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Foreign Investors Hit the Ground Running in Singapore

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“Singapore has emerged as one of the top cities in the world to live in and has seen a rapid influx of expatriates seeking PR status in recent years,” explains Rikvin. “As a result, the application procedure for PR status has become more challenging. The Global Investor Programme does provide an alternative avenue to entry for those who qualify, and that is where Rikvin can be of enormous benefit.”

“Singapore is fast becoming a business city of choice. With excellent business infrastructure, political stability, and close economic ties with many of the world’s leading economies, there has never been better time than now for entrepreneurs to immigrate and form a Singapore company.,” says Rikvin.

Launched to attract foreign investment into Singapore, GIP is open to business owners and corporate managers seeking to either start up a business in Singapore or invest funds. “Applicants must invest at least S$2.5 million in a new business entity or expansion of an existing business operation and submit a business proposal or investment plan,” says a Rikvin spokesperson. “Alternatively, they can invest at least S$2.5 million in a GIP approved fund.”

Eligible applicants must have a minimum three-year track record in entrepreneurial business, with average company revenue of at least S$30 million in the most recent year or per year for the last three years. “The company’s audited financial statements for the last three years will also be required,” advises Rikvin.

Corporate managers holding the position of Chairman, CEO, CFO, CTO, etc. who have more than 10 years of experience in a company with annual revenue of at least S$100 million may also apply for GIP.

Applicants who meet the criteria are eligible for Singapore Permanent Residence status along with their spouse and children below 21 years of age. Children over 21 years, parents and parents-in-law, while not eligible for PR status, can apply for a renewable five-year Singapore Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP).

Singapore has long been accepted as the gateway to Asia for global businesses and an attractive location for regional headquarters. The city-state offers a stable political and financial infrastructure and one of the most competitive corporate tax regimes in the world. Singapore’s extensive trade links also provide companies with unrivalled connectivity. In addition, Singapore has a number of free trade agreements in Asia as well as with the US, Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Chile, Panama and members of the European Free Trade Association.

However, Singapore has emerged as an attractive destination in Asia for global investors, not just in terms of business and investment but as a destination of choice to call home. Its clean, safe and wholesome environment makes it an attractive base from which to raise children. The city-state has also been voted the best place to live, work and play in Asia.

About Rikvin.com:
Rikvin offers company incorporation for entrepreneurs worldwide. Establish since 1998, Rikvin specialise in Singapore Company registration, Employment pass, Entrepass and related corporate services. Those wishing to embark on Singapore Global Investor Programme application proceedings can contact Rikvin at http://www.rikvin.com for a quick eligibility evaluation.

Currency exchange is the FOREX market. It makes it possible for private corporations and regimes to deal with each other. If you are going to Europe, you go to the bank and exchange your greenbacks for Euro dollars as you can’t spend bucks in France. The bank takes your forex and packages it with other currency exchanges and then makes an attempt to sell it at a better exchange rate than they gave you. That is how they make a profit.

The currency market has no physical location and is open for business twenty-four hours a day between Mon. morning in New Zealand thru Fri. night in the East. The average trading volume is over 3 trillion dollars a day. Profit markups are relatively low.

The market trades, typically over 3 trillion dollars a day. Profit margins are small, but that isn’t a controversy when trading in amounts this massive.

Against this, about eighty percent of the trading is done by the ten most active traders, which are massive international banks. These traders make up the top tier of the market. The difference between the bid and ask costs at these levels are extremely narrow and not available to the rest of the traders. These top tier traders account for 53% of total trading volume. Below the top tier are smaller investment banks, large multi-national corporations and large hedge funds.

The market is divided into tiers, with the 10 traders who do the most trading in the top tier. These are the big world banks. The profit markups here are very small and the rate between the bid and ask costs are available only to this elite group. This accounts for approximately 53% of the trade volume. The subsequent tier of investors includes large hedge funds, investment banks and world companies.

The majority of the trades in currency exchange, about seventy percent, are speculative. The trades are done to earn a profit. Little speculators can’t deal without delay in this market, they must employ a broker. Due to the world nature of the market, till lately, there were only a few restrictions on brokers and they could make trades against their customer’s best interests. Now, there’s a crackdown on brokers who are involved in this practice.

Currency exchange is a high speculative market. During periods of market uncertainty, traders will jump to historically “safe” or stable currencies like the Swiss franc. This drives the rate of exchange up for the franc in comparison to other currencies.

There are several sorts of derivatives with assorted levels of risk available to little stockholders. The most common derivative is the futures contract which is typically for a quarter. It is analogous to futures contacts traded on the commodities market. The spot contract is a futures contract for a brief period of time, typically 2 days. The forward contract helps limit risk because the money is exchanged on an agreed on date in the future. One kind of forward contract is referred to as a swap, where the 2 parties exchange currency for a fixed upon length of time. The safest derivative is the foreign-exchange option. Rather like a stock option, it gives the holder a right to exchange currency for a previously agreed rate at an agreed on date, but the holder has no obligation to make the exchange.

The foreign exchange market is highly complex and with a lot less regulation than the stock exchange, more subject to abuses. It’s advantages are its liquidity and the incontrovertible fact that it trades twenty 4 hours per day. This is a reasonably speculative investment and should be approached with caution by small investors. Before considering an investment in foreign exchange, you will need to study the market and the best investment secrets.

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Forex and stock market trading are an array of popular choices in terms of financial tradings. There is no question that many are currently wealthy doing it but there are also those who are not as lucky and have lost tremendously in the forex and stock market arenas.

The current economic crisis was not foreseen by even many experienced investors. The market can be fickle and unless you understand the factors effecting the market and can predict at least some market fluctuations, you can suffer large losses. Even market analysts make mistakes and fail to recognize the financial signals.

Although the market can be unpredictable, traders have continued to trade. The opportunities to make money are there even in the worst market. Many investors use computer programs to track trends in the market and try to predict which stocks will gain and which will lose. This can help traders avoid at least many of the more risky investments.

One type of this system which has immense capability of predicting future results in the financial market is called the ETF Trading Signals. This system came about as just a request for help of a trader from an expert computer programmer.

If you aren’t making a good profit on your investment portfolio, ETF Trading Signals will let you turn your portfolio around and help you realize more profits from your trades.

You might not believe that it’s possible for a computer program to invest profitably in the Forex or stock market. There are hundreds of factors that effect the buying price of a stock or currency. Computers can analyze most of these factors in under a minute and signal the most profitable transaction. You are able to take action much more quickly than you could if you had to analyze these factors yourself. The programmer has put all the knowledge of expert traders into the system.

ETF Trading Signals is not intended to dedicate yourself hot stocks or speculative investments. Instead, the system works with eft’s. Exchange traded funds trade on the exchange like stocks, but are more diversified and therefore more stable investments.

To those who are not familiar, an ETF is a security that trades just like a stock but tracks a commodity, an index or possibly a basket of assets very much similar to an index fund. Employing an ETF in trading has many advantages attached to it. It’s a lot less volatile than stocks which make it more convenient for the software ETF Trading Signals to gain business signals with higher accuracy.

No automated robot can guarantee a gain on every trade. Even in the ETF market, there is a lot of risk. Traders using ETF Trading Signals have indicated an average gain of 32.49%. While this figure doesn’t hold true for every investor, most investors have reported making greater profits with the program than they realized before they began using it. The system maximizes gains while protecting against losses.

To explore how one can possible make money using this ETF software, you may visit their website at http://www.etftradingsignals.com/offer/ and look for yourself the truth in their testimonies. It worked for many, it may meet your needs.

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Credit Suisse Institutes 10-for-1 Split

Credit Suisse AG announced today that it will implement a 10-for-1 split of its VelocityShares™ Daily Inverse VIX Short Term ETN linked to the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ Index (traded on the NYSE Arca under ticker symbol XIV) and an 8-for-1 split of its VelocityShares™ Daily Inverse VIX Medium Term ETN linked to the S&P 500 VIX Mid-Term Futures™ Index (traded on the NYSE Arca under ticker symbol ZIV) effective Monday, June 27, 2011. On June 15, 2011, the closing indicative value of the XIV ETNs was $159.76 and the closing indicative value of the ZIV ETNs was $130.91.

The split will affect ETN trading denominations, but it will not have any effect on the principal amount of the underlying notes.

The record date for the split of each of the ETNs will be the close of business, New York time, on June 23, 2011.  The payment date will be June 24, 2011.  The closing indicative value of the XIV ETNs and the ZIV ETNs on June 24, 2011 will be divided by ten and eight, respectively, to determine the split-adjusted value of the ETNs on June 27, 2011. The split of each of the ETNs will be effective at the close of trading on June 24, 2011 and the ETNs will begin trading on the NYSE Arca on a split-adjusted basis on June 27, 2011.

About Credit Suisse AG

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as “Credit Suisse”). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 50,100 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

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Bond Funds:Taking a Closer Look

Investors know that all municipal bond funds are not created equally. But until recently, they lacked the tools to put their muni bond funds? holdings under the same microscope routinely used to review and rate stock funds. Bondview, LLC has developed a new granular approach to fund rating that empowers investors for the first time to see the details and performance criteria of the municipal bonds within a fund.

 

Municipal bonds are unique in the investment marketplace due to their lack of liquidity and transparency. “The funds that hold these bonds deserve the same thorough review as other investments,? said Robert Kane, Bondview CEO. Currently, most of the bond fund rating industry applies rating methods that rely solely on past performance, rather than a holistic approach that examines a fund?s bond holdings and current risks as perceived in the marketplace.

 

What BondView has done is handed investors a powerful microscope for funds composed of municipal bonds. ?Our special sauce is that Bondview ratings are based on a grassroots foundation that reviews each bond on a granular level. So while other bond fund raters are handicapped by ?best guessing? ratings based on risk-adjusted past performance, Bondview uses up-to-the-minute intel on every bond within every fund we rate,? explained Kane.

 

These exclusive ratings available free to investors and their advisors.

 

Regulators are increasingly scrutinizing the transparency ? or lack thereof ? of municipal bond funds. In May 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation of the municipal bond market. Since then, the SEC and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, which oversee municipal bond issuers and sellers, have proposed or passed rules designed to increase disclosure of information about municipal bonds.

 

BondView has been rating individual bonds for the past two years. Those ratings are based on a proprietary approach that does not use third-party credit ratings from S&P, Moody?s or Fitch. Starting today, investors will be able to go to BondView’s website and access real-time ratings for the about 100 open-end and closed-end municipal bond funds. Over the next several months, the firm hopes to make ratings available for all municipal bond funds. All of the ratings will be available for free on the firm’s website.

 

The fund ratings are based on five criteria: Market Pricing, Duration, Income Stream and Maturity, Market Sector and Diversification. Each fund will be rated between A-F for each category and assigned an overall score, Mr. Kane said.

 

Declining tax revenues and increasing pension obligations are contributing to uncertain economic times for some municipal bonds. We believe that understanding the fundamentals and current risks of each muni bond in a fund is more important than the past performance of the fund. ?Otherwise, you?re looking thru a rear-view mirror and that will be a problem going forward said Kane.

 

The ability to rate municipal bond funds is a natural progression from BondView?s recently announced muni bond stress test. Bondview plans to release a similar stress test for muni bond portfolios and bond funds in mid-June 2011.

 

?The muni bond market is really like 1,000 little bazaars, each specializing in a size or color of the 50,000 local bond issuers,? said Kane. ?These 50,000 issues are a fascinating market microcosm. They don?t perform like stocks, like other bonds, or like mutual funds. They?re unique due to lack of liquidity and transparency.? Kane continued. BondView is the first company to track individual municipal bonds synced to bond funds.

 

It?s high time investors got the same holding-by-holding analysis of their muni bonds funds as they?ve always had for their stock-based funds,? said Kane.

 

Facts: Bondview?s ratings are powered by the company?s unique repository of data that spans 10 years? worth of transactions from 50,000 active state and local bond issuers, as represented by 1.3 million bond cusips across the entire $ 2.9 trillion municipal bond market. The Bondview repository covers all individual muni bonds, their complete trading history, estimated current prices, yield curves, dealer trading ranges, and the company?s proprietary market ratings criteria for each bond: Market, Yield, Volatility, Liquidity and Summary.

 

Company Information: BondView is the leading investor advocate for municipal bonds. ?As municipal bonds become more popular, and investors become more sophisticated, we want BondView.com to be their go-to resource. We continue to add free, leading-edge features for both muni bond investors and their financial advisors,? concluded Kane.

 

BondView, LLC. provides municipal bond portfolio analysis and market data for investors and professionals. Our mission is to promote smart, informed decision making by municipal bond investors and their advisors. The site BondView.com provides high-level, top-down monitoring and quantitative analysis of individual bonds or an entire bond portfolio, no matter where it is housed. BondView is dedicated to providing timely, accurate, real-world market data specific to municipal bonds and municipal bond funds. Its suite of tools and services continues to evolve. The Bondview Municipal Bond Ratings are available now at http://www.bondview.com/funds/index

 

For more information contact: Robert Kane at BondView, LLC.

Telephone: 866-261-9533. news(at)bondview(dot)com , http://www.bondview.com.

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Zacks Lists Cooper as Bull of Day

Zacks Equity Research highlights: The Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO) as the Bull of the Day and Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU), EnCana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (NYSE: CNQ).

Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

We reaffirm our Outperform rating on The Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO) following its healthy second-quarter fiscal 2011 results. Earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate while profit increased greatly year over year. Industry outlook has improved with an expectation of rising utilization in emerging nations and a higher proportion of sales of value-added lenses.

Cooper proves to be a turnaround story based on rationalization of plants and better execution. It remains a leader in torics. Clear milestones for new product launches give scope for gains going forward. Recently, raised guidance for the fiscal year may yet prove conservative given room for further margin expansion.

Cooper has reduced debt with improved free cash flow, which opens up room for tuck-in acquisitions on a geographic basis. However, capital markets are weak with competition from large players.

Bear of the Day:

Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) posted lower-than-expected first-quarter 2011 results. The quarterly earnings of $0.28 per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.32 and remained flat compared with the prior-year quarter. Given the underperformance, the company took a cautious stance and trimmed its fiscal 2011 earnings guidance.

The company now expects earnings between $1.35 and $1.45 per share, down from a range of $1.50 to $1.60 projected earlier. Management now forecasts sales to be flat to marginally positive in the second quarter and to increase in the low single-digits in fiscal 2011.

We remain cautious about the macroeconomic environment and sluggish job market. As a result, consumers and small businesses still remain watchful on their spending. We observe that the demand for office products is closely tied to the health of the economy.

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Suncor Energy: Worth a Look

Canada’s biggest energy firm and the largest oil sands outfit Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE: SU) has been a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stock since May 17, 2011. The independent energy exploration and production company has seen its estimates move up following its robust  first quarter  results in early May. Suncor’s attractive fundamentals, positive outlook, and the recent optimism about economic recovery have inspired this bullishness.

Suncor has significant oil sands and conventional production platform, huge long-lived oil-sands reserves and an impressive downstream portfolio. The company’s asset base includes substantial conventional reserves and production at offshore Eastern Canada and in the North Sea, which generate strong margins and should provide free cash flow to fund future oil sands expansion.

Embarking on a series of divestitures, Suncor, which competes with other Canadian behemoths like EnCana Corp. (NYSE: ECA), Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (NYSE: CNQ), etc. – is getting back on track following its merger with Petro-Canada.

Additionally, given our bullish outlook for the medium-term oil price scenario, we think Suncor is nicely positioned to benefit from its leverage to commodity prices. In our opinion, Suncor is one of the best positioned companies to take advantage of the oil price recovery over the next several years. With a large portfolio of growth opportunities, unique asset base and high return potential in the long run, the company has a competitive edge over its peers.

Suncor recently unveiled its ten-year business strategy. In particular, the firm outlined plans to increase production to more than 1 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day (MMBOE/d) by 2020. Suncor expects oil sands production to grow by 10% and company-wide production to grow by 8% in each of the next ten years.

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Forex Markets Easier to Access With New App

Available now for immediate download and use, BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile debuts with client access to Liquidity DIRECT(SM) Mobile and Global Markets Research Mobile, other offerings to follow

BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, today announced the launch of BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile,  a new application that gives clients access to BNY Mellon product and service offerings via an iPad®.  Available for download at the iTunes App Store, BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile debuts with a link to foreign exchange research from BNY Mellon Global Markets and a link to Liquidity DIRECT(SM)  Mobile, which makes available via an iPad many of the transactional, reporting and account management features of Liquidity DIRECT(SM), BNY Mellon’s cash investment  tool for institutional investors.

As a leading provider of foreign exchange research, BNY Mellon Global Markets provides clients with a wealth of currency markets research, including a weekly currency markets preview; daily reports keyed to market openings in Europe, North America and Asia; and BNY Mellon’s iFlow(SM) analysis of global investment flows.  BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile will give Global Markets clients access to this full suite of research products formatted for easy access via an iPad®.

Liquidity DIRECT(SM) Mobile allows clients to take the power of Liquidity DIRECT(SM) with them wherever they go.  Clients can easily monitor and manage their cash investments via their iPad® without being tied to their desktop.  Liquidity DIRECT(SM) enables institutional clients to access a wide range of money market funds, provide custody for margin balances in counterparty transactions, and invest directly in individual money market securities through BNY Mellon’s full service broker-dealer. It also gives users access to a wealth of Liquidity DIRECT(SM)’s account performance and investment information, such as money market fund yields, returns and credit ratings.  Liquidity DIRECT Mobile(SM) allows clients to invest, redeem and transfer cash via an iPad®-compatible version of Liquidity DIRECT(SM).  It also gives users access to Liquidity DIRECT(SM)’s wealth of account performance and investment information, such as money market fund yields, returns and credit ratings.

Reflecting its ability to support client transactions, Liquidity DIRECT(SM) Mobile was designed with crucial security features, including the option of  dual authorization, which allows trades to be entered, but holds them as pending until verified by a second authorized point of client contact.  This functionality can apply to an extensive array of investment transactions including all deposits, transfers and redemptions.

“BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile marks an important milestone in our ongoing adaptation of Web-based offerings to mobile devices,” said John Fiore, executive vice president and chief information officer for IT worldwide at BNY Mellon.  “Making available via a single, easy-to-access portal a family of product and service offerings specially designed for the iPad®, BNY Mellon Connect(SM) Mobile adds new dimensions of accessibility and convenience to our clients’ experience with BNY Mellon technology.  We will be updating our mobile portal with additional features and functions in the coming months.”

“As the first institutional investment portal adapted specifically for an iPad®, Liquidity DIRECT(SM) Mobile continues our tradition of introducing first-to-market, client-focused cash investment technologies,”  said Jonathan Spirgel, executive vice president and global head of Liquidity Services at BNY Mellon. “We’re going to maintain our innovation momentum by introducing iPhone® and Android adaptations of Liquidity DIRECT(SM) Mobile during the second half of the year.”

“Two important contributors to our leadership position in the FX market have been the depth and timeliness of our research based on our proprietary data, and our track record for successful e-commerce innovation.  The debut of our FX research on the BNY Mellon iPad® app reflects both traditions, and sets the stage for the debut of our Web-based FX portal later this year,” said Jorge Rodriguez, executive vice president and head of global FX sales for BNY Mellon Global Markets.

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $25.5 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.2 trillion in assets under management, services $11.9 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.7 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK). Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com.

BNY Mellon Global Markets includes the Foreign Exchange and Derivatives businesses of The Bank of New York Mellon together with the securities business of BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, a SEC registered broker dealer, indirect-wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and member of FINRA and SIPC.  These three Global Markets businesses provide products for corporate, institutional and high-net-worth investors to access liquidity, identify and execute investment and hedging strategies as well as manage risk. With foreign exchange sales and trading desks in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, London, Brussels, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul,  The Bank of New York Mellon has access to more than 100 currency markets, and is recognized by industry publications as a global leader in FX research and FX technology. BNY Mellon’s derivatives business offers tailored hedging products based in the interest rate, currency and equity markets and BNY Mellon Capital Markets underwrites and transacts on Exchange and over the counter markets in a broad range of debt and equity securities. The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and its affiliates lend and provide other products and services to issuers and others, and provide and receive related fees and compensation. For more information, visit gm.bankofny.com.

Money market mutual funds available through Liquidity DIRECT(SM) are offered by The Bank of New York Mellon.  The Bank of New York Mellon, DFIC Branch is communicating matters relating to offshore funds on behalf of The Bank of New York Mellon, which is registered in the UK by the Financial Services Authority.   Securities products and services other than money market securities available through Liquidity DIRECT(SM)  are offered by BNY Mellon Capital Markets.

The instruments available through Liquidity DIRECT(SM) are not suitable for all investors. Liquidity DIRECT does not provide individually tailored investment advice or offer tax, regulatory, accounting or legal advice. Not everyone is entitled to open an account.  Investors should read all offering materials, including prospectuses, for any investment product and consider the economic risks, merits, investment objectives and expenses carefully before investing, as well as the legal, tax, regulatory and accounting consequences.  Any discussion of risks herein should not be considered to be a disclosure of all risks or complete discussion of the risks which are mentioned.

Money market securities are not the equivalent of cash, they involve certain risks, including loss of principal, and are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by, any bank and are not insured by the FDIC.  Money market fund yields may fluctuate even though they seek to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share. Accordingly, it is possible to lose money by investing in these securities. Certain fund shares are offered only to pre-qualified investors in certain jurisdictions; secondary markets may not exist in all jurisdictions for any particular instrument or investment. Additional risks exist with foreign investments. This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where such an offer would be illegal. US investors are not permitted to purchase non US registered funds; such securities are not registered with the US SEC, and are offered based on an exemption pursuant to Regulation S of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Not all obligations of the U.S. government or its agencies and instrumentalities are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury.  Treasuries are affected by certain types of risk, principally interest-rate risk and inflation risk. Commercial paper is not usually backed by any form of collateral, although there may be back up lines of credit or back up liquidity.

Past performance of any investment is not indicative of nor a guarantee of future performance, and a loss of original capital may occur.

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High Plains Gas, Inc. (OTC: HPGS) today announced its well reactivation schedule for the third quarter of 2011.  The schedule includes the Company’s intentions for well reactivations within the Fairway methane fields located in the Powder River Basin of Northern Wyoming, which were acquired from Marathon Oil in November 2010.  The Company will remain focused on reactivating fields to produce marketable natural gas within the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

Mark Hettinger, Chief Operations Officer for High Plains Gas, said, “Our intention is to bring more gas to market to take advantage of higher natural gas prices.  We plan to strategically bring wells into production based upon the availability of compression and pipeline infrastructure for each field.  This does not differ from our current operations, but we plan to accelerate the rate at which we put these wells into production.  Our goal has been to reactivate 30 wells per month throughout 2011, but we plan to spend the third quarter activating wells at double that rate or more.”

The following is a summary of the Company’s third quarter 2011 reactivation schedule:

The Hank Williams, Wild Horse and Middle Prong fields are currently expected to be returned to production in the third quarter.  The Hank Williams and Wild Horse fields have 175 wells that qualify to return to production at a total estimated production value of 1.3 MMCFPD. The fourth quarter return to production includes House Creek.  Initial reviews of the House Creek area have identified 45 wells with immediate potential to return to production.  Cates Draw in the Arvada field has 13 wells identified in the Cates POD that are excellent candidates for recompletions in the third quarter, and the Company expects to bring them into production beginning in the fourth quarter.

Joe Hettinger, Chief Financial Officer for High Plains Gas, said, “Our field operations team has done an excellent job of controlling costs and staying within budget for well reactivations.  Our plan to increase our well reactivation rate is partly due to the success our operations team has experienced, and we expect that this success will continue, enabling us to spread our fixed costs over greater production and at a nominal variable cost increase.”

About the Company

High Plains Gas, Inc. is a Gillette, Wyoming based energy company actively engaged in the acquisition, development and production of natural gas primarily in the Powder River Basin.  The Company recently acquired CEP – M Purchase LLC, which currently owns the former Marathon “North & South Fairway” assets.  These assets consist of 1614 Coal Bed Methane Wells with associated flow lines and over 155, 000 net acres. This combined with the company’s existing 92 natural gas wells gives the company a strong foundation in the natural gas industry. High Plains Gas will pursue expansion opportunities for the profitable production and transmission of natural gas. High Plains Gas believes it has unique expertise and experience in the refurbishment and reactivation of wells that produce natural gas from coal bed methane formations that helps position it strategically in the Powder River Basin.

Safe Harbor

Statements made about our future expectations are forward-looking statements and subject to risks and uncertainties as described in our most recent filings made with the US Securities and Exchange commission, and are subject to change at any time. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement.

Contact:
High Plains Gas, Inc.
P.O. Box 1564
Gillette, WY 82717
(307) 686-5030
Email: ir@highplainsgas.com
www.highplainsgas.com

IR Agency Contact:
Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc.
Becky Herrick
(415) 433-3777
bherrick@lhai.com

http://www.highplainsgas.com

Binary Options Trader Acquires EZTrader.com

Win Gaming Media Inc., (OTC.BB: WGMI) a leading provider of online trading of binary options, today announced that on June 5, 2011, it has closed an agreement for the acquisition of the entire activity & intellectual property of EZTrader.com, a major player in online trading of binary options. Pursuant to the agreement, which was signed on May 4, 2011, WGMI, through its fully-owned subsidiary in Cyprus, is now the owner of a proprietary software platform for online trading of binary options, the domain name www.eztrader.com and a data base in access of 50 thousand registered and active customers. With this latest acquisition, WGMI features 3 online trading sites: www.Globaloption.com in 5 languages – English, Arabic, Spanish, German and Russian; www.Options.co.il in Hebrew, for the Israeli market and the newly acquired platform www.eztrader.com. More languages are scheduled to be added during 2011.

“We are excited with the acquisition of EZTrader.com, its proprietary software and its significant data base,” commented Shimon Citron, CEO of Win Gaming Media. Mr. Citron added that, “the consolidated activity of all 3 platforms, which is based on EZTrader’s performance during the months of April & May 2011, indicate a monthly deposit pace in access of $400K per month, from which we are to benefit as of June 5, 2011. The amalgamated activity should move our company to profitability”.

Binary options are a simple investment tool where investors can receive short-term returns much greater than in most other types of investments. Traders of binary options simply predict the direction of the change in an underlying asset, instead of forecasting its price. In this way, he or she will gain either a large profit or a marginal return. With binary options, traders can predict the direction of a variety of assets, which are set to expire in an hour or at the end of the trading day.

Traders use their knowledge and familiarity of capital markets to decide their trades. Binary option pays the investor a pre-determined cash amount on the sole condition that the option would expire in-the-money. This cash amount is set forth in the option’s terms and is the same regardless of the degree to which the underlying asset’s price moves in the holder’s favor.

About Win Gaming Media, Inc.

WGMI is engaged in the business of offering worldwide online trading of binary options.  The Company entered the binary options business in November 2009, and since March 28, 2010, has been offering online trading of binary options through its wholly-owned Cypriot and Israeli subsidiaries, WGM Services Ltd., and B Option Ltd., respectively. Specifically, WGMI’s online binary options trading business is aimed at investors who seek to realize profits from their investments within a short period of time.

WGMI operates solely through its wholly owned subsidiaries: (a) Win Gaming Media, Inc., a Delaware company; (b) Win Gaming Media (Israel) Ltd., an Israeli company; (c) WGM Services Ltd., in Cyprus.

All references to “WGMI” refer to Win Gaming Media, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on certain factors and assumptions including expected growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities, foreign exchange rates and effective income tax rates. For example, when we say that more languages are scheduled to be added to our online trading websites during 2011 or that the consolidated activity of all 3 platforms, which is based on EZTrader’s performance during the months of April & May 2011 indicate a monthly deposit pace in access of $400K per month, from which we are to benefit as of June 5, 2011, or that the amalgamated activity should move our company to profitability, or when we discuss the binary options investment tool and the potential return on investment that investors who trade binary options may have, we are using forward looking statements. While the company considers these factors and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, risks associated with the company’s financial condition, prospects and opportunities, legal risks associated with the binary options trading industry and risks of governmental legislation and regulation, risks associated with market acceptance and technological changes, risks associated with dependence on licensees and key licensees, risks relating to international operations, risks associated with competition and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with securities regulatory authorities. These risks may cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting the company,  reference is made to the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are given only as at the date of this release and the company disclaims any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Contact:

Win Gaming Media, Inc.,
Haim Tabak, +972 54 6611525
COO
htabak@wingamingmedia.com

Mobile Self Storage Opens Doors in Texas

Harry Briers, a lifelong resident of the Houston area, has signed a franchise agreement with Zippy Shell USA, LLC to offer a fresh concept in mobile self-storage to local customers.

Zippy Shell USA, LLC., a company with a fresh concept in mobile self-storage, is growing and the company’s latest franchise operation is now announced in Texas. Harry Briers, a lifelong resident and owner of Mobile Storage of Texas, LLC., has signed a franchise agreement with Zippy Shell USA, LLC to offer door-to-door mobile self-storage in the Houston area, covering Harris, Fort Bend, and parts of Brazoria, Galveston and Montgomery counties. The business, slated to open this coming July, will operate as Zippy Shell West Houston.

Franchisees of Zippy Shell USA, LLC. offer consumers convenient, affordable mobile self-storage. Through its unique delivery system, the Zippy Shell mobile self-storage model has greater access to residential and business locations than its competitors. Zippy Shell mobile units are licensed vehicles and are equipped with security systems that allow its customers an added peace of mind.

“We are very enthused to bring a smart alternative to high priced storage options to the Houston market with our Zippy Shell franchise. It is a unique service offering, and at $99 per month we will be able to offer the convenience of mobile storage at the price of self-storage,” said Harry Briers, General Manager, Zippy Shell West Houston. “As a local owner and lifetime resident, our focus will be on giving our customers the kind of personal care that comes from a locally owned and operated business that understands the specific needs of our area. We’re committed to the Houston market and are really looking forward to opening our doors and showing our customers what we’re all about.”

“Harry Briers truly understands his local market and customer needs, and will no doubt deliver a seamless experience. With Zippy Shell mobile self-storage in the market it will be hard to understand why a consumer would need to look at other storage options – they will avoid the hassles related to traditional storage and pay less!” said Rick Del Sontro, President, Zippy Shell USA, LLC. “We welcome Harry and his entire team to the Zippy Shell family and look forward to working with them to drive success throughout the Houston area.”

The Zippy Shell mobile self storage system is a smart and easy door-to-door self storage solution on wheels, which gives customers the option to store, declutter or move their goods seamlessly and securely. By providing the service inside a registered vehicle, Zippy Shell provides service to a broader range of customers, including those in the heart of a metro city, with greater security than other mobile self storage operators who rely on unregistered containers or boxes.

Concluded Briers, “It’s been great working with the Zippy Shell USA, LLC. team and becoming part of their franchise family, and I look forward to our upcoming opening. We are excited to get our mobile self storage units rolling throughout Houston neighborhoods and hope customers look out for us and give us a call for their moving and storage needs.”

Customers interested in more information about Zippy Shell West Houston can visit http://zippyshell.com/westhouston or call (713) 496-0345.

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