Leaked : Next Version Of Windows Is Coming Soon

Microsoft Just Accidentally Revealed The Next Version Of Windows Is Coming Soon
Microsoft’s Chinese division may have accidentally revealed the next major update to Windows over social media, suggesting its launch is right around the corner.
Microsoft China may have outted the company’s plans in a post on Chinese social network Weibo by asking the following: “Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the Start menu at the left bottom will make a comeback?”

The company also posted an image with what appears to be Windows tiles arranged to form the number nine, along with the question. Microsoft later confirmed to The Verge that this image is simply a mockup, meaning it has nothing to do with what Windows 9 will look like.

 

The Weibo post was removed quickly, but Chinese website Cnbeta captured a screenshot before Microsoft took it down, as The Verge first spotted.

We expect to learn more about what the next iteration of Windows will entail later this month. Microsoft is said to be preparing a press event for Sept. 30, where it will presumably unveil a Technology Preview of the upcoming operating system. It’s unclear exactly what a Technology Preview includes, but it’ll likely provide a glimpse at upcoming Windows features such as the mini Start menu.

From what we’ve heard about Windows 9, it seems like Microsoft is making some significant design changes to make its mobile-friendly OS more palatable for traditional PC users.

Mary J. Foley of ZDNet, who has an excellent track record when it comes to reporting Microsoft news, reported that Microsoft will remove the Charms sidebar from Windows for its next release. Users may also be able to open “Metro”-style apps in separate windows on the desktop as well.

Rent-A-Center BUY

RCII : NASDAQ : US$26.59
BUY 
Target: US$32.00

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
RCII is the largest RTO operator in the United States with
over 40% market share. The company operates
approximately 3,025 stores in North America. RCII also
operates nearly 1,360 AcceptanceNOW kiosks located
within retail stores, offering RTO agreements to
customers unable to garner financing to make an in-store
purchase.
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.

Consumer & Retail — Specialty Retail
UPGRADING SHARES TO BUY AS MORE FLEXIBLE LABOR MODEL
SHOULD DRIVE MARGINS HIGHER
Investment recommendation
RCII dug deeper into the initiatives aimed at improving
profitability in the core business at Canaccord Genuity’s Global
Growth Conference, and we think the decision to transition to a
more flexible labor model is a no brainer. In Q2, virtually all of
the core’s yr./yr. revenue decline fell through to the bottom line
as a result of the company’s fixed-cost labor model. We think
there is an opportunity to substantially reduce labor costs by
incorporating more part-time hours into the core RTO business.
The addition of Guy Constant as CFO should prove valuable
through this transition, as his 10-year tenure in the restaurant
industry has exposed him to a much more efficient labor model.
We believe simply replacing overtime hours in 20% of core RTO
stores with part-time labor would generate over $20MM in
annual cost savings in 2015 and lift RCII’s operating profit
margin by 110bps. We are raising our rating to BUY given the
potential EBIT margin and EPS upside we believe this transition
offers.
Investment highlights
 We are increasing our long-term EPS estimates by 28% on
average. Our 2015 estimate of $2.59 is $0.25 above
consensus.
 Our price target moves to $32 based on our DCF model.

WTI – and Gold – Drops on Date – as Global Manufacturing Misses Estimates

West Texas Intermediate crude fell amid speculation that weakening manufacturing from Germany to China will cap global oil demand. Brent declined in London.

Futures dropped as much as 1.2 percent from the Aug. 29 close. Floor trading in New York was shut for the Labor Day holiday, and transactions will be booked for settlement purposes today. Purchasing manufacturing indexes for Germany, Italy, the U.K. and China all came in below estimates for August, while OPEC’s output increased to the highest level in a year.

“All eyes are on the demand side, and weaker statistics for example in China are bearish,” Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodity analyst in Oslo at SEB AB, said by telephone. “The increase in tension between Russia and Ukraine is bearish for oil” because economic sanctions on Russia may eventually result in a slowdown in Europe, he said.

WTI for October delivery declined as much as $1.19 to $94.77 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $94.88 at 1:46 p.m. London time. The volume of all futures traded was more than double the 100-day average for the time of day. Prices decreased 2.3 percent last month and are down 3.6 percent this year.

Brent for October settlement was $1.11 lower at $101.68 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The European benchmark crude traded at a premium of $6.83 to WTI, compared with a close of $7.23 on Aug. 29.

Factory Output

China’s manufacturing slowed more than projected last month, joining weaker-than-anticipated credit, production and investment data in indicating that the economy is losing momentum. The nation is the world’s second-largest oil consumer.

Markit Economics’ euro-area gauge slid more than initially predicted, with the index for Italy unexpectedly falling below 50, signaling the first contraction in 14 months. In the U.K., manufacturing expanded by the least in more than a year.

A final reading of Markit’s U.S. manufacturing PMI is due today, along with the Institute for Supply Management’s factory index for August, which economists forecast will drop to 57, from 57.1 in July.

“There are slowdowns occurring,” Jonathan Barratt, the chief investment officer at Ayers Alliance Securities in Sydney, said by phone. “OPEC is producing enough oil to placate any issues.”

Production from the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries rose by 891,000 barrels a day to 31 million in August, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts. Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Angola led supply gains as new deposits came online, security improved and field-maintenance programs ended. Iran and Venezuela were the only members to reduce output.

Ukraine warned of an escalating conflict in its easternmost regions as U.S. President Barack Obama headed to eastern Europe to reassure NATO members. Ukraine’s army will take on Russia’s “full-scale invasion,” Defense Minister Valeriy Geletey said on Facebook, a shift away from the government’s earlier communication that focused on battling insurgents.

Dollar Strengthens Before Data as Bonds Decline With Gold

The dollar strengthened to a seven-month high against the yen, government bonds tumbled and gold fell before data that analysts forecast will show expansion in U.S. manufacturing.

The dollar climbed 0.6 percent to 104.93 yen at 8:42 a.m. in New York and gained 0.4 percent to $1.6535 per British pound. Yields on 10-year Treasury notes increased four basis points to 2.38 percent. Futures (SPX) on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index added 0.1 percent after the index rallied the most since February last month. Gold dropped 1.5 percent.

U.S. investors return after the Labor Day break with manufacturing and construction spending reports. Gauges of factory output in Europe and China signal slower growth, boosting speculation that policy makers will need to boost stimulus measures. European money markets are pricing in about a 50 percent probability that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates by 10 basis points this week, according to BNP Paribas SA.

“In the U.S. across the board we have had strong data,”said Niels Christensen, chief currency strategist at Nordea Bank AB in Copenhagen. “That will keep growth momentum going. We have had a positive dollar trend for the past two months. I find it difficult to see this trend is going to disappear in the short term.”

U.S. Reports

The Institute for Supply Management’s August factory gauge probably held last month near the highest since April 2011, according to the median of 70 estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Another report probably will show U.S. construction rebounded in July, a Bloomberg survey showed. Reports yesterday signaled manufacturing slowed in China, the U.K. and the euro area.

The yen fell to its lowest level against the dollar since Jan. 16 amid speculation Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will appoint an ally to head the ministry in charge of reforming the Government Pension Investment Fund, potentially boosting investment overseas. The currency weakened to 105.44 on Jan. 2, a level not seen since October 2008.

The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the U.S. currency against 10 major peers, climbed 0.3 percent to 1,033.71 and touched 1,034.16, the strongest since January.

The pound weakened after a YouGov Plc poll showed growing support for Scottish independence before this month’s referendum. One-month implied volatility on sterling versus the dollar jumped by the most in almost six years.

Government Bonds

European government bonds fell as Germany’s 10-year yield increased four basis points to 0.91 percent and the U.K.’s rose five basis points to 2.43 percent.

The euro overnight index average, or Eonia, which measures the cost of lending between euro-area banks, fell to a record minus 0.013 percent yesterday.

Corporate borrowing costs fell to a record in Europe, with the average yield demanded to hold investment-grade bonds in euros dropping to 1.28 percent, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. The gauge declined 19 basis points in the past month on stimulus speculation.

The Stoxx 600 of European shares fell 0.1 percent after increasing 0.5 percent in the past two days.

Vallourec SA climbed 4 percent after UBS AG advised investors to buy shares of the French producer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry. Weir Group Plc gained 2.9 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG raised its recommendation on the British supplier of pressure pumps to outperform from neutral.

September Meetings : One hour meeting slots available Sept. and Oct.

Halifax ,Nova Scotia Canada Sept. 21 2014
New York City,NY Sept. 28 , 2014
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Cost $199 all inclusive

One hour ( one on one)
Please reserve by email to info@jackbassteam.com OR
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Asanko Gold Inc. Spec BUY

AKG : TSX : C$2.50
AKG : NYSE MKT
SPECULATIVE BUY 
Target: C$3.25

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
The combination of AKG and PMI created a significant gold
development company with 2P reserves of 4.8 Moz with a
permitted, financed (US$231M in cash, Q2/14) mine plan on half
the reserve (Obotan project) with the permit in hand with a permit
pending on the other half (Esaase project). All the assets are
within the Ghana, one of the premier jurisdictions in the entire
African continent.
All amounts in C$ unless otherwise noted.

Metals and Mining — Exploration and Development
GOLD ROYALTY ON PHASE 1 REDUCED FROM 7% TO 5% NSR
Investment recommendation
The company announced an agreement to buyback a 2% NSR reducing
the overall NSR from 7% to 5% for Phase 1 (Obotan) of the Asanko Gold
Mine in Ghana, West Africa. We view the acquisition of the NSR as a
strong positive and highly accretive given that the Phase 1 project is
breaking ground and close to production (H1/16E). We raised our target
(+C$0.10) accordingly to C$3.25, a 30% premium to current price levels,
and maintained our SPECULATIVE BUY recommendation. We anticipate
more construction updates leading to a resource update for Phase 1
followed by an updated mine plan (Q4/14E

Investment highlights
 Our revised target price is based on an increase in our NPV8% (+4%
to US$733 M) of the combined Obotan (Phase 1) and Esaase (Phase
2) gold projects, now known as the Asanko Gold Mine, related to the
reduction of the NSR at Phase 1 (Obotan) from 7% to 5%. On an
NPV8% basis, we valued the 2% NSR on Phase 1 at C$25-30 M (LT
US$1422) The drop in our NSR assumption from 7% to 5% for Phase 1 is
related to the recently announced purchase of the 2% Goknet
(privately held company) NSR for 1 M shares of AKG and cash (we
estimate US$1 M as the details were not disclosed). In addition, AKG
will transfer the rights to two exploration projects, Kubi and Diaso,
which the company deems as non-material.
 In November 2012, Asante Gold Corp. (ASE : TSX-V
offered to purchase half (1%) of the 2% NSR on the Obotan project
from Goknet for C$22.5 M via shares (45 Msh, C$0.50), which
would now be worth about C$4 M (for 1% NSR). The sale was never
completed

Seeking Alpha Predicts Bankruptcy for Frontline ( FRO)

Please see our prior articles on the shipping sector – the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be moving farther from sight. NEWL went down to a zero valuation, others are gone but the rising inventory of ships and lack of economic ( world) recovery is still working its magic against the remaining players in the sector.
Summary

Frontline is now facing the likelihood of insolvency thanks to a $190 million bond coming due in April.
With three quarters to go until the note is due, rates would have to average around $40K for VLCC and $34K for Suezmax.
While the industry is heading into a cyclical high season, it’s unlikely rates will average what is needed.
Investors should avoid Frontline due to the risk of bankruptcy.

The Baltic Dry Index recovered from a low of below 800 to near 2000 before reversing again – now just over 1000 it is only 10 % of its prerecession high .

Don’t look to pick the bottom . Look to our other recommendations – like Tim Hortons to secure profits each quarter- just keep the shipping sector on a watchlist. It has great potential but they used to say the same thing about me.

Why Burger King / Tim Hortons Will Work – Tax Magic

reprinted from http://taxhavenguru.wordpress.com/

Corporate Income Tax Rates Around The World : U.S. Third Highest
Posted on August 30, 2014 by jackbassteam

The United States Has the Third Highest Corporate Tax Rate among 163 Nations

( – which is why our Tax Minimization System is so effective – contact information at the end of this discussion. However , if you cannot understand why paying 3 cants of every earned dollar is better than 35 % read no farther)

The top marginal corporate tax rate among the 163 countries surveyed was the United Arab Emirates, which has a top rate of 55 percent . This is followed by the African nation of Chad (40 percent). The United States, with a combined top marginal tax rate of 39.1 percent (consisting of the federal tax rate of 35 percent plus the average tax rate among the states), has the third highest corporate income tax rate in the world. In contrast, the average across all 163 countries and tax jurisdictions is 22.6, or 30.6 percent weighted by gross domestic product.

Every region in the world except for Oceania is represented in the top twenty countries. Six of the top twenty countries are in Africa and five are in Asia. The nine remaining countries are in South and North America.

Other large nations in the top twenty countries besides the United States are Japan (37 percent), France (34.4 percent), Brazil (34 percent), Pakistan (34 percent), and India (34 percent)

The key findings of the latest summary of worldwide corporate tax data published by The Tax Foundation are:

The United States has the third highest general top marginal corporate income tax rate in the world at 39.1 percent, exceeded only by Chad and the United Arab Emirates.
The worldwide average top corporate income tax rate is 22.6 percent (30.6 percent weighted by GDP).
By region, Europe has the lowest average corporate tax rate at 18.6 percent (26.3 percent weighted by GDP); Africa has the highest average tax rate at 29.1 percent.
Larger, more industrialized countries tend to have higher corporate income tax rates than developing countries.
The worldwide (simple) average top corporate tax rate has declined over the past decade from 29.5 percent to 22.6 percent.
Every region in the world has seen a decline in their average corporate tax rate in the past decade

You and Your Company Can Achieve Gold Standard Tax Reduction With Our System – if you act . Common Sense Demands : Move Your Money to A Low Tax Jurisdiction.

Effective and efficient are the hallmarks of money management – are they they hallmarks of your tax planning ?Personal concerns over privacy are as important and the jurisdictions we use value that secrecy to the extent it is part of their banking and tax codes.

Yes we have to charge for putting all this in place – because unlike your fairy godmother our creditors demand payment as bills become due . Don’t begrudge the workman his due.

If you want total control you must open both a corporation and a bank account in a low tax jurisdiction ( usually referred to as a tax haven) – and you will have to pay to get that done by a reliable party PERIOD – is that clear enough ? Developing a tax strategy is not the same as walking into the mall and opening a checking account.

Tax Haven Savings – Contact Information

Are you finally taking the step to tax freedom by incorporation and banking in a low tax jurisdiction? and if not why not ? Information must proceed action and that is why we offer a no cost / no obligation inquiry service.

Email info@ jackbassteam.com or
Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202 – Pacific Time 9:00 – 5;00 Monday to Friday

The main intention of our website is to provide objective and independent information that will help the potential investor to make his own decisions in an informed manner. To this effect we try to explain in a simple language the different processes and the most important figures involved in offshore business and to show the different alternatives that exist, evaluating their pros and cons.
On the other hand we intend – in terms of offshore finance, bringing these products to the average citizen.

Do something to help yourself – contact Jack A. Bass now !

Panama Bank Secrecy

Panama Bank Secrecy. the title  says it all

Here is what are clients can rely upon – our due diligence and guidance in selecting incorporation, trust and bank vehicles – plus the nation’s laws:

Article 111 of the Panamanian banking law states the following:

ARTICLE 111. BANKING CONFIDENTIALITY. Banks will only divulge information about its clients or their operations with their consent. Banks will not require consent from their clients in the following cases:
When the information is required from the authorities according the law.
When from their own initiative it must be provided in compliance with laws related to the prevention of money laundering, financing of terrorism, and related crimes.
Rating agencies for risk analysis purposes.
To data processing agencies or offices for operational or accounting purposes.

Our Panama Offshore and Financial Services

Panama tax haven is a leading offshore jurisdiction for companies and foundations.  Other offshore services are available to investors who are interested in operating or investing in Panama in one way or the other.  Panama is a true tax haven and levies zero tax on all offshore operations.  Panama tax haven offshore services can be summarized as follows:

  • Panama Corporation formation
  • Panama Foundation formation
  • Offshore banking
  • Vessel registration
  • Real estate brokerage
  • Capital/financing procurement
  • Trademark registration
  • Investment brokerage

We’ve Done All the Research
First, we’ve done all the research and conveniently gathered all U.S. and International regulations pertaining to Information Technology, Physical Security, Records Management, Privacy, and Third Party Invoicing into one place

We Help You Map the Overlap Between Regulations
Track compliance regulations, standards, and contractual agreements (Authority Documents),their changes, their individual originators and issuers, and their terms and acronyms

Developing a tax strategy is not the same as walking into the mall and opening a checking account.

Tax Haven Savings – Contact Information

Are you finally taking the step to tax freedom by incorporation and banking in a low tax jurisdiction? and if not why not ? Information must proceed action and that is why we offer a no cost / no obligation inquiry service.

Email info@ jackbassteam.com or
Call Jack direct at 604-858-3202 – Pacific Time 9:00 – 5;00 Monday to Friday

The main intention of our website is to provide objective and independent information that will help the potential investor to make his own decisions in an informed manner. To this effect we try to explain in a simple language the different processes and the most important figures involved in offshore business and to show the different alternatives that exist, evaluating their pros and cons.
On the other hand we intend – in terms of offshore finance, bringing these products to the average citizen.

Do something to help yourself – contact Jack A. Bass now !

Gordmans Stores BUY More then a double BUY

GMAN : NASDAQ : US$3.96
Target Price $ 9.00
COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Gordmans Stores is an everyday value price retailer
offering merchandise up to 60% off department and
specialty store prices. The company operates nearly 100
stores in 20 states, located in multiple shopping center
formats including regional shopping malls, lifestyle
centers, and power centers. The merchandise
assortment consists of apparel, home fashions, and
accessories including fragrances.

Consumer & Retail — Specialty Retail
WE AWAIT IMPROVED Q2 PRODUCT AS AGED INVENTORY HAS BEEN CLEARED
Investment recommendation
GMAN generated a Q2 loss of ($0.16) per share, in line with our
estimate and a penny below consensus. As expected, the
company spent the bulk of Q2 clearing out stale inventory ahead
of H2. The higher level of markdowns resulted in 95bps of yr./yr.
gross margin contraction in Q2, which did not come as a surprise
to us. We believe this was necessary to make room for an
improved product assortment, including the recent launch of a
Missy contemporary department. Gross margin should begin to
recover in H2 as better product rolls into stores. We believe SSS
will be slower to rebound, however, and we are lowering our Q3
SSS forecast to -5% on top of -6.1% versus our prior flat estimate.
This pushes our Q3 EPS estimate from $0.02 to ($0.09). We
continue to believe GMAN’s long-term recovery potential is not
reflected with shares trading at 0.2x C2015E EV/revenue.
Investment highlights
The appointment of department store veteran Andrew Hall
as CEO should bring some stability to GMAN. Hall spent six
years at Stage Stores, including a run as CEO from 2008-
2012, and 13 years prior at May Department Stores.
We are reducing our price target from $10 to $9 based on
our DCF model. There is still notable turnaround risk here,
but we believe investors will be paid for their patience.

Google To Release Two New Smartphones – One Giant

Google is reportedly planning to release two new smartphones this year, one with a 5.9-inch screen and another with a 5.2-inch display, according to Phone Arena’s Michael Heller.
Rumors about Google’s next smartphone have been circulating the Web for months.

We first heard that Google is planning to launch a giant phablet-sized Nexus phone back in July, when Android Police said the device would debut in November. The phone was believed to be a joint effort between Google and Motorola, but Android Police’s report suggests it will launch under Google’s Nexus brand.

At the same time, Motorola has been rumored to be working on two new smartphones — its flagship successor to the Moto X known as the Moto X+1, and a separate device called the Moto S.

Motorola is believed to be testing two different model sizes for this Moto S — a 5.2-inch version and a 5.9-inch variant. This isn’t to be confused with Google’s alleged Nexus X, since Phone Arena says a 5.9-inch Nexus X is already scheduled to go to market. From what we understand, it sounds like the Moto S is a separate device and Motorola is testing it in two different sizes.

Which size makes it to market will depend on the success of the Moto X+1, which is said to be slightly larger than the 4.7-inch Moto X.

So how does this relate to Google’s new Nexus smartphones?

If Motorola decides to bring its 5.9-inch version of the Moto S to market instead of the 5.2-inch model, Google may repurpose that smaller Moto S and brand it as a second Nexus device. So, depending on Motorola’s choices, Google could launch a 5.9-inch Nexus phablet and a smaller 5.2-inch Nexus phone.

A 5.9-inch screen is unusually large for a smartphone. In fact, it’s just about one inch shy of a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Mega, which comes in both 5.8- and 6.3-inch sizes, is the only other phablet that would compare in size to Google’s upcoming giant smartphone.

There’s no word on when we should expect these phones to debut, but last year Google quietly unveiled its Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 KitKat at the end of October. It’s also important to note that Google hasn’t confirmed any plans to release new smartphones in its Nexus line just yet.

Question: How do you get the giant in your pocket?

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