10 Financial Mistakes To Avoid This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is around the bend and you adore it or hate it, it’s coming. Numerous people fear the financial misfortunes it forces on them every year. The following are 10 financial mistakes to maintain a strategic distance from, this holiday season by the holiday trip planner! These tips offer you some help to enjoy your holidays without having a pinch in your pocket.

This is a great time to shop and we can hardly resist those grand sales plunging up on every corner! We want to celebrate our Christmases BIG! And however hard we try, the festival shopping, gifts for family and friends and the Christmas vacation has a huge setback on our budget!

With these financial errors to avoid from this Christmas season, you will have the ability to reduce your financial stress for this season, as well as for future ones too.

1) Not having a financial plan.

If you never utilized a financial plan for your own accounts, then risks are that you are going to fail miserably this season!

What amount would you say you are going to spend? What amount of cash would you say you are going to need? In

Secure Your Finances With Three Simple Actions

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Millions of people do not understand how important it is to be financially stable. Financial stability does not necessarily refer to having a well paying job and a lot of money. In order to be secure, one has to know how to handle their monetary resources. You need to be able to determine how you will spend, save and invest your money. This will make sure that you are financially secure.

 

 

How to use your money

There are simple tricks you can apply to your life to ensure you are utilizing your money well. The three main elements are to make sure you can;

· Spend

· Save

· Invest

When you get your salary or profits from your business ventures, you must be willing to pay attention to all these three areas. The secrets to maintaining a constant structure that will ensure you are financially stable is by following the pointers below.

1. Budget

Always budget whenever you get your money. Be logical when you do so. Write down all your expenses and needs. When you budget, always indicate payments you have to make to insurance companies or loan payments if they are not part of your net pay. Once

How to Invest Your Funds Smartly

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Starting a new business can be a very tedious task that comprises of several steps and decisions. Cost plays a very important role here. It is not a rarity to hear about the startups that start with a very positive sign to be closed down due to the lack of financial resources. So you should be very wise in spending your money if you really want your business to remain profitable in the long run. Here are some tips for the same.

 

 

Due Diligence

Before you decide to invest any amount you should know the returns it can fetch you. Many times the startups invest the funds lavishly as they are supported by angel investors. But when they fail to bring in the objected returns the rotations stops and they stop getting any help that situation is detrimental to the startup entities, so always make a plan before investing.

Be Miser

It is also important to invest as small as possible. To be precise instead of investing a large amount at once you can better break it into different parts and then invest in a strategic manner in different phases. You can have a projected returns

Disadvantages of Stockbroking and How You Can Get around It

Big stockbroking firms like CMC Markets might enjoy significant popularity among traders, but they manage to do so after handling a series of difficulties. Each stock broker representing these firms remains under immense pressure all through the day. In this article, we’ll be discussing about the disadvantages of being a stockbroker and common procedures adopted by these professionals for getting around them.

  1. The process of getting started is often extremely tough- If you want to see yourself reach great heights as a stockbroker, you’ll have to be ready to have some tough times, particularly when starting out. The best thing about this is once you establish yourself in this field you will see every bit of your effort paying off.

These days, brokers need to follow much stricter rules than the brokers of yesteryears. Restrictions have been imposed on almost every step of the broking process. For instance, the country’s law requires the brokers to call potential clients during a particular time of the day. Such restrictions have automatically increased the pressure on the beginners.

The best way to deal with the situation is trying to be slow and steady. If you don’t try to achieve too much within too little time,

Importance of Savings As a Secondary Income

A lot of money management lessons and experts acknowledge that savings are an important starting point towards having a secondary income. Savings in this regard point towards the money that is saved every time an individual gets any form of cash be it salary, gifts or tax refunds. The savings you create over a long period of time or even a shorter one could prove to be as important as having another stream of income. These savings always help you especially in meeting unexpected expenses and realizing future goals.

Affording Large Purchases

One of the greatest advantages of having personal savings is that they enable you make some large purchases like houses, cars, meeting college fees etc. saving gradually greatly builds your savings value and this enables you to inch closer to affording that great dream that you have. In this scenario your savings act as an extra source of income as you can take them plus the cash at hand you have and fully pay for that big goal you have been working towards achieving.

Savings enable you to make these huge purchases without the option of taking a loan or debt to finance the purchase. In a normal case, if

Tips for Personal Finance

Monitoring income and expenses is a tedious process that requires patience and foresight. While it may be dull to balance your checkbook and ensure bills are being paid, the security provided from managing your money is priceless. By employing a few simple techniques you can make the process both easy and enjoyable.

When I first entered college, I found myself having to manage my first income along with a sizeable amount of bills-rent, groceries, cell phone and recreation money. I spent the first semester going out to eat, to the movies and buying unnecessary items. I soon found that I had blown my savings from my summer job. Instead of having a comfortable financial cushion, I was soon living off a meager income from a part-time campus job-lets just say ramen noodles became a fixture of my diet.

Unfortunately, I had not set up a balanced budget to ensure I was paying all my bills, saving money and allotting for “fun” money. I had overlooked one of the crucial steps for managing money: I did not set up a budget to know how much I was making or spending. It is important to sit down with your pay stubs, bills and

7 Tips to Help You Manage Your Income and Start Saving Money

If you’ve always struggled with saving money for various reasons, it’s time to make that change today. Whether you agree or not, you must admit that being financially stable is highly important for anyone. You don’t want to be without a savings account to turn to in case of emergencies. Here are some helpful tips that can help you out with your budget. You do have wealth; you just need to know how to manage your income.

  1. Do not buy anything you don’t need – In order for you to start saving money; you have to forget the shopaholic in you. Even in the grocery, don’t put anything in your cart that you do not really need. While you can reward yourself every once in a while, as much as possible, don’t spend too much on things you’d probably ignore after a couple of days after you purchased it.
  1. Use your credit card for emergencies only – While many would suggest for you to pay for your purchases with a card rather than cash, this allows you to spend more than expected. To manage your budget, bring enough cash with you for the day and unless it’s a life and death

Financial Planning – Create Surplus

My personal financial plan is the road map that navigates me to my dreams. Cash flow management always the first part of a financial plan. It is all about my income and expenses. It leads me to know exactly my yearly take-home pay and spending. It is not just about counting pennies, it allows me to plan for next year budget, create a significant amount of surplus and subsequently plan for my luxuries.

Surplus or savings is an amount left over when requirements have been met. It is a financial situation in which income exceeds expenditures. It might be used to pay off debt, save for future, or to make a desired purchase that has been delayed.

Increasing income with well-controlled expenditure effectively increases my savings.

Increase Income

There are active income, passive income and portfolio income. Active income is an income for which services have been performed. This includes wages, tips, salaries, commissions and income from businesses in which there is material participation. Passive Income is an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it. It could be generated from rental activity or “trade or business activities” in which you do not materially participate. Portfolio income defined

Saving on a Low Income

Savings are the cornerstone of financial security at any level. We all know that it’s something we should be doing, so why do so few people manage it?

When you’re living paycheque to paycheque, as many people are in the current economic climate, it becomes a daunting task to set aside any money for the future. The primary concern is to meet the rent and bills now rather than worry about hypothetical costs further down the line and this perfectly natural. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to start saving, just that it requires discipline.

So what are the key points to start saving for the future?

Firstly, start small. If you don’t think that you can afford anything then start very small.

Put away £1 a week if necessary, 10 pence, whatever you can afford. Make sure that you do this regularly, have a set time every week so that you don’t forget. In fact, the easiest way to do this is to set up a regular transfer from your account to a savings account. If you set the transfer to go through on the same day as your payday then the money will go straight out to your savings, it won’t

Three Steps To A Financially Secure 2016

A great way to begin the new year is by reviewing your personal financial plan. It’s a good feeling to begin another year with financial goals ready to push forward.

Using currently known variables, you can predict future cash needs for major life transitions, such as retirement. I’ve identified three quick steps to easily complete before 2016 begins.

Portfolio Checkup

Revisit your risk profile to consider how much or how little risk you’re ready to take with your money. All investments involve risk, but how you divide your investment money among asset types (stocks, bonds, short-term reserves) is important for developing your best “sleep well at night” risk level.

Matching three risk factors with your personality will help you invest long-term with best results. Commonly used risk profile surveys are found with a Google search, or your own brokerage version will help gauge your risk level.

Time horizon: This is the length of time you have in years to meet financial goals and make up losses that occur. Longer horizons allow for higher risk and time to regain losses. How long can you steadily invest before you’ll need to take income?

Cash requirements: If cash is needed to meet day-to-day expenses, you have the shortest

Financial Planning at Every Life Stage

Just like there are four seasons in a year, there are different seasons of financial planning during your lifetime. Financial planning can help you can gain a better understanding of where you are at financially, how to prepare for challenges that may be ahead, and how to plan for where you want to go.

Of course, every situation is unique, including the age and circumstances under which you begin implementing a financial strategy. And what suits you at age 25 is typically different from what meets your needs at age 55.

In a nutshell, the stages include:

· Building assets

At the beginning of your career, your financial focus is typically on accumulating your assets. Your ability to earn income may be your most valuable asset, so investing in your career is critical. It’s also important to establish an emergency fund, build your personal savings and pay off student loans.

· Investing for the future

When you grow more successful financially, you will increase your discretionary income. During this stage, you’ll start planning and saving for future goals, such as a child’s college education and/or a comfortable retirement. Make sure you have a well-balanced and tax-diversified portfolio to provide potential growth opportunities.

· Planning

Top Ten Financial Mistakes Young People Make

Most young people dream of becoming financially independent and even rich by the time they are past middle age. However, most of the time, this depends on a host of factors, the most important of which is how financially responsible they are. The issue of financial responsibility is unfortunately very difficult for many young people to grasp, and this in turn means that they may not have a chance to put their financial life in order when they are young. There are a few mistakes that most of them make, and which often have a negative impact on their finances. Some of these include:

Not making full use of discounts

These days it’s very easy for one to use discounts to buy various goods and services. For instance, you could go online to get coupons and then use them to buy whatever you need at a much lower price. However, the problem is that most young people don’t think much of such discounts. The fact that the nominal value of each normally seems very small usually makes such individuals think that they won’t save much anyway if they used the discounts. However, this is essentially faulty reasoning, since regular use of

Six Things You Should Do About Your Money

Money doesn’t just happen. You work hard to earn it and get the best from it. But if you’re not a good expense manager and too much of it slips through your fingers like dry sand, today is the day to think about things differently to change the rest of your life for the better.

1. Perk up your pension.

The pension climate is changing so much that many financial advisers don’t talk about pensions anymore; they talk about ‘retirement income’. Do you know how much you’ll have? With auto-enrolment putting people into company schemes up and down the UK, this is probably a good time to look into just what your pension pot will be worth to you when you get to retirement age. The government’s Money Advice Service has a really useful online calculator allowing you to get an idea of how much you might have when you retire. If you’ve done the calculation and find there’s not as much as you thought there might be, now’s the time to pay more in. The sooner you start, the larger your pension pot will be. Talking to an independent financial adviser can be invaluable.

2. Keep saving.

Living ‘hand to mouth’ with

Top Line and Bottom Line

Whenever a publicly traded company announces earnings, you will street Wall Street talking about top line and bottom line – if the news is positive, it will go something like this “XYZ company beat both top line and bottom line estimates this quarter.” And the stock price will spike right after the news due to pure emotion and excitement following the earnings announcement. Honestly, the worst time to buy a stock, but that is a story for another day.

What is top line?

Top line refers to the total revenue or gross sales for a company. In the case of personal finance, it applies to your gross income which includes income from all your sources – paycheck, wages earned through side gigs, capital gains, and interest income etc.

What is bottom line?

Bottom line refers to the net income (earnings) of the company after all expenses including taxes have been paid. In the case of personal finance, it is basically your savings per paycheck after all your bills have been paid.

Personal finance is very similar to corporate finance. If your expenses are greater than your income, then your bottom line is negative. That is a sign of major trouble. The first thing you

Four Good Ways to Buy Silver for Investment

Investors buy silver for three reasons: as investment, as hedge against inflation, and for replacement of fiat currency. While many dividend growth investors see no value to holding silver, because it pays no compounding dividend, I believe some precious metal give extra-diversification to any portfolio.

Buying for investment is simply a supply/demand trade on price increase. It’s a commodity trade counting on the silver spot to rise. Or, it could be buying silver coin with numismatic value, again hoping for value appreciation.

As an inflation hedge, we can look back to the 1970’s when inflation reached 13% and silver prices skyrocketed. During this period, people held silver to offset inflation, and as its price rose investors grew out of the woodwork. Of course, by the 1980’s most personally held silver sold off at profit and went into paper investments.

For people who fear paper currency default, we should consider that central governments around the world, including our own Federal Reserve, print money as a solution to stagnant economies. The threat of any countries paper money becoming worthless is real, since none are redeemable in gold or silver as they were at one time.

In 2002, we saw a severe financial meltdown in Argentina

Three Reasons Why You Need a Personal Property Appraiser

There are many reasons why you will have the need of a Personal Property Appraiser in your life time and this article is going to cover three reasons. An Appraiser can do many things to help in your life. When you are in need of cataloging or placing a value on your many collectables call an appraiser.

One thing is they can help protect your investment in collectables from art to zebra rugs and everything in between, by providing a complete inventory of all your items in question.

Collectables include;

  • Antiques
  • Art work
  • Bronzes
  • Vehicles and Equipment
  • Coins
  • Stamp collections
  • Gun collections
  • Precious Metals
  • Quilts
  • Sport Memorabilia
  • Taxidermy mounts
  • Autographs
  • Etc

Second benefit of hiring a Personal Property Appraiser is they are unbiased and not involved in any disputes of value when it comes to an appraisal. They use recent market activity to figure out the current value that is needed for your collection and provide you with a report. This is very important when it comes to tax donations, IRS requires an appraisal before accepting the donation.

The third reason is they are very helpful is, they catalog your collectables in one report and supply you with their current value. A Personal Property Appraiser should provide you a printed copy and an electronic copy on

Easy Ways To Regain Control Over Your Finances

Money and the absence of it is one of the most common sources of fear in the world. If you learn how to eliminate the anxiety that finances cause, you can start acquiring more of this all-important resources. It is far better to gain control over your finances than it is to let your finances control your life.

Start by creating a budget and diligently adhering to it. Although most people are well aware of the benefits of budgeting, few people actually take the time to write one. Knowledge is what you know, but wisdom is how you use what you know to benefit and improve your life. Put this knowledge into action and start budgeting today.

Stop spending money on things that you really don’t need with the intention of rewarding yourself. This is especially true of big ticket items that won’t provide the same lasting satisfaction and peace of mind that savings will. Write a reasonable sum into your budget for treating yourself on a regular basis and stock all your overages away. Savings are infinitely more valuable than tangible assets when financial problems arise.

Consider your risk tolerance and remain cognizant of this in everything you do. Your risk

Steps to Open a Savings Account

Anyone with financial goals also needs methods for achieving them. A savings account can be one way to build a nest egg for the future. When you wish to begin this type of relationship with a bank, you will need to follow prescribed guidelines for becoming a customer.

Research Options

Different financial institutions have specific policies and guidelines for their services. Before opening a savings account with any one bank, gather information from several to enable you to compare. Optimally, the facility you select will have a convenient location, possibly with more than one branch. Also, look for a lender with hours that match your schedule, an extensive ATM network, and attractive features such as online banking. Find out about minimum balances and fees to help you choose the institution that offers the best package to fit your needs.

Gathering Materials

After choosing the bank you want to use, gather the documents you will need to open the savings account. Most financial institutions require at least one form of identification (possibly two) and proof of address. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, passport, school identification card, voter ID card, or government-issued photo identity card. Acceptable types of proof of address include

Online Banking: Easy, Efficient, and Environmentally Conscious

The Internet has simplified so many aspects of life and made many daily transactions instantaneous. It can be easy to take these seemingly small conveniences for granted sometimes. How often have you hopped on the Internet, logged into your online bank account, and transferred money instantly from your savings account to your checking account to splurge on new clothes or pay for an unexpected expense? Going to the bank is no longer the chore it once was. Now the bank comes to you. It’s on your laptop and your smartphone and stays open 24/7 as long as you have an Internet connection. From saving trees and customers’ time to reducing overdrafts and identity fraud, online banking has streamlined the way most people manage their finances today.

While e-banking cannot provide every service that physical bank locations and real live bankers can, it comes pretty close. With a username and secure password, bank customers can access their accounts through their bank’s website and view balances, authorize transfers, order checks, view loan statuses, and receive and review monthly statements. Many bank sites even offer the option to chat instantly with a customer service representative. Through this service, customers can skip the long