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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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  • 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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  • How do you deal with a large competitor who is out to get you?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 16 Dec 2013

    We at Blackhawk Partners advise a number of companies in the path to growth. Some of the most awkward situations we encounter on quite a regular basis is a software or other company about to be bullied by a 800 pound gorilla basically stating: "Sell to us or we will apply all of our resources to ...

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  • What is wrong with Capitalism Today?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 12 Nov 2013

    There is not one single day that passes without I hear some of my Wall Street peers complain about the state of affairs of capitalism in America today and how different it has become compared to only a couple of decades ago. Is Capitalism broken or what exactly has happened to this “fountain of...

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  • How likely are we to see a Saudi Arabian shift away from the US towards China?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 03 Nov 2013

    Saudi Arabia has recently reacted with unusual bluntness to US moves at rapprochement with the kingdom’s enemies in Tehran and Damascus, forcing President Barack Obama to either alter his stance or risk a breakdown in relations. The Saudis are clearly testing its 70 year US dependence....And qu...

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