“Year Of Monkey”- Chinese New Year was celebrated with great pomp and show. Though it is a Chinese tradition but now has become a famous event celebrated worldwide. There were so many tweets from the famous personalities wishing each and every one:
Mark Zuckerberg: “Happy Lunar New Year from Priscilla, Max and me! In the Year of the Monkey, I hope you and all your loved ones find happiness, health and good fortune”
Justin Trudeau: “Welcome the arrival of the year of the Fire Monkey, an animal that symbolizes cleverness, wittiness, intelligence, and curiosity”
Barak Obama: “Our vast array of traditions and perspectives and backgrounds – our melting pot – is what makes America unique”
There is a great story behind how the Chinese animal zodiac signs came into being. (I found this story a bit clever part of what rat did to the cat and the cat did not made up in the Zodiac)
Coming back to monkeys- Monkeys are witty fun loving having winning streaks and are emotional too. Studies and research apart, I myself have quite a good experience with monkeys. Being an animal communicator I found that the monkeys are very intelligent: finding ways to defend themselves, always moving in tribe, caring for their little ones, aggressive and can attack if previously hurt and always a winner in its aspirations.
In the first study in non-human primates researchers find that monkeys also share our unfounded belief in winning and losing streaks. The results suggests that the penchant to see patterns that actually don’t exist may be inherited—an evolutionary adaptation that may have provided our ancestors a selective advantage when foraging for food in the wild, according to lead author Tommy Blanchard, a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.
Monkeys love to gamble
To measure whether monkeys actually believe in winning streaks, the researchers had to create a computerized game that was so captivating monkeys would want to play for hours.
“Luckily, monkeys love to gamble,” said Blanchard. So the team devised a fast-paced task in which each monkey could choose right or left and receive a reward when they guessed correctly.
The researchers created three types of play, two with clear patterns (the correct answer tended to repeat on one side or to alternate from side to side) and a third in which the lucky pick was completely random. Where clear patterns existed, the three rhesus monkeys in the study quickly guessed the correct sequence. But in the random scenarios, the monkeys continued to make choices as if they expected a “streak”. In other words, even when rewards were random, the monkeys favored one side.
“We have this incredible drive to see patterns in the world, and we also have this incredible drive to learn. I think it’s very related to why we like music, and why we like to do crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and things like that. If there’s a pattern there, we’re on top of it. And if there may or may not be a pattern there, that’s even more interesting.”
Understanding the hot-hand bias could inform treatment for gambling addiction and provide insights for investors, said Hayden. “If a belief in winning streaks is hardwired, then we may want to look for more rigorous retaining for individuals who cannot control their gambling. And investors should keep in mind that humans have an inherited bias to believe that if a stock goes up one day, it will continue to go up.”
When given a choice between steady rewards and the chance for more, monkeys will gamble. And they’ll keep taking risks as the stakes rise and dry spells get longer.
Change the odds
Okay fine. So let’s change the odds. In test two, the researchers made the average payoff for the risky target less than for the safe target. It was found that they still preferred the risky target. When fiddled with the odds even more, forcing a string of losses. But something kept the monkeys going, It seemed very, very similar to the experience of people who are compulsive gamblers While it’s always dangerous to anthropomorphize, it seemed as if these monkeys got a high out of getting a big reward that obliterated any memory of all the losses that they would experience following that big reward.
Chinese Zodiac 2016 and Money
Like Monkeys we too gamble and love playing games, also some of us are addicted to such stuff. So whether you believe in Chinese Zodiac or not this year is predicted to be a really monkey type year. The horoscope and astrology is real science if you believe that, here’s how to really act on your money and will it work this year for you- as predicted on Signboards outside Fu Lu Shou Complex at Singapore
Birth years: 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
The rat is the first sign in the Chinese calendar and represents progress, exploration and insight. People born under this sign are known for being charming, intelligent and innovative, the latter benefiting the rat particularly in business.
The rat is among the thriftier signs on the Chinese zodiac. This means its great for them to take advantage of that natural inclination toward saving money by searching for great deals, using coupons and opening a savings account that will help them save money and grow it.
For those who own small businesses, you will earn a stable profit this year. If you are hardworking enough, you can even develop a new business or expand the current business. However, you should avoid getting yourself involved in gambling. You will face your own consequences if you dream of gaining wealth easily.
Birth years: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
As the second sign in the zodiac, the ox is considered the stabilizing force that perpetuates the life cycle. It represents integrity and abides by the laws of nature. People born under this sign are known to be dependable, calm and methodical.
The ox believes in security and therefore, does not believe in taking wild financial gambles. Those born under this sign can take advantage of this personality trait by participating in the safer aspects of investing, such as bonds or even certificates of deposit.
Those who operate illegal businesses (oh my) will gain profit, and be much safer this year. There will be many opportunities that appear out of nowhere. Those who are employed will either be helped by a benefactor, receive compliments from superiors, or be promoted.
Birth years: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
The tiger is one of the more adventurous signs in the zodiac. It loves to blaze new trails and seek the unattainable. People born under this sign might be a bit impulsive, relying more on instincts for guidance than plans.
The tiger is known for being a sign that loves to spend money and take financial risks. The idea is to take chances in hopes of doubling money. Because they are also known for being quite lucky, taking chances often works. But to have the best of both worlds, remember that creating a well-rounded portfolio ensures gains over the long term.
Your business will progress backwards. You must be extra cautious and do things on your own, otherwise people around you will leave and disputes will arise. You may even suffer losses or be in heavy debt, causing your physical and mental health to be affected. Those who own businesses will lose money if they “simply switch to a new business upon hearing other people’s words
Birth years: 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
The rabbit is said to be in tune with the pulse of the universe, continuously aligned with harmony and inner peace. Soft-spoken, graceful and elegant, this sign is naturally reserved and a bit artistic, yet is known for being very lucky in business.
Rabbits enjoy seeking security through their finances. Whether they’re buying a home, or furniture and gadgets to fill it up, they are looking for ways to make their safe haven comfortable. Since rabbits are into gadgets more so than making investments, it’s good to focus on how to save money on purchases. Take time to examine the best rates available on cars and homes while seeking discounts on other items to avoid overspending.
You can plan to set up your own business this year, but must not be too anxious. If you intend to develop a current business or renovate your shop, you should not hesitate to do it this year. If you would like to have side income, you can try to place a bet. Be patient for it and you will be successful
Birth years: 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
The dragon is fired up about life, carrying energy and a heroic heart. Filled with vitality and strength, dragons are able to accomplish great things in life while always maintaining loyalty to friends and family.
There are people who save and people who don’t. Dragons fall into the latter category, never really caring about accumulating money. Instead, like tigers, they would prefer to gamble and take chances. While accumulation isn’t a big deal, the stock market could serve to be a thrill for the dragon, as long as diversification (both safe and riskier investments) is the name of the game.
For those who own a business, your business will progress backwards. Your progress will be slow, and you will meet a lot of obstacles.
Birth years: 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
The snake is known for showcasing wisdom and continuously seeking purpose. Often the philosophers, theologians and deep thinkers of the world, snakes gravitate toward the inner depths of life.
On the financial side, the snake is considered a bit of a risk-taker, not afraid to jump head first into a financial deal — or even a shopping spree — without thinking about what’s at stake. A great way to avoid overspending is to place money into savings accounts with low liquidity like high-interest savings accounts or certificates of deposit.
For those who run a small business, your business and fortune will turn good from the beginning of the year. As long as you put in your best effort while not being too greedy, you will gain a high profit at the end of the year.
Birth years: 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
The horse loves to run free in his beautiful pasture. Unable to be contained, people born under this sign represent perpetual motion and are moved by electric fluidity. They are also known for being cheerful, quick-witted and unpredictable.
Horses don’t think too much about money since it doesn’t constitute happiness or well-being to them. This trait is great for avoiding overspending. However, saving might not be on the horse’s radar either, which means in order to put money away for retirement or other long-term goals, horses might benefit from a trustworthy financial advisor who can handle these tasks.
For those who are entrepreneurs, from the beginning of this year, you will be tied by last year’s problems. Those who own big companies should not negotiate with customers using their “usual demanding way”. They will also “lose long time customers” that way, and “should learn to listen to the opinion of others and think thoroughly.”
Birth years: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
People born as sheep are known for being sincere, gentle and compassionate, while showcasing tremendous creativity and artistic ability. Sheep are generous and have great luck. Some might even encounter fortune in their lifetime.
Goat loves money and beauty lover. Sheep have a love affair with beautiful things and enjoy spending money on material possessions like clothing and accessories to ensure they always look good. The key for sheep is getting them to view a growing savings account as a beautiful item just like a new watch or fancy outfit.
Although you will have good fortune this year, you will suffer great loss if you place bets or invest too much. Also, you need to control your finances and not waste money, so that your finances will improve.
Birth years: 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
The monkey is the ninth sign in the Chinese zodiac. Known for being brilliant and able to achieve the impossible, individuals born under this sign make great inventors, motivators and even magicians.
Like the tiger and dragon, monkeys are not big on saving money. Instead, they like to spend big. It’s recommended that monkeys save for emergencies whenever possible since money is always burning a hole in their pockets.
For you who indulge in investments, it may seem that your luck is strong in the beginning of the year. However, it is just a false appearance. It is advisable for you to avoid forming a partnership with friends, otherwise both of you will have a falling out eventually. You should exert caution if you are not familiar with the financial market, or if it is an overseas investment. You must restrain yourself from investing in gold, shares, horse racing and the lottery, unless you are born on auspicious birth dates and hours, in which you will then be more fortunate.
Birth years: 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
The rooster is known for clockwork and precision (much like the actual animal). Self-assured and a bit aggressive, the rooster is an exacting taskmaster who is known for dedication, organization, decisiveness and meticulousness.
As you can imagine, being so precise, the rooster is not only known for managing money well, but offering others fantastic financial advice. But, on occasion, the rooster has a reputation for spending too much, in which case its good for him to settle down and reevaluate his choices.
No matter which industry you are in, you will be successful and will gain wealth. Your debt will be settled and your benefactor will appear. You will have a high chance of striking a windfall.
Birth years: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
The dog is the protector of justice and champion of equality, always living from a place of honor and never succumbing to cowardice. People born under this sign are likable, due to their animated, unpretentious nature; however, can be guilty of bouts of laziness.
You might see the dog spending money freely without realizing that he likely has a hidden savings account with money set aside. On the whole, they are hard workers who save for the future, making their money management capabilities very sound.
You will gain less wealth this year, unless you are born on auspicious birth dates and hours. Especially for those who are involved in illegal businesses, not only will you not gain profit, you might get yourselves involved in a lawsuit or even be jailed.
Birth years: 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
The pig is known for honesty, simplicity and courage, and is bonded to all mankind by goodwill and fellowship. While the boar might appear rough on the outside, internally he is gentle and kind with loyalty being a strong trait.
Pigs can be both thrifty savers and big spenders. While they are moved by brand names and beautiful items, they are also good at finding beautiful gems in thrift stores or vintage shops. Because they can be big spenders, it’s good to set money aside for a rainy day as we all have to do from time to time.
Those who own businesses will attain a new achievement this year. No matter whether you have a local business or an international one, you will gain helpers who will save and improve your business, since lady luck is with you. However, you must not be too anxious and be careful when selecting people to prevent future risk.
Casino Games to play in this Year of the Monkey
Most of the casino games are themed on Asian tradition and culture. Macau (gambling capital of the world) is like Vegas where people love to gamble. It is not surprising to know that players come to Macau to play at the casinos spending the whole day.
As Chinese New Year was celebrates, a new casino game was welcomed by all players. Brought to you by Asia Gaming this game called ‘Year of the Monkey’ is 1024 ways to play slot offering a free spin feature that can be re-triggered and is available to play in both HTML 5 and Flash supported devices.
The five-reel slot title comes out just ahead of the February 8 celebrations, and is one of more than 20 slots, table games and scratch cards set to be released by Asia Gaming in 2016.
Another latest release was from BCLC Corporate with The Year of the Monkey Scratch Card lottery game. With a top prize of $18,888, and loaded with $8 to $18 prizes, the overall approximate odds to win a prize on a $2 – Year of The Monkey are 1: 3.99
Scratch the entire GAME 1 play area. Match any of YOUR SYMBOLS to any of the LUCKY SYMBOLS, win the corresponding prize for that SYMBOL. Scratch the GAME 2 play area. Find three (3) identical prize amounts, win that prize. Find symbol, win $8 instantly. Scratch the BONUS play area. Find any prize amount, win that prize instantly!
You can also play Monkey slot games such as
Monkey Money is a fairly standard five-reel slot machine that gives you the opportunity to win on up to nine different paylines at once. Developed by Betsoft Gaming the object of the game is to match identical symbols from left to right across your active paylines, with most of the symbols requiring at least three of a kind to score a win
Funky Monkey is a cute and entertaining slot game featured by RTG. In this 5-reel, 20-line video slot features a wild substitute symbol, two scatter symbols, a free spins feature and a progressive jackpot along with a top fixed reward.
The reels are set in the background of Chinatown. The microgaming slot game has 15 paylines to wager up to 20 coins per payline.
Jade Monkey is 5-reel, 9-payline slot game brought to you by Amaya Gaming. The game comes with a really lucrative bonus round that allows you to win up to 500x your triggering bet.
Banana Monkey slot, released by Playtech is funny slot game where in the jungle monkeys climb the trees in search of bananas with a pride of noisy monkeys in this 5 reel 20 payline.
Crazy Monkey is one of the most famous slots machines by Igrosoft. It has just 5 reel and 9 payline game. This video slot is told about spectacular adventures of the monkey.
Mad Mad Monkey is a fun video slot game powered by NextGen Gaming. It’s based on a crazy monkey and has a very generous free spins feature where you can get 20 free spins with a 3x multiplier. Furthermore, all the Wild symbols are stacked along with all Bananas to give you bigger rewards.
- Clean your environment- your house, your car, wear clean clothes, and tidy up things
- Decorate your surroundings- Your living room, garden, bed room,
- Adorn with flowers- Put flower vases around or carry flowers
- Emphasize number 8 avoid number 4- Numbers are not just numbers, especially during Chinese New Year. Even numbers are preferred because of their belief of balance and harmony. But the two numbers you have to remember for your wealth are eight and four.
- Don’t shower on Holiday (now this I won’t accept)-Old traditional belief to bring wealth
- Exchange Red Envelopes- Exchanging red envelopes means giving blessings of wealth and good fortune to each other.
- Plan and Eat Meal Carefully- Eating certain meals is supposed to bring you wealth and prosperity. Fish is supposed to bring a “surplus” of wealth; and eating meat on holidays bring bad luck.
Though there is no way to prove if these superstitions work or not, they have been followed for generations. Give them a try, and you might get some good fortune!
With all the magic aside, use your common sense in business when working with money be it playing at casinos and spending few bucks there. Remember it is your hard earned money and you are responsible for its use or misuse or find some easy ways to save money. Have a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!