Browse Month: January 2016

US Money Reserve Weighs in on the Penny

Is it time to get rid of the penny? This is a debate that has been going on seemingly forever. According to a recent PR Newswire article, the US Money Reserve thinks it is finally time to make a move in the right direction and discontinue the circulation of the small coin.

Critics are quick to use their most popular argument of the last quarter century, that getting rid of the penny will cause an increase in prices and spur on inflation. While this argument may have worked in the past, Philip Diehl, president of the US Money Reserve, points out that today a majority of transactions are made digitally so prices would not necessarily be affected. Diehl also states that companies would be more likely to round down a penny or two in order to stay competitive in today’s crowded marketplace.

Others say that if you were to discontinue the penny which costs more than it is worth to make why not the nickel as well which costs 9.4 cents. The nickel could still be created with different materials in order to make it cheaper while the penny is already 97.5 percent zinc.

Diehl also goes on to say that the only people who have an interest in keeping the penny in circulation are those who stand to profit from it. Mainly those who create the blanks and members of the zinc lobby. For the average person a penny is not even worth the time it takes to bend over and pick it up. Discontinuing its production would also save American taxpayers $105 million annually.

The US Money Reserve was founded by gold market experts in order to fill an unmet need in the precious metals market. They sough to provide excellent customer service as well as expert guidance in order to deliver the ultimate precious metals purchasing experience. Today the US Money Reserve is the largest distributor of gold, platinum, and silver coins issued by the United States government.


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Charitable Michigan Entrepreneur Following Example of His Father’s Philanthropy

According to an article published on Michigan Live, the DeVos family has finally allowed organizations to discuss the gifts that they have received from the company that founded Amway. The efforts of this family that has strived to live by Judeo-Christian values should be greatly praised because they have given over $1.2 billion away. While the family has concentrated most of their giving on the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area many people around the world have benefited from the family’s generous giving. The family has given almost $600 million to education with Dick DeVos serving on the state’s board of education. The family has also given approximately $300 million to increase health and community services. Additionally, the family has given millions to local churches and in support of art and culture movements. Instrumental in the giving has been the family’s value system that is something that everyone can implement in their own lives regardless of their level of wealth. Learn more by reading this article:

One value that Dick DeVos holds very highly is a sense of brotherhood. He adores working with others to help projects come to fruition. If you study the history of Grand Rapids, you soon discover that the work of Grand Action that was the driving force behind the building of the downtown Grand Rapids area succeeded because of Dick’s ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to work together to benefit all. The result was the construction of the $220 million DeVos Place and the $30 million Downtown Market. Despite lower cost alternatives, Dick fought to have these facilities located in their present location so that other businesses could benefit from the increased traffic. Dick gives his father credit for creating this spirit of philanthropy that runs through the core of his entire family.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Dick also believes that charity must begin at home. One of the projects that Dick has been instrumental in is the construction of a school to train high school students in aviation. This not only allows those students to become trained in a high paying productive career, but along the way, the students are encouraged to become involved in other charitable activities. Learning this value early in life allows them to practice it throughout their lives.

This leader’s extraordinary leadership skills have spread throughout the world. His book, Rediscovering American Values: The Foundations of Our Freedom for the 21st Century, explains clearly that to those that great things are given, greater things are demanded. While many are content to rest when they have been given a large amount of money, that is not the case with Dick DeVos who has spent his life driving others to new heights. Learn more about Dick by connecting with him on LinkedIn or to look up news on his career, click here.

The Breakthrough Studies For A Notorious Fever

In 2007, a talented young schoolgirl was pulled out of her classroom because she was suffering from high fever. Two hours later, both she and her sibling were admitted to the hospital. The doctor at the hospital tested them for virus including Dengue and Chikungunya, the most notorious epidemic prevailing in the town at the time. Both came positive for a little less known viral infection called Zika virus.

According to,  the Health Secretary and other experts in the medical field, Zika virus spreads from the same type of mosquitoes known to spread Chikungunya and Dengue and has similar symptoms like high fever, body ache, sore muscle, red-spot on the skin and pain behind the eyes. So how did the physicians find out the difference between the three? The answer is, while Dengue fever is characterized by overall muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, Zika virus causes itchy eye sockets and red eyes. The Chikungunya, on the other hand, produces intense pain in the joints. There are many studies that were conducted just to find out if a person can contract two or more of these diseases at the same time. Well, the answer is yes. It is possible that a person will suffer from more than one of these illnesses and mask some of the symptoms.

According to noticias, there is no immediate cure, antiviral drug or vaccination to prevent any of them. However, he says there are viable treatments that can be effective when someone happens to be suffering from it. In other words, the disease eventually gets cured when the patient is re-hydrated directly or intravenously. Along with hydration, the patient is required to take rest for at least 5 days or until the illness goes away. There have been many advances in this topic and many experimental vaccines were developed that are yet to obtain approval from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). The first doses have been administered to more than 17,000 volunteers. The results look promising as well. Dr Cortes says the vaccine is around 80% effective in fighting at least 4 types of Dengue fever. The best prevention strategy, however, is to eradicate mosquitoes, stop their breeding and take measures to protect oneself from mosquito bites.

As a medical doctor and notable Health Secretary, Dr. Cortes has specialized in treating many ailments including chronic back pain, joints and neck pain. His holistic approach is well-known among his patients. He recommends good postures to his patients, creates treatment plans for individual needs and helps them regain their mobility within a give time-frame. Dr Cortes has teams working to put an end to many epidemic diseases all over the country. These diseases include, but not limited to, Zika virus, Dengue fever, Hepatitis A, Diarrhea and Leptospirosis. Many patients after his treatment have beaten the odds and lived very long and healthy lives. Along the way, Dr Cortes has discovered that many of his recommendations are simply right and make sense.


A New Revelation Of The Fast Changing Real Estate Market After A Town Residential Analysis of Manhattan Market

New York City has on of the biggest and most expensive real estates markets in the world. Leading this market by offering luxurious real estates is Town Residential. Town Residential is the biggest firm dealing in the luxurious real estate market in New York City. Town Residential for NYC apartments for sale on townrealestate recently conducted a market study on Manhattan to get acquainted with the market trends in the fourth quarter of 2015. As it has been the trend over the past few years, the prices of real estates continued to rise. The analysis revealed that year-over-year average sales price increased by 5.2% to reach a peak price of $1,976,660 while sales in real estate grew by 16 from the previous year $1,150,000. The growth in sales is a good show as it indicates that despite the rise in price, people still had increased interest in real estates in New York City.

The fourth quarter of 2015 saw price per square foot continues to increase to reach a median of 6.2% at $1,365 which is higher than the previous year. Year-over-year prices per square feet averaged at 8.4% at $1,505 from the third quarter. An estimated 20% increase was seen in the fourth quarter of 2015 on a median year-over-year sales price of condos in Manhattan at $1,736,250. The median price per square foot records a rise of 11% from the previous year and 7.6% from the third quarter to stand at $1,606.

Co-ops in Manhattan had a 4.6% rise in price from $ 1,217,017 in the third quarter to $1,272,902 in the fourth quarter of 2015. Year-over-year analysis revealed that the average price of a co-op had a 6.4% rise. The average price per square foot had a 6.3% rise to $1,087 from the previous year and $1,066 from the third quarter of 2015. All sectors of real estate had an increase in price in the fourth quarter of 2015. The median price of a one-bedroom, two bedroom and three-bedroom condos stood at around $1,080,000, $2,056,865 and $4,421,300 in the order of their appearance. The median price of a three-bedroom co-op rose by around 15% from the third quarter to hit above the $3,000,000 mark.

According to Itzy Garay, the Executive Vice President of Sales and Leasing in TOWN Residential, the rise in prices may have been caused by increased demand by customers to own homes in New York. He also speculates that 2016 will have customers with the will and ability to buy real estates in New York but will not go ahead to buy due to high prices.