Get Rid of the Cable Costs With These Streaming Upgrades

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Paying for cable is like opting to receive paper statements from your credit card company. You just don’t do it anymore. There are a number of ways for you to watch your favorite shows online that don’t involve high monthly cable bill statements.

Online streaming services give you access to your favorite shows at your fingertips. You may want to upgrade your phone to a bigger screen size like the iPhone 6 because you will be using it to watch shows anywhere in your house and on the go. You are no longer tied to the living room to watch your shows. You have free range of motion to take Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu with you to the gym, the store or your next road trip.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, consider the following popular sites, their estimated membership cost and the benefits of using their services.

Netflix

Netflix is currently the largest streaming network in the United States. It is like a new best friend. It holds your place right where you left off and is waiting for you when you get home. Does cable do that for you? It has a wide variety of TV shows and movies to choose from, including original programming. Netflix’s content is not as up to date as some other services, however, so you may want to use it in addition to other streaming platforms. Membership is typically about $14 per month.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime offers more benefits than just streaming movies and television shows. You also get free two-day shipping, access to the latest music, free e-books and photo storage. Plus, as a streaming network, you can send your favorite shows and movies to your friends. If you watched a new documentary that you want to share with your mom, you can copy the link, paste it into a text message and share it with her in a matter of minutes. Membership costs run about $100 a year, but you can receive a free account if you’re a hard working student.

HBO GO

HBO GO is a good alternative if you’re a cable lover that never watches anything but movies and a few favorite shows. With this option, you can stream “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Game of Thrones.” With such popular shows, you can get your friends together for a viewing party or maintain relationships with friends that live faraway. Create games or place bets on who will be murdered next on “Game of Thrones” or debate the controversial issues John Oliver covers on his show. Membership is only $10 per month and can be canceled at anytime.

Hulu

There is both a free and paid version of Hulu. If you don’t mind watching cable shows a week after they air or are looking for re-runs and early ’90s movies, the free version will suit you just fine. For $15 a month, you gain access to a wide collection of new and old television shows and movie offerings.

 

Are You Interested in a Career on Wall Street

Are you interested in a career on Wall Street? If you are, then you have your choice of options. The amount of money you could make as a stock broker on Wall Street can depend a lot on your level of education, experience and training. It also depends on the current market state and the current economic conditions. The New York Stock Exchange is for people who can think fast and who are good with numbers. If you are interested in such a career, you may have to consider the following tips:

Before you are able to work on Wall Street, you may first think about getting a college degree. This is not a requirement, but a recommendation. A bachelor’s degree can provide a clear advantage for people who earn it. For improving your chances to find a good job, you could get a degree in accounting or finance.

The preparation phase should begin from your last year of college. Don’t wait until you graduate, as there are firms that can offer you an internship. You will be able to work while you are still in college and earn some experience. Write your resume and apply to different companies on Wall Street. Don’t forget to write about your grades, your work experience and any proof that you are an ambitious and hardworking individual. Make sure you include all the references.

It can be very hard to work for a company on Wall Street from the beginning, so you may have to begin with some of the available satellite firms. The company that you choose must be a member of FINRA (Financial Industry Regulator Authority). After four months have passed from the moment you became employed, you can take the series 7 licensing exam.

The employer may apply to this exam for you. The template of the test is available online, so you can download it and familiarize yourself with it. There are more than two hundred questions with multiple choice answers and the duration of the test is of six hours. Study and prepare yourself for months before the exam by taking a Series 7 course. If you pass the exam you will get a license. But, this license is not permanent. You will have to update it every year.

If you don’t find a job on Wall Street immediately, you will have to work for many years for a satellite firm, in order to get the training and experience necessary to become a successful Wall Street stock broker later. There is a lot of competition in New York Stock Exchange and you have to be well-prepared for it.

It would be wise not to have any regulatory issues or compliance problems in your record. Brokerage companies on Wall Street avoid hiring any suspicious brokers. Not only that you will have to maintain your record as clean as possible, but you also have to make it to look impressive. This can be done by achieving high commissions while you are working for a satellite firm. Visit www.stockbrokersalary.bizregarding more information on financial careers on wall street.

Five Scholarship Hunting Tips to Bear in Mind

Going to a quality university can be too expensive. One practical option to earn your dream university degree is to apply for a scholarship to fund your studies. Landing on one, however, is easier than most people think. It requires much preparation and effort. These five scholarship hunting tips might help you get your dream scholarship:

Start Early

Remember the popular saying, “early bird catches the worm?” This is indeed true, particularly for students who wish to land on a scholarship program. If you have enough time, you can plan on how to go about your hunt.

Most scholarship grants, if not all, would require you to write essays and prepare a long list of documentary requirements. If you have enough time, you will be able to write top notch quality essays and prepare all of the requirements. So starting early is essential.

Carefully Decide on Who to Ask for Letter of Recommendation

This is a crucial part of any scholarship grant. Even before you formally submit your requirements, you need to have people in mind. This is like applying for a job, and the person who would write the needed letter of recommendation might make or break your application. You may choose from among your mentors, teachers, and bosses who can talk about your skills, personality and achievements. Do not ask your relatives or friends to write the letter for you as this is not a professional thing to do.

Your Image is Everywhere, so Be Cautious

Applying for a scholarship does not end in sending the requirements. You have to be careful on the things you post online, especially on your social media accounts. Applying for a scholarship is like applying for a job, so you need to take it seriously. For sure, organizations do not want to waste money on an individual who has a negative image.

You should also be professional and not too personal. While you are still considered a student, it’s a good idea to act like a professional. Government bodies or organizations giving scholarship grants have their own standards for their scholars. Aside from grades and achievements, some may assess you based on your personality.

Don’t Be Afraid to Think Outside the Box

Instead of focusing on traditional scholarships to apply for, try finding programs that guarantee a limited applicant pool by finding a few unusual scholarships. Some popular ones include the Zolp Scholarship offered at Loyola University of Chicago for those with the last name Zolp, the Tall Club’s International scholarship for men 6’2″ and women 5’10” or taller and the StarFleet Academy Scholarship for Star Trek Fans.

Do not Apply if You are not Eligible

This tip requires one’s common sense, but some tend to overlook this. Make sure to review the eligibility requirements. Some end up wasting their time and effort applying for scholarship programs that do not fit them. For instance, some scholarships may just be offered for Americans, some are just for Asians and others could just be for specific states in America. It depends on the funding organization, so make sure to double check before preparing your requirements.

These are just 5 scholarship hunting tips that you can consider. There are still a lot of things to remember, which you might learn along the process of preparing your application. You might have to deal with rejections, which require another set of tips. But if you are determined to land on a scholarship grant, you will surely find ways on how to be successful on your next try.

Beware of Some New Scams This Year

As every new year starts, many of us make New Year’s resolutions to cut down on bad habits and increase good ones. Unfortunately, there’s one thing that you and I will never be able to cut down on, and that’s scams and scammers. In fact, it seems that every year there are more and more of them and they have newer and craftier scams going as they try and steal our money.

Luckily, even as scams have perpetually been a threat to one’s personal security and finances, the average scam is quite easy to avoid. For example, a quick check of any email will usually give some indication that it’s either genuine or fake, including typos, a mismatched identity and/or a company contacting you and asking directly for personal information. (Although, still and all, these scams keep happening because some people keep falling for them.)

In any case, three of the biggest scams of 2015 that you need to be on the lookout for, according to the BBB, are below. Enjoy.

The first is getting a phone call from the IRS and someone representing himself as an IRS employee, demanding money or payments. Here’s a simple, undeniable fact; the IRS will never call you. In fact they won’t email you either. Not only are they understaffed and simply don’t have the manpower to answer all of their phone calls, let alone make them, the only way the IRS contacts American consumers is through the United States Postal Service. Period. If you get a phone call from someone purporting to be an IRS agent or employee, they’re 100% definitely a scammer.

Another scam that’s growing in popularity is getting ‘friend requests’ on Facebook, the popular social media website. There are a number of scams that involve Facebook, including ones that involve an “old friend” suddenly contacting you out of the blue and telling you that you won money. This so-called friend will then tell you that you need to pay a fee in order to get the money, which you can bet you will never see again if you fall for this scam. When it comes to social media, it’s best to be prudent about who you approve as a friend and definitely be wary of anyone asking you to make any type of payment.

We mentioned emails above and said that, in most cases, it’s easy to spot a false one. On the other hand, not all email scams are as easy to spot, and some of them are quite convincing insomuch as the Logos, wording and font they use look genuinely like it came from a specific retailer or company. Many of these fake emails will use a variation of a legitimate domain name that’s so close you might not notice the difference.

Whatever the case may be, the best way to avoid being a victim of scammers is to be ever vigilant with your personal information and check your credit report regularly to make sure that no one has been using it to make illegal purchases. A good rule of thumb is simply this; if something doesn’t look right, report it, but definitely don’t click, call, send or interact with it in any way.

Is your dog one of the “bully breeds”? If so, Pet Liability Insurance is a Must

The image of a dog as a trusted companion and protector goes back for decades. TV shows like Lassie and movies like “Old Yeller” are a testament to the love that Americans, and humans in general, have for canines.

On the other hand, with nearly 5,000,000 dog bites happening every year in the United States, many states are now requiring dog owners to have pet liability insurance, especially if they have one of the so-called “bully breeds” like Pit Bulls. It used to be that a typical homeowner insurance policy would cover medical bills if your dog injured someone, but today many insurance carriers are excluding these bully breeds, leaving you exposed financially should your dog bite or attack someone.

Interestingly, almost 2/3 of dog owners in the United States are unaware that they need to tell their insurance company if they own one of the bully breed of dogs and, even worse, only 1 out of 5 who do own a bully breed have insurance that’s incorrect.

It doesn’t matter if the dog that you own is the most gentle dog anyone has ever seen, and has never had an incidence of anger. As far as the law is concerned that has no bearing whatsoever. For example, let’s say that your dog injures someone accidentally, not even with its teeth but by knocking someone over due to exuberance. One of the 1st questions that your insurance company is going to ask you is the kind of breed that your dog is and, if you haven’t disclosed the exact breed to your insurance company, it’s very possible that they won’t honor any insurance claims that you make.

It’s sort of a Catch-22 because, if you do tell your insurance company that you have a bully breed dog, your premiums might be raised or your insurance company might drop you completely. Withholding that information isn’t a good idea because, in the event that something happens and you do make a claim, your insurance might be invalid and your protection nil.

Which dog breeds are considered Bully Breeds?

In order to make sure that your insurance coverage is correct, and that you are protected should an accident occur, you need to know exactly which of the dog breeds are considered to be bully breeds. They include, in alphabetical order; Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Chows, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Siberian Huskies, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and wolf hydrids.

If you have one of these dog breeds and haven’t informed your insurance company of that fact, your best bet is to do so at your earliest possible convenience. If you don’t have insurance you might find it difficult to find a company that will ensure you, so be patient. It might be possible to have a rider on your existing homeowners policy but, in some cases, you might have to take out a separate, specific liability policy instead.

Which states have mandatory insurance laws for bully breed dogs?

Some states have actually made it mandatory to get insurance if you have a dog that’s considered a bully breed. Those include, in alphabetical order; Delaware, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Again, keep in mind that even if your dog is one of the most gentle creatures you’ve ever owned, and would never knowingly harm another person or animal, it’s one of the bully breed of dogs your best bet is to inform your insurance company and do whatever it takes to make sure that, in case of accident, you’ll be covered.