Gold is the ultimate value of any currency capital. Governments, companies and individuals leverage on gold for their capital and liquid cash investments against possible financial collapses and currency crushes. In the yesteryears gold used to be an exclusive preserve of the few "haves" but nowadays the proliferation of knowledge has opened up many doorways for ordinary people to invest in gold.
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Ordinary people can invest in gold. Even though many doorways have been opened to enable people to access this precious metal, gold is still a closely guarded metal. Some countries have opted for gold as their currency for making international payments. Various economies around the globe are well known in gold production and exportation. No (Read More....)
By MN Gordon Economic Prism
The Federal Open Market Committee met on Tuesday and Wednesday. The masses waited with anticipation. What did they talk about?
Generally, they talked about price controls. More exactly, they talked about controlling the price of the economy’s most important and fundamental element…its money. By controlling the price of money they can influence the price of every single good and service there is.
Some believe this is for the good of the people. That it will somehow boost consumption and stimulate demand. That it will create a new hiring boom. We have our reservations.
When it comes to the Fed, they believe – or at least pretend to believe – that with just the right policy mix the economy will be restored to glory. But what’s the right mix…and how can a handful of bureaucrats with a handful of charts ever know what it is?
After several days of belaboring (Read More....)
Most consumers used to just sign up for cable without thinking about the alternatives, but the era of cable bundles may be coming to an end soon. Many people are finding that they would rather watch television online using their mobile devices as well as their gaming consoles and computers for a flat-rate that is much lower than cable.
Netflix currently has about ten times as many subscribers as Hulu, but their service has also been around much longer. Netflix has pledged to spend five billion dollars on acquiring new content throughout the next five years. They will be focusing on acquiring all of the most popular movies and television shows.
Hulu is owned by ABC, NBC and FOX. They currently offer customers the current season of shows from these networks for streaming. In addition to their large selection of television offerings, Hulu is currently experimenting with the addition of movie titles.
Accessibility and Content
Hulu and Netflix can both be streamed on many different devices, including smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Blu-Ray players. They both allow customers to stream (Read More....)
Many families take a vacation as a reward for working hard and making it through the preceding months. Vacations create unique memories that everyone will share for years to come. Coming up with the money for a trip is not always easy. There are five budgeting tips that any family can use when saving for a vacation.
5. Create A Savings Account
Creating a separate savings account for vacation money will help in a number of ways. It allows families to see the actual amount of money saved without having to deduct current expenses. A separate account also makes it harder to access the savings. This reduces the chances that it will be used for an impulse purchase. A dedicated savings account is useful because it is safe and separate from the main accounts used every day. Fees or other charges on a checking account will not affect the vacation savings.
4. Temporarily Eliminate Extras
A vacation is a time to relax and to have fun. One way to save money for a trip is to reduce the extra services in a home temporarily. Sacrificing a little entertainment or fun while saving will make the vacation much more (Read More....)
The speculations regarding the need for expanding oil drilling in the United States, both offshore and inland, receives plenty of bad press. There are certainly dangers to drilling and transporting oil when it is not done properly. However, people tend to focus on the few negative events while ignoring the total impact and positive effect that drilling for oil has on this country. Considering the potential benefits of continuing to expand oil drilling might sway some of the minds of the naysayers.
Stability of the Dollar
The economic climate of the United States has changed for the better over the past decade, but we are still far from being secure and thriving. Drilling for oil continually supplies jobs that assist in maintaining the health of the American economy. Rig operators, on-site construction, administrators, and maintenance specialists all depend on this practice for their livelihood. The economic benefits are essentially a given. The government would potentially be able to lower its deficit and address other key concerns through the royalties made from exporting more oil. Additionally, reducing the (Read More....)
With the economy still making its way back to normal levels, job security can be hard to find. Many companies have laid off people simply for economic reasons, leaving employees to wonder where the truly stable jobs are. Fortunately, there is hope for people who have been laid off due to economic reasons or who simply feel that they should pursue a more stable work environment. Certain jobs offer better prospects. Jobs in the technology sector, education and the legal profession have remained stable depending on the area. These jobs require special skills and licensing; in other words, knowledge promotes a stable occupation.
People looking for a job that promises stability in an uncertain economic environment should opt for obtaining new skills and education that can lead to better opportunities. A field that promises economic stability is accounting. People may not realize the importance of accounting jobs and their viability in the market.
Accounting encompasses more than doing taxes or rectifying business payroll. The skills an accountant learns in school and during entry level jobs can lead to other (Read More....)
NPR reports that since the beginning of 2011, the average American wages and the cost of living have been moving in opposite directions. Wages aren't keeping up with inflation, and that's not taking things like health insurance costs into consideration. In fact, since 2010 the average hiring wage for workers has continuously gone down, and many professionals have been forced into lower-paying jobs. Add in the mortgage crisis and healthcare costs, and many of us have found ourselves in dire need of downsizing our lives.
Downsizing is tough. While it seems easy for many to adjust from rags to riches, riches to rags is a humbling experience. Keep your head held high and take the time to learn and apply the practical adjustments below. Adaptability is how the strong survive.
Trade in that Lease and Go Used
Trading in your leased vehicle for a used car is one of the wisest ways to ditch a major gratuitous expense. Status and comfort are nice, but so is financial (Read More....)
Even small amounts of money can show substantial growth when invested wisely. Small amounts of money also have the added benefit of allowing an investor to be riskier with their investments in the hopes of larger returns. There are many great ways to invest small amounts of money, especially today.
1. Penny Stocks
Penny stocks are stocks in extremely small businesses, so named because the stock prices are very cheap. Investors buy penny stocks in the hopes that the business will either grow dramatically or be purchased by another, larger corporation. Penny stocks are a challenge to an investor because the majority of small businesses will not grow, or will even go out of business. Penny stocks are a high-risk, high return, investment, which makes them perfect for investors that are looking to invest a small amount of money in hopes of a larger return.
2. Foreign Exchange
The foreign exchange market allows trades that are as low as just a few cents, and mini accounts will let traders (Read More....)