When we talk about the stock market, there's one word that tends to come to mind: volatility. Think about some of the headlines you might have seen over the past few months -- things along the lines of the Dow plunging like crazy and trade war fears shaking investors to their core. It's no wonder that only 54% of the U.S. population owns stocks, despite the fact that they've been a solid moneymaker over time. Of course, not everyone is terrified of the stock market. Among those folks who aren't invested in it, it's fair to say that much of that decision boils down to a lack of funds. But if you are sitting on money to invest and are hesitant to dabble in stocks for fear of losing it, here are a few ways to get past those feelings and make what likely will end up being a very smart financial decision. IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES. 1. Understand that downturns are normal A big reason so many investors stay away from stocks is that they think the market is too unpredictable. But … [Read more...] about How to Get Over Your Fear of the Stock Market
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First, they ditched the music. Now, the Wetherspoon pub chain has decided to leave the world of social media, closing its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts in a move that has – of course – gone viral online. The firm’s boss, Tim Martin, says the decision was made in response to reports about the use of social media to troll MPs and others. He also suggests that closing the accounts will not affect his business “whatsoever” – although one wonders how the decision will change the business for those staff who are presumably employed to run them. There is an obvious irony in Martin worrying about people haranguing public figures when he himself takes every opportunity to have a pop at anyone who opposes Brexit. Martin, one of the few high-profile business figures to back Britain’s EU withdrawal, even used a Wetherspoon trading update to accuse other business leaders and the media of spreading “misinformation” about the … [Read more...] about Is anyone surprised that Tim Martin forced Wetherspoons to get rid of all its social media accounts?
Smartphone owners will know the pain that comes with a broken phone - heartbreak, heartache, no communication, and the sudden urge to reactivate your Facebook account. Whether you've accidentally dropped it on a night out and smashed the screen, knocked it off the coffee table and chipped the volume button, or let it slip down the toilet - there is a way out - even if you don't have insurance. If you break your phone, there are plenty of options at your disposal, with thousands of retailers ready to recover your beloved device at the click of a button. 7 best places to get your phone fixed fast 1. The Apple Store If you’re an Apple owner with a broken iPhone, you can book an appointment with a genius engineer at your local Apple Store to have your phone assessed and repaired (depending on the damage) by the manufacturers themselves. The Apple technician will consider your remaining contract period, the damage itself and for a fee, set about righting your phone’s wrongs. 2. … [Read more...] about Broken iPhone? 7 best places to get your phone fixed fast
Asia’s two largest countries, India and China, have had a rocky relationship in the past, shadowed over by disputes over water and their shared 4,000 kilometer border. But with both countries aspiring to become world economic and military leaders, the future of Asia will rely on good relations between the two nuclear powers; Experts believe that if both wish to continue on the path of growth, they will have to learn to get along. A recent study on world arms transfers by the Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) highlights this sentiment. The results have found that India is now the world’s largest importer of arms. According to Siemon Wezeman of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme, "Indian imports of major conventional weapons are driven by a range of factors. The most often cited relate to rivalries with Pakistan and China as well as internal security challenges." "One-sided" arms race, at best India increasing its arsenal to … [Read more...] about China and India must learn to get along
The auto industry has plenty to lose sleep over. Not only is public discourse over the new dirty word "CO2" laying on pressure for change, sales are down as well. The German Association of the Automotive Industry announced last week that car sales have dropped 9 percent this year -- a record year -- naming consumers' uncertainty over planned vehicle tax reform, climate concerns and the 3-percent sales tax increase last January. It's not surprising, then, that a plan recently came under discussion that would theoretically solve both environmental and economic concerns: The government would pay drivers a premium for scrapping their old, pollutant vehicles -- or at least taking them off the road -- in the hope that they put the money into a new car. The carbon dioxide-based vehicle tax, which the German government is currently considering, would provide an incentive for the buyer to select a low-emissions vehicle. Scrapping premiums would come from the vehicle tax pot, thereby being … [Read more...] about Experts Split on Best Way to Get Cleaner Cars on Europe’s Roads