Stuck As to What Present to Get a Man? Get Him a Watch!

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the man in your life, the Baume Mercier Riviera Chronograph would be it. This is a timepiece that offers functionality and great looks in one package, so you don’t need to worry about finding out what your boyfriend or husband will think about it. For the people who love gadgets, this watch as more than one could ever need, and it would make most people very happy. It also has great functionality and looks good, so it would suit those who aren’t all that into gadgets.

The Baume Mercier Riviera Chronograph is therefore the perfect gift: it easily impresses many and can take the hassle out of trying to gauge what present one should get. However, an inherent problem with watches such as these is the fact that there are many counterfeits out there. Most of them are so well done that you can’t tell them apart from the original unless you take them to an expert for analysis. For that reason, when you want to buy the Baume Mercier Riviera Chronograph, you need to exercise caution so that you don’t end up buying a product that doesn’t work at all.

The first thing that you can do to ensure that you don’t get a fake Baume Mercier Riviera Chronograph is by making sure you only buy it from a shop that has a good reputation. This is especially so when you are looking to buy the watch online. You need to only do business with companies or stores that have a good reputation with other customers. This means that before you can buy the watch, you should try and find out the experiences of other people who bought from the same store. This can be done by reading reviews about the store.

Another way that you can gauge such is by joining forums that deal with watches. There are many forums that are involved with bringing watch enthusiasts together, and joining one of them could do you a lot of good in trying to find the best shop to buy from. This is because the people in such shops will be able to give you advice as to which shops to buy from and which ones to avoid, as they usually have had a lot of experience with this kind of thing. By asking them to give you advice on these forums, you can also use this experience to your advantage.

At the end of the day, getting a present such as the Baume Mercier Riviera Chronograph is the way to go if you really need to impress someone. The best way to get a bargain on such a watch is by buying it online, but you need to exercise a degree of caution when doing so. Simply buying from the first store you come across could result in massive loss, as there are many people who claim to sell such watches but instead sell fakes. By following the above, you can get a great gift without too much hassle or expense.

Top Three Mistakes When Presenting A Trade Show Exhibit

Considering all of the articles and write-ups for what to do regarding a company’s marketing strategy for a trade show booth, there is also a long list of what not to do when presenting at an exhibition. As marketing dollars and budgeting are both important pieces to consider, it is often best to take advice from those with experience. Why lose money and waste valuable time when these tips can prevent both of these circumstances from happening?

Be Smart In Attending Only The Right Events

There are so many industry events that offer a multitude of different experiences for the potential buyer. There are also a large number of locations and audiences to consider, each of which will differ from exhibition to exhibition. First, never attend a ‘first time’ event. Only attend exhibits that have been around for a few years, drawing a specific crowd, in a specific area. After a few years, the organizers will have also learned how to market the exhibition properly, giving a company more potential buyers that fit what the event is featuring exactly.

Often, first-time events may be slightly disorganized, and are rarely marketed to a specific and targeted client base. As no one will have attended it before, a company will lose out on all the return-customers that a seasoned exhibition would draw.

Only Target Potential Clients That Are Qualified

At most trade show exhibits there will be hundreds and maybe even thousands of visitors. The key is to seek out potential clients that match the company’s marketing agenda. Give all employees that are working at the trade show display a list of questions to ask participants who are interested in the company’s service or product. This will allow employees to filter out those prospects that may be ‘just browsing’ or are in no position to make a purchase from the company.

It is important to spend each moment at the event in the most productive way possible. This offers up the chance of a larger return on investment; that being the trade show display and opportunity costs. This does not mean one should ignore attendees that are ‘just browsing’ because they may recommend a company brand and ideas to someone else. But for means of sales, honing in on qualified prospects is key.

Don’t Over-Complicate Your Trade Show Booth

With so many amazing options available, it is difficult to say no to an overload of graphics, lighting and interactive features. All of these items are important in drawing in a crowd, although it is also important to keep the display streamlined. While it may be tempting to add as much marketing glitz as possible, a better strategy to keep it simple. Offer a consistent message via the marketing materials present, the employees working at the event, and the trade show display itself. A clear message is simpler for passersby to understand. For an individual to make a purchase, they first must understand the concept, then the product or service.

How to Deal With Financial Uncertainty in the Present World

The premise of the article is to explore the proposition for spreading your business or asset protection between many jurisdictions, meaning that you setup a structure that utilizes a number of jurisdictions. This requires the right capabilities from services and infrastructure located in different jurisdictions so that in the event one area has a problem it doesn’t stop everything.

It is clear that there are fundamental changes underway worldwide. Martin Wolf of the FT spoke of a “shift from west to east”. The implications of the debt of large western countries are in play. Dissatisfaction with austerity is going to have to be dealt with in Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and Ireland. There is likely going to be the usual reaction against immigration mainly due to the lack of resources. Other western countries are tightening their tax laws and regulations in the search for revenue. A number of them are focusing on Switzerland and Swiss banking. Solvency II in Europe will impact insurers and the EU insurance market. FATCA in USA and information exchange in UK and Germany are further examples.

The wealthy investor has to consider that countries like the UK and USA, that are safe havens, are going to go through significant change in the next few years. The changes in policies and laws may well continue to evolve. The question therefore becomes how does one position oneself given the new emerging landscape. It is well documented that Asia though full of opportunity does not yet have that political stability. The UK, Canada and USA are still marketing economic investor migration programs to the wealthy in Asia essentially offering them that stability and peace of mind.

Smaller countries, with smaller populations or certain national features may well be destined for hard times but probably will not be subject to major turmoil. As austerity beckons, populations in some small countries never became dependent or used to the existence of a generous welfare state. The welfare state does not exist in these small countries to the extent it does in the larger countries. Austerity will therefore produce a different result and have a different impact on political stability in these countries. Having the right banking facilities and capabilities in one or two small countries may therefore be a good idea as part of a plan for a business and investment structure that is internationally diversified.

In response to the present and likely coming uncertainty in financial markets a lot of investors are buying gold and oil and real estate. It is said by some that more gold has been bought than is actually in existence. The US dollar is going to fluctuate. So is the euro. Situations may change in different countries at different times. One would not necessarily have flown in to London to do business this week if one had a choice. There seems to be an emerging rationale for being able to do business or operate an international structure from a number of different potentially quiet activity neutral spots. It may well be preferable to hold hard currency in those locations to facilitate the ongoing needs of the investor and his business.

First of all we are looking for politically stable jurisdictions. Common or civil law and recognition of the asset protection and legal features of the structure in that jurisdiction are necessary. The fundamental nature of the vehicle must be valid in that jurisdiction also. Tax neutral is a real requirement. The necessary communications infrastructure and links or proximity to the main markets must be present. It is a bonus if the quality of life in the jurisdiction is ideal.

Assuming all of these requirements are met, the right relationships and service and legal infrastructure need to be put in place. For example your trustees of one trust may be resident in two or three jurisdictions instead of one. With banking relationships in both and with the trust drafted the right way business can be done in more than one jurisdiction.

The jurisdictionally diversified structure needs to be able to be accessed from different jurisdictions while keeping the legal and commercial frame work of the structure valid and in place in the jurisdiction of residence of the investor. At the outset, planning may need to consider the implications of trustees or partners or board members in a mix of tax neutral and non-tax neutral jurisdictions.

• A UK trust with trustees in UK, Barbados and Seychelles. The residence of the trust may remain in the UK but the trust can be operated from Seychelles. The right banking relationships need to be in place in each jurisdiction. This may mean partitioning assets and placing them, especially where it is hard currency in that particular jurisdiction. So while playing a part in an ongoing international structure the “office” in each jurisdiction must be a standalone access point for a proportion of assets and capital.

• A trustee in Seychelles or Panama may need to operate a merchant account in London remotely or liaise with a reinsurer in Bermuda. That trustee will have access to funds banked in that jurisdiction.

• A Canadian LLP may have a corporate partner in the UK and one in Hong Kong but there may also be one in Panama. The shareholding agreement would give the Panamanian corporate partner access to funds or assets banked in Panama. Maybe certain powers also provide to that corporate partner the ability to buy or sell specific things.

• A small international IT company and its trademarks and IP registered in Barbados. Services provided into Canada and EU and use made of double tax treaty networks. Board meetings held in Barbados and customers billed from there. The holding company is in United States. The principal can operate his business from this jurisdiction.

These operational capabilities need a fair amount of forward thinking. IT capabilities also need to be in place upfront to ensure remote access on demand to as much services and information as possible. Where special financial services such as, reinsurance, merchant account or legal services, notarization, escrow may be needed this has to be factored into the forward planning. If legalization of documents is required that jurisdiction must have the necessary diplomatic relations and embassies and probably be a member of the Hague convention. Consideration has to be given to who the service providers are who their custodians are and what access will be had. If hard currency or actual gold metal is to be stored then secure deposit boxes may be needed. Many people are storing gold in Canada. It will not be problematic to keep hard currency in small jurisdictions.

Travel to the jurisdiction may need to be given consideration. Flights in and out of some jurisdictions may be challenging. Tax neutral jurisdictions like Belize and Panama, are land locked with North America. Theoretically one can drive from Canada down to Belize or Panama if necessary.

If time and effort is spent putting the right technical, legal and service infrastructure and relationships in place, robust international diversification can be achieved and made to be available if and when needed. This capability is readily available and should be explored. Financial institutions in Panama, Belize and Barbados for instance include major Canadian banks. These institutions have access to international markets and can provide a sophisticated array of services to their clients in these small quiet jurisdictions. Maximum use through forward planning should be taken of these banking and service centers that are going to be relatively off the beaten track while the coming uncertainty works itself out.

Permanent residence in these jurisdictions is going to become increasingly valuable and sought after. Belize has a qualified retirement persons program. Permanent residence is available once conditions are met. Panama will grant permanent residence to a small investor investing between US$160-300K and employing five persons. Barbados will grant permanent residence to financial independent investors employing a number of people. Establishing a portion of operations and infrastructure in these jurisdictions can therefore provide an option for basing money as well as the person and family and somewhere to keep business going temporarily but for longer than a tourist visa or work permit may allow.

How the Fear of Success and Fear of Failure Present Themselves

People talk about two contradictory impediments to being successful in life. One is the fear of failure and the other is the fear of success. Whichever presents itself in your life can sabotage your efforts to succeeding in your dream, or if you have moved to action, your goals. Let’s look at each one individually and note their similarities, even though they appear to be direct opposites of each other.

The Fear of Failure

Many people who constantly strived for success, no matter how much they have achieved in their lives often have a fear of failure running continually beneath everything they do. They make their decisions based upon what they don’t want to happen rather than what they do want to happen. As successful as they may seem to the outside world, especially if people gauge their success based upon financial gain, there is a feeling of discontent and anxiety that all their success will dissolve unexpectedly. These people are not truly happy. They take no joy in what they are doing or in what they have accomplished. They continue to look beyond each achievement hoping to find the one thing that will have them feeling safe and secure.

The fear of failure can present itself in one particular area. For instance, this fear is often seen in the area of what would appear to be success by those who are viewing the person’s life. Actors, business people, authors, musicians or any public figure can fit into this category. People see the outward trappings but have no idea what is going on internally with the public figure. When someone is constantly looking over their shoulder, continually scared that fear is right behind, s/he will be unable to experience the joy and satisfaction in accomplishments. The fear of failure prevents focusing on success and moving in that direction. Judgment can be skewed leading to bad decisions made impulsively.

The Fear of Success

It seems paradoxical that someone would actually be afraid of succeeding until you realize it is not success they are afraid of, but what might happen due to success. For instance, if your family and friends do not have an abundance of money, and your goal is to be wealthy, you may fear one of these results of achieving your goals and dreams:

People will be coming to you continually for money
They will think less of you because you have wealth
Your friends will have nothing to do with you
People will think you’re different than you were when you had less money
You will feel isolated and alone.
What is Your Fear?

For you, what is crucial is to identify what fear you may have and how it manifests for you. Research how to overcome each of your fears. The answer is out there. There is a wealth of information in programs, articles, books and workshops. You might need a therapist or personal coach to assist you in breaking free of the narrow vision that occurs when in the state of fear.

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