Capital Group Chief’s View On Recent Market Behaviors

Post-Trump Markets

According to Tim, a period of faster economic growth, increasing interest rates, and inflation is impending. President Trump’s election has caused significant changes in asset prices. Equities are yet to set new highs, and the bond markets have not stabilized.

Tim says in his career, interest rates have been decreasing most of the times and not the opposite. He says that these market changes are massive and real. The market is expected to experience more turbulent changes due to uncertainty on the various government policies.

Tim says that globalization is facing challenges and no one knows what will be the effect. Markets are facing significant changes as a result of increased populism.

Growth-sensitive industries in the stock market are roaring higher, while defensive sectors are languishing. Since elections, the real estate shares have recorded a 2.3 per cent gain while financial companies and gas drillers have recorded a 16 per cent and 38 per cent increase respectively. This major shift is taking place in the stock market in the post-Trump era.

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Tim Armour’s Perspective on Market Selloff in September 2015

In 2015, global stocks tumbled due to China’s slow economic growth. A reduction in Chinese stocks was coupled with currency depreciation sent fears to investors in other economies. This forced the Chinese government to lower the interest rates and ease banks’ reserve requirements.

Tim said that it was better for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates. He also noted that China was the primary catalyst in that market tradeoff. Previous high economic growth rates in China had enabled her to contribute to global growth.

Therefore, a decline in China’s economic growth meant a reduction in the world economic growth hence affecting investments worldwide. Slow growth or no growth in China would have adverse effects on other markets.

Timothy Armour’s Education and Work Background

Timothy D. Armour, alias Tim attended Middlebury College for his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. In 1983, he began his profession as a member of The Associates Program at The Capital Group Companies, Inc. He then became the company’s Equity Investment Analyst. Currently, he works at The Capital Research as the Chairman, Director, and Principal Executive Officer. He is also the Equity Portfolio Manager and Chairman of the Capital Group Companies, Inc.

Mike Baur Contributes Tremendously To The Growth Of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a space that allows those with creative ideas to explore their capabilities. Many entrepreneurs rely on the support they get from other successful entrepreneurs to set up their businesses and run them towards profitability. However, there are those who cannot find people to mentor them despite having great ideas that can be built to offer profitable businesses. This is the category of individuals Mike Baur offers to work with to ensure they also manage to achieve their dreams of running successful businesses.


Mike Baur is a successful entrepreneur who is motivated to work with upcoming entrepreneurs by offering them an avenue through which they can implement their ideas. He founded the Swiss Startup Factory in 2014 and the company has been working to offer young entrepreneurs a chance to nurture their ideas. There is an incubation facility that embraces the most talented startups for a three months incubation session, after which the businesses are able to stand on their feet to face the market and to experience real growth.


Digital transformations

One of the things the Swiss Startup Factory holds dear is the value of digital transformations. They offer startups a chance to transform their ideas to fit within the digital infrastructure and to offer value to users. With a team of analysts and experts in matters technology for business, the Swiss Startup Factory provides the needed digital transformations that allow users to enjoy profitability across the market.


Planning for the future

Often when startups are launched, they don’t have a vast plan that caters for the future and changes that might occur along the way. In such a setup, it would be difficult to compete with already established businesses, so there is need to have a plan that spells every step out. The role of planning and execution is to help the business to come up with ideas that can facilitate smooth transition and an easy movement from a small business to an established venture.


About Mike Baur

Mike Baur is a former banker who has benefitted from running an idea that seeks to offer support to young entrepreneurs. He quit his position as a banker in 2014 and went straight into entrepreneurship, where he launched the Swiss Startup Factory. Before he went to banking, he pursued Finance and Banking. He later went for an MBA at Rochester University then later finalized with an Executive MBA from the Bern University.

WEN By Chaz: No Foam, No Lather, But Seriously, Your Hair Doesn’t Need Any

Let’s look at some hair care facts. Many popular shampoos and conditioners smell divinely, produce tons of foaming sudsy action and can be both drugstore cheap and boutique expensive. These brands also usually contain some evil ingredients in their blends, namely the sulfate sisters, SLS – Sodium lauryl sulfate and SLES – Sodium laureth sulfate. These two nasty chemicals eventually strip everyone’s hair of their natural oils and weaken the hair in a damaging way.

Now, let’s examine the holistic alternative in Wen hair By Chaz. The pioneer of the no-poo method, offers customers a relaxing and healthy way to cleanse and condition hair of any type and texture. These no lather shampoos have been developed into unique cleansing conditioners, featuring herbs and botanicals like glycerin, calendula, rosemary, chamomile and cherry bark. In addition, these formulas also smell heavenly, and the scents last for hours.

WEN By Chaz hair care products will never contain damaging chemicals, let alone the harshness of the SLS and SLES family. These culprits merely produce big foam for cleansing, and according to Chaz Dean, you don’t need the lather, because it’s not providing much value in the long run. He should know; he’s been a well-respected celebrity stylist for a number of years now. Chaz Dean carefully developed his special no lather shampoo system, so women could have a healthy choice for maintaining gorgeous hair.

Ask any woman about her bad hair days, and you will learn plenty. None of us feel comfortable when our hair won’t behave, looks dull, stringy or flat. WEN By Chaz features soothing blends that gently moisturize, add body and softness, manageability and super shine. It’s economical, too, because one bottle of cleansing conditioner will shampoo, condition, de-tangle, deep condition and act as a stay-in conditioner. Wen hair care products are available on high end stores like Sephora and online thru

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Steadying Up the Mexican Oil Giant Cotemar’s Ship



Cotemar S.A. de C.V. or Cotemar is a company that offers services in the gas and oil industry. The company was started in 1979. It has grown to become the biggest Mexican gas and oil service provider.


The company’s mission to provide offshore oil services is driven by its efficient processes achieved by the use of industry-leading technology and goal oriented people. The company’s vision is to be a viable business by engaging in different sectors in the oil and gas industry. The company values integrity, reliability, humility and innovation.


Services that Cotemar Offers


Cotemar provides services in the offshore oilfields. It uses specialized vessels and works to ensure that the services rendered meet the quality and safety.


To offer quality services, the company subdivided its operations into three categories:


The construction sector is tasked with modernizing and introducing innovation to the clients’ offshore equipment and processing centers. The specialized service vessels are involved in the transportation of people and other light materials. Other ships are used to haul large structures. The accommodation and catering departments offer nourishment and cleaning services among others to their clients.


Working Experience


Working at Cotemar exposes one to one of the world’s most advanced technologies in the oil and gas industry. It helps one advance his knowledge in different technologies.



Approach to Sustainability


The company’s 1996 strengthening of the transport services of the different sectors increased its market share. To ensure the use of the best technology, the company is always exposed to new industrial knowledge. The company also uses specialized vessels in different activities.


Cotemar’s Silent Mexican Oil Revolution


Despite being in a crisis, the company is optimistic about getting out of it. The crisis has been fuelled by the termination of two outstanding contracts by Pemex and failure to renew the contract with Prosafe.


The crisis in the oil sector has seen industry players adopt cost-cut policies. For instance, Pemex’s 100-billion-peso (mdp) cuts meant the cancellation of the contract with Contemar to reduce its costs.


The company has seen reduced income due to the reduction in the renting rate of their equipment. Consequently, the company has been forced to cut its labor force by about 2,300.


The company’s stability is boosted by the use of its specialized vessels by the national oil company. The ships are being used in transportation, maintenance, and construction going on in the Mexican oil industry.

Cotema, Mexico and it’s continued offshore drilling for profit and prosperity

Competing with those you’ve avoided because you think they are too competitive in the first place is one of the weakest things a competitor should do. After all, you never know when they’ll need you by their side. This is what’s happening in some offshore oil rigs; with the a $45 billion investment and 30 contracts of auctions to date on offshore exploration and production in the offshore maintenance and oil production, companies like Cotemar and others are needed.


Rewind back to the 80s

According to the Energy Secretariat of Mexico, a major research project went underway. The Perdido fold-belt in the northwestern deep Gulf of Mexico, rests in water depths of 7,500-10,000 feet. The so-called consortium consisted of four industrial companies back in the mid-1980s, and they consisted of companies like Texaco, Shell, Amoco, and Mobil. They all leased the mineral rights in this silent fold-belt in the mid-1980’s.


Fast forward because the silent revolution has begun in these deep waters off miles from the Mexican shores. Drilling is in demand. One major oil company that will be part of a huge billion dollar investment is Cotemar S.A. de C.V. (founded in 1979) and is based in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico. Cotemar and several other private companies will be exploring offshore with a joint venture agreement that has been in the works for some time now.


The Mexican offshore oil company is known for their years of experience in the offshore oil industry. Some of their obligations to stay a reputable industrial oil company is to provide maintenance and services that all relate to the offshore drilling and exploration of oil fields in specific vessels.


Here are some of the duties Cotemar from Mexico has under their belt.

– The overhauling of platforms and process centers in offshore facilities

– Working on the decks for the construction of pre-manufactured equipment and storage areas

– Operating semi-submersible platforms

– Operating diving equipment for overhauling work of process lines and surveying

– Personnel food catering and accommodation services (i.e. food preparation, ironing services, laundry services, common area cleaning…)

– Provide recreational facilities (i.e. cinemas, gyms, basketball courts, entertainment rooms with television…)

– Operate vessels and the transportation of structures which are needed for oil exploration, such as abrasive bulk materials, barite, sand, mud,…to name a few.

– Processing along with the transport of oil and liquids that are extracted from the platforms

– Fire fighting services and hydrocarbons spill services


The belt offshore

According to the Energy Secretariat, it’s imperative that drilling is taking place off the Trion field. The exploration and production contracts meet the “threefold goal of increasing hydrocarbon production,” which will guarantee national interests of tax collection in forms of royalties. Also, one of the objectives is to reduce the limits of certain companies that have overtaken such areas like the oil giant Pemex and aligned them with other companies that are notably attractive in and favored in oil production as well. With that in mind, there are incentives to companies which vote with their investments “for the most favorable conditions” that will meet these goals.


There has been approximately 30 contracts of these specific auctions to date which will leave behind 7,000 mdd. In fact, the oil out of Mexico is considered an asset, not a liability to those of national interests. Maximizing the value, the government is still deciding to invest more in the Gulf of Mexico, Canada, or Nigeria.


With the main incentive being that the reform of drilling is considered “trivial” still because in this global society and environment, the largest country with the largest hydrocarbon reserves is still the U.S.


What is pending is the framework of legalities; this then becomes the challenge of hydrocarbons, energy, and the environment all together. Therefore, by accelerating with companies that are up to reinvention, it will change the most important factor in all the exploration of offshore oil exploration in the Gulf…that is a positive profit for the Mexican economy which is much needed.