Lay A Strong Investment Foundation Through A Stock Market Investing Guide

Thanks to the opportunities that exist in the online environment more individuals are beginning to take advantage of the unique resources available with stock market investing. While this unique opportunity for securing your own financial future may be highly appealing, one of the greatest mistakes individuals make concerning this opportunity is found with simply investing money with conducting no research or market evaluation. In order to help improve your opportunity to benefit from this online environment it would be ideal to take advantage of a stock market investing guide.

The first step to take when pursuing any stock market investing opportunity is to find a high quality platform that you can rely upon and make trades with. There are many platforms available for consumers to take advantage of so it is important to weigh your options when considering these resources. When trying to identify the best platform for you it is important to not only compare the various rates you will be charged for making trades but to also assess the resources they provide you in relation to stock tracking and conducting market research.

Once you have been able to identify the best platform to support your stock investing goals, the next step in a high quality stock market investing guide is to identify potential stocks you may be interested in and beginning the research process. Research represents an invaluable tool that investors rely upon to identify market trends, as well as determine the value associated with making an investment in a particular stock. Stock values are constantly fluctuating so it is important to identify what is impacting these businesses and how a change can benefit your investment goals.

Step three of the stock market investing guide is to weigh the value of every stock you are considering to invest in. The value associated with the stock is dependent upon many different factors such as the opportunity to profit off of your investment. While one stock may provide you with an opportunity to make a small profit while another stock may provide you with the opportunity to make a larger profit, it is also important to weigh the risks that may affect whether the stock will succeed. Often the safer opportunity will provide you with a smaller profit but will give you results rather than the risky endeavor of an alternative.

The final step of your high quality stock market investing guide is to take advantage of the research you conducted and make an investment so you can begin to profit. Not all stock investments will be successful so it is important not to place all of your financial resources into a single stock.

Taking Advantage of Technology – Improving Your Business

Taking advantage of all of the technology that is currently available can really help your business. There are also times when this technology can help you to save money and make it more convenient for your home use as well. A good example of this is VoIP, or voice over Internet protocol. This is something that is being utilized more and more frequently, not only in business settings but also at home. As long as you have the equipment that is necessary to get up and running, you can begin using your Internet connection to place your phone calls which can really be very beneficial in a number of different ways.

Surprisingly enough, there is very little that is necessary in order for you to get started using VoIP technology. One of the things that may be necessary in some type of gateway and in some cases, we are going to have that available through our home Internet connection. Businesses or individuals that need to use this technology more specifically for their purposes or perhaps on a larger scale may need to look into some type of specific gateway which will suit their needs. For the home user, however, simply having an Internet connection that is high-bandwidth, such as cable or DSL will suit your needs. The other equipment that is necessary is usually just a headset and speakers, as well as a sound card in your computer.

A great benefit to using this type of technology is the fact that it is not only other computers that can be contacted, but you can use this service to contact people on any type of device. That would include cellular telephones, as well as land lines. You can also contact international numbers using this type of technology which obviously, can help you to save a significant amount of money over what you may be paying through your current phone service.

The quality of the phone call is going to be dependent upon a number of different issues. For example, the more bandwidth you have available, the more likely it is going to be that you can place a call with high call clarity. If you’re going to be doing any research online to learn about this type of issue, be sure that the research is up-to-date. Over the past several years, this technology has improved considerably and, although the call quality may have been poor several years ago, it is generally improved today.

One other thing that you will want to consider is the type of software that is necessary for you to use this technology. For businesses, licensing may be necessary for very specific software that will help to suit your needs. This would include allowing conference calls or perhaps recording the call for later use. For home users, they can usually download the software that is necessary to take advantage of this technology and to make calls, either locally or around the world using their home Internet connection.

Lifestyle and Career Disruptions by Technology

We live in an era of unusual disruption of cultures, lives and businesses by technologies. As a little boy, I listened to folklore under the moonlight in my south eastern part of Nigerian village. The elders told the stories of justice, bravery, honor and humanity. There was no cellphone and there was no distraction. Life was under a predictable pattern especially in the evenings when boys and girls will wait in turns to play under the moonlight and receive moral education carefully orchestrated in the stories told by the elders. Every child belongs to the village and parents are nothing but stewards.

As we trekked miles to fetch water and firewood for the family cooking, we enjoyed the songs of the happy birds. We treasured the flowers and the gentle winds out of the thick rainforest of our stream. It was a life of great tranquility and we never had a homicide in the village. By norms and traditions, the fishes in our stream must not be fished. They were preserved and in most cases we played with them.

When it was time for school, we continued on that village tradition of brotherhood. The elders have mapped out lands in the village where people could go and plant fruits so that any villager when hungry could go there and eat. It was forbidden to sell anything from that land because it was designed to be a ‘strategic food reserve’. It worked; I planted an orange tree and my best friend gave the village a coconut tree.

But that was then. Many things have since changed, not just in my village, but around the world. Technology is disrupting all aspects of human existence and our lifestyles have changed. Industries are being demised and new ones are coming up with our lexicons constantly evolving to accommodate new tech-evolutions.

Food has been professionalized and mamas do not need to know how to cook. Technology and globalization have already changed family traditions.

As a boy, I heard of professional typists. These were specially trained pros who could churn out characters on typewriters at amazing speed. There are few of them today. There were shorthand experts; people that could write on special characters in order to capture statements as fast as they are spoken by their employers.

Many of these professions have since gone or are going. Technology is displacing their services. Computers make mastering of typing not a big deal since it does not cost anything to edit and delete when using word processors. Compare that with erasing and changing stencils in a typewriter, you will appreciate the level of innovation that has taken place. A single mistake in page could render the whole document useless; the typist has to start over, especially in quality documents where erasure is not permitted. So the trade was to get people that could type with zero error, and at fast speed.

For those that are shorthand experts, video recorders with translation capability make it unnecessary to be writing when a politician or anyone is talking. Just record and soon print out the transcripts. Those experts are also fading. It is rare to see a journalist job that requires mastering of shorthand as Isaac Pitman invented it.

Have you noticed that the city of London could police the whole city through video cameras when in the old dull days, policemen might have been used? Those traffic policemen we used to see across many African cities are disappearing as most of the cities install traffic light systems. Those jobs or careers are being displayed by technology.

What of language interpreters? I recall a meeting in Kenya where someone was giving a speech in French and the interpreters were interpreting in English, Arabic and Portuguese. It worked out so well. But that career will soon die. If Apple or any of the Smartphone makers develop a good language translator in their gizmos, we may not need the interpreters, at least, in some gatherings.

So, we have got a lot of challenges in career planning these days. Does it make sense to pursue this career considering how technology could change it in the future? How many ticket masters were displaced when airplane ticketing moved online? How can software affect journalism in the future? How is technology affecting parenting since technology is increasingly displacing our attention to our families? Those late night emails and constant trips to the Blackberries at 10pm are all disruptions.

Planning for careers is not just focusing on what happens today or maybe in two years time. You must have a feel of where technology is going and then anticipate and stay ahead in your career. A business model to open physical bookshops may not be a good idea since most people rarely care to know the bookshop around their neighborhood these days. The first point is order from ebay, Amazon or BN. The local bookstore is model already endangered. The same goes with building cinema halls. In the next ten years, we will have virtual cinema halls where movie releases will be done online without the need of going to that physical location.

The interesting thing about this technology disruption on careers is that it does not matter what your level of education is. It could be that your industry is booming but has moved out of your locality. That brings the degree to which your field is outsourced. The easier your job can be automated by technology, the higher is the risk of technology displacement.

So when people discuss about career planning, it is very imperative that you understand how technology and not just wages could play out in the future. If you specialize in a special type of engine design and from all trends, it is evident that that engine is going to be obsolete and you refuse to adapt and be retrained, you could be in trouble. Ask the expert photographers that made fortune washing and developing films in dark rooms. Those that failed to move to digital photography are only in history books.

Our world has been made better by technology because it improves our productivity and standard of living. However, it also carries a major challenge; disrupting careers and moving many jobs to museums. It is very important you stay ahead and see how new technologies could disrupt and displace your job. Never wait, plan ahead and stay above technology innovation with new skills.