Anjelina in the Press
Realtor® Magazine, 04/01/2005
ONLINE MARKETING – AS ADVERTISED ON EBAY
Front Lines: News – Trends – Analysis – People
By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau
An electronic billboard
eBay (www.eBay.com) is well-known as an auction spot for everything from teacups to hubcaps. Less known is the eBay Real Estate section (http://pages.ebay.com/realestate), where single-family homes, commercial buildings, land, and vacation rentals are advertised and auctioned.
Finding a needle in a haystack
Anjelina Belakovskaia, a new salesperson with Long Realty Co. in Tucson, Ariz., convinced a listing agent in her company to create an eBay ad for a 31,000-square-foot, $13.5 million estate.
The property includes state-of-the-art technology and is set on 10 acres in the Catalina Mountains. Belakovskaia felt it was so unusual that it needed broad exposure. “The eventual buyer will very likely be someone outside of Tucson,” she says. “I felt the listing needed to be seen by an international audience.”
In less than four weeks, the ad received 23,927 hits and has brought one showing. And because Belakovskaia is new in the business, the ad—which lists her as the contact person and includes a link to her Web site—is helping her establish a presence, she says…
ARIZONA DAILY STAR, Business, Tucson, Arizona, 03.09.2005
$17.5 MILLION BABY
By Joseph Barrios
Spectacular Tucson home is drawing plenty of interest – from cyberspace
eBay hit parade leader
The Cobblestone Development might be paved with gold around the Campbell Cliffs estate, owned by former apartment developer Cary Marmis, who is asking $17.5 million for the 24-room, 31,000-square-foot Catalina Foothills home.
The people in town who could afford to buy such luxury are few, said Anjelina Belakovskaia, a Realtor who placed an ad for the home on eBay. To be able to afford the taxes, electric bill and other operating costs associated with the house, she said a buyer would probably have to have a net worth of somewhere starting at $50 million. The 2004 tax bill alone for the estate was $43,626.38, according to the Pima County treasurer’s Web site…
The Wall Street Journal, 12/31/2002
POWER OUTAGE: HOW ENERGY TRADERS
TURNED BONANZA INTO AN EPIC BUST
Unleashed by Deregulation, Industry Greed and Deceit Undid the Nascent Market
`Shut Up and Delete This’
By Paul Beckett and Jathon Sapsford in New York and Alexei Barrionuevo in Houston
(Copyright (c) 2002, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)
Not so long ago, supplying electricity and natural gas wasn’t so complicated. Heavily regulated utilities that enjoyed local monopolies sold power and gas to consumers large and small. Beginning in the early 1990s, however, federal and state regulations were scaled back, and utilities were forced to open their transmission lines to rivals. The idea was that suppliers and traders would compete for business by cutting prices and moving energy around the country more efficiently. Buyers would obtain stable supplies by entering long-term contracts.
Hundreds of companies jumped at the chance to serve as middlemen in the unshackled market. They ranged from American Electric Power Co., a sleepy regional utility in Columbus, Ohio, to Enron, a Houston pipeline operator.
Energy trading involves sales of contracts to provide electricity, gas or other fuels over a set period. A central challenge is to figure out how to value the contracts, given the unpredictability of such variables as the cost of power years in the future and weather shifts that affect demand for heat or air conditioning.
Companies scrambling for position in the trading market went after the brain power needed to crunch the numbers representing all of these factors. Williams, in Tulsa, Okla., for example, hired Anjelina Belakovskaia, a Ukrainian chess grandmaster, to help quantify weather effects…
Williams Intranet, March 2002
WOMEN’S HERITAGE MONTH, “WORKING WOMEN: ADVANCING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT”
Women profiles: Anjelina Belakovskaia
Title: Weather Derivatives Trader, Exotic Derivatives
Business Unit /Office Location: Energy Marketing & Trading, Tulsa
Educational Background: Master’s degree, mathematics in finance, Courant Institute, New York University
Interesting Facts: Anjelina not only works for one of the most cutting-edge initiatives in trading today, but is one of the top chess players in the country-an International Woman Grandmaster and three-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion.
Role model: “Some people have strengths and desires to set goals and go forward to achieve them. Other might have great qualities, but are not enough resolute to go forward alone. Role models help others blossom. My role model is myself. I live everyday with a goal to set an example for tomorrow.”
USA Today; Dec 11, 2001
PLAYING THE WEATHER GAME; FIRMS CASH IN BY STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD OF MOTHER NATURE
By Del Jones
Weather forecasting has improved enough — and the stakes have shot up enough — that companies no longer accept the weather as a pure gamble.
Energy giants such as Williams and Koch Industries are strategizing against Mother Nature, employing supercomputers and hiring meteorologists at more than twice what the National Weather Service pays in an aggressive attempt to profit from forecasting expertise.
More than $1 trillion of the U.S. economy — from airline travel to orange orchards to skyscraper construction to sales of holiday sweaters and root beer floats — is sensitive to temperature, precipitation, wind and humidity.
Industry still has no control over the weather. But dealing with it is being seen as less a game of chance and more like a game of chess that revolves around probabilities and tactics. That fits well into the business world, where tough decisions are rarely certainties but are driven by probabilities.
Coincidence, perhaps, but one expert in the new world of weather came from the world of advanced chess. “You must see several moves and several combinations ahead,” says Anjelina Belakovskaia, a weather derivatives trader at Williams and three-time U.S. women’s chess champion. “Both combine long-term strategy and short-term tactics. Everybody has almost the same information, and this is where skill comes into play.” …
Derivatives Strategy, January 2001 || Vol.6, No.1
CHESS GRANDMASTER PLOTS CREDIT STRATEGY
By Nina Mehta
Credit derivatives attract a lot of brainy types, but Anjelina Belakovskaia may be the first chess star to set her sights on the business. An international grandmaster since 1993, when she was 24, the Russian-born strategist is a three-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and has twice led the U.S. Women’s Olympic Chess Team. Last month, she also slammed shut her last textbook on volatility theory when she graduated from the masters program in mathematical finance at New York University’s Courant Institute…
The New York Times. November 21, 1999
CHESS: THIRD WOMEN’S TITLE IS WON BY A BROOKLYN GRANDMASTER
By Robert Byrne
Anjelina Belakovskaia of Brooklyn, a 29-year-old women’s grandmaster, won the Interplay United States Women’s Championship in Salt Lake City in September. This was the third time she has triumphed in this series, having tied for the title with Sharon Burtman in 1995 and taken solo first in 1996.
In Salt Lake City, Belakovskaia scored 7-2 in the 10-player round-robin competition. Eighteen-year-old Jennifer Shahade of Philadelphia was the runner-up with 6 1/2-2 1/2.
In the old days, few women became dedicated students of openings. That is no longer true. One can observe in a fifth-round game between Belakovskaia and Beatriz Marinello, formerly of Chile and now living in New York, that these players were in the forefront of today’s theory. Belakovskaia won by virtue of her superior grasp of the middle game.
Sports Illustrated for Women, Fall 1997 Issue
“ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA – WOMEN’S GRANDMASTER. GOOD MOVES”
DESTINY TAKES MANY DISGUISES, THOUGH ONLY A JOKER would equate the New Jersey Turnpike with the Yellow Brick Road. Yet where most other travelers have seen only smokestacks, frayed nerves and exit signs, Anjelina Belakovskaia found her way home.
Staring out a car window, just off a plane from Ukraine six years ago, she was dazzled by the simple logic of America in motion. “The highway said, ‘Here’s the way. Everybody just go,’” she says, her voice softening at the memory. “Everything depends on you — if you go fast, if you go slow if you get there, if you don’t, it’s all up to you.” She laughs. “Of course, then I didn’t know about speed limits.”
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