Your Questions About Paper Trading Futures

Lisa asks…

What’s the best way to learn about the stock market and all that it entails?

For example, commercial paper, bond markets, discount windows, and so on. The articles on these topics are not too helpful. I may need to see diagrams of how things work. Is there a web site out there that does more than just explain individual terms?

John answers:

There are lot of sites like, etc.. Which give insight to theories. First you have to understand the basics. Then you can depend on the exchanges. All exchanges are providing knowledge bases. You can go through that. After this you can depend on the historical data provided by the exchanges. Then try to analyze these historical data with the theory.
After this you can create a portfolio consisting of stocks, bonds etc and try to predict the future movements. Then watch your portfolio everyday with the market. Compare your predictions with the actual movements of the market.
In my opinion this virtual trading is the best way to learn about stock market.

Ruth asks…

What caused the leaders of New England to regard the War of 1812 as a threat to their future as a meaningful f?

What caused the leaders of New England to regard the War of 1812 as a threat to their future as a meaningful force in the United States? What did they propose to remedy this situation?

John answers:

There were a lot of mitigating factors that lead to the war of 1812. First, England was at war with France and they needed sailors. One of the biggest grievances that lead to war was impressment of US citizens into the British navy. Now most high school level history classes don’t point out that most of the people who were impressed into the navy were actually British citizens on Merchant vessels.

Yet you still had some Americans being forced into the British navy. This leads to another main reason why America went to war, Britain largely ignored US sovereignty. The US was a neutral power at the time that traded with both France and the UK. The UK didn’t see it that way. They saw American ships trading with France as though they were aiding the enemy. So they did seize US merchant ships, their goods and any sailors for impressment as well.

So how did they remedy the situation? They wrote a list of grievances to the King of England and declared war. Now understand, there was already huge dialogue between our countries. We didn’t just get upset and declare war. It was an action not made lightly after years of abuse at the hands of the British.

So how did war affect leadership in America? The UK was the world’s super power at the time. We didn’t even have a standing navy. Our continental army was poorly trained and used mostly as a police force. Militia was as in bad shape as well. The fear was that if we went to war with the UK again, it would be a second war for independence. In fact, at the time, that was how the war was know as, the Second War of American Independence. Had the British played their cards right, we might be living under some sort of aristocracy right now. But we lucked out and won several decisive battles, bloodying the British nose and we sued for peace at the treaty of Ghent in 1814.

The ironic thing was that even though we got the British to put an end to the seizure of US merchants and impressment on paper, they still committed those crimes to a lesser extent up until the last of the Napoleonic Wars.

Steven asks…

How did the american revolution affect the slave trade?

Writing a 15 pg paper comparing natural slave reproduction in the U.S. to the need for the slave trade in the Caribbean, need more info.

I know the revolution had someone of an affect but I want to know more. Southern plantation owners were against the slave trade after a certain point but why?

I have 9 sources for my paper, but no1 goes in-depth about this topic.

Any other info you can provide to help me with this paper is well appreciated.
Ok maybe my facts may be a little confused, I am not a pro at this topic…that is why I am asking for help =)

John answers:

Well, first of all, in settling North / South disputes at the Constitutional Convention, ( after we won) it was decided that the importation of slaves… the slave trade from Africa……would stop 25 years after the Constitution was ratified….and so it did in 1808, which, I am sure you did the math,, was a full half century plus before the Civil War. Southern plantation owners weren’t against more importation, they just had to make a compromise with the Northerners, which was the Yankees would drop objections to slavery if the Southerners gave up importation, and the whole issue would get settled somewhere down the road b y their grandchildren.

We know how well THAT worked……….

Southern slave owners by and large treated their slaves as valuable property……..kinda like a tractor or a harvester…..and took care of them. As far as being a slave goes, blacks in America had it ok

Blacks in the Caribbean did not. Planting harvesting and processing sugar cane was brutal work. Malaria and yellow fever hit white Europeans more than black Africans but blacks were by no means immune. Slaves as a result died in great numbers which is why, when you google “Destination of African slaves” you get:

Distribution of slaves (1450-1900) [49]
Spanish Empire22.1%
British West Indies17.7%
French West Indies14.1%
British North America and future United States4.4%
Dutch West Indies4.4%
Danish West Indies0.2%

so, of the , what, 15 million? Slaves brought across 5 million plus went to Brazil, and only 660,000 to the US…..

Brazil, Spanish territories and the West Indies islands took 90 percent of the slave trade, mainly because sugar was so valuable the West Indies islands were the most valuable piece of real estate on the planet ( think Kuwait/Saudi Arabia today ).

If the Brits took 17% of 15 million, that’s 2 and a half million. With 200 years of population growth, you should see 8 or 10 million blacks in the British Caribbean. You don’t.You see barely half that. The reason? So many slaves died off in the 1700-1800’s ( half?) there wasn’t a base for a population boom……

Lizzie asks…

What is a movie where a person loses their job?

I’m writing a paper for school on how technological progress has its advantages and disadvantages. Anyone know a movie or show where a person loses their job because of this? I need it to relate something to in my paper. Thanks!

John answers:

Spoilers ahead:

The Fisher King: Jeff Bridges loses his job as a rising DJ when a careless comment he made on-air inspires a lunatic’s shooting spree. Robin Williams’ character goes becomes insane and homeless as a result.

Lost in America: Albert Brooks and his wife decide to drop out of society and explore America when he loses his job.

Wall Street: Charlie Sheen’s character is fired and arrested at the end of the film for insider trading.

Falling Down: Michael Douglas’ day goes from bad to deadly as he can’t deal with being fired.

The Fan: Robert DeNiro’s obsession with his baseball hero gets in the way of his family, his job and his sanity.

Cat in the Hat: The mom’s crazy boss fires a man for shaking his hand. He’s paranoid of germs.

Spider-Man 2: Peter Parker is fired from his pizza delivery job at the start of the film.


Batman Begins: Morgan Freeman’s character is fired but gets rehired & promoted to create Batman’s gear

Robocop: Human police are afraid of being replaced by Robocop.
Robocop is programmed not to kill board members of the company that made him. So he can’t kill the bad guy until the exec gets fired.

Gattaca: In the near future, the hero has a hard time getting a job because he has to compete with all the genetically superior people.

Broadcast News: A bunch of the main characters get laid off from the TV news station at the end because of budget cuts.

Modern Times: Charlie Chaplin becomes a homeless tramp after going crazy from working in a mechanized factory.

The General: Buster Keaton is rejected from joining the Confederate Army. Unbeknownst to him, it’s because they feel that he’s more valuable in his current job working for the railroad.

The Aviator (1985, starring Christopher Reeve): At the end, the hero pilot is almost killed by a crazed man who blames airplanes for putting him out of business.

Aliens: Blamed for her crewmates’ deaths in the first film, Ripley is unable to a job other than the lowly position of operating a robotic Power Loader. This turns out to be her salvation in the end, when she uses a Power Loader to battle the Alien.

Avatar: The hero is disabled, but gets to be a space soldier thanks to a new genetically engineered body.

Wargames: The creator of the computerized defense system resigned and went into hiding years ago when he realized the inevitability and futility of nuclear war.

Mary asks…

How do I setup my own server for a business?

I am setting up an online trading post site with features such as member login, search, and photo upload. I need a big server that will be able to support massive traffic and hold the account information of around 5,000 members. How do I set up server(s) that are cost efficient, reliable, and powerful? Would it be recommended that I do it myself or hire someone?
Where can I hire someone? Is there a good company anyone would recommend?

John answers:

The cheapest route is Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (called LAMP). These are all free downloads. I use MS Win (hacked for more connections), Apache, MySQL and PHP. There are off the shelf websites that one can configure yourself, which even if you don’t do the initial setup, makes it easier for you to make changes in the future without hiring a pro every time.
The best beginning is to have a clear picture (on paper) of how you want your site to look and flow. This will save you lots of headaches, rework and expense from those you hire.

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