Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Aggregate reveals weakness in existing unit sales

Town Residential NYC Apartments for sale is a luxury real estate firm that is considered to be one of the premier firms in New York City. Their expertise in their local market provides them with the ability to provide real insight into the real estate market. It is for this reason their quarterly report known as The Aggregate is much anticipated by real estate market participants.

Town Residential’s The Aggregate 4th quarter 2015 report is available on the Virtual Strategy Marketing website And should be read to learn about the recent price increases in the New York City market and why these increases occur.

The report discussed the fall swoon in prices that typically occurs every year and shows a downward movement in real estate prices after the active summer period. In the fourth quarter of 2015 the data showed that this fall swoon didn’t occur as prices increased rather than decreased. The Aggregate showed that real estate prices didn’t only increase from the prior year 4th quarter which would show overall growth of about 5%, but also that prices increased about 3% from the 3rd quarter in contrary to the seasonal fluctuations.

This is a strong move upward in prices and not what was anticipated by many real estate professionals who are looking for a stabilization or even a decline in prices after the strong and long period of increases that was experienced since the recession. Beyond that, many people expected a decrease in real estate prices in New York City after world markets became dislodged, particularly in China, as they believed that foreign demand was driving demand in New York City. When this didn’t occur in the data many people started to question the underlying thesis underpinning the New York City real estate market.

The Aggregate provides some insight into the data and have shown that the sale of several high end developments that are new to the market have distorted the averages and are hiding weakness in sales of existing units. This view, with segregated sales in the report, is more consistent and supportive of the ideas that market professionals had and shows the high likelihood of future market weakness.

George Soros: The European Union is on the verge of collapse

George Soros was born in Budapest Hungary in August 12, 1930, as Schwartz György. He is now a highly influential business investor, author and philanthropist. Soros is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry who also holds dual citizenship in Hungary and the United States. His mother Elizabeth, came from a family who owned a very successful silk shop. His father, Tivadar, was a lawyer.

Soros emigrated to England in 1947 who as an impoverished student attending the London School of Economics. As a student of Karl Popper a philosopher, Soros worked as a waiter and a railway porter. Later, to help with his finances, a university tutor requested financial aid for Soros in which he received £40 from a Religious Society. Soros went on to earn both a Bachelor of Science in philosophy and a PhD in philosophy from the London School of Economics 1954.

In 2006 at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, former foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times Alvin Shuster, asked Soros, how did he go from an immigrant to a top financier? Soros answered saying, while he was working at a variety of jobs including selling goods from a souvenir shop, he began writing the managing directors of every one of London’s merchant banks. He received only two replies which led him to being hired in a merchant bank, an entry-level position in Singer & Friedlander.

Today, billionaire financier George Soros is warning that due the migrant crisis, the European Union is on the “verge of collapse”! He stated that current management of the situation Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor has only made it worse by allowing more than a million migrants and refugees into the region in 2015. Soros added that Angela Merkel, is also the key in resolving the crisis.

Angela Merkel’s decision marked a major sea-change in her policy. However, Soros stated that although there is plenty to be nervous about, he welcomes Angela Merkel’s move. As correctly predicted, the EU is truly on the verge of collapse.

The crisis in Greece should have been a lesson learned, instead it only taught the European authorities how to master the art of muddling through crisis after crisis. This is a practice commonly known as kicking the can down the road however, it has been more accurately described as kicking a ball up the hill so that the problem keeps rolling back down in your lap.

Though her intentions were of good will, Angela Merkel stated she did foresee the potential of a migration crisis which would destroy the European Union. So now the prediction has become the reality. It goes without say that the European Union is in dire straits. Still, it is not irreversible, but the German people are the ones who can stop Merkel’s dire prediction from coming true.

Information for this article is found at the following sites: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/20/europe-on-the-verge-of-collapse-soros.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Soros#Education

White Shark Media’s Online Campaigns Can Be Felt In The Real World

It used to be that business was an old boy’s club, where men dominated the field. Business relationships were bonded over steak and whiskey or on the links during a round of golf. Those were simpler times when advertising was done through limited media and the results of your advertising could be immediately seen, heard and felt.

Things are a bit more complicated now. The internet has changed just about everything when it comes to advertising for business. There are so many ways to communication electronically that advertising has become more difficult. You throw your name out there in the dark hoping someone hears about it through all the noise.

Some people like the way business was done during simpler times when advertising simply meant more people coming through a storefront. You could touch the fruits of your labor. Now sales are done through the internet and effective online advertising is measured in conversions, click through’s and contacts; it’s measured in likes, friends and social media interactions.

White Shark Media knows some of its customers actually want to see the results of an online campaign; that all the charts, virtual meetings and stats just won’t do. They need something they can feel. The Adwords company knows this because they have listened to the complaints of their customers over the years. They’ve adjusted and now cater to those who need something palpable as a return on their investment.

That is why the Adwords company goes through the trouble of sitting down with their clients before a campaign begins. They decode all the technical talk and lay down a simple and effective map to achieve a goal. They tell you the action they will take every step of the way before they even take a step. And you can ask them, right there, how this campaign will work in the offline life; real life.

This way you can physically go where the campaign is targeted and see the results. It could be people coming through a store front or items flying off a warehouse shelf. The results come in many different forms, but you will be able to see them with your own eyes.

Many other AdWords management companies won’t do this. They may take your money and hide back in their offices while implementing your campaign. They may keep you in the dark about the actions that they are taking. Without this information, you may not be able to go where the results of the campaign can be felt. It may feel like nothing.

Everyone does business a little differently, but White Shark Media listens to them all. And by making several adjustments based on criticism, they have developed a solid customer service-based company.

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Citadel And The Man Behind It

If you have questions about Citadel, at least take comfort that you are not alone. It is a powerful firm on Wall Street that generates a nice return for those who take part it in. To explain what it is you must first understand the three components that make up this firm. Namely, these components are Citadel itself as the investment firm, Citadel Security which provides liquidity to markets, and Citadel Technology which is a technology provider also for the markets. The three branches of this firm make it more power than the average firm on Wall Street, and they also mean that a lot of people follow what it does. They should be paying attention to it as well considering it was founded by Ken Griffin. Griffin is on the Forbes 400 list, cracking the top 70 in the latest edition. In fact, he climbed more than 20 spots on the list in just the last year because of his success with Citadel. Griffin was educated at Harvard where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. He then worked hard in the investment world to figure out the best way to make the most returns for himself and for his partners invested in the firm. It did not take long for him to get good at working the market watch, and it should come as no surprise that he is now revered as one of the experts of the trade. Griffin continues to work with Wall Street to try to maximize returns, and he is doing quite well with it. Citadel boasted of 13% returns in the first eight months of 2015. This might be considered average in some years, but in 2015 when the market was as choppy as it was, this was truly considered an amazing number. Investors on the fence about what to do with their money ought to consider just following what Griffin is doing and see what results they can get. They are likely going to be surprised by just how successful they can be if they just follow him. If he has made it as high up the Forbes list as he has, he is certainly worth paying attention to.