The easiest way to start investing in stocks

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Money may not buy happiness, but it sure can provide security. In today’s world, being financially secure can relieve anxiety and stress, and who couldn’t use a little of that?But just how do you go about becoming financially secure?You could get a side hustle. You could find better ways to save. Or you can use your money to make more money.With as little as a few hundred dollars, you can help shore up your savings and get that financial security that you’ve been looking for.If you want to invest on your own, the first thing you need to do is open an online brokerage account.An online brokerage account is the easiest and most inexpensive way to buy stocks.If you don’t know anything about brokerage accounts, here is a good read that can shed some light on that subject.If you think you’re ready to get going, here are two of your best options for opening an account, according to nerdwallet…TD Ameritrade:“TD Ameritrade makes up for higher-than-average trading commissions with better-than-average service, research and trading tools that will make everyone from beginner investors to active traders happy.”Plus, trades are only $6.95 and there’s no account minimum.Merrill Edge: “Merrill Edge offers high-quality customer service, robust research and low fees.”And like TD Ameritrade, there are no account minimums and trades are also only $6.95.last_img read more

SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS 2: Second US death, speeding vaccine production, quarantined foreigners, House spending proposal

first_imgMay 5, 2009 Mexico sent a plane to China to pick up about 70 Mexicans who were quarantined there, Reuters reported today. The plane made stops in Shanghai and Beijing and was scheduled to go on to Guangzhou and Hong Kong before flying home, the story said. Meanwhile, a Chinese plane picked up 79 Chinese in Mexico City and was expected to pick up 20 more in Tijuana before flying them home, Reuters reported, citing a Xinhua story. US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today at a press briefing that drug companies will accelerate production of the seasonal flu vaccine to help provide the capacity to make a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus. Health officials have said the CDC is developing a seed strain as the first step toward making the vaccine, though a decision to use the vaccine would be considered separately. US House Democrats have unveiled a $94.2 billion emergency supplemental spending bill that includes $2 billion for battling a potential worsening of the flu epidemic, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. President Barack Obama had asked for $1.5 billion for the flu epidemic. Most of the money in the bill is intended for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [AFP report] Texas reported the nation’s second death from the novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu), in a woman from Cameron County who had a chronic health condition. According to an update posted on the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Web site, she died earlier this week. The first US death from the new flu strain also occurred in Texas, a 22-month-old boy from Mexico City.last_img read more

Sherwood: Spurs up for the fight

first_img Sherwood’s future is in serious doubt, but the Spurs manager is determined to make sure the club finish the campaign as strongly as possible. He said: ” At this stage of the season it’s about trying to get the points. It can’t always be pretty, sometimes you have to dig in and work for each other and I thought we certainly didn’t look like a team who had their sunglasses and flip-flops packed ready to go on holiday. “They’ve realised there’s still a job to be done for the great travelling support that we bring and they will try their best right to the death. “We’ve got two more games. We go away to West Ham, which is a derby that we need to win, and then we come home and we’re going to send them away happy after beating Aston Villa in the last game of the season. That’s what the plan is. “I continue to do my job, prepare the players the best I can and make sure they are up for the fight right until the final whistle of the season. If we continue to win, then all good.” Tottenham had a man advantage for the final 38 minutes of the match after Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Rose. But the hosts responded to the crowd’s sense of injustice and finished the game looking much the stronger team. Sherwood said: “It’s a tough place to come, and we knew that. They’ve taken some big scalps here, they’ve only been beaten three times, and probably on everyone’s coupon this was a banana skin, but it never looked like that. “We should have come in at half-time more than two goals up. We dominated the game. I said to the players at half-time to be a bit more patient on the ball, a few more forward runs and we’ll create something, but it seemed to give them the initiative after they went down to 10 men. “The crowd were fantastic, drove them on, and we had to fight it out. But there were some good performances. “The criticism of Tottenham teams in the past sometimes was they didn’t want to fight it out but this team don’t roll over and they’re willing to put their bodies on the line for the cause. I demand nothing less than that.” Stoke had hoped to reach two club milestones of five home wins in a row and 47 points, equalling their best tally for a Premier League season. Surpassing that mark and achieving a first top-10 finish have been major targets for the Potters throughout the season, but they have work still to do in their final two games against Fulham and West Brom. Manager Mark Hughes was proud of the showing his players produced in adversity but was left ruing a failure to make the most of their opportunities. He said: “We had any number of chances that we could have created when we went down to 10 men, and that’s the disappointing part because we put in a great performance and had no reward.” Spurs still have an outside chance of finishing in fourth place, although it is much more likely they will qualify for the Europa League rather than the Champions League. Danny Rose scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute – his first for Tottenham in four years – to hand Stoke just a third home Barclays Premier League defeat of the season. Tim Sherwood hailed the fighting spirit of his Tottenham players in overcoming Stoke at a hostile Britannia Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers shocked by Balotelli abuse

first_img “The spotlight is on you so you have to deal with those sort of things.” But Stoke manager Mark Hughes said he would welcome tougher sanctions against individuals who indulge in online abuse, believing they are safe behind the cloak of anonymity. “The internet is difficult to police as we well know, but anything racist, homophobic – even just in general life – it should be rooted out and stamped on,” Hughes said. “It is not acceptable. The fact people can hide behind their computers on the internet makes it more difficult to manage and stop. “But there needs to be a will and if there is a way of stopping this happening, then that should be encouraged.” More than 8,000 abusive messages were directed towards Balotelli, over half of which were racist. Welbeck received 1,700, of which half were racist, and Sturridge 1,600, of which 60 per cent were based on sexual orientation. The sheer volume of racist and other abuse on social media has prompted Kick It Out to form an expert group to tackle football-related hate crime across social media, working with football, the main social media platforms, organisations dealing with internet safety and the police. Kick It Out director Roisin Wood told Press Association Sport: “It is really shocking. We knew there was an issue but even we were shocked by how many the players have received. “For one player to have received over 8,000 abusive messages is phenomenally awful. “You cannot accept players getting that level of abuse so we want to bring this expert group together to see how we can address this. “We don’t see the problem going away. Some of the perpetrators are young people and they need educating that you cannot sit in your room and abuse people like this.” Kick It Out only started receiving complaints of social media abuse during the 2012-13 season and has since started reporting the incidents to True Vision – a national reporting facility which had been developed to deal with hate crime online. The research showed the Premier League clubs receiving the highest volume of discriminatory posts were Chelsea (20,000), Liverpool (19,000), Arsenal (12,000), Manchester United (11,000) and Manchester City (11,000). Twitter was the most common platform for abuse with 88 per cent of messages coming in the form of tweets. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes more must be done to stop Internet trolls rather than just fine players who respond to the constant stream of online abuse. In March, West Ham striker Carlton Cole was hit with a £20,000 fine after the 31-year-old admitted breaching social media rules by replying to a sarcastic post with an expletive comment. Allardyce believes the companies behind the platforms should work harder to help reduce opportunities for abuse. “They have a bigger responsibility than they are showing, particularly the fact that there is no need (for abuse) to be allowed,” he said. “Certainly with the amount of money they make they should block these guys. There is enough technology out there developed for them to say that ‘we can identity a person, even if they hide themselves,’ and then block them and ban them.” Allardyce – himself the subject of a parody Twitter account ‘notBigSam’, which has some 155,000 followers – can understand how players become embroiled in such angry exchanges. “It is a fine line. I just don’t put myself in that position to read it because I don’t want to wind myself up by reading what is on that type of social media,” he said. “But that is one very difficult thing to sit and take if somebody is abusing you. “It is difficult today because it is almost addictive, young people today very rarely have a conversation between themselves – even if they are sat opposite each other you will find that they are both on the phone not talking to each other, which is pretty sad, and that is going all the way down to young kids, eight or nine, sat with the phones now.” Allardyce added: “In football, we are adults and we need to try and deal with it better. “For me, the scary bit is the amount of bullying that goes on via Twitter, Facebook, Google and Yahoo at teenage age at school where we have seen suicides because of it. That is where it needs to be stopped. “These people should be identified and blocked from using that media network completely.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he was “surprised and shocked” by the online racist abuse targeted at the club’s striker Mario Balotelli. Kick It Out estimates there have been 134,000 discriminatory posts this season with 39,000 of them directed towards Premier League players, and Rodgers says the issue must be addressed. “I was aware of the findings and I was surprised and shocked,” Rodgers said. “I think one message is one too many to be honest. We support all the relevant organisations who are working to stamp all of this out. “In the modern world and modern football it is something which is very much there, but we need to eradicate all of it out of social life and professional sport. “I think it is the responsibility of us all to help all the various organisations stamp it out.” Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet takes a philosophical attitude to the online abuse of footballers and believes players must learn to handle the situation. “I think that is normal in the world we live in,” Mignolet said. “Social media is something worldwide and you can’t control it yourself really but you have to accept it. Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out revealed on Thursday night that Italy international Balotelli had been subjected to more than 4,000 racist messages on social media this season. Balotelli’s Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck have also each received more than a thousand discriminatory messages according to research carried out by Tempero, a social media management agency, and analytics firm Brandwatch. Press Associationlast_img read more