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The heart of a city

April 30th, 2013 Comments off

It is the birth of a city that places great civilizations on the historical map. When a society had progressed to the point of establishing specific jobs, social hierarchies and a method to expand their productivity and protect their resources, they made cities. From the Roman Empire to the Classic Greeks, from the Chinese Dynasty to the Aztec civilization, having a city was central to progress, development and culture and it was always in these metropolises that people migrated to in hopes of gaining knowledge or contributing their talent. For those who have lived in the city all their life, there really is nothing that compares. Modern cities of today are marked by their bright lights, the diversity of people, the infinite possibilities of things to do and the constant hum of change, progress and traffic. Although living in the city can have its drawbacks, it is still the best place one can live.
Cities offer endless possibilities on every front. Whether you are looking for a new place to eat, a new job to try or a fresh face to meet, everything can be found in the city because one of the benefits of living in the city is the excitement of knowing it is always changing, never stagnant and continually moving forward. It is a place that will change into what you need it to be.If you are looking for a place to make close friends who share your passions, there is no better place than the city and if it’s career opportunities you seek, no other place will give you so many options to further your aspirations. There is never a shortage of innovation or creativity and this allows the city to adapt to everyone’s taste. They are transit places and because people are constantly coming in and moving out, so too does the city. Indeed Plato said that the “city is what it is because [the] citizens are what they are.” The artists, politicians, philosophers, economists and musicians that live in the city shape the spirit of the city and make city-living an experience that never gets boring and ensures that there is always a wealth of opportunity to achieve one’s dreams.
However those who prefer small towns and rural suburb have many criticisms for city-living. They complain that cities are too crowded and unnecessarily polluted, that they are breed feelings of inadequacy because they are too competitive. These critics see the change that takes place in the city as instability, they view the vibrancy as noise and see the concentration of knowledge as over-population. These people do not understand the heart of the city and fail to see that without cities, there would be no hope for their small towns to survive. Because of their small-mindedness and limited aspirations, they become annoyed at city-dwellers who have large dreams and the courage to follow them.

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Trading Futures For E-Signal Traders

April 30th, 2013 Comments off

Futures trading deals with trading Futures Contracts. What precisely is a Futures Contract. How does one trade it? A Futures Contract, also known as a cash forward sale or a “Forward” Contract, is a contract between a buyer hooked on a specific product, and a seller engaged in supplying the same product for a specific future date. Futures Contracts are formal agreements, meaning that they obligate both the buyer and seller; neither can default. Futures Trading is defined as a zero sum game. What that means is that every dollar made by the buyer is a dollar lost to the seller and vice versa. When prices are too high or too low, then it is the buyer or the seller that profits, but they profit at the expense of the other. Let’s see an example. Say pork belly prices rise, the farmer benefits but the bacon manufacturer suffers. If pork belly prices fall, the farmer suffers, but the bacon manufacturer’s bottom line improves.

Futures trading takes place in two different ways. Commodities are traded at a Futures exchange, on the floor like at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), where there are open outcry pits. But Futures trading can also be done “electronically,” with an internet connection, where individual investors place their buy and sell orders straight from their desktop trading platforms, like Tradestation.

Futures traders can be broken into 2 groups, hedgers and speculators. An example of a hedger would be a farmer, manufacturer, exporter or importer. The goal of the hedger is to create futures positions that reduce the risk that the price of their commodity may fall. For example, a pork belly farmer believes that his pigs will be grown by August. He signs a pork belly futures contract before the slaughter at the current price in May for delivery in September. In May, the price of pork bellies is high because of reduced supply. Should the price of pork bellies drop by September (when the contract expires), the farmers’ price has already been ensured. Mind you, the farmer is assuming a risk. What if there is a virus and many pigs die before September. The price of pork bellies would rise even further, but the farmer is already obligated to deliver pork bellies at the price negotiated in May. The farmer would lose additional profit. Conversely, in September there might also be a huge number of pigs and the price of pork bellies ends up being lower than his May price. In this case he wins.

Speculators, on the other hand, are trading Futures for the sole purpose of earning a profit, not for protecting the price of their crop. Speculators actually comprise the majority of traders in most markets. Speculators are willing to assume risk in the hope that if they buy low, they can sell high (going long), or by selling high, they can later buying back low (going short). For example say the soy speculator knows that the weather has been a problem for months and the soy crop will be limited in September. The speculator is happy to buy the soy Futures contracts in July at the current price. He is betting that the price of soy will skyrocket and he will make a killing in September after the small harvests in August. Speculators provide the liquidity needed to fuel the Futures market. Without speculators, no one would take the other side of the hedgers contract. As in the example above, the farmer sells the soy to the speculator in July for the current price. The speculator assumes risk, hoping that by September, the delivery date, the price of soy has risen and he can make a profit at the farmer’s expense. What he prays doesn’t happen is that come September, the price of soy goes down, meaning that he over paid.

Prior to organized Futures exchanges, like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Futures trading was a far more risky proposition. Contracts were drafted between one farmer and one speculator, and signed wherever the farmer happened to be selling his produce, for example, in farmers markets. There were a lot of problems with these personal contracts. First and foremost, either the farmer or the speculator was allowed to default on the contract. Who would enforce payment or delivery? If the speculator was going to lose his shirt, he would not complete his side of the contract. If the farmer realized that the price of pork bellies had risen dramatically, he would default and sell the pork bellies in the open market. Since these contracts were drafted between 2 parties, the speculator could not sell his contract to another speculator. Here’s another problem…there was no one who would certify the quality of the delivery. Farmers could fill their side of the contract with lower grade pork bellies, and the speculator could not do much about it.

Since the start of organized exchanges, it became the job of the exchange to validate quality, payment and delivery. Exchanges regulated that now good-faith money was required with a third party to make sure of contract performance. This reduces the number of contract defaults. Exchanges were finally able to standardize contracts, stipulating the terms of each contract, like commodity delivery dates and product grades.

With the coming of organized exchanges, Futures trading has now gone far beyond just buying and selling of commodity contracts like wheat, rice, corn, and soy. Today, there are futures contracts available for many asset classes, including treasuries, energies, equities, and currencies. Futures are an asset class called “derivatives.” A derivative is a security whose price is derived from one or more underlying assets. For example, the S&P 500 Futures Contract has as its underlying asset — the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index is one of the most actively monitored equity indexes worldwide. The index is comprised of the top 500 well recognized stocks traded on the NYSE. Here’s the problem with the S&P index, however…you cannot trade the Index. The CME created the S&P 500 Futures Contract that you can trade. And in the case of the S&P 500 Futures Contract, when the value of the S&P 500 Index appreciates, the S&P 500 Futures Contract appreciates with it and vice versa.

There are also future derivatives whose underlying asset is a currency index. For smaller investors, the Currency Futures Market is created for the few contracts that individual investors intend to trade. Trading with Currency Futures, individual investors can trade the exact same dollars/euros that are being traded in the Forex market, but trade them on the CME.

Shadowtraders specialty is in training individual investors how to be Trading Futures. Most of the other Futures education companies can only train investors in trading the S&P 500 Futures Contract, and in particular, the Emini, earmarked towards individual traders. Shadowtraders is much more interested in presenting to its clients a variety of different Futures, including energies, treasuries, currencies, etc. We trade many assets, all of which have liquidity and volatility. For example, we know the days of the week that a particular Future trades, the times of day it is easiest to trade, how many contracts are traded for that, whether or not you can even trade it, etc. That is Shadowtraders expertise.

If you are tired of just trading the S&P 500 Emini, or you are new at the Futures trading game and want to find out more, attend a Shadowtraders Webinar on Monday nights.

Barbara Cohen has been a professional day trader for over 10 years and is the CIO of Shadowtraders. She has trained hundreds of students to trade the Futures Market with Shadowtraders trading system.

Stock Market Training – Making Your First Foray Into the Stock Market

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

If you are thinking of investing in the stock market and have no previous experience, you should consider doing some basic stock market training. It is important to know that this is not a “hobby”, but a business opportunity and it should be treated as such.

There are countless books as well as resources that offer stock market training to help you to become knowledgeable in preparation for the countless intricacies of the stock market. There are also certain terms that you should be familiar with as part of your stock market training.

A “Bull Market” is what occurs when the economy is doing extremely well, jobs are easy to find and investors are comfortable to invest in the market. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the “Bear Market” is experienced during a depressed economy, unemployment is high and people are just not investing in the stock market

When you make your first foray into the stock market, it can be an intimidating place. A good investment management software program can assist you with stock market training so that you make sensible investment choices and manage your money. This type of software will keep track of profits, losses, costs of trades and every other cost associated with your investments. As part of your basic stock market training, you should understand the basic principals of accounting, how to read an annual report as well as the history of the stock market. You should also understand asset allocation.

A good foundation for stock market training is to read as much material as you can get your hands on. You should also read as much information as you can find on corporate finance, economics, investment theories and all of the basics that you will need to get started. One important thing to do is find a good investment service which will keep you updated with the latest developments on the market.

Learn more about stock trading market. Stop by Henry Taylor’s site where you can find out all about stock market training and what it can do for you.

Paid Surveys – Thousands Turning To Online Surveys To Supplement Lost Income

April 29th, 2013 Comments off

(1888PressRelease) Up and Coming Paid Surveys Website,, Begins to Launch its Blogging and Referral Program.

GetPaidToTry is one of the premiere paid survey websites that offers its members the chance to earn money by completing various online surveys, product trials, product reviews, etc. Their reputation has been gaining positive momentum for the past couple of years and it growing with each day of operation. Now the website is giving members yet another way to earn money with a blogging and referral program.

GetPaidToTry no allows users to accumulate money by getting affiliates to sign up for their website. Each member will be given a referral link which should then be passed along to their affiliates. They will then be credited money accordingly. The payout is as follows:

Affiliates receive:

20% of their direct referral earnings
10% of their indirect referral level earnings
5% of their 3rd level referral earnings
3% of their 4th level referral earnings
2% of their 5th level referral earnings
1% of their 6th level referral earnings

Just recently, this website has added live feeds to its Twitter account. This allows its members to talk amongst each other and discuss various topics such as: what they like about the site, how it could be better, and what new features are coming to the site. This provides excellent consumer feedback and also helps the website to continually make improvements while gaining positive rapport with its users. With blogging, GetPaidToTry is creating their own online community which allows users to be more interconnected. This creates an ideal atmosphere for the site as it gives new users the chance to seek advice from members who are more experienced.

GetPaidToTry is becoming a frontier in the world on online paid surveys and is constantly expanding its horizon by giving its members new ways to earn money to put in their pocket. This is one way of earning money in a struggling economy.

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State Bar of Arizona Extends Convention Exhibit Deadline

April 28th, 2013 Comments off

(1888PressRelease) April 16 is deadline for first-time exhibitors to take advantage of $950 offer. Arizona Diamondbacks to be among exhibitors at the largest legal event held annually in Arizona. More than 1,500 attorneys are expected to attend.

The State Bar of Arizona has extended to April 16 the deadline to reserve space at the annual convention to be held June 9-11 at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel & Spa. More than 1,500 attorneys are expected to attend the convention, the largest legal event held annually in Arizona.

To get a good feel for the grand scope and event details of the convention, please view the online catalog:

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be bringing the fun and excitement of Major League Baseball to the convention. In addition to exhibiting, the Diamondbacks have provided 24 pairs of box seat tickets to be given away in a traffic-building drawing at the back of the exhibit hall. The Arizona Cardinals also have tentatively agreed to participate in the convention fun.

To help exhibitors get the most out of their convention experience, tradeshow expert Susan Ratliff will be offering a free seminar “Exhibit Like an Expert” on Tuesday (June 8) at 5pm following set-up.

Every exhibitor will be provided with one complimentary ticket to our Kick Off luncheon on Wednesday (June 9) so they can network with members. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased for $15.

First-time exhibitors are eligible for a special discount rate of $950. To reserve your exhibit space, please contact Drew Williamson at 602-340-7230 or Drew.Williamson ( @ ) staff dot azbar dot org This offer expires on April 16 dot


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