Your Questions About Paper Trading

Richard asks…

How do i go about writing a paper on the insititution of slavery from a Historian point of view?

What should i include in my paper information on slave clodes, slave treatment, insurrection etc.,
How should i approach the paper?
I am trying to narrow it down but i want to focus on the components of institution of slavery…

John answers:

Include different cultures’ institutions of slavery and how they differed from the western slave trade. Slavery has always been a part of Human history, but some forms are more acceptible and humane than others.

Carol asks…

How do I find a published paper by Container board analyst Chip Dillon?

I am trying to locate a published paper by Citigroup/SmithBarney container board analyst Chip Dillon. Where can I find paper published by him? Not interviews with him but the actual papers that he has published?

John answers:

You could google him
You could see if a trade organization has any of his work at their site.
You could check Citigroups’s site
Good luck!

Sharon asks…

How many days, weeks or months should I test my stock trading strategy?

How many days, weeks, or months should I test my stock trading strategy before using real money? So far my approach works but I’m not sure how long I should wait before risking real money.

John answers:

A. You should back test……. For example my broker allows me to back test tick by tick. I can pick a point in time and watch my stock in real time or 3 times real time.

B. A strategy can work a few weeks, months or years. They never work forever. So back testing allows you to verify your approach in a relatively short period. This way you’re not wasting opportunity via paper trading in the actual market.

So in effect, back test for a few months…. But do the test in a few days.

If your broker doesn’t offer true back testing…. You’re with the wrong broker.

Nancy asks…

What is a good focus for a paper on Native Americans and smallpox?

I need to write a 12 page paper and the broad topic is anything regarding Native Americans and the outbreak of smallpox. However I need a specific stance or argument to write my paper on and I have no idea where to start. Thanks!

John answers:

A good point to research is the intentional distribution of blankets contaminated with smallpox to native tribes.

“Sir Jeffrey Amherst, commander-in-chief of the British forces…wrote
in a postscript of a letter to Bouquet [a subordinate] that smallpox
be sent among the disaffected tribes. Bouquet replied, also in a
postscript, “I will try to [contaminate] them…with some blankets
that may fall into their hands, and take care not to get the disease
myself.”…To Bouquet’s postscript Amherst replied, “You will do
well to [infect] the Indians by means of blankets as well as to try
every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable
race.” On June 24, Captain Ecuyer, of the Royal Americans, noted in
his journal: “…we gave them two blankets and a handkerchief out
of the smallpox hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect.”

Here is an account by native journalist, Jodi Rave.

My mother was a Spotted Bear, a Mandan-Hidatsa from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. I’m a daughter of the Maetsi-Dogah, or Knife Clan. My great-great-grandfather, Spotted Bear — the son of Raven Chief — descended from the Mandan villages typically built along the tributaries of the upper Missouri River. My great-great-grandmother, Stella Tail, was Hidatsa.

Most people know my tribes through the explorers Lewis and Clark, who wintered with my people in 1804 and 1805. The Mandan and Hidatsa villages along the Knife River in present-day North Dakota were the center of a vast trade network on the Northern Plains.

By the time Lewis and Clark arrived in 1804, we had already been in contact with white traders. A smallpox outbreak hit our tribes in 1782, more than 20 years before we ever saw men from the Corps of Discovery.

A smallpox epidemic in 1837 nearly wiped out my Mandan ancestors, reducing their numbers from about 2,000 people to fewer than 150.

Our oral histories speak of a time of incomprehensible despair.

Our tribal people have long said the spread of smallpox was intentional.

I recently talked with Gerard Baker, a Mandan-Hidatsa and leading oral historian for our tribes. Baker, park superintendent at Mount Rushmore, is a fluent Hidatsa speaker and comes from a traditional family. He’s also lived and worked at many of our historical village sites along the Missouri.

Baker has talked with tribal elders and spent countless hours looking at the journals of the fur traders. He’s convinced traders deliberately spread smallpox to eliminate us as middlemen in the trade network.

Bernard Pratte Jr., captain of the St. Peter’s, was the son of an American Fur Company owner who bought the Missouri branch in 1834. Three years later, Pratte insisted on keeping a smallpox-ridden man on board as the crew made its way toward the Mandan and Hidatsa villages.

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara populations — known today as the Three Affiliated Tribes — were nearly eliminated within months. The white trade flourished in our area well into the 1850s, said Baker.”

There is quite a bit of controversy over whether or not smallpox infected blankets were deliberately given to native tribes. Ward Churchill’s research has been generally proven a fabrication, but the oral histories are still there. You could write many more than 12 pages in researching this topic. Good luck.

George asks…

What could be good sources for this paper?

I have to write a paper on “How to alleviate poverty in the united states” It a paper written as a letter to the government. Im going to talk about how if we concentraded less on fixing poverty in third world contries and worried about our poverty first we could do it. I can’t seem to find and good information about this though. Anyone have any good ideas?

John answers:

Actually, you’re wrong. If one concentrates on making trade partners (“fixing poverty in third world countries”), one can get a market for the luxury goods that one makes. Right now, the United States of America has one enormous trade deficit, and China has a huge trade profit because of this. It would behoove the USA to get new trade partners in order to get a market for their products, and then trade themselves out of their own poverty trap.

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