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Example of Investors Striving to Improve Worldwide Education:

Safanad and Ron Packard, Founder of K12 Inc., Launch Pansophic Learning and Acquire Assets from K12 to Pursue Global Education Opportunities

 

MCLEAN, Va., June 13, 2014, Safanad Limited, a global principal investment firm, and Ron Packard, K12 Inc. founder and former CEO, today announced the launch of Pansophic Learning, a new company whose mission will be to provide access to a high quality education for every student worldwide.

Pansophic Learning immediately acquired from K12 Inc. several assets including an international brick and mortar private school, a higher education platform business and the K12 business in the Middle East. Additionally, Pansophic Learning acquired licenses to curriculum and technology. The management and staff of these acquired companies, operating out of three continents, will join Pansophic Learning upon the closing of this transaction. Pansophic Learning will expand and integrate these businesses with other targeted investments in educational products, services and schools from pre-K to college.

Pansophic Learning and its holding company, Safanad Education, a subsidiary of Safanad Limited, plan to make additional strategic and substantial education investments both in the United States and globally. Pansophic Learning will consider investments not only in the K-12 market, but also in post-secondary and early childhood education.

Packard will lead the company, based in Mclean, Virginia, as Chief Executive Officer and will be joined by Maria Szalay, as COO, and a select management team with a strong track record of building a large education company. Pansophic Learning intends to achieve the same success by investing capital as well as providing strategic and operating expertise to education related enterprises.

Kamal Bahamdan, CEO of Safanad, said, “Pansophic Learning exemplifies Safanad’s commitment to visionary and high-value investments in education that help improve the lives of children and students globally. We feel fortunate to be able to back Ron and his team who have proven entrepreneurial and leadership skills in the sector to embark on such an important mission.”

Packard stated, “Pansophic Learning is inspired by the promise that everyone should have access to a high-quality individualized education regardless of location or economic circumstances, both here in the United States and globally. We believe there are tremendous opportunities in both technology-based education and also in businesses that aren’t currently based around technology.”

Packard commented further, “We are fortunate to partner with Safanad, who shares our vision, and I am excited to return to my entrepreneurial roots with this new venture. Safanad’s extensive resources will allow us to pursue opportunities of all sizes.”

About Safanad Limited:

Safanad is a global principal investment firm that invests in real estate, private equity and public markets.  As principal investors, Safanad preserves and grows wealth through carefully selected investments with aligned industry partners. With offices in New York, Dubai, London and Geneva, the firm seeks to identify global investment opportunities poised to deliver consistently attractive returns, where the firm’s capital and investment expertise support value creation.  Safanad’s investment focus is primarily within the healthcare, education, financial services and retail sectors. The firm’s investment expertise is enhanced by its relationship with the Bahamdan Group, Safanad’s founding shareholder, which has over 60 years of experience in global principal investing and building strategic partnerships.

For more information visit www.safanad.com & PansophicLearning.com

Press Contacts:

Pansophic Learning: Regina Lewis, 703-728 -0327 rlewis@pansophiclearning.com

Safanad: Annette Bronkesh, 973-778-8648 abronkesh@safanad.com

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Pansophic Learning

http://pansophiclearning.com/

 

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Transamerica Retirement Solutions Today Honored Financial Educators of the Year

Inaugural awards ceremony recognized outstanding financial advisors who help increase financial literacy for their communities and clients

HARRISON, New York, April 25, 2014, Transamerica Retirement Solutions today recognized two financial advisors with its inaugural Transamerica Financial Educators Award.  The awards ceremony took place during Transamerica’s second annual Retirement Readiness Summit (April 23-25) and coincides with National Financial Educators Day on April 25.

The awards acknowledged the work of two financial advisors whose efforts to improve financial literacy have positively impacted their communities and clients – Tom Hoffman with Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc. and Jania Stout with the Fiduciary Consulting Group at PSA.

Mr. Hoffman received the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for community education for his outstanding educational outreach to high school students in Massachusetts. Through his successful, community-based financial education program, local high school students have learned real-world financial management skills such as how to create a budget and manage financial events like unforeseen health expenses.

Ms. Stout received the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for employee engagement for her unique educational program for retirement plan participants. To address the challenge of low retirement savings rates among U.S. workers, Ms. Stout developed the Retirement HERO Program to provide an easy-to-understand method of saving for retirement. Ms. Stout’s four-step program encourages workers to have a budget, eliminate debt, know their retirement number, and own their plan.

A special Financial Education Leadership Award was also presented by the National Financial Educators Council to Deb Rubin, senior vice president of TPA and specialist advisor distribution for Transamerica Retirement Solutions, for her leadership and dedication to improving retirement outcomes for American workers.

“Financial education is an integral part of any effort to help American workers achieve a secure retirement. Transamerica is proud to recognize the winners of the Transamerica Financial Educators Award for their efforts to increase financial literacy in their communities,” said Stig Nybo, president of pension sales and distribution for Transamerica Retirement Solutions. “We’re especially proud of Transamerica’s Deb Rubin. She is passionate about improving financial security and her work to promote the importance of financial education will help create better retirement outcomes for many Americans.”

Transamerica is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Transamerica Financial Educators Award.  To submit a nomination, apply online at trsretire.com.

About Transamerica Retirement Solutions

Transamerica Retirement Solutions (Transamerica) is a leading provider of customized retirement plan solutions for small to large organizations.

Transamerica partners with financial advisors, third party administrators, and consultants to cover the entire spectrum of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, including: 401(k) and 403(b) (Traditional and Roth); 457; profit sharing; money purchase; cash balance; Taft-Hartley; multiple employer plans; nonqualified deferred compensation; and rollover and Roth IRAs.

Transamerica helps more than three million retirement plan participants save and invest wisely to secure their retirement dreams. For more information about Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation, please visit trsretire.com.

About The National Financial Educators Council

The National Financial Educators Council is a personal finance company dedicated to creating a world where people are informed to make qualified financial decisions that improve their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the lives of people they impact around the globe. The NFEC promotes advocacy campaigns, sets standards, conducts research and shares best practices that further the financial literacy movement.  Learn more at FinancialEducatorsCouncil.org.

Transamerica Retirement Solutions Corporation is not affiliated with the National Financial Educators Council.

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Hank Williams Phone: +1-319-355-7789 Email: hank.williams@transamerica.com

Julie Quinlan Phone: +1-213-742-5134 Email: julie.quinlan@transamerica.com

 

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The following is a review from Kirkus Reviews of The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance Book by Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV.  Please feel free to add a review of this book also.

“Criniti (The Necessity of Finance, 2013) interprets the key concepts underlying economic and financial behavior, with an emphasis on personal finance.

Criniti makes frequent references to his previous book as he guides the reader through 218 principles of economics and finance that he finds to be both essential and universally applicable. His claim that “around the 1950s it became formally necessary to create finance, the science of managing wealth for an individual, a group, or an organization” may raise the eyebrows of readers familiar with a longer span of history, but it does allow readers to understand what exactly the author means by “finance.” Most of the principles identified in the book relate to matters of personal finance—spending, saving, retirement—and business operations. Some of the principles Criniti explores are reasonable if somewhat simplistic guidelines: “Always keeping your promises can help you to keep your good reputation.” and “Only give gifts that you can afford to give.” Others require greater leaps of logic or adherence to a profit-driven worldview: “Economic cycles are naturally required wealth adjustments by economic entities.”; “Some people will do anything to deprive you of your wealth.” Some principles merit two pages of explanation, while others are dispatched in a paragraph or two; the explanations are derived more from the author’s understanding of his principles than from empirical evidence or analysis. The principle that “Wealth is attracted to cities,” for instance, is supported by no data, merely the claim that “In general, you will find your greatest opportunities to build wealth in cities versus suburbia or the country.” Although the title suggests an introductory economics course, the readers who will find the greatest value here are those in search of a more philosophical companion for their personal finance handbooks.

A guide to the fundamental principles of building and maintaining personal wealth, relying more on the author’s instinct than on quantitative data.”

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Experienced financial professional shares reader-friendly guide to economics, finance

 In “The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance,” Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV uncovers the time-tested secrets of wealth management

PHILADELPHIA – In “The Necessity of Finance” he laid a foundation, introducing readers to the characteristics of the economic and financial worlds. Now, after multiple requests, Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV is back with a follow-up book, “The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance” (ISBN 0988459523), uncovering the most significant truths of these two important sciences.

Dr. Criniti knows that reading these principles alone is not enough to master them; after many years of experience in the financial field, he knows that you must incorporate the lessons into your life while making the decision to take control of your own wealth—a process that can take a long time. But this helpful guide provides the best place to start, particularly for advanced level students and professionals who have already read “The Necessity of Finance.”

Through incorporating and summarizing the teachings of some of history’s top contributors to these two sciences, Dr. Criniti draws upon a wealth of experience to pass these lessons on to the next generation of practitioners in the worlds of economics and finance.

“I give these lessons to you from the bottom of my heart, with the best intentions, to reveal the secrets of two of the most important sciences….Mastery may take decades, but choosing not to try to master your own wealth can result in harsh consequences, as noted in my previous work,” says author Dr. Criniti.

The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author:

DR. ANTHONY M. CRINITI IV is a former financial consultant and a current professor of finance at several universities. He earned a PhD in applied management and decision sciences, with a concentration in finance. A native of Philadelphia, he has also received many financially related designations, including CHFC, CLU, REBC, and RHU. Dr. Criniti is an active investor and has traveled the world studying various aspects of finance. He is also the author of the acclaimed finance book, The Necessity of Finance. Finally, Dr. Criniti has just released his new book, The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV

E-mail               info@learn-about-finance.com

Web:                https://learn-about-finance.com/

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Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club Introduces ‘Business in a Box’ Exclusively at Toys”R”Us®

Business Kit Teaches Kids Financial Literacy Through Included DVD, Activities and More

Secret Millionaires Club Brand Continues to Expand with Additional DVDs, Books and New Episodes on the Hub Network

 

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2013, Warren Buffett’s popular television and online series, Secret Millionaires Club, continues to expand with the introduction of Business in a Box, an all-new product from A Squared Entertainment that teaches kids the fundamentals of financial literacy through interactive play. The kit includes toys, activities and DVDs, and is now available for preorder exclusively at Toysrus.com and will be rolling into stores later this month.

 

Business in a Box, created in partnership with toy company TCG, will launch at Toys”R”Us with two kit options, which provide children with everything they need to create a lemonade stand or a car wash, including a DVD with episodes from the animated Secret Millionaires Club series, as well as a booklet with business tips from Mr. Buffett himself.

Following the success of its first home entertainment release, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment introduced Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 on DVD September 10. The animated series teaches kids how to invest in themselves with realistic life lessons about earning and saving. Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 DVD includes six episodes plus six webisodes as added Bonus Material for the suggested retail price of $14.93. All 26 episodes of Season 1 are currently available digitally everywhere.

The announcement of Business in a Box and the Secret Millionaires Club: Volume 2 DVD follows recent news of the new book, “Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life” by co-Authors and co-Executive Producers on the animated series, Amy Heyward and Andy Heyward. The book, published by Wiley, features all of the same lessons featured in the animated series. Chapters include, “Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes;” “Love What You Do;” “Protect Your Reputation;” “If You Fail, Try Again;” “Confidence Comes With Understanding;” and many other lessons from Mr. Buffett, which he credits his own success in life. Available at Amazon.com

“We created Secret Millionaires Club with Warren Buffett to help prepare kids to live happy, successful lives,” says A Squared Entertainment CEO, Andy Heyward. “We’ve found ways to make it fun for kids to understand business and to build the confidence to think like entrepreneurs while learning valuable life lessons that can be key to future success.”

Secret Millionaires Club, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. The series airs on the Hub Network. Tune in on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST for a new episode of Secret Millionaires Club titled “The Final Financial Frontier.” The episode will encore on Monday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST.

About A Squared Entertainment

A Squared Entertainment creates, produces and distributes original “content with a purpose” for kids, meaning entertainment that is as enriching as it is entertaining. In addition to Secret Millionaires Club, the company is creating Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab to encourage kids in math and science. It also created Martha & Friends with Martha Stewart to inspire creativity, through crafting and cooking; and Gisele & the Green Team with Gisele Bündchen to enlighten kids about the environment. The company also has an exclusive partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics. Together, they have created Stan Lee Comics and have four new superhero series in development. The first, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, debuts early next year with a trilogy of original films and comic books.

About TCG

TCG is a privately held toy company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The company began in 1998 with a focus on quality puzzles and games with the well known SURE-LOX® brand. As a manufacturer, TCG offers a variety of products for the whole family including puzzles, games, activities, and room décor – “THE BEST IN FUN.”  Most recently, TCG was granted the license to bring iconic Fisher-Price® games back to the market with innovative game play and technology, TCG utilizes a consumer driven approach to innovation along with the best materials and processes to offer outstanding product quality at great prices in over 30 countries.

About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media.  With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, the company dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry’s most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment.  For more information about Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, call 1.800.869.3603.

About the Hub Network

The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery’s library of award-winning children’s educational programming; from Hasbro’s rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family- favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in over 73 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice. Our core businesses produce scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising; professional books, subscription products, certification and training services and online applications; and education content and services including integrated online teaching and learning resources for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. 

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s website can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.

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The Princeton Review’s Annual Business And Law School Rankings Based On 38,800 Student Surveys Are Now Out In Its “Best 295 Business Schools” And “Best 169 Law Schools” Guidebooks

– Top 10 Schools in 11 Categories From “Best Career Prospects” to “Best Professors”

NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2013, The Princeton Review—known for its widely-followed college rankings in dozens of categories based on how students rate their schools—today released the 2014 editions of its guides to business and law schools, which also include annual ranking lists uniquely based on student surveys.

“The Best 295 Business Schools” and “The Best 169 Law Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, 2014 Editions, $22.99) each report lists of top 10 ranking schools in 11 categories.

The Princeton Review tallied its lists based on its surveys of 20,300 students attending the 295 business schools and 18,500 students attending the 169 law schools profiled in the books. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experiences at them. Some ranking list tallies also factored in school-reported data.

– Among the ranking list categories in each book and schools ranked #1 on them:

“Best Career Prospects”
B-school: Stanford University
Law school: Columbia University

“Best Professors”
B-school: University of California—Berkeley
Law school: Boston University

“Best Classroom Experience”
B-school: New York University
Law school: University of Chicago

“Most Competitive Students”
B-school: Acton School of Business
Law school: Baylor University

“Toughest to Get Into”
(the only ranking list in the books based on school-reported data)
B-school: Stanford University
Law school: Yale University

– Other lists in “The Best 295 Business Schools” and #1 schools on them include:

“Greatest Opportunity for Women” – Simmons School of Management
“Best Green MBA”– Yale University

– Other lists in “The Best 169 Law Schools” and #1 schools on them include:

“Most Conservative Students” – Ave Maria School of Law
“Most Liberal Students” – Northeastern University

The books also include other categories of ranking lists. Among them are lists of top 10 schools that are “Best Administered,”  “Most Family Friendly,” or offer the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students.”

The Princeton Review today posted its business school rankings on it site at http://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings and its law school rankings at http://www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings. At these areas, users can also read FAQs about the basis for each ranking list and access the Company’s detailed profiles of the schools.

The Princeton Review does not rank the business or law schools hierarchically. “Each school in our books offers outstanding academics: no single law or b-school is ‘best’ overall,” said Robert Franek, SVP / Publisher, The Princeton Review. “We publish rankings in several categories and detailed profiles of the schools to give applicants the broader information they need to determine which school will be best for them.”

The ranking tallies factor in data from Princeton Review’s surveys of business and law school students completed online at http://survey.review.com during academic years 2012-13, 2011-12, and 2010-11. The survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans. On average, 109 students at each law school and 68 students at each b-school were surveyed for the lists in the books’ 2014 editions. All institutional data reported in the books was collected in 2012-13.

The books’ school profiles report on admission, academics, financial aid, campus life, and career / employment information. The profiles also include five school ratings (scores from 60 to 99) based primarily on institutional data.  Categories include “Admissions Selectivity” and “Career” (which factors in graduates’ starting salaries and employment data).

The Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA, with locations across the U.S.A. and abroad. It is known for its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring services, and line of 150 books published by Random House.  Among them is “The Best 167 Medical Schools: 2014 Edition” also published today.

In August, The Princeton Review reported its annual college rankings in 62 categories in its book, “The Best 378 Colleges.”  In September, The Princeton Review reported its annual lists of the top schools (25 undergraduate, 25 graduate) for entrepreneurship programs with Entrepreneur magazine. In February, the Company partnered with USA TODAY to report its annual list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges” and published its annual companion book, “The Best Value Colleges.”

The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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http://www.princetonreview.com

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Maverick new book details complexities of finance

Professor Anthony M. Criniti IV offers a fresh look at the science of wealth management in “The Necessity of Finance”

PHILADELPHIA – In “The Necessity of Finance” (ISBN 0988459507), Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV breaks down the complex details of the financial world into easy-to-digest terms any layman can understand and even master. Finance is a completely separate field from economics and as such, Dr. Criniti sets out to explain real-world topics that investors and “financialists” need to inculcate into their ideological portfolio.

Global wealth accumulation is at its highest levels ever. There are more billionaires and oligarchs living today than at any other time in human history. Yet as the American and global financial system has come under critical scrutiny in recent years, consumers and ordinary citizens are seeking answers about the world of finance. Why is money important? Is it merely ink and paper or digits on a computer screen. Why does finance matter? How might we come to understand its many intricacies which act as a multi-dimensional jigsaw puzzle? The answers will both interest and surprise readers.

“Most of the major theories developed in finance were created by economists, physicists, mathematicians, etc. Finance, although highly interrelated with many other subjects, is a separate field of study that is often confused with others,” says Dr. Criniti. “With world wealth accumulating to its highest point in history, the necessity to understand this subject is more crucial than ever.”

Readers will learn what the difference between money and wealth is and will find answers to many of life’s financial questions. What is risk and return? What kinds of investments exist? What are the different techniques for selecting investments? And what role does ethics play in finance? The author has created a true page-turner able to clarify the definition, purpose and goals of both finance and economics while exploring financial concepts in a straightforward manner.

The Necessity of Finance” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.

About the Author:

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV is a former financial consultant and a current professor of finance at several universities.  He earned a PhD in applied management and decision sciences, with a concentration in finance. A native of Philadelphia, he has also received many financially related designations, including CHFC, CLU, REBC, and RHU. Dr. Criniti is an active investor and has traveled the world studying various aspects of finance. He is also the author of the acclaimed finance book, The Necessity of Finance and the newly released The Most Important Lessons in Economics and Finance.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV

E-mail:                                 info@learn-about-finance.com

Web:                                    https://learn-about-finance.com/

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