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  • Knowing the Right People

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 22 Oct 2014

    They say “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. I cannot but (finally and after having ruminated the question for years) wholeheartedly agree. Some of my greatest ideas and projects went nowhere because I didn’t know the right people yet. And some complicated deals went ever so...

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  • Why Greek Shipping?

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 29 Sep 2014

    With our Firm's recent signing of a 200 Million Euros Partnership Agreement to Fund & Facilitate the Purchase of 25 Vessels - http://www.pr.com/press-release/582221. I am frequently asked by partners and observers alike why a Greek company as a platform for our roll-up and why a particular inte...

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  • The most Important Lessons I've Learned in my Business Career

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 08 Sep 2014

    Over the years, one of the questions I've been asked most frequently is "What are the most important lessons I have learned in my business career?" Well here are the 10 basic ones which I still apply in my everyday life. 1. Take care of your health, your relationships, your career, your (ongoi...

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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities We See in the Defense Industry

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 29 Jul 2014

    The Pentagon was declared the big winner of the massive federal budget bill that Congress passed for fiscal year 2014. The spending bill approves $497 billion for the Defense Department, or about the same as in 2013. The Pentagon gets an additional $85.2 billion for war expenses — about $5 billion...

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  • Are the Tech and Software Sectors Close to Eating the World?

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 30 Jun 2014

    Not even in your wildest dreams .... as I believe we are just at the beginning of a revolution still at its embryonic stage. For a start, you might think that tech is today in a bubble as a company whose sole product is a photo sharing app in which the pictures get deleted after they are shared r...

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  • How do you Create Real Wealth in an age of Intense Competition and Wealth Destruction?

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 26 May 2014

    I am in the money business; always have been and always will be. No surprise I am approached by hundreds of young ambitious entrepreneurs every year asking: How do you create real wealth in an age of intense competition and wealth destruction? Let me keep you give you my 2 cents.... and allow ...

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  • Welcome to the New World of Physical Commodities Trading & Wealth Creation

    By: Ziad K Abdelnour | 21 Apr 2014

    As JPMorgan Chase & Co has now exited the physical commodities trading business, one wonders what the future of the business at large - along with the one of the two major banks that have dominated Wall Street's involvement in the natural resources supply chain for 30 years - will be, particular...

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  • About Closing Oil Derivatives Related Transactions

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 05 Mar 2014

    We at Blackhawk are approached by at least 500 supposed providers and sellers of oil derivative and other crude oil products a year and yet maybe only 2% of such providers have access to real product. Surprised? You shouldn't be at all. As you may or may not know, the reality today is that oil bu...

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  • Oil, Technology and What Makes the World Go Round

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 29 Jan 2014

    Being both an oil trader and financier and tech investor, I am frequently asked about my general views on the oil and tech sectors at large given the ever changing financial and political disturbances out there. Well for a start, you might think that tech is today in a bubble as a company whose s...

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  • Strategy or Execution

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 13 Jan 2014

    I am approached every year by hundreds of entrepreneurs with great ideas, great strategies but no track record of execution - all seeking funding for their respective ventures - and I turn them down one after the other for a lack of track record executing. So here is some food for thought for all...

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