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Arguably, the Internet has emerged as one of the most ground-breaking and disruptive technologies in the history of mankind. After all, this has changed everything from the way that we shop to the channel that we use to access music, while it has also altered the nature of social interactions beyond all recognition.

Not only this, but technology has also changed the nature of financial market investment, particularly in real-time, liquid entities such as the foreign exchange. We have witnessed the emergence of live, virtual trading during the last 15 years, for example, while advanced algorithms and supercomputers are now also being used to trigger a high volume of orders within a short space of time. 

The Emergence of Technology in the Forex Market

This evolution actually began in the early 1980s, during which time stock exchanges launched primitive, electronic trading platforms that enabled investors to place orders remotely and across a dedicated network. While these platforms were extremely popular in fast-paced and volatile markets such as foreign exchange, however, they did not offer traders access to live price points or execute orders in real-time.

In fact, it was not until the emergence of the Internet during the early 1990s that these trading systems evolved to include live market prices, complex algorithms and real-time order execution. These were still largely exclusive to brokers and the those who worked within various stock exchanges, however, so the rest of the decade was dedicated to refining the underlying technology and creating portals that could be easily accessed online. This process continued in earnest between 2001 and 2005, driving the proliferation of dedicated, online trading platforms that brought access to the forex market outside of established stock exchanges.

The Last 15 Years: Mobile and High-frequency Trading

While the evolution that we saw during these 25 years was gradual rather than seismic, the same cannot be said for the changes that we have seen since. After all, the emergence of online platforms has also laid the foundation for mobile trading during the course of the last decade, with sophisticated apps such as the Metatrader range enabling investors to access their forex accounts at any time (and often without a viable Internet connection). This has improved the accuracy of forex trades and strategies, particularly for those with a short-term outlook and a penchant for day trading.

We have also seen other, more recent developments in the forex market, some of which may be considered as being controversial. As the algorithms initially associated with the market’s primitive trading systems have evolved in line with technological advancement, for example, so too they have become immensely powerful and capable of executing successful traders without human interaction. This has led to the development of dedicated supercomputers capable of driving high-frequency trading (HFT), through which a high volume of trades are executed within an exceptionally short period of time.

To put this in perspective, electronic dealing will account for an estimated 76% of all currency transactions in four years time, with an increasingly high proportion of these completed as part of a HFT strategy.

Developers of the technology will claim that this is a safer way of trading as it eliminates potentially damaging human elements such as emotion, of course, but there is evidence that a sudden surge of transactions actively destabilises an already volatile marketplace and makes it exceptionally difficult for human investors to manage risk and optimise their returns.

The Last Word

There is an old adage which suggests that the precise impact of technology depends on how it utilised, and there is no doubt that the development of HFT programs has the potential to undermine the forex market in the future. Stringent regulations therefore hold the key to maintaining the market’s equilibrium, as forex traders look to strike a balance between leveraging the technological revolution that has engulfed them and creating a relatively stable trading environment.

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Gutemberg Dos Santos and Robert Kiyosaki share their vision of leadership

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Gutemberg Dos Santos is a Brazilian-American entrepreneur and one of the main promoters of the use of Blockchain technology and crypto economy.

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Gutemberg Dos Santos a couple of years ago sponsored an event in which the Guinness Record broke with the largest number of people playing Cash Flow, a game developed by Robert Kiyosaki. Today, Dos Santos shares some reflections that emerged on that occasion about what a good leader is. 

A good leader is an excellent guide to reach common goals. If I want my team to work successfully I must share my skills and offer the best tools for their performance. I am also committed to strengthening the capabilities of each of the members and never assume that we all work the same as diversity enriches and complements the unit. 

Sharing experiences. If I share my experiences with the rest of my team regarding the success and failures I have had in some projects, I will empathize with my team and together we will be able to reach the goals proposed for the company.

Listening. This part is essential for a business to prosper, if I do not listen to my people I will be walking towards darkness. I must always remain alert to the doubts and questions that my team may have, in this way I will know if we are all on the same frequency and we are walking towards the same course.

Motivating my team. I take my time to know my team, how old they are, what is their educational and socioeconomic level; what goals they pursue in the short and long term. This will help me find keywords that guide me to be empathetic with them and be able to have better communication. 

Being proactive. When facing a difficult situation, I try to get the best out of it, without falling into frustration and rather detect alternative solutions. Trusting and being flexible. I am attentive to the capacities and strengths within my work team, this way I trust people in order to delegate tasks, likewise I am open to listen to proposals and suggestions that lead us to strengthen our project. 

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When navigating the Spanish legal system choose the right partner for your business

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xpanding your business internationally is challenging for any company and yet the rewards of entering a new market, like Spanish one, can bring unlimited rewards if you do it right.

Although with great risk comes great reward, one of the ways to mitigate those risks is to team up with a top international law firm like Avalaw. It can not only navigate local laws and regulations for both individuals and businesses, but can also provide services in relation to employment or tax.

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Invest with confidence in Spanish businesses and property 

Spain is showing signs of growth economically speaking, and although slow to recover in the face of the 2008 recession, it is now booming in a way other European countries are not. And with the euro performing well against the US dollar and other currencies it makes sense that eyes are turning to Spain for opportunities.

Of course this is also true not just for business purchase or investment, but also for property investment. In cities like Barcelona for example, the property boom continues with great profit to be made where property attracted premium rates and premium rents. 

However investment can be tricky, especially if you are facing a language barrier. How can you trust that due diligence is complete and fair, and that common pitfalls have been investigated or mitigated against.

This is when having the right business partner to do this for you becomes so important.

Experts in immigration law can save you money and effort

Of course it is not only investment opportunities which will require expert assistance.

If you decide to follow your business opportunity in Spain, or wish to employ an international specialist workforce that requires them to relocate to Spain, then you simply cannot do this without a specialist by your side

Even relocation within the European Union can be tricky with multiple bureaucratic steps needed. After the first 3 months to formally register your presence in Spain, you are allowed to carry out legal activities

For those coming from outside of the European Union the immigration laws can seem complicated, onerous and at times, arbitrary. 

From applying for your identity certificate and identity number (NIE or TIE depending on where you are from), getting registered at the local council offices and setting up social security for taxation or getting your health care card making sure you have the right paper and the right visa depending on your visiting purpose, it can be hard to understand and lead to a lot of frustration that could be avoided. 

Not following the rules can cause serious problems. Not undertaking tax obligations properly can cause problems and sometimes very high fines. And get the immigration laws wrong and you might find yourself having to leave the country very quickly and not by your own choice. With so much riding on these things it is worth every penny to hire an expert.

Even if you are concerned about immigration and visa there are different types of permission to remain in Spain. From the certificate awarded to Europeans who can show financial independence, to the blue card offered to non-European skilled workers there is usually a best fitting option. There are even visas for those just wishing to purchase property or not intending to work.

Living, working and investing in Spain does not have to be daunting

You shouldn’t let the spectre of bureaucracy scare you away from some wonderful opportunities for a new life and a chance to make your business global.

It is easy to find many horror stories about Spanish bureaucracy, even to make a simple appointment can seem impossible sometimes, but the rewards are worth it. Choosing the right legal partner to help you on this journey is a great first step on this road. It is one of the most fundamental relationships you need for a successful and happy time in Spain. Do not leave it to chance and start planning today.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid While Buying Study Tables Online

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Study tables are a necessity in almost every household, office space, public places, etc., where one might just like to relax and read or avidly work on a given project or assignment. Let’s face it, completing tasks within a given deadline is a lot more distracting without a study table present. Sitting for hours on the bed with your laptop on your thighs or reading books casually might lead to back injuries and eyesight complications in the future. Hence it is best to have a proper study table to complete all your tasks and have a comfortable experience. These days, almost all customers have shifted to purchasing study tables online instead of going to stores because it saves a lot of time and money. However, while purchasing furniture online, there are a few mistakes which all buyers must avoid in order to invest correctly and have a commendable consumer experience:-

  1. Ignoring the brand name and price value:– It is really easy to go for furniture which is cheap and the description on the products is very promising. However, do not be fooled by such elevated claims these unknown brands make, because in their mission to sell duplicates of popular brands, they will create a divine image about their product and will rob you off your money. To be on the safe side, it is important to visit sites which are popular and there is good feedback about the purchases made. Try purchasing from brands which have both online stores and shops in the city. Better be safe than sorry.
  2. Impulsive purchasing:- Decisions made on an impulse almost never favour a person’s luck. While purchasing study tables, it is important to consider all possible loopholes that might be associated with it. Take your time to think and make a choice which will complement the area surrounding the study table and also will be durable. Don’t make an investment blunder.
  3. Ignoring the compatibility:– If you want to buy coffee table online or a study table, the surroundings it is going to be placed in must be carefully estimated. For instance, taking proper measurements of the area in which the table will be placed as well as the measurement of the door through which the product will be brought in must be accurate. It is suggested that you find a delivery service which places the table in its right place to avoid future complications.
  4. Not settling the place prior to the arrival of the table:– It is imperative that the necessary documents, books, copies, electronic devices, decor, etc., must be assembled in order prior to the arrival of the study table. That way, a lot of time will be saved and the table will be ready to use sooner. Keep a tab on the return policy from the brand you are ordering your study table from.
  5. Not surfing varieties:- Another major mistake buyers commit is not viewing varieties prior to purchasing a study table. It is more feasible if you surf through the different styles and varieties that these study tables are available in before impulsively investing in one. There are several styles that might suit your preferences like a bed study table, height adjusting table, a study table that can be folded and a light and shade one.

So if you are planning on purchasing a study table or a coffee table online, make sure to avoid these common mistakes to make a sound investment on your purchase and have a pleasant consumer experience.

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