Economist Ted Bauman agrees with the world that Amazon is a giant in the retail industry. However, Bauman emphasizes that Amazon is not a monopoly and that Amazon stockholders need to be aware of the company’s weaknesses.
Bauman points to several reasons that Amazon does not have the characteristics of a monopoly. First, the majority of online shopping (56%) is done with retailers other than Amazon. The company receives less than one-twentieth of the retail income generated in the United States because 90% of the country’s shopping dollars still go to brick and mortar stores. Ted Bauman notes that due to competition, Amazon has not developed the traits of monopolies that consumers hate most: poor customer service and high prices.
Ted Bauman believes Amazon has several weaknesses that should concern Amazon stockholders. First, the economist says that due to the large volume of consumer data Amazon holds, the retailer is vulnerable to data security threats. Next, politicians, including the President, have said that Amazon engages in unfair business practices such as pressuring shipping services to lower prices because they cannot afford to lose Amazon as a customer. While trade and tariff wars could hurt Amazon’s stock price, Ted Bauman believes there’s a greater risks to holding Amazon stock. Since the company uses its profits to expand its business rather than pay dividends to stockholders, the only way to make money from Amazon stock is to sell it. That fact increases the likelihood that investors would dump Amazon shares if rumors of trouble arise about the company.
Ted Bauman is the editor of The Bauman Report, which covers wealth preservation strategies for over 100,000 subscribers. He also writes Smart Money and Alpha Stock Alert, which are based on the trading system he created. He was born and raised in the United States but went to live in South Africa as a young man. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with postgraduate degrees in economics and history. Ten years ago Bauman returned to the United States and lives in Atlanta.
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Jason Hope has shown numerous interest in technological innovation. Recently, Jason Hope has been talking about the internet of things and how it will be the next technological venture. However, the internet of things is not the only thing that has Jason’s attention, but also anti-aging research. SENS Research Foundation has a goal to create a rejuvenation biotechnology industry that will accelerate drug development in broad-based collaboration of damage-repair expertise. This kind of research involves multiple subjects such as Advancing Regenerative Therapies in Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease, Molecular and Cellular Damage from Aging, and biotechnology that helps prevent age-related diseases.
SENS Foundation is a non-profit organization that is supported by private individuals, researchers and scientist, and other philanthropists. Jason Hope is one of SENS biggest contributor. Jason Hope donated $500,000 to SENS in 2010 which allowed SENS to implement a new research program that aims to break down advanced glycation end products in human tissue. This program is called AGE-breaker. An AGE is a type of metabolic waste that builds up in the body and initiates degenerative processes. AGEs are related to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, osteoporosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Jason Hope believes that there is not enough research being conducted to develop effective treatments. Therefore, he feels that it is worth the investment if a breakthrough is discovered.
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AGE research faced many challenges in the past two decades. However, researchers finally found a human AGE that is connected to many degenerative diseases called glucosepane. This discovery has given them a clearer direction in research. Therefore, Jason’s may be seeing a return on his investment.
Jason Hope explains that he is passionate about supporting SENS and their goal because they are taking a different approach to anti-aging research. Jason likes that they are focused on cures and preventative measures to diseases that cause people to age faster than they should. Examples are Alzheimer’s disease and lung disease. Traditionally, medicine looks at treating diseases after they have occurred. However, Jason and SENS have a mutual goal to focus on stopping diseases that make you age faster from ever occurring.
Learn more about Jason Hope: http://bitsylink.com/2018/07/02/scottsdale-philanthropist-jason-hope-helps-pioneering-nonprofit-fight-aging/
Doe Deere is an entrepreneur who proves that going into business for yourself is not dead in America. Her forays into makeup and fashion have resulted in the brands Lime Crime and Poppyangeloff. She started her life in Izhevsk, Russia where her family dreamed of what America had to offer. Her mother moved them to New York City around twenty years ago. The family struggled and worked hard. They ended up in a homeless shelter with only $7.56 left from their mother’s savings. They ultimately had the help of a non-profit legal organization called Sanctuary for Families that helps immigrant women. The leader of the organization helped get their mother another accounting job in the United States and enrolled Doe Deere and her sister at universities. She helped Doe Deere get into the Fashion Institute of Technology. She assisted Doe Deere’s sister to be accepted into Columbia University.
In the later part of the 2000s, Doe Deere began pursuing her entrepreneur goals. She started the fashion brand Poppyangeloff and the makeup brand Lime Crime. Lime Crime proved to be a highly lucrative endeavor and Doe Deere became a CEO of the company after its years of success. She views her story as one of pursuing and achieving the American dream. She has a successful business, a close-knit family, and a beautiful home. Doe Deere is an example of an immigrant who makes America great. She wants people to remember that there are many immigrants like her and her family who come to the United States with the full intention of creating a business, attending a prestigious university, and getting a respectable job like an accountant. They came to pursue their dreams and to enjoy American culture. Many other immigrants also come to the United States with the same goals and ambitions.