April 2012

What Is A Chemical Advisory?

by Deborah Anderson on April 22, 2012

I wrote an article a while back, Investment Banking and Chemical MA.

I was reading through my articles and noticed that the Valence Group is a chemical advisory. But what is a chemical advisory, and more importantly, how does that relate to chemical mergers and acquisitions, and specifically, investments?

We already know that the Valence Group is a a chemical investment bank, so how does that work, with being a chemical advisory?

I spent some times on their site, to answer this question and it really is quite simple. They advise people on the transactions, whether you are the investor, the company acquiring, or the company being acquired, the Valence Group has expertise.

Now, I’m sure some of you are wondering how much a company would know about the industry, “I mean, after all, they are basically ‘bankers.’”

No, not exactly. When a person spends enough time in an industry, they gain expertise in that industry. Now, I’m guessing that there is more to it than that with the Valence Group, but even if the exposure to the industry is minimal, once someone enters into an industry, diligently, they can’t help but acquire knowledge, at least, by osmosis of being in that industry.

Let me put it to you this way. I have been in technology for more years that I would like to admit to you. However, I came to the financial industry six years ago and now I am an expert in the area of financial industry technology, because I understand the industry enough to know what is best as far as technology. I am only one person on the “team” and there are others who come with a different background, to add to that mix. Does that mean that I want to be the trader? No, but I want to support the trader in helping him or her to be the best trader possible using my knowledge of technology.

In the same way, the Valence group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the chemical industry have become experts in their field of being qualified to serve in an independent advisory capacity on boards related to chemicals and materials, and M&A.

Disclaimer: For SEC purposes, please let me remind you that I am not licensed in the area of offering you any investment advice. Not only that, but I am not personally knowledgeable in the area of giving investment advice. So, please, do your due diligence for your sake and do not rely on me to point you to the “sure thing” as far as your money goes. I can give you advice on how to build an information technology infrastructure that will support your investment firm in the most efficient, SEC-compliant manner (for a price, of course), and I can recommend which personal computer you may want to buy, but, I am *not* an investment banker. I just like working with them. :)

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Small Business and the 1099K

by GuestAuthor on April 19, 2012

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On-Demand Management in a Flat Organization

April 16, 2012

The first time that I heard the term “flat organization,” I was sitting across from a C-Level acquaintance and couldn’t help but picture everyone in the company lined up across a table. Or, I would picture the traditional organizational chart being smashed down from a three-dimensional structure, to a two-dimensional view. Hmmm, it would seem that I would rather be on the outskirts of that smash, so I wouldn’t be the squashed! I was actually thankful that I was not a part of the organization.

Wikipedia describes a flat organization in a pretty straight-forward manner. I know, it is Wikipedia, but hey, I wanted to give it to you in an easy-to-understand format. No insults intended!

Flat Organization In Theory

The concept, as this gentleman explained it, was that no one was more important than any other person. Ok, sounds good, but, in reality, does it work that way? I mean, the part that he seemed to miss was that it sounded good in his office, but when we walked out of his office, it was evident that everyone seemed to be so afraid of losing their jobs that they would respect his role because of the very title that showed up on his business card, regardless of what his views on management were. So, that squashed flat organization may have the underlings creeping to hide and respect those above them until the whole two-dimensional process became an organization chart again, and everyone bowed down to the authority figures at the top.

At that point I thought the concept of a flat organization sounded good, but, in reality, it may not be possible, certainly not if the “team” were hiding in fear.

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Bullish vs Bearish Market – Learning the Basics

April 2, 2012

Bullish vs Bearish Market - Learning the Basics

The definition of a market trend is simply the movement within a financial market over a period of time.  Using varying forms of technical analysis, market trends are recognized in order to help predict price in response to the course of the market.  There are three types of market trends:  secular trends, primary trends, and secondary trends.

Secular trends are movements in a particular direction and are characterized as an occurrence that of which are neither cyclical nor seasonal and exists over an extended period of time, usually five to 25 years.

Primary trends are supported throughout the entire financial market, not only segments or sectors, and usually have a duration of a year or greater.

Secondary trends are short term directions in price within a primary trend.  Secondary trends usually last for a few weeks up to a few months.

Within these trends, sectors of the market or the entire market can be classified as showing signs of being either bearish or bullish, meaning the price of securities are rising or falling and will continue to so over a period of time.

Bull Market


In times of a bull market, security prices, once again, in certain sectors or as a whole, are increasing and/or expecting to increase and also show signs of increasing at a more rapid rate than the historic average. 

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