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Trading like a Pro

So you want to start trading like the professionals, do ya? Well it may not be as hard as you think. If you know what you’re doing trading things like stocks and foreign currency can be a great way to make some extra money. First it takes some planning and understanding of how things work in the economy and markets. Knowing individual markets can make all the difference between making it big and going broke.

At Check City we’ve seen firsthand how much a given market can change from day to day with our

gold buying program since what we pay out to our customers is based on what the market value is that day. It is important to really be dedicated enough to battle the hard times and stay in when it is mind numbing to do so. Trading is definitely not for the faint of heart and make take the heart right out of people but maybe that’s why it is so exciting for people.

Simplify the way you trade and strategize.

There are so many new people coming into the trade with all of their gizmos and gadgets, all of their charts and calculators as if they will be able to accurately predict every step by complicating the simple of things, Trade. You want to go in with the right mindset and that oftentimes, isn’t easy. It means that you meet with people who have learned to follow their instinct based on past experience and exposure to the markets.

Don’t overthink it

Ya the news scares a lot of newbies but it shouldn’t be something that you live by. There are so many guidelines that are broken by the very people that make them. The best are often the worst at following their own rules. It is important to look at the straight facts as they appear, meaning that as you see things moving on the chart that is when you start making your move on the market.

Don’t be impulsive

It’s the same advice you got at drivers ed. Don’t go out driving if you are mad, sad, or in a crazy mood. It often makes for irrational decisions that can destroy your track record and your financial situation. If you are living by the rules of simple forex trading then you will know that properly managing your money means that you aren’t taking things on like a casino but more like an investment that builds over time. When we cut out emotion we also mean that when you lose don’t be hasty to give up or try and win everything back on the next shot. It takes consistency to play the game like a professional.

Keep track of your results

If you are doing well then you should record what you are doing so you can start making winning a habit. What works for you may not work for other people that is why you really create your own recipe for success and you will be much more apt to remember said recipe if you write it down. Also keep strict record of everything that is going on financially with your trade. This will keep you from falling into nasty surprises.

Develop a schedule and routine

Don’t waste your time at the computer all day. It is definitely not worth it and if you have a specific time that you are consistently doing well and you feel comfortable with, you should consider to pursue it further. Find out what time is best for you and your personality. If you are ready to go big in the market and things aren’t changing very fast because it is afternoon then it may take some reevaluation on your part.

Forget what the people around you are saying

There are many that may call you a glorified gambler or as impulsive as the next casino client but you know in your heart of hearts that it takes much more than a gambler’s impulsivity to make any kind of living. People may also discourage you saying that it can’t be handled or done as a profession. It is important to trust yourself and know that there may be opposition but there has also been opposition with some of the greatest minds and hearts of history. If you look at things in this light, than they become much easier to pursue.

Don’t forget to do your homework

There may be a lot of freedom in this industry but there is no lenience for ignorant people. The market will let you know when you have no idea what you are doing and if you are not gaining understanding of how markets trend then you are failing to professionalize. In sum you may find yourself losing out on more opportunities to grow because you maintain the same mindset.
Overall trading can turn into much more than a part time pleasure. It can be a job and a very lucrative one at that.

How to Sell Gold

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There are some things when decluttering your life that you want to get rid of but don’t necessarily want to just throw away. Precious metals and jewelry may be one of those things. But you don’t want to sell your gold without doing your research first. By remembering these key points you’ll know exactly how to sell your gold.

When you know that you want to sell your old gold for cash, it is important that you know the best way to sell it. Selling gold for cash may require a little more thought than you would think. Doing a little research ahead of time and making sure that you know how to sell your gold properly will ensure that you get the best price for your gold.

What Can You Sell?

Gold buying is the process of selling your gold and other precious metals of value for cash. Some people use gold buying services like Check City because they have some old jewelry they would like to get rid of in exchange for cash. But it isn’t just gold that you can sell at places like Check City. There are an array of precious metals that you can sell to us for cash.

  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Rings
  • Dental gold
  • Pendants
  • Coins
  • Chains
  • Earrings
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Silver
  • Platinum

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What Determines the Value of Gold?

Check City, and many places where you can sell gold, uses the daily New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) market value to determine the value of the gold you want to sell on the day you want to sell it. The NYMEX is part of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange & Chicago Board of Trade Group (CME Group). On their website you can see for yourself their projections of gold prices for this year.

However, the best way to determine the exact value of your gold is to bring it into a Check City Store near you to have it evaluated that same day by an expert. The person evaluating your gold’s value will look at the NYMEX gold prices that day, and then weigh your gold on a jeweler’s scale.

How is Gold Weighed?

A jewelers scale is a sensitive scale that can weigh in grams and karats. It is also a highly accurate kind of scale in order to get the most accurate price evaluation for your gold and other precious metals. This scale will measure the gold in a Troy ounce. This means that there will be 31.1 grams for every 1 Troy ounce. When you are working with the company or individual that is buying your gold, it is important that you know how much your gold weighs and how much you are getting paid per unit. Some people may try to measure your gold in one unit and then pay you based off of another. Pay attention while your gold is being measured to ensure that you are getting paid what you should be getting paid.

Make sure that the person buying your gold is measuring for the karat fineness of the alloy. A karat equals 1/24 of pure gold by weight. Measuring the karats of your gold before you try to sell may be beneficial. You want to make sure you are getting accurate karat count and getting paid accordingly. Some jewelers may not pay what they should and understanding the karat count ahead of time will ensure you can recognize this and go elsewhere to sell your gold.

If you are trying to sell more than one type of gold, it is important that you do not let two different karat weights get weighed together. You will want each type of metal weighed on its own to ensure you are getting a higher price for the higher number of karats. Be aware of which pieces have the heavier karat weight as you are going to sell them.

Market Value of Gold

The price of gold is constantly changing, so make sure you know how to get ahold of the current price of gold. Talk with a jeweler to ensure you have the accurate price for your gold, or keep up with the gold price projections from the New York Mercantile Exchange. When you know the accurate price of gold before heading in to sell, you can be sure you don’t end up selling the gold for less than it is worth. If someone quotes you for a price that is less than what you’ve heard, don’t be afraid to speak up and talk to them about prices.
 

Selling Your Gold

Make sure you sell your gold to a person or company that is reputable. You want to be working with a business that is registered with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that any complaints against the company have been resolved properly. Reading through reports on the Better Business Bureau website is a great way to understand the caliber of the company that you are choosing to work with.

Read the Fine Print

Whenever you decide to sell gold it is important that you understand the fine print of any contract that you sign. You should take the time to read through all of the fine print before you sign anything or before you decide to mail your gold in. If you are selling your gold by mailing it in, it is important that you get the package that you are sending insured.

Shop Around for Gold Buyers

Don’t be afraid to shop around. Look to sell your gold to a few different vendors or even a few different individuals. When you can talk with a few different people that are buying gold, you will be able to get a feel for who you really want to be selling your gold to. Don’t be afraid to walk away from the first few people even if you think you will end up walking back into their place of business. Get a feel for a few different buyers and then make your pick.

What You’ll Need to Bring

You have to make sure you bring your I.D. with you when you purchase gold. Every vendor is required to ask for your I.D. before purchasing gold from you. Bring your I.D. the first time around so you don’t have to run home to get your I.D. in order to make the sale official.
 
When it comes time to sell your gold we hope that you decide to visit your closest Check City Location. If you have any questions about selling your gold for cash feel free to leave them in the comments section below.


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See this comprehensive chart for a thorough history of the price of gold.

4 Investments Worth Making

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With the Up’s and Down’s the economy has experience over the last several years, many people have been left asking the question, “Are there any truly safe investments that can be made these days?” In today’s post we’ll cover the top 4 investments that are still worth making.

1: A House

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A home is one of the most worthwhile investments you will ever make, and what an investment that will be. It may take you decades to pay off your house, but the nice thing about houses is that they increase with value over time.

The value of real-estate rises over time like the value of a car falls, it’s predictable. Your investment will pay itself off and more should the need ever arise to move or sell.

With that in mind, any land you may own will have the same effect. As the amount of available land decreases, prices for land that you own increase.

It’s the law of supply and demand. The less supply available, the more someone is willing to spend when the demand rises. With that being said, be wise when it comes to making your home purchase as well as the improvements that you make during your time living there.

As we learned in 2007 there can sometimes be artificial inflation that happens in the housing market, buying during those times can lead to severe financial turmoil. In addition to being careful when you buy, be careful what improvements you make, understand that some improvements such as landscaping don’t give you as much bang for your buck when it comes time to sell as a remodeled kitchen or bathroom.

2: A Steady Stock

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Certain stocks have shown steady, predictable growth over the years and are therefore, safer to invest in. Oftentimes the growth is slow, but it always moves in the positive direction.

When you plan on putting aside money for a number of years, consider investing it in a steady stock instead of a bank. Your money will appreciate better in an investment rather than a holding cell.

3: An Education

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If you don’t have a post-secondary degree yet, get one. On average, salaries take drastic turns for the better with every degree you get. You are worth more when you have learned more. You come to the table with more to offer, and are therefore a competitive employee. If a company wants you, they’re going to have to pay to keep you.

That’s the beauty of an education. It represents quite the financial investment, but the jobs and salaries that follow are well worth the time. They more than pay themselves off with time. If you have one already, see if there’s anything more that you can be doing to increase yours, ie. attending conferences and keeping up with recent literature.

4: Invest in a Friend

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There is untold power in investing in the people around you.

Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the people that give more and the people that earn more. Some say it comes from a social responsibility. When you’ve been given so much, you are responsible to give to others. The more you give, the more you’re blessed with. Others will say it’s a weird coincidence. Science can’t figure it out, but the phenomenon remains.

The more you invest in the people around you, the more money you are likely to make. You will never know though until you give it a shot. On top of that, you’ll be doing something to make a difference in people’s lives. Whether you give them a fish and feed them for a day, or teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime, the results will be the same.

For one, you’ll help someone, someone that needs help like you’ve needed in your life. For another, you’ll share an excellent example to those that might continue the legacy themselves (like your children).

Finally, and least importantly, you’ll feel great about what you did—changing someone’s life. Invest in the people and community around you. This doesn’t always mean you invest monetarily. Many times it will simply be getting to know someone new, offering a listening ear, or showing someone that’s ignored that you care. No other investment will give you the return of investing others. This is the best investment you will ever make.


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Take a look at “Planning Investments while Budgeting” to learn more about how you can include your worthwhile investments in your budget.

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