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Spread betting has risen in popularity over the past few years as a way to trade on the price movements of thousands of financial markets. As a derivatives product, you do not directly own any of the assets being traded, instead gaining value from the underlying entity’s performance. There are a number of popular misconceptions that surround spread betting and put some traders off, and while there are risks, many rewards also exist to break such misconceptions.

Market Volatility

Whether you’re trading forex, buying stocks and shares or spread betting on indices, market volatility injects a big amount of risk. It can cause prices to move from one level to another without passing through the one in between, also known as gapping. This can see your stop loss being executed at a level worse than you had requested, leading to greater losses and increasing risk. However, guaranteed stop-loss orders can still protect trades against gapping.

Leverage

Spread betting is also a leveraged product. Just a small value of the total trade you wish to place is required for exposure to your chosen market. This means you have the opportunity to bring in great rewards from just a small starting capital but can also lose more than your initial deposit should the markets move against your position. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t increase the risk compared to traditional trading, the mathematical risk is the same just the financial one is greater when using leverage.

Low Trading Costs

Brokers make their profit from the spreads they apply, which is the difference between the buy and sell price, meaning there are rarely, if ever, any commission or broker fees to pay. All profits are also exempt from UK capital gains tax and stamp duty, making it a far more cost-effective way to trade. Along with leverage, this means you don’t need a lot of money to begin spread betting and it can be a more affordable way to trade.

Flexible Trading Options

Unlike buying stocks and shares, where your aim is for them to increase in value so you can sell for a profit, with spread betting you can speculate on markets to increase or decrease in value. Along with being able to place spread bets across many markets including forex, stocks and shares, commodities and other indices, this offers a flexible way to trade and diversify any portfolio.

There is a fine balance between the risks and rewards of spread betting, so consider them all before you begin.

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How To Take Your Website To The Next Level

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As a business owner, you are going to be more than familiar with all of the things that you need to keep on top of that help your business see constant growth. However, while you may have a huge list of things that you have to manage, your website probably falls at the bottom of your priorities.

Today, we are going to be taking a look at why your website is so important, how to keep an eye on things and then we are going to see what you can do to really improve things and make your website stand out.

Why Your Website Is Important

While when you first started your business, your website may have been nothing more than simply advertising your company, you should now realise that your website does far more than that.

Today, your website is your storefront and represents everything you do and stand for as a company. Your website should be designed in such a way that it shows any visitor to your website what you do and what you can offer, more than this, it will be able to convey this message quickly.

When it comes to managing your website, you should be looking at the activity of your visitors and taking notice of as many of your metrics as you can. By doing this, you will then be able to really push your website and create something amazing.

Make It User-Friendly

If there is one mistake a lot of people make when it comes to designing a website, it’s usually that it becomes far too complicated and eventually this will put visitors off. While a complex website may look amazing when somebody goes to a website, they want something that is clean and easy to use. 

There are many things you can incorporate into your website to make it more user-friendly. One of the most important things you should be looking at is your online catalogue. Keeping this life and up to date can be challenging, but there is software out there that can do it. If you would like to see how software like this works, this post on magento out of stock products may give you a little more insight.

You should also be looking at website speed and how easy it is to navigate. The truth is, when it comes to making your website user-friendly, there are so many things you can do, so start small and work your way through, before you know it, you will have an amazing website.

Make It Personal

The final thing we are going to look at is personalised experiences for returning visitors. While personalised online shopping isn’t a new concept, it seems that there are still many companies who are yet to embrace it.

If you are looking for something that can really give your website the edge, this could be it. By bringing in a shopping experience that is personal to the visitor, you are appealing to the need for quicker shopping experiences, and you may find that by using this as a part of your website, you start to see your sales figures soar.

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What Every Construction Business Owner Should Be Doing

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As a construction business owner, you have a lot of moving parts to manage on any given day. There are clients to keep happy and workers who need your guidance staying productive and getting the job done right.

You should be focusing your efforts on a few essential areas if you want to run a successful construction business. If you’re not following through with these recommendations, then you risk letting critical details fall off your radar. Take time to evaluate your current practices and what you can be doing differently and in the future to help grow your business and find success.

Researching Equipment Options

Every construction business owner should be researching equipment prices and options. You’re going to need these items for your projects and can’t be worrying about trying to secure them at the last minute. There might also be logistics requirements you’ll want to figure out ahead of time, depending on the scope of the project. Therefore, look into what products and services the Freo Group has to offer so you can place your order and prepare yourself for your future assignments.

Documenting Project Details

It’s a wise idea to put all you discuss with clients in writing. There will be fewer questions and less confusion when you record the project details for all to see and review. Contracts are an excellent way to ensure that you don’t miss any vital aspects you agreed to and that your clients feel comfortable proceeding with the work. Have a timeline you can follow to help you stay on track with deadlines and inform your customer of any setbacks or delays in your work along the way.

Marketing Your Business Aggressively

Furthermore, every construction business owner should be marketing their business aggressively. If you’re going to be around for years to come, then you need clients who are willing to hire you. You’ll be able to stand apart from your competitors when you use creative marketing tactics and make a name for yourself in your community. Get out and meet people and answer questions that potential customers have for you.

Maintaining A Portfolio

You can also attract clients and drum up more interest in your construction business by having a portfolio of your work. Launch a website that includes these examples and carry an iPad around with you to your appointments so you can show potential clients your past jobs. You want people to see the type of results they should expect when hiring you for a project. It’ll also help them brainstorm ideas of what they might want their final output to look like in the end.

Focusing on Safety

The safety of your workers should be a top priority for you when you work in the construction business. Every owner should be training new employees and ensuring each person wears the right safety hat and equipment when working on the job. Be available and on-site so that your employees can ask you questions when they have them, and you can offer suggestions for improving safety measures, depending on the type of project.

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Dal-Tile and Mohawke Industries involved in legal conflicts in Mexico

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Mohawk Industries Inc., together with Dal-Tile International Inc. (Dal-Tile), have had legal conflicts with the Mexican company Internacional de Cerámica SAB de CV (Interceramic) for several years due to Dal-Tile’s attempt to liquidate the company. Recubrimientos Interceramic SA from C.V. (Coatings), as well as to close the plant that operates in Mexico of said company.

Dal- Tile, and Interceramic are partners in the company Recubrimientos, so the Mexican company did not agree with the liquidation or the closure of the plant. Against this background, the Mohawke Industries subsidiary initiated an international arbitration in the city of Houston, Texas, without respecting the statutes of the association it maintained with Interceramic or the Mexican legislation applicable to this case.

Through legal remedies and lawsuits promoted in Mexican courts, Interceramic managed to suspend the arbitration requested by the U.S. firm.

However, the Mexican company alleges that through illegal resolutions issued by judicial and federal officials, which were allegedly corrupted by Dal-Tile, the process resumed.

Derived from the above, on November 20, 2019, Interceramic filed a criminal complaint with the Attorney General’s Office, against the 10th Judge of the Matilde District of Carmen González Barbosa and of the Judges Ignacio Cuenca Zamora and José de Jesús González Ruiz, officials based in the city of Chihuahua, located in northern Mexico, for possible corruption, influence, and bribery offenses.

The accused officials issued illicit resolutions. They arbitrarily and illegally granted inadmissible and illegal protection in favor of Dal-Tile. They are violating the elementary principles of the amparo, jurisprudence and the Constitution itself. It is only explainable that occurred under the commission of the crimes of corruption and trafficking influences. This will be the subject of a criminal investigation by the Treasury so that the necessary evidence is collected to bring the case before a Criminal Judge Federal.

Similarly, the Attorney General’s Office was requested to investigate the existence of a family network within the Federal Courts and Tribunals based in the city of Chihuahua. In which through the imputed magistrates Ignacio Cuenca Zamora and José by Jesús González Ruiz, the District Judges, and other Magistrates can be lobbied, managed or pressured so that through some payment favorable rulings are obtained. 

Proof of this is that the defendants have placed direct family members in positions of other Magistrates through the traffic of influences and/or pressures exerted by their high positions. They have children within courts of the same circuit whose names are Alezith and Arístedes, both with the last name González Ruiz, as well as Ignacio Cuenca Roldán.

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