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Job Seekers Get Hire Tips from Top CEO

Job seekers in today’s economy face a daunting challenge unlike any other in their lives because competition for each available job is so intense that only the most dedicated and skilled seekers catch the attention of employers.

For most new jobs there are 30-50 or more applicants and only a few will be screened and maybe a half-dozen interviewed. The ultimate survivor who is offered the job will be the job seeker who does the best selling himself/herself to the employer.

“The critical point all job seekers must understand and come to grip with is that to find a good job you must be a good salesman and to find a super job you must be a supersalesman,” says Dan Milstein, a nationally recognized supersalesman and CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Absolutely no one but you is expected to sell yourself. References, after all, are only checked after the sales campaign ends and the job offer is extended. You and only you must sell yourself to a prospective employer.”

In his book, The ABC of Sales (ISBN 978-0-9835527-0-3), Gold Star Publishing, 2011, $19.95, 196 pages, Kindle and Audio Book, http://www.ABCofSales.com), Milstein give this advice to would-be super salesmen – “If you don’t believe in oranges then sell apples.” Paraphrasing for job seekers, he stresses, “If you don’t believe in yourself, retire!”

Milstein is ranked as the Number One loan officer in the nation in 2009 and 2010, is listed in the top 40 mortgage professionals in the nation and his company, Gold Star, has been one of the Inc 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. for two consecutive years.

Here are steps Milstein offers to job seekers to help them find the right door to the right employer:

  • Don’t Leave Home Without Your Passion. After several rejects and weeks of unemployment it is easy to become discouraged. Don’t! Wake up each morning exciting about your job search and what you will do this day to discover the right job lead.
  • Be a Cheerleader for Yourself. You must believe in yourself and be enthusiastic about the company and job you are applying for. If you are not convinced you are the best person to perform the job why should anyone hire you?
  • Make It About the Employer. Do and say everything possible to convince the employer that hiring you will be the best decision they can make. Remain positive at all times. It is nearly impossible to overcome a negative impression so do not create one.
  • Be Accessible. Answer the phone, check your email often, find out where job creators hang out and be there! Attend job fairs where you can personally meet prospective employers.
  • Market Yourself Creatively. Let the world know that you exist and that you are different and better than all other job seekers. Sign up for email alerts. Place your resume online at several job seeking boards and at corporate websites.
  • Write A Searchable Resume. Remember that 100 people may be applying for the job you want. A computer will scan 100 resumes to come up with the 10 best prospects. Be accessible to the computer scanner by making the very first paragraph of your resume a summary of your skills and experience. When necessary rewrite that first graph to grab the attention of the computer as it scans for the key words programmed by human resources.
  • Be Positive Or Else. There is no room in the workplace for complainers. No one enjoys a crybaby. Do not whine about your past work experiences, do not rationalize why you were laid off or why you were not promoted often. Talk about solutions; not problems.
  • Take a Risk, be Bold. To put yourself above the massive number of job seekers, be bold, be courageous, and be creative. Don’t stand still but step up and step forward. Do not be content to wait in line; put yourself in the front of the line. Make yourself known to employers before a job is created. Look at what every other job seeker is doing and don’t do that.

“Almost all employers will not accept phone calls or walk-in candidates but will refer you to the employment section of their website,” adds Milstein. “You must use websites and email for your job search but in spite of this always devote time each week to making phone calls, walking into companies with resume in hand, and placing yourself where employers are. Always remember that your greatest asset is yourself and the best way to sell yourself is with personal contact. So network, network, network!”About the Daniel Milstein

Daniel Milstein, is CEO of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group an INC 500 company http://www.goldstarfinancial.com/  and is author of The ABC of Sales , http://www.abcofsales.com Milstein has been recognized as the #1 mortgage originator in the nation, has been among the top 40 finance professionals in America for 10 years, and has been named the top employer in Michigan for two years by the Detroit Free Press. Milstein has achieved more than $3 billion in personal career mortgage sales, is a licensed mortgage lender in 20 states, and has 15 years in the banking industry as an executive, originator, underwriter, productions and operations manager with the highest track record in the industry.

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Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX), announced today that it has acquired a 100% interest in the St. Louis Gold Mine in Clark County, Nevada.

The St. Louis Mine is comprised of Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic, and Antarctic Lode patented gold and silver mining claims situated on 85.54 acres of property located in Clark Country, Nevada, approximately four miles north of Searchlight, Nevada, a well-known gold mining area.

The move is consistent with the Company’s stated long term strategy to back its lending operation by gold and precious metals so it can be insulated against another credit crisis, wherein much of the world’s core assets were devalued almost overnight.

“I want to make sure the back-bone of this company consists of assets that have intrinsic value and that can be freely traded anywhere in the world without being subject to third-party appraisals or local housing prices, and precious metals are really good for that,” said Mr. Paul Norat, CEO of Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Mr. Norat further stated, “Every monetary system in the world is supposed to be backed by gold, it only makes sense that we aspire to do the same.”

About Capital Financial Global, Inc.

Capital Financial Global, Inc. (OTC:CFGX) is a specialty finance company that facilitates the movement of credit and illiquid assets in the secondary debt markets, by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.  The company is publicly traded on the OTC Markets trading system under the symbol CFGX.

Our Business Model

The Company makes money by originating new loans, buying and selling existing loans, and by converting assets upon which these loans are secured into cash or trade-able form.

Our Basic Strategy

The Company looks for opportunities for arbitrage by exploiting price differences in assets and interest rates due to distressed economic conditions rather than deterioration in the intrinsic value of the assets themselves.

Market Segments

The market segments the Company operates in are: residential & commercial real estate, insurance trusts and pension funds, precious metals, and investment grade government securities. The Company will also aggressively pursue any other opportunities that falls within its overall strategy.

Forward-looking statements:

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include but are not limited to, risk factors inherent in doing business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “potential,” or “continue,” or similar terms or the negative of these terms. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The company has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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The Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee of BetterInvesting Magazine today announced Thoratec Corporation (NDQ: THOR) as its October 2011 “Stock to Study” and Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) as its October 2011 “Undervalued Stock” for investors’ informational and educational use.

“The committee chose Thoratec because of its historical high growth, strong current fundamentals and continued opportunities for its medical devices for circulatory support,” said Adam Ritt, editor of BetterInvesting Magazine. “For the Undervalued selection, the committee cited Praxair’s attractive business model, which relies on long-term contracts with its industrial-gas customers, and opportunities in emerging markets.” Check BetterInvesting Magazine’s October issue for more details about these selections.

Committee members are Robert M. Bilkie, Jr., CFA; Daniel J. Boyle, CFA; Philip S. Dano, CFA; Donald E. Danko, CFA; Maury Elvekrog, CFA; Walter J. Kirchberger, CFA; Marisa Lenhard, CFA; and Paul McVey, CFA.

As stated, the BetterInvesting committee’s Stock to Study and Undervalued Stock choices are for the informational and educational uses of investors and are not intended as investment recommendations. BetterInvesting urges investors to educate themselves about the stock market so they can make informed decisions about stock purchases. For more information about investment education tools available to individual investors and investment clubs visit www.betterinvesting.org.

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Zacks Releases Strong Sell List

Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) and Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) and Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED).

To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92

Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.

Here is a synopsis of why AMN and WSO have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:

Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) announced second-quarter profit of 11 cents per share on July 8 that missed analysts’ expectations by 81.7%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped to $1.40 per share from $1.95 per share in the last 30 days as next year’s estimate dipped 9 cents per share to $3.45 per share in that time span.

Watsco, Incorporated (NYSE: WSO) posted a second-quarter profit of $1.09 per share on July 26, which came in 21 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the full year fell to $2.91 per share from $3.20 per share over the past month. For 2012, analysts expect a profit of $3.59 per share, compared to last month’s projection for a profit of $3.96 per share.

Here is a synopsis of why REGN and AMED have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGN) second-quarter loss of 69 cents per share, posted on July 28, lagged analysts’ projections by 68.29%. Estimate for current year slid 45 cent per share to a loss of $2.33 per share over the past month as next year’s estimate dipped 35 cents per share to a loss of $1.30 per share in that time span.

Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) reported a second-quarter profit of 67 cents per share on August 2 that fell 2.90% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently $2.30 per share, compared with last month’s projection of $3 per share. Next year’s forecast dropped to $2.93 per share from $3.09 per share in the same period.

Truly taking advantage of the Zacks Rank requires the understanding of how it works.  The free special report; “Zacks Rank Guide: Harnessing the Power of Earnings Estimate Revisions” is available to provide this insightful background. Download a free copy now to prosper in the years to come at http://at.zacks.com/?id=93

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Since 1988, the Zacks Rank has proven that “Earnings estimate revisions are the most powerful force impacting stock prices.” Since inception in 1988, #1 Rank Stocks have generated an average annual return of +28%. During the 2000-2002 bear market, Zacks #1 Rank stocks gained +43.8%, while the S&P 500 tumbled -37.6%. Also note that the Zacks Rank system has just as many Strong Sell recommendations (Rank #5) as Strong Buy recommendations (Rank #1). Since 1988, Zacks Rank #5 stocks have significantly underperformed the S&P 500 (2.8% versus +9.7%). Thus, the Zacks Rank system allows investors to truly manage portfolio trading effectively.

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Gold Prices Rise on Russian Gold Purchase


The price of gold is expected to increase $6 to $10 a day until an agreement is reached by the House of Representatives according to Regal Assets. While most investors remain optimistic that there will be a deal reached by the deadline, the topic is causing other areas of the US economy to be exposed such as state debt and bank closures.

According to the FDIC three banks were closed on Friday by the regulators taking the count of U.S. bank closures in 2011 to 58 averaging about 8 per month. The 157 bank closures in 2010 was up from 140 in 2009, and more than six times of the 25 bank failures in 2008. Only three banks failed in 2007.

The stress of US local debt to the national debt has international investors demanding gold bullion over the US dollar. The Central Banks of the Russian Federation keep about 50 percent of its reserves in United States dollars released its official international reserves statement showing a net accumulation of more than 200,000 ounces of gold.

Tyler Gallagher of Regal Assets says “Russia’s gold behavior is grounded in the country’s hard-learned lessons about commodity markets”. Since its financial crisis in 1998, Russia has enacted policies intended to counterbalance the historical cycles of commodity prices to protect the economy during downturns. China, which is facing high inflation, has a 10-year gold buying plan for its central banks.

Regal Assets is encouraging American investors to keep pace with global investment strategies. Regal offers gold in 1 oz gold bars or gold bullion coins that are internationally recognized. Americans can buy gold and silver online and have it shipped direct to their home for physical delivery by calling 1-877-962-1133 or online http://www.RegalGoldCoins.com

 


Zacks Equity Research highlights El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) as the Bull of the Day and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

El Paso Corporation’s (NYSE: EP) high-grade E&P assets and large inventory of pipeline projects offer significant value in the long run. The company benefits from hedging a substantial portion of its future production, which offers operating clarity and cash-flow visibility even when energy prices remain volatile.

We believe the competence of management and the company’s access to financing will enable successful execution of El Paso’s industry-leading pipeline backlog going forward. We upgrade our recommendation for EP shares to Outperform based on the company’s announcement to split its business into two strong stand-alone entities, as well as its raised 2011 guidance.

We believe the separation will enable further balance sheet improvement and greater operational transparency for the new company. El Paso possesses a Zacks #1 Rank, indicating a Strong Buy.

Bear of the Day:

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) reported second quarter 2011 earnings per share of $1.85, significantly below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.29 per share. Coupled with global macroeconomic concerns, the results deteriorated driven by a decrease in revenue and poor performance in the Institutional Client Services division.

Further, the Investing and Lending division also recorded lower revenues. After reviewing the results, we are maintaining our Underperform recommendation on the shares.

Our six-month price target of $117.00 equates to about 9.3x our earnings estimate for 2011. Combined with the $0.35 per share dividend, the price target implies an expected negative total return of 8.4% over that period, which is consistent with our Underperform recommendation.

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Skyworks Beats Expectations

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWKS) reported revenues of $356.1 million, which surpassed management’s guidance of $345 million. The reported figure includes $6.5 million of revenue from the acquisition of SiGe semiconductor (which closed on June 10, 2011).

Excluding the SiGe contribution, revenue would’ve been $350 million, up 27% year-over-year organically.

Skyworks posted a net income of $51.5 million or $0.27 per diluted share compared to a net income of $34.7 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding acquisition-related charges but including stock-based compensation expense, Skyworks reported a net income of $0.41 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.

Guidance

Going forward, Skyworks projects revenues of $400 million, with a $20 million – $25 million from the SiGe acquisition. Gross margin is expected around 44.6% – 45.0%.  Excluding stock-based compensation expenses and restructuring charges, EPS is expected at $0.53.

Skyworks continues to benefit from strong underlying demand in the mobile Internet market driven by market share gains and new product ramps. Broadband mobile subscriptions continue to grow in leaps and bounds.

The advent of cloud computing is expected to take the trend further with the ever-growing need for wireless connectivity. The products from Skyworks support all smartphone and tablet operating systems, including Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and others.

Skyworks continues to gain traction on the network infrastructure side of the mobile Internet connection as operators install new base stations, new routers, and back-haul equipment to expand coverage of data services and prepare for next generation LTE deployments.

As carriers like Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T) accelerate their LTE plans, Skyworks expects a solid opportunity for growth in the coming years with its broad product portfolio.

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Zacks Enters Long Term Partnership With WRDS

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Zacks Investment Research, Inc. a leading provider of research, historical market data and workflow solutions announced today that Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) will now carry the Zacks data on its platform. The select datasets consist of earnings, sales estimates and surprises, pre-announcements, analyst ratings, and target prices for all listed and non-listed issues. WRDS is the leading, comprehensive, internet-based data research service used by academic, government, and corporate firms.  The Zacks database will be hosted on the powerful WRDS Cloud, optimized to effectively meet research needs for the extraction and analysis of financial and economic data.

“Zacks is proud and honored to commence this long-term partnership with WRDS,” said Ausra Di Raimondo, EVP of Academic/Non-Profit data services at Zacks. “This type of data plays a critical role in in-depth academic equity trading research and corporate analytics and back-testing strategies. We are excited to be recognized by WRDS as a valuable data partner in fulfilling its mission to continue to be the leading business intelligence tool for a global research community.”

Robert Zarazowski, WRDS Senior Director, added, “”WRDS is delighted to announce this partnership with Zacks Investment Research. Their data enhances the depth and breadth of analyst databases available through WRDS, and allows us to complement our existing products to meet the needs of academic researchers and commercial clients. The value of Zacks data have been proven over the years, as research work using Zacks’ data have been published in both premier academic journals and widely circulated practitioner oriented publications.”

About WRDS

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) is the leading, comprehensive, internet-based data research service used by academic, government, non-profit institutions, and corporate firms. WRDS provides the user with one location to access over 200 terabytes of data across multiple disciplines including Finance, Marketing, and Economics. WRDS provides flexible data delivery options including a powerful web query method that reduces research time.  WRDS provides flexible data delivery options including a simple but powerful web query method, and provides Researchers with the ability to reduce their research time and execute strategy development on the powerful WRDS Cloud.  Developed in 1993 to support faculty research at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS has since evolved to become the standard tool for a global research community of 30,000 users at over 300 institutions in 27 countries. http://wrds.wharton.upenn.edu

About The Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 88,000 graduates.

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Zacks Investment Research, based in Chicago, Ill., has been a leading provider of research, market data, and quantitative models to institutional investment management firms in the US and Canada for over 30 years. Recognized for quality, consistency and reliability, Zacks provides institutional and individual investors with the analytical tools and financial information necessary to the success of their investment process. Founded in 1978, Zacks’ early contribution to investment analysis was the discovery that earnings per share estimate revisions are the most powerful force affecting stock prices. This discovery is built into the Zacks Rank proprietary methodology for predicting stock price performance. The Zacks Rank has produced average annual returns in excess of 28% since 1988. The premier source of analysts’ earnings forecasts, today Zacks produces data feeds for estimates, ratings, earnings report data, fundamental data, and institutional holdings for US and Canadian traded equities, as well as investment research reports and research software tools for investors. For more Zacks expertise, look for Dr. Zacks “The Handbook of Equity Market Anomalies: Translating Market Inefficiencies into Effective Investment Strategies” which will be in bookstores on October 4th, 2011. To learn more about performance information, please go to http://www.zacks.com/performance/.

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) Contact:
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Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Gets Top Stock Pick

Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Gets Top Stock Pick-Image via CrunchBase

Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) ($39) has been picked by Standard & Poor’s Equity Research as its Focus Stock of the Week.  DIS carries S&P’s highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy.

“Our investment opinion reflects expectations that the company will be a major beneficiary of a continued macroeconomic rebound, as well as improving business fundamentals across virtually all of its globally diversified core businesses,” said Tuna Amobi, Media & Entertainment Equity Analyst at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research.  “Over the years, we believe Disney has refined an innovative strategy, predicated on a virtuous cycle of content creation that has spawned a veritable stable of franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars and others for repeatable exploitation across multiple platforms.”

Amobi believes that Disney has remained at the forefront of embracing newer digital outlets, while fomenting further shifts in traditional distribution windows through increased content exploitation across emerging platforms, and credits a strong management team led by CEO Robert Iger.  Also reflecting Disney’s strategic priorities, Amobi says concerted efforts are underway to leverage continued advancements in digital technology, and to sustain an expansion into higher-growth international territories across emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, and Latin America.

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Azteca Acquisition Corporation (the “Company”)(OTCBB: AZTAU) announced today that it has closed its initial public offering for gross proceeds of $100,000,000. The Company sold 10,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit issued in the initial public offering consisted of one share of common stock and one warrant to purchase one share of common stock at an exercise price of $12.00 per share. In addition the Company has granted the underwriter a 45 day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 units.

The Company is a newly-organized blank check company formed for the purpose of acquiring or merging with an operating business.

Initially, the units will be the only security trading. The Company’s units began trading on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board quotation system under the ticker symbol “AZTAU” on June 30, 2011. The common stock and warrants comprising the units will begin separate trading on August 22, 2011 (or such earlier date as the underwriter may permit), subject to the Company’s filing a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission containing an audited balance sheet reflecting its receipt of the gross proceeds of the offering and issuing a press release announcing when such separate trading will begin.

The Company has deposited $100,500,000 (including $3,500,000 from a private placement of 4,666,667 warrants to the Company’s sponsor), or approximately $10.05 per share, into a trust account maintained by Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company acting as the trustee. The funds will not be released from the trust account except under certain limited circumstances as described in the prospectus relating to the offering.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. acted as sole book-running manager of the offering.

A registration statement relating to these units and the underlying securities was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 29, 2011. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state or jurisdiction.  Copies of the final prospectus relating to the offering can be obtained from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website at http://www.sec.gov. Alternatively, a copy of the prospectus related to this offering may be obtained from Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 100 Plaza One, Jersey City, NJ 07311 (Attn: Prospectus Department), (800) 503-4611, or email:  prospectus.cpdg@db.com.

Company Contact:

Gabriel Brener
Chief Executive Officer
(310) 553-7009

ETF Fund Declares Dividend

Global X Funds, the New York based provider of exchange traded funds, today announced the first monthly distributions for the Global X Canada Preferred ETF (CNPF) and the Global X SuperDividend™ ETF (SDIV). The funds started trading on May 25, 2011 and June 9, 2011 respectively. It is anticipated that future ex-divided dates will the first of the month. Please consult www.globalxfunds.com to verify pay dates.

CNPF is the first ETF to target Canadian companies that issue preferred stock. For investors seeking income, preferred shares are an asset class worth considering due to their unique combination of bond and equity characteristics. SDIV provides exposure to 100 companies worldwide that rank among the highest dividend yielding equity securities in the world.  It offers exposure to a broad range of countries and sectors.

The table below summarizes the distribution schedule for each ETF, as of July 1, 2011.

For all Funds: Ex-Date: 7/1/2011 Record Date: 7/6/2011    Payable Date: 7/13/2011

Ticker ETF Name Income Distribution Per Share
CNPF Global X Canada Preferred ETF $0.064906
SDIV Global X SuperDividend™ ETF $0.101054696*

*Note: This payment covers a partial month from inception June 9, 2011.

ABOUT GLOBAL X FUNDS

Global X Funds is a New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds that facilitates access to investment opportunities across the global markets. With $1.6 billion in managed assets as of June 30, 2011, Global X Funds currently offers exchange-traded funds that target Developed Markets, Emerging Markets, Commodity Producers, Income Producers and Special Opportunities fund suites. The firm has been awarded “Most Innovative North American ETF Provider,” ETF Express 2011 Awards and “Most Innovative ETF- Americas,” 7th Annual Global ETF 2010 AWARDS®.  For more information, please visit www.globalxfunds.com

DISCLOSURE

To receive a distribution, you must be a registered shareholder of the fund on the record date. Distributions are paid to shareholders on the payment date.  There is no guarantee that capital gains distributions will not be made in the future.  Your own trading will also generate tax consequences and transaction expenses. Past distributions are not indicative of future distributions. Please consult your tax professional or financial adviser for more information regarding your tax situation.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investing may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuations in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Narrowly focused investments may be subject to higher volatility. High yielding stocks are often speculative, high risk investments. Companies may reduce or stop paying dividends at any time, which could have an adverse effect on performance.

Carefully consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and additional information can be found in the Funds’ prospectus, which may be obtained by calling 1-888-GX-FUND-1 (1.888.493.8631), or by visiting www.globalxfunds.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Global X Management Company, LLC serves as an advisor to the Global X Funds. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with Global X Management Company or any of its affiliates.

ETF Express awards were decided by the votes of ETF express subscribers, who include investors as well as managers and other industry professionals at firms including fund administrators, custodians, advisers and distributors.

The 7th Annual Global ETF Awards were determined by votes sent out to ETP industry participants across the globe.

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