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Best Investment Apps of 2019

by eric rosenberg and latoya irby

 

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Investment apps are growing to become one of the top options for new investors to get involved in the stock market. And even experienced investors may find opportunities to save money and improve their portfolios with one of the available investing apps.

While you used to have to pick up a phone and call a stockbroker to make a trade, which came with a steep commission, now you can pick up your phone and tap your screen a few times to trade instantly—either for free or at a relatively low cost.

Whether you want to buy your first stock or you’ve been doing it for years, consider these top investment apps that are poised to be top performers in 2019 and beyond.

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 Best for Free Stock Trades: Robinhood

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Sir Robin of Locksley, better known as Robin Hood, became a famous character for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. If you like the idea of empowering everyone to get into the stock market, Robinhood is a favorite option.

Robinhood offers free stock trades. And “free” doesn’t mean “free, but with fees and other costs.” Trades have zero commission. Just download the app, connect to your bank, fund your account, and you can trade fee-free. For extended trading hours and margin accounts, you can upgrade to Robinhood Gold for a fee.

Robinhood is essentially a no-frills online stock brokerage. Because they don’t have fancy offices around the country, they can run a lower cost operation and pass on the savings to investors like you. The company makes money from Robinhood Gold users and earning interest on account cash balances.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best stock trading apps.

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 Best for Automated Investing: Acorns

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If you don’t want to think much about your investments but want to contribute regularly, Acorns is a top option. Link a debit or credit card to the app and Acorns will “round up” your transactions to the next dollar and invest the “spare change” you would have received had you paid in cash. Acorns invests your funds automatically in one of five professionally managed ETF portfolios.

Accounts with a balance up to $5,000 pay just $1 per month and accounts with a balance over $5,000 pay a competitive 0.25% fee. For college students with a .edu email, you can use Acorns for free for up to four years from the date of registration.

The existing portfolios focus on low-cost exchange-traded funds that offer you diverse investments without a giant starting investment. A few dollars here and there adds up, and Acorns makes it easy to invest at small dollar levels.

Check out our guide to the best stock market apps you can buy today.

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 Best for Learning About Investing: Stash

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With identical pricing to Acorns, Stash offers a low-cost method to build a diverse portfolio. But where Acorns invests for you automatically, Stash can help you learn how to make the best investment decisions yourself.

The Stash app includes educational content customized to your investment preferences. You can choose between values-driven portfolios focused on different investing themes, or build your own custom portfolio. Then you can set up an “Auto-Stash” plan for recurring investments or add funds when you choose.

For any beginning investor, all of the terms, acronyms, and phrases of the investment world can be overwhelming. Stash does not give the depth of research on companies that many stock brokerages do, but if you don’t yet speak the language of investing, you have to start somewhere. Stash is an excellent choice for a starting point.

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 Best for Retirement: Vault

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If you’re a self-employed freelancer, you won’t have access to an employer 401(k) plan and will have to put together your own retirement plan. There are many options for the self-employed to invest, but one of the coolest around is Vault.

Vault allows anyone to open an IRA, Roth IRA, or SEP IRA account for their investments. A SEP is a type of IRA specific type of retirement account for self-employed workers. But whatever form of IRA you want, Vault gives you the ability to invest based on a specific percentage of your income.

When money is deposited into your account through a freelance job, the Vault app gives me a notification to approve depositing the percentage you picked in your IRA account at Vault. You can also choose to invest your percentage automatically without requiring manual approval. Vault uses the same pricing model as Acorns and Stash.

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 Best for Stock Gifting: Stockpile

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Stockpile offers a unique approach to buying and selling stocks. You can buy fractional shares of nearly any company through Stockpile. Alternatively, you can fund an account with a stock gift card that gives the lucky recipient shares of stock starting at $5.

There are no monthly fees and all trades are 99 cents. This app is especially exciting for parents or grandparents looking to get kids or young adults interested in investing and the stock market. Instead of giving a gift card that they will blow shopping, you can give them $20 of your favorite stock.

Stockpile offers over 1,000 investments include single stocks and ETFs. For example, you can gift shares of a stock like Disney or Apple, or give a basket of stocks in a Vanguard, iShares, or other ETF. You can give e-gift card or physical gift cards or fund an account through a bank transfer. This is a gift that literally pays dividends.

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 Best for Microinvesting: Clink

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Clink is a savings-based app that invests your funds into a portfolio of Vanguard based Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) based on how aggressive you want to be with your investments. You can schedule a certain percentage of your purchases to be added to your Clink account after transactions. Say, for example, you spend a lot on dining. You can opt to have 10% of your dining purchases transferred to your Clink account each time. You can also schedule regular transfers from your checking account to your Clink account.

With Clink, there’s no minimum investment amount — just a $10,000 daily limit. There’s a $1 monthly fee for portfolios up to $5,000 and a 0.25% fee on balances above $5,000.

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 Best for Features: TD Ameritrade Mobile

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TD Ameritrade is one of the biggest and most recognizable brokerages. The TD Ameritrade app is available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. The app is free to download and there’s no account minimum to get started.

Watch over 20 educational videos to gain additional investing knowledge. You can even set price alerts to receive a notification when your investments hit a specific price points. There’s no minimum deposit to open an account which means you can start investing with any amount. There’s a $6.95 fee for each trade.

In addition to managing your portfolio through the mobile app, you can also login online to access additional features.

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 Best for College Savings: Wealthfront

Wealthfront is for those who want to use passive investment to build wealth. The app includes some built-in intelligence to help you maximize your investments, but also to invest based on your risk tolerance.

Start by connecting your most important accounts to the app and it analyzes your spending to learn about your finances. It takes into account your spending and your goals to create a strategy personalized just for you. The app invests your money into up to 11 ETFs, rebalances periodically based on deposits and market fluctuations, and even offers a 529 College Savings Plan as an investment option. It even has a few extras features like tax loss harvesting and direct and advanced indexing.

The Wealthfront app is free for the first $10,000 you invest. After that, it’s 0.25% per year. There’s a $500 minimum balance requirement.

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Almeida Real Estate Hamburg, NY

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The Book “The 4 Routes To Entrepreneurial Success”

written by John B Miner

The book “The 4 Routes to Entrepreneurial Success” can be downloaded or read here for FREE at https://www.scribd.com/document/409302374/John-B-Miner-The-4-Routes-to-Entrepreneurial-Success-Berrett-Koehler-Publishers-1996-pdf

This book is being used by many colleges to teach business or as part of an MBA business degree. On pages 45 and 46 the author talks about Almeida Real Estate. My older brother and I were both Real Estate Brokers and an important part of the real estate community in Hamburg and western New York at the time. I have since moved my family to DFW Texas. Almeida Realty is mostly involved in real estate consulting and investments, I’m also CEO of World News US and an aspiring writer among other things. cj Almeida

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Starting A Web Business – Free Training & Information

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How To Start An Internet Business – Free Training

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. Philippines

JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the Philippines

JPMorgan Chase began operations in the Philippines in 1961 with a representative office. Since then, we expanded our presence into a fully integrated franchise, comprised of Investment Banking, Treasury Services, Markets, Investor Services as well as the Global Service Center. We have a number of legal entities operating in the country, including the Manila branch of the bank, which has a commercial banking license as well as a derivatives license, and a securities company with a seat on the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Our Culture

In 2005, we launched the Global Service Center (GSC) in Manila to provide a wide variety of strategic support to the Consumer & Community Banking and the Corporate & Investment Bank lines of business. We currently operate in two cities (Metro Manila and Cebu).

Throughout the years, our contribution to economic development and employment has gathered recognition from various organizations, most recently the 2013 Apolinario Mabini Award for Employer of the Year and Gold award for Disabled-Friendly Establishment of the Year from the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc.

And our long-term commitment to the country is also seen in our portfolio of investments and disaster response initiatives in partnership with leading not-for-profit organizations, along with our employees turning in thousands of volunteer hours towards a wide range of causes.

In the Philippines, we operate across the following lines of business:

Corporate and Investment Bank

Our J.P. Morgan wholesale banking lines of business include the Investment Bank, Treasury Services, and the Corporate Banking teams. We offer clients a full spectrum of investment banking services: Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commodities, Equities, Fixed Income and Research. Our Treasury Services is a top-ranked global provider of treasury management, trade finance, liquidity and commercial card solutions; while our Investor Services is a global leader in custody, securities lending, fund accounting and administration. Our wholesale banking business office is located in Makati City.

Global Service Center (GSC)

The GSC provides support, including operational, research, IT and training across our lines of business.

The GSC services clients and customers of our various lines of businesses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week around the world. The GSC includes functions such as human resources, performance improvement, quality assurance, technology, accounting, account servicing, collections, operations and operations management, project management, and risk & compliance.

Corporate Infrastructure Groups

Our infrastructure teams support internally our J.P. Morgan wholesale businesses as well as the Global Service Center in the Philippines. These corporate groups include Finance, Legal & Compliance, Corporate Real Estate & General Services, Technology and Human Resources.

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Betting On Bitcoin (don’t)

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Everyone’s talking about cryptocurrencies, even if they don’t fully understand them. Some people are even investing in them. Joining the craze is only getting easier. Apps like RobinHood and exchanges like CoinBase make investing in bitcoin, ether and a dizzying number of other digital currencies as simple as pointing and clicking. Even banks and brokerages are cashing in.

Although some people get rich, many more do not. That’s because cryptocurrencies are so volatile that a chart of their value looks like an EKG printout. The price of bitcoin rose more than 2,000% in 2017 to a record $20,000, but by early 2018, it had fallen more than 50%. Bitcoin is now trading at just under 3,600.

The roller coaster nature arises from sudden changes in the perceived value of a given cryptocurrency. Although their prices are, like traditional stocks, determined by supply and demand, hype also plays a role. News coverage can influence prices, too. Any mention of someone hacking a cryptocurrency exchange sends prices plummeting, for example, while even the rumor of greater regulation reassures investors and drives up prices.

Adding to the uncertainty, the space is largely unregulated and bad actors abound. While companies face many regulatory hurdles before an initial public offering, launching an initial coin offering is much easier as the space is so unregulated. That makes it easy to place ill-fated investments in poorly conceived or dubious companies that haven’t been vetted, let alone required to meet any financial, accounting, or ethical standards. That leads some people to argue that no one truly invests in cryptocurrencies, they only speculate on it.

“Their only value is in the belief that someone later will pay more,” says Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at The International Computer Science Institute. None of this leaves people any less eager to bet on bitcoin and its ilk.

But anyone thinking of doing so should think twice. And perhaps think twice again.

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How to Make a Million after Age 70

Retire And Become A Millionaire After Age 70

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Just about all of us imagine the thrill of getting rich someday.

There is an almost universal appeal to the notion of having enough money to sit on a beach and sip tropical drinks, or to travel the world while leisurely crossing items on your “bucket list.”

Unfortunately, some of us dream a little too long. Then, we wake up one day to find we are 70, wondering where all that time — and money — has gone. If you are entering your 70s and have scant savings, you probably have packed up fantasies of great wealth. But is the dream really over? Andy Tilp, founder of Trillium Valley Financial Planning in Sherwood, Ore., says it is still possible to get rich late in life, “but not without a lot of work and sacrifice of time.”

Following are a few ideas for how to make a million after age 70.

How to make a million: Invest aggressively

In your 20s, you can invest dribs and drabs in the stock market and — through the wonders of compounding — become a millionaire by the time you retire. Unfortunately, that magic trick no longer works once you turn 70.

“The biggest challenge a 70-year-old has in getting rich is, obviously, time,” Tilp says. “The younger you start, the easier it is.”

To become rich after 70, you’ll need to invest a lot of money every month, and pray for good returns.

James Twining, founder of Financial Plan in Bellingham, Wash., has run the numbers. He figures a 70-year-old starting with nothing would need to invest $2,393 a month at an annually compounded rate of 10 percent per year to earn a cool $1 million by age 85.

More From Bankrate: Calculator: How long until you save $1 million?

“The equity markets have indeed returned an average of 10 percent per year since 1926,” he says. “So, it is not unreasonable.”

Older investors wishing to get rich sooner may be tempted to gamble on high-stakes stock picks. But such a strategy actually decreases the odds of success, Twining says. “The biggest challenge will be to resist the temptation to take risks by concentrating the portfolio — attempting to pick winners, or to time the market,” he says.

How to make a million: Start a business

Starting a business is one of the oldest and surest ways to build wealth. That may seem like a younger person’s game, and the energy and drive needed to make a business succeed should not be underestimated.

Still, a septuagenarian may actually have some advantages when starting a business, says George Middleton, investment manager and financial planner at Limoges Investment Management in Vancouver, Wash.

“He or she has accumulated 70 years of experience in something,” he says. “Explore what that something is that has value to others.”

More From Bankrate: Frugal retirees: Go ahead, spend your money

William Carrington, founder of Carrington Financial Planning in Arlington, Va., is another fan of starting a business late in life.

“The surest path to wealth is through business ownership,” he says.

Carrington agrees with Middleton that most people in their 70s have developed expertise in at least one area that is marketable. He says your human capital is the best asset you own.

“Investing and believing in ourselves gives us the best chance for financial success,” he says.

Not only can a business make people rich, but it also allows them to spread the wealth, he says.

“They could hire other senior citizens as part-time, inexpensive — and reliable — employees,” he says.

How to make a million: Delay Social Security

In the world of retirement savings, Social Security is like a loyal dog. Everything else may fail you, but good old Rover remains by your side. The way you tap Social Security payments can enhance your odds of becoming rich, says Barry Korb, president of Lighthouse Financial Planning in Potomac, Md.

“Many middle-class couples could accumulate $1 million if they delayed claiming their Social Security until age 70, and then saved and appropriately invested,” he says. Korb imagines a scenario where a couple, in which both people are age 66 and entitled to the maximum Social Security earnings, delays payments until age 70. That would result in an increase of 32 percent in payments — $845 per month for each person, or $1,690 for the couple.

If the couple takes that extra money, invests it in a Standard & Poor’s 500 index fund and averages a 7.84 percent return after taxes over the years, they would be millionaires by their 92nd birthday, he says.

More From Bankrate: Creating a happy retirement

Korb’s calculations do not account for Social Security inflation adjustments, meaning the couple could reach its goal sooner. His example illustrates the powerful financial benefit of waiting until age 70 to collect Social Security.

“What they are buying for that delay is a government-guaranteed inflation-adjusted annuity with effectively no risk,” he says.

How to make a million: Buy real estate

If you are of modest means and hope to get rich late in life, you need to make a lot of money relatively quickly.

“Given a short time horizon, the client’s advanced age and the lofty goal, he would have to be willing to take significant risk,” says Eric Toya, partner and director of wealth management at Navigoe, a financial planning firm in Redondo Beach, Calif.

One of the best — albeit riskiest — ways to boost returns is to use leverage. Traditionally, real estate has been the chief way people have used leverage to get rich in shorter periods of time.

For example, if you buy a $500,000 property with a 20 percent down payment, your investment is $100,000. If the property appreciates 5 percent in the first year, it will be worth $525,000 — a $25,000 gain, or a 25 percent return on your original investment.

However, Toya offers a word of caution to those who are determined to channel their inner Donald Trump.

“The risks are significant,” Toya says. “(The investor) might overpay for a property, or underestimate the amount of work a property needs to rent or flip.”

And as millions of Americans have discovered in recent years, a large decline in property values locally or nationwide can leave you underwater and staring at a large loss.

Forget about making a million

Of course, one question looms over this entire enterprise.

“Why is it so important to make $1 million in the first place?” asks Kenneth Robinson, founder of Practical Financial Planning in Cleveland.

Alan B. Ungar, president of Critical Capital Management in Westlake Village, Calif., believes that a quest to become a millionaire after age 70 is simply reckless.

“Get-rich schemes very rarely work,” he says. “Somebody who is 70 or older would be foolish to give it a try.”

Twining says it is possible that some 70-year-olds might want to get rich out of concern for the well-being of dependents they will leave behind. Otherwise, he says, it is rare to encounter older investors with such grandiose goals.

Any opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author.

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Best Mutual Funds for Stable Returns

The Best Mutual Funds for Safety and Stable Returns

Which are the safest mutual funds to buy? I often get that question from friends, family and clients. Or they might ask, “How can I get good returns without taking too much risk?”

The word “safe” is a relative term. If you want to buy an investment that is guaranteed never to lose value, you won’t find anything that can be accurately defined as an investment, such as stocksbonds and mutual funds that have risk of losing principal. If you want guaranteed principal, you’ll put your money in a bank account or certificate of deposit (CD). But in exchange for the guarantee, you’ll be fortunate to find something that earns more than 1%, especially if its FDIC insured.

There’s nothing “guaranteed” (other than a few misleading insurance products with hidden fees) that I’ve seen in all of my 15 years as an investment advisor that pays higher than the rate of inflation, which averages around 3%. If you’re earning anything less than that, you’re doing something I call “losing money safely.”

The fundamental idea of investing is to grow wealth, which can only be done effectively by earning an average rate of return that beats inflation over time. If you’re not doing this, your money will be worth less in the future than it is today. That’s essentially losing money! Does that fit the definition of safe?

The Safest Mutual Funds You Can Buy

Before providing examples of the safest mutual funds, let’s define what we mean by safety. First, remember that safe doesn’t always mean guaranteed; safe generally means protecting your savings, which includes staying ahead of inflation. Therefore, ironically, to be safe from inflation, you need to take at least a small amount of risk. Otherwise, you’ll lose money in a way that can be considered legalized theft — where the banks hold your money and pay you a tiny interest rate while they invest at a higher rater it or loan it out to other bank customers at a higher rate.

But again, to get returns that average higher than the rate of inflation, you must take some degree of risk, which is to say that you must be willing to accept brief declines in market value in order to receive average returns higher than 3% over time.

The safest mutual funds that can either match or stay ahead of inflation by a small degree are bond funds. In fact, there is one particular bond type that is commonly used as a benchmark for what is called “the risk-free rate” and that’s US Treasury Bonds.

A few good choices for bond funds that invest in US Treasury bonds are Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond Index (VSBSX) and Fidelity Intermediate Government Income (FSTGX). VSBIX has only been around since 2010 but 2013 saw a loss of more than 2% for most bond funds and this fund still managed a positive return of 0.29%. FSTGX lost 1.26% that year but will likely average between 3% and 4% for long-term returns, whereas VSBSX won’t likely get more than 3%.

Note that I mentioned “loss” with these funds. Because the investor is not holding bonds (they are holding shares of the mutual fund), bond funds can lose money, although the average bond fund will only have brief declines in value in around one calendar year out of about seven to ten years. For this reason, an investment time horizon of at least three years is ideal for investing in bond funds.

Best Mutual Funds for Stability

When investors say they are seeking safety, they often mean that they want stability in price or low fluctuation in value. The types of mutual funds for stability will usually be balanced funds or target-date retirement funds, which are mutual funds that invest in a balance of stocks, bonds and cash, or other mutual funds, within one fund.

Sometimes called “funds of funds,” balanced funds and target-date funds can diversify the holdings in such a way that losses are rare but long-term returns are higher than most bond funds.

One of the best balanced funds with a history of stable returns above the rate of inflation is Vanguard Wellesley Income (VWINX). One of the worst years for stocks was 2008, when the S&P 500 Index declined by 37%. VWINX had a loss of only 9.8%, which beats 90% of all conservative allocation mutual funds. The long-term returns (10 years or more) average nearly 7%. In different words, a patient investor who doesn’t mind an occasional loss of around 10% in one year out of about 10 years, but still get average annualized returns significantly above the rate of inflation can consider VWINX.

As for target-date retirement funds, the lowest risk, most stable funds will usually be those with a target date year close to the current year. For example, as I write this, the year is 2015. For the best price stability, I might choose a fund like Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 (VTXVX), which is already conservative (at approximately 45% stocks, 45% bonds and 5% cash as of July 2015), and will gradually get more conservative as the time goes on.

Bottom Line on Investing for Safety and Stability

Before deciding to make your priority safety or stability, be sure to know your priorities. If you need your money in less than three years, it’s not in your best interest to invest in mutual funds. And if your priority is safety, and you don’t mind earning near-zero interest, mutual funds are probably not the best choice.

But if you want to keep up with (or outperform) inflation with your investments, you’ll need to take some degree of risk and be willing to see the infrequent but inevitable declines in value.

If you are not sure how much risk is right for you, try measuring your risk tolerance.

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The Forex Trader

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Life of a currency day-trader, with 30 years experience.
His system: this is millions of $dollars worth of free advice.
I only trades one pair EUR/USD, get to know the pair in
your sleep, keep it simple the more complex the greater
your chances of losing your money.
Remember the 90/90/90 rule, (90% of the people lose 90% of
their money in 90 days) the truth is they lose 100% of their money.
They let you open accounts with $500, $1000, $5000 don’t be
stupid you have no chance, just send me the money at least
some good will come of it.
I trade on experience only, no charts, no trends, or experts
I follows general world news information, I’m a contrarian
by nature…you have to understand for a few  people to make
$millions many have to lose 10’s of $thousands.
You can’t start small if you don’y have $100k, earn and learn
until you have it, once you open a $100,000 account you only
trade $5-10K of it at first, if you can’t make money…put your
money in a mutual fund.
For example right this moment at 6:20 Dallas time 12/11/2018,
the market is flat no movement, seems the current opinion is
buy the dollar. I don’t care what happens tomorrow all I care
about is tonight before the NY market opens tomorrow morning,
I bought 2000 contract eur at 113.19
Notice my leverage is 1:100, I could be trading 1:400,  but I won’t
I don’t like the risk.
I don’t use stops, I use sound alerts sometimes, trade an hour
trade 6 but if you can’t watch your trades…don’t trade, remember
there is a market 5 days a week for 24 hours a day and it will be there
the rest of your life.

Finally there is nothing that can make you more money than currency trading…nothing comes even close.

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Forex Daily Cut-Off

DEFINITION of Daily Cut-Off

In the Forex market, the daily cut-off is a specified point in time set by a Forex dealer to stand as the end of the current trading day and the beginning of a new trading day. This is done for primarily administrative and logistical reasons, because although the Forex market trades 24 hours a day, the market and its intermediaries require a specified beginning and end to each trading day in order to record trade dates and define settlement periods.

BREAKING DOWN Daily Cut-Off

For example, let’s say a Forex dealer specified that the daily cut-off was 5:00 pm every day, and a trader placed two Forex trades on the evening of January 1 – one at 4:50 pm and another at 5:10 pm. Since the daily cut-off is 5:00 pm, the first trade would be booked as taking place on January 1, while the second would be recorded as a January 2 trade, since it took place after the daily cut-off.

The daily cut-off date is important in that it sets the value date for the specific trade. Because spot trades are settled T+2, the trade date is required. For example, in the scenario above, the trade done at 4:50 pm will have a settlement date of January 3, assuming January 2 and 3 are not weekends, and the trade done at 5:10 pm, will settle the following business day. So, despite the trades being just 20 minutes apart and on the same day they will settle on separate days.

Most currencies will have a daily cut-off of late afternoon eastern time. However, some emerging market currencies will cut-off earlier in the day, especially for those trades that are non deliverable.

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Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame: What to be excited for in IMAX

AJ CaulfieldDec. 7, 2018 3:13 EST
The fourth Avengers flick will make you cry in ultra-high definition.

Avengers: Endgame isn’t just the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War or the beginning of the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it’s also the second Hollywood film in history to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras, the first being Infinity War itself. And there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to the IMAX screenings of Endgame.

To deliver crisp visuals and audio that reverbs through theaters and pounds through viewers’ chests, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo made use of 65mm ALEXA IMAX cameras when shooting the film. The footage was captured with the 2D digital cameras, then combined with the remastering process of IMAX to deliver “the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colors, and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast,” as IMAX describes it.

Those who head to IMAX theaters will also get to see up to 26 percent more picture compared to standard screens, as the shooting process makes it so the image fills the entire screen. Like IMAX told us, “Experiencing this movie in any other format will mean that audiences are missing 26 percent of the action!”

The Russo brothers’ experience shooting with IMAX cameras actually began before Avengers: Infinity War. The filmmaking pair shot the famous airport battle scene in Captain America: Civil War using the revolutionary camera. After that, utilizing the camera again for the third and fourth Avengers films was a no-brainer.

Way back in 2015, when Marvel was still referring to the movies as Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2 and when the directors still intended to shoot the movies back-to-back, Joe and Anthony Russo announced plans to film all sequences using IMAX cameras.

“The intent with the Infinity War films is to bring ten years of accumulative storytelling to an incredible climax,” they said in a joint statement. “We felt that the best way to exploit the scale and scope required to close out the final chapter of these three phases, was to be the first films shot entirely on the IMAX/ARRI Digital camera.”

Added IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster at the time, “We could not be more excited to deepen our partnership with Joe and Anthony Russo, a pair of filmmakers we believe are next-generation trailblazers. Marvel’s Avengers franchise has become a global phenomenon and to have it pay off in this epic way using the IMAX/ARRI digital camera is the very definition of event movie-going.”

All this considered, catching Avengers: Endgame in IMAX sounds well worth the extra miles you may have to drive to your nearest IMAX theater. Seeing Chris Evans’ (sadly beardless) Captain America and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow partner up with Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man in the best resolution possible? Watching, in crystal-clear picture, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight an even bigger fight in the post-Thanos-snap world? Witnessing what very well could be the last Marvel movie several stars appear in — all in the brightest colors, sharpest details, and most striking contrast imaginable? Yeah, count us in.

Avengers: Endgame opens in IMAX and standard format on April 26, 2019.

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