Eucatex Group: “Eco-Flooring Is Vital To The Planet”

The interest in eco-green flooring has been amplified for a number of years, as people discover those nasty secrets about deforestation, poor air quality, stagnant landfills, and a host of other issues. Whether you’re a neophyte, just delving into green issues, or simply looking for more valuable products at a reasonable price, consumers can discover a bevy of opportunities for eco-flooring.

Issues Of Concern

There are several matters immersed in the notion of flooring. Consumers considering hardwood flooring contemplate two questions. “Consumers are very aware of the concerns surrounding forest destruction,” says Flavio Maluf from his Twitter, CEO of Eucatex in Brazil. “Our forests houses the vast majority of plant life and animal habitation,” adds Maluf from Facebook.

The quality of indoor air also remains a controversial topic. Remember the fiasco involving formaldehyde emissions in the Hurricane Katrina FEMA housing trailers? The fact is the dissipation of VOCs were emitted from the adhesives that manufacturers use to seal wood products. “These adhesives are typically present in many wood flooring products,”says Maluf. Eucatex develops eucalyptus flooring without VOCs or volatile organic compounds, and glues that contain formaldehyde.

Known as an eco-green advocate for his sustainability prowess, Flavio Maluf has consistently amassed impressive profits for Eucatex, including more than $10 million in 2015. The entrepreneur inspires countless fans to the Eucatex brand, making the company a top dog in the home building products industry. Under his watchful eye, the company has expanded its reach to 37 countries.

Flavio Maluf’s Early Years

Wikipedia indicates that Flavio was born in 1961, San Paulo, Brazil to Brazilian politician Paulo Maluf. Environmental concerns were an early interest and he was encouraged to expand his passion for sustainability. He attended the prestigious FAAP College of São Paulo. Upon graduation, Maluf studied at New York University, complimenting his bachelor’s degree with Business Administration courses. A year later, Maluf returned to Brazil to get the first real taste of working in the housing building industry.  In 2013, Eucatex profits saw a jump in the second quarter by 75 percent, and in 2015, profits reached over $10 million.

His brilliance runs the gamut of sustainability, and Maluf says to entrepreneurs, “If you get enough people to continuously communicate about the benefits of making some simple changes, you will quickly see a bigger impact on our planet.”  Check out one of Flavio’s other articles on the future of education.

Brad Reifler’s Accounting Advice for the 99%: Five Tips for Safe and Satisfying Returns

While Wall Street sometimes seems to believe that only the top 1% deserve the best investments, Brad Reifler, founder and CEO of Forefront Capital, recently shared his investing advice for the masses in a press release on Reuters.com. Brad outlined his advice in five tips for investors of any level who are looking for a safe investment with satisfying returns.

1. Be careful how you invest your money. It’s important to consider risks as well as charges and expenses. Take a careful inventory of your total assets and identify your goals.
2. Be concerned about the safety of your money.
3. Do not put everything in the stock market. Diversify.
4. Develop a relationship with your fund manager so that you know and trust the person who ultimately manages your money.
5. Recognize why you are investing. Consider the objective of each investment. Be conscious of how much you invest, and if you see a particular investment working, add to it.

Reifler cited recent financial experiences on Twitter that disturbed him so greatly as to prompt him to refocus and shift the entire direction of his firm. That shift in focus, he says, is taking him away from Wall Street and towards the middle class.

Since making that shift he has developed a fund specifically for people like his 80 year old father in law who owns an RV repair shop and does not have access to the investment products that are available to accredited investors. Diversification is key to investment success and Reifler’s goal is to make more investment opportunities available to the smaller investor.

About.me showed that Reifler notes how the Securities and Exchange Commission requires Accredited Investors be either a corporation or an individual with a networth of over one million dollars, excluding the primary residence, or having an income over $200,000 or joint income over $300,000 with a spouse. These standards were originally designed to protect shareholders from risky investments, Reifler states, but the past 30 years have produced such an increase in knowledge and oversight that the standards now serve mostly to shield smaller investors from the most lucrative investment opportunities.

“Through the power of compound returns,” the article quotes Reifler, “if the 99 percenters had a better option to invest, they could potentially watch a small investment grow into a substantial retirement account.”

“Unlike Wall Street,” Reifler continued, “we want to be a firm for the people.”

Highland Capital Management: The Work Of James Dondero

James Dondero has utilized his 30 years of experience to create a strong and profitable Highland Capital Management. One of the main reasons that clients can trust the firm is that they co-invest with their clients to ensure that everyone’s interests are aligned and that there is transparency throughout the entire exchange. James Dondero has also instilled a since of “alpha-by-avoidance” in the environment of his fund. In other words, Highland Capital stays ahead and makes money by avoiding losing investments quickly. A final system that the fund has in place to make sure that they can provide the best quality of service to their clients is a system of checks and balances in order to avoid risk and volatility.

Jim Dondero was able to instill these ideals in his fund because he had practice with them. He has had experience working for others in basic positions, such as being an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. Dondero has also had experience in leadership positions. Jim Dondero served as the Chief Investment Officer at a Protective Life GIC subsidiary. Along the way, he has received certification as a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Financial analyst and a Certified Public Accountant. Jim is also a known philanthropist and gives back to his local community consistently!!

In a recent analysis done by Octa Finance, Highland Capital Management’s third quarter statistics were revealed. The online newspaper looked through the fund’s recently filed 13F and shared some of the more interesting aspects. One aspect that was shared was the top holdings of the firm.

Another major change that they firm made was where it placed itself in the sectors. Previously, Highland Capital Management was mainly invested in finance and health care. In the third quarter, the fund significantly lowered its positioning in both of these sectors, health care by 20 percent and finance by 38 percent. By the end of the third quarter the firm was fairly evenly spread out through a number of sectors. 1 percent of the firms portfolio was in services, 1 percent in materials, 4 percent in utilities and telecommunication, 8 percent in transportation, 10 percent in consumer discretionary, 12 percent in energy and 18 percent in finance sector.

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