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Prenuptial agreements can make a world of difference in a divorce. Two very different stories follow and highlight the difference.

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were married in February 2015. Their marriage lasted approximately 15 months. They did not have a prenuptial agreement.

See Also: A Primer on Prenups

Heard filed for a divorce in May 2016 and sought spousal support from Depp. After several highly public and emotionally charged court proceedings, Heard is reported to be receiving a $7 million settlement. In hindsight, a prenuptial agreement would have better protected Depp from such a sizeable financial settlement. The prenuptial agreement may have even helped to avoid the very public litigation battle that many of us have read about.

Interestingly enough, Heard is contributing the settlement to charity. While a charitable donation should be applauded and encouraged, it may also indicate that litigation itself was fueled for reasons other than money, such as for earlier perceived wrongs or even revenge.

investing in the stock market: Medley Capital Corporation(MCC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Medley Capital Corp. (NYSE: MCC) is another company that had the man at the top buying shares. CEO Brook Taube added 188,336 shares of the business development company at prices that ranged from $7.13 to $7.48 per share. The total for the trade was posted at $1 million. The stock closed Friday at $7.26.

investing in the stock market: Viva Entertainment Group (OTTV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    How does the old saying go? The enemy of my enemy is my friend? Not that there was ever any animosity among the players in the arena, but there’s no denying that two heads — two experienced heads — are better than one for any organization that’s trying to beat Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) at its own game. That’s why Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) CEO Johnny Falcones wanted Thomas Ashley, founder of competing over-the-top television venue FlixFling, on the OTTV Board of Directors… he knows exactly what Viva Entertainment Group is trying to do, and he knows a thing or two about how to do it.

    The product is called Viva Middleware, which in simplest terms is a turn-key technology that allows anyone to get into the over-the-top (OTT) business with their own customized over-the-top television service. Live broadcasts, on-demand, music channels and original programming are all possible. This means they can customize the product locally or regionally, or thematically, like an all-sports or an all sci-fi venue. The possibilities are endless, which is in stark contrast to Netflix’s “what you get is what you get” approach.

    The product is technically still in beta mode, though it is ready for “prime time,” so to speak. On December 13th, at the Riviera Hotel in South Beach Miami, OTTV will be hosting a launch party to debut its Viva OTT platform. Not only will the event give guests a chance to see and use the over-the-top television platform, they’ll be dazzled by performances by Soleil J and Jorge Moreno.

    That said, it’s important to note that Viva Entertainment Group already has clients. In August the company announced it was entering a joint venture with Oi2 Media to create an OTT product catering to a specific segment of the nation’s demographic.

    Oi2 Media is the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content, offering both music and television. It’s not just a Netflix-like service Oi2 and Viva will

  • [By Matthew Briar]

    The phrase “over the top television” – or its acronym “OTT” – aren’t necessarily newly-coined ones. The phrase/abbreviation materialized shortly after Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) became a viable alternative to traditional cable television services less than a decade ago. The over-the-top race didn’t really heat up, however, until the past few months. Once it did heat up though, sparks started to fly in earnest.

    They’re still flying too, and will be for a while if a small startup called Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) has anything to say about it. Netflix, Hulu [jointly owned by Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA)] and all the rest of the relatively new players in this space may want to look over their shoulder. In the meantime, investors may want to take a step back and look at where the real money in the OTT industry is going to be made during the next 10 years. OTTV plays a prominent role in that picture.

    Contrary to popular belief, Netflix isn’t the totally dominant name it used to be in the Internet-delivered television industry. It was admittedly the first on the scene, and therefore was able to carve out the biggest piece of the market (which it still holds to this day). It’s largely become a commoditized business though.

    Case in point? Aside from Hulu and Netflix, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has jumped into the game with its product called CBS All Access. The service allows subscribers, for a nominal monthly fee, to access a variety of CBS programming via the Internet. HBO, from Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), has found respectable success with its subscription-based Internet television service called HBO Go.

    Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), has really broken new ground in the over the top market by aggregating a variety of television channels into an entire package and then selling that package at a rate that’s much less than what it would cost a cable subscriber

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Don’t look for any news to explain the big 73% surge Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV) dished out on Monday – you won’t find it, because there wasn’t any. Rather, OTTV shares popped all on their own.

    The knee-jerk reaction may be to presume OTTV stock is destined to roll back just as quickly as the rally materialized. And, that may well be what’s in the cards. Before looking past Viva Entertainment Group as an investment opportunity that’s dead money until further notice though, Monday’s mostly-overlooked action may be a huge bullish clue.

    For the unfamiliar, the company’s product is called Viva Middleware. The software/platform allows anyone to get into the over-the-top television business like Netflix and Hulu already are. Telecom service providers, media websites, universities, and pretty much anyone else can custom-build their own IPTV service, and collect subscription fees and/or ad revenue for doing so. Viva does all the back-end work, while the seller collects the customers.

    The trick is simply filling the pipeline with content, and at the same time, convincing customers that there’s enough quality content at the source to become a paying subscriber. And in this case, the fact that the app works on any operating system or any device is a key selling feature.

    Viva Entertainment Group has already been curating content for a while now, and has a nice library including a huge number of radio stations.

    The stock, though, hasn’t exactly been rewarding even though the company’s back-story has been compelling. That paradigm shift may have changed on Monday.

    Take a look. Out of nowhere, a ton of volume materialized on Monday… most of it bullish. There’s still a ton of ground left to make up, to be sure, but this is interesting. There was far more buying than selling on Monday, on HUGE volume. Why the sudden interest in buying a beaten-down OTTV? That’s the point. For one reason or another, the mood/rheto

  • [By Bryan Murphy]

    Calling a spade a spade, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the dominant name in the over-the-top television space right now, though Sling TV, from DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) deserves a mention. For that matter, the relatively new Vue service from Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) has the potential to cause problems for both DISH and Netflix, as Vue offers several different bundles, all of which include some major network broadcasts (a big piece of the pie Netflix is missing).

    And yet, for as popular as those OTT choices are, they’re not necessarily great investments right now, as each alternative to traditional cable television is on the verge of a major disruption now that a new technology has been unveiled by creator Viva Entertainment Group Inc (OTCMKTS:OTTV). In short, Viva Entertainment Group will allow anyone to get into the subscription-based IPTV game with their own customized version of an over-the-top service, and even within that platform the subscriber has more choice than Sony Vue, Sling TV, or Netflix can provide.

    The reality check was delivered this morning on the heels of a press release/shareholder update. Some of what Viva Entertainment Group was already known. Some of what was said, though, was new, and compelling.

    For the unfamiliar, Viva Entertainment Group is the name behind Viva Middleware… a white label app that any third party can utilize as a means of selling OTT, IPTV services to their crowd of users as a means of generating revenue.

    There are multiple advantages to this platform and arrangement, including a custom-built product that can effectively target a particular demographic. Case in point? Last week, OTTV entered a joint venture with Oi2 Media to create an OTT product catering to the Latino market. Oi2 Media is the United States’ biggest distributor of Latino-centric digital content, offering both music and television. It’s the name behind CNN en Espanol and ESPN Deportes Radio, just

investing in the stock market: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

investing in the stock market: LeMaitre Vascular, Inc.(LMAT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, healthcare shares rose by just 0.6 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included LeMaitre Vascular Inc (NASDAQ: LMAT), down 5 percent, and pSivida Corp. (NASDAQ: PSDV), down 3 percent.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    The list of below stocks is notable as the shares have traded on sequentially increasing volume spanning the trading days from September 16 to September 20:

investing in the stock market: DragonWave Inc(DRWI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Ubiquiti Networks largely headingupwards while small cap peersCeragon Networks Ltd (NASDAQ: CRNT) andDragonWave, Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI) have largely headed the other direction:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    DragonWave, Inc.(USA) (NASDAQ: DRWI) shares dropped 19 percent to $2.35. DragonWave reported a Q3 loss of $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.2 million.

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