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July 29, 2012

Simple Ways to Save Money When Purchasing a Car Insurance Policy

Car accidents take place all the time and this is probably the main reason why minimal car insurance is mandatory in the majority of the countries on the planet. This minimum policy type will offer a certain level of coverage in case that something bad happens; so, if you are involved in an accident and your vehicle is damaged, the insurer will pay the repair costs up to a certain amount of money. There is a lot of competition in the insurance market, so there are many companies and many different insurance policies out there. This is one of the main reasons why it is very important to understand what these policies have to offer, so that the decision to sign an additional insurance contract or to reject a bad policy is made wisely.

Sadly, many people end up paying large amounts of money for car insurance. But this should not be your case. First and most important, you need to decide on the amount of money that you are willing to spend on car insurance. There are three main categories you can choose from: policies that cover the third party, third party plus fire and theft, and the full, comprehensive car insurance policy.

The full comprehensive policy surely has a catchy name; it promises to take care of all the risks, but you should not get yourself lured by these promises. You need to ask the insurer as many questions as possible if you are interested in signing this kind of contract. As an example, if you own such a policy and you get involved in a car accident, the insurer will pay for the car repairs or give you the money you deserve, but the company will evaluate your car depending on its market price. The insurer is not going to consider your opinion about how much your car values. This is just an example, so make sure to read all the fine print and ask all the questions that you can think of; if you live in Eastern Europe, you can find out more information about this on the Asigurari RCA Casco car insurance portal.

The very place where you live may influence the car insurance costs; your career and age are also important factors that can raise or lower the premiums. If two or more drivers will be using the car, this will make the insurance policy pricier; this means that you shouldn’t add more drivers than needed to the policy.

Another good idea that will help you reduce the insurance payments is to take safety driving lessons. Any insurer will value this and will reward you by cutting the price of the policy. If you have completed a safety driving course, do not forget to take the needed documents with you, so that they can be examined by the insurer’s representative.

Many people choose to increase the deductibles, thus paying less money on a regular basis. Nevertheless, before paying the deductible, you should verify the solidity and the stability of the insurance company that you intend to work with; you are going to pay them your hard earned cash, so make sure that your money are in good hands.

You can always ask the legal authorities about the history of a certain insurer. And if all of this sounds way too complicated, it might be wise to use the assistance offered by an insurance broker. An insurance broker is a specialist that was authorized by legal and state institutions to offer you competent advice on insurance matters.

Before signing a contract with an insurance broker, you should make sure that you are choosing a reliable, competent person. Extended family and close friends can definitely give you some names of good insurance brokers that they have worked with in the past. When you have found a knowledgeable broker, he will give you all the advice that you need. Another option is to do your research on the internet; there are many website where these insurance brokers are evaluated and people write about their experiences after working with them.

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July 24, 2012

Change your driving style and bring down your vehicle’s costs

Saving money on your car isn’t all about travelling less and using other means to get about, it’s also about how you drive and reaping the rewards from converting your driving style to combat the rising fuel costs.

Buying an economical car is also a great first step, one that offers a great return on miles per gallon, whether it be a hybrid, a modern diesel or EV vehicle. However, they won’t be any good to you if you’re driving them in the incorrect fashion.

The general idea of economical driving is to do everything smoothly and gently, accelerating without excessive force and reading the road ahead to avoid unnecessary heavy braking. Slowing the car down smoothly is also imperative, whilst also leaving the car in gear.

Reading the road also gives you enough time to slow down without the need to stop, as stop-starting will use up more fuel and instead it’s advisable to keep the car rolling for as long as possible.

Some modern cars will allow you to make use of an indicator of when to change gear, another important factor in driving economically. Changing gear at the correct time is vital when saving fuel, as over revving a car’s engine will use up more petrol or diesel and the general rule is to keep the revs below 2,500 in most vehicles.

Gadgets in the car are also powered by the car’s fuel reserves when the engine is turned on and turning off things like air conditioning, rear window heaters, demisters and headlights when it’s not necessary to have them in use will help bring down fuel costs.

Additional elements to saving fuel can come from making sure you’re maintaining the car in the proper manner and frequently. Getting the vehicle serviced, checking/changing the oil and making sure tyres are inflated to their required amount are very important.

Cars tend to be getting lighter each time they’re redesigned, but making sure you’re not carrying any unnecessary weight will also help you cut down costs, as will having the car streamlined as much as possible, so removing roof-racks when not in use will reduce resistance and drag.

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July 23, 2012

Tips for taking out a payday loan and the alternatives

There’s always at least one time in someone’s life when, with payday more than a week away, they find themselves a little short of cash. Not knowing what to do when it becomes hard to pay your next electricity bill or even for emergencies such as fixing a broken fridge, it can be hard to know who to turn to for help. To some people, it might seem like little more than a last resort, but taking out a fast little loan could make up any shortfall in income.

If you find yourself unable to get a loan or overdraft from your bank, and are worried about waiting for any money to come through, taking a payday loan out might represent your best chance of plugging that momentary gap in your finances. However, if you’ve never taken one out before and want to know what to do if you decide to go with it, what are the do’s and don’ts of payday loans?

One thing you should do is know how much you need. With payday loans, all you need to do is borrow the exact amount needed for whatever expense you have to meet. By doing this, you’re not taking too much and you won’t have to pay as much in interest when the time comes to paying it back in full. Once you’re sure of how much you need, try to borrow that amount: no more, no less.

Next, you should do a little research into how payday loans work. There are many providers such as Wonga.com where you can find out how you can take them out, how long the waiting period is before the money enters your bank account and how to repay them. It’s also worth looking into the level of interest you have to pay on such loans, as finding that out will help you budget for interest payments on top of the money you need to pay back to the lender.

Finally, it pays to shop around when looking for a payday loan. When searching for a payday loans alternative, you’ll want the best deal when it comes to waiting periods, interest rates, repayment windows and, most importantly of all, the amount you can actually borrow. If you find the right deal, then feel free to try and take a loan out with them, and pay it back at a time that suits you.

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July 18, 2012

VAT treatment on Electronic Downloads – What you need to know now

An electronic download is comes under the definition of an Information Society Service whose definition is “Any service normally provided for remuneration, at a distance, by means of electronic equipment for the processing (including digital compression) and storage of data, and at the individual request of a recipient of a service.”There are certain rules and regulations, some of which are different to the regulations governing typical goods and services transactions. In order to comply with these rules, and not avoid fines and/or penalties, here is what you should know:

Electronic Commerce Regulations

Electronic Downloads are regulated in Europe by the Electronic Commerce regulations (ECRs) that came into effect in in August 2002 with the purpose of ensuring free movement of ‘information society services’ across the European Community. These regulations cover not only all EU Member States but all countries within the European Economic Area (including Iceland and Norway). The ECRs cover any marketing or selling of goods/services via the internet, email, interactive TV or texting and cover both B2C and B2B transactions. The ECRs stipulate the information that your company is required to provide your customers in all circumstances, including when you supply an information society service, when your contracts are concluded by electronic means and when you send out any commercial communications. The information that you are required to provide is mostly quite simple, such as the full name of your company and your VAT registration number, but for other information your company may be required to have processes in place to deal with them (you need to decide the technical steps that your customer must follow to conclude a contract and make them perfectly clear to all parties involved in the transaction.)

VAT on Electronic Commerce Transactions

The legislation surrounding VAT and electronically supplied services are some of the most complicated around and many will need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Generally an electronically supplied service supplied in an EU Member State is taxable at the standard rate established by a Member State, unless an exempting provision in a Member State applies.

1. Supply to UK customer

Where a supply is made to a UK customer, the place of supply will be the UK. As a result, UK VAT will be chargeable at the current standard rate of 20% on these sales. This applies whether the customer is a business or private individual.

2. Supply to overseas customer

Where a supply is made to a company that is based outside of the UK, the treatment will depend on whether the customer is within or outside the EU and also whether the customer is receiving the supply in a business or private capacity.

Supplies to businesses

Under the General Rule for B2B transactions which was introduced in January 2010, the supply to a business in another EU Member State will be outside the scope of UK VAT. The business customer then accounts for the VAT due in their Member State under the reverse charge. Therefore, Incisive Media will not be required to charge VAT where the supply is to a business in another EU Member State. Incisive Media will need to complete an EC Sales List in respect of this transaction and meet the invoicing requirements.

Where the supply is made to a business customer based outside of the EU, this is deemed to be outside of the scope of UK VAT, and as a result, no UK VAT is charged. It is important to note that Incisive Media must be satisfied that the supply is genuinely used outside of the EU (rather than to a non-EU business who will effectively use the supplies within the EU). It is also necessary to recognise that if the customer is in a non-EU country, there may be VAT issues in their country, for example if the download is provided to them from a server in their own country. This would require consideration of the matter on a country by country basis.

Supplies to private individuals

If the supply is to a private individual in the EU, the supply will be liable to UK VAT at 20%. This is changing on 1 January 2015 when VAT will be due in the Member State of the customer – this will require local VAT to be charged by Incisive Media but there will be a one stop shop available.

If the customer is a private individual outside the EU, the supply will be outside the scope of UK VAT. However, as with the supplies to business customers, there may be VAT issues in the country of the customer. For example, in both Norway and Switzerland, there may be a requirement to register and charge local VAT because of legislation that has been introduced. We can advise on a country by country basis if required.

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July 17, 2012

How To Fund Your Small Business

The 2008 recession might have been a few years ago, but the British population are still coping with the initial shockwave as well as dealing with the financial aftershocks. The economic downturn has made many businesses go bankrupt, and if you’re a small company looking to expand, it’s proving to be extremely tough to get a loan or financing.

Seeing as the banks started the problem in the first place, you’d expect a little help somewhere along the line in order to get your finances on track. However with the list of ‘high risk’ businesses on the rise, banks are closing up shop and refusing to lend to new starters who can’t produce a big enough return. If you’re a small business or you’re looking to start one up, here are a few tips on how to raise some much needed cash to get things going.

First things first…

Check out Social & Peer-to-Peer Lending

This type of borrowing has become increasingly popular over the last few years, with young entrepreneurs choosing to find finance online instead of camping outside the banks. Simply put, social lending puts your needs in touch with people online that are willing to help you out. A broker will determine the amount of money you need, and then put you in contact with people online that are willing to lend the same amount. Basically, you decide the type of the loan, the length and how much interest you want to pay, and then the broker matches your credentials with lenders. This way of lending has many benefits, most notably not involving any banks or institutions. Both borrower and lender get better rates than if they were to go through a bank too. Just sit back and let the site compile all the necessary paperwork and transactions!

Crowd-Sourced Funding

Similar to social lending, crowd-sourced funding also involves a network of people lending money. However instead of a set amount, the individuals involved in crowd-sourced funding lend as much or as little as they want, backing a project instead of loaning cash that could be for a number of things. For example, crowd-sources funders may lend money to a project they believe in, whether it’s a film, an album, or a product. In return for the cash loan, the investee will offer rewards related to the project, maybe a credit in the film, or a song title on an album. They may even name their product after an investor. The size of the loan will depend on the size of the project, and terms/rewards will have to be ironed out and put on paper before any cash is exchanged.

Angel investors

Relatively new in the lending business, put simply, these investors will front large amounts of money in exchange for equity in your business when the banks aren’t interested. If they believe in your business, they’ll back it, however they will need to see detailed and convincing business plans which show a return on their investment – if your pitch isn’t right, you’ll lose the cash!

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