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  • Geopolitical impact of lower oil prices - A personal assessment

    By: Ziad Abdelnour | 04 Nov 2014

    It is a fact that the US has increased its production of oil quite dramatically over the last two to three years. It has actually increased it by the size of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members or about two and a half to three million barrels per day. So we are si...

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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 Crude 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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