The Low-Down on This Summer’s Shades

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It seems like there is a worldwide plot to alter trends in sunglasses on a nearly yearly basis. It fails of course, but eventually something that should have never been in the first place becomes a trend through sheer persistence. Growing up we had a drawer in our house that held nothing but sunglasses of every size, shape and color. My parents finally sold that house and while moving them recently we rediscovered the drawer. Inside was a fifty year history of sunglasses in America. My sisters inspected each pair recalling who they belonged to and what vacation they were from or what boy they were dating at the time. My two daughters were of course ecstatic and gleefully picked out the ones they wanted, which was nearly all of them.

Back then only a few designers had gotten into the sunglasses game. We of course had Ray-Bans and Oakleys, which cost plenty, but there were no Dior, Gucci or Armani sunglasses to be found when I was growing up. Today you can’t throw a stick in an optometrist’s office without hitting a dozen designer frames. I’m not so vain that I will only wear the latest fashions, but if I’m dropping some money on a pair I prefer to get something that’s at least in style right now.

Oversized sunglasses are still in for better or worse. I tried a few frames by Gucci and Prada and laughed because some were so big they looked more like a mask than sunglasses. No, I don’t have an especially small face. Like all designer trends, they’ve taken it a step closer to ridiculous in an attempt to be unique. What is new is the variety of lens shapes and colors. I still can’t look at them without thinking of Charlie’s Angels.

Aviator glasses are also still in, but have undergone some kind of fashion inflicted mutation. Double frames, rose tinted gradient lenses, oh my. These have never been my go to as they just simply look like dude glasses. It doesn’t matter how well you do your hair, how sexy you dress or even how red your lipstick is, you still look like you’re wearing your brother’s sunglasses.

Of course cat eye sunglasses are back because they’re fabulous. I’m hoping this is a style that never goes away and even if it does I’m still wearing them until the day I die. I had a pair of black and green Armani’s with full tint lenses that made the beach at noon look like the dark side of the moon. I tried to find another pair after mine were lost somewhere between Nassau and Chicago, but they don’t sell that model anymore which is horrible.

If you do pick up a new pair of sunglasses this summer, remember not to throw your old ones out. Put them in that drawer with all the others so that someday you can pass them on. Plus you never know, they could come back in style.

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Source by Sally Hamilton

Saving Money Doesn’t Mean Giving Up Quality

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America’s mindset today is “the bigger the better.” “The more it costs the more its worth.” “Get it now and pay later.” These ideas are just not smart. Our government is a prime example with our national debt at all-time record high which no one can pay for.

Frugal living doesn’t mean choosing poverty and it certainly doesn’t mean giving up quality. Many millionaires are millionaires not because they became famous or because they inherited money. They are self-made millionaires who worked hard, made sacrifices and chose to spend their money wisely. I am not saying that all of us that work hard, make sacrifices and spend our money wisely will become millionaires but we can certainly live much more comfortable and carefree out from under the stress of owing someone else our paycheck.

Here are somethings you can do to stretch that paycheck:

1. Pay cash. If you can’t pay cash don’t buy it. Stop using those credit cards. Credit cards are a trap. The only way you should use a credit card is if you pay it off in full every month. Otherwise cut it up! Charging something on a credit card and then paying it out over time ends up costing you double sometimes even triple the original cost of the item. You would be better off saving up a couple of months and paying cash then charging it and them trying to pay the credit card off. The interest eats you up.

2. Eat at home. Pack your lunch and take it to work. Eating lunch out everyday cost anywhere from $10-$15 a day. If you pack your lunch, you cut that cost down to about $2-$3 per lunch or even less if you are throwing left overs away at home. That’s a savings of $160-$240 a month. Not to mention, if you cut down the eating out during dinner time and eat at home as a family. That’s additional savings on top of the $200 a month.

3. Compose a budget. Budget your income at the beginning of the each month. Assign a set portion of your income to your major expenses ahead of time. This will help ensure that you don’t waste money. (Major expenses being: Rent/Mortgage, utilities, food, car payment, gas, insurance, savings, misc.) This helps you know what goes where and how much you have left after all is paid so you don’t overspend.

4. Buy used or discounted new. You can get just about anything you need either used or discounted new. You just have to know where to look. Don’t pay full price for anything. Big Lot’s, Ross Dress for Less, Nike Outlet, The Dump, etc. are just examples of stores that you can get discounted new items. These stores have sales and coupons on discounted new items as well. Garage Sales, furniture rent-a-centers, thrift stores and in this day and time the internet is a wonderful resource. eBay is an excellent tool for new and used items. You will be surprised what you will find and how inexpensive it is once you start looking. No one will know the difference. You will become addicted!

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Source by Angela Brand

Precautions to Take When You Start Forex Trading

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When you start a business no matter what it is you need to be cautious. Until you gain experience you must not be carefree. When it comes to forex trading precautions are of utmost importance because if you neglect on them you might lose big. The following are some of the important precautions you need to concentrate on.

Start trading with just one currency pair

Though there are lots of currency pairs on which you could do your trading it is not a wise thing to try many different currency pairs at the same time no matter how well you gained experience with your demo account. When you start your forex trading with just one pair of currencies you may make only little profit but in case you lose you will also make little loss.

Do a lot of research

Doing research on market trends is of utmost importance when it comes to trading foreign exchange. You could do your own research by watching news and also you could get guided by forex signals given by your broker. Most often the forex signals come to the inbox of your email. Gather all information and be well informed when you start the day with forex trading.

Choose currency pairs with low spreads

When you do your research you will find that there are some currency pairs that have spreads that are as much as 1,000 pips some times. You naturally will get tempted to trade these pairs as you realize that if you win you win handsomely. But you need to realize that in case you lose you also lose badly. Therefore, you need to avoid trading with such currency pairs. Instead, choose some of the more stable currency pairs that move only two or three pips on the average. You will do slow and steady progress when you do so.

Trade small and make your leverage small too

It is always better to do forex trading with small lots at least at the beginning. It is also advisable to use smaller leverage. When you do so, you will not lose big making it difficult for your account to absorb your losses. When you have your lot size small you will not get badly affected even if you happen to make losses.

These are just a few tips that will enable you to make your forex trading a success. Once you are experienced you could develop your own strategies.

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Source by Nivia Devidson

Characteristics of Literary Heroes

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A literary hero is a fictional character who is looked upon as having great strength and courage.

What makes a true heroic figure in literature?

A literary hero is often used to describe the protagonist of the story. A protagonist is the main character in a literary piece. The plot revolves around them and the audience is intended to empathize with them.

A literary hero stands out in the story, overcomes personal obstacles and always reaches their goal.

A literary hero can also be the anti-hero in the story. If the literary hero is the anti-hero in a story then they must face hardships, overcome them, and find a way to take control of their life. Normally once an anti-hero manages to take control of their life, they become stronger than the antagonists that were keeping them down.

There are two books, in my opinion, that contain the greatest literary heroes of all time. Both books are deeply complicated and highly intricate and possess multiple characters that could be labeled as protagonists, but these two stand out the most, well, at least to me they do. Neither of these books are for the casual reader and they are both quite lengthy. If you decide to give them a chance, you better pencil in some time on your calendar for the next week or two.

The first book (and my favorite) is “Atlas Shrugged” by the glorious and wonderfully talented (let’s not forget highly criticized,) Ayn Rand. The lead protagonist in the story is a woman named Dagny Taggart and the story is based around her and a man named John Galt.

The second book is “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck in which the protagonist is a man named Cal Trask.

If you are a person who hasn’t found your literary heroes yet I suggest you give these two books a chance.

A literary hero moves you in many ways, and hopefully down to your very core. When you find a character that makes you feel like you are part of them, a character that makes you laugh out loud while reading, a character that makes you cry because you completely share in their pain and loss, when you find a character who you feel like you would die for, well, that my friend, is a feeling that you never lose, no matter how long it’s been since you last spent quality time with them.

A true and iconic literary hero grabs a hold of your soul and it never, ever, let’s go.

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Source by David Grimes

How India Is Cashing In On The American Consumer

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In 2018, it is estimated that there will be an estimation of 283 million social network users in India.

If you compare this with the number of online users, and senders and receivers of email communication, you can see there is a lot of catching up to do.

According to a Livemint (stat) the number of Internet users in India could cross 450 million by June 2017: says report. A recent IAMAI-IMRB report says Urban India has close to 60% Internet penetration, reflecting a level of saturation, but there are a potential 750 million users in Rural India, that number is simply staggering;

According to: Thetoptens website – The “Top 10” Countries With the Most Intelligent People Are… India is Number One. Simply said, the people of India are very smart indeed!

Quick history: “India was the first discoverer of” the laws of algebra, geometry, calculus, the binary number system. India is home to the first people to successfully carry out cataract surgery, and plastic surgery. India is the highest paid ethnic group in the United States and among the smartest employees (and employers) in the booming information technology industry.

  • Even 38% of doctors and 12% scientists in the US are Indians.

Other notable discoveries include: The Button, Prefabricated House, Chess, The Ruler, Shampoo, Cotton Cultivation, Fibonacci Numbers, Diamond Mining, Flush Toilets, Ink, Steel & Metal Works, Fiber Optics, and more..

OK, “So How is India penetrating the US Consumer Marketplace?”

To understand how India is approaching the US marketplace, for marketing purposes, let’s first let’s look at big data consumer databases from India. The Simplicity of email now allows for instant communication to a vast amount of consumer and business users in India; with big data companies like OfficialEmailMarketing they are one company to offer a 360 million (36 Crore) India consumer database of emails ID’s that includes over 400k Indians Mobile Numbers.

Where else can you get such an active audience? Social media takes time and knowledge is the argument, and might just be true, but email communication is instant.

India business owners are starting to understand that the wealthiest most active consumer marketplace is the United States. This is something that only big Indian businesses have capitalized on for many years.

With the globalization of communication small business now have the power to communicate to the masses.

“Be where the world is going.”

– Beth Comstock

Is true! Email is one of the most cost effective and safest ways to generate sales for your business, almost immediately. Most first-time marketers achieve success within just the first few days and ongoing email campaigns will only build bigger and more relevant.

If your looking to penetrate the US consumer marketplace you can easily get started small, and grow from your success: (recommended). With email marketing India can advertise their products and services into the US consumer marketplace and rapidly build product and brand awareness.

“Consumer email accounts in particular will continue to grow steadily: According to the Radicati group internet stats: The current internet user has 1.9 email accounts per user and this is statistic is growing.”

  • Many users typically have a primary and a secondary email account.

Email is no doubt one of the best platforms for direct communication to your potential clients. Companies that require leads and the ongoing consistent generation of leads, use email marketing the most. Email marketing is a proven funnel for the generation of leads and is commonly used by mostly all Fortune 1000 Companies, Big Data, Startups, Inventors, Marketers, Online Business, and even political campaigns.

Here are some common Q&A for first time email campaigners or newsletter marketers.

Will I get called out for spamming? Not if you use a reputable email marketing company that will allow you to upload your purchased email lists, or even lists that you might have been collecting for some time.

In many cases a marketer will upload an email lists they have been collecting for months or even years and clients don’t remember you. For these reasons it’s imperative to use a compliant email marketing platform that can alleviate these concerns.

“Being an entrepreneur is a tough job. You are the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Plumbing Officer.”

– Arjun Jagannathan

Do I need to download software on my computer and use my email address? No. With today’s email marketing management applications the software is web-based and you use the provided IP addresses, and domain addresses, for the sending and delivery. Nothing is sent from your computer, IPs, domains name, or internet connection. This is done to specialize the delivery process and give you your best results.

Email campaigns can be cumbersome and in some cases require special skills, or staff to accommodate the ongoing campaign duties.

This is why many companies tend to outsource email marketing campaigns and lead generation by using a full service company that can send, manage lists, better write your copy, and much more. The chances for success can increase.

According to OfficialEmailMarketing, Over 70% of marketer today agree email marketing is core to their business operation, and what’s even more interesting is that most marketers claim that an email is a critical tool for ongoing sales and new client acquisition. Another 20% of online marketers say their businesses “primary revenue source” is directly linked to email operations and this number is growing.

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Welding Jobs: Ideas You Can Use At Home To Make Money Welding (No Boss While You Make $100,000)

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What if you could make $100,000 a year welding from home?

What if you could make even an extra $500 a month from home, using your current skills? If you are a welder with basic welding skills and you are between jobs or you are being under paid in your current job, it might be worth your time to read this article – let’s think outside the box for just a minute on how you can make money welding from home.

From Home Welding # 1:

Teaching or tutoring any skill is a very profitable business. In any town of any size you’ll see at least one tutoring business in a strip mall brick and mortar location. In that same town will be at least a dozen other tutors working from home, making good money.

Yes, most of the time they are tutoring math and reading to students. Lean back and think about what skills you have that can also be used in a tutoring business you can set up and milk cash from, like milk from a cow.

Let’s say you are good enough with TIG to weld razor blades or pop can butts.

If you can teach a non welder to operate a TIG torch good enough to go on and practice on their own at their home in about 3 hours of your hands on theirs – they will pay up to $100 an hour for 3 hours of TIG instruction. Just 2 students a day would bring you $100,000 a year. If you think I’m kidding I’m NOT! There are many reasons why education is so valuable – and that includes intense, focused tutoring in welding.

6G pipe welding is the highest paid of all welding certifications – most 6G welders make $100k to $300k a year – and demand is crazy. However, if you are a 6G welder and you want to stay home, you can set up and teach 6G in your garage. Let’s say you do this with 7 students, each paying you $10,000 for a 3 month course. Yes, they will pay it – especially if you show them how they will have more time with your hand on theirs (the #1 secret to learning 6G fast).

From Home Welding # 2:

I was in Palm Springs the other day. I have been in and around the trades for 30 years… and when you see a tradesman’s truck and it is late model without dents or many scratches, clean, organized and well equipped, it means (99% of the time) that guy is making money.

I pulled up to a light behind just such a truck – “Joe’s BBQ Service and Repair.” That’s it – that is all Joe does. He will weld cast aluminum or steel. He’ll clean and polish. He’ll replace a burner or a control. OR he’ll buy your old unit and sell / or sell you a new one.

Yes, you need a town with a lot of high end BBQs. Other than that, go get it.

From Home Welding # 3:

Large steel cut outs. In art of all kinds, size matters. For example, 20 years ago we purchased two 4′ long coat racks – each is a piece of 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1/8″ angle 4′ long with 6 horse shoes welded to the angle to hang the coats.

On the horizontal surface of the angle is welded a scene made of 7 horse and 7 tree cut-outs. We paid $185 for each of these 20 years ago… that would be about $300 a piece in today’s dollars.

The problem with you making these is that the 14 cut outs on each unit are too small too many to cut by hand – you need a computerized plasma table to make these.

Here is where the magic of size makes all the difference.

The artist who drew the cut outs on our coat rack was good. Each of the 7 horses is different and beautiful, as well as the trees. Any – or all of these – cut outs can be scaled up with chalk onto a sheet of say 4′ x 8′ x 3/16″ steel. Now, all you need is a plasma or an oxy torch to create the large version.

What would a horse cut from a 4′ x 8′ sheet sell for?

$300 to $700. It would depend on where you are and how you market it. Marketing is a large part of any business. Good marketing is not hard – you can do it.

You can see, if you could get a “business pipe” full of inventory and sales and you were delivering 2 horses a day, you could easily make $100k. The other major opportunity with big cut outs is gates. The key to all of this stuff in the art category is beautiful line drawings. If you are not an artist, hire one on the condition that they sign the copyright to you.

There are endless ideas to utilize even your most basic welding skills from home to make an excellent living or just extra money. The trick is:

Step A:

Find what will work best for you.

Step B:

Write out a simple plan of attack. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Many small businesses fail because the owner gets all wrapped up in the details and loses site of what is important. Here is what is important: Don’t spend money – MAKE MONEY!

Step C:

The first rule of business is to GET NOTICED. That is also the end goal of all marketing – once you have enough eyeballs on you, you will succeed. The common mistake is to leave marketing for last while concentrating on every little rule and piece of paper. A business license will do you no good if you don’t make money! Save your money and get it (if you really need one) when you make some money. Towns and cities will simply say, “do you have a business license?” When they ask, say: “I’m getting one now.”

Conclusion:

You are blessed to live in a country where you can go from nothing to something in a hurry. However, to get anywhere in a hurry requires running hard. You’ll never regret it.

What should you do next?

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5 Forex Trading Tips That Will Save You Money

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Have you been looking for Forex trading tips for success? If so, you may find this article helpful. While the tips can’t guarantee success, they can definitely help you get a lot of important things done. Moreover, they can save you a good deal of money. According to experienced Forex traders, many people lose a lot of money just because they have no idea of the basic principles. Given below are 5 tips for beginners of this field. Read on.

Money Management

First of all, you have to learn how to survive. In other words, you need to learn as to how to stay in the game. Next, you need to look for a profitable strategy. Actually, what you need to do is use a powerful money management trading attitude.

If you want to be on the safe side, you should not risk greater than 3% of the capital for each trade. When you are just starting out, make sure your trading capital is enough for a minimum of 40 trades.

Use a stop loss

Perhaps, the stop loss is your most powerful tool as a Forex trader. With this tool, you can get a pretty good idea of your risk. So, we suggest that you use it at all times. As a matter of fact, it spurs on you to consider the trade that you are going to start would be taken as a failure.

Be realistic

If you are lucky, you can’t close more than 8 out of 10 of your trades with a good deal of profit. Actually, what you need to do is set reasonable expectations. Setting unreasonable expectations will only cause disappointments, failures and frustrations.

You should consider things realistically when you are just starting out. You should determine the amount of time you can invest for learning and trading. Once you have a good idea of your tools and other stuff, you will find it easier to get a lucrative trading strategy.

Get in Touch with other traders

For starters, one of the most underestimated sources of information and inspiration is other traders. There is no doubt that reading books and guides about the subject is important. As a matter of fact, books can help you lay a strong foundation.

Another great tool to help you get the hang of the business is practicing. So, we suggest that you become part of a good Forex community both online and in your locality. You don’t have to be embarrassed just because you are just starting out.

Control your emotions

While this one is going to be discussed in the end, we can’t say it’s not important. As said earlier, Forex trading is fun, exciting and dynamic. However, you don’t have to get carried away just because you suffered some loss in the beginning. You should go about it like a business and not like a hobby.

So, if you have been looking for some good tips to succeed as a trader, we suggest that you use the tips given in this article.

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Forex Investment – The Risks

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Forex investment is being advertised across all forms of media right now as a great way to make money. The advertisers imply that it is an easy and profitable way to invest your money and let’s face it under the current economic climate we are all looking for an easy low risk option to make some extra cash. So let’s take a closer look at forex, understand what it is and evaluate the true risks.

Forex is an acronym for ‘foreign exchange’ and forex investment trading is a form of investment by taking advantage of the movements or exchange differences between foreign currencies.

Because the rate of exchange between a pair of currencies is constantly changing, it is possible for a shrewd trader to make a lot of money by accurately predicting these changes. It’s very similar to trading in stocks and shares on the stock market, you buy when the price is low and sell when the price is high.

As is common with investing in the stock market, forex traders can take a medium to long term view based on a steady drift in currency prices over a period of time. However, the advertising suggests short term gains and to be fair, this is what most forex traders do. They use trading skills and techniques to make relatively small gains over a short period and repeat the process over and over.

A forex trader will buy a currency when he thinks it will rise in price. This is called opening a trade. A closing trade is when he sells a currency because he thinks it price is about to fall. Often he will open and close a trade within minutes. The skill is in watching the markets and recognising a pattern developing which he knows from experience will lead to an upward or downward trend and thereby chooses to jump in and open or close a trade.

Many traders use a system which either they have developed themselves over many trades or they buy an ‘off the shelf’ system which can provide a short cut through the learning curve to becoming a successful trader. This is what most of the advertisements are trying to sell and it is necessary to be very wary about some of the claims made with some of these systems. There is also software available which automate the whole process and robots open and close the trades for you based upon parameters built into the software. There are one or two of these robot systems emerging in the marketplace now which look very promising (I post monthly reviews of such products on my blog).

With the ever increasing accessibility and popularity of the internet, brokers have seized the opportunity to attract a lot of a new breed of investor to the forex investment market – people with relatively small funds can begin with just a few hundred dollars. Many are encouraged to think that they can make a lot of money in a short time and are often disappointed. It is necessary to learn some specific skills and require a lot of self discipline to be successful. It takes time, motivation and commitment.

Some people take up forex investment simply because they are looking for a new challenge. Maybe they already invest in the stock market and are looking at other ways of increasing their portfolio of investments. These people are more likely to succeed because they have a better understanding of the risks and are prepared with sufficient funds to lose from time to time. The skill comes in making more gains than losses over a period of time.

There are many influences on the market and some of them completely unpredictable even to the most experienced trader. Take disasters such as the terrorist attack on the Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001 for example. It is wise to set up an automatic stop loss if things suddenly turn against the trade. A stop loss is a pre-determined amount your trade is allowed to lose before it is automatically closed. A very sensible precaution.

In summary, forex investment has risk attached to it but it is a risk that can be controlled and managed provided you learn the skills, tricks and techniques required before becoming heavily involved.

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What are your Options Regarding Forex Options Brokers?

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Forex option brokers can generally be divided into two separate categories: forex brokers who offer online forex option trading platforms and forex brokers who only broker forex option trading via telephone trades placed through a dealing / brokerage desk. A few forex option brokers offer both online forex option trading as well a dealing / brokerage desk for investors who prefer to place orders through a live forex option broker.

The trading account minimums required by different forex option brokers vary from a few thousand dollars to over fifty thousand dollars. Also, forex option brokers may require investors to trade forex options contracts having minimum notional values ​​(contract sizes) up to $ 500,000. Last, but not least, certain types of forex option contracts can be entered into and exited at any time while other types of forex option contracts lock you in until expiration or settlement. Depending on the type of forex option contract you enter into, you might get stuck the wrong way with an option contract that you can not trade out of. Before trading, investors should inquire with their forex option brokers about initial trading account minimums, required contract size minimums and contract liquidity.

There are a number of different forex option trading products offered to investors by forex option brokers. We believe it is extremely important for investors to understand the distinctly different risk characteristics of each of the forex option trading products mentioned below that are offered by firms that broker forex options.

Plain Vanilla Forex Options Broker – Plain vanilla options generally refer to standard put and call option contracts traded through an exchange (however, in the case of forex option trading, plain vanilla options would refer to the standard, generic option contracts that are traded through an Over-the-counter (OTC) forex dealer or clearinghouse). In simple terms, vanilla forex options would be defined as the buying or selling of a standard forex call option contract or forex put option contract.

There are only a few forex option broker / dealers who offer plain vanilla forex options online with real-time streaming quotes 24 hours a day. Most forex option brokers and banks only broker forex options via telephone. Vanilla forex options for major currencies have good liquidity and you can easily enter the market long or short, or exit the market any time day or night.

Vanilla forex option contracts can be used in combination with each other and / or with spot forex contracts to form a basic strategy such as writing a covered call, or much more complex forex trading strategies such as butterflies, strangles, ratio spreads, synthetics, etc . Also, plain vanilla options are often the basis of forex option trading strategies known as exotic options.

Exotic Forex Options Broker – First, it is important to note that there are a couple of different forex definitions for "exotic" and we do not want anyone getting confused. The first definition of a forex "exotic" refers to any individual currency that is less broadly traded than the major currencies. The second forex definition for "exotic" is the one we refer to on this website – a forex option contract (trading strategy) that is a derivative of a standard vanilla forex option contract.

To understand what makes an exotic forex option "exotic," you must first understand what makes a forex option "non-vanilla." Plain vanilla forex options have a definite expiration structure, payout structure and payout amount. Exotic forex option contracts may have a change in one or all of the above features of a vanilla forex option. It is important to note that exotic options, since they are often tailor to a specific investor's needs by an exotic forex options broker, are generally not very liquid, if at all.

Exotic forex options are generally traded by commercial and institutional investors rather than retail forex traders, so we will not spend too much time covering exotic forex options brokers. Examples of exotic forex options would include Asian options (average price options or "APO's"), barrier options (payout depends on whether or not the underlying reaches a certain price level or not), baskets (payout depends on more than one currency or a "Basket" of currencies), binary options (the payout is cash-or-nothing if under does not reach strike price), lookback options (payout is based on maximum or minimum price reached during life of the contract), compound options (options) On options with multiple strikes and exercise dates), spread options, chooser options, packages and so on. Exotic options can be tailored to a specific trader's needs, therefore, exotic options contract types change and evolve over time to suit those ever-changing needs.

Since exotic currencies options contracts are usually specifically tailor to an individual investor, most of the exotic options business in transacted over the telephone through forex option brokers. There are, however, a useful of forex option brokers who offer "if touched" forex options or "single payment" forex options contracts online where an investor can specify an amount he or she is willing to risk in exchange for a specified payout amount if The underlying price reaches a certain strike price (price level). These transactions offered by legitimate online forex brokers can be considered a type of "exotic" option. However, we have noticed that the premiums charged for these types of contracts can be higher than plain vanilla option contracts with similar strike prices and you can not sell out of the option position once you have purchased this type of option – you can only attempt to Offset the position with a separate risk management strategy. As a trade-off for getting to choose the dollar amount you want to risk and the payout you wish to receive, you pay a premium and sacrifice liquidity. We would encourage investors to compare premiums before before investing in these kinds of options and also make sure the brokerage firm is reputable.

Again, it is fairly easy and liquid to enter into an exotic forex option contract but it is important to note that depending on the type of exotic option contract, there may be little to no liquidity at all if you wanted to exit the position.

Firms Offering Forex Option "Betting" – A number of new firms have popped up over the last year offering forex "betting." Although some may be legitimate, a number of these firms are either off-shore entities or located in some other remote location. We generally do not consider these to be forex brokerage firms. Many do not appear to be regulated by any government agency and we strongly suggest investors perform due diligence before investing with any forex betting firms. Invest at your own risk with these firms.

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Psychology of Crossdressing – Why Men Wear Dresses

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Thousands of men worldwide are, at this very moment, putting on their pantyhose, dresses, makeup, and high heels, trying to look as pretty and as feminine as they can. The sight of a grown man wearing a dress, in many societies is considered odd, or unusual, and may even be a cause for ridicule. This phenomenon is often misunderstood, and often yields the question, “Why would men want to wear clothing of the opposite sex?” “Are these men perverted, or crazy?” “Are they gay?”

First, let me assure you that this phenomenon occurs in all the countries of the world, and is often referred to as transvestism, or crossdressing. Transvestism is defined as “the practice of dressing and behaving like the opposite sex.” Men who choose to dress as females, come from all ethnic groups, and from all walks of life.

Furthermore, they are neither perverted, nor crazy. These individuals could be your next door neighbor, your boss, or even your brother. The man sitting next to you at church could be wearing panties and a garter belt under his clothes for all you know. Crossdressing is actually quite common, but it is most often done in private or as a secret that is hidden from others. Although, more and more men are “coming out” and dressing “en femme.” In fact, there are conventions where males of different ages and backgrounds, get together to enjoy the freedom of dressing and socializing as females. These conventions may draw hundreds of crossdressers.

Why would men do this, you might ask? Well, the fact of the matter is that they choose to crossdress for many reasons. The reasons vary according to the individual.

One common reason that men choose to crossdress, is for sexual gratification. They may get sexually exited with the feel of the feminine fabrics and clothing on their body. They may enjoy the sexual excitement that they experience from wearing feminine clothing, and in seeing their feminine image.

Another reason for crossdressing, is that men want to feel free to express the feminine side of their personality. Boys are commonly socialized to believe that they cannot portray feminine traits. They can’t cry, appear weak, or be soft. Males who dress in female clothing often feel liberated to express their emotions that perhaps, they are not able to freely express as themselves. For at least a few moments, they can shed the burdens and responsibilities of being a “man.” Often, this results in feelings of comfort, and reduced stress. Men wear dresses because it feels good.

Perhaps a reason for crossdressing is one that is not often expressed, but is one that I believe is common. The reason that men wear dresses, is to feel and experience the “power of a woman.” What power is this? It is the power of a beautiful woman to be able to turn the heads of all the men as she enters the room. It is the power that lingerie models have when they appear on television, and spontaneously create a sensation in the groins of thousands of the men who are watching. It is the power to choose who will get their attention, and perhaps who will mate with them. It is a power that is biologically linked and has allowed the human race to propagate.

One reason that men crossdress is to feel this power, and to experience what it is to have the attributes that create this power. This may be similar to the man who puts on the power suit and expensive shoes, sits behind a big desk in the office on the twentieth floor overlooking the city, pretending he is the chief executive officer of a multi-million dollar corporation. He pretends for a day to be the top man, the millionaire corporate mogul who makes the choices. People open doors for him, bring him coffee, and open their wallets for him. This is “power” and it is very stimulating and intoxicating.

Women are also very powerful. Women are very powerful, sexually. They know this, and men know this. It is equally stimulating and intoxicating to experience this type of power for a day. Even if it is only for a moment, and within the man’s head, it is a beautiful feeling to feel “sexy” and “feminine.” Power as we all know, is an aphrodisiac. This is why men wear dresses, and why this practice has occurred for centuries.

Unfortunately, in many societies crossdressing, especially male to female, is often still a taboo. A man wearing a dress, or other feminine attire in public is often the subject of ridicule. It is the purpose of this article to create acceptance, and to portray crossdressing as a normal practice that occurs throughout the world and in many cultures.

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Source by Wanda Wilson