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MILESTONE AMG A look at the Scandinavia Economies

Milestone AMG has been regarded by its peers as one of the best Independent Financial Advisory firms consistently providing the latest and most profitable financial solutions to today’s investors. We believe that even though the markets change on a daily basis, the principles for investing always remain constant.
Our investment research is not just based on the major indexes. When we look for new and exciting opportunities we will search all indices for the right recommendations. Today we look at Scandinavia (also referred to as the ‘Nordic’ region) as we research the four countries that make up the region: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.


Economic Growth
The regional economy grew by a healthy 2.5% in2011, but lost momentum towards the end of the year. Growth is expected to slow down in 2012, but contraction is not anticipated for any of the Nordic countries. GDP is forecasted to rebound to some 2% in 2013. Public finances remain relatively well contained and all maintained triple-A ratings on government debt. With the current European crisis in full motion, the Nordic economies offer an alternative to the major European markets.

Interest Rates
Long term interest rates remained low across the region in the first quarter of 2012. Yields on 10-year government bonds were below inflation in Denmark, Norway and Sweden again proving the region’s economic strength.

Overall employment increased by 1.2% in 2011, but is expected to slow down to only 0.2% this year. Most new jobs are seen to be created in Norway, which will continue to churn out more jobs in 2012. Considering the situation in most of mainland Europe with increasing unemployment, this buck against the trend is welcome.

Retail Sector
The retail sector fundamentals have generally been good in the Nordic countries thanks to healthy growth in private spending. This trend is expected to continue throughout 2012, with the exception of Denmark where the awaited recovery has not materialized just yet. Increased consumer spending is always a sign of confidence within the economy and can only be seen as a positive reflection of how the current sentient within these specific countries is viewed.

Industrial Production
Industrial production has lost some momentum in recent months. Still, production is seen to have grown slightly (year on year) in 3 out of four countries. Again this separates the Scandinavian economies from the rest of Europe and we expect this to continue through the rest of 2012.

We believe by taking a diverse look at our clients’ assets we can protect them against the most volatile situations presented in today’s current markets. As always, asset allocation is the key to a healthy and productive portfolio.

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Carbon credit 20% profit boast from MH Carbon Limited that went up in smoke

Carbon credit 20% profit boast from MH Carbon Limited that went up in smoke | AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group |
T.D.writes: I invested in carbon credits that I bought from MH Carbon Limited, after the company told me that businesses buy these credits. Mine were supposed to be sold in October. When October ca...

T.D.writes: I invested in carbon credits that I bought from MH Carbon Limited, after the company told me that businesses buy these credits. Mine were supposed to be sold in October. 

When October came I was told that while I stood to make a 20 per cent profit, if I waited until November this would rise to 25 per cent. It seemed sensible to wait, but then in November, MH Carbon told me no one was buying. 

The company added that in April the Government would be introducing legislation that would force businesses to buy carbon credits or face heavy fines. I invested all my savings, so now I am extremely worried.

I have yet to see any ordinary investor make a penny from trading in carbon credits, and I am afraid you are not going to be the first – though I do have some good news for you.

MH Carbon, based in the City of London, is run by its sole director Jeffrey Razaq, so I asked him whether it was true you were first told your credits were showing a 20 per cent profit, with a promise of more to come, yet suddenly they could not be sold at all.

He told me he had bought the company on November 14 last year, and that the broker who dealt with you had already left by then. There was no record of what you had been told, he said.

Well, I asked, what about the idea that the Government was going to force companies to buy carbon credits from investors like you? Razaq came up with an announcement made last June, but he had the honesty to admit that all this does is make major companies report their greenhouse gas emissions. By no stretch of the imagination does it force them to buy credits.

Fair enough, but what about the claim on MH Carbon’s website that ‘the EU carbon price may triple by 2013’? Did it? And even if it did, there are two different types of credit – one traded by governments and international corporations, and ‘voluntary credits’ sold by firms such as MH Carbon to people like you – so which one saw the massive price rise? 

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Lombard residents warned about electricity scam

Lombard residents warned about electricity scam | AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group |
LOMBARD — On Monday morning, the Village of Lombard issued an alert to residents, making them aware of a currently-circulating electricity aggregation scam.
According to the village, some residents ...


LOMBARD — On Monday morning, the Village of Lombard issued an alert to residents, making them aware of a currently-circulating electricity aggregation scam.

According to the village, some residents have been contacted by solicitors going door-to-door, giving incorrect information about the village's electricity aggregation program.

These solicitors are telling residents that there is a second phase to the aggregation program that includes natural gas suppliers. This information is untrue. The electricity aggregation program is only for electric energy, and there are no alternatives for natural gas or other utilities.

Last spring, the village entered into a contract with First Energy Solutions to provide electricity to residents and businesses. Last year, all electric accounts were automatically transferred to First Energy Solutions, aside from the individuals who chose to opt out of the program.

Residents are reminded that only First Energy Solutions is affiliated with the Village of Lombard.

Solicitors coming to Lombard are required to register with the Village and a background check is performed before they receive a badge and the authorization to solicit in town.

Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim to this scam is asked to contact the Lombard Police Department at 630-873-4400.

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The rise of China and India as major world powers promises to test the established global

order in the coming decades. As the two powers grow, they are bound to change the current

international system—with profound implications for themselves, the United States, and

the world. And whether they agree on the changes to be made, especially when it comes to

their relationship with the West, will influence the system’s future character. A close examination of Chinese and Indian perspectives on the fundamentals of the emerging international order reveals that Sino-Indian differences on many issues of both bilateral and global

significance are stark.



•             China and India’s sustained economic growth fuels their increasing geopolitical and

military influence.

•             Despite their developmental similarities, China and India’s bilateral strategic rivalry

means that they have competing priorities on most major global issues.

•             Sino-Indian differences are considerable on issues relating to the nonproliferation system, Asian security, regional stability in Southern Asia, and security in the maritime

commons, space, and cyberspace. The two rising powers broadly agree on matters

relating to the international economic system, energy security, and the environment.

•             Because of its ongoing shift to the Asia-Pacific and status as the only global superpower, the United States must manage a complex set of relationships with China and

India, which are at times working at cross-purposes.


GLOBAL ORDER: China and India tend to agree on the importance of state sovereignty and the

need to reform global governance institutions to reflect the new balance of power. They also

share a strong commitment to the open economic order that has allowed both powers to

flourish in the global marketplace. But the two diverge on many details of the international

system, such as the future viability of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the role of stateowned enterprises in fostering globalization.

REGIONAL SECURITY: Both China and India want a stable Asia-Pacific that will allow them to

sustain their economic prosperity, but they perceive threats very differently and have divergent priorities. Importantly, India seeks a resolute American presence in the region to hedge

against possible Chinese excesses, while China sees the United States as significantly complicating its pursuit of its regional goals and worries about American containment attempts.

SECURITY IN THE GLOBAL COMMONS: Beijing and New Delhi rely heavily on open sea lines of

communication, and as a result, they both support the current maritime security regime.

However, their interpretations as to its provisions have occasionally diverged. In space,

China enjoys significant advantages over India and has emphasized the military dimensions

of its program, while New Delhi has only recently begun developing space-based military

technology. Both countries are just beginning to wrestle with the difficult task of forming

cybersecurity policies, but they have already acted to limit objectionable or illegal activities

online. In striking the balance between online freedom and social stability, India has encountered a higher degree of opprobrium in the public sphere than its counterpart.

NONTRADITIONAL SECURITY: Chinese and Indian approaches to both energy and the environment broadly converge. Because India and China face a rising domestic demand for energy,

they heavily rely on foreign suppliers of energy resources. This has prompted both governments to seek more efficient power sources and to secure their presence in overseas energy

markets. On environmental policy, the two countries focus on primarily local and shortterm concerns that must be balanced with the need for economic growth.


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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. - Products - Products Overview

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. - Products - Products Overview | AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group |


AMG, incorporated in the Netherlands, is a global leader in the production of highly engineered specialty metal products and advanced vacuum furnace systems. AMG serves growing industries worldwide with its unique combination of metallurgical engineering expertise and production know-how. AMG is a market leader in many of its products and systems, which are critical to the production of key components for the aerospace, energy (including solar and nuclear), electronics, optics, chemicals, construction and transportation industries. AMG has two operating divisions of businesses, Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems, and owns majority interest in publicly-listed company Graphit Kropfmühl AG (Deutsche Borse: GKR.DE).

AMG operates globally with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Australia and also has sales and customer service offices in Belgium, Russia, China and Japan.

The list below includes selected industries and applications supported by AMG’s products and services:


Turbine blades and engine components Structural components Rocket fuel


Lubricants Sealants Paints


Rebar, high-strength steel Tools Glass/window coatings

Consumer Products

Medical implants Water heater anodes Golf club heads


Solar silicon feedstock and equipment Stationary turbines Petrochemical pumps and pipes


Electronic capacitors (laptop computers) Fibre optics Semiconductors


Engine parts and other components Transportation bodies Aluminum alloy wheels


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Helping our firms stay competitive by cutting energy costs

Since setting up business in 2009, Norman Crowley’s company – his third since he retired at 29 – has built up revenues of €30m.
CROWLEY Carbon is located in the magnificent Powerscourt House and...
Since setting up business in 2009, Norman Crowley's company – his third since he retired at 29 – has built up revenues of €30m. CROWLEY Carbon is located in the magnificent Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. Set up in 2009, by Norman Crowley, the company helps businesses and organisations reduce their energy usage. It's not Norman Crowley's first enterprise. In fact, this is the fourth business he has set up. He even made enough money from the sale of his first company to enable him to retire. That was when he was only 29. He later set up and sold a further two businesses before establishing Crowley Carbon. I am fascinated to learn what drives him, what special ingredient he has that seems to guarantee success in business and why he has chosen the energy-efficiency sector for his latest venture. "Crowley Carbon is a new type of energy-services company," Norman explains. "We have developed a new heating boiler system and building management software which, together, dramatically improves efficiency and can help reduce energy usage in buildings, by as much as 80 per cent." Norman explains that he has worked hard to assemble some of the brightest and most experienced staff in the industry. "Some of these guys are literally geniuses within the energy-reduction sector," Norman tells me proudly.
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Denmark eyes more investments in water, renewable energy

Denmark eyes more investments in water, renewable energy | AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group |


Denmark is looking to invest in sectors such as water management, renewable energy and education here in the country.

According to Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark, Memoranda of Understanding have been inked with the Delhi Jal Board and Gujarat Water Resources Development Corporation for water management contracts.

“Chances of arsenic contamination and wastages are pretty high here in India and we can provide a solution in this regard,” Svane said. He was speaking at an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

According to the Ambassador, renewable energy is yet another area of Danish business expertise. Nearly 25 per cent of Denmark’s energy requirements are met through wind energy.

This apart, the country was keen to explore tie-ups in the field of education. Indian IT remains an area of interest.

According to him, bilateral trade between the two countries in 2012 (calendar year) accounted for nearly $1 billion. While Indian exports to Denmark include pharmaceuticals, garments, agri-products and machinery, Indian imports include machinery.


Batting for a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and India, Svane said that bilateral trade between India and Denmark was likely to improve once FTA were in place.

Besides Denmark, the 27-member bloc EU consists of countries like Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Greece and Italy. They together form India’s largest trading partner.

“We don’t have any issues on outsourcing. We are a strong and ardent supporter of globalisation which means we want joint solutions,” he said.

The India-EU free trade agreement plans to bring down tariffs (on goods) and liberalise trade in services.

“We hope that the FTA will be in place by the end of this year,” he said.

The talks were set to conclude sometime in 2011. But differences between the two sides have led to the delays.

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AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. - About Us - Our History

AMG was incorporated in the Netherlands in November 2006. While AMG is a new company, its constituent units have significant operating histories. The company is organised into two units: Advanced Materials and Engineering Systems.

Advanced Materials Unit
The Advanced Materials unit traces its origins in the development and production of specialty metals to 1911, when GfE Gesselschaft für Elektrometallurgie mbH was founded as a producer of vanadium alloys and chemicals in Nürnberg, Germany. In 1937, GfE expanded its products and operations through the establishing of a UK subsidiary, London & Scandinavian Metallurgical Company, Ltd . In the 1940s, GfE reincorporated itself in the United States, where it operated under the name Metallurg, Inc. In the late 1970s, Metallurg expanded its operations into Brazil through the acquisition of Companhia Industrial Fluminense.

Société Industrielle et Chimique de l’Aisne (SICA) , the predecessor company to Sudamin Holding S.A. , entered the antimony trioxide business in 1933 and has been operating at the same facility in Chauny, France, since then. SICA expanded its antimony trioxide capacity with the acquisition of another French producer in 2001.

Engineering Systems Unit
The Engineering Systems unit traces its origins to the several predecessor companies of ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH , founded in Germany during the mid-1800s. In the 1940’s, various German industrial companies combined their product and process expertise in the field of vacuum furnace metallurgy to form the immediate predecessor to ALD. In 1994, Leybold-Durferrit, the parent organisation of these combined entities, spun out its vacuum furnace division to form ALD. Since then, ALD has achieved global leadership in many vacuum furnace applications including solar silicon melting and crystallization and turbine blade coating. Additionally, ALD established its “Own & Operate” service model and has opened facilities in North America and Europe.

Graphit Kropfmühl AG
Graphit Kropfmühl AG is a majority controlled, publicly listed subsidiary of AMG. Based on its secure raw material sources in Africa, China and Europe, Graphit Kropfmühl is a specialist in the production of silicon metal and the extraction, processing and refining of natural crystalline graphite for a wide range of energy saving industrial applications.

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