Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Dec
21

Effective Financial Goal: The Five Characteristics

In financial management studies, an effective financial goal should have 5 characteristics which could be easily remembered as S-M-A-R-T. The following paragraphs explain all the 5 characteristics:

1) Specific

We might be thinking of being financially free but do you know what it takes? This goal is seems to be too general. Our goal needs to be specific so that we can focus particularly in each area of financial planning and easily to manage our own expectations. Specific goal normally has only one outcome.

For example, goal to invest RM200 per month in unit trust and accumulate at least RM2400 in a year; or spend within our budget every month. These specific goals are going to have different outcomes but when combined, they will ensure our cash flow to be healthy. When each specific goal is accomplished, we are getting nearer to financial freedom.

2) Measurable

We might be working very hard, but how do we know whether our goal is achieved? Therefore, our financial goals should be quantifiable.

For instances, we want to invest and accumulate RM50,000 in 2 years and the progress can be easily quantified by looking at our investment account statement.

In fact, we must be able to measure or review the progress of achieving the goal such as calculating our current net worth, debt-to-income ratio and reviewing, return-on-investment (ROI) and our current insurance policy. It is good if we can keep a journal and review our current planning.

3) Achievable

Many people are influenced by the ‘Law of Attraction’ and believe that ‘nothing is impossible’. Because of this, we’re tend to set difficult goals which require great effort. However, are these goals realistic and achievable? It’s important to know whether the goal is within our potential and logical norm.

For example, if your target is to achieve RM1 million in a year by only investing RM1000 per month in any scheme. How likely can these be achieved? In fact, such investment scheme will require very high ROI within a short duration and often comes with very high risk. You might lost your capital easily.

The most importantly, we should not stretch ourselves to achieve unrealistic goals. This is to avoid frustration over failure which could ended up in great disappointment.

4) Rewarding

We want to achieve a goal because want to get something in return or else nobody will work hard. While working towards goal achievement, we must be certain on the outcome to be achieved and it’s importance to our life. In fact, it must be meaningful and enjoyable.

For example, a man wants to invest his money to accumulate education fund for his son in 20 years. In the future, this goal will be rewarding because his son will be able to enroll into higher education.

However, the rewards could be in any form such as material, financial, relationship and spiritual.

5) Time-bounded

We need adequate time to achieve our goals. It could be short-term, medium-term or long-term, depending on the type of …

Dec
21

Getting Great Life Insurance Quotations Tips

When you are shopping around, and getting different life insurance quotes, you should know a few tips that can help you keep your premiums and total cost down. Below are some helpful tips you can use to make sure that you never pay more than you need to for insurance, and that you can get the best deal possible.

Go online to check out life insurance quotes. It truly is the most effective way to check out different costs and see what will work best for you. Instead of having to call various companies for a quote, you can simply log onto a website and check multiple companies with a single click.

If you are part of a couple, then getting joint insurance can really help to cut the costs of your premiums, because they will be spread across two people. The down side to this is that the policy will only pay out once. Therefore, if your partner dies, you will get the payout, but then you will need to get new life insurance for just yourself.

Always sign up with a reputable company which can pay out the life insurance quickly when you die. To check and see if a company is reputable or not, read some online reviews about their services.

Avoid any extras that the insurance companies will try to get you to add on to your policy. Stick with the basics, as most of the add ons are not needed anyways.

Finding the best life insurance quotes is not difficult if you follow the tips outlined above. This will help you do everything you can to keep your costs down when shopping around for insurance. Remember these tips, and you will certainly find a policy that is affordable for you and your family. …

Dec
19

The Benefits of Holiday Travel Insurance

Tourism is a growing industry worldwide. So are undesirable things like terrorism, flight crashes, accidents, wars, disease, natural calamities etc. Any experienced traveler can tell you that travel is full of uncertainties. But it is not possible to sit at home afraid of calamities. Holiday travel insurance is one way of mitigating the financial risk of such unforeseen events or calamities.

There are a variety of holiday travel insurance policies available today on the internet or the market. It is easy to get confused with so many offers. However most holiday travel insurance policies have certain basic benefits which are common. Holiday travel insurance policies typically provide coverage for:

Trip cancellation / interruptions. Trip cancellation / interruptions due to a variety of reasons like death of an immediate family member, weather, sudden illness, bankruptcy of airliner, jury duty, terrorist activities etc.

Medical costs. Costs incurred for doctor visits, medicines, treatment, surgery etc and some policies even provide coverage for costs of medical evacuation to the nearest medical facility.

Accidents. Accidents or calamities like earthquakes, tsunami, storms etc and the related costs. Some policies also provide vehicle accident costs. These are especially useful when going for a driving holiday to a foreign country. Most of your regular policies for auto insurance only provide insurance within the United States and do not provide for accidents out of the US.

Baggage Loss. Costs incurred for loss of baggage and valuable is also covered by most travel insurance policies. These are especially useful when going out for a shopping holiday for antiques, valuables, jewelry or electronics.

All the above-mentioned costs are borne by the travel insurance company depending upon the travel insurance policy. Before purchasing the policy read the fine print carefully, especially the parts covering, deductibles, co-insurance, specific limits, exclusions, hotline numbers and emergency services. Purchasing a policy for a family works out cheaper. Purchasing a policy online also works out cheaper as you do not have to pay for the insurance agent. …

Dec
18

Money Laundering

Money laundering is the process of moving money from the illegitimate to the legitimate economy. The crime of money laundering consists of knowingly disguising the source, origin or ownership of illegal funds.

Any criminal transactions are carried out in cash and the function of the money launderer is often to translate these small sums into a larger, more liquid sum which will be difficult to trace and more easy to invest. Money laundering has emerged on a massive international scale with the globalization of the world economy and the internationalization of organized crime.

Money earned in one region can, with increasing facility, be transferred to another part of the world, preventing its eventual recovery by law enforcement. With the globalization of organized crime activity, money is earned in all regions of the world and must be collected, consolidated and moved.

 This growth has been facilitated by new technologies, the increasing movement of goods and people globally and the declining significance of borders. A large number of professionals, including lawyers, accountants and bankers, have emerged to provide services to this criminal and corrupt clientele with large amounts of money at their disposal. Not involved in the original act, these professionals help perpetuate criminal and corrupt activities through their services. Organized crime groups have particularly benefited from the expansion of global financial markets. They have exploited the differential regulatory regimes and the possibility of moving money across jurisdictions rapidly in order to hinder detection by taking advantage of the discrepancies between country based regulatory systems.

They seek out locales that are less regulated with respect to international anti-money laundering laws. These havens, frequently offshore banking centers, provide both banking and corporate secrecy. They also provide secrecy for the trusts, which are used to hide large-scale assets that are often illegally diverted from the companies controlled by organized crime groups. In 1996 economists of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggested that 2 percent of global GDP (gross domestic product) was related to drug crime and the laundered sums associated with corruption and tax evasion would be an even larger percentage. The share of the world’s economy would be even higher today for several reasons as many forms of organized crime have grown in this period and the countermeasures have failed to dent the profits of this activity except at the margins.

Much laundered money has been invested in dollarized accounts and other strong currencies where it has escaped significant losses through currency devaluations in origin countries. In offshore regimes where financial capital is untaxed, its growth is faster than that of money that is part of taxed and regulated regimes. The range of businesses and financial institutions used to launder money has proliferated with the profits and the growing sums which need to be laundered. Among the institutions employed are large banks, offshore banks and financial institutions, currency exchange and wire transfer businesses, stock brokerage houses, gold dealers, casinos, insurance and trading companies.

The ability to safeguard the proceeds of transnational criminal activity, …

Dec
18

Business Security Systems – Why Are Famous Companies Using These Systems?

Business security systems

Any business, big or small, is essentially exposed to many threats against possible losses due to various reasons. All business owners would naturally like to protect their businesses against any losses from the public or from their own employees.

The world renowned company ABC Malls, which has a chain of malls all over the world, has an elaborate business security system in place in each and every mall which they operate. In fact, these business security systems were an integral part of the mall’s beginning. These systems were able to help the mall recover millions of dollars in items recovered.

If we were to look at the reasons as to why they have invested in these elaborate and sophisticated business systems (which include security cameras and burglar alarms) in place at every single location, we would have an extremely long list. Below, I listed the top 7 reasons, I believe, as to why so many businesses like the chain of malls use these systems.

1. Decrease theft by employees – Security cameras lower the incidents of thefts by employees to a considerable extent. Strategically placed security cameras are a big deterrent.

2. Deter shoplifting – Some customers, no matter how rich or famous they may be, are in the habit of shoplifting small items. If they see themselves in a strategically placed camera as they enter the store, it deters them from shoplifting.

3. Increase employee productivity – Employees know that they are under constant watch and this leads to an increase in employee productivity.

4. Prevent or reduce unauthorized entry – When people know that their entry and movement within the store is not only being watched but is also being recorded, it prevents unauthorized or undesirable people from entering the store with any bad intentions.

5. Deter burglars – A good burglar alarm installed in the premises in addition to strategically placed security cameras as a part of business security systems definitely deters burglars from trying to steal at the store.

6. Reduce insurance premium – Most insurance companies offer significant discounts on monthly insurance premium payments if adequate business security systems are in place.

7. Protect against fraudulent claims – Sometimes customers or even employees have a tendency to lodge fraudulent claims. If an adequate number of security cameras are visible to such individuals, they are less likely to indulge in lodging fraudulent claims for fear of being exposed with the help of the recorded evidence.…

Dec
16

Personal Affirmation!

A Personal Affirmation is a statement that you make to yourself and by using them can help you become a strong, healthier and happier person. The more they are used the better the person you become. Of course it depends on the specific affirmations you choose!

The Personal Affirmation should be said in the present tense like I have, I am etc. It should be spoken as if what you want is already achieved like, I no longer smoke and above all, it must be positive in its sayings. So, in order to change your beliefs and create your new reality, you have to bombard your subconscious mind with the thoughts of your desire.

When Should I say them

The general consensus is that they should be seen or said at least twice a day. Preferably, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, then keep on doing them until what you are looking to achieve becomes the reality. Of course, if you are in a position to look at them more than twice a day, then do so. It can only help. At the very least, 30 days is considered the minimum you should do this. The problem is we all, to a certain extent, want it to happen now, not later. Be patient and it will happen for you.

If you add visualization (seeing clearly in your mind the output) to what you are affirming then the more effective the end results will be. This will add great strength to what you are looking to change.

What should my affirmations be about?

Your affirmations can include how you would like to feel: "I am energetic; I feel wonderful; or I feel safe". Your affirmations can include how you would like your life to be: "I am a prosperous person; I lose weight easily or I solve problems easily. We use affirmations to help us lose weight and stop smoking, to build our self-confidence and self-esteem, to help us get out of depression or to relieve our anger, anxiety and for stress management.

Personal Affirmations Are constantly being used successfully by the young, the old, in fact anyone who have a desire to make a change in their life and they can certainly work for you too.

As the affirmations are personal, most if not all, will begin with "I", as you are the most important person to which they refer.

They are one-line "I" statements can be repeated as often as you like and they follow one of three areas only and they are:

I am ………….

I am a success

I am good with people

I am a confident person

I can …………

I can handle my children

I can be a winner

I can be strong

I will …………

I will challenge myself to change today.

I will manage my time better today.

I will take care of me today

The list that you can apply to just those three statements, I am, I …

Dec
16

What is a Business Opportunity or Biz Op Anyway?

We have all the term business opportunity but you know what he business opportunity actually is? Most of us have also heard the term Biz Op and this of course is just a shortened version of the word business opportunity. The actual legal definition of “business opportunity” is set by the Federal Trade Commission or FTC. And that legal definition may actually be changing soon if the Federal Trade Commission has anything to say about; and they do.

The new proposed definition of the business opportunity as outlined in the Federal Trade Commission’s report on business opportunities and proposed rule changes is listed below;

Proposed section 437.1(d): “Business opportunity”

“This definition establishes the proposed Rule’s scope. The proposed definition of “business opportunity” is intended to capture the sale of true business opportunities without regulating the ordinary sale of goods and services to businesses. The three definitional elements of the term “business opportunity” are: (1) a solicitation to enter into a new business; (2) payment of consideration, directly or indirectly through a third party; and (3) either an earnings claim or an offer to provide business assistance. Each of these elements is discussed immediately below.”

You see, the Federal Trade Commission is revising the franchise rule, which also encompasses business opportunities. This new definition will help serve the purpose of defining what he business opportunity actually is and that will help business opportunity sellers know if they fit into that category or if they have to look for a new category such as a franchise to see if they fit into that definition.

What other reasons that the FTC is looking to uniquely defining business opportunities is so that they can monitor the law and stop on ethical practitioners who are ripping off consumers when they sell them scams instead of business opportunities. There are many great business opportunity practitioners who are very ethical in every regard; unfortunately there are also less than ethical practitioners, which harm consumers and operate in a fraudulent way. Consider this in 2006.…

Dec
14

Business Insurance Questions Googled the Most

According to sources, there are around 28 million small business owners in the United States. From small retail shops to well established businesses. No matter what type of business it is and how well established it is, all types of businesses can suffer losses which is why they require protection. Perhaps, this is the main reason as to why so many business owners are found asking questions about business insurance.

Here are some of the top most Googled questions about business insurance which can help you understand it properly.

1. What Exactly is Business Insurance?

Business insurance is basically coverage and compensation that is provided to business owners to protect them from financial risks or losses. From your smallest to your biggest business assets, you can get all your business properties insured. Some coverage consists of errors and omission insurance policy, worker’s compensation insurance policy, property insurance policy, commercial auto insurance and much more.

2. How will you know if you Need it?

As a business owner, you will find a need for it in most instances. While you may be thinking that your business does not require insurance policies and does not have enough assets to be sued, you will still need to get your business insured. Risks and threats are involved in any business, either directly or indirectly. That is why in order to secure your business venture from potential risks, you should better shield your business from them. It is simple; if you have assets, even some of them, you would require business insurance. Obviously, if you have a small business, you would be scared to lose even one of your assets.

3. Who will be Responsible to Guide you Through the Process?

An Insurance Agent or Broker will guide you throughout the process of getting an insurance policy for your business. They are just like trusted business advisors who will meet you face-to-face and will help you in understanding the business insurance policies by explaining you each and everything in detail. Also, they will come up with the best suitable plan to help you provide the adequate coverage.

4. What are the Types of Business Insurance Policies?

Your broker will help you review each of them in detail. However, since this is one of the most important things which is searched most on Google, here’s what comes under it;

• Casualty Insurance: This is the liability compensation which is for the premises of your business and the products that are manufactured on the jobsite.

• Property Insurance: This is the liability coverage that covers physical location, which is either owned or rented, by the business.

• Commercial Auto Insurance: This is the type of insurance that provides coverage for the loss or damage to business vehicles in the business’ use.

• Worker’s Compensation: This is the liability coverage that provides compensation in the event that an employee gets injured on the job.…

Dec
14

Affordable Texas Health Insurance Plans – How to Find Them

How do you find affordable health insurance in Texas? How do you know which plan to choose? Here's a quick lesson on how to do it:

Health Insurance needs

The first step in finding health insurance is to figure out what your needs are. After that, you can look into your health insurance options and start getting quotes for various types of insurance.

Do you want basic coverage, or do you want insurance that will cover some of the extras like free doctor visits and prescriptions. Deductibles also play a large part in determining what your insurance premium will be. The higher your deductible is, the lower your premium is.

Managed Health Care Networks such as HMOs, PPOs, and POSs are a great way to keep health care costs down and still provide you with needed coverage. Insurance companies work with a network of Doctors and hospitals to make health care more affordable.

The main requirement of managed health care is that you see the Doctors and go to the hospitals within the network. If you need to go to a Doctor or hospital outside of the network, you will most likely be charged an extra fee.

Affordable Texas Health Insurance Plans Online

One of the best ways to get affordable health insurance quotes in Texas is to go to a free insurance quote website. There, you can get competitive quotes from up to 5 health insurance providers so you can compare plans and prices. After you have your quotes, you need to look closely at the policies and decide which one is the best for you. …

Dec
12

SBLC Funding and Monetizing Bank Instruments For Project Funding

Standby letter of credit (SBLC) funding or the monetizing of bank instruments including Bonds, SBLC’s, BG’s, LC’s or SKR’s to fund projects are on the rise. While lending from traditional institutions has virtually come to a production stand still, the monetizing of instruments is on the rise; and for good reason.

SBLC funding or the monetizing of bank instruments is very popular because there are no traditional credit requirements, asset requirements or down payments associated with conventional funding or lending. However, there are very strict requirements in the approval process which includes a favorable compliance report associated with Homeland Security and International Money Laundering Laws.

The process of monetizing bank instruments involves converting a secured instrument, usually backed by a cash, secured account or secured asset, into something legal tender. Many times, the secured or cash backed account or asset is held in a trust or another account in which the holder is unable to retrieve additional funds per the agreement of the account.

Why monetize? As an example, in the economic security of the market 5 years ago, hospitality financing was a very tedious and difficult industry to finance, but still attainable. Today, hospitality financing is almost impossible for those who are seeking new purchases, refinancing, remodeling or construction. If you currently own a hospitality property, the chances of getting funding are greater but depend on performance spanning over a 3 to 5 year period. SBLC funding for hospitality projects or monetizing an instrument can be the solution as there are no performance requirements; the performance is based on the guarantee of the instrument and not the property.

This also stands true for residential developments that are in the mid-stages of construction and halted by the inability to continue to draw on previously arranged credit lines. Commercial developments will also benefit by this method of funding as there are no “anchor” requirements or tenant rolls to supply. Alternative energy project financing are particularly viable for sblc funding or via monetizing a bank instrument. These overcome traditional funding sources tangible asset requirements.

The list is endless as to the uses of the funds for projects and developments. For example, monetizing can also be a viable solution to community economic development, housing and employment creation as well as debt consolidation for corporations and companies.

A few words of warning to those seeking bank instrument providers and monetizing companies. Fraud in this industry is on the rise. The instruments should be issued by Top 25 World Banks. Leased instruments can be monetized but it takes the expressed written permission of the holder of the instrument and of the issuing bank, stating the agreement between all parties and the expressed knowledge of the intention of using the instrument. There should also be a contract issued to the customer after approval, outlining the terms and conditions of instruments and monetizing.

Finally, fees should be deducted from the proceeds when monetizing so there are no upfront costs to you. Arranging instruments usually results in escrowed …