Archive for December, 2008

What is a ponzi scheme, you ask? The basic definition of a ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that involves paying very high returns to investors out of the money paid in by other new investors, rather than out of the profits from a real business. It is named after Charles Ponzi who conned thousands of people into investing in a scheme he dreamed up back in the 1920s.

What is the difference between a ponzi scheme and a pyramid scheme?

Ponzi schemes have many similarities to pyramid schemes and many people use the terms interchangeably. Just like a ponzi scheme, a pyramid scheme is a form of fraud relying on false financial information, including the promise of an extremely high rate of return, but they do have some differences…

In a ponzi scheme, the scam artist acts as “base” for the victims, interacting with all of them directly. In a pyramid scheme, those who recruit additional participants benefit directly and failure to recruit usually means they make no money and get no other real benefits.

A Ponzi scheme claims to rely on some hidden, restricted, or insider investment approach and often attracts investors who have money to spend. Pyramid schemes are open to the fact that money from new recruits will be the source of payout for the initial investors.

A pyramid scheme will typically collapse much faster because of the necessity of exponential increases in participants to sustain it. However, ponzi schemes can survive a long time simply by persuading most existing participants to reinvest their money, so a relatively small number of new participants are needed.

Needless to say, you want to stay away from both ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes. It’s easy to get sucked in to the promise of huge returns and fast money, but most people end up losing a lot of money and everyone loses in the end. A real business will give you a quality product or service for your money so you are getting something even without bringing in more people.

There are plenty of real and legitimate internet businesses you can join to make money online so don’t get caught up in a ponzi scheme or pyramid scheme. Do some research before giving your money to any business and you might save yourself a lot of headaches in the end.

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If you have ever tried to lose weight fast you know how hard it can be. There are so many different diets that are available today that it’s hard to know which ones work and which ones are garbage. Most people will gain weight slowly over time and you do not really notice it until you have put on ten pounds or so. The problem is many think they can just lose that weight over night and it just does not happen. You can get some great results and lose weight fast however if you do it the right way. Keep reading to get a few tips.

Eat more than you are right now. I know what you’re thinking but you really do have to eat more if you want to lose weight quickly. Now that does not mean to load up on two or three meals a day. What you need to do is eat 5 or 6 smaller meals each day and space them out at about 3 hours. What this does is naturally increase your body’s metabolism and helps you burn stored fat you are already carrying.

Do any kind of exercise at all you can think of. Even if you walk around your house for 10 minutes it’s better than sitting down on the couch just after you have eaten. Go out and walk the dog, walk to your friends house a block away instead of driving. Every little bit helps.

If you want to get the most out of minimal exercise then do some walking or running in the morning before you have eaten breakfast. Because you do not have any food in your stomach because you just woke up, this will force your body to burn up the fat it has stored already. Do not think you can work out in the morning and then starve yourself all day thinking you can double up or trick your body. You will be doing yourself much more harm than good.

Finally find a good program that keeps you motivated to stay on your diet. I find that one that takes all the guess work out of it a good one for me. I would rather be told what and when to eat than to spend my time weighing food and counting calories.

After trying out several diets to help me lose weight fast here is my #1 recommended program. If you’re ready to get back into shape without the hassles of complicated diets then check it out.

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