Remarkable Spanish Wines To Compete With Bordeaux For Wine Investment Attention

Although when it comes to wine investment it is usually either Bordeaux or Burgundy wines that attract the most investor attention, the upcoming Sothebys (NYSE:BID) April sale in Hong Kong will see clarets facing some Spanish competition with a fine wine selection from the legendary Vega Sicilia winery featured at the auction.

Stupendous Vega Sicilia Collection

On March 11, Sothebys announced that the highlights of its Hong Kong Spring Sale 2013 would include an impressive selection of 234 lots of wines direct from the legendary Spanish winery of Bodegas Vega Sicilia. In the auction houses press release, Serena Sutcliffe, International Head of Sothebys Wine, pointed out that it was a great privilege for Sothebys to bring to auction this stupendous collection of wines direct from Vega Sicilia, adding that the auction would present a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire decades of vintages.

As reported by the Decanter magazine, a vertical lot of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Unico, which comes from the personal collection of the winerys managing director Pablo Alvarez, is expected to bring HK$95,000-160,000 (8,240-13,878). In addition, a lot of Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 is estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000. The sale will also feature the winerys Reserva
Especial and Valbuena No 5 bottlings.

Sothebys Hong Kong Auctions

At Sothebys Hong Kong sales, the Vega Sicilia wines will compete for wine investment attention with some top clarets including Chateaux Petrus 1990, which is expected to go for HK$200,000- HK$280,000, and Chateaux Cheval Blanc 2000, priced between HK$120,000 and HK$200,000.

Wine with a Soul

As reported by Bloomberg, on February 25, Mr Alvarez showcased a rare tasting of Vega Sicilia wines to the media and buyers at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. Mr Alvarez outlined the challenges associated with wine making, including sweltering-hot weather in the vineyards during the day, and near-freezing temperatures at night. Our entire philosophy is to make a wine of great elegance, he noted, as quoted by Bloomberg.

Vega Sicilia wines which have been produced in the Ribera del Duero region of northern Spain for almost 150 years are ranked

Debt Consolidation Is debt doing you part

Debt consolidation is the art of snowballing little debts into one giant snowman. However, some debt consolidation companies might even make you believe that theyll actually make the loans go away, or carve out such a wonderful deal that you wont even feel the pain of repayment. Some of their promises include a guaranteed reduction in monthly payments or a near zero interest rate. Hello, who are we kidding out here? Its time for a reality check think of them as no more than a bad joke.

What debt consolidation might do for you, however, is to shift your repayment burden. If you do opt for it, in effect you will be taking a new loan to pay off old ones. Often, the new loan might be secured against some little property you may own, and therefore will entitle you to lower interest rates. Unless youre certain of being able to pay it off, youd do well to seek friends willing to offer you free accommodation once your home is taken over by the creditors!

Still, you might find debt consolidation a viable solution in case youve run up a huge sum on your credit card account. Credit cards typically carry very high interest rates, and if you choose to take a secured loan to clear off your payments, youll probably have saved yourself a few dollars in interest.

Assuming that youve decided to bite the bullet, watch out for the usual pitfalls.

Theres no such thing as an easy loan. If youre what is politely called a credit risk, be sure that no lender is going to dish out the stuff without some pretty stiff conditions. If they make it sound like the loan approval is a done deal, run a mile! Its quite likely that theyre going to charge you some astronomical interest rate, so cleverly packaged you wont even know it.

Beware of smooth talkers. If the company youre talking to promises to take care of everything, make sure they really do. After all, theyre going to get paid for it if not from you directly, certainly from

China PUYUAN yarn market week (November 22) briefing

This week, PUYUAN wool yarn on the market traded flat with last week, but prices remained weak, particularly Pan yarns declined. 210D/36F nylon -6FDY, artificial high elastic cotton, polyester colored yarn prices have continued to fall.
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From the perspective of the trend of the market, Australian wool yarn knot-free mainstream products in the market this week within the quote while stationary, but the market turnover is low. O ‘s-eye yarn market prices stable, transaction oriented towards high count yarn, for example, 42 all-Australian wool yarn knot-free nitrile knotless yarn hair and 52 o thirty-seventieths, is very popular in the market, trading volume and other specifications unchanged last week. While the general rise in trading volume in the wool yarn, in which 42 purchasing power concentration in the market, and prices remain stable. Polo, imitation rabbit fur in the market this week while the shipment smoother, however actual contract allowance. Polyester colored yarn in the lack of trading volume in the market this week, falling product prices. Mohair sales falling this week, price stability has fallen. Rabbit wool yarn sales are slightly up, trading volume is still concentrated mainly in the eighty-twentieths of rabbit wool yarn, used in the production of scarves, gorras, and so on. Sheep yarn market recent frequent shipments and prices basically stable this week. Silk cashmere yarn market is held, in which 70 silk 30 cashmere silk cashmere yarn shipments frequently of late, while prices compared to the previous week basic smooth, products for the production of underwear, sweaters.

From flat knitting machine powered on in the lower case, Wujiang in jiaxing, Wang Fan, Hong He, Tongxiang PUYUAN III production run is a good trend, currently integrated around open chances in 95% downstream flat knitting machines. Pu Yuanmao shirt market is still booming, and sharp decline in estimated trading volume in the next week’s wool yarn does not, but lower prices due to upstream product containing nitrile yarn effects may continue to move the center of gravity.

Salt Production Industry in 2015

High salt industry needs can not be met from within the country. While the self-sufficiency program of salt consumption was realized last year. Therefore, PT Garam (Persero) is ready to produce the salt industry in 2015.

Garam president director of PT Lintang Yulian said it was preparing industrial salt production in Kupang. There, 7,800 hectares of available land in the process will be halved. Covering the core area of ​​5,000 hectares under cultivation and 2,800 direct PT Garam plasma hectares of land managed for the people.

“For the projected production of 600,000 tonnes of core land and 300,000 tonnes of plasma fields. Climatic conditions in Kupang with long summer reaches 6-8 months of very supportive to the development of salt,” he explained.

In addition to PT Garam, the Ministry of Industry is also encouraging private investors to develop the salt industry in Nagekeo, Flores, covering an area of ​​1,050 hectares, which will produce 300,000 tons.

During this time, the salt industry in the country needs to reach 1.8 million tons. Therefore, if the later can be met from within the country as much as 1.2 million tons, imports of industrial salt is only 600 thousand tons.

“Currently we are still conducting a feasibility study. Later followed by basic design and detailed design. Quarter of 2014 is ready to enter the first stage of civil works, such as making land, and other channels. So we expect 2015 production can have,” he said.

Potential development of the salt industry is very large, given the high demand in the country. Currently, almost all industrial needs salt. Such as oil drilling, glass industry, pulp industry, textile industry, to the tannery. “So when the development of the salt industry has matured, the market there,” he said.

Spoken, the development of the salt industry was not done intentionally in Madura. Therefore, Madura focus on developing salt consumption. “In 2012, we are self-sufficient salt consumption. Hence, the salt industry selected other locations,” said Julian.
Estimated for the development of the salt industry in Kupang cost up to Rp 1 trillion, including the development of infrastructure such as ports.

Charlotte-area home prices rise 7.1% in May

Charlotte-area yearly home price gains slowed in May for the first time in 11 months – a sign that the local housing market might be cooling off.

The closely watched Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller indexes, released Tuesday, showed prices of existing Charlotte homes increased 7.1 percent from a year ago, down from April’s year-over-year increase of 7.3 percent.

On a national level, average home prices have returned to spring 2004 levels, according to Case-Shiller. Across 20 U.S. cities, May home prices rose 12.2 percent, their largest yearly increase since March 2006, but remain about 25 percent below June-July 2006 peaks.

While the data show the local and national housing sector is healthier than during the depths of the downturn, David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said U.S. home price growth isn’t expected to stay at current levels.

“I don’t think we’re going to sustain double-digit annual rates of increase over the long haul,” he said in a phone interview. “Over the next year to year and a half, the rate of increase is going to slow down for almost all the cities.”

In Charlotte, home prices have been rising as inventory shrinks and brokers report some listings resulting in competing bids. A year ago, Charlotte brokers say, competing bids would have been virtually unheard of.

Existing Charlotte-area homes are also selling faster than they were a year ago, according to the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association. In June, it took 93 days on average for a home to sell, a decline of 16 percent from June 2012.

Despite signs of a strengthening market, some Charlotte sellers have had to lower prices this summer after failing to attract buyers.

Such reductions are helping to keep price increases in check.

Mark DuPont, 68, listed his home in the Downs Grant neighborhood for $247,500 July 6, but has since slashed that to $237,500.

“It was way overpriced for the area,” DuPont said Tuesday. “I really thought I would get more interest than I did.”

After lowering the price and putting the home on the local multiple listing service, he’s getting more inquiries, he said. Since last week, there have