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Why Learning to Trade Commodities Could Boost Your Commodity Trading Results

April 20th, 2018 Comments off

Your decision to start learning to trade commodities will give you a completely new insight into the whole world of commodity futures trading. This could be within a specific sector such as grains or precious metals or perhaps across the whole spectrum of global commodity markets. Now doubt you have heard concerns about energy security and the crude oil trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and of how the price fluctuations can be caused by a whole range of factors. And what causes price movements in gold, silver and other precious metals and why should cocoa or coffee futures prices suddenly surge?

If you want to achieve success in these markets, you first need to find a very good commodities trading provider. So how will you go about learning to trade commodities? What are the key knowledge areas of trading if you want to move ahead in commodity markets? Look out for locations where commodity trading training courses are available. It is more than likely you will have a choice to either attend lessons at your chosen location or study from home using an online training program .

What are the advantages of attending a commodity trading school? There is face to face contact with tutors and opportunities for one to one coaching. The coaches may either have their knowledge from courses or they have perhaps trade the commodity markets and so have real live trading experience, which is a valuable asset to have in a coach. When you learn to trade commodities in a classroom you can network with like”minded colleagues, sharing ideas with colleagues.

While on location you benefit from watching “live” trades executed by your tutors, who can give you feedback about the price action. It is arguably better to understand a technique when you observe it happening in real time, rather than in theory. Here you get a sharp edge to your learning curve in commodity trading, and the coaches can offer you help as you tailor your personal commodities trading plan. The expansion of global trading centres means that you are likely to find a training centre close to your home, such as in Dubai, Singapore, London, Toronto, as well in US cities like Philadelphia, New York, Milwaukee, Dallas and Chicago.

Let’s look at the alternative of training courses for commodity trading online. What are the benfefits here? If your commitments mean you cannot get to a centre when the courses run or you live too far from the location, the online version is ideal. When you take up this option you have maximum flexibility and you cover both technical and fundamental aspects of trading.

The online commodities trading packages most likely provide students with e mail support from the tutors along with resources like charts, blogs, forums and video to supplement the main material. Along with CDs and DVDs software may also be downloaded so students can link up with the markets and trade without committing capital.

So you are about to start learning to trade commodities. What will be covered? Broadly speaking, courses focus on fundamental analysis, that is supply and demand for commodities and how these are affected by inflation and in the case of crops, weather patterns. Traders also use technical analysis to compliment the former approach. This includes looking at commodity charts for price action, using techniques like Fibonacci numbers, Japanese candlesticks, moving averages, volume and support and resistance lines.

You will also see how easy electronic trading of commodities can be and you will learn what a futures contract is and how to place orders, set your commodity futures margin, along with an appreciation of why market participants hedge their positions. Then there is the matter of managing risk and minimising losses of capital in what are leveraged instruments. And when you start learning to trade commodities you will certainly cover the important role played by psychology when you have to stick to your commodity trading plan.

The author, William Davies, contributes articles for a blog on Commodities Trading, offering an educational resource for those keen to learn more about markets. Discover how you could begin learning to trade commodities here.

Take CISSP Certification Training and Become a Certified Information System Security Professional

April 9th, 2018 Comments off

With information theft, identity theft, fraud, and breaches of security becoming more common, an educational background as a Certified Information System Security Professional is going to go a long way toward getting you that next job within the technology industry. Companies want individuals who have been properly trained for the job that they are hired to perform.

Employers want to hire individuals who are proficient at protecting data from all possible aspects.  If having those qualifications sounds like a good idea to you, then you need to take CISSP certification training in order to prepare for the qualifying exam that provides you with the proper credentials.

When you choose to take a CISSP CBT, you receive the flexibility to study at your own pace and convenience. This is often the best way to learn, since your mind is set at the time to learning the skills you need to move forward. You are totally in control of your destiny as you forge ahead through a comprehensive array of lessons and hands-on activities designed to take you down the path of information, network, and physical security. Additionally, a CISSP cbt provides a concentrated focus on integral aspects of this field, enhancing existing skills while teaching new ones.

Your lessons in CISSP certification training are going to be comprehensive presentations that leave no stone unturned. You will be exposed to all critical pieces of information and learn every skill needed to properly protect an IT infrastructure from harm.

Every CISSP CBT is geared to teach learners the strategies they need to keep information safe along with the necessary countermeasures to take if the worst does happen and the security of the company’s infrastructure becomes breached. Not only will you learn about database security, but you will also learn about the strategies that hackers use to infiltrate information systems.

Preparing for your CISSP certification exam begins with the proper training, continues with the comprehensive array of learning modules presented in your CISSP CBT, and culminates in your successful completion of the test. Don’t worry though. Each cbt includes practice exams to assist you in your preparation for the final exam.

Gain a CISSP certification now and make a positive contribution in the system security world by taking one of many CISSP Training. CISSP CBT will get you equipped with the proper knowledge needed to pass the certification exam.

Elliptical Trainers

March 27th, 2014 Comments off

Elliptical Trainers are getting more and more popular by the day because of it’s similarity to running and exercising and that workout can be done at a gentler rate. Ellipticals are gentler on the joints. An elliptical trainer or a cross trainer is a stationary exercising machine used for walking or running. Elliptical trainers were first introduced in the market in 1990’s.They offer a non impact cardiovascular workout. Cardiovascular system is concerned with the blood distribution network of the human body.

Ellipticals like the Smooth CE 3.6 Elliptical Elliptical are said to be even better than treadmills as they are very gentle on the joints. They are excellent for indoor aerobic workouts especially for those who have pain and trouble with their joints. That is one of the prime reasons it is quite in demand by seniors who have joint problems. It is usually difficult to stay motivated and enthusiastic while working out due to the same pattern everyday.

A good Elliptical would be made rock solid and would be a very stable machine especially for the heavy weights who want to loose their fat. Ellipticals enable the overall body workout. A user pedals on holding on the handle bars. Thus there is an over all body movement which helps to keep oneself fit and fabulous.

Elliptical trainers like Smooth CE 3.6 have grown in popularity over the years. People like to buy an elliptic for their homes especially because it has an added advantage. It makes much less motor noise while working out as compared to a treadmill. They also come with long warranties.

The Uniform CPA Examination

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

The Uniform CPA Examination is offered through a partnership of these three organizations in a joint effort to maintain high licensing standards:

* AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) handles the development and the scoring of the exam; * NASBA (The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) organizes the National Candidate Database and sends the scores to the jurisdictions to be given to those who took the exam; and * Prometric delivers the computer-based test at its 300+ U.S. authorized test centers.

The CPA Exam is the national exam which is 1/3 of the “Three Es” required to be licensed as a CPA: Education, Examination, and Experience. Therefore, passing the exam by itself is not enough to meet the requirements of being a licensed CPA.

You qualify to sit for the CPA Exam by meeting the requirements of one of the 55 jurisdictions granting the CPA license. These 55 U.S. jurisdictions are the 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and the US territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Northern Marianas Islands are not offering the exam yet.

Through the NASBA website, http://www.nasba.org/nasbaweb.nsf/exam, you can research a list of each jurisdiction’s requirements.

Currently, the CPA Exam is provided for the jurisdictions/state boards of accountancy which offer the exam to their candidates. Since the CPA Exam is uniform, the same test is offered in Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine, which means that each candidate is held to the same high standards.

Each Board of Accountancy has the ultimate licensing authority for that jurisdiction/state.

At present, the exam is NOT given outside the U.S. or its territories.

The CPA Exam is only offered in English.

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The International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

IQEX is an acronym for the International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination and is sometimes referred to as The U.S. CPA Reciprocity Exam.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) offers the IQEX to qualified international candidates each fall. If you are an internationally trained accountant, you may wish to sit for the IQEX exam and seek a reciprocal CPA designation, since the CPA is globally the most recognized accounting designation.

IQEX is designed to evaluate a canadates professional competence as delineated by the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board. The board will evaluate your education, examination scores, and experience to determine if you meet requirements which are substantially equivalent to United States CPAs. The IQEX exam will test you on your knowledge of U.S. business law, professional standards, and U.S. taxation codes.

In a later article is a list of the international designations eligible for reciprocity. If you do not hold one of those, you can still apply through one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions, pass the CPA exam, and become a CPA. IQEX

What is Reciprocity?

“Reciprocity,” a term commonly used by professional and occupational licensing bodies in many countries, means mutual professional recognition. Two independent bodies guarantee each other’s members certain commercial or professional privileges.

Reciprocity can be either absolute or conditional. Absolute reciprocity exists when two license-granting bodies enter into bilateral agreements recognizing each other’s licenses in total, without requiring applicants from either jurisdiction to take additional tests or prove requirements have been met.

In conditional reciprocity, two license-granting bodies recognize each other’s licenses only if some mutually agreed-on additional education, experience or examination requirements are satisfied. Internationally, reciprocity would recognize the license of a duly certified professional accountant from one county who seeks to practice in another.

Eligibility for the Test:

Detailed information about IQEX eligibility requirements and IQEX application materials are available from NASBA.

Eligibility International candidates are eligible to qualify as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) as long as they meet Board of Accountancy eligibility requirements in one of 54 U.S jurisdictions – the 50 states, District of Columbia , Puerto Rico , U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. (The 55th jurisdiction, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands , is not yet ready to accept CPA applicants.) International candidates must be prepared to take the Uniform CPA Examination in one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions. (It is not offered anywhere else.) They must also be able to take the CPA Examination in English. (It is not available in any other language.) Qualifying through a board of accountancy is the ONLY route to the CPA designation. There is NO central professional body in the U.S. through which candidates may qualify as CPAs. Application: The application process is basically the same for U.S. and international candidates alike. Prospective candidates must select the U.S. jurisdiction to which they will apply, contact the Board of Accountancy (or its agent) in that jurisdiction to obtain application materials, submit completed applications and required fees as instructed, and once deemed qualified, schedule the examination. Any special requirements that international applicants must meet (such as arranging for an evaluation of their educational credentials by an agency approved by the board) are explained in accountancy board application instructions. Prospective candidates who are undecided about the jurisdiction to which they should apply may wish to review the requirements of several Boards of Accountancy before making their decisions. Contact information for all boards is available at NASBA.

Applying for the Test: Applying for IQEX (International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination) Reciprocity with: IQEX designed to facilitate the U.S. CPA qualification process for those accounting professionals from other countries whose professional bodies have entered into reciprocity agreements with the U.S. accounting profession. Such agreements are currently in effect with the following organizations:

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Instituto Mexicano De Contadores Publicos (IMCP) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) CPA Australia

You must apply no later than the end of July. The test may be taken at your convenience in September at a Prometric Center in Canada (most major cities) or the U.S. Upon passing, you will be eligible to join one of 42 State Boards as a CPA. It doesn’t matter when you received your Canadian designation. There is virtually no testing of Accounting or Auditing. 80% of the material covers the basics of U.S. Tax, Law and CPA Ethics. As long as you are an original Canadian CA and a member in good standing of a Provincial Institute, your application will be accepted automatically, although it may take some time before you receive your Notice to Schedule. We strongly recommend that you start your studies as soon as possible to avoid the need to cram. Reasons to become a CPA 1. You may be living in the U.S. or may decide to move to the U.S. or to another jurisdiction where the CPA is more readily recognized than a CA. 2. You may have clients that are U.S. parents or subsidiaries of Canadian firms. 3. You may be employed, or decide to become employed by a U.S.-based entity (or a Canadian subsidiary) even if you don’t relocate. Canadian History: Before 2009, IQEX was offered in October and November. Many CAs attended summer preparation courses to become acquainted with the required material. With the change to a September testing period, the window for “live” courses has shrunk dramatically. In many cases, previous courses offered too much information, because they were designed for both IQEX and the full 4- paper Uniform CPA exam that non-CAs must take. Now, our course developer Henry Zimmer has prepared a Comprehensive IQEX Self-Study Program that covers everything a Canadian CA needs to learn to successfully write the exam. All registrants will receive study notes written in an easy-to-follow conversational style that emphasize the most likely topics for examination. You will also receive a textbook which forms the basic core of Mr. Zimmer’s notes and also contains over a thousand sample multiple choice questions with detailed solutions. Many of these questions are from old exams and the questions tend to be repeated from year-to-year. You will not need to refer to the text except to study those questions recommended in your notes. How to Apply You should access the NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website and review the material on IQEX. Our study materials include a summary of the major points. However, before you register with CPA-NOW, there are a few things you must know. 1. You may print a copy of the IQEX application form from the NASBA website and complete it manually. The fee to write IQEX is $845 U.S. payable by money order only and is to be mailed with your application. 2. You must obtain a Letter of Good Standing from your Provincial Institute. NASBA must receive it before you are granted permission to schedule your examination. To be eligible to write IQEX, your CICA experience requirement must have been completed. However, we have been informed verbally that NASBA will take a lenient position with regards to “new” CAs. You may request permission to write as long as you have passed the UFE and expect to have completed your term of service, with membership in your Provincial Institute granted before the grade release date in December. Contact NASBA by telephone or email to make these special arrangements. 3. The application deadline is the end of July although it is subject to change. The earlier you apply (and your Letter of Good Standing is submitted) the greater your chances are of securing the testing date you desire. Testing is administered at Prometric Centers in Canada and the U.S. A list of testing locations can be found at Prometric’s website. Effective 2009, the examination is offered in September. Please be aware that each Prometric Center has a limited number of computers and they administer many different kinds of tests (eg. LSAT, MCAT etc.) simultaneously. The Test Itself: IQEX is a four-and-a-half hour examination. T The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the U.S. offers Canadian CAs a multiple-choice International Qualifying Examination (IQEX) consisting of 150 questions, all taken from previous Uniform CPA examinations. The IQEX Content Specifications Outline (CSO) listing examination topics is available from the AICPA. Click here to access. Review the Content Specification Outlines (CSOs) CSOs are definitions of the scope of examination sections. To prevent unwelcome surprises on the day of the examination, learn what subject matter comprises every section. Review the CSOs before you begin to study for the examination. Click here to view the CSOs (in effect until December 31, 2010). The new Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) are available here (effective date: January 1, 2011).

IQEX Syllabus & Grading Subject Area Percentage of Exam Approximate Number of Questions Business Law 20% 30 Ethics 15% 23 Federal Taxation 43% 64 Recent Regulatory Issues 5% 7 Business Structure 10% 15 Miscellaneous Accounting Issues 2% 3 Accounting and Reporting for Governmental Entities and Non-Profit Organizations 5% 8 100% 150 Study Time Obviously, your study time will be dependent on whether you have prior knowledge of Business Law and/or U.S. Taxation. (Please note that IQEX only requires an entry-level knowledge of U.S. taxation matters. Accordingly, the CPA-NOW course is not designed to provide the expertise needed to handle “real-life” client situations. See FAQs for more details.) Assuming you have no prior knowledge about any of the topics in the IQEX Syllabus the following is an estimate of average time requirements after an initial run-through of the material: Subject Area Total Hours Business Law 20 Ethics 4 Federal Taxation 26 Recent Regulatory Issues 3 Business Structure 3 Miscellaneous Accounting Issues 2 Accounting and Reporting for Governmental Entities and Non-Profit Organizations 12* 70 * Based on past experience, Governmental Accounting is an area with which most Canadian CAs are unfamiliar. You may decide to reduce your time budget on this topic since you can expect it to comprise no more than 3% of IQEX. Instead, you may decide to devote an extra 6-8 hours to Business Law and/or Federal Taxation. (By way of contrast, you will find the Non-Profit issues very easy to grasp.)

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