratic Party candidates and left leaning views. Before the elections in 2016, Soros accused the then GOP nominee for president, Donald Trump for bidding on behalf of terrorist group ISIS.

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Brad Reifler Doesn’t Want Anyone To Miss Out On The Benefits Of Investing

In today’s world, investing has often become synonymous with only rich people or finance gurus and may even be looked down on by the other 99% of America.

But Reifler believes it doesn’t have to be so and he says that even though many things about the movie Money Monster that are true, there are still amazing opportunities that can come from investing. Investors just need to heed some words of advice before they jump into investing.

According to Bloomberg, Brad Reifler’s first word of advice is not to just simply invest in the stock market, but to look at other opportunities for funds. Yes, the stock market can have some very good investments that can bring high returns, but it could also be a very volatile place to invest in.

Second, Reifler says it’s just as important to know who you’re investing with as it is to choose the type of investment. This is because you don’t want to invest with a company that has a bad reputation for making profits regardless of your portfolio performance. And lastly, Brad Reifler says you have to have an investment objective and stick to it and not get sidetracked by any bells and whistles that fund managers might offer you.

Reifler has built several companies that developed quite a reputation for investment strategies. The first was a discretionary account and global derivatives management company, Reifler Trading Company. Reifler owned this company from 1982 to 2000 before selling it to Refco Inc. Learn more about Brad Reifler: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/brad-reifler-forefront-capital-advisors-ceo-announces-new-partnership-with-easter-seals-2104550.htm

He also built Pali Capital, a hedge fund and broker in the equities market that actually did not place control over where clients funds were invested in, but rather helped develop an investment strategy for the portfolio managers to execute. It did well in excess of $1 billion in income and built offices all over the world.

And then Reifler started Forefront Capital, a company that started out as a portfolio manager to the wealthy clients, but soon moved towards middle class investors.

Brad Reifler wanted to serve middle class investors because once he had started a college savings investment fund that he had hoped would have enough in it for his daughters when the time came to withdraw.

Unfortunately, the money was actually less than what Reifler had put into it. He also once tried to invest his father’s lifesavings in a good IRA account, but he couldn’t find a good one because his father was unaccredited.

So after consulting with the SEC, Reifler was able to open an alternative investment fund at Forefront Capital for even non-accredited investors who could start investing in it for as little as $1,000.