Your Questions About Paper Trading Futures

Mary asks…

What are some good trade journals about graphic design?

I have to write a summery paper for my composition class in college. I can’t find anything! I need one regular source, and one trade source. My topic is about my future career, graphic design, and how the trade journal is supposed to talk about how GD services the community, or even the entire world! Please no scholarly journals>.< and please help. Thank!!!

John answers:

As a non-scholary magazine for graphic design / communication design / visual communication, that isn’t basically just a portfolio showcase for students and/or a tool-centered trade magazine, I’d first name Eye Magazine (UK).

I have a difficult time understanding what your ‘topic’ means and what kind of paper you’re writing (maybe explain it more in your question?), but you should probably look into specific fields of visual communication / communication design that have an effect on life beyond marketing and advertising, e.g., wayfinding, information design, interface design. Also, beware of a possibly too narrow scope of the term ‘graphic design’.

Other interesting research might be the ‘First things First’ manifestos of 1964 (Ken Garland) and 2000. Also, you might find the books of the ‘Looking Closer – Critical Writings on Graphic Design’ series (Bierut/Drentel/Heller) in your college’s library.

Mandy asks…

What can the American People think about the economy and ways we can improve it?

So from the American people what do you think we can do to improve the economy to make a brighter future? Senator of Me

John answers:

You can not improve it. You can only join it and ride it to its end. This is the best solution as there will be no shelter from the collapse of the American Economy.

Every country in the world relies heavily on American dollars. They support the wars, all the oil, and international trade. These dollars are not worth the paper they are written on. America does not have the collateral necessary to cover the value of the dollars should they be returned.

There is in fact, no America, America is owned by the Federal Reserve Bank. (A largely British institution.)

America is so far in debt that it will never see the light of day, and each year it goes further and further into debt. How much debt can the system take…. Only the Fed knows.

Do not expect the economy to improve. Americans have been living the fat life on credit since the 1920’s

Do you imagine our taxes go to improve our streets, pay for government officials, and make life better? They don’t. Income Tax goes directly to the Federal Reserve to pay for our debt. Then, the American Government, finding itself broke and in need of cash, borrows more. Deeper and deeper into debt we go.

The system is due for an overload. There is no protection.

Mark asks…

Is gold and silver trading pretty common in the Philippines?

I’m pretty big on the concept that gold and silver is money, as it was in history and that it is something of rather stable value than fiat paper money made from trees and plastic.

In the future, I do plan on retiring there in the Philippines, but I don’t keep all my wealth in the form of bank savings or stock market assets. While living here in the US, should I even need to trade in silver or gold for fiat cash, it’s really no problem here where I live due to a decent amount of places that will buy my gold or silver. Are there places besides pawn or jewelry shops that will give decent buy rates for gold and silver there?

Please, I don’t need any opinions on why silver and gold is a waste to own.

John answers:

I don’t know about silver.

Yes there is an active gold market (at least 20 shops, probably more) there in Binondo, Manila, adjacent to Quiapo (aka Chinatown)

As in any country gold jewellry, and specifically gold purchased in the Middle East is traded for cash. I would say it is common, but the overall amount of gold traded is lower than like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand etc, places where gold has more importance as an asset.

Decent rates? Yes, I think that the margin is 10% something like that after assay. And that’s assuming the assay is consistent with the quality of the gold you present.

Linda asks…

How much should I spend studying about investing?

Hi! I’m 15 years old, and I want to start to invest in the future. I won’t choose an undergraduate economics major, as math is not my strong point and I don’t want this to affect my grades. Anyway, I wanted to start studying about investing now, because I know that there’s a lot to learn. How many hours should I spend per week studying?

And please, if you have time, can you make me a list of what I have to learn? (maybe some links) Not knowing this makes the learning process a lot harder for me.

Thank you!!

John answers:

You should spend as much time as possible studying the markets and the products traded in those markets. No one can put a lenght of time one needs to study, nor can they tell you how many hours a week you should study I started at the age of eleven, and it didn’t effect my school grades.

Before you spend $0.01 on any investment, you must know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how to do it. Before you invest in any security, the first investment you should make is in yourself, and the best investment you can make is by educating yourself.

Begin your education by learning why you should invest and the importance of being able to make your own decisions or how the pro’s make theirs. Start your education by reading “Investing or Dummies” by Eric Tyson.
To continue your education select some of the following
Beating the Street by Peter Lynch
Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered, by Gallea
From Riches to Rags, by I.C. Freeley
Millionaire Traders, Lein & Schlosberg
How to Make Money in Stocks” by William O’Neil
24 Essential Lessons for Investment Success by William O’Neil
The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
Common Stocks, Uncommon Profits, by Philip A. Fisher
One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
Stocks for the Long Run, by Jeremy Siegel
Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits by Joel Greenblatt.
What Works on Wall Street by James O’Shaunessey
You Can Be a Stock Market Genius by Joel Greenblatt
Your Money and Your Brain by Jason Zweig

Websites that can provide instructions and help with procedures and terminology are Investopedia – http://www.investopedia.com/ http://www.investorshub.com/ and 1 Source for Stocks – http://www.1source4stocks.com/info/stock-analyst-opinion.asp or Smart Money
http://www.smartmoney.com/
Visit some of the more professional websites like Zacks Research – http://www.zacks.com/ Schaeffer’s http://www.schaeffersresearch.com/ Investors Business Daily – http://www.investors.com/default.htm?fromad=1
Some of these web sites will have advertisers who are worth looking into also. And remember, if they offer free information, get it.

And when you think you want to invest/trade, try some paper trading to test your skills without spending you money http://simulatorinvestopedia.com/ http://www.moneyworks4me.com/
and/or http://www.tradingsimulation.com/

You at least have made the right decision to start investing, this is the first big step and it won’t be your last. Keep taking those steps forward and along the way never take the advice from people that are not in the market or try to tell you not to invest.

Good luck on journey, study hard and you’ll invest well.

Nancy asks…

Where do i start on investment?

Well i recently reach legal age and i want to start investing. However i know that it is very difficult and I have no idea where so i start? Im looking at shares stocks gold and silver trading. Are there any books or advice that can help me ?

John answers:

There are many books and websites that you can read in order to learn about these topics, it’s hard to make specific recommendations when you don’t seem sure about exactly what types of investments you’re interested in learning more about. Good places to start for general knowledge about investing would be Investopedia, the “Investing” section on Amazon, or your local book store/library.

I would recommend staying away from trading leveraged instruments like gold or silver futures until you have some more experience, but it may be appropriate for you to start at least “paper trading” stocks. Perhaps you could put your savings into a CD at your bank to earn a small amount of interest while you are beginning to learn about financial markets. Whenever you do decide to start trading/investing and whatever markets you decide on, make sure that you ease into it slowly with very small positions and then grow your position size only as you gain more experience and knowledge. It is very easy to lose large amounts of money very quickly if you aren’t careful.

Good luck!

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