Thursday, August 12, 2010
You may be hot or pretty but if you're not putting out the right signals your more then likely going to put him off. Even if you do like him, if you don't show it then he's going to get the wrong idea and end up going home and never calling you again.
The first thing is stay away from your phone. This is a common schoolgirl mistake in this day and age. You are probably used to chatting on your phone most of the day but when you're in the company of a guy it's a bit no no! Most guys will always keep track of how often you reach for your phone during the date. Even if you're not talking to someone on it, sending messages from your phone is just as bad. It makes the guy feel that you would rather be someplace else. At the end of the day it's just being courteous to pay attention to your date. If the phone call is important he will understand, if you just want to talk about the new shoes you bought then he really wont!
Secondly, do not hog the conversation. It's important you don't constantly talk during the date, and even more important that you don't talk about yourself. You need to let him talk also, respond to the conversation and let it flow. If you talk too much about yourself he will get very bored very quickly and he will also think of you as a bit self involved and be totally put off.
Thirdly, don't complain about anything. Ever. If a guy has gone to trouble of booking a restaurant table and you arrive and realise you don't like the look of the restaurant then you just have to deal with it. It's a big blow to a mans ego if you scorn upon the choice he's probably spent ages trying to make. He will feel rejected and probably not enjoy the date from there on in. Same goes for other situations, like if he's booked tickets for film you don't really want to see or a play you're not interested in. Remember it's the thought that counts and if you start complaining about it he will just think of you as a moaner and worst of all, high maintenance! You need to wait until your both comfortable in your relationship before you can let your complaining begin, until then keep it to yourself!
So now you know what you should never do on a first date, you should have a lot more success even if you don't really need it!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
With global stock markets heading for the best monthly performance since last July, gold has found it increasingly difficult to hold onto recent gains.
The MSCI World index which monitors stocks from around the world rose more than eight percent during July as better economic and corporate data helped sentiment. Consumer confidence readings are still on the low side which continues to indicate a bumpy recovery ahead. Robert Schiller, a well known professor at Yale University, sees the risk of a US double dip recession as being above 50 percent.
The positive sentiment from stocks, where more than 77 percent of companies in the S&P 500 Index reported earnings above expectations, helped drive the yield on corporate bonds to a six year low. This according to Bloomberg triggered a record USD 85.7 billion issuance of debt in July with investors snapping up the relative high yield compared to governments bonds.
The Reuters Jefferies CRB index rose 1 percent on the week and returned 4 percent in July, the best monthly performance since May 2009. Gains were recorded across different sectors. The best performing markets were sugar, coffee, wheat, natural gas and palladium with losses in other energies and gold pulling in the opposite direction.
The price of gold dropped below the May low and has come close to the important 200 day moving average support at 1,150. This is the level that many long term investors view as the level that needs to hold. The speculative long position on Comex has been reduced by 27 percent over the past three weeks and another reduction is expected this week. Meanwhile Gold held in Exchange Traded Funds also saw a reduction albeit only by one million ounces, a mere 1.5 percent of total known holdings.
The next couple of weeks will be very important as to the near term direction of gold. The worry is that a move below 1,150 could trigger a much larger correction than the 100 dollars seen so far. Supportive news this week was a pick-up in physical demand with jewelers taking advantage of the recent drop in the price of both gold and the dollar. The strength of the global recovery is still debatable as the Yen, often viewed as a safe haven, strengthen against the dollar and the euro.