March 10, 2014
Selecting a car finance service involves different aspects. You need to be sure on different levels. First, you have to find the best car meeting your preferences. Next, you must choose a good dealer who handles both buying and selling of cars. Finally, the customer has to select a suitable car financing service. Look up a website where all three parameters converge and transmute in a fluent system. You can find good sites where they connect you to the dealer after you provide the necessary inputs. You just need to type in your area zip code, and get dealer addresses right away. The financing packages should be convenient. The company should have a good customer support department. See if the support staff can help you in choosing a new automobile. Always ensure the loan service adheres with the golden guidelines of transparency, smartness, and helpfulness.
Clarity in lending parameters
The company should maintain optimum clarity in lending parameters. Vague agreement conditions imply risky financial transactions. A simple car loan can ruin your life if you sign in to the wrong agreement. Always make sure you look critically to the terms and conditions. Connect with the support staffs if you find any part difficult to interpret. It is their usual job responsibility to explain all aspects lucidly. Evaluate the helpfulness of the professional at the other end of the phone. Ask whether the advertised rate is tax-exclusive. Inquire if the service levies additional charges. Verify the fixedness of the agreement during a loan tenure. Assess the practicality of the loan window. See whether you can accommodate the expense easily in your monthly budget plan.
The down-payment issue
The primary down-payment is vital. The best professionals always suggest clearing as much as you can in the first installment. If you deliver a lump-sum amount in the beginning, the loan value decimates significantly. The monthly responsibility becomes easily bearable. You can procure a handy amount by selling your old unit. Contact the dealer in seeing the price he can offer. Market conditions are such that you cannot expect a very high value on used units. Due to the mass-production factor mainly, the costs of used cars depreciate drastically nowadays.
The value drops to less than half the original amount in only a couple of years. You should research on used car rates. Find the reigning industry trends at automobile forums and review websites. You can easily negotiate with the dealer when you have a clear idea on the standard rates. Consider verifying whether the agency handles car salvation. The salvage automobile dealers are better payers than the junkyard agencies are.
The credit score issue
You may have a dismal credit rating. It is unnatural to have a good credit rating nowadays. You can confirm this from any random person on the road. The ambiguity and complexity of credit rating parameters bring down the values to drastically low amounts. You cannot help it because the economy is in a difficult state. The Government needs to compensate the huge national debt aspects. Your debt payments contribute in solving the crisis. So, you should not feel guilty because of a low score. Instead, you must celebrate your free spirit on the new cars. The lending service must have a similar attitude to credit ratings. A good service delivers on financial help promises irrespective of the credit ratings.
Evaluating all essential aspects soon ensures you are behind the steering wheels of your shining car. The dealer should hand over the keys right on the spot when you make the first installment payment. You chose the car after a test drive. You like how it moves. The overall feeling is immensely gratifying. Enjoy your new life in the transit cocoon. The car will be all yours only after a few convenient monthly payments.
Sam Hendricks is an outdoor enthusiast and car lover. He works at a local music shop in Denver. Here, he explains the benefits of choosing a comprehensive car finance service. He suggests one should dig into the ‘visit our site’ switch of a credible loan agency.
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, Car Finance
, financial planning
February 27, 2014
Venturing into property investment can be exciting, volatile and daunting. It can also be very profitable. Ron Bakir is the CEO of HomeCorp, a large Australian urban planning company that has developed more than 1,500 residential lots across the country since its genesis in 2004. Using his wisdom, here are five reasons why you should purchase an investment property.
One of the biggest benefits of getting into the property investment game is the receipt of rental income. Many property owners rent out their apartment, house or office space to tenants and then simply use the rent money to help pay off the mortgage. Remember to do the maths before you invest and ensure that you will receive an adequate amount of rental income to offset the cost. Ron Bakir and the team at HomeCorp also know the importance of creating supply where there is demand; is your property’s location popular with renters?
If you’re a smart, dedicated investor, chances are that you have a diversified portfolio. This means investing your money in different asset classes, such as defensive instruments (fixed interest and cash) and growth instruments (property and shares). By doing this, you are minimising the risk that comes with investing. Think about it: if you have invested solely in shares and the market takes a dive, where does that leave you?
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best. When you own an investment property, much like owning your own home, you are completely in control. You get to choose which type of property you will have, which tenants to lease to, what the property will look like and you can always move into the property yourself if need be. Unlike a homeowner, however, you receive the benefit of having tenants to help you make mortgage repayments instead of shouldering the entire burden alone.
Depending on your country’s tax system, there may be significant tax benefits if you purchase an investment property. Often, deductions can be claimed for expenses such as interest from any loans you paid, agent fees, depreciation, council rates, advertising, and repairs and maintenance. Ensure that you research this well in order to fully take advantage of any potential gains.
When you purchase something such as a car, over time it will naturally depreciate in value due to wear and tear. Similarly, the furniture and appliances within your investment property will decrease in worth as your tenants use them. Your property may even need repairs or renovations from time to time. The unique thing about property, however, is that it can increase its value or appreciate. This is, of course, if you have chosen your property wisely; if you’re in a property hotspot, your property’s value will skyrocket before you!
Will you be taking the plunge and investing in a property? Or are you a seasoned investor with tips to share? Share your thoughts now by commenting in the box below.
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February 25, 2014
Business loans are leverage to help your company grow. You can expand in ways otherwise not possible. Business lines of credit improve your cash flow to meet expenses and pounce on opportunities. Meanwhile, equipment financing boosts productivity to meet customer demand.
There are common questions to ask before applying for any business loan. Your chances of approval and ROI will improve with a basic checklist. Being realistic and organized also saves time, which is your most precious asset.
Here is a business loan checklist to consider:
Have Documentation Ready:
Organizing your financials is important for loans or otherwise. A periodic review of your statements gives insight to make informed decisions.
Assume that business lenders will ask for the following:
- Previous 2 years of Business and Personal Tax Returns
- 6 months of Bank Statements
- Current Income Statement
- Balance Sheet
- Business and Personal Credit Checks
Best Practice: Ask upfront what paperwork is needed. Providing excess paperwork can slow turnarounds and raise questions. However, having docs ready often has the opposite effect.
Connection between loan and financial review: A restaurant may notice that capital equipment no longer has useful life, in accounting terms. The loss of a write-off (depreciation expense) plus the need to make more food may show the need for equipment loans.
Similarly, youmay notice that a single company accounts for most of A/R. To improve cash flow, you may apply for a business line of credit and renegotiate terms with the client.
Understand the Lending Criteria Upfront:
You can spare time, fees and frustration by knowing what is needed to qualify.At minimum, get a sense of how likely it is your loan will be approved. If you’re a startup and 2 years of business tax returns are required, simply ask about alternatives. A good loan officer will refer you to other lenders who can help.
Be Realistic and Know Your Strengths:
What makes your business a strong loan candidate? Think in tangible terms of what can be documented and proved.
How profitable is your company? Banks like lending money to leverage as growth, rather than last ditch efforts to stay afloat. Businesses have different strengths. A manufacturer may have collateral in terms of equipment, or you may have stellar personal credit to get a business loan.
Know Your Alternatives:
As small business lending expands, loan options for those with challenged credit or unique needs has become more available.
If you were denied, determine the reasons for this. Was it lack of business credit? Your industry? (Bars or nightclubs can be difficult to finance) Not enough business history or income? You can find suitable alternatives based on the answers.
Business Credit Cards: A business credit card is often easier to qualify for than a LOC. The credit limit is likely smaller, but you establish business credit history for future line of credit needs. Your strong personal credit may qualify for a business credit card. The card will be under your business Tax ID, but backed by a personal guaranty.
Equipment Loans: Capital equipment loans reduce concerns over collateral, which makes qualifying easier. Restaurants, manufacturers and offices may all turn to equipment financing.
Business Cash Advances:An alternative if you don’t qualify for lines of credit or credit cards.
Industry Specific Financing: Lenders who specialize in specific industries may offer options. Bar and Nightclub loans or medical financing are examples.
Best Practice: Ask if there are prepayment penalties, in case the loan is no longer needed or refinancing options become available. It is important to understand fees, interest rates and terms for all loans.
, Cash Flow
, Credit Score
, financial planning
February 8, 2014
Every car insurance company promises you their very best rate. They also promise to make you an offer that their competition can’t top. In other words, insurance providers make promises they can’t keep. So, what can you do to make sure you get the best deal on the market? Make your own.
Consumers know that it pays to shop around. Smart buyers compare quotes from several insurers before purchasing a policy. However, even the savviest shoppers probably don’t know that after they’ve found the best coverage at the lowest rate there are ways to save even more.
How? It’s all about research. Car insurance companies will be quick to talk you into their most comprehensive coverage. On the surface, the old adage—more is better—appears to ring true. What these companies won’t tell you, though, is that these top-tier policies are excessive for everyday drivers. And in this case, excess is expensive. By taking a thorough look at your driving habits, vehicular assets, and overall financial situation, you can determine how much coverage you actually need.
Do you drive every day, or just occasionally? Is your commute 15 minutes, or 50? The answers to these questions matter. The more time you spend behind the wheel, the more likely you are to be involved in a collision, statistically speaking. Naturally, the converse is true. If you only net 15 road miles each week, you aren’t as likely to cash in on your policy. Many insurance representatives are trained to ask these questions when providing a quote. If yours never did, it’s time to make a phone call. And if you recently changed jobs and are now working closer to home, you should update your insurance provider; it’s likely that they will lower your rate.
What you drive matters just as much as how you drive. Unless your vehicle is new or you’re still making payments on an auto loan, you might be carrying more insurance than you need. Check the Kelley Blue Book value of your car. If this figure is significantly lower than your comprehensive or collision coverage, it may be time to adjust your policy accordingly. In some cases, as for those who drive old (but not collectible) cars, it could be worth dropping collision coverage entirely.
Choosing a plan with a higher deductible might not sound like a good way to save money. However, drivers with a great safety record can cash in big with this strategy. Here’s the logic: safe drivers are involved in fewer accidents. By raising your deductible, your insurance costs drop—sometimes an increase of just a few hundred dollars means a 15% to 40% reduction in overall policy fees. A portion of the money saved on premiums can be set aside to cover the deductible in the event you need to file a claim. The remainder of this money is then free for investment or can be put towards purchases you actually want to make.
Having your financial ducks in a row pays off. Many auto insurance providers will now review your credit score and reward fiscal responsibility with discounts. When you’re looking to spend less on car insurance, be sure to inventory your other expenses. Check for duplicate coverage. For example, AAA membership offers roadside assistance and towing. There’s no sense in carrying policy add-ons for these services if you’re already getting them elsewhere. This is also true for bodily coverage. If you carry a fairly comprehensive medical insurance policy, it is likely that any bills resulting from accident-related injuries will be taken care of.
, Car Finance
, Car insurance
, financial planning
January 9, 2014
A sustained bull market has equity investors anticipating a lucrative 2014. A weak dollar and low interest rates are among several factors that bode well for corporate profits in the New Year.
With a low dollar, export driven companies can expand into overseas markets by competitively pricing their products. To raise money, companies can issue low coupon bonds that easily exceed the yields of low risk treasuries. Robust venture capital has non-traditional borrowers turning to Elliott Broidy and other financiers for needed capital.
The past several years have seen many investors chase returns and buy securities with the strongest short term performance. As a result, many investor portfolios have grown to reflect the broader market.
Fortunately, there are convenient ways to reduce the risk of a portfolio that moves in lockstep with equity markets. Beyond hedging, these investments may be suitable as mainstays in your portfolio.
Below are some strategies to consider:
Low yields are posing challenges for income investors. Risk free treasuries offer safety but little income. The rock bottom treasury yields make it affordable for non-government bonds to compensate investors for added risk. Investors should also have perspective on the impact of interest rates rising in the future.
Bond maturities of 3 to 10 years offer an attractive hedge for several reasons. These bonds add negative correlation by mostly moving in different directions from the broader market. Intermediate maturities are also attractive when there is uncertainty about interest rates.
It is unlikely that short term rates determined by the Federal Reserve will head any lower. Similarly, when and if rates will rise is also uncertain. Intermediate bonds allow you to earn yield above that of shorter maturities, without the interest rate risk of long term debt, which would be battered by rate hikes.
For most investors, mutual funds are a convenient way to buy intermediate bonds. You should review the credit quality and interest rate sensitivity of bond mutual funds through Morningstar or Bloomberg.
Depending on your risk tolerance and income needs, international bond funds may also be an option. If you plan to draw income, interest payments from stronger currencies will be increased when converting into dollars.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs):
Do you want real estate exposure without the hassles and expense of owning investment property? You should consider exchange traded REITs as an affordable and liquid alternative.
These publicly traded securities are required by the IRS to pay out 90% of taxable income to shareholders. Income starved investors appreciate that many REITs currently feature yields over 6%, with some international options paying double digit yields.
Real estate is a volatile asset class that often moves separately from equity markets. However, the cash, financing and time needed is beyond smaller investors. Unlike owning real estate, REIT shares can be easily bought and sold. You can quickly take and unwind positions as investment goals or real estate markets change.
REITs also allow you to capitalize on demographic trends such as an aging population or healthcare laws. Investing in REITs that specialize in elderly care facilities or geographic regions with thriving real estate markets are examples of this.
To soften volatility, you may choose hybrid REITs that collect rent payments and also earn mortgage interest. With lending and rental revenue, a hybrid REIT is more poised to benefit from different real estate trends.
Low cost and the ability to diversify make ETFs or mutual funds suitable for most REIT investors. International REITs give you access to overseas property markets. Similar to overseas fixed income, dividend payments from foreign REITs may be increased in dollar terms. Your currency adjusted returns could also be higher during times of dollar weakness.
Portfolio rebalancing can include adding small doses of volatility to reduce the overall risk in your portfolio.
By considering the impact of a bull market on sector weights, market cap and asset exposure; you gain better perspective for changing conditions.
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