States With the Most Americans on Disability

States With the Most Americans on Disability

More than 10 million Americans received disability benefits in 2015. These benefits, paid mostly to disabled workers, totalled $11.4 billion per month.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of each state’s population receiving disability insurance using data released annually by the Social Security Administration. While the size of the average disability check tends to be roughly the same in every state, the shares of states’ populations relying on these benefits varies a great deal.

Nationwide, 4.7% of Americans 18 to 64 years old are on disability. Across states, the percentage ranges from more than 8% in West Virginia, Alabama, and several other Southern states to less than 3% in Alaska and Hawaii.

Approximately 8.9 million of the 10.2 million beneficiaries nationwide are disabled workers. The remaining recipients include 1.6 million minors and children of disabled workers, 1.1 million disabled adults dependent on their parents, 260,000 disabled widows and widowers, and 142,000 spouses.

Predictably, the states with the most people collecting disability insurance also tend to have larger numbers of disabled people. The share of a state’s population reporting a disability is also always far larger than the share receiving the benefits.

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Professional Forex Trader – 3 must haves before you begin

Professional Forex Trader – 3 must haves before you begin

professional forex trader
I started as a professional forex trader to make money, and I didn’t have a plan. Can you guess what happened? Yes that’s right I blew my account rather fast, it is a good thing it was a micro account with only $100.00,  but it would have been better if it were a demo trading account. The way that I started to trade forex is the way that many of us start our trading careers. By acting on impulse and without a plan on how we are going to achieve success. Unfortunately, that is not how it should be done. There is a right way to begin your trading career that maybe just maybe you can avoid two or 3 margin calls before you get warmed up.

Before I talk about the right steps to take I want to ask all of you out there a question. Do you Love what you do? I remember working at my job and while I was on the job I was miserable all day long and I hated my work. I finally found something that I don’t just like I love. Did you ever have dreams when you were young about that special career that just never seemed to happen? I think to be truly fulfilled in life you should attempt to find something that you love to do. In my case, it was trading forex and running this site. I hope that you are able to find something that is truly what you have been dreaming of doing. So now for the sake of this site which is all about Forex Trading, that you have decided that you want to trade forex as your new career.


So you want to Trade Forex???

That is a great goal and I admire anyone that attempts to make that happen but please don’t jump in without taking the necessary steps to ensure success and learning how to become a professional forex trader. Here are 3 steps that you must take in order to trade forex for a living-  I am listing these in order of importance.

1. Have your financial house in order – If you are trying to start to trade forex to get yourself out of a financial jam or to make money quick because you need cash. Then stop right now and don’t do that because that is a recipe for disaster. If you don’t have the money to trade then don’t trade plain and simple. I am not trying to dash your dreams but if you begin trading with money that you can’t afford to lose then the psychological pressure will be too high and you will lose everything.

2. Find the Forex Right System – Having a system and a strategy that works is crucial to trading success. This must be figured out before going on to trade forex for a living. Take the time to find the best forex platform.

3. Turn a profit! — I know people that have quit their jobs to trade and they were still losing money. Please provide for yourself a winning track record that has proven profitable over a period of time.

I hope that you have benefited from the tips on how to trade Forex for a living. I am always referring to Winners Edge Trading as a Forex Company that truly cares and desires to help. So I have decided to add financial and career coaching as a service available to Forex Traders. The truth is you don’t have your financial life in order you will struggle and I want for each of you to be able to focus 100% on trading and not have money matters on the back of your mind.


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Gold to exceed its $1,259.70 target

Gold to exceed its $1,259.70 target

A daily summary of high-profile members of several complexes.

Gold Aug Contract (GC, ETF: (GLD))
Holding the 1257.00 pullback limit enabled the rally to exceed its 1259.70 target, which is the new pullback limit. Closing under it would reverse the trend down.

Eurodollar Sep Contract (EC, ETF: (FXE, UUP))
Still testing above the 1.1735-1.1755 objective Friday, and retesting its room for noise up to 1.1810. Another negative close would confirm the topping pattern, with a close under 1.1650 launching the reversal down.

Silver Sep Contract (SI, ETF: (SLV))
Closing Thursday around the 16.60 pullback limit avoided its failure. But Friday’s strength stopped short of filling Thursday’s 16.78 gap up, which should still be tested before any durable downleg could begin.

30-year Treasury Sep Contract (US, ETF: (TLT))
Friday’s weaker open was reversed back up sharply in reaction to the morning’s econ reports. The 152-26 buy signal was triggered on the way to attacking the 153-16 inflection within 1 quarter-point. Also for having filled the gap back up to Wednesday’s 153-24 close, there is no bullish reason to further delay the recovery from extending.

Crude Oil Sep Contract (CL, ETF: (USO, USL) (UWTI-long, DWTI-short))
Still avoiding a reversal down allowed Friday to continue firming toward the next higher objective at 50.10. Any interim dip has room down to 47.25 without reversing the trend down.

Natural Gas Sep Contract (NG, ETF: (UNG, UNL))
Thursday’s restrained optimism above its 2.95 buy signal was constructive, but it can’t persist indefinitely without undermining the bullish pattern. So,m Friday morning’s ranging there .

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Rod David develops analytical techniques that are designed to efficiently identify targets and turning points for any liquid stock or market in any time frame. He primarily analyzes S&Ps, generating several round-turn candidates daily. Rod publishes “Trading Plan” and more each session at the blog

There is an UNBELIEVABLE $800 billion backlog of highway and bridge projects across the USA

There is an UNBELIEVABLE $800 billion backlog of highway and bridge projects across the USA


WASHINGTON — Motorists don’t like to pay more at the pump, and lawmakers worry that if they raise taxes on gasoline, they’ll be voted out of office. But states rely on those taxes to build and maintain roads and bridges. With revenue lagging, those structures have been falling into disrepair in many places. Despite the tough…

Zillow Forecast: "June Case-Shiller Forecast: Rare Monthly Declines Expected"

Zillow Forecast: "June Case-Shiller Forecast: Rare Monthly Declines Expected"

by Bill McBride on 7/26/2017 04:41:00 PM

The Case-Shiller house price indexes for April were released yesterday. Zillow forecasts Case-Shiller a month early, and I like to check the Zillow forecasts since they have been pretty close.

From Svenja Gudell at Zillow: June Case-Shiller Forecast: Rare Monthly Declines Expected

Both the 10- and 20-city S&P Case-Shiller indices are expected to fall in June from May on a seasonally adjusted basis, declines that would mark just the third and second months, respectively, in the past five years in which the seasonally adjusted indices have fallen month-over-month.

All three primary Case-Shiller indices grew at a slower or flat annual pace in May compared to the previous month, and Zillow’s Case-Shiller forecast predicts that slowdown continued into June. The 10- and 20-city indices are each expected to fall 0.1 percent from May (seasonally adjusted), with annual growth falling from 4.9 percent and 5.7 percent to 4.8 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. Monthly growth in the U.S. National Index is expected to remain flat in June (seasonally adjusted) and grow 5.3 percent year-over-year, down from 5.6 percent annual growth in May.

Zillow’s full forecast for May Case-Shiller data is shown below. These forecasts are based on today’s April Case-Shiller data release and the June 2017 Zillow Home Value Index. The June S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices will not be officially released until Tuesday, August 29.

The year-over-year change for the Case-Shiller National index will probably be smaller in June than in May.

Zillow forecast for Case-Shiller

Another Brazilian Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

Another Brazilian Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

Another Brazilian Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

July 26, 2017

The Selic rate has been reduced to 9.25% from 10.25%. The previous cut was made at the end of May and also 100 basis points in size. The current easing cycle began three years ago in July 2014 at 17.5%. A statement released by Copom, the Central Bank of Brazil’s policymaking committee, observes continuing disinflation and better growth data despite conceding that policy and political uncertainty have increased. Future removal of monetary policy restraint is contingent upon economic trends conforming to the expectations of policymakers, and if that happens, they expect the Selic rate to fall to 8% by the end of this year and stabilize thereafter.

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Tether and Bitcoin Blasting Off, Daily Volume Increasing, USDT Technical Analysis and Weekly Recap

Tether and Bitcoin Blasting Off, Daily Volume Increasing, USDT Technical Analysis and Weekly Recap

It has been a rather dynamic week for both bitcoin, and tether respectively. The prior weekend saw strong volume across all USDT pairs on Poloniex, hopefully we will see this repeat coming into the pre-fork weekend. Tether bottomed out at a new monthly low of 1,835 USDT on June 16, the current weekly low is slightly above that at 1922.19 USDT.

Volume had been stable after the run-up to the current trading range, and was showing signs of waning, until the last 2 red hourly bars appeared. Regardless, this is somewhat expected given the prior rise, and is in most cases, common during the middle of the week. If price holds above the 2,548.48 USDT support, and volume begins to increase, we could see another move higher, into what may turn out to be open air trading-wise. This would result in a break past the 2,977 USDT all-time high, which would understandably be perceived as highly bullish, ideally right before weekend trading begins.

Fibonacci level extensions derived from the pre all-time high trading range, in ascending order, are set at 3,323.01 USDT (fib 1.236), 3,537.57 USDT (fib 1.382), 3,710.98 USDT (fib 1.5), and 3,884.38 USDT (1.618).

Fibonacci level extensions from the current trading range are at the following levels: 3,182.76 USDT (fib 1.236), 3,341.92 USDT (fib 1.382), 3,470.55 USDT (fib 1.5), 3,599.17 USDT (fib 1.618)

All are potential price points moving forward, in case price shoots past confirmed resistance levels at 2,817.94 USDT, 2,879.74 USDT, 2,907.40 USDT, beyond the 2,924.69 USDT weekly high, and lastly, ahead of the all-time high at 2,977 USDT.

We may witness a bearish MA crossover soon, the 30-day MA appears to be lagging in comparison to the 200-day MA, which is in a steady rise.

Close supports are holding for now at 2,599.99 USDT and 2,549.79 USDT, despite the shattering of the previous 2,649.76 USDT support.

Price has dropped below the lower Bollinger band, bearish momentum confirmed for the short term at least. Bands are expanding, which is frequently an early signal for incoming volatility. Nonetheless, further trading activity is required for increased certainty.

RSI is oversold at the moment, but seems to be following the existing price trend and overall market movement. No lasting or substantial divergence with the Williams %R indicator, which is also mirroring RSI performance at present. The same is true for the MACD, no immediate or obvious divergence in relation to the total market trading or price fluctuations. OBV has dropped rapidly with the increase in short term sell volume, bearish sign for now.

Poloniex’s bitcoin/tether pair started trading on July 16 at 1,835 USDT (10:00 GMT). What began as a strong move up, lasted until 2,387.17 USDT was touched on July 18 (20:00 GMT), after which price oscillated between 2,211 USDT and 2,408.73 USDT, before soaring yet again to the new weekly high of 2,924.69 USDT on July 20 (22:00 GMT). Trading has since continued in a fixed range, between the still valid 2,599.72 USDT support, and aforementioned weekly high.

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