Basics Of The Mechanics Behind Electronic Trading

Basics Of The Mechanics Behind Electronic TradingElectronic trading is easy. Log in to your account. Select the security you wish to buy or sell. Click the mouse or tap your phone, and the transaction takes place. From an investor’s perspective, it’s simple and easy. But behind the scenes, it is a complex process backed by an impressive array of technology. What was once associated with shouting traders and wild hand gestures has now become more closely associated with statisticians and computer programmers.

First Step: Open an Account

The first step is to open an account with a brokerage firm. This can be done electronically or by completing and mailing the appropriate forms. You will need to provide personal information, such as your name and address, that enables the firm to identify you, along with a bit of information about your investing experience level. Then the firm can evaluate whether the account you are seeking is appropriate. For example, if you have no experience trading stocks but wish to open an account that lets you trade using borrowed money (margin account), your application may be denied. [Read more...]

Backyard Makeover

I decided this year that for my summer project would be a backyard makeover. Thankfully, I am blessed to live near lush forest and have the benefit of a sizable yard. However, my backyard was dull and needed some help in the worst way. Therefore, my husband and I chose to make the following improvements during the summer months:


One problem we had with the backyard involved the absence of a walkway. We have a lovely walkway in the front made using antique bricks that were given to us by my Grandfather. Since there were no other bricks available, we decided to purchase pavers. First, we cleared the walkway area, which was no easy feat, and then we leveled it as best we could. Once we felt it was in good shape, we placed some weed blocking material down and some sand. Finally, we added the pavers. The end result turned out better than I dreamed.


Although the walkway was a lot of physical work, it took little skill to complete. However, we knew we were over our heads so to speak in regards to designing and constructing a Rhino Deck. Therefore, we hired in some Rhino Deck building experts and worked with them to design our dream deck. After the construction of our deck, which was made of composite materials that required no staining or painting, I began outfitting the deck with stylish furniture thus creating an ideal location for entertaining.


Along the back side of our house, we decided to plant some bushes that would camouflage our foundation. In front of the line of bushes, we planted some flowers, which added color to the yard. I chose hardy bushes and flowers that could take the direct sun as the back of our home gets quite a bit of sun in the evenings in particular. After adding the plants, deck and walkway, our backyard began to look completely different.

Coi pond:

My son has always wanted a coi pond, and our recent backyard renovation seemed the perfect opportunity to fulfill his wishes. We had some extra space in which a pond would fit, so we followed directions and installed the pond. We even added a fountain to keep the water flowing. I love how a fountain sounds as it is so relaxing.


After finishing the coi pond, we placed a few benches around the pond to create seating options. I most certainly enjoyed trying out our new bench while watching the fish play and listening to the melody of the water in the fountain.


After all the other elements were completed, we decided to add some outdoor solar lighting to the backyard. We began by adding some along our sidewalk and then began working them in around the yard. One great aspect regarding solar lighting is I didn’t have to worry about cords. In addition, they come on automatically ensuring they are always on when needed.

Once our summer backyard project was completed, we invited a few family and friends over for a cookout. It was so pleasant, and we were told over and over how great our backyard looked. I cannot wait to implement my summer project for next year. For our next project, I want to add a pool. After acquiring a pool, I plan on having the guys come back who constructed our Rhino Deck to place one around the pool as I can imagine the beauty of the end result.

In Traumatic Situations, Basic Knowledge Of First Aid Could Save A Life

In Traumatic Situations, Basic Knowledge Of First Aid Could Save A LifeAccidents happen anytime and anywhere… at home, in school, at work, in a sporting event, maybe even at a party and, certainly, during times of calamity.

Being equipped with the basic knowledge to help others can spell a big difference in a person’s survival.

The goal is to provide immediate care, stabilize the victim and transfer to a hospital facility.

Here is a list of common situations with their basic first aid treatment: [Read more...]

Friendships That Go Way, Way Back

Friendships That Go Way, Way BackHaving a childhood friend that you’re still close to today is very special. Those who have one share how much richer their lives have become because of the presence of these friends in their lives.

Early Bonds

Chinggay and Gigi have been friends since they were in preschool. “It’s been solid over the years,” says Chinggay about their friendship. “There have been highs and lows—highs when we’re into the same thing and we’re always together and talking, lows when we both get busy and communication dwindles. But without forcing the issue, we always end up talking to each other again within a few weeks and catching each other up on our lives.” [Read more...]

How Was Your Day Today, Honey?

How Was Your Day Today, HoneyWhen was the last time you sat down at the dinner table and had a conversation with your family?

Some consider themselves lucky to be able to carve out time from their busy schedules to have dinner at home several times a week. Although sadly, many have a habit of eating while watching TV, talking on the phone, or fiddling with a tablet that they’re just too occupied to ask how each other’s day went.

The benefits of shared meals

It’s such a simple thing but it makes all the difference, especially to children. In fact, a 2010 study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University shows that teens who have less than three family dinners a week are twice as likely to smoke. They’re also more likely to use alcohol and marijuana, compared to teens who eat dinner with the family almost every day.

Parents get something good out of these shared meals too. According to a 2008 Brigham Young University study, parents are less stressed if they make it home in time for dinner. They don’t feel resentful about their workplace and feel successful about their relationships with their spouses and kids. 

Taking action

To help strengthen family bonds through shared meals, last year the government declared every fourth Monday of September as “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga” day, coinciding with the celebration of Family Week. It’s an advocacy that’s spearheaded in the country by “Lucky Me!” noodles maker, Monde Nissin Corporation which recently organized a filmmaking contest among students and enthusiasts to help spread the word.

“This is our own way of giving back to society. We wish to remind and encourage parents to be actively involved in their children’s lives and we wish to help raise happy, healthy and successful children,” says Monde Nissin’s Gen dela Pena.

One of the short film contest’s winners, Mary Char Bey de Castro realized the importance of meal time with the family after making the movie “Aida,” starring veteran actress Anita Linda, with her church mates. “During meal time kasi dun lang talaga nagkakaroon ng reconnection yung family. Kapag meal time lang talaga, dun lang nakakapag-usap heart-to-heart yung pamilya. Dun lang talaga nagkakaharap-harapan.”

Tips to start now

We know that getting the entire family together for a meal can be just as challenging as preparing dinner, so here are some tips to get you started:

1.Start small. Set aside time within the week that you can solely devote to eating with the family. When it becomes a habit, work your way up until it becomes something you do on a daily basis.

2.Be flexible. It doesn’t always have to be dinner. You can grab a quick bite after school or have a powwow over late-night snack.

3.Make sure to turn off the TV and put all electronic gadgets in the middle of the table where they’re beyond everyone’s reach.  

4.Make meals fun. Get everyone involved in the cooking, especially kids, because it makes them feel proud, not to mention, makes them eat with more gusto. Change it up and do themes, if you like. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion. 

Proper Pet Care With Jenna Huhn

As a lifelong animal lover, Jenna Huhn is naturally drawn to activities and charities that support these four-legged friends. Her work with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C., has provided her with a new perspective on animal care and the transformative effect of matching the right pet to the right person. Providing pets with the care they need to enjoy happy, healthy lives is an essential part of the adoption and rehoming process.

Spay or Neuter

Lucky Dog Rescue is committed to finding forever homes for the dogs and cats in its care. However, millions more are waiting across the country and may never find the loving and committed owners they need to live happy and comfortable lives. Spaying and neutering companion animals can prevent unwanted litters and can ensure longer and healthier lives for the dogs and cats already in need of homes.

Shots and Veterinary Visits

Vaccinations against common pet diseases, including rabies, can protect dogs and cats against contracting these dangerous illnesses. Keeping pets up-to-date on shots and veterinary care can make a real difference in their longevity and overall state of health.


Especially for dogs, regular brushing and visits to the pet groomer can prevent matted fur and keep canine companions comfortable throughout the year. Clipping toenails can prevent them from snagging on carpet or scratching hardwood floors.

Jenna Huhn’s work with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and her experiences with her own dogs, Leo and Knoxx, have demonstrated the value of proper pet care in establishing a loving and lasting rapport between pets and people.

So, Who Holds More Power In Marriage?

So, Who Holds More Power In MarriageWhen it comes to a happy marriage, in both the long and short term, a new US study says that wives hold the power.

University of Berkeley researchers have found a wife’s ability to keep calm and quickly regain composure after an argument was the key to long-term marital satisfaction, and was far more important than a husband’s post-fight reaction.

The findings appeared online this week in the journal Emotion.

“When it comes to managing negative emotion during conflict, wives really matter,” said psychologist Lian Bloch, lead author of the study. “Emotions such as anger and contempt can seem very threatening for couples. But our study suggests that if spouses, especially wives, are able to calm themselves, their marriages can continue to thrive.” [Read more...]