27
Jun

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 aware that you are the most important source of financial education for your young ones. Though it is not easy to talk about money, discussing personal finance with your children will show that you see them as responsible young adults.

Great Tips For Interacting With Your Kids About Money

  • Approach the conversation with an optimistic attitude.
  • Since laughter can help, consider lightening the mood with a joke.
  • You must set a tone of openness, trust, and confidence.
  • Ask several questions, and be sure to listen to the answers carefully.
  • Do not make it look like a lecture but an equal exchange.
  • Do not bring up an old financial disagreement.
  • Ensure that your kids know that they can always turn to you in case they will need financial help, information, and advice.
  • A great way of teaching your children about the fundamentals of finance is to develop a budget for college.

How To Develop A College Budget

  1. List your regular monthly expenses.
  2. Know your total income – these may include part-time job, financial aid refunds, and allowance.
  3. Subtract your expenses from your income to determine if the budget is reasonable.
  4. When the expenses are more than your income, you must work together in order to reduce your expenses until the numbers agree.
19
Jun

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 easy to do so affordably. Many modern companies have significantly lower minimum account requirements than previously held by traditional firms. Financial advisors have never been more accessible to new investors.

Decide to Invest

According to a seasoned financial advisor, the heart of financial planning can be summed up pretty simply: “You either have a plan, or you don’t.” Those without a specific approach often fail. After recruiting assistance, dedication to investment is crucial. Realize that attention to the status of your current portfolio is an investment into the status of your future portfolio. Decide that you are going to take a guided, methodical path to a more comfortable financial end. Sporadic, overly passive investment approaches are common pitfalls of individual investors who fail when attempting to go it alone. A solid strategist will encourage your desires by motivating you to remain dedicated to your plan. Remember-the sooner you begin planning, the longer your plan has to succeed.

Focus On The Future; Be Aware of The Present

The end goal of investment is the future increase. Trends in finance are constantly changing. A financial advisor can be of great assistance in this area, being more knowledgeable of these changes in a way that will increase the probability of multiplying your returns. Vigilant monitoring of the current climate is vital. Be sure that you have enlisted the assistance of someone who is dedicated to such surveillance. While your strategy might not necessarily always be comfortable, keep in mind that your future will be.

With the widened availability of financial advisors, it is more realistic than ever to begin investing. Regardless of the account size bracket into which you fall, there is undoubtedly a service for you. Realize that hiring a partner and having a plan are ways of presently managing your future. In the wise words of an experienced CFP, “The first step in planning is deciding to have one.”

11
Jun

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 affiliate businesses such as payday loans, bill payments, and money order cashing. The processing fee may vary and some check cashing enterprises may likewise impose a minimum amount.

Advantages of using Check Cashing Services

• This method is advantageous to people who do not have any existing bank accounts. As banks tend to be relatively stricter in handing out cold cash, having to endorse the check to a legitimate business would be more convenient.

• Queues in banks can be extremely time-consuming. Having to spend the entire morning at a bank is not only inconvenient but would require so much effort especially for those who work during banking hours.

• You can have quick access to your money even on a bank holiday. Most check cashing businesses are open seven days a week. They also usually have online portals where your questions can be accommodated any time of the day.

• If there is no check cashing businesses close to your house, simply head to Walmart. They offer check encashing for a minimal fee. A $3.00 fee is deducted to checks, payroll checks, money orders, and tax checks amounting to $1000 or less. For larger amounts, a fee of $6 is deducted. Note that they only encash checks with a maximum amount of $5000. If you live far from Walmart, you may opt to check with major retailers close to your area such as 7-11.

• If you do not have a bank account where the money can be deposited, ask if the check cashing business offers pre-paid card loading system. This is another option. However, this would require activation fee of usually less than $10 per card.

Disadvantages of using Check Cashing Services

• The fees may be quite high. For instance, losing 3% of the check amount of $5000 could instantly mean losing $150 dollars instantly.

• Bounced checks can result to a major legal problem for the person who requested for the check endorsement.

• Not having the right identification card may likewise be a problem. Misspelled names and illegible penmanship on the check can also be questioned by the cashier.

How to put up a check cashing business?

As any type of business, registration and licensing are paramount. There are federal policies as well as local or state policies that have to be considered. As a general policy, any business that entails cashing for a fee fall under the Money Service Business or MSB. The business is required to use approved and checked bookkeeping methods. You are likewise expected to provide your list of agents and any reports that may be associated to money-laundering cases. Having a lawyer to help you with the process is highly recommended. Note that aside from the federal and state laws, the business must comply with the Patriot Act and Bank Secrecy Act as well.

As part of the business establishment process, you also need to identify your own check policy, especially if you intend to branch out someday. The policy fundamentally offers a quick list of which type of checks are you willing to cash out. Examples are money orders, payroll, personal, business, out-of-state or government checks. On top of these, you also need to identify which ID you would require your customers to show – driver’s license, government-issued, passport, or company ID’s.

As money service businesses are also considered high risks, you only need to conceptualize which type of cashing method you would employ. It is encouraged that ‘cold cash’ not be used for any transaction. Debit cards and other PIN-enabled cards are good options, too. Loading ATM or pre-paid cards are advised. In addition, ensuring that your establishment is equipped with 24-hour security system, surveillance cameras, sensor-sensitive doors, and bullet-proof glass would also help.

3
Jun

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 pleasure to bank with them. Now it’s all about them making more and more billions in profits every year. They charge for every little detail, and we are not done yet, because they have their geniuses looking for ways to get every hard-earned dollar from our bank accounts into theirs-the latest being that, with every transaction at the teller, if you want a receipt, there is a charge of one dollar.

The government raises taxes, and if you don’t have a good accountant, you are doomed. There is a well-organized plan to find ways for our money to fly into someone else’s nest. Therefore, people will never get out of debt unless they get smart, spend less, and save more. As the saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

How about our young ones? Do you think there is more we can do to educate them about money matters, to help them manage their resources, money, time, and so on? I don’t think we do enough to prepare our young people for life and its money challenges!

We teach them history, the arts, geography, economics, and so on. Please, don’t get me wrong, these subjects are important, but I feel it’s more important to teach them practical and smart ways to deal with their personal finances, starting from when they’re young and into their teen years.

It would make such a huge difference in their lives. It would determine how successful they are going to be… or not.

But here is the question: Who is responsible for this task-the school system or the parents? Why do we as parents depend on others, such as schools, to ready our children for life? Isn’t it our duty to make this happen?

Here is my opinion: Parents care more for their children than anyone else does; therefore, they are responsible for teaching their children about personal finances if the school doesn’t do it. Remember, economics is not the same as personal finance. We have to teach young people to spend less than what they make, a lesson that can prove to be as valuable as gold if it’s put into action! It’s a very simple lesson but a very important one.