Friday, November 29, 2019

Episode 9: Forex Trading Part 2

Episode 9: Forex Trading Part 2

This week I continued growing my knowledge of Forex trading. To some, this might go against the essence of learning something new. While I would tend to agree, I believe I have yet to fully understand Forex trading. While I could have moved on, and covered another topic, I am not satisfied  with all that I've learned and thus compelled to learn more.

Originally it was suggested I get MetaTrader 4, set up a dummy account, and practice Forex trading. I did just that, but I didn't understand anything I was supposed to be doing. I was supposed to be following certain people to understand what they were doing and learning from them, but it was just too steep a learning curve.

While I wanted to give up, I realized I needed to take a step back and start at the basics, because that my friends, is how I do my best learning. So I watched a few YouTube videos, I chatted with a few friends, but I still wasn't understanding everything, and I still don't.

I did however come across a program called GoForex, which is available on Android, IOS, and Windows. This is a great program to introduce anyone into the world of Forex trading. The program begins with teaching the basics, one chapter at a time. Before progressing to the next chapter, you must correctly answer a quiz, proving you've understood the knowledge. It then allows you to play through a simulation Forex trading environment, where you start out with $1000.
After a few hours on the GoForex simulator, I was down to $750. I went back to re-learn some of the lessons. My third day of Forex simulation trading, and I was making some great trades and was up to $1600, and finished off that days trades at $1480. 

I think I'm beginning to get the hand of this this, I'm going to keep at it a bit and let you know how it goes. I may even attempt to set up a real account, so stay tuned.

Before ending this blog post, I want to let everyone know that GoForex is a free program, and that I was not paid to endorse this product, nor do I receive any form of funding from them.

Also if anyone else knows of any great programs to test Forex Trading on, I encourage you to please let us know by sending a message or down below in the comments.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Episode 8: Forex Trading

Episode 8: Forex Trading

I had no idea, that you could trade foreign currency, on an open market as you would with stocks. I was always under the assumption that this process was only reserved for financial institutions, or governments. I was also under the assumption that if you wanted to participate in the trade of foreign  currencies, you needed a license, as needed for those shops you see when travelling on vacation, that will exchange your money for you.
Well, you don't know what you don't know!
It seems this week I learned that foreign exchange trading is a real thing. Anyone with a computer/smartphone can set up an account and be trading within minutes, no license required.

This is what wiki has to say...
The foreign exchange market (Forex, FX, or currency market) is a global decentralized or over-the-counter (OTC) market for the trading of currencies. This market determines foreign exchange rates for every currency. It includes all aspects of buying, selling and exchanging currencies at current or determined prices. In terms of trading volume, it is by far the largest market in the world, followed by the credit market.[1] (click here to see the rest).

I just started learning, and haven't dared to invest any real money yet, but it seems exciting. One of the benefits of Forex trading is that because of these micro transactions, you aren't spending a vast amount of money, and that $100 can get you started.

I'm not going to make any recommendations, as I'm still learning and trying to understand how to use the software properly. However I am thinking this might be a topic that will take a few more weeks... 

Stay tuned

Friday, November 15, 2019

Episode 7: Life Is Precious

Episode 7: Life Is Precious

Getting back into blogging has been a good way for me to slow down, and re-evaluate the important things in my life. I am living during a time gifted to me by my ancestors, where my life, while hectic by modern standards, pales by comparison to the plight of previous generations, whose survival depended on the provision of food, clothing, and shelter. I have been afforded the opportunity to shift my focus away from the monotony of day to day chores, so as to fill my little bit of extra time expanding my knowledge of the world around me. Even though the shackles of survival have been cast off, constraints of time, destiny and fate continue to disrupt our path through life.

What I have learned this week is a lesson I've regretted learning so many times in the past. Be it the loss of a family member, a friend, a colleague, or even an acquaintance, nothing prepares you for the sadness and emptiness that death brings.

Normally I would be creating content for this blog, by researching a new topic, to share with all of you. This week however I will be attending a funeral, and as I write this I remember back to all the others that death has taken from me over the years, quietly saying a prayer for all of them.

Thanks for understanding, and I will return next week with new content.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Episode 6: Moral Licensing

Episode 6: Moral Licensing 

Wikipedia describes moral licensing as follows...
Self-licensing (aka noble cause corruption, moral self-licensing, moral licensing, licensing effect, moral credential effect) is a term used in social psychology and marketing to describe the subconscious phenomenon whereby increased confidence and security in one's self-image or self-concept tends to make that individual worry less about the consequences of subsequent immoral behavior and, therefore, more likely to make immoral choices and act immorally.[1][2][3][4][5][6] In simple terms, self-licensing occurs when people allow themselves to indulge after doing something positive first; for example, drinking a diet soda with a greasy hamburger and fries can lead one to subconsciously discount the negative attributes of the meal's high caloric and cholesterol content.[7]

A large subset of this effect, the moral credential effect, is a bias that occurs when a person's track record as a good egalitarian establishes in them an unconscious ethical certification, endorsement, or license that increases the likelihood of less egalitarian decisions later. This effect occurs even when the audience or moral peer group is unaware of the affected person's previously established moral credential. For example, individuals who had the opportunity to recruit a woman or African American person in one setting were more likely to say later, in a different setting, that a job would be better suited for a man or a Caucasian person.[8] Similar effects also appear to occur when a person observes another person from a group they identify with making an egalitarian decision.[9]

Self-licensing can have negative societal consequences since it has a permissive effect on behaviors such as racial prejudice and discrimination, selfishness, poor dietary and health habits, and excessive energy consumption.

Like always, please chime in to the comments and let me know what you think..

Friday, November 01, 2019

Episode 5: Why Socialism Sucks

Episode 5: Why Socialism Sucks

This week I realized once again why I hold a centralist or maybe slightly right of center view. The reason, well because socialism and the lefts view of socialism just sucks.

By socialism I'm referring to a simplistic model as clearly defined by 2b by Merriam-Webster dictionary...

Definition of socialism
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

Well I got married in 2018, which has been a good thing, however my household now has two incomes pushing me out of my modestly low tax bracket. As a result, according to the Canadian government, I was no longer eligible/entitles to a GST tax relief. Also, since I was married in October I was ordered to pay back the years worth of GST tax credit I had already received (that's about $850CDN). I understand the governments position, and upon receiving my assessment notice, quickly proceeded to make arrangement to pay my debt.

But this is not why I hate socialism...

On August 5. 2019 (receiving my notice that I owe $850CDN to revenue Canada) I quickly went online and paid my bill. I received a confirmation number from my bank, and figured I, as a proud and loyal Canadian, had done my part.

This is why I hate socialism...

On September 25, 2019 I receive another letter from revenue Canada, informing me I owe them $850CDN for outstanding GST repayment. The letter also states that if I have already made my payment to simply disregard this letter.
So I disregarded this letter.

This is why I hate socialism...

While extinction rebellion and Greta are all we see on TV, the Canadian government is still frantically chopping down trees, to mail out letters informing me that I owe them money for an already paid bill (which I did online, I might add). (Remember back when wasting paper was a thing? Don't hear about that anymore do we?) But it's all ok right, because come on, they (the Canadian government) offsets their carbon footprint by buying carbon credits, you know, the ones that the guy down the block sells out the back of his van. You know that guy, more famously known as "the guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans", well he says we're all good, and we believe him, don't we?

On October 25, 2019 I receive another letter from revenue Canada, informing me I owe them $850CDN for outstanding GST repayment. The letter also states that if I have already made my payment to simply disregard this letter.

Worryingly I go online to check my account status with revenue Canada.
Amount owing 0.00
past bill due $850CDN
past bill paid $850.00CDN


So I call the help line, hoping to find out why I am still getting payment notices when I should be receiving a receipt.

Why I hate socialism...

After a 30 minute merry go round with automated switchboards, I then had to wait over an hour to talk to an actual agent.
I finally get through to an actual human agent, and as I'm explaining my situation, they hang up on me. No rhyme or reason, I simply hear a click and then there is no one else on the line with me. I didn't even finish explaining the issue, I was mid sentence and click.
All I could think was "How Dare You" 
Foolishly I sat next to my phone for the next 5 minutes hoping someone would call me back, apologetically appealing for my forgiveness, but alas all for not.

Now to all my friends on the left, is this really what we want to see more of?
Is this the best that we deserve?
Shouldn't we be getting treated better?
Dare I say it, but shouldn't someone get FIRED!
Where is the accountability?

How does it take 2 months to verify a paid bill.
MasterCard & Visa don't operate this way.

Having served the retail industry for 30 years, I can't imagine a business promoting this kind of service and staying in business, well unless its a crown corp, or crown monopoly, but you get my sentiment.

I have watched the left as they say capitalism is bad, capitalism promotes greed, but in my opinion capitalism always gives better service and better quality products or you can simply choose to patronize another establishment, something that was said by socialism...NEVER.

Like always, please chime in to the comments and let me know what you think..