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William asks…

If the US government shut down (even partially) how would that affect US bonds and equities?

I think the government has been playing a dangerous game for too long-and it is going to end in a partial government shutdown. How would this affect the value of US stocks on the market, and the dollar?

financi4 answers:

Well first of all , all government funded organizations and services would be no more, not to mention oversea trade of resources being out of the game to

– the US isn’t shutting itself down by the way, their causing chaos in other countries and draining/stealing other countries resources

Not to mention the US’s major ties with Israel, look it up, Israel is practically running this place

Paul asks…

Beginner Brokerage firm?

I have recently turned 18. I took a class called “The Stock Market Game.” In this class, I learned VERY basic things such as diversification and simple investing strategies. I know very little about hedge funds, bonds, and dividends.

I am interested in learning this kind of practice, for it could be a career for me. Is there a good Brokerage firm for beginners I could use? Does it have a virtual stock market for me to practice so I understand the stock market better?

financi4 answers:

Http://simulator.investopedia.com/#axzz1nYhZrfLN

Hello,

The link above is a simulator that Investopedia.com has for just what you asked about it lets you start out with $100,000.00. I think it will help you out.

Charles asks…

Can someone please edit this statement of purpose?

The University of Texas at Austin, there are many reasons people feel like they should be here, but of course the most common on I hear is “I am in love with Austin.” I feel like I should be there for another reason. I love my education. I am fascinated by almost every class I take. There are so many multifaceted and unique ways of looking at the world, each of these providing their own insight into the ever complicating world around us. There are many ideas and concepts I read in common coarse work that I feel obligated to do a quick Google Scholar search on and read a few abstracts from the broader world of academia. Being able to do this is not an easy task while working a side job to pay for my education.
At this point I would like to address my past academic history. It is something that may have some people wonder how I can even say I can value my education. But to me it’s a past that was littered with indecisiveness and unclear goals in my education and beyond. When you apply to colleges you are told to go with the one that is the best fit for yourself. I did not have that luxury. Graduating high school a year early and making that decision late forced me to choose something that was not me. A choice I regret. This spring semester at The University of Texas at San Antonio I feel like a completely different student and I feel like the difference is in the facilities. A 24 hour library to me is like a couch for the average American. Although my new school is a large improvement The University of Texas at Austin is my true choice because of a combination of great facilities and prime faculty to enrich my knowledge of economics, specifically Dr. Douglas C Dacy and Dr. Dale O Stahl. The education I stand to gain from UT is astounding to me, it actually gives me a knot in my stomach when I think about it.
Economics is something I find extraordinarily intriguing. It is a section of academics work that can be applied to almost any situation we face in our daily live. I have the most interest in financial economics and game theory economics. With financial economics I am interested in how assets our valued; primarily the idea of the many fiat currencies we have floating around. With game theory I see it in a much larger concept of the term. My burning question is how all the financial markets act within game theory; how does capital move between markets, and the factors that influence investors choices in what markets to invest in. It seems like a micro concept but I want to examine the macro effects. If someone was to be able to actually follow capital throughout all the markets the game of trading stock would be revolutionized. Of course that is just an undergraduate economics majors maybe overzealous thought, but it is something that could be a great contribution to contemporary economics.
This brings me to my post graduate goals. I know I will continue my education but in what field is the question. I have two options at the moment I have to consider; 1.Continue my education in economics and pursue a career in academia or 2. Get an MBA and interest in financial economics to tackle the trade of stocks and bonds. With either option I want to be a revolutionary changing how the game is played. And no matter which path I choose I feel like I will one day write a book. I want to write about cyclical poverty in capitalist societies, or how the idea of American exceptionalism is hindering the growth of our country; of course written for an economic point of view. These are all large goals but I do plan on completing all of them.
The knot in my stomach that I mentioned earlier has been in my stomach the entire time I have written this. With everything that you university has to offer me I truly want to show what I have to offer it. And that would be a mind. My mind, that is eager to learn from some of the greatest professors that can be offered. I do not want to be a typical American college student. UT is not where a typical student belongs. I belong at the University of Texas at Austin because the knot in my stomach is a burning desire to gain a Longhorn education.

financi4 answers:

Some editorial advice. When applying for a position or place at school, always keep the tone of your essay positive. Never refer to yourself in a negative light. Rather than discussing poor decisions you may have made in the past, difficulties you’ve faced, or your low opinion of other schools, rephrase difficulties as “challenges”, and adverse conditions you endured as experiences that you learned from. Portray working your way through school as an asset, rather than an obstacle. You can do this by emphasizing that you are a hard-worker who is willing to do whatever is necessary to attend UT and succeed there.

Criticizing other schools makes one look like a complainer. If I were you, I would leave out the comments about other schools and keep the focus on your strong points; on the fact that UT at Austin is the place you want to be, and on how the school compatible with your goals. I would also leave out remarks about what other people may be thinking, feeling or doing about you or about UT. The Admissions staff wants to know why you want to go to their school. What you believe other people think is not really relevant.

Grammar-wise, try to keep the “tense” of your sentences consistent. The alternate use of the words “here” and “there” when referring to the school is confusing.

Good luck!!!

John asks…

How do I be the girlfriend and academic adviser? Career ideas?

He wants me to come up with an educational game plan for him. He doesn’t know what field he wants to go in. He’s very smart and interested in many things.
* Astronomy
* Stocks and Bonds
* Construction
*Canoe
*Handyman work
* oh I can’t even list it all, he’s amazing..<3
Any ideas?

financi4 answers:

I’m going to rule out Astronomy. That’s a research-oriented field that he will need to obtain a PhD in to get anywhere.

So with that out, his options are divided into two camps.

1) Economics, or Finance
Those are the subjects that deal with stocks and bonds. Either one would be a decent choice for university in terms of career options and such.

2) Trade-related work
I don’t think him being a construction worker would satisfy either of you. I recommend either construction management, or carpentry. Of the two, construction management pays better, and could be comparable to the options given above. Carpentry wouldn’t pay as well, but if that’s where his heart is, then maybe it’s a good choice for him.
A word of caution: For these 2 options, tell him not to go to Westwood, or Everest or any of the other for-profit colleges. Rule of thumb: if they have a TV commercial or internet advertisements, don’t go there. Have him go to a regular vocational school/trade school that is publically funded.

David asks…

what is the macroeconomic issue from this article.Central Bankers Urge Governments to Throw Economic Lifeline.?

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Central bankers gathered at an annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this weekend had a message for political leaders: monetary policy alone can’t keep the global expansion going.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke urged adoption of “good, proactive housing policies” to reverse the depressed U.S. real estate market and warned lawmakers to avoid steps that may hurt short-term growth. Ewald Nowotny of the European Central Bank Governing Council said euro-area governments should expand the powers of their regional bailout fund.

“Most of the economic policies that support robust economic growth in the long run are outside the province of the central bank,” Bernanke said at the annual conference of policy makers and economists, sponsored by the Kansas City Fed.

The call to arms ended a month in which the Fed and the ECB raced to shield their economies from fiscal tightening and strengthen a world economy that is losing momentum. Reports this week may underscore the challenges faced by policy makers: U.S. payroll growth probably slowed in August, and confidence in Europe’s economy fell to its lowest since April 2010, economists forecast. Fed policy makers will meet for two days in September instead of one so they can discuss options for spurring growth.

Warning of a “dangerous new phase” for the world economy, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde told the forum that risks have been aggravated by “a growing sense that policy makers do not have the conviction, or simply are not willing, to take the decisions that are needed.”

‘Twin Perils’

“Fiscal policy must navigate between the twin perils of losing credibility and undercutting recovery,” said Lagarde, who took the helm of the IMF in July.

Bernanke told the conference that the U.S. central bank still has a “range of tools” it could use to help the economy if needed, although he stopped short of signaling that the Fed would embark on a third round of government bond buying.

European stocks rose as investors awaited a report that may show U.S. consumer spending gained. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index, which last week dropped to near the cheapest valuation in more than two years, advanced 0.7 percent to 227.12 at 8:40 a.m. in London. Asian shares and U.S. index futures climbed. The U.K market is closed for a holiday today.

The Fed pledged on Aug. 9 to keep its main interest rate at a record low near zero through at least mid-2013. The ECB is taking the lead in combating a sovereign debt crisis approaching its third year by buying Spanish and Italian bonds.

‘Only Game in Town’

“It’s a difficult burden central banks are carrying because of the constraints of fiscal policy,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc., said in an interview in Jackson Hole. “The Fed and other central banks realize they are the only game in town.”

The policy makers met for three days to discuss ways to bolster long-term economic performance. They gathered as banks from UBS AG to Citigroup Inc. cut their forecasts for global expansion and predicted the Fed, ECB and Bank of Japan will keep benchmark interest rates at or near record lows through 2012.

Recession Odds

Harvard University Professor Martin Feldstein, who attended the conference, told Bloomberg Television there are “better than even” odds of another U.S. recession, while Stanford University’s John Taylor called it a “recovery in name only.” Allen Sinai, president of Decision Economics, said the chance of a global slump is 30 percent.

The dilemma for policy makers is that four years to the month since the start of the global credit crisis they have fewer remedies to aid the faltering expansion. Government budget deficits are high and interest rates are already at or near record lows.

A paper presented at the conference by economists from the Bank for International Settlements concluded that governments start to impair economic growth when their debts reach about 80 percent to 100 percent of gross domestic product, levels now witnessed in all of the Group of Seven countries.

Kansas City Fed President Thomas Hoenig told Bloomberg Television that there is a limit to how much more the Fed can help the economy, saying, “we can’t do it all.”

Recovery ‘Fragility’

Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating this month, even as U.S. politicians agreed Aug. 2 to slice the nation’s deficit by $2.4 trillion over 10 years.

financi4 answers:

Did you actually expect anyone to read your thesis?
Sorry too long,and I don’t know the answer anyway.

Richard asks…

How come they dont use Barry Bonds’s name in MLB games?

and who is reggie stocker

financi4 answers:

He’s on my PS1 MLB 2001 game. He IS technically a member of the MLBPA. However he doesn’t give his permission anymore for MLBPA to use his name for the blanket licensing for all the players, ie, video games, etc.

Here is an article that might explain Bonds situation more clearly. Http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1661883 Jordan did this in the NBA. That’s why if you played NBA Jam and other NBA games Jordan’s attributes were on some phony player. In NBA Jam Pippen and BJ Armstrong were the two reps for the Bulls on the game.

Steven asks…

What are the differences between a Stock and a Bond?

I’m presently playing on a simulation game called Business Policy Game, and I have been appointed by my mates to manage the flow of the company’s finances.

In the case of raising funds, which is more safer… stock or bond? And what are the differences between them? Suppose in the event of running of funds, which is a better instrument to raise funds?

Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

financi4 answers:

For the invester, bonds are safer – they are a IOU from the company to the invester. He will normally get something back even if the business goes under.

Stock gives you access to compny profits, no profits – no return. If the compny goes under then you lose all your investment.

If the compny is runnung out of funds then a bond would have a high interest rate which the compny might have trouble paying. Issuing more stock is “free”, except it means that current investors will own less of the compny if profits do return in the future.

For a company in trouble – it is usually tough to borrow (bond) unless you have assets you can use as collatoral. Clearly buying stock in a failing company doesnt sound wise. So raising $ either way is tough.

Donald asks…

What is a good 2 player game for PS2?

Hi, me and a friend are a bit bored… We’ve been playing video games a lot lately which is unlike us. We play James Bond 007 Agent Under Fire ( I always beat him) and we play Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi 2 (He always beats me). We are looking to buy a new game to help pass time… I have been searching for “Unholy War” for Playstation 1 because I remember that game as being fun as hell lol.. But, I have a 20$ gift card to Target and I’d like the game to be in stock with target, either in store or online… Any fun 2 player games! Thank you

financi4 answers:

There is destroy all huamans 2 make war not love.
Uuhh…tekken, worriors orichi, burn out 2: point of impact (best addicting game!!!) tekken tag tornament..well.. Thats most of the 2 player PS2 games that seem cool and fun.
I would recomend burn out 2: point fo impact because when you unlock destruction level you have to have the highly cost and damaging crash ever! It may not sound fun but when you play it, its addicting. I was playing that game for liek 6 hours. Its awesome!

Mark asks…

What are some of your favorite board games? I will list see some, see if you like them.?

Stratego
Scrabble
Masterpiece
Billionaire
Stocks and Bonds
Dungeons and Dragons
Clue
Sorry
Candyland
Chess
Checkers

financi4 answers:

From your list: Stratego, Masterpiece, Billionaire (I still have a beat up one of this – I am not aware that it is still available), Clue and chess.

Also Dark Tower, Battleship and a variant called Sub Search (no longer available), Hands Down, Headache (a flavor of Trouble), Nine Men’s Morris, Othello, Green Ghost (no longer available), Axis and Allies, Risk (original flavor), Scrabble, Probe (an old word game) and finally, a little known and highly complex game called 1776, which was based around the military campaigns of the American Revolution.

Boring games: Monopoly, Life, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders.

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