You’re building a new house- that’s so exciting! You have a chance to make your home exactly what you want- from the location to the size, to the color and even stone steps and landscaping. It could be the best project of your entire life, or it could be the end of life as you know it. You should know that building a home involves lots of stress. Remember though, there are others who have survived this process- and you will too! Read on for some tips on how to survive the stress of building your dream home.

First of all, remember to breathe – it’s only kitchen renovations Winnipeg. Take deep breaths, emphasizing the exhale in order to relieve stress. Also, when you focus on your breathing, it reminds you that you really are still breathing. Put the stress of building your dream home into perspective. After all, it’s only brick and mortar- it’s not life and death. Keep this in mind when you want to go ballistic on someone over the window being put in the wrong spot.

Remember to take your time. Building a house really does take months- and fine tuning it can take years. So, when the contractor is telling you how long each of the phases is going to take, simply smile and remind yourself that he’s not telling you the truth. He’s not exactly lying- he’s just not going to be able to bring the project in on time- they never can. There are lots of variables that must be coordinated when building a house. Each of them represents an opportunity to cause a delay. Understand that the timetable presented is simply a guesstimate and you’ll be able to avoid being unnecessarily stressed out.

Make sure to guard your budget. You can set a budget, but chances are- when building your dream home- it could easily creep over your budget and result in you stressing out, even with renovations and kitchen design plans. Make sure you have a small contingency fund into your budget for any errors. Also, be aware that each and every construction decision you make will most likely have some cost attached to it. For example, if your budget included laminate countertops, but you decide you want granite- you’re going to go over your budget. So, when the contractor comes to you on the site and asks you to make a decision- ask him what the cost will be.

Have a safe place during this construction process. If you must live on site, have a place set aside where you can get away from the stress that building and moving will cause. Reduce your feelings of stress by allowing yourself to spend an hour or so each day in this safe place and think about something besides the construction.

Finally, know that this construction process can’t go on forever. It will eventually be over and the contractors will go away. So, remember that when you start to feel overwhelmed.

With the cost of flooring and building materials on the rise, many people are deciding to take the do-it yourself approach to flooring repairs. Unfortunately, this can be a mistake for many people because most of them don’t have the knowledge or ability to do most flooring jobs. If the floor on your home or business currently needs to be fixed or replaced, you should take some time to look at the advantages of hiring floorers, instead of completing the job yourself.

One of the main reasons to hire winnipeg painters is because they have all of the tools needed to complete a perfect painting job. If you decide to do the job on your own, you may not have the necessary tools and will be forced to buy additional ones, which can be very expensive. Plus, you may find that the tools you have to purchase are only useful for flooring repairs. Most contractors will also be able to complete the project in a minimal amount of time. If you have a job or other activities that you’re obligated to do, flooring repairs may take a long to complete.

It’s also important to remember that there are times when you just can’t do everything on your own. Most people find it impossible to replace an entire floor on their home by themselves. Even if you are confident that you have enough knowledge to do the job, you may still need someone there to hand you materials. If you don’t have a friend or family member who is willing to help for free, you may have to hire someone to help you.

Most flooring contractors also guarantee their services. So, if they replace your floor replaced and it starts leaking in a couple of weeks, the contractor will fix the leak for free. If you replace the floor on your own and it leaks, you will be the one responsible for the repairs. If your floor is in need of repairs and you don’t want to have to try to complete those repairs alone, it’s best to contact a skilled flooring Company and a Winnipeg painting company, because after all, interior and exterior painting is important. They will be able to complete your project in a minimal amount of time. Plus, you won’t have to do any of the work yourself.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is to take care of investors and to keep the stock market in order. There are a number of laws that fall under their jurisdiction, including the following acts.

Securities Act of 1933. This act was the first to actually attempt to regulate the stock market’s exchange of securities. It requires groups that put securities on the stock market to register with the SEC. These companies immediately gain more clout and credibility when they are registered with the commission. There are exemptions (which is where pink sheets and penny stocks come from), but overall, most companies have to be registered properly.

Securities Exchange Act of 1934. This act is also meant for regulation, but it was created to regulate the brokers and dealers that sell the stocks, rather than the companies that are offering the stocks. This act basically regulates the middle man so that they can’t and don’t cheat the investors.

Trust Indenture Act of 1939. This is a supplement to the 1933 act, where trustees are to be hired by companies offering the securities. These trustees work for the benefit of the shareholders.

Investment Company Act of 1940. This act is to protect investors from what are called “conflicts of interest” in the stock market. It requires all companies that offer securities and mutual funds to publicly disclose information about their company. This is meant to benefit both the company and the investors.

Investment Advisors Act of 1940. This act is meant to protect investors from financial advisors. These advisors are different than the brokers and such, because usually they are hired or sought by the investor in order to figure out the best way to invest their finances. These advisors are to be regulated and everything done by and through them are to be documented appropriately.

Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Remember Enron? They sold stocks even though their company was going way under, and fast. This act requires companies to be honest and public about their internal workings (similar to the Investment Company Act), but it also requires these companies to do internal audits on occasion. This was created to try and help restore confidence in the American stock market.

Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006. This was created with the intention of encouraging competition in the credit rating market, which then increases accuracy and consistency of scoring. The credit report agencies cannot classify themselves as government agencies, and must register and be regulated by the SEC.

What Is a Pink Sheet Or a Pink Quote?

A Pink Sheet or Pink Quote is a list of stocks from Pink OTC Markets (hence the name) that lists most of what are called over-the-counter, or OTC, securities. Basically, these are less popular and/or lesser known than the stocks you see on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or the Nasdaq. There are also a certain list of requirements that stocks and bonds need in order to be listed on the two major stock exchanges, and if a stock does not meet these requirements, then they are unable to be listed, and are instead put on these lists.

Contrary to what you may think, this is not a stock exchange in and of itself. A lot of the companies listed on these are in financial trouble, bankrupt, foreign interests, or “niche market” businesses.  These companies are not required to provide financial information through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which means that they are not being monitored by the SEC. That makes it a bit nerve wracking for some people, but other people don’t see that as an important part of the investment process. That’s up to your opinion and how you feel about your investments.

The businesses that are listed on the Pink Sheets are considered to be high-risk investments. If you noticed the list of common reasons for being on the list, you can see why. Will they tell you not to invest in these companies? No. But always make sure that you do your research before you make any sort of financial decision, no matter how much or how little risk may be associated with it. Make sure that the company or companies that you are considering investing in are financially stable before you put any amount of money into them.

To help you make decisions, Pink OTC Markets has created two tiers of “upper-level” stocks on their lists: these are referred to as the OTCQX and the OTCQB market tiers. Both are used to make the businesses listed on them more visible, because they are businesses that would meet certain criteria for the NYSE and the Nasdaq, but do not meet all of them (thus disqualifying them from being listed). The businesses also have to be operating normally. The businesses placed on these tiers are not as high of a risk as other businesses on the Pink Sheet.

As you remember, we struggled through a recession and a number of other economic struggles. Many economists say that we aren’t really out of the whole thing yet, and even though the stock market is stronger and we have fewer unemployment claims every single month, it’s still pretty slow. Moving companies Winnipeg have been particularly effected negatively this quarter for some reason or another. Why has it taken so long for the economy to get back to where it needs to be? Why has this been an uphill battle the entire time that we’ve been trying to get the economy back in order?

One Big Issue

This is a lot of my own opinion, but I really think we can chalk a lot of these issues up to one big thing: debt. If you talk to people from all over the country and the world, you will find that struggling with debt is incredibly common, and it’s something that has affected the lives of most, people during their lifetime. It’s something that has been a plague for many people in the United States and all over the world as well.

I think that a lot of the debt problems that we have is a psychological issue. In our minds, we have made credit this “safety net,” where we look at it as a mini-loan. We will buy a big ticket item with the thought process of “Oh, I’ll pay it back when I get paid.” Interest accrues; we end up not being able to save money or spend it, thus making it so that we aren’t actually able to contribute to our economy in a positive manner.

There Is Good News And Bad News

Now, the good news right now is that people are getting out of debt. Of course, that means that there is also bad news that we have to think about as well. Because people are so focused on getting out of debt, they aren’t putting money into the rest of the economy, which so badly needs it. Until people truly get back on their feet and out from under the burden of debt, we’re going to continue to see the economy slowly come back out of the pit. This is why it’s so important that we explore ideas that help us to eliminate debt, to help get it off of the backs of those who are trapped by it, and to figure out ways that we can boost the economy in the midst of it.


As most of you know, the economy hasn’t been in the best shape over the past few years, even though it is finally starting to pick up and fix itself. And it’s just not the United States that has been having issues; it’s a worldwide thing. There are countries that are struggling and one of the methods that many central banks (including our own) have been using is called quantitative easing. Today, we’re going to talk a bit about the thoughts and practices behind quantitative easing.

What is quantitative easing?

Basically, it’s a form of economic stimulus that the central bank of a country utilizes so that banks are able to continue functioning. Central banks credit themselves by making more money and purchasing assets (bonds, stocks, etc) from financial institutions.

Why is it necessary?

One of the most important ways that banks make revenue is through interest rates. If they don’t collect interest on the loans that they provide, they don’t only lose revenue, but they are also able to generate more funds to distribute in the form of loans. If the interest rates on loans fall dangerously close to zero (or are at zero), these abilities (to generate revenue and to distribute loans) are eliminated, thus hurting the economy more and more until the market eventually crashes. Interest levels falling lower is supposed to generate more borrowing, but sometimes (especially in a bad economy where the issues are caused by consumers using too much credit, much like ours) that doesn’t happen. The stocks and bonds that were being purchased by the central bank now give the individual financial institutions some more leeway so that they are able to offer different interest rates. The interest rates can stay low, and encourage people to actually borrow.

What exactly is it supposed to do?

With quantitative easing, central banks “print money” (they really don’t, it’s just like a credit… they’re just crediting themselves. Yes, it adds to national debt) in order to buy stocks and bonds from financial institutions. This purchasing allows the banks to be able to loan out more money, generate more revenue and also help boost the economy by increasing spending and borrowing. It can be helpful if it’s trying to “jump start” the economy, but in other cases, it may end up causing more issues for everyone that is involved in the processes.

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