Friday, June 8, 2018

ULIPs Yield Great Tax Saving Investment Options – Find Out

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Several investment options in India have been affected by demonetization and our own spending habits. On the other hand, most of the fixed deposit rates have been lowered by banks post this demonetization drive. Chances are here that the FD rates might drop even further. This is a situation where in all investors are preferring life insurance over other investment options.

ULIPs (Unit-linked Life Insurance Policies) have gained much presence in the investment market as they’re considered to be a much safer means of creating wealth in the long run. Reasons behind the increasing popularity of these ULIPs comprise of their lucrative returns besides their tax saving and protective nature. Out of all the features of a unit-linked insurance plan or ULIP, the most important one seems to be its capacity to invest an individual’s premiums into equity funds as well as mixed debts in different proportions. It doesn’t even yield any tax liability for enacting transfers between separate funds.Besides yielding extra tax-saving advantages for the investors, ULIPs act as a financial tool that links multiple investment options.

Few of the ULIP advantages have been mentioned below:

Deductible premiums

The premiums that are paid for a coverage plan like ULIP get invested with certain financial instruments, debt, and equity. The premium that goes out towards this policy is shown as a deduction under section 80C of IT Act. ULIP premiums may be considered as a deduction from the taxable income up to a certain limit under section 80C. In addition, a ULIP enables the policyholder to pick an asset class and contribute towards his investment planning accordingly. The risk-tolerance of a young investor is much higher and it enables him to follow the more-risk more-return equity investment strategy. To lower your market risks and fetch quality returns, you may pick a mix of financial market instruments, debt, and equity.

Flexibility to change asset classes

A ULIP investor can switch over to a new asset class from the existing one or may even get the funding proportion modified for his current investment in financial instruments, debt or equity.

Non-taxable withdrawals

Apart from the benefits mentioned before, ULIPs may come with great tax saving opportunities against withdrawals. These benefits aren’t meant for the mutual fund investors. Withdrawals may occur when the policyholder needs to withdraw a portion of his investment, when the policy gets maturity or when the policyholder passes away. Death benefit offered by your ULIP isn’t taxable at all. ULIPs show a close similarity to any traditional insurance plan that yields guaranteed financial protection for the dependents of the insured.

Extended coverage

Periodic top-ups offered under ULIPs are a good investment option for individuals possessing excess cash. In a favorable situation, an investor is likely to gain certain tax saving advantages, guaranteed protection, and great returns through different modes of investment like that of mutual funds and life insurance policies. However, it’s quite tough and challenging to strike the right balance between various investment options.

That’s one reason why so many of the modern investors are opting for ULIP and similar combination products. This is certainly an effective option to get your life coverage benefits trebled. Without experiencing any complication and risk of suffering losses, you’ll now be able to enjoy these tax saving options and high ROIs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A look at the human psyche when creating formulas for successful Financial Market Trading

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Any financial market trader knows how vital a trading formula is. According to one of Wilkins Finance’s top financial advisor, every trader should have guidelines on how to go about placing trades and closing them. After, all that is what a trading formula is all about. It is also referred to as a trading strategy.

As a trader, you will have to have a way of knowing when the time to place a particular trade is ripe and also know when it is time to close the trade. This what trading entails. It is not just clicking buy and sell buttons haphazardly. No! There has to be a reason for placing and closing of every order.

Most traders dwell too much on when to place an order and forget that they should also concentrate on when to close the order. Closing an order at the wrong time will result in reduced profits and, at times, even losses.

Let us look at an example. Assume that you place a buy on the EUR/USD at 1.34567 and the market moves up to 1.34723. You decide to close the order at that level only to realise that the markets are still moving up and the bullish trend seems to be strong. You will have lost the opportunity to make more profits. If you would have made your market analysis well, then you would have waited for the trend to give signals of changing to bearish. Only then you would have exited the market, thus maximising your profits.

However, you should also not ignore any signal indicating a change in the market conditions. Assuming that you ignore such a signal, the market trend will change and your profits will end up being losses.

When coming up with your trading formula, you will have to put all this into consideration plus many other factors. We are going to discuss the process of creating a formula for successful financial market trading and the psychology behind it.

Steps of creating a formula for successful financial trading

First, you will have to choose the markets that you want to trade. It will help you to come up with a formula that is best suited to the market. Remember that all markets do not behave in the same manner. Forex markets are different from stock markets, derivative markets or cryptocurrency markets. Some markets are more liquid than others. Also, some markets are more volatile than others. For the volatile markets, they have larger daily ranges compare to those which are not very volatile. Therefore, volatile markets would be better for short-term to intraday trading while the less volatile markets would suit those traders who want to do long-term trading.

With, the market, you should go ahead and choose the specific assets you aspire to trade. For example, if you decided to trade the stock markets, you should choose the particular stocks that you want to trade. If it is the Forex markets, you should choose select currency pairs and mostly the most traded currency pairs. Whichever market you decided to trade, pick a few assets that you want to trade.

Next, find a way of getting the trading signals. If you want to automate your trading process, then the trading robot will be responsible for creating and executing the trading signals. But if you are trading manually, you will have to choose the specific indicators to use or enrol with a Trading Signal service provider to provide you with the signals.

You should ensure that the indicators that you choose will give you both entry points and exit points. The same applies to the signals that you receive from your signal service provider. Since you might not be in front of the computer all through, you should place stop levels at the exit point given.

With all the above, you will be good to go. But remember to test the strategy on a demo account for a period of time to analyse its results (whether it is making losses or profits). On the demo account, you will be able to see if the strategy is profitable or not. If not, do not tire of changing it until you come up with a profitable trading strategy.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tips for Hiring the Right Insurance Agent

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If you are in the market for insurance of any kind, it’s important that you know how to find the right agent to help you out. A good insurance agent will be able to find you the best coverage for a reasonable price. Since there are so many different agents to choose from, you will need to do some research before deciding on one in particular.

In this article, you will learn about some of the more helpful tips that will allow you to narrow down your options when it comes to choosing the right insurance agent to meet your needs.

Utilize the Internet

You will find that many banks, such as BB&T, have pages on their websites that are dedicated to helping people find a trustworthy insurance agent in their area. It is important that you look into some of these websites so that you can make finding the perfect agent as easy as possible. With BB&T bank, all you have to do is simply enter your location and the type of insurance you are interested in getting.

Which Insurance Products Are You Looking For?

The type of insurance products you are interested in will play a crucial role in determining which agent you should hire. If you are looking for home insurance, you will need to look for an agent that has access to this particular product. Make sure that you find out what each agent can offer you before making a final decision.

Knowledge and Credentials

It’s crucial that you find an insurance agent that is very knowledgeable with all the right credentials, so you can trust them to provide you with the help you need. You should take the time to ask each agent some questions that will provide you with a better idea as to how experienced they really are. It’s also a good idea to ask these agents for their credentials, so you can make sure they are legitimate professionals.

Reviewing Your Quotes

The insurance agent you hire will provide you with a number of quotes for the type of insurance you need. You will need to spend as much time as necessary looking over these quotes and comparing them, so you can get the best possible deal. One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying insurance is to neglect the quotes they are given by their insurance agent.

Know How Much Coverage You Need

It’s always a good idea for you to know exactly how much coverage you require when going about hiring someone to find the right insurance policy for you. You will need to convey this information to the agent before they start researching policies on your behalf.

When you need to get insurance of any kind, it is important that you think about hiring an agent to help with this process. A good insurance agent will be able to save you a lot of time and effort as well as money, so it’s something that’s worth considering.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How Dividend Investing Can Change Your Life

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This is a guest post by Millionaire Mob, a blog focused on investing in dividend growth stocks and travel hacking. We have helped thousands of people with bettering their financial future through passive income and dividend investing.

I am on a path to achieve financial freedom through dividend investing and passive income. I am seeking to secure my financial future through these two methods to build income. I seek to have multiple side income streams to be used to recycle into my dividend portfolio. The average millionaire has at least seven different income streams to live off of, so get find yours. Time to go get mine, which is dividend growth investing!

With dividend investing, I like to think of it as a second job. Dividend investing allows me to build an income stream, but also gives an opportunity to realize long-term capital appreciation as stock prices rise. Thus, this results in the ultimate total return scenario.

What is dividend investing?

Dividend investing is a proven strategy that is focused on solely investing in dividend growth stocks that pay a dividend. Usually a company has two options use their cash flow from operations: one is paying a dividend to shareholders and the other is reinvesting the cash flow into the business. A dividend is a payment made by a company to reward shareholders. We’ve built the ultimate guide to building a dividend portfolio to help you succeed in your path to financial freedom.

Why is dividend investing life changing?

If you turn your focus to building a dividend portfolio, you enable yourself to live free. Building a dividend portfolio takes time and effort. However, if you have a specialized plan, you can build your wealth rapidly. Warren Buffett invested in Coca-Cola over 25 years ago. The stock and dividend has increased so much in value that Warren Buffett receives over a 40% dividend yield from his initial investment! I doubt Warren Buffett will ever sell a share of Coca-Cola.

If you look at Warren Buffet’s portfolio, nearly all stocks pay a dividend.

Where do you start to build a dividend portfolio?

• Find a brokerage that you like and one that offers low-commission trading. There are a number of different sites out there that will allow you to trade completely commission-free.

• Write down on paper how much you plan to allocate to the portfolio each month. Try to exceed that amount each month and increase it each year.

• Find the best undervalued dividend growth stocks to start building your portfolio. I suggest having at least 3-4 Dividend Kings in your portfolio. Dividend Kings are safe, high-quality dividend growth stocks that have at least 50 years of increasing their dividends.

• Make your initial investment in the companies that you understand. 

• When you receive your first dividend payment, reinvest it back into your portfolio of stocks! Make sure you are fully invested at all times and continue to allocate your balance transfers.

• Sit back and enjoy the show. Follow the plan and before you know it, your income will continue increase over time.

Please note that you should make these considerations after you have funded your retirement accounts in full or as much as possible. I always advocate for tax-advantaged accounts like a 401(k), Roth IRA or IRA should be fully invested first. After that, you can allocate the remaining to the dividend portfolio as a “sidecar” to build your income.

Dividend investing is not easy and is not a get rich quick method. It takes time and patience, but it is extremely rewarding. What are you going to do to achieve financial freedom? Please let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What Are Bridging Loans And How Do They Work?

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What Is A Bridging Loan?

Bridging loans are a financial product designed specifically to ‘bridge’ the gap between the sale of an existing property and the purchase of a new one. Buyers often find that the funds required to purchase a new property are effectively stuck in their old property until an often lengthy sale has gone through. A bridging loan allows purchasers to access the capital they require to proceed with their new purchase before it has been released from their previous property.

Potential users of bridging loans vary, and span both the private and commercial sectors. Bridging loan customers can range from developers wanting to ‘flip’ houses to buyers securing property at auction without having sold their previous home. The common trait is the need to access substantial finance quickly so that a new property can be secured and the purchase does not fall through.

Bridging loans are popular with private buyers who don’t want to lose their dream property, but can’t get immediate access to the capital required for purchase. They are equally popular with non-residential buyers as a source of finance because of the quick capital that they help unlock. For those in business, the ability that bridging loans grant to act fast on promising projects means that they remain popular as an option for short and mid-term finance.

How Do They Work?

A bridging loan can be a useful financial product because they offer an amount of capital to the user taking out the loan for a short to medium timeframe. Like similar short-term financial options interest rates are normally relatively high and additional administration fees may be applied to the loan. Lenders view bridging loans as higher risk than traditional mortgage finance or other longer-term lending, so rates reflect this additional lending risk.

When a buyer finds a property that they wish to purchase using a bridging loan they need to find a provider to offer this product to them. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a mortgage broker, who will search for products across a range of lenders, often for no fee. The capital will then be provided against a security, normally the existing property that the borrower owns.

It’s important that borrowers consider how they are going to repay their bridging loan. Normally this is a simple process, as the loan can be repaid once the borrower’s previous property has sold, but this process can become lengthy if the property does not sell or the market dips. The borrower may also not achieve the price they hoped for. In most cases however, bridging finance is a relatively common, simple and low risk way to unlock potential properties that would otherwise be unavailable to the purchaser due to circumstances.

In many cases, once the sale of the previous property has been completed the borrower will convert their bridging loan into a more traditional mortgage against the new property. Borrowers should be aware that this ‘conversion’ from bridging finance into a mortgage isn’t always guaranteed, but if successful it can help keep the process simple, and allow buyers to purchase a property that wouldn’t have otherwise been available to them. For this reason, bridging loans are normally only recommended by professionals to buyers who are confident that they will be able to get a mortgage on their property once the process has been completed, because it will be the capital from this mortgage that is used to repay the bridging loan.

Overall, bridging loans and other similar financial products can help buyers move forward when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. The capital that bridging loans offer means that opportunities and options for purchase become available that wouldn’t otherwise be suitable for the buyer. The important element of bridging loans is their duration and the higher interest rates associated. Bridging loans do come with added risk from market fluctuations and problems with the sale of existing property, so it is important to consider these factors carefully become proceeding. In the right hands though, a bridging loan is a powerful tool that can help a buyer secure a dream property that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to complete on.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Common Invoice Factoring Mistakes You Should Know

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Factoring is used by many businesses to increase their capital. A factoring agreement is where the funding source, called the factor, buys the right of the seller (client) to collect on an invoice at a discount.

The factor usually pays most of the value of the invoice upfront and the remaining balance upon actual payment of the buyer. It is not a loan and helps keep the business cash flow steady. Here are some common invoice factoring mistakes to avoid:

1. Not sending an invoice - This one is pretty obvious, but a lot of companies don’t send invoices. Invoices should be sent for both written and verbal contracts. This is a means to remind your customer that they need to pay you and exactly how much they owe. People tend to have a lot of things going on for them and payables can easily happen.

Invoices are part of your records and if you’re not careful with your accounting practices, you could be at risk of being overcharged by the factor. Make sure you plan for how you account for the advance and fees attached to it.

2. Failing to ask for the maximum limit upfront -The factor will usually appraise your business and set a maximum amount that you can advance. You need to find out how much is available to you before you enter into an agreement. It is important that the amount is enough to fund your business so you that you can look for better alternatives if it is not enough.

On this note, you should also ask how much is the upfront percentage that you will receive. As already mentioned, the factor will pay a percentage of the total advance (75% to 85%) and pay the remainder once the buyer pays the invoice.

3. Not exploring all your options - Just as it is with any aspect in your business, you need to do a thorough research on your options for funding. Different businesses have different needs and thus have different financial solutions. Just because a friend’s business is doing well by using one particular facility does not mean it is good for your business to. Explore your options by finding out what’s available out there, weigh the pros and cons of each option and determine whether or not these apply to your business.

Consider your options before committing to a contract with one funder. Speaking of contracts, don’t commit to a long-term receivables finance contract of several years. You need to make sure that you have the ability to refinance or not and a long-term contract will limit this capacity. Make sure that you have an alternative plan and that you can gracefully exit the agreement and switch strategies when you see the need.

4. Not monitoring your factor’s relationship with your customer - Remember that once you enter into a debtor financing contract, your factor will be the one who will handle collections. They will be the ones who will deal with your customers in terms of invoice payments on your behalf. Make sure that the factor has exceptional customer service. They should make sure that your relationship with your customers remains intact and positive.

A good way to check your factor’s responsiveness and customer service practices is to try out their contact points yourself. Send them an email, give them a call and chat with their chat support and see how well they handle questions and attend to concerns.

One other important issue in this matter is that when you turn over your invoices to a funder, you will lose track of your customers’ payment habits. You will not know whether or not your customers are paying promptly. You will also not be able to keep track of your cash collection cycle. These are things you would want to think of when considering invoice factoring as a financial solution.

5. Invoice factoring vs. invoice financing - Make sure that you are entering into an invoice factoring agreement and not one for invoice financing. The difference between the two is that for invoice factoring you are turning over collections of your invoices to the factor as a third party in the sales contract with your customer. Invoice financing is where your invoices are merely used as collateral for a loan from the financing company.

It is also important to note that as a business owner, you should not turn to invoice factoring as a solution for every small setback in your business finances. Note that most invoice factoring finance companies have higher interest rates compared to business cash flow loans. However, it is easier to procure invoice factoring than it is to get a bank loan.

6. Failure to understand all the terms of the contract - Make it a habit to read everything when you are running a business. This is particularly important in contracts because you will be binding yourself to these terms and you will be held liable for any violations or non-conformity. Read the fine print, make sure that there are no hidden fees or conditions that were not made known to you upfront.

Be sure that you know the term requirement or whether you are required to meet monthly minimums. Find out what will be the penalties if the terms are not met. Determine these factors before you enter into an invoice factoring contract.

Business is not a simple, one-sided operation. There are so many factors to consider and this compilation of common invoice factoring mistakes will hopefully help you make sure that your business runs as smoothly as possible.

Whatever your business decisions are in terms of funding, debtor factoring etc, the most important factor to consider is whether or not you do need to bring in a third party into your business relationships. Consider the benefits as well as the risks and continually weigh these extremes because things and circumstances change. What you need now may not be what you need in six months or a year.

Aside from regular self-evaluation of your business practices and standards of procedure, take into consideration your customer. Are they happy with your practices? A good business standard is to make sure that your customers don’t just buy from you once. They should want to keep coming back to you to buy more.