Precious Metals Investing 2017: Keep an Eye on Silver

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to investing in precious metals, gold usually gets most of the attention. But silver — and silver mining — may now be the better bet.
In early 2017, gains on silver were nearly twice those on gold — and both beat the S&P 500. Despite silver prices fluctuating this year, investment analysts still predict further gains, with silver prices climbing higher in the next few years.
The reason is simple: rising demand at a time of shrinking supply.
The world now uses an increasing amount of silver. Humans have always coveted the shiny metal for coins, jewelry, and all sorts of utensils and serving dishes. But now, silver has become a vital industrial workhorse. It’s crucial for smartphones, flat-panel TVs, solar panels, cars, and many other uses. In fact, industrial uses now gobble up half of all the global silver production — with demand climbing dramatically.
The increased demand alone is pushing silver prices higher. But prices are also getting a boost from a shortfall in the supply of silver. Because of historical low silver prices, many once-productive mines have shut down and exploration for new mines has slowed.
Buying silver is one way to cash in on these trends. A more clever approach, however, is to invest in promising silver mining companies. One of those is Viscount Mining Corp (TSXV: VML, OTCQB:VLMGF).
Viscount has shrewdly searched out and acquired properties that show huge potential for silver mining, but that have not been developed. For example, Viscount CEO Jim MacKenzie found a property in Colorado named Silver Cliff that had been assessed in the 1980s as containing more than 50 million ounces of silver.
“It hadn’t been developed as a mine, because the exploration company was sold and the property had reverted back to the original owners,” says MacKenzie.
MacKenzie sought out the owners and acquired the property. And Viscount’s own test drilling now shows some of the highest concentrations of silver ore ever found in North America.
The company is now looking for experienced partners to mine Silver Cliff and other properties, which would mean many years of impressive returns for Viscount’s shareholders.

Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cable TV? That was so three years ago.
These days, consumers are opting to cut the cable cord and stream their TV live.
According to a study by Deloitte in Nov. 2014, the stronghold that cable, satellite and telecommunications companies have held over TV programming is giving way to subscription streaming services and products that use this platform.
Some common complaints and reasons for dropping cable service include the high cost of packages, having to watch programs when they are aired, and the inconvenience of multiple desirable shows airing at once.
While cable subscribers have cited live sports as a reason to stick with traditional cable, various professional sports organizations are detecting the shift away from this model, as noted by the NFL’s recent interest in providing streaming content to its consumers.
“The NFL has always been committed to being at the forefront of media innovation,” says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “[W]e are taking another important step in that direction as we continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving digital media landscape.”
To this end, one company is doing its best to lure customers away from their cable boxes and satellite dishes and, to date, the virtual monopoly that has been in place.
ZUMMBOX 2.0 is a 4K streaming media player with a built-in digital antenna, which allows users to enjoy all of their traditional streaming content, while providing access to free television programming.
The way it works is this: the box essentially serves as a content- aggregating device, featuring a built-in app store, allowing consumers to download a variety of apps and other software that provides access to a diverse range of TV shows, movies, sports, gaming, podcasts, and radio.
Other key features include voice command recognition, Bluetooth compatibility, built-in DVR, and an optical import for surround sound, as well as four USB ports and three memory options.
For parents who are concerned about certain programming, the device includes a parental control feature and complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The device also complies with the Online Privacy Protection Act, and does not distribute personal information to outside parties without the consent of the user.
Unlike its competitors, there is no contract, no monthly fees and a two-year warranty. The product is available for a one-time payment of $159 and available online exclusively at Fundingotc.com.
Zumm and the creators of the ZUMMBOX 2.0 have been working with Fundingotc.com, a unique full-service crowdfunding platform, to help launch this device.
The difference between Fundingotc.com and other crowdfunding sites is that, instead of a large quantity of campaigns with questionable viability and best efforts deliverables, Fundingotc.com only posts time-to-market technologies and opportunities that have been proven to deliver.
“Time-to-market” means that the companies and products offered on this platform are already tested and past the initial development stage. Fundingotc.com also provides access to extensive marketing capabilities spanning print, radio, TV, affiliate marketing and other media outlets.
Fundingotc.com clients receive full service from copy and posting, to media and advertising. So unlike every other crowdfunding platform, they work to drive traffic to client campaigns.

Non-Profit Venture Fund Seeks to Support The American Dream

(NewsUSA) – An innovative venture fund is creating opportunities to support the American Dream by providing capital and resources to small businesses. ProgressWorks is a non-profit 501(c)(3) U.S. job-creation venture fund with a mission to facilitate job creation and retention in the United States. Its vision is to impact the growth of employment through targeted investment, strategic partnering, and resources that reduce the challenges small businesses face when seeking capital.The non-profit raises capital through memberships, sponsorships, donations, and investments in the fund. Capital is deployed into qualified business transactions with the sole purpose of job creation and retention. Target investments can be startups or existing businesses in any industry. When the fund receives a return on its investments, it redeploys the capital and profits into new projects."ProgressWorks was created by and is operated by investment banking and venture capital professionals with experience in investing and operating businesses from technology to logging," states CEO Roy Y. Salisbury. "Our goal is to do good for our country by creating a legacy that continues to infuse capital into the lifeblood of the American Dream: small businesses."To help facilitate transactions and create opportunities, on August 18, 2017, the first ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo will be held at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. The Expo will bring together capital sources, companies, executives, and professional resource providers. Key to the event will be the PitchFest competitions, where companies seeking capital will have three minutes to present to a panel of judges and investors. There will be three categories, with the grand prize winner in each category receiving $10,000.The Expo is structured as a vacation-destination event, with discounted hotel rooms, and park tickets, and the chance for sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees to bring their families and find new opportunities while enjoying a tax-deductible mini-vacation.Without American entrepreneurship, we would not have Apple, Google, Facebook, Starbucks, or countless companies that are a part of our daily lives. ProgressWorks aims to help the next wave of small businesses pursue the American Dream, creating new jobs in the process.Here are five ProgressWorks initiatives:1. Membership Drive. Members support a worthwhile cause, and receive opportunities and benefits.2. Funds Development. Investors can participate in ProgressWorks bond offerings, compliant with federal securities laws, and support the funding of companies while receiving a fixed rate of return.3. ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo. This is the best way for businesses seeking expansion capital to present themselves for investment consideration. Another is by competing in the PitchFest competition.4. Expansion. The non-profit is seeking volunteers across the United States to start the building of a national infrastructure. Successful volunteers who staff operations and develop business will be first in line for paid positions.5. Scholarships. Current and future students can participate in membership drives and earn scholarship dollars towards tuition, books, tools, housing and food. Students must be enrolled in a curriculum with good prospects for employment.To learn more, visit www.ProgressWorks.org. For more about the Expo, go to www.ProgressWorksExpo.org.

Veteran Raises Capital Via Alternative Financing

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -Every veteran entrepreneur needs capital, but investing in them via regulated channels may be the best bet for investors.
Webco Medical & Dental Supplies Co., a Hudson, Florida-based company led by Christopher Cooley, is the first and only dental distribution company to be designated by the U.S. government as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
This designation means that the U.S. government must allocate 5 percent of its budget to purchase dental products and services from Webco.
To support the growth capital Webco needs for this designation, they accessed capital via the Entrex Capital Market System, founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through a tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors with monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
“Working with the Entrex team offers me, as a veteran and entrepreneur, access to a capital market system to support the growth capital needed to help fulfill my vision of Webco,” says Mr. Cooley.
“Without access to capital, my vision would be limited,” adds Cooley in a statement issued by Entrex announcing the first TIGRcub investor purchases for Webco. “I feel Entrex and the TIGRcub offer Webco access to capital that is difficult, if not impossible, to find today,” he adds.
The capital from TIGRcub investors will help Cooley grow the operations, distribution and inventories to help Webco become one of the nation’s leading Dental Distributors.
“Entrex offers a Capital Market System for investors to find, research, track, manage and trade TIGRcub Securities” says Stephen H. Watkins CEO of Entrex.
“Helping Webco, as a veteran-owned business, makes the Entrex team proud not only to support entrepreneurs across America, but to help serve the veterans that guard and defend our nation’s safety,” Watkins continues in his statement.
According to the statement, Watkins feels confident that investors will recognize how well military veterans’ dedication translates into the business sector, and how valuable their support is to a small business that might struggle to find other funding.
“We hope that by supporting veteran-owned businesses and helping investors access this sector, we can support entrepreneurship and the American dream with and through the people that protect us,” he notes.
Visit entrex.net for more information about Entrex’s TIGRcub and Veteran-Owned Business accessing capital.

University Students Take Top Honors at CME Group’s Annual Trading Challenge

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For college students who aspire to work in financial markets, there is no better way to experience trading than participating in CME Group’s annual Trading Challenge.
This year, students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., beat out nearly 600 teams to take the top prize in the 14th annual contest — the first time in three years that the winning team was based in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.; Imperial College in London, England; and California University Chico in Chico, Calif., rounded out the top five.
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year to help educate the next generation of finance professionals on derivatives markets in today’s interconnected global economy.
During the four-week competition, students learn hands-on techniques and gain experience that they might not otherwise get by trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple-asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news are also provided to students free of charge.
In addition to the $1500 cash prize awarded to each member of the first-place team, the top five teams receive a cash prize. The top 10 percent of teams are also invited to attend a one-day market education conference in Chicago at CME Group in April.
This year’s competition saw record participation from more than 2,300 students from 35 countries around the world. Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using CME Group’s Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that offers interactive demonstrations of the role of futures markets in everyday life, along with a trading simulator.
“We are continually impressed with the participants, who are students studying business, finance, agriculture and economics at some of the world’s best universities,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “For many, this is their first hands-on experience in the markets. Inspiring the best and brightest students is a priority for CME Group around the world, and we think the Challenge does just that.”
Registration for next year’s competition will open in early 2018. To learn more about the Trading Challenge, visit http://www.cmegroup.com/education/trading_challenge.html

Entrepreneurs Provide TIPS! Monthly Yield Now Makes Sense

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -The ability to invest in cash-flowing and profitable entrepreneurs has disappeared with the loss of the regional exchanges in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle, among others. Local investors have lost the ability to invest locally — easily.
The Entrex Capital Market System was founded as an entrepreneurial exchange to help privately-held companies access capital through their tradeable and patented Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificate (known as a TIGRcub).
The tradable TIGRcub security helps private companies raise funds by providing investors monthly interest — plus a small share of monthly revenue: a winning combination for both company and investor.
The Entrex Market Index, or EMI, is similar to Nasdaq’s Composite Index — yet it offers monthly yield returns to investors via TIPS, or TIGRcub Interest Payments.
“The investor benefit, compared to the NASDAQ composite, is monthly yield payments from a diversified basket of entrepreneurial companies — without having to liquidate your holdings,” Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of The Entrex Capital Market, says in a statement.
The companies under the umbrella of the EMI include those with revenue ranging from $5 million to $250 million, a largely underserved sector of the United States economy, according to the Entrex statement.
The TIGRcub financing option is available for both public and private companies; they can use the Regulation D exemption through the Entrex Capital Market System to offer their TIGRcub securities through placement brokers in an initial offering process similar to that of a typical Initial Public Offering.
Each company can sell up to 10 percent of its TIGRcub offering to the EMI, which allows for diverse monthly yield investments that take advantage of the cash flow and growth opportunities across the entrepreneurial sector, according to the Entrex statement.
“Revenue is the tangible performance line of the company or the ‘Top Line,’ something that is so different from investing in the volatility of the equity markets, which is often more investor sentiment and speculation than corporate performance,” Mr. Watkins explains in a statement regarding Overstock.com, one of the companies that has issued a TIGRcub.
“TIGRcub Securities provide a monthly cash-flowing return for investors, eliminating a lot of the downfalls of equity or stock-based investing,” he adds.
Visit www.entrexmarketindex.com to view the index and some of the companies listed, and visit www.entrex.net for more details about the company’s strategies and mission.

Help Protect The Young Adult Lifestyle

(NewsUSA) – Young adults have ambitious future plans and want to experience a lot throughout their lifetime.Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and many are unaware that their futures are vulnerable to unexpected medical costs. When an illness or injury occurs, medical bills can put financial health at risk and cause fun experiences to become unaffordable luxuries. By helping to pay costs not typically covered by major medical, supplemental insurance like Aflac can help young adults continue to experience the life they love.Learn more at www.aflac.com/lifestyleSee full-sized image here. 

Talking about Estate Planning Needs to Happen Sooner Rather Than Later

There are subjects in life that need to be discussed, but many of us tend to avoid them. Issues like mortality and money top the list. As parents and children grow older, a must-have conversation should be the topic of estate planning, but do we know all that we should?

According to Fidelity Investments’ “ Family & Finance Study,” the answer is a resounding — and rather scary — “no.” In fact, seven out of 10 of children underestimated their parents’ estate by an average of $278,000. That’s a big number between knowing what is going on and not understanding at all. It illustrates a breakdown in communication that Kevin Ruth, head of Fidelity’s wealth planning and personal trust, says badly needs addressing through ‘frank conversations” between parents and their adult children.

Unsure What to Do With Your Old 401(k)? Fidelity Can Help

If you recently started a new job or if you’re between gigs and “exploring other opportunities,” you still need to decide what to do with your old 401(k) from your previous employer.

It’s been estimated that there are about 15 million such accounts left behind by former employees, mainly because of either inertia or confusion over strict rules for moving the money. And since the IRS doesn’t allow procrastinating on a key decision — if you withdraw even a dime, you’ve got just 60 days to reallocate into a different tax-advantaged account — here’s a rundown of your options to avoid what could be a costly mistake:

Mini-Documentary Series Brings Economics To Life

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Economics comes to life for students in a new, compelling, three-part mini-documentary series by Discovery Digital Networks’ Seeker, and partnered with CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace.
Seeker is a digital network dedicated to the spirit of adventure and the pursuit of wonder. Each episode of the three-part series –appropriate for students in grades 6-12 — enlivens economic topics by transporting viewers across the globe and showcasing people overcoming challenges that pertain to agriculture, finance and energy.
The five-minute video episodes are:
* How Algae Could Change the Fossil Fuel Industry: Students meet a CEO of the company developing new techniques to convert algae into energy. They learn about the challenges associated with bringing new and innovative technologies to market and reaching a sufficient scale to make the solutions viable.
* Why the U.S. Needs a New Generation of Farmers: Viewers meet the owner of a farm who is fulfilling her dream of responsibly providing meat for members of her community. Students learn about the challenges associated with food production, including the trend that few young people are choosing to farm.
* Owning a Restaurant Under the Cuban Embargo: Students hear from a restaurant owner operating in Cuba, a country that historically has been a command economy in which production, prices, incomes and investment are centrally determined by the government. With market reforms occurring and relations with the United States improving, new opportunities have arisen for people to start businesses.
“These thought-provoking videos, offered alongside an engaging classroom activity, reinforce fundamental economic concepts in real-world contexts — food, fuel, and finance,” says Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications.
CME Group is proud to partner with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12. It transforms teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and assessment tools. It serves 4.5 million educators and more than 50 million students in more than 50 countries.