Investment banking has been widely misunderstood since 2007. At its core investment banking is the assessment of risk and reward in a project or individual and the determination of interest rate for funding that product or individual. This could be something as small as a business loan to open a store or shop all the way to a line of credit for a major company like Starbucks. investment banking comes into play with both and without investment banking, many of the technological advances and companies we enjoy today would not exist.
Martin Lustgarten is not a small picture investor and his portfolio doesn’t represent small picture endeavors. Mr. Lustgarten is a macro-investor with his eye on multiple markets across the globe and a nimble strategy that can capitalize on any openings and upward trends that development. His portfolio includes currencies, commodities, and direct investment though he is most well known for his strategy of importing high demand goods to countries with a need for them and an interest in acquiring them immediately. He has utilized this strategy in Europe and Venezuela independent of one another. In Venezuela, he sold U.S. dollars to the banks which has very low reserves of the world’s reserve currency and needed them as a backstop for their own local currencies. In several European countries, he buys and imports valuable products and makes considerable profits depending on the strike price of the dollar in those countries at the time.
Martin Lustgarten was born in Florida in 1959 and still lives in Ponte Verde Beach in Florida, to this day. While Martin has globe-trotting tendencies and even owns companies in other countries, his own company Lustgarten is incorporated in the United States and he is still the Chief Executive Officer. This shouldn’t be a surprise since the company bears his name, but some may have believed his diverse investment interests would have left him to delegate the responsibility of his U.S based company. In fact, it is quite the opposite where he always assumes responsibility for his name and reputation.
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