How To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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It may surprise you to learn that some 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. The practice of committing to, and for many of us breaking, our January 1st resolutions has a rich history dating back over 4,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. They were the first culture to hold recorded celebrations in honour of the New Year, although, for the Babylonians, the New Year began in mid-March when the crops were planted and not in January. During the 12-day festivities, the Babylonians made promises to their pantheon of deities to pay debts and return borrowed objects. This was believed to keep them in good standing with the gods. Long considered to be a forerunner to our current custom of making New Year’s resolutions, no matter which country you call home, the practice of resolving to do and be better during the forthcoming year is universal.

Equally universal is our tendency to succumb to temptation and quickly slip back into our old habits. Numerous studies have shown that less than 25 percent of us will actually stay committed to our resolutions after just 30 days. This means that three out of four of us will have abandoned our quest for personal betterment before the first day of February. And for those who successfully get past this hurdle, less than 8 percent will actually fulfill their resolution before the next year rolls around. Surely we can do better?

Change How You Approach Your Resolutions

If you’re like most people, your resolutions centre on improving your health and finances. Roughly 55 percent of our New Year’s resolutions are related to health and fitness, with just under 20 percent tackling financial goals. Year after year, the top three New Year’s resolutions are eating healthier, getting more exercise and saving money. Losing weight, spending more time with family and friends and learning a new skill or hobby round out the top six personal improvements.

So what should you do differently to make 2020 your best year yet? For starters, forget about making resolutions and instead create goals. Resolutions are overly broad and lack definition, whereas goals are much more actionable. Let’s say one of your resolutions is to lose weight. Congratulations, you’ve made a commitment to improving your wellbeing. But where do you start? Losing weight requires planning and summons a host of questions that need to be answered. For example, how will you increase your physical activity? What strategy will you use to control food cravings? How will you stay motivated through the year ahead?

Setting SMART Goals

The act of creating goals necessitates that you clarify your intention, focus your efforts and use your time and resources productively to achieve what you want. To supercharge your goal setting, you should create SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. A SMART goal incorporates these five essential criteria to increase your chances of success.

SMART goals are:

Specific: Well defined and clear. Make use of real numbers and deadlines.

Measurable: You can easily measure your progress towards the completion of your goal.

Achievable: The goal is attainable. You want to select a goal that is challenging but also possible.

Realistic: Your goal should be realistic. Be honest with yourself, you know what you are capable of.

Timely: Your goal should have a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date.

Using the weight loss example above, a SMART goal would be: “I want to lose 15 pounds in the next 4 months. I will measure my weight on a scale to track my progress. I will exercise 6 days a week for no less than 30 minutes and follow the Mediterranean Diet, limiting my calories to 1,400 per day. Once I reach my goal, I will re-evaluate and consider setting a new target for continued weight loss.”

To make this goal even more actionable, you could define the type of physical activity you will engage in and what you will do should an unforeseen circumstance arise, for example, you become ill or the restaurant you’re at lacks a healthy, low-calorie alternative. Guided by this action plan, it becomes much easier to follow through and achieve your desired goal. And remember, when it comes to goal setting, less is more. For optimum results, limit your focus to two or three goals. Your chances of success will skyrocket as you will not become overwhelmed with making too many changes at once.

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Is There An Easier Alternative?

If personal goal setting elicits feelings of boredom and disinterest, there’s another tool that personal change experts make use of: the power of small changes. The idea of small changes asks that you swap your ambitious New Year’s resolutions for small achievable improvements. With time, these bite-sized intentions can snowball into enduring behaviour change.

Let’s say your resolution is to eat healthier in 2020. Instead of overhauling your entire kitchen pantry and embracing the latest diet, you can create a list of healthy foods that you enjoy eating and post it in areas that you frequently look at. The fridge and around your computer screen would be ideal spots. Studies have shown that visual reminders can encourage us to make small changes to our daily routines, and over time, these changes can have profound effects on our health and well-being.

If you want to exercise more, leave your workout clothes and running shoes in a visible area. If getting more sleep is a priority, do some light reading, listen to a meditation, or write in a journal before you go to bed. This will help you wind down before bedtime and ensure that you fall asleep quicker. If you want to learn a new skill, set aside 5 minutes every day for the new task. As your new habit grows, gradually increase your scheduled time. This ensures that even the most time-crunched among us can still find the time to improve ourselves.

It is our hope that this post will help make 2020 your best year yet. May the New Year bring you and your loved ones happiness, peace and prosperity. From everyone at SolidTrust Pay, we would like to wish you a joyous year filled with much success!

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Is There a Perfect Time to Buy Cryptocurrency?

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The short answer is there isn’t. There will always be a degree of risk inherent in any investment you make. However, with some tips, you can minimize loses and make market volatility work in your favour.

It’s been 10 years since the creation of the world’s first cryptocurrency. What began as an attempt to create a “trust-less” cash system, whereby costly third-party intermediaries would no longer be needed, has grown to include more than 1,600 different cryptocurrencies. Of course, not all cryptocurrencies are equal and the method by which they are created is surprisingly easy, making it possible for anyone with some basic coding knowledge to create their own. It’s believed that only 20 cryptocurrencies account for 89% of the total digital currency market. This means that the vast majority of cryptocurrencies will never have values above a few cents, with many disappearing altogether as more established digital currencies increase their market capitalization.

For many of us, the price volatility of cryptocurrencies discourages us from purchasing them. In less than 4 months, Bitcoin dropped from a high of nearly $20,000 to less than $7,000. This volatility continues to define the cryptocurrency landscape with the value of many altcoins rising and falling as quickly as the ocean’s tides. Despite this instability, not all digital currencies are risky investments. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are secured to an asset with a stable value, such as gold or the U.S. dollar. Notable examples include Tether and Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency which will be introduced in early 2020. These coins have a fixed valuation and present themselves as safer investment options than more volatile cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Stablecoins are ideal for conducting routine transactions and are quickly growing in popularity among people who live in nations with unstable monetary systems.

Minimize Your Risk With Dollar-Cost Averaging

If you’re like most investors, you want to join the multitude of individuals who are actively buying, selling and trading popular cryptocurrencies, the 20 or so that make up nearly 90% of the digital currency market. Fortunately, there is a simple strategy you can use to reduce potential loses and make the volatility of the cryptocurrency market work to your advantage: dollar-cost averaging. Dollar-cost averaging allows you to build up your assets over time while helping you to avoid making emotionally driven decisions. The strategy is surprisingly easy to use; instead of purchasing all your cryptocurrency at a single point in time, you divide up the total amount of money you would like to invest in digital currencies and make smaller purchases over an extended time period. For example, instead of purchasing $500 of Bitcoin in one day, you would buy $100 worth of Bitcoin every 4 weeks for 5 months, or purchase $50 worth of Bitcoin every 2 weeks for 5 months.

Your $100 investment will purchase more Bitcoin when the market is down and this increases the potential for gains if the market turns around. Likewise, when the market is up, your $100 purchase will buy less Bitcoin which will reduce the risk of loss should the market turn the other way. Dollar-cost averaging has been successfully shown to reduce the risk of buying volatile asset classes. It also helps dissipate the anxiety of committing a significant amount of your capital to a single asset purchase while simultaneously giving you the freedom to reevaluate your investment strategy, opting to invest more or less as time goes on.

Buying Cryptocurrency with SolidTrust Pay

Buying cryptocurrency is easy with SolidTrust Pay. Currently, you can purchase 12 different cryptocurrencies using your STPay e-wallet: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Binance Coin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, NEO, OmiseGO, Tron and Ripple.

Before you can make your initial cryptocurrency purchase, you must first create a secure SolidTrust Pay account and set up an external cryptocurrency wallet. Popular cryptocurrency wallets include Coinbase, Mycelium and Electrum, but there are dozens of options to choose from. Always research your chosen wallet and make sure that it possesses excellent security features.

Once you’ve created your STPay account and external cryptocurrency wallet, buying digital currency with SolidTrust Pay is fast, easy and most importantly, secure. We have been a leader in the online payment industry since 2006 and our corporate-grade anti-virus and firewall protection is continuously monitored by our network of international security personnel. To buy cryptocurrency with your SolidTrust Pay account, follow these simple steps:

Step 1) Create your SolidTrust Pay account by clicking HERE.

Step 2) Verify your account to the Standard Verified level. For more information about our 4 account verification levels, please click HERE.

Step 3) Set up two-factor authentication (2FA) using your smartphone or desktop/laptop. For detailed instructions, please click HERE.

Step 4) Create a cryptocurrency wallet and connect it to your SolidTrust Pay account. If you are using a desktop application, click HERE for detailed instructions. For smartphone instructions, please click HERE.

Step 5) Deposit the amount you wish to spend on bitcoin into your SolidTrust Pay account using a bank transfer, a credit card or a transfer from another STPay member.

Step 6) Log in to your SolidTrust Pay account and navigate to My Money > Withdraw Funds. Next, click on the Altcoins option.

Step 7) Select the amount of money you would like to withdraw to your bitcoin wallet. It may take up to 24 hours for your deposit to appear in your cryptocurrency wallet.

Steps 1 through 4 only need to be completed once. You will then be able to easily buy bitcoin by following Steps 5, 6 and 7. Once your account has been Standard Verified and connected to a cryptocurrency wallet, you may withdraw up to $2,500 per day from your SolidTrust Pay e-wallet (Bank Verified members may withdraw up to $5,000 every 24 hours).

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Disclaimer

As with any asset, investing in cryptocurrencies involves the risk of substantial loss, including the loss of your entire investment. SolidTrust Pay is not an investment advisor or fiduciary and this content is provided for informational purposes only. Before purchasing cryptocurrency, please evaluate whether it is suitable for your financial situation and personal risk tolerance.


How to Sign Up for a SolidTrust Pay Account

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Sometimes setting up an account for the first time can be confusing. That’s why we created this handy step-by-step guide. It’s our hope that it will simplify the sign-up process and answer any questions you may have about creating your very own SolidTrust Pay account.

At SolidTrust Pay, the security of your personal and financial information is our top priority. That’s why you will be asked to create 2 unique account passwords and a personal security question. At the end of this guide, you will find a helpful video that walks you through the entire sign-up process. Be sure to check it out, as it contains more helpful tips and suggestions.

Step 1) Go to our homepage – SolidTrustPay.com – and click on the SIGN UP button at the top right-hand corner.

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Step 2) The first page you are taken to permits you to select your preferred Account Type.

Personal Account — Perfect for online shopping, participating in programs and sending funds to family and friends.

Business Account — Ideal for individuals and companies selling products and/or services online.

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Step 3) Enter your Profile Details.

Please note that all fields marked with an * are required.

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PROFILE DETAILS

Your First and Last Name – Please enter your given name and surname.

Date of Birth – You must be over 18 years of age to use SolidTrust Pay without parental permission. In order to verify your SolidTrust Pay account, we require your date of birth.

Occupation – This information is mandated by government regulations.

Legal Citizenship – This information is required for all members.

Country of Residence – Some countries are restricted from using SolidTrust Pay due to international economic sanctions. You must select the country prior to being able to enter your state/province/territory which will auto-populate in the next section’s drop-down menu.

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Province/State – This section is auto-populated once you select your country of residence. Please be aware that not all countries and regions can use SolidTrust Pay’s services. If your state/province/region/territory isn’t listed or is incorrectly listed, please choose the one that is most applicable to your correct address. For a complete list of countries and regions that cannot use our services, please click HERE.

City – Enter the name of your city, town or village.

ZIP/Postal Code – Enter your address’ ZIP or Postal Code.

Address Line 1 – Enter your residential or business address in this box. Example: 1 Main Street

Address Line 2 – Enter your PO Box, Rural Route Number, Apartment/Suite Number, etc in this box. Example: Suite 204

Yes, I have read the terms and conditions You must select this box if you wish to use SolidTrust Pay’s services.

Yes, I agree to receive marketing emails This is an optional box. If you select it, we will periodically send you information about new services, promotions, discounts and important updates impacting your account.

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Step 4) Enter your Security Settings.

SECURITY SETTINGS

Select a Username – This is your personal SolidTrust Pay account name.  All transactions are performed under this name. Your username serves to identify your account when a merchant or other member is sending funds to you. Your username can have a maximum of 16 characters and can be a combination of letters and numbers. Please DO NOT include any spaces, punctuation marks, symbols or email addresses in your username.

Please note that all SolidTrust Pay usernames are case-sensitive. In addition, usernames cannot consist of a string of digits. Example: 3756371 is not a permitted username. SusanSmith would be an ideal username.

Email Address – This is required to complete your account sign up. We will use this address to contact you.

Confirm Email Address – Please re-enter your email address.

Select Login Password – This the password you will use to log in to your SolidTrust Pay account. To protect your account from fraudulent activity, we request that all members create a password that adheres to our strict guidelines. Your password must contain at least:

• One Number • One Uppercase Letter • One Lowercase Letter • One Symbol

Confirm Login Password – Please re-enter your password to verify that you have typed it correctly.

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Select Secondary Password – This password is required when you move funds into or out of your SolidTrust Pay account. It is also required to make changes to your account’s security settings.  This is a Non-Retrievable password which means that you cannot reset it. Please ensure that your secondary password is different from your login password. Like your Login password, your Secondary Password must include:

• One Number • One Uppercase Letter • One Lowercase Letter • One Symbol

Confirm Secondary Password – Please re-enter your secondary password to verify that you have typed it correctly.

Secret Question – This is a requirement on websites that store sensitive personal and financial information. To protect your account from cybercriminals, please do not make the question something that a hacker might have access to, such as ‘What is my username,’ ‘What is my birthdate’ or ‘What is my middle name.’ Good Examples are, ‘What is my mother’s maiden name,’ ‘What was the colour of my first car’ or ‘What is my favourite candy bar.’

Confirm Secret Answer – This is the answer to the above question. Please note that the answer is case sensitive.

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Daytime Phone Number – Please enter the primary phone number that you use. This can be your cellphone number. Formatting for phone numbers should include your country code, followed by the phone number. Please do not include any spaces, dashes (-), plus signs (+) or additional numbers (00).  Example: 18771234567

Cell Phone Number – This can be the same number as your daytime phone number. If you have a secondary number that you wish to include in your profile, you may include it here. This number is optional.

Spam Block Question – This is a simple arithmetic question that you must answer before creating your account. If you do not see a question in the box, we suggest that you switch web browsers. Our site performs best using the Mozilla Firefox or Chrome web browser if you are using a PC (desktop/laptop) or Android device. If you are using an Apple or iOS device, we suggest using Safari.

Step 5) Press the Signup button and you’re done.

Congratulations, your new SolidTrust Pay account is ready to use! You will then be taken to a confirmation page and can proceed to sign in to your e-wallet.

If you require assistance at any time during the account creation process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Customer Support centre. Our representatives will be happy to answer all your questions and help you complete your sign up.

Here is a video that will guide you through the entire account sign-up process.

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How to Verify Your SolidTrust Pay Account

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Access our complete Account Verification Guide

At SolidTrust Pay, protecting your personal information is our top priority. That’s why all accounts must be verified. Currently, we have 4 Account Verification Levels.

ACTIVE – This is the default verification level when you sign up for your new SolidTrust Pay account.

CARD VERIFIED – Your account reaches this level by verifying a credit or debit card successfully. Our Credit/Debit Card Verified status allows you to deposit funds into your e-wallet using the credit or debit card linked to your profile.

STANDARD VERIFIED – Your account reaches this level when an ID and address document has been submitted and approved. Standard Verified is an upgraded status that permits unlimited transactions and higher deposit and withdrawal limits than Active or Card Verified accounts.

BANK VERIFIED – Your account reaches this level after your Standard Verification documents have been approved. You must also add a bank account and submit bank documents. Our Bank Verified status is an elite account level that permits you to deposit and withdraw funds using all of our options, including bank accounts and cryptocurrencies. Bank Verified members enjoy the highest transaction limits.

To verify your account, it is important that you upload the proper documents. Sending us the correct verification documents eliminates unnecessary delays. To submit your verification documents, log in to your SolidTrust Pay account and go to My Account > Upload Docs. You may submit up to 4 documents at any one time.

Please be aware that if there are any discrepancies or security concerns regarding your documents, our verifications staff hold the right to request additional documentation. This may include notarized documents, additional utility bills or a personal photo to verify the photo on your Government ID.

How Do I Verify My Account?

To verify your account, log in to your SolidTrust Pay e-wallet and go to My Account > Verify Account. Then, click CARD VERIFIED, STANDARD VERIFIED or BANK VERIFIED.

Here is a list of the steps and documents that are required for each Verification Level.

Card Verified

1) Login to your SolidTrust Pay account and go to Banks & Cards > Add New Card.

2) Enter your credit card information. An electronic card authorization scan will be initiated.

3) Proceed to make your first deposit by navigating to the My Money > Deposit Funds tabs. Select Cards and the amount of money you would like to deposit.

4) After you have confirmed the transaction, your card must be verified. We provide two verification options: Manual and Auto.

Manual Verification: For members who live in Australia, Brazil, France, Iran, Pakistan, South Korea, Syria, the United Kingdom and the United States, your credit card must be manually verified. To manually verify your card, upload a colour copy of your credit card statement and a scan of the front of your card.

Auto Verification: All other members may Auto verify their credit cards. During the Auto verification process, your card will be charged a small micro fee (typically a few cents). Input the amount of this micro fee when prompted after you have confirmed it on your credit card statement or by calling your card provider.

Standard Verified

1) Login to your SolidTrust Pay account and go to My Account > Upload Docs and submit the following documents.

ID Document: You must upload a Government Issued photo ID. Please note that some countries require a passport for verification purposes. Please ensure your ID has the following details:

  • A Photo
  • Your Name
  • Your Date of Birth
  • A Valid Expiry Date
  • Your Signature

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Address Document: To verify your address, we require an unaltered original document that has been mailed or e-mailed to you. This can be a bill or bank statement that has your name, residential address (we cannot verify a PO Box) and a recent date (within the past six months). This could be a phone bill, utility bill, insurance bill, bank statement, medical bill, etc.Bill22

Bank Verified

Please ensure that your account is Standard Verified before completing the Bank Verification process. Once you are Standard Verified, log in to your SolidTrust Pay account and go to Banks & Cards > New Bank Account. Enter your bank account details and follow the prompts to complete the instant bank verification process. Finally, click the VERIFY button beside your bank account. If you pass this stage, no further documents are required. If your account is unable to be automatically verified, you will be required to submit the following documents:

Canadian Members:

1) A completed EFT form. Please read the form carefully and ensure it is fully completed. The EFT form must have a handwritten signature as we cannot accept digitally signed documents.

2) A void cheque or direct deposit form from your bank which includes your name, current address (it must correspond to the address on your profile), account number and routing number.

USA Members:

1) A completed ACH form. Please read the form carefully and ensure that it is fully completed. The ACH form must have a handwritten signature as we cannot accept digitally signed documents.

2) A void cheque or direct deposit form from your bank which includes your name, current address (it must correspond to the address on your profile), account number and routing number.

International Members:

Please submit a bank statement or letter that includes your name, a recent date (within the past 6 months), a current address (it must correspond to the address on your profile), your account number, an IBAN number (where applicable) and a SWIFT/BIC code.

 

Helpful Hints

  • Before uploading your documents, carefully review the requirements for each verification level and ensure that your documents include all of the required information.
  • Do not upload the same document more than once.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our Help Centre or speak to a Customer Service Representatives.

 

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