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Las Vegas attractive to Elon Musk to develop Hyperloop, Ebay auction invests in Las Vegas data centers, Top Ranked Passports for Travel, U.S. lowering taxes for foreign investors, Financial Technology becomes hot sector… 

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right_now Elon Musk bringing his vision of Hyperloop transportation to Las Vegas.   A test track will be built in the same district as LeTV’s Faraday electric car startup.  Source:  世界日報 2015-12-14

  • The company plans to build its open-air test track on fifty of Apex’s 18,000 developable acres.
  • Hyperloop Technologies envisions plans to build a route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, focusing first on freight and then human transportation. With Hyperloop technology, travel between the two cities would take only 20 minutes.
  • Hyperloop Technologies recently formed a relationship with China Railway International USA, a consortium led by the Chinese government railway company, which has committed $100 million to the XpressWest project   Las Vegas Sun 2015-12-08

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right_now Ebay plans to invest in Nevada, proving once again it is one of the best states to do business in the United States.  Source:  RENO GAZETTE 2015-12-15

  • The plan involves a $230 million capital investment to build a data center in Storey County outside of Reno — the same area where electric carmaker Tesla is building a battery factory.
  • In Las Vegas, eBay plans to invest $182 million in capital to expand its data centers, and expects to hire two new employees at an average wage of $36 per hour, according to the AP.
  • 2015 was another impressive year, with over 25 new or expanding companies adding over 3,000 new quality jobs to the region over the next few years and that does not include the thousands of secondary jobs (construction and retail),” said Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN.

Shopping_Constructioneducation_cnHow to profit from undervalued real estate in need of development or repair.  OASIS 2015-12-25

    • Speed is the key factor in repair or re-developing any real estate asset for profit.
    • Building a network to locate undervalued opportunities is an essential step before launching into purchasing properties.
    • This week’s case study provides a guide of how Oasis Partners has been producing profits using our resources over the past 5 years. OASIS 2015-12-25

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right_nowU.S. encourages more investment in Real Estate by changing the way Foreign investors are taxed  Bloomberg 2015-12-18

  • President Barack Obama signed into law a measure easing a 35-year-old tax on foreign investment in U.S. real estate, potentially opening the door to greater purchases by overseas investors, a major source of capital since the financial crisis.r.
  • FIRPTA has historically made direct investment in U.S. property a non-starter for trillions of dollars worth of foreign pensions
  • The change “is a huge deal,” said Jim Fetgatter, chief executive of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. “There’s no question” it will increase the amount of foreign investment in U.S. property, he said.

Passport_coversdata_pointLatest ranking of Passports, which one allows you to enter the most countries without visa applications:  Oasis Top 5 Passports 2015  Passport Index – 2015-12-25

  • USA, United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada are ranked within top five groups who have access to 142 or more countries.
  • China is ranked in grouping 45 with visa-free travel to 74 different countries.
  • See top 5 groupings here: Oasis Top 5 Passports 2015

Finance FINTECH CeoFormer Wall St titans shake-up banking with FINTECH investments.  Famous bank CEO’s and Investment bankers pouring money aggressively to disrupt the financial industry. Financial Times 2015-12-15

  • Free of stringent regulation and legacy IT systems, fintech has become one of this year’s hottest sectors, with start-ups attracting billions of dollars of investment. In the third quarter alone, global investment into venture-backed fintech companies such as marketplace lending hit a record $4.85bn
  • Goldman Sachs has estimated the emerging fintech industry could snatch more than $4.7tn in revenue and $470bn in profit from traditional financial services companies.
  • Vikram Pandit, former Citigroup CEO
  •  John Mack, former Morgan Stanley CEO
  • Joe Saunders, former Visa CEO, Hans Morris, former Citigroup banker and ex-Visa president
  • Blythe Masters, former JPMorgan banker
  • CHINA is a hotbed of FinTech innovation:  Financial Times 2015-12-15

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