And Yes We’re Back Like Never Before. It’s the EFR Podcast Show featuring me (Sammy BE/Bizman Bassey) @EcoFireTV, James Lyman @ObsoletePeople & on the boards Jon Don Sterling @TheDramaBlock.
On this episode #33, the group interviewed social media manager Keith Dorsey @YoungGunsCEO. He happens to assist managing the careers of online mega stars such as RobbiiWorld, Hollywood Dollz & Woah Vicky.
came on the show to discuss social media presence, online platforms,
attaining a lucrative online following and base, as well as productive
advise for young entrepreneurs, trying to thrive in media… This is an
episode you got to listen to…..
1) America now has such a surplus of natural gas, that it’s being burned off instead of sold and used. The problem isn’t a lack of a market to sell to, rather it is insufficient distribution infrastructure. There isn’t enough pipeline capacity to get the gas from the oil fields to customers. In West Texas, enough gas is burned off each day to fuel every house in Texas. Natural gas prices are negative in some areas as producers pay people to take the gas off their hands.
2) The international banking giant Deutsche Bank is getting out of the investment banking by closing its equities business. This restructuring will result in posting a $3.1 billion dollar loss for the second quarter and an overall loss of $8.3 billion dollar into 2022. Additionally, there will be a loss of 18,000 jobs or one fifth of their labor force.
3) The summer labor force of teenagers is shrinking as American youth opt for summer school and extracurricular activities. Only about 40% of highschool age kids are working during their summer vacations, compared to more than 60% in the twentieth century. This leaves businesses with a dilemma of find enough workers, especially those business which are more active in the summer months and need that extra short term labor boost. Much of this shift is because of increased emphasis on education for the young, who opt for summer school and summer college prep programs instead of earning some pocket money.
4) Stock market closings for- 8 JUL 19:
Dow 26,806.14 down 115.98 Nasdaq 8,098.38 down 63.41 S&P 500 2,975.95 down 14.46
1) The cultivation of marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the U.S. generating $10.4 billion dollars in 2018 while supporting an estimated 500,000 jobs by2022. But starting a cannabis business is harder than most small business startups because it’s harder to do basics such as opening a bank account or leasing office space. Startup finance is a major problem since marijuana is still illegal federally.
2) New jobs for June exceeded estimates by economist, with 224,000 compared to 72,000 in May. The jobless rate crept up to 3.7% from a half-century low of 3.6%. Average hourly earnings increased 3.1% less than expect. The high number have brought on fears that the Federal Reserve will forego an interest rate cut for the near future. Despite the good news, the economy still faces trade tensions and possible inflation.
3) As many as 10 million Samsung-Android phones users have been tricked into installing firmware updates, but the software is actually an app that re-directs the user to an ad-filled website that charges for firmware downloads. A fake Samsung app named ‘Updates for Samsung’ is touted as firmware updates. The fake software takes advantage of the difficulties in getting software updates for the Samsung phone. Users complain that the site is loaded with ads making it very difficult to use, plus the app limits download speed to 56 KBS so large updates actually time out. While the app isn’t malware, it is fraudulent and a scam.
4) Stock market closings for- 5 JUL 19:
Dow 26,922.12 down 43.88 Nasdaq 8,161.79 down 8.44 S&P 500 2,990.41 down 5.41
1) The U.S. economy has entered its 121st month of economic growth setting a new record. Some experts are saying the real economic recovery may only be in its infancy. It’s just this last year that the gross domestic product caught up with estimates of its potential. Periods when GDP exceed potential are when workers typically enjoy the greatest wage gains. There are concerns of a changing environment with global trade disputes and other risks slowing down the economy.
2) Another daily newspaper has announce it is closing down, in what this year has been a rash of daily newspaper closing as well as massive layoffs. The Vindicator of Youngstown Ohio, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary, will cease publication the end of August, with 144 people losing their jobs. Virtually all daily newspapers have had deep cuts in staff these last couple of years, giving credence to the prediction that all the daily newspapers in America will be gone in ten years, displaced by newer mass media technologies.
3) The Payless ShoeSource is going out of business, closing all of its 2,500 retail stores. Once the largest and most successful family owned business in the country, the chain is succumbing to competition from big-box stores and on-line retailers. Founded in the 1960s, its demise could be the largest retail liquidation in history. Payless strategy uses customer self help allowing a minimal labor force of one manager and a couple of cashiers.
4) Stock market closings for- 2 JUL 19:
Dow 26,556.14 up 19.32 Nasdaq 7,958.05 up 45.06 S&P 500 2,926.73 up 12.95
1) Years of slow economic progress, where the South nearly reach equality with northen and western neighbors, has reversed. Since 2009, the South’s growth in output and wages has slowed so the South is now receding compared with the rest of America. The twin forces of automation and globalization have wiped out millions of factory jobs where the lower wages and taxes were instrumental in the South drawing those businesses. The net result is the South’s economy is falling behind.
2) The discount retailer chain Costco announced they will be raising prices, stating the tariffs on China as the reason. Costco joins other retailers such as Walmart, Target and Macy in having to raise prices to consumers. There are fears that the wave of retail store closures will further increase as consumers retract from their spending habits.
3) Presidential candidate’s promise of free college to alleviate the growing student debt problem is facing problems of implementation. Low income students need more than just free tuition for gaining a college degree, and therefore the presidential plans will aid those who least need the financial help. The tuition accounts for half or less of college expenses. Presently, student debt stands at $1.6 trillion dollar, where presently 20 to 25% of new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed.
4) Stock market closings for 10 JUN 19:
Dow 26,062.68 up 78.74 Nasdaq 7,823.17 up 81.07 S&P 500 2,886.73 up 13.39
Financial investment power house Goldman Sach (GS); is in negotiations to aquire B&B Hotels and all its subsidiary chains. They will be acquiring the chain from PAI Partners (French hospitality investment firm).
The purchase will happen in the latter part of 2019. The deal is supposed to be worth around $2.2 billion (USD). B&B Hotels has over 486 hotels (in total). The company was founded in 1990 and operates in the hospitality market in countries such as Brazil, Morrocco, and many Euro countries.
GS merchant banking division will be pursuing the close of the transaction, which is supposedly going to happen later this year (2019). -SB
1) Used aluminum cans are unwanted by scrape metal dealers, because the metal is less desirable for structural aluminum in aircraft and cars. Scrap prices have dropped 30% indicating the economic challenges for recycling.
2) Flooding in Nebraska has left the state nearly paralyzed the flood leaving people isolated and bringing business to a near standstill. It is still too early to assess the economic losses, but it’s expected to be tremendous.
3) Home Depot, the home improvement supplier, is going on a massive hiring spree planning to hire 80,000 new people this spring to staff stores. Positions are both permanent and seasonal part-time jobs. Seasonal jobs can be for as long as 120 days.
4) 18 MAR 19 Stock market closing:
Dow 25,914.10 up 65.23 Nasdaq 7,714.48 up 25.95 S&P 500 2,832.94 up 10.46
THE CAST PODCAST… Back at it again, with another banging episode for your ears. Sammy BE @EcoFireTV & Luisa L. @LuisaModels, along with Jon Don Sterling “On The Boards” @TheDramaBlock.
this podcast episode, we had a special guest interviewee. Our guest
happens to be a super manager in the music and entertainment game, her
clientele ranges from Bobby V. (Bobby Valentino), Houston, Texas rap
legend Scarface (Gheto Boys), R&B duo group Ruff Endz, as well as
her other major accolades; we were able to interview Ms. Melinda
Santiago from (The Santiago Firm).
Melinda was able to give THE
CAST PODCAST, insight into the music biz and particularly on how she
runs her business. She provided context of what young artists
(Millennials, Gen Z) need to do to be heard and gain exposure to a
She also provided the ups and downs of the
entertainment business, and the struggles women have in the music
business; but also the strong backbone she has, to be able to survive
and progress in this male dominated business and industry.
This is an episode you surely do not want to miss.