Why You Must Understand Financial Literacy

ff20Financial literacy is the knowledge necessary for managing your personal finances. This is indeed a necessity for financial health. It will create a perspective that will allow you to avoid financial pitfalls. Most importantly, this will help you come up with wise decisions involving your hard-earned money. Experts highly emphasized that if you understand financial literacy, you’ll be able to make excellent choices and come up with a very strong financial management habits.

Financial Facts

When children leave their homes for college, they will certainly face a lot of new responsibilities, experiences, and environments. In order to help your student in this transition, they must be aware of the financial facts of life. These include how to open the first checking account or perhaps how to make the first purchase using a credit card. They must be ready to enter the world of becoming independent. Most people today view managing money as a symbol of independence and maturity.

Make sure that they fully understand the fundamentals of personal finance as this will guarantee that they know how begin their financial future. As a parent, be


Modern Financial Advising For Beginners

ff19The Internet is a testament to the fact that there are DIY approaches to practically every need for which one might have traditionally requested another’s assistance. Financial planning is no exception. Those looking to start investing in careers often tend to believe they are capable of creating their own success. While individual success is not completely unheard of, it is rare. Services to expand financial gain are no longer exclusively for the wealthy. In fact, according to many experts, hiring help could drastically improve one’s chances of coming out on top financially in the long run. Still, many find it difficult to initiate the process. Here are some tips from a seasoned financial advisor for beginners.

Admitting It Is The First Step

Like with any significant self-improvement, determining whether or not you need assistance is the key to financial success. Unless you are a natural at portfolio management, you probably could benefit from the help of an expert. Deciding to allow someone to help create your monetary triumph is crucial. There is no shame in needing their expertise, especially when it has become so


From Checks to Cash The Basics of Check Cashing Services

ff18The idea of using and issuing check has gotten a notch higher. Now, people are no longer required to head to banks to have the check cleared, deposited, or encashed to the individual whose name bears it. A growing industry that offers check cashing services is now gaining ground to help people have a quick access to cash when a check has been issued. The money service industry has gotten larger and this is one of the latest additions to the range of services one can avail.

So, how does this check cashing system work?

Well, it is relatively simple. A person whose name appears on the check can go directly to any of these check-cashing providers. The business will then have to make the necessary verification of the identity. The person may be asked to provide at least two identification cards and/or a bank account. Upon verification, he will be asked to endorse the check and the business will then deposit the amount, less all the deductions and processing fee directly to the bank account. Most of the check cashing business also offer


Holding on to Our Money

ff17Why is it so hard to manage money and hold on to it? How can we save more and spend less? It has become an issue to make and save money.

The world is geared in such a way that it’s difficult to hold on to our money…

Everyone is after money – our money, their money, everybody’s money – because of greed and because they never have enough. They spend years in higher education, in colleges and universities, to master the art of finding ways to get our money with such ease. They have become experts in their field and their field is to find more ways for our money to escape from our wallets faster and faster.

The funny thing is, there is a collaboration between the financial institutions and the commercial world to create more wants than needs. People, in general, are innocent and ordinary. The majority work hard to try to have a life without paying too much attention to the details… and that is when it happens…

I remember when banks were not so greedy. They made it easy and a


3 Things You Must Overcome in Order to Make More Money

ff16The number one thing to know is this: More and more Americans are rightfully concerned about wage and income disparity but few see that government has any real solution to this concern. This is a step in the right direction because although many members of low-income households work heroically and waveringly at very low wages the “Census Bureau data shows that for every hour worked by those in a low-income household, those in a wealthy household toil 5 hours.”(I) Furthermore, “6 out of 10 households have no one working at all.”(ii)

Secondly, according to the latest Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) “The average investor in a blend of equities and fixed-income mutual funds has garnered only a 2.6% annualized rate of return for the 10-year time period ending December 31, 2013. The same average investor hasn’t fared any better over longer time frames. The 20-year annualized return comes in at 2.5% while the 30-year annualized rate is just 1.9%.”(iii)

Thirdly, checking the market performance as of the date of this writing, December 10, 2015, CNN Money reports that the S&P 500 Index is


A New Year’s Resolution for Your Finances

ff15It’s shortly after New Year’s, and that means resolutions. And it’s not too late to set a New Year’s Resolution for your finances. The goals that are most successfully accomplished are those that are manageable, not too overwhelming. So let’s look at one financial goal that is manageable enough to be accomplished this year.

Pay a little bit extra on your mortgage every month. Make it small enough that you can manage it every month, but not so much that it is stressful. Start with a small success and then build on it.

Let’s see how paying just a little more on your mortgage could really benefit your finances in the long run.

For example, if you have a 30-year mortgage for $150,000 at an interest rate of three percent, paying an additional $100 each month would save you a total of $17,214 and you would pay it off six years early. If you were only able to increase the amount to an extra $50 per month, you would still save $9,719 and pay it off three years and four months early.

If you have a


What to Do When You Need Money

ff14Budget and expenses are two of the most important and critical aspects in one’s life. From bills, to school fees and household expenses, a lot of money is required and that it ends up quickly before the month’s ends as well.

Suppose you do not have money, then there are plenty of ways to get it either through the loan, or a credit card. Before making a decision, need to consider a few things so that you don’t end up in any trouble at all.

Make an assessment of your financial situation

You need to deliberate thoroughly, before you plan to borrow money. That is, you should debate whether you really require a loan or not. If there is some solution to your shortage in money, kindly address it soon.

You need to review your household budget as well. If you can save money by changing the broadband supplier or the amenities (gas or electricity) supplier, then do so. You would be surprised how much you have saved at the end of each month. This would help you to sort out your cash problems for sure.



Tips for ATM Safety

ff13ATMs and debit cards offer quick access to your money when you’re on the go. Most of us have come to rely on the convenience they provide, but it’s important to use caution to keep ourselves and our finances safe. To protect your identity and ensure your personal safety, it makes sense to exercise caution when using an ATM. The tips below are meant to make you aware that although rare, ATM crime can happen.

Follow these tips to help keep you and your money safe!

    • Protect your ATM card as if it were cash. Report lost or stolen cards immediately.


    • Safeguard your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Don’t give your number to anyone; don’t write your PIN on your card, avoid using numbers that are easily identified (birth date, etc.).


    • Try to use ATMs with which you are familiar. Choose well-lit, well-placed ATMs where you feel comfortable. If you need to use an ATM late at night, ask a friend to accompany you.


    • Before approaching the ATM, scan the surrounding area. Avoid the ATM altogether if it is too dark to see, isolated or looks unsafe. If

Are You Confident About Your Financial Future

ff12We all use it, it is the common way we acquire services and goods on a daily basis. We trade our time for it. We rely on it to provide for our future, stash it away in belief that it will still have value in the future. It is our currency be it Dollars, Euros, whatever, but it is not as trustworthy as you may think. Look I am by no means a qualified financial adviser or guru in any form, but I am going to explain to the best of my ability; that you should start looking at other forms of investment to secure your financial future.

Fiat currency

All national currencies are called fiat currencies. What does this mean? Well Investopedia’s definition of a fiat currency is:

“Currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but is not backed by a physical commodity. The value of fiat money is derived from the relationship between supply and demand rather than the value of the material that the money is made of. Historically, most currencies were based on physical commodities such as gold


How To Send Money Abroad In An Efficient Manner

ff7Every day, countless people make international money transfers. Is it easy to send money to someone in another country? Well, it depends. If you don’t take enough care, it may cost you much more money, as most people are oblivious to the hidden fees. Let’s find out more about how to make the process safe and cost effective.

For sending money overseas, you will have to bear two types of costs: the currency conversion cost and the cost to transfer the money to your desired country. The service provider can be an FX broker, a bank or a money transfer company. The thing is that they don’t convert one currency to the other on the basis of the inter-bank rate. Instead, they make the exchange at a lower rate making a good deal of profit. Give below are a few tips that may help you go through the process efficiently.

Foreign Exchange Brokers

Acting as intermediaries, foreign exchange brokers deal with a lot of banks and provide the best exchange rates. While their primary role is to convert currencies, they can also help you send


Fee Only Financial Advisor Understanding What Makes Them Different

ff10Planning and managing finances requires a professional touch. When looking for a certified fiscal counselor, you have a couple of choices. You can choose to work with someone who is strictly commission based, someone who works off both commission and fees, or someone who is a fee-only financial advisor. Despite the merits behind hiring a trained planner, many consumers do not understand the benefits of working with the latter option.

Pros of Hiring a Fee-only Financial Advisor

Those who are looking for the best advisors should consider one who is compensated in a way other than commission. These planners look at your entire fiscal situation and give you an honest, objective opinion on what you need to do. While they may suggest purchases of certain products, these will be ones that they believe will assist you in your goals. There is no loyalty to a specific company or product because there is no bonus or commission to earn.

You pay a fee-only financial advisor based on how often you meet with them. You could pay an hourly expense or you could pay a retainer in


Electronic Trading Solutions to Improve Business Opportunities

Business woman at work

Business woman at work

Digitization of trade finances is touted to provide significant benefits for trading partners and corporate banks. The other major benefits of digitizing trade finances are the reduced costs and the risks of international trade. The connected networks and connections have improved visibility and transparency that makes the entire process smooth and easy. The ability to make electronic trading solutions digital requires time because of the increased stiff global competition.

Corporate organizations have their own reasons to go digital when it comes to the trading solutions. The reasons to go digital are many and the biggest reason being reduced costs with a steady increase in efficiency. Going digital also improves the payment processes at a quicker pace which in turn enhances transactions. Corporate companies collaborating together for the common cause of work also shows an improvement in monetary transactions. When companies adopt the electronic trading solutions, the increase in visibility while tracking and auditing transactions reduces all sorts of risks associated with fraud and non-compliance. Digital trading solutions are considered to be effective since it


What Traits Do Most Successful Financial Advisors Have In Common

ff8Experts in the financial industry usually have a lot in common. They are morning people, number-crunchers, and they all seem to really like coffee. What makes you be a successful financial advisor?

Plenty of people today want to know what traits do successful financial advisors share and what often makes them different. Although there are a lot of factors, there are several points that people found most interesting.

Common Denominators Of Successful Financial Advisors

Trustworthy – The client-advisor relationship will be based on a foundation of trust. Often, they are exceptionally trustworthy. They stick to what they utter and always keep their promises. Most of them also are naturally charismatic people. Still, following through and doing what you want them to do on your behalf is considered the most important part.

Action-oriented – They put great ideas into work. They are always ready to take action. They are fond of setting deadlines and working on making exceptional ideas turn into reality.

Always on the lookout for learning opportunities – Regardless of whether it is a free training seminar on prospecting or perhaps a thought-provoking newspaper article, they


The Guide to Use an ATM Machine

ff6Since the dawn of the ATM (automated teller machines), banking has never been simpler. An automated teller machine, or ATM, provides one the convenience to make quick and prompt cash withdrawals. However, the purpose of the ATM does not end there, various other banking transactions, such as depositing money, transfer of funds and balance inquiries and account updates are possible via ATM machines. Since, the system saves, time and reduces delays, banks have ATMs located inside, outside or at various convenient and accessible locations, like gas stations, grocery stores and malls, so on.

There are a few things to consider before using an ATM,

Verify the network logos: These logos may be located in the ATM or debit cards, are indicative of the acceptable banking consortium. This means the ATM machine will have a list of acceptable logos posted on it. Even though many cards are universally acceptable these days, there is a charge on using the card in other bank ATMs after a number of withdrawals.

Be Vigilant: The use of debit card at ATM machines should be done under complete care, make sure


What Kind of an Inheritance Advance Company Should You Select

ff5Death is certainly the most inevitable thing in anyone’s life; it is quite shocking to believe that a lot of people die when a single child is born and several children take birth when a single person dies. The world stops neither with the ones, who take birth nor with the ones, who die. So many popular faces have died, leaving their loved ones and fans behind.

When a loved one dies, a part of you is destroyed forever. Yet, there is only one thing that reminds you of his blessings – the property and money that you are given as a token of appreciation. No doubt such materialistic things can’t replace their love and presence in your life, you have to accept it to show your gratitude.

But to get this inheritance, you need to go through a lot of things, even if the will is right in your hands. There are many formalities that need to be cleared and several documents that are required to be submitted to the court of law, before you get what your loved one has left for


How Valuable Is Money Is It Worth Someone’s Life

ff4It is first an invention with no spiritual value and it’s not part of the natural events. It is artificial and an instrument of power and control. It bears the monarch’s head because the king replaced God as the source of everything that nature would normally provide. Observations in the natural world show that all living things are provided with proper food and housing without the need for money. Man, on the other hand, has created a situation whereby he cannot sustain himself without it.

That summarizes the value of money. It represents our clothing, food, housing, and even our health but it I still not worth someone’s life. The situation we are now in is far different from the world of ancient times. The monetary system by which the world operates, however, has only been around since the bronze age when the manufacture of coins was made possible.

Trade began more than two million years ago in the Stone Age as sites occupied by Homo Erectus and dated to around that time demonstrate. So what changed? Man’s progress and development of weapons and


The Bull in Bullion

ff3Gold bullion is the unit of exchange in today’s monetary system and it has an interesting history to get to that status. Its origin is Babylon, the original home of Islam. The Mother God of the region was the sun, named Mary. Stylised into the figure of a woman, as statues demonstrate, men believed they could ‘marry’ Mary and rise with the sun into the heavens. It’s the reason why executions and memorial services are held at dawn.

The ancient term for ‘sun’ is ‘o-r’ meaning ‘circle of power’ and gold was named after it because of its colour and ability to reflect the sun. ‘Or-o-m’ translates as ‘sun-circle-mother’ and it’s in the Latin term ‘aurum’ from whence comes its chemical symbol ‘au’.

Men who voluntarily died on crosses were called ‘ b-a-el’ or ‘bearers of power as gods’. One has to appreciate that the language of the time was still developing. Vowels were absent or unstable and short collections of syllables could be read as sentences. That is much like the shorthand methods used today in SMS.

‘Ba-a-el’ is mentioned many times in the


The Origin of Monetary Exchange

ff2Money is an amazing phenomenon that allowed the world to develop into the tragic and disastrous state it is in today. Money is an invention designed for power and control and its origin is in the Islamic practice of crucifixion of god-men. These Avatars were to rise to heaven to marry Mary, the Mother God of that region. Her symbols include the sun-star depicted on the flag of Islam and the five-pointed star that sits over the systems that comprise the World Order as well as the cross.

Following my reincarnation and with a strong link to the Spirit of the Universe, the only real God (Isaiah 45:4-8) it commissioned me to tear down the wall of blindness and bring in the harvest. We are in the last days and the Internet is the Mountain of God promised to appear at this time to spread the truth over the world (Micah 4:1).

It was foretold that God will speak through the voice of a woman (Isaiah 42:14) to address a huge controversy (Jeremiah 25:31,33). She is called the daughter of Zion (Micah 4:8,10) and


Fraud Analytics Salient Way of Detecting Financial Fraud in the Banking Industry

ff1Turning a blind eye into fraud and financial crimes is no longer acceptable for business. With the latest technology at hand, fraud schemes are growing more sophisticated. When it comes to fraud in retail banking, to overcome these challenges, the banking industry has gradually started adopting new ways of fighting financial fraud by conducting fraud analytics. In order to assertively protect themselves and their customers, organizations are now taking the road less travelled and formulating a comprehensive counter fraud approach with the help of analytics.

A large number of business processes are now automated and depend on effective use of technology. While fraudsters are regularly exploiting flaws in security and controls to perpetuate their crimes, the good part is that the technological advancements can help combat fraud at a very early stage. Efficient use of fraud analytics software can help in understanding the organizations’ business data in a better way which in turn will allow identifying transactions that evince fraudulent activity.

To effectively test for fraud, transactions should first be analyzed at the source level so that the auditors can get a sense if