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Are Indices the Way to Spread Bet During the Coming Year?

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One of the benefits of spread betting is the fact that profits can be accrued during both rising and falling markets. The trader will simply have to correctly predict the directional movement of the underlying asset. However, there is a potential downside with such a strategy. Volatile times can make it very difficult (if not nearly impossible) to appreciate a specific outcome in advance. 2016 has been a perfect example of such a pitfall. This is a reason why some spread betters are looking to leverage their risks against larger underlying assets. When volatile times may be around the next corner, it has been traditionally popular to follow indices as opposed to individual assets. Let us look at the fundamental reasons behind this methodology.

Reflecting Wider Economic Trends

As opposed to a discrete position, index spread betting is known to illustrate the “bigger picture” in regards to a specific economy. Perhaps the most relevant example of this quality can be seen in the fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is set to breach 20,000 points in the near future (1).

However, not all shares within this index will reflect such upward momentum. The main takeaway point here is that while individual values will rise and fall, following an entire index is an effective way to enjoy a greater amount of predictable stability. Novices will often employ this method until they become more experienced with one-off asset trades.

Easier to Follow

Due to their sheer size, indices are generally defined by market fundamentals as opposed to a specific sector. As most of us know, understanding how fundamentals operate tends to be much easier than attempting to discern the importance of technical indicators. Novice spread betters will often take advantage of this aspect. This is also the very same reason why expert traders tend to include indices within their portfolio. The international aspect of indices also enables investors to trade 24 hours a day; ideal for those who may have to stay committed to a full-time job.

Hedging Against the Unknown

It can be argued that the recent United States presidential elections have solidified another very important reason to embrace spread betting. An example will help to illustrate this point.

Let us imagine for a moment that an investor has done well with SME market flotations within the United States. However, things could suddenly change. The latest authoritative sources claim that president-elect Trump is set to provide tax breaks to larger corporations (2). Although this might stimulate the economy as a whole, there is always the concern that small- to medium-sized enterprises will suffer as a result. This has many investors worried. We could even begin to see a reticence in regards to floating within what might prove to be an unforgiving market.

Now, let us examine what would happen if one instead chooses index-based spread bets. He or she will be able to take advantage of any potential financial windfalls without being exposed to the volatility involved with individual shares or assets. When we consider that the directional movements of indices tend to be much easier to predict (even from a short-term point of view), it is easy to see why some choose this method.

Potential Downsides?

We should still mention that index-based spread betting can be associated with one pitfall. Indices rise and fall more gradually when compared to holdings such as oil, commodities or stocks. Although this is excellent at cutting down on volatility, it is likely that any profits will be rather muted. This is a factor which should be taken into account and once again, this is the reason why an index-based spread betting position is often included within a more liquid portfolio.

The bottom line is that the frequency of index-based spread bets is always proportional to the fluidity (and unpredictability) of discrete share prices. It is still a fact that indices are tricky to predict. So, a growing number of spread betting enthusiasts are utilising the tools offered at CMC Markets to hone their skills. In times of uncertainty, it is always prudent to embrace a certain amount of stability.

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  1. http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/22/investing/dow-trump-19000-stocks-alltime-highs/index.html
  2. http://www.npr.org/2016/11/21/502918106/president-elect-trump-proposes-to-slash-taxes-on-businesses
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Investing in Toronto Condos

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The Toronto Condos real estate market is expanding and flourishing even in the midst of difficult economic circumstances. As the town of Toronto continues to grow, the need for condominiums will carry on to rise. Even now, the Toronto market is beginning to heat up. Now is the right time to leap into the marketplace and snatch up some of Toronto’s phenomenal offers whilst funding prices are at historic lows.

The town of Toronto is Canada’s most populous city, as nicely as the province of Ontario’s capital city. A cosmopolitan locale of explosive development, Toronto condominiums are among the best in the globe. Building on condominium buildings continues to surge in Toronto, with the greatest and latest condominiums becoming constructed all the time. Numerous various industries call Toronto home, and with these industries come the nicely paying work that continue to entice newcomers to Toronto in higher figures every yr.

The selection, high quality, and lasting worth of Toronto condominiums make it a perfect location to commit in real estate. The high need for housing spurred by an influx of more than 1 million individuals over the previous decade mean that your investment is assured to generate a high degree of return. Whether or not you’re investing via pre-building sale, resale or assignment, the Toronto actual estate market is a sure wager that the money you invest will yield strong returns.

Higher growth marketplace, wide variety of investment possibilities, and historic lows on interest prices. If you are looking to make a wise purchase, now is the time to commit in Toronto condos!

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Your Questions About Investing In Martin Guitars

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Robert asks…

A good brand/type/quality acoustic guitar for a first time player?

Even though I will be starting out, I want to invest in a good quality guitar that will last me a long time and through many levels of my learner. I’ve experienced in the past when starting out with instruments and using “beginner” type instruments and none of them worked out well, ending up with me going out to buying a better quality instrument anyway. All suggestions are appreciated, thanks!

Justin answers:

The same company that makes Seagulls, makes a guitar called a “Norman”.

They are Canadian, so you won’t be buying just another cheap Chinese guitar.

You can get a solid spruce top for about $400. They are perfect for your needs. Cheaper guitars use “music grade” plywood for the top. Sometimes called “Select Top”Avoid those. (unless it is a select SOLID top!)

I like the B-20 Folk. It’s not a folk guitar really, just smaller than a Dreadnought and more comfortable. They usually are set up good, but can benefit from a pro set up just like any other guitar.

Get the satin finish. It’s thinner and sounds better than the Gloss ones.

I recommend you switch whatever you get to “Silk ‘n Bronze” or “Silk ‘n Steel” strings. They sound sweet and are WAY easier to press down. Yes, pros use them.

I am a professional guitar instructor and was a Fender repair tech for 15 years. I have students who love theirs, and appreciate me recommending them.

This is about as nice a guitar as you can get unless you spend $700 to $1000.

You could also try to find a nice used Taylor or Guild or Martin. If you are careful, you can get a really nice guitar for half the price.

Only one of my 5 guitars was bought new. Used is a great way to go. More bang for your buck.

Mark asks…

Acoustic Guitar for Intermediate Electric Guitar Player?

I’m an intermediate guitar player. I’ve been playing electric guitar and i’m saving up for an acoustic guitar. So should i go for a cheap or decent guitar, and what would be some good guitar brands?

Justin answers:

I’d suggest you invest in a guitar in the $300-$500 range at least.
It’s not a good idea to buy an acoustic guitar online. Acoustics are very peculiar guitars and always seem to have their own personalities and qualities.
While you can buy almost any electric guitar and then set it up so it plays the way you like it, it’s a lot tougher to adjust an acoustic. There’s just not an easy way to lower the action other than filing down your bridge piece. And that’s a pain in the butt to do right.

It’s always a good idea to do what the other guy suggests and go in person to your local music store and play every guitar they have in your budget range,(Lester lists good guitars, but those brands he mentions are REALLY expensive, for example a McPherson will cost you well over $4000 for a cheap one!.)

I myself have always found Ovation guitars to have really nice neck action and playabilty very similar to a stratocaster (which I like because I have small hands for a guitar player.)

I have a music teacher friend who says that Ibanez acoustics in the range I mention are pretty nice guitars as well.

Guild and Martin guitars are more of a high end guitar.

What it really comes down to is how it feels to you.
Since you already play guitar you should have no trouble finding one that you will be able to tell if you like or not.
THEN…buy the exact guitar you like off the rack. Don’t let them switch you to a new version of the same model or one in a box. You could get a lemon that way. I bought a Fender acoustic like that (in the box)… I liked the demo model, but the one I got was literally painful to play. So you might not like another version of the same guitar.

Donald asks…

I want to learn to play the guitar, Is it hard to learn, is it fun, would $400 be enough?

and would I be able to teach/learn myself without a instructor?

Justin answers:

Yes, you can buy a pretty good guitar for $400. I would look at Takamine, Ibanez and Fender. If you go to a major like Gutiar center, you can probably get away with less.

If possible, go with a solid wood guitar rather than laminate. The salesperson should know. I have an Ibanez that I spent about $300 for that looks good, plays well, and has a built in pickup (a Fishman Matrix) I use that rather than my Martins or my Gibson when I’m playing it a less than ideal environment., like outdoors at night or in rough bars (it’s a solid guitar and makes a good drunk club)

If you have some experience on another instrument, you can learn to play on your own. If not, I would strongly suggest you invest in a few lessons. You need to know scales and chords, nothing too deep, just the principles of theory.

The chords you need to know right off the bat: C, D, E, F, G, A, B7th, A minor, D minor, Eminor. With those and a knowledge of scales, you should be able to play most popular music.

If you want to get a songbook, I would suggest Bob Dylan, since most of his songs have simple chord structures.

I’ve played for 40 years, self taught at first, but as I got older, I took lessons in specific styles like fingerpicking, flat picking, and jazz improvisation. I’m lucky to live in an area where several former national champions of finger style and flat picking style reside. The lessons have helped my improve. I’ve also taught guitar, harmony and arranging at the high school level.

If you apply yourself, you’ll find the guitar is a very rewarding instrument.

Good luck!

Ken asks…

Acoustic electro guitars are quite expensive?

This is obvious because of the electronics. What I have noticed is that the sound plugged in seems synthetic. It also seems you give up certain qualities on the guitar itself when it has electronics unless you spend a thousand dollars. My question is: would it be worth it to buy a lower end acoustic electric or just by an acoustic for the same price and just mic it if need be?

Justin answers:

I purchased an acoustic electric guitar after having certain difficulties recording with a microphone and picking up undesired ambient sounds in my home studio. I can use a sound hole cover and plug my Yamaha APX700 acoustic electric guitar directly into my BOSS GT-10 guitar effects processor with acoustic settings and plug the GT-10 directly into my computer and Pro Tools and get a great acoustic sound. In fact, I can use my Roland Juno-G keyboard to emulate an acoustic guitar and it sounds so much like a real classical guitar (for instance) that friends and family members have asked me what kind of classical guitar I bought after hearing my recordings. So yes there are advantages to having an acoustic electric guitar but, if you decide to get one, make sure you use BOSS acoustic effects to avoid that synthetic sound. I only paid about $700 for my acoustic electric. If you invest more and buy a Martin or a Taylor, it will likely sound better. My Yamaha was the best sounding acoustic electric I could find for the price. Using the GT-10, I can make it sound like a more expensive acoustic guitar. When you record, you have all kinds of options open to you that are different from playing live. For instance I can us a variety of picks that won’t work in a live setting or even use my thumb to strum with and on the finished recording I can have all the volume I need and sound just great. So, before you decide, you might shop around and listen to a variety of acoustic electrics and even go to a store that sells BOSS and connect the guitar to the BOSS and listen to it though a good set of headphones and you’ll be able to hear what I’m talking about hear.

Thomas asks…

i know there are many types of guitars but does anyone know what would be a good acoustic guitar to invest in?

i really want to learn how to play guitar. and i know if i dont ask for a specific kind of guitar, my parents will get me a shitty one lol so if anyone has an opinion or whatever, plz let me know 🙂

Justin answers:

Well, you have some other answers to chew over – let me give you another perspective. Most of the sub-$1000 instruments on the market today are made in China or somewhere else offshore. Those factories crank out guitars by the millions on a job basis for a number of manufacturers – in truth the only difference between a $250 Ibanez and a $250 Yamaha and a $250 Fender acoustic and a $250 anything is the decal on the headstock and maybe – maybe – a few key items that the mnfct. Wanted to be different. Otherwise, all this talk about this-brand vs. That-brand is largely BS until you get up in dollars where they’re US or Japanese-produced guitars.

The comment about a “high action” being good is utter nonsense. I’ve taught students for over 30 years – the number one thing that makes them quit is a guitar that’s too hard to play. High action = unplayable, especially for a beginner.

So if the brand doesn’t make very much difference – what does? The way it’s set up. And to get a good set-up you need to buy it from a guitar store that understands how to set up an instrument for maximum playability. That’s probably going to be the little boutique guitar store in every town that caters to the professional players – NOT the mega-big-box stores.

Also – your best bet is going to be a used instrument, not a new one. For the same money as an all-plywood made-in-China POS from Guitar Center… You might be able to find a very nice used Guild or Framus or some other second-tier brand (not Martin, Gibson or Taylor probably) – that has a solid wood top…a good adjustable truss-rod in the neck, and can be professionally set up to be very playable. I seldom ever purchase brand new instruments even today – why not get something that has been played by someone good and is all set-up and ready to go ?

So – go seek out the guitar-specific music shop near you – make friends with the owner and the technician. Those guys will watch your back and keep an eye out for you .

Hope that helps

Daniel asks…

What are some helpful tips/books/online resources for playing acoustic guitar?

I would really like to learn how to play the guitar. I would like to teach myself because lessons are too expensive and time consuming. Being self taught would also give me a sense of accomplishment. What are some things that aided you in your learning?

Justin answers:

Hi,
just check out About.com which has plenty of helpful tips
for amateur guitarists. Anything from which guitar to buy
to chord diagrams and how they sound .Lots of lessons as well . You can also get a free guitar tuner…….. Just google
” guitar tuner for windows ” GCH………… Best tuner I ever had.
Good luck to you and invest in a good quality guitar like Yamaha…… If you’re loaded , Martin is the Best…………
You’ll love it.

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Investing in the spirit of London

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Investing in the spirit of London

Investing in the spirit of London. The legacy of infrastructure will benefit Britain for decades to come, but the world over, people will have been inspired by their sports heroes — in the Olympics and the Paralympics. By Dominic Jermey | Special to
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The Stock Market Is The Biggest Ponzi Scheme Of All

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With the stock market tumbling, many investors are searching to steady cash movement investments backed by a difficult asset this kind of as actual estate. Most investors realize that the ponzi scheme of the stock market keeps traders in higher risk and extremely volatile investments. Merely put, its gambling! The stock marketplace only rises if you continue to pump more money into it, just like a ponzi scheme. What do you believe is going to occur when the baby boomers start to slowly consider all of their money out of the stock marketplace to reside on because their investments do not money movement well sufficient to retire off of? The air will be allow out of the balloon.

Most financial planners will inform you that you should place your money in mutual funds or numerous hybrid insurance products that literally suck the wealth correct out of you. On top of considerably reducing your returns because of to the high fees the mutual fund companies charge, you are using one hundred% of the risk. They make money via fees climate you make money or not. Inquire your self is that the correct company relationship I want to be in? Most of the globe population invests this way primarily simply because it is been drilled into our heads by the big investment businesses, politicians via the tax code that incentivize 401k and mutual fund investing, and the monetary industry in itself. They want you to commit for the lengthy term so that they make money off of you for the long term.

The U.S. debt was just downgraded to AA+ by the S&P, signifying an increase in risk associated to the government’s capability to spend its financial debt. In my opinion, it was not done quickly enough. Not because I believe that the U.S. debt is truly in hazard of default just this second, but because of the politicians’ relationships to the banking system and their capability to steal money from the Globe. They are so carefully intertwined that they are providing each other bail outs on the trillions of dollars of loans that they have currently produced trillions of bucks on, through the fractional reserve banking method. Individuals are so focused on the $14 Trillion in debt, just like the politicians want you to be, that they are not focusing on the hundreds of trillions of humorous money loans currently given out by the banking institutions. For each $1 that anyone deposits into the bank the financial institution will get to lend out AT Least $10 and make interest on that money. It use to be $40 to $1. That indicates that the much more the banks lend, the much more money they make, and the much more funny money is pumped into the economy which increases the probability of hyperinflation.

If hyperinflation occurs, real estate prices, commodities prices, gold, silver and any hard asset should sky rocket making it a perfect time to buy actual estate. It is the perfect storm. You can purchase discounted actual estate because of to the massive quantity of foreclosures, whilst using financial debt at reduced curiosity rates, and have the chance to purchase at the bottom of the marketplace. What is excellent about actual estate is that rather of investing in something unstable like the stock marketplace, exactly where you have no collateral for the investment, you really have a difficult asset that can pay you over stock market returns just with the cash flow. The lengthy phrase average of the stock marketplace is near to 8%. Most of the actual estate investments I personally commit in make 8% – ten% in cash flow from the rental income without funding and fifteen% – twenty five% with financing with a a lot decrease danger. The rental income from the investment will cover your note payment, your expenditures and still give you constructive monthly money movement. On top of that your danger is decreased simply because you are backed by a hard asset and beneath marketplace value. Most people believe that investing is dangerous, and it is if you do not know what you are doing. Getting educated on how to invest is important.

The U.S. politicians need to get the financial debt situation in buy, but if you strategy on protecting your self in case they don’t, investing in real estate ought to be your ideal hedge. On top of that you will be able to retire off of cash movement instead of worrying about the marketplace value of your stock portfolio and questioning if it will be enough for you to retire.

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Mozambique: MPDC investing in equipment and infrastructure

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Mozambique: MPDC investing in equipment and infrastructure

The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC), which holds the lease on the port of Maputo, is investing in new operational equipment and infrastructure to adapt the port so that it can cope with growth in the volume of cargo that it handles.
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Smart Beta Investing Now More Attractive To Pension Funds?

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Smart Beta Investing Now More Attractive To Pension Funds?

Some people in the industry are speculating that pension funds may be attracted to use smart beta as a new technique in investing to boost their returns as equity markets continue to rise while staying away from asset classes that are costly and volatile.
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