Living Too Close To The Bone

Living Too Close To The Bone

In the western world, most of us choose to live close to the bone. Note that I stress “choose.”

In my early twenties, I achieved very rapid success in my career, being promoted several times in less than five years. I went from slightly more than minimum wage to a salary that would, in today’s dollars, be roughly $105,000 per year. My wife went from being a typical starving student to a registered nurse, earning (again, in today’s dollars) roughly $75,000. I also started a new business, determined to make my fortune quickly.

From living in a rooming house, I acquired a new home, new truck, new car, new RV and new furniture. Along with all of that, we also acquired new debt. For every raise in pay, we increased our debt load, always making just enough to maintain our lifestyle. When divorce hit, so did the financial crisis. Our incomes, together, were barely sufficient. Now that we had two households, our outflow greatly exceeded our income. In short, we had lived our lives too close to the bone, with no reserve or safety outlet.

This is the way many of us live. We spend what we have, acquire more than we need, and suffer the consequences. There is no doubt that the tremendous stress under which we found ourselves contributed to our failed marriage. There is also no doubt that it was the choice to spend more than we needed to spend that caused most of our stress.

I have a relative that recently purchased a house. Smart move? He also had recently purchased a new truck. He loves to enjoy his weekends, and takes numerous trips. He makes a good wage, and felt that he could afford these indulgences. Six months after purchasing the house, he was forced …

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Forex Trading and Its Intricacies

Forex Trading and Its Intricacies

While everyone knows the stock market is constantly changing, sometimes it takes a huge turn. The Internet shocked the Wallstreet to its roots, flipping the world upside down as it seemed to brokers; allowing even Jane and Joe Public to join the bandwagon of traders. Now the biggest thing to hit stocks is the Forex market. Foreign Exchange, or FOREX trading allows anyone on earth to trade internationally 24 hours a day, and make a profit no matter what their nations economy looks like. While some consider the Forex market a safe investment option, one twist of the market can bring an entire portfolio crashing to its knees. The fact that Forex trading is live all day long makes it difficult for traders to keep from losing money overnight. For this purpose, software developers have launched Forex robots; software programs that expect and react to every market trend.

These automated online traders use advanced algorithms to make money on the stock market; competing at the same time with other bots as well as humans. Because they can orchestrate multiple trades at once, every second of the day, all a user needs to do is put in money to invest, turn on the robot, and let it earn money. In just a few days, investors can see a fruitful bounty in a diversified portfolio that literally makes money as they sleep. The Forex market is alive with entrepreneurs; with almost $4,000,000,000,000 switching hands everyday.

The trick to trading Forex is finding the best robot. The ‘stand strong’ theory plays very well in this situation: the Forex robot with the superior algorithm trounces the others and brings in a hefty profit for its owner. While customer reviews can be a nice way to judge a Forex robot, many times over enthusiastic users …

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Trading – What 4 Key Rules Will Ensure You Keep To Your Rules And Ensure Your Success?

Trading - What 4 Key Rules Will Ensure You Keep To Your Rules And Ensure Your Success?

I am a great proponent of utilizing your intuition, instinct and ‘gut’ feelings.

However, In trading – and day trading especially, your instincts can be wrong most of the time

 almost all the time when you are trading scared or under pressure.  Your instincts will be wrong when you are feeling emotional and you are ‘second guessing’ your rules or your plan.

When you look back over a period of time and ask yourself ‘If I had done the opposite of what I did do in the last 1-2 weeks, or if someone had tricked me into buying a put instead of a call or a call instead of a put – ‘my trading account would have done wonderfully!’

What does that tell you?

It does not tell you that you are stupid or don’t know what you are doing.

‘So, what does that tell me Karen?

It tells you that you are normal!

Almost all traders have felt like this at some stage in their trading life and it was telling them the same thing as it is telling you NOW.

Trading any market is about human emotion.  The markets driver is emotion.

You must have trading rules and a trading plan and most importantly, you must be able to stick to your rules and plan under ALL trading conditions.

Sounds easy huh?

Well, if you have been trading for any length of time, you know that it is easier said than done.  Particularly in the early stages of your trading journey.

Once you start trading scared or nervously – you will continue to make mistakes if you do not stick to your trading plan.

When you are trading under pressure – it will feel like you are doing the right thing by veering away from your plan and …

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Various Sources of British Finance

Finance is very important for all types of businesses especially if you want to make a business successful then you really need a good amount of finance to help you. if you have started a business in the UK then getting finance won’t be a problem for you because UK Finance is available in almost all types and forms. Whatever your needs, you will always be able to find a good financial source for you. Companies that offer financial services in the UK covering all sectors. You will find a UK leasing finance company, a British debt collection financing company and a UK financial company that offers venture capital to you.

Various Sources of British Finance

You will also be able to get a company that will help you arrange and buy rent for you. The information technology sector has most of the facilities regarding finance. To finance or buy technology instruments, you can ask for help from Corporate Computer Lease Plc. The company has been labeled as one of the fastest growing companies in the UK and currently serves more than 500 satisfied customers every day.

You will get a company that will fund you for the hardware as well. several diversified corporate services that provide financing for small businesses, industries and agricultural operations. One such company is named Richard Mares Asset Finance, which handles all finance for the agricultural and industrial sectors. If you are looking for a company that will help you with financing equipment rental, or you are looking for help in a mortgage or commercial finance, then you should approach it. Another good choice that you have with you is the First Leasing Company. You can visit their website to see various types of finance offered by them. If you want to get finance above A5,000 then companies like 1 …

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Those Colossal UK University Tuition Fees – Steps You Can Take to Avoid a Lifetime of Miserable Debt

Every youngster will be aware of the hike in UK University Fees from 2012. On top of these steep tuition fees the average student has annual living costs approaching A6,000. Expect a debt approaching A15,000 for each year spent at University.

Our government will cancel all student debts 30 years after graduation. So why not go to University, enjoy yourself and then earn less than A21,000 per annum so you will not be expected to pay off the debt. Think of part-time work or being a child-minder or a Carer. (Perhaps this is a daft idea, it is certainly not what I would choose for my own children.)

Those Colossal UK University Tuition Fees - Steps You Can Take to Avoid a Lifetime of Miserable Debt

Nobody wants a massive debt form tuition fees when they start their working life, so here are some practical steps that can be taken to reduce it:

Choosing a 3- or 4-year course? Scottish Universities have the same yearly tuition fees as the English but 4-year courses are common. Your choice may not be too difficult here – three lots or four lots of A15,000 debt to get the same degree?

An increasing number of Companies are taking on A-level students and paying them through University – the Armed Forces have always done this and they have now been joined by some accountancy, pharmaceutical and retail companies.

What about getting a job and studying Part-time with the Open University? Their tuition fees can be quite generous for those with low paid jobs.

Match your course choice to the ‘skill-shortage’ areas in different parts of the world such as Australia. This will certainly improve your job prospects.

Consider a degree course over in Europe. Many of their courses have much lower University Fees and luck for us, many are delivered in the English Language.

The two obvious debt-killing ways are:

Keeping those living …

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