The safest way to carry money in Thailand - Daily Telegraph The safest way to carry money in Thailand - Daily Telegraph

Friday, June 15, 2012

The safest way to carry money in Thailand - Daily Telegraph

The safest way to carry money in Thailand - Daily Telegraph

A money card is fine, especially as a back-up, but using an ATM debit or credit card is usually the safest and most convenient way to get money. ATMs are ubiquitous, even in small towns, near most beaches, and of course in the larger cities, and most of them accept foreign cards. Thai banks charge a 150 baht (£3) fee per withdrawal. Taking some cash for emergencies and carrying it separately from cards is a good idea.

Gains in financial stocks push up European equities - Reuters UK

Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:09am BST

* FTSEurofirst 300 index rises 0.5 percent in early trade

* Financials stocks lead market rally

* Hopes that central banks deal with any Greek vote fallout

LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) - European shares advanced on Friday as financial stocks rose on expectations of new central bank measures to deal with the risk of a Greek exit from the euro zone.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.5 percent at 987.46 points by 0745 GMT. Germany's DAX was up 0.9 percent, while France's CAC-40 index rose 1 percent.

Investors are wary ahead of elections in Greece on June 17, which could determine the future of the debt-ridden country in the euro zone currency bloc.

Officials from G20 nations told Reuters on Thursday that central banks were ready to take steps to stabilise financial markets, if needed, by providing liquidity and preventing any credit squeeze after Sunday's election.

The signal that world authorities were ready to take steps to prevent any worsening of Europe's debt crisis supported European financial shares on Friday, which have fallen sharply in recent weeks due to their exposure to Greece.

The STOXX 600 European bank index rose 1.6 percent, while the European insurance index gained by 1.3 percent.

However, Securequity sales trader Jawaid Afsar said he would be tempted to sell off shares later on Friday, in order to minimise any hits to portfolios in case of any unforeseen outcomes from the Greek election.

"If you're already in the rally, you should use the rally to start closing out your positions to reduce the risk ahead of Sunday," he said.

JN Financial trader James Fogden also said the European equities market rally could peter out later in the day, with an expiry of options contracts due at 1000 GMT also likely to make the trading session a volatile one.

"We could see a bit of a pull-back later," he said.

The FTSEurofirst has been within a tight trading range between 970 and 990 points established in early May, and traders said it was likely to remain in that range while uncertainty over the euro zone debt crisis persisted. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Louise Ireland)

7 Reasons Small Business Supports Romney (Opinion) -

If small-business owners alone voted, Mitt Romney would win the presidency handily. A recent Gallup poll of 9,925 employed, registered voters showed that 57 percent of business owners favor the Republican nominee, while 37 percent prefer President Obama.

Why does small business overwhelmingly favor the challenger? Here are seven reasons:

1. Small-business owners generally believe Republicans support them more than Democrats. A January 2012 survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 84 percent of small-business leaders focus on a candidate’s support for free enterprise. And 48 percent of small-business owners responding to a spring 2012 online poll by Manta believe Republicans support small business the most, while only 26 percent think Democrats do. The remainder thinks independents or minor party candidates are the biggest supporters of small business.

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2. The preference for Romney reflects what’s happened to small companies during the Obama presidency. While the past few years haven’t been great for most people (save, perhaps, bill collectors), it’s been worse for small-business owners than the rest of us. The number of self-employed people is only 0.6 percent higher now than when the President took office, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows. By contrast, the number of people in the civilian labor force is 1.6 percent higher than when Obama was sworn in. Moreover, the number of self-employed heads of corporations is 2.3 percent below the January 2009 level.

3. Start-up rates have fallen significantly during the President’s time in office. In 2008, 491,559 businesses were started, according to the Census Bureau, but in 2010, the latest year for which data is available, only 394,632 companies were founded.

4. Bankruptcies are higher now than at the start of the Obama presidency. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute, there were 322,973 bankruptcies in the first quarter of 2012, compared with 301,337 in the fourth quarter of 2008.

5. Credit remains tight for small businesses. Between 2008 and 2011, the number of small loans to business declined 22 percent, with the value of those loans dropping 18 percent in real terms.

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6. Small-business owners object to major parts of the President’s agenda, most notably health-care reform. According to the 2012 U.S. Bank Small Business Survey, small-business owners say health care is the business issue that will most affect their vote this fall, and is, what's more, the most important issue for them since the 2008 election. That isn’t good news for the President. A January 2011 Discover Card Small Business Watch survey showed that a majority of small-business owners (55 percent) want the President’s health-care reform law repealed.

7. Finally, small-business owners have a different philosophy about Washington’s role than the President. While Obama says he wants to help them, 82 percent would prefer that Washington just “get out of the way” rather than offer a “helping hand,” the Harris survey revealed.

Unfortunately for the Republicans, small-business owners are a small minority of the electorate, and they aren’t disproportionately concentrated in swing states. In the end, their strong support for Romney won’t make a big difference in the November election. 

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