Your Questions About E Trade Paper Trading

Mandy asks…

Are global governments truly doing all they can prevent and stop human trafficking?

I’m doing a term paper for my International Politics class and my topic is human trafficking. I know that that’s a very broad topic, as this covers a wide demographic: girls, boys, women and men; sex-slave trades to labor trafficking. My main focus or theme for my paper is: the problem of inadequate governmental security/protection to prevent/stop the human trafficking of women and children. And my main points were going to be: law enforcement, HT crimes committed by high ranking officials (i.e. corruption), and the HT sexual abuse happening to women and children as a result (including statistics).

In the small research that I have done, it has become startlingly clear that human trafficking is highly widespread and exists in many countries. I’ve discovered horrid stories of women being raped by high officials or connivingly snatched and sold into a sex-slave trade completely against their will. The movie “Taken” comes to mind in this matter. This occurs in third-world countries, just as well as developed countries. This is of great interest to me, and so I chose it for my term paper topic.

Can anyone provide me with some really good links for info on human trafficking? Does anyone with expertise in a similar field know any narrower points I can delve into for this paper that would fit nicely within the theme that I stated in the first paragraph? And if you can, please provide me with examples justifying how governments are not up to par in preventing human trafficking, if this is true.

Please, be very descriptive and clear. I don’t mind lengthiness! If you have to write a bit to get your point across, please do so…I want as much info as I can get and I would like to do well on this paper. Thank you in advance.

(For clarification: by global governments I mean national governments accross the world).

John answers:

No, they are not.
A web search of “Human Trafficking” yielded these results, just for example:

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7l9_LMlNrVUAjrlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzMWZsdjU1BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1FJMDA3Xzc0/SIG=146va9ma1/EXP=1305051359/**http%3a//www.amnestyusa.org/violence-against-women/end-human-trafficking/background-information/page.do%3fid=1108423

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7l9_LMlNrVUAjLlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzbTB2a2F0BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1FJMDA3Xzc0/SIG=122n98ee3/EXP=1305051359/**http%3a//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7l9_LMlNrVUAkrlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzaWpyYmxjBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNARjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1FJMDA3Xzc0/SIG=12bk8sm8i/EXP=1305051359/**http%3a//www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/fact_human.pdf

Susan asks…

please tell me if this makes sense?

i know most people dont enjoy reading really long questions but PLEASE read this and tell me what i can do to make it better. its a practice DBQ for world history. the essay prompt is “identify the roles played by cities and urban areas in Muslim society during the Post-Classical age”. this is my paper (i havent written the conclusion yet)

During the Post-Classical Age, cities and urban areas in Muslim Society played cultural, religious, and interactive roles.
The first role cities and urban areas played was a cultural role. Al-Hijara, an Iberian Muslim of Arab origin, boasted that Cordoba became a superior and sought after region after the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula; he attributed that fame to the fact that much research and investigation of literature and sciences took place there (Doc 2). A document from an unbiased citizen from a region other than Cordoba is needed to test if Al-Hijara’s statements about Cordoba’s achievements are true. The Spanish Muslim traveler and geographer Ibn Jubayr believed that Damascus was one of the most spectacular, breathtaking cities and that even Arab desert dwelling nomads considered it a paradise (Doc 1). A conversation between scholar Abd al-Rahman and poet Al-Jahiz reveals that Abd al-Rahman believed that cities and countries had more depth and areas of influence than what the average person may have believed (Doc 7). Document 10, which depicts a drawing of the round city of Baghdad, illustrates the reason behind the unique architecture of Baghdad.
In addition to a cultural role, cities and urban areas conducted a religious role as well. Ibn Jubayr, the Spanish Muslim traveler and geographer, also stated that Damascus was an important religious city because according to Islam, Allah gave refuge to Jesus and Mary in Damascus (Doc 1). Arab historian and geographer Al-Ya’qubi related the importance of the pilgrimage to Mecca for Muslims, which citizens of Syria were forbidden to make since the Syrian caliph’s enemy tended to seize the caliph’s citizens during their pilgrimage (Doc 4). Document 9 exemplifies the many important Muslim holy cities and their locations in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. A document from the viewpoint of a Christian on Islam is needed to further understand the religious roles of cities.
Cities and urban areas in Muslim Society also played interactive roles. Nasier-e-Khusraw, a Persian Muslim traveler and Ismaili spy, declared that Cairo contained endless caravansaries, bath houses, other public buildings, and at least twenty thousand shops, all belonging to the Sultan Saladin, which demonstrates the importance of trade in Cairo (Doc 3). Arab scholar Al-Tabiri referred to the fact that Baghdad, which was a more secure capital for an Abbasid Caliph’s kingdom, became the new Capital of Islam as well as becoming the heart of the his empire (Doc 6). Marco Polo, an Italian merchant, believed that the extensive city of Tabriz was a very noble one and that since it was quite appropriately situated for trade, merchants from numerous parts of Europe traveled there to purchase and sell goods (Doc 5). A document from either a foreign or local source who was not a merchant is necessary to justify Marco Polo’s biased view of Tabriz. Document 8, a map of Muslim land and sea trade routes, displays the thorough, extensive trade network across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

if you read this thank you!! leave a comment =p

John answers:

It is difficult to give a thorough an knowledgeable assessment of what you have written without knowing all the factual historical material and without having seen the documents. However, it makes a lot of sense. Cities can be important and valuable as cultural repositories. They are also centres of trade, both good or bad. They also can be the subjects of intense rivalry, which leaves an impact that is not positive in nature. It strikes me that the history of Islam parallels the history of Christianity in many ways. I am not the first one to have made this comment. For example, Baghdad would have been like the new Avignon, the city to which the Papacy was temporarily moved. In fact, many of the followers could not agree on who the Pope should be. It was the See of popes during an era which, strangely, has been named “The Babylonian captivity”, and lasted from 1309 to 1378. It was also the See of several of the Antipopes during the Great Schism which lasted from 1378 to 1408. Many buildings remain in that city as a testament to this era, including the 14th century papal palace.

You make no mention of the city of Alexandria. How a city is viewed may be based in part on the background and experiences of an individual. I have heard remarks from people of both Islamic and Christian backgrounds that the city of Alexandria was not very sacred at all, because of a general culture and mentality that pervaded it and was more ancient Egyptian, or possibly ancient Greek than Islamic. The buildings and institutions such as the library, architecture and medical school are also testaments to this general type of ideology. It amy be regarded as advanced by the standards of many contemporary civilizations. However, some people seem to think it is retrograde. I am sure, however, that a lot of good people lived there as well and suffered the consequences of some of the insidious evils that also were a part of the striking architecture.

You could maybe make more parallels to other civilizations, but it looks quite good, going from what you have written.

Jenny asks…

How do I withdraw my money from E-trade?

I’ve been using Etrade for a while and have just sold my stocks. However, I can neither withdraw nor invest the money they were worth even though that money was added to my net account value. Only the money I have not invested is available for withdrawal or investment. Why is this and how do I get my money? Do I have to wait a few days or call them, or something? If so, how long? I wanna go buy stuff with my new money!

John answers:

When you trade stocks there is a 3 day interval called the settlement period.

If you look at your trade confirmation, either online or on paper,
it will have 2 dates:
Trade date: the date the order was made and executed.
Settlement date: 3 trading days later (holidays and weekends don’t count)

Your money is available on the settlement date.

(The same thing happens when you buy … They do not deduct
the money from your account until the settlement date.)

Richard asks…

I have a question about short trading in the stock market?

I read that there was a new policy that didn’t let you do any short trading in the stock market if you have any sort of stocks in banking companies. I bought 900 shares of etrade stock on September 17th and this new rule applied September 19th through October 2nd. Since I bought my stock before the rule applied, am I allowed to sell?

John answers:

Short sellling has nothing to do with selling a stock you already own. Short selling is selling a stock you don’t own hoping the stock will go down. In a manner of speaking, you’re sort of borrowing the stock (at least on paper) and if the stock goes down, you can buy it in the open market at the reduced price and you’ve earned the difference in the price. Example, you short a stock at 10 but you have a few days to provide the stock to the buyer. During this settlement period, you have to come up with the stock. If it goes down (as you hope) to let’s say $8, you buy the stock in the open market at $8 and deliver it to your original buyer and realize the $2 per share price differential. The big risk of shorting is if the stock goes up. If it goes $12 in the previous example, and you sold it for $10, you’ve got to go into the market and purchase it at $12 to cover your borrowed position and you’ll lose $2 per share (or more).

If you already own the stock, you can always sell it and your profit or loss is the difference between your sale and purchase prices. Hope that helps.

Paul asks…

What are the best trading companies out there for stocks?

scttrade, etrade, first trade, tradeking, or thinkorsiwm.

John answers:

I have four accounts so I can separate my trading strategies. It might sound confusing, but it makes it easy to compare how I’m going, rather than have everything swamped into one account – It also means that I don’t have to compromise on features I want for my strategies.

Thinkorswim.com
spectrumlive.com
ameritrade.com
interactivebrokers.com

I think that scottrade may have a cheaper commission rate – but for me that is not important. Getting filled at the best price, with a minumum spread is much more important than a saving of a dollar or two – bad executions & gouging from market makers has cost me quite a bit of money.

Just my thoughts on the above

Ameritrade: great for beginners & those who do most of their research away from their trading platform. I use this account for income generation via options & its so simple to use. I don’t use their tools & applications – I don’t find them useful.

ThinkOrSwim: Where I do my speculative trading – I can trade stocks, options & currencies – its a whole trading infrastructure – open up a paper money account (its free – you can trade a mock $100,000 and get to know the platform). If the platform works for you, its worth paying the extra dollar per trade.

SpectrumLive.com: As I’m outside the US, I can trade CFD’s & get 10x leverage. It’s a rebranding of the Saxo bank platform & really quite nice. I use this for me longer term trades.

Interactive Brokers: this is a platform for the big boys – its really complex & I am never comfortable using the application. It does however have an API & I have written some software that performs automated trading & backtesting of all my strategies.

I’ve learned quite a bit by subscribing to a free newsletter from The Daily Trading Report, you might like to do that as well – http://www.thedailytradingreport.com

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