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If you were to throw a (metaphorical) dart randomly at the internet, the chances are that it would land on an article about investing of some sort. And this is no different, on the surface! Investing is a minefield for so many people that they have no idea where to begin, where to go and what to do. If you have never thought about investing before, and it tends to be that the average Joe doesn’t, it is a worthwhile practice to help get set up for your future, or for your family. It is a bit like taking a gamble, but there are investment ideas that generally have a high rate of return.

Forex Trading

This is one of the best options to ensure a good income. It’s a market where currencies are traded. Put simply, it is buying, selling and exchanging currencies at the current rate. It is the biggest market for investment in the world. As an investment option, it is unique because it has high liquidity characteristics, uses leverage to maximize potential earnings and many other positive aspects.

Collectibles, Coins Or Paintings



Aside from the standard methods of investing, you could indulge your passions or hobbies as an idea for investment to generate a good income. Antiques or paintings or even rare iraq dinar are options for investment. As time goes by, their value will increase, so investing in something you have a good feeling about can be an option, especially as there are so many people that are now keen to invest in antiques themselves, you can sell it off to the highest bidder when the item is extremely profitable.

US Treasury

With a high rate of return, the US Treasury bill is a reliable bond with a high return rate. It has the guarantee and assurance of the US Government, which gives you a distinct advantage over other investments. While the global market is prone to inflation, needing a reliable source of revenue is needed, and this is a favored investment approach in many countries in the world, not just in America itself.



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Bonds that mature within the 3-year mark proves to be a safe investment option for many people. They are in much demand due to the growth of the US economy and the high rate of return. Two bonds that are best are municipal bonds and corporate bonds. Just, before you start, make sure you do your research into the potential losses or benefits of such an investment.

Index Funds

This is recommended by finance experts over investing in common stocks. For the past three decades, the returns have been on a large scale. As Index Funds increase in number by gathering “low beta” and “high dividend” paying stocks, this is a good combination of safe investment but with high returns. If you are looking to invest safely, you cannot go far wrong with this type, as the security of your money is ensured. But, the individual stocks is lower in safety, so be careful in your choice of investment.

Russia has decided to publish a list of 18 US officials barred from the country, in response to a similar list published by the US Treasury on Friday.

A Russian statement described the US move as a severe blow to relations, and said blackmail could not be ignored.

The US published its list under an act – Magnitsky Sanctions Listings – named after Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail in 2009 in disputed circumstances.

The list includes officials who jailed Sergei Magnitsky after he accused them of corruption.

Senior officials from President Vladimir Putin’s entourage who had been expected to be included were left off, including Russia’s top police official Alexander Bastrykin.

Russia’s list, announced by the foreign ministry, includes two former Bush administration officials who are said to have advocated harsh interrogation techniques and two former commanders of the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

David Addington, chief of staff to former Vice-President Dick Cheney is one of them.

Sergei Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million from the state

Sergei Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million from the state

The other 14 were named as having violated the rights of Russian citizens abroad.

“The war of lists is not our choice, but we cannot ignore outright blackmail,” a statement from the Russian ministry said.

“It’s time for Washington politicians to finally understand that there are no prospects in building relations with a country like Russia with the spirit of mentoring and undisguised dictating.”

Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying there was also a secret section to the list with more names, as the US list had.

A Russian law barring Americans from adopting Russian orphans, regarded as a response to the US law, has already been passed.

The final US list published on Friday included people born in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, 16 of them linked to the Magnitsky case. Some 250 names had originally been put forward by US politicians.

The others are officials deemed to have participated in recent Kremlin moves to restrict Russians’ political rights.

Sergei Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion after accusing Russian police officials of stealing $230 million from the state through fraudulent tax rebates. His family and rights groups say he was badly beaten and denied medical treatment in custody.

The Magnitsky Act passed by Washington in 2012 blacklists Russian officials accused of involvement in his death. All the names on the list had until Friday been kept secret.

Those affected by the American measures have had their US accounts frozen and have been added to a list of people who will be denied US entry visas. Some European nations are taking similar measures.

Correspondents say that the argument threatens to cast a shadow over a visit to Russia by President Barack Obama’s National Security adviser Tom Donilon, who is to hold high-level talks in Moscow on Monday.

The posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky – who died in 2009 aged 37 in pre-trial detention after developing pancreatitis – opened in Moscow in March but was adjourned shortly afterwards.

Legal experts say they are unaware of any precedents for the trial of a dead man in Russian history.

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