Month: September 2018

Severe Criticism on Fortress Investment Group after Going Public

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Fortress Investment Group is one investment management organization whose achievements will never fade from the minds and hearts of its investors. Since the company was established in 1998, its performance’s star has remained shining brightly throughout its years of operations. This has been evident through the countless accolades and awards that the company has won in the industry whenever there is an event to recognize the best performers in the investment sector. Most of the awards that Fortress Group received came after 2007 when the organization started making critical decisions that brought drastic changes to the management and administration of the firm. These decisions changed the way operations were made in Fortress Investment Group and consequently, the performance of the organization improved. As a result, Fortress Group ended up in the reception of several awards, among them being the best investment management company of the year, in corporate leadership.

Two decisions made the dramatic changes that happened in Fortress Investment Group. One of them was the transformation of the company from a private equity management organization to make it a multiple asset manager. This happened in 2002 after the entrance of Peter Briger into the company. Before, Fortress Group relied on private equity to raise the entire investment funds for the company. However, when Peter Briger joined the organization, the first operation that he made was this transformation. It was a very brilliant decision for the company’s management because the introduction of the new investment strategies led to the diversification of the company’s portfolio and as a result, the investment risk to which Fortress Investment Group was exposed reduced significantly.

The other critical decision that Fortress Group made was the one that saw the organization start trading publicly. This was back in 2007 when the three co-principals of the organization decided that they would increase the revenue collection so that they could operate with a larger capital base. Despite Fortress Investment Group being a private company, they decided to invite the public to participate in their trading activities. This decision was met with tons of criticism by both their counterparts and the general public. The criticism was quite understandable because in that case, Fortress Group was the first private firm of its size to make such a move.

However, the companies that criticized the decision later came to swallow their words as they watched the progress that Fortress had made after the IPO.

Graeme Holm: Avoid debt consolidation and embrace the new ideas

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Many people in Australia are facing a huge problem coping with debts. Australians are burdened by heavy financial burdens which stop them from living happy lives as well as securing their future. At the end of every month, there are huge bills to be settled, but the challenge is that their available cash is not sufficient to allocate all the needs. The ensuing scenario is one where people are getting paid, but their financial situation remains the same. When people are pressured to do something about their debts, they look for debt consolidation solutions, but the truth is that they never work. Graeme Holm, the founder of the Infinity Group Australia, discourages Australian from taking debt consolidation measures as a way of solving debt solutions. He has a different solution which perfectly works for anyone interested in such solutions.




Graeme Holm is a Top MPA Broker in Australia and has been in the banking industry for the past 17 years. He knows how financial services providers carry out their business and it is not the most impressive things a customer would like to learn. Holm has worked with the biggest banks in the country in Australia, and therefore he knows how the whole financial industry in the country operates. He is here to change the cause and help the people come up with the best solutions which will save them from these institutions which masquerade as helpers yet they are the oppressors.




In the period that he was in the banking industry. Holm observed that many people in the country were living from paycheck to paycheck. The money they receive at the need of the month is subdivided into numerous causes, and there is nothing left for the future savings. Due to the constrained nature of the budgets, many Australians are only able to cater for their bills while very little is left to clear loans. You will find many people struggling to pay mortgages which could go for up to 30 years. Before the 30 years are complete, it will be tough for the people to afford better living since debts constrain them.




Graeme Holm created Infinity Group Australia in 2013 because he felt the banking institutions were not friendly to the customers. He wanted to help them come up with solutions that would address the challenges of debt reduction. Infinity Group Australia is established on the basis of helping the people access the right services by focusing on the right solutions that the people need. The company is stepping into the void left by the banking institutions. These banks are not taking care of their clients and many times they are out to gain from their customers’ misfortunes. When clients take 30 years to repay a debt, the benefit will be on the bank since it will end up getting a substantial interest. Learn more:


Sightsavers- Advocates For Disabled Populations

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Blindness is likely one of the toughest things a person will ever have to deal with. The late, great Ray Charles overcame so much, and entertained millions with his talent, as has Andrea Boccelli and Stevie Wonder. Not everyone is blessed with such talent, however, but there are charities, like Sightsavers in the United Kingdom, that are working hard to raise funds to try to stem avoidable cases of blindness.


In addition to the good work Sightsavers is doing there, they are also fighting on behalf of those that are disabled worldwide. There are numerous challenges that those who are disabled face, and over 80% of the disabled populations can be found in impoverished nations where mere survival is a priority. There was a Global Disability Summit held in London recently to try to address some of the challenges this population faces.


Every step in the direction of making “disabled” persons a member of the mainstream population is a step in the path to stronger, more inclusive societies. Many disabled people have qualities and abilities that go unnoticed, leaving them in the throes of a somewhat unfulfilling life. At the Summit, there were a few prevailing themes, which included fiscal empowerment, education for all and that dignity and respect for all disabled persons be a central goal.


“What is river blindness?” River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts

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A person may not be able to do every facet of a job or be very productive in many ways, but most can do some work, of some sort. This galvanizes people and it makes them feel like they are productive members of society. The members of this population will likely continue to need governmental support, but they can also be doing a lot more than they currently are. This would be a part of the inclusiveness that needs to be more of the hallmark of living in this society.


Sightsavers have collectively, as an organization, been at the forefront of advocating for inclusiveness and rights for those with disabilities. What they are fighting for is what is called “global inclusivity,” which would mean acceptance to millions. The picture of every team of employees, for every organization, should have an eclectic mix of people, truly representative of all of society. The fight wages on.

Fortress Investment Group Makes Traveling Easy

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Travelling can be a headache, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. Usually, moving from Miami to Fort Lauderdale takes about 30 minutes. This happens during the off-peak hours when there is minimum traffic on the roads. During the rush hours, the scenario changes. This short period drive can take even up to an hour or more, especially if there’s an accident or construction work on the highway. This often leads to inconveniencing commuters as they cannot control some of the predisposing conditions that lead to the extended time on the roads. However, this situation is expected to change following the introduction of Brightline train that is operated by Fortress Investment Group.

The travel hectic for people who want to travel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale has been eliminated following the introduction of the privately owned passenger train in May early this year. When Fortress Investment Group launched the train at the beginning of the year, they aimed to see the traveling in Florida become comfortable and less time-consuming. This train was initially operating between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It later started operating the Magic City route in a bid to give the residents an eco-friendly traveling option.

The Fortress Investment Group owned trains have been very impactful on traveling in Florida. They take an average of 30 minutes to move between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The train crew also offers travelers a variety of services to make the ride as comfortable as possible. For instance, travelers have access to Wi-Fi and power ports to charge their devices. There are also lounges and eating places inside the train making traveling an enjoyable experience where everything is under one roof.

Fortress Investment Group intends to introduce Brightline to other cities in the country. Wes Edens, who is one of the co-founders of Fortress Investment group has often spoken about plans to extend the Miami to Palm Beach travel to Orlando. This will be an incredible fete once implemented considering that Orlando is almost 235 miles away from Palm Beach. This project is expected to take a few years for full completion. Once in operation, the train is scheduled to travel to Orlando in about two hours as it will be moving at about 125 miles per hour.

Fortress Investment also plans to cover routes such as between Dallas and Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte and between Chicago and St Louis. There are also plans to connect Chicago and Milwaukee, but this will be after the other areas have been connected.