Online Investment

Do Online Investment For More Profit

Online investment is the buzzword these days that are in the minds of everyone when you have to run after your stock brokers and agents to make investments. With online stock market trading, you can now do investments with just a few clicks of the mouse without even leaving your home or office. There are so many options to choose from when you do online investment.

Online Equity Trading – Online stock investing is probably the most widely used form online investment. You can invest in the stock market through the online brokers. You can do day trading, short term trading and long term trading according to your investment preferences. You can do equity trading as well as derivative trading according to your choice and amount of investment you are ready to make. You can even choose to buy fractional stocks that will let you make investments with significant small amount of money.

Online IPO Trading – IPO or Initial Public Offering is a great way to make profitable investment. Any online stock broker who is offering equity trading will provide you the options for buying IPO online.

Mutual Fund – Whether you are an avid stock market investor or a casual investor, mutual fund is viable option for making profitable investment. Any online stock trading company offers its clients excellent mutual fund investment options. The best thing about the mutual funds is that they come with lower risk factor and you are free from day to day stock price monitoring.

Apart from all these options, the benefits of online share trading are the major cause behind the popularity of the online trading. When you trade online, you are free from the hassles of paper works and lengthy processing. You can do real time stock trading with just a few clicks and you are done.

Another great advantage of the online equity trading is the low cost charging from the brokerage. Because there is no paper work and no middle man involved in the process, the brokerage commission rate is significantly lower. With so many online trading service providers, you can always negotiate for the best deal in terms of the cost.

However, to choose the best out of your online trading ventures, the first and the most important thing that you need to do is find a professional and trustworthy online broker. You need to do stringent research and ideally ask for recommendations before you select your service provider.

For selecting the online broker the first thing that you need to consider is the experience of the broker in online trading. This is the deciding factor for the credibility and trust. After all, they will know every details of your investment and it is important that they remain absolutely trustworthy.

The next most important thing for selecting a broker is the consultancy service that they provide. So, it is important that you select a company that has extensive research and analysis facilities and provide effective investment guidance on day to day basis. It will not only help you make profitable investment but also let you have a comprehensive idea on the market that will eventually help you in your future investment planning.

The last but the most critical factor that you need to consider is the cost. Remember when you are looking for an online broker you are never short of option, so try and give an extra effort and then you will be able to find the best deal in the market.

Her Wedding Was Just So TACKY!

Stories of the wackiest and tackiest weddings of all time

We've all heard the stories – Angelina Jolie marries her first husband with his name written across her white silk blouse in her own blood. Photos are released of 'Posh and Becks' sitting on golden thrones and frosted in diamonds on their wedding day. The first words out of Black Eyed Pea's singer, Fergie's mouth after her vows are "I'm married b $% s"! Sarah Jessica Parker ties the knot wearing black. While we may think that tacky weddings are a practice reserved by the rich and famous, the truth is that they cross all socio-economic barriers. Here are a few of the wackiest and tackiest weddings, cakes and chapters in the twenty-first century:

Army-chic

One particular inventive couple, who chooses to remain anonymous, decided to support their men in Afghanistan by getting married in camouflage. We do not mean in a discreet yet romantic jungle location so that the press and mad Aunt Gertrude could not find them – we mean they literally got married in camouflage. The bride wore a camouflage skirt and a khaki colored veil. The groom at least had the decency to wear a white shirt; however this was coupled with a camouflage jacket. And the cake? It proudly held up two plastic army men.

Vulgar Vegas

Vegas is a bad joke to most people. They may drop the word in a light-hearted conversation if they're joking about eloping or they may know someone who has a cousin who got married in Las Vegas. But the scary truth is that weddings in Vegas are on the rise. Since 1970, weddings have increased five-fold. In fact, recent statistics peg it at 120 000 weddings a year and 50 000 renewals of vows, making up 5% of all weddings in the USA. Elvis would be proud. In fact, Elvis is proud. But this industry is worth over $ 1 billion dollars, so who's laughing now?

Cinderella cheap

Coming in at first place for the tackiest wedding cake of all time is the Cinderella castle cake – so large it needed an entire garage just to house it. Purple and white turrets made up the cake itself with Cinderella and Prince Charming carefully positioned at the front. The cake was framed by a carriage – not made out of pumpkin but out of white balloons and silver plastic wheels. You've got to hand it to this particular bride and groom though – it might be tacky but it's pretty romantic too.

Offbeat Brides.com said it best when they wrote: "Yes everything you want to do for your wedding is tacky. .. [But] when it's all tacky, none of it is really tacky ". There you have it. So now you can use as many sequins, pink bows and cans of whipped cream as you like without even a smidgen of the usual guilt.

Classified Advertising – Online vs. In Print

The downhill slide of daily journalism began decades ago, when television introduced nightly news programs on both a national and local level. That decline, however, has been radically accelerated by the advent of online classified advertising. Craigslist has probably been the most important development for local classified advertising. This simple, unadorned website provides free listings for most of its classifieds, selling only placements for job opportunities.

Classifieds have always been the bread and butter for newspapers, providing the lion’s share of black ink. Yet by three years ago, Craigslist had become a principal local resource for job recruiters. Research organization Classified Intelligence reported two years ago that Craigslist costs the San Francisco Bay Area’s traditional newspapers, and their online divisions, between $50 and $65 million annually in revenues from employment ads alone.

According to the study, Craigslist had 12,200 active job listings on its San Francisco site the week of November 21, 2004. In contrast, the San Francisco Chronicle had 1,500; the Oakland Tribune had 734; the San Jose Mercury News had an estimated 1,700; and the Contra Costa Times had around 1,000. The average recruiting ad in a metro Bay Area daily cost $700 in 2004: on Craigslist it cost $75.

That’s a local snapshot. The same is occurring at a national level, also in the critical area of job recruiting. Careerbuilder.com is the largest job search and recruitment site in the country – it is also owned by a partnership of the Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune newspaper conglomerates. Monster.com defined the art of national job recruiting. There are also elaborate online executive recruiting services that mix the traditional personal touch with digital resume files and client searches.

By 2003, online classifieds had nearly matched the newsprint business in classified revenue. In that year, the market for classified ads in the United States was $15.9 billion (newspapers) and $14.1 billion (online), again according to Classified Intelligence.

There is a widespread belief that the online classifieds are more effective with younger people and the more in-depth advertising probably belongs in print. JupiterResearch, another online ad research firm, says that a lot of people research cars online, for example, because it’s a great price-check resource. Jupiter goes on to say that only 1 in 10 will shop for cars on the Internet. This analytical point overlooks the fact, however, that many people who do their auto shopping with shoe leather are going to dealers that they may have selected online.

The tools for online classifieds provide easy shopping methods and, generally, more information on the sales item. Photos are easily included as well. The trend is expected to continue in all advertising formats, but especially in the classified arena. In Jupiter Research’s “U.S. Local Online Advertising Forecast, 2005 to 2010,” the forecast is that spending in the U.S. for online local advertising will grow at an annual compounded rate of 11 percent, or from 2005 to 2010. Seventy percent of that revenue will come from classifieds.

A reflection of the trend at the national level is that one of the primary reasons for Google’s $500-per-share stock valuation is the fact that their business model garnered them over $9 billion in revenue in 2006. The preponderance of that money was generated by text based classified advertising, developed through partnerships or through the sale of keyword placements.

Readership for traditional dailies does skew to the older generation, especially now that job recruiting has become such an effective online function. But even with high-end, family oriented purchases such as homes, online advertising often outshines its printed counterpart. The real estate sales bible, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is readily available to consumers online – for the first time. The major brokerage chains all have national sites and nearly all local brokers use the web as well.

Important Dates Concerning the Public Domain

The following dates apply to the USA only. We're concentrating on the USA as this has the most creative works available in the Public Domain. We'll come to the UK later on.

• DECEMBER 31st 1922

• 1st JANUARY 1923 – 31st DECEMBER 1963

• IMPORTANT NUMBERS: 28, 67 (or 95)

Anything published in the USA before 1923 ie up to December. 31st 1922, is in the public domain – period! Whatever it is, be it book, photo, painting, music * it does not matter – it's in the Public Domain which means you can do whatever you want with it.

* Actually only sheet music or song lyrics can be in the Public Domain in the USA – ALL music in the form of sound recordings are under copyright until at least 2067. However there is a way to download certain recordings and we'll cover those in another post which will also cover where to find them.

31st Jan. 1923 – 31st Dec. 1963 – Anything published between these two dates automatically came with a 28 year copyright. However if the copyright was NOT renewed in the 28th year then the work fell into the Public Domain. If it was renewed then the copyright extended for another 67 years or 95 years from first being published.

Example: If a work was published in 1930 and the copyright was renewed in 1958 then the copyright would not run out until 2025 (1958 + 67 years = 2025) The other calculation is to add 95 onto the year of publication which is in this case means 1930 + 95 = 2025. It just depends on whichever method you feel comfortable with.

Appropriately between 85% – 93% of all creative works published between these two dates NEVER had the copyright renewed. This means there is a vast ocean of in the available material for you to access and use in whichever way you want.

What about works published from 1964 onwards you might ask? Well from 1964 – 1977 copyright is automatically 95 years from date of publication which means it'll be 2059 before any of that material is in the Public Domain so it really is not relevant if, like me, you're in your 50's already !

This also applies to works published from 1978 onwards despite the length of time of copyright varies between 70 – 120 years or 75 years after the death of the author / creator. Again this is irrelevant for our purposes.

IMPORTANT – In the UK creative works have a copyright until the end of the 70th year after the death of the author / creator. Note that it's the end of the 70th year – not the 70th anniversary of the author's death. So if the author died in JUNE 1930 their work would not be in the Public Domain in the UK until the 1st January 2001

Now it's also important to note that even if the work was published and in the Public Domain in one country it does not mean it's in the Public Domain in another. A good example here is PETER PAN written by JM Barrie.

This was written in 1920 and published in the UK then. It was also published in the USA in 1922 so technically it was in the Public Domain in the USA but NOT in the UK as the author was still alive! In fact he did not die until 1937 so Peter Pan would not normally come into the public domain in the UK until 2008.

However an amendment to the 1988 Copyright Designs and Patents Act in the UK was passed to allow the copyright for Peter Pan to run indefinitely in the UK with all royalties being associated to the trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London, for as long as the hospital exists.

The book could have been sold by anyone if they stayed in the USA without fear of violation of copyright but not so in the UK.

So you now know what dates to look for when searching for a product that's in the Public Domain. They are very important so keep them close for reference.

It's also important to note that there is a lot of information published that does not have copyright. This applications to government publications as these are produced for the general public and paid for out of public funds and so can be used by the general public in any legal way.

There are easy ways to find out if a product is in the Public Domain, especially books which are the most popular product searched for, but we'll talk about those in another post.