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January 10, 2018

The Benefits of Using ETFs to Build Retirement Wealth

mutual fund detailsExchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are a great way to build an effective retirement portfolio through your Roth IRA or IRA contributions due to their low expense ratios. ETFs offer investors exposure to a diverse set of assets. They are currently one of the fastest growing investment products in the world due to the low expense ratio and their high diversification. ETFs can be traded through virtually every big-name brokerage available. Brokerages oftentimes will partner with ETF providers to offer free-commission on ETF trading, which helps you save even more money on expenses!

ETFs are effectively mutual funds, but trade like any other stocks. When you purchase a single ETF share, you gain access to an entire index such as the S&P 500 or the Dow 30. Or, investors can purchase market segments (e.g., financial, industrial or healthcare sectors) within a given country. Thus, making them a highly efficient investment tool. The substantial growth in the ETF market has led to a number of new, distinct ETF products such as the MSCI All Country World Minimum Volatility Index or the Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index. The Dow Jones EPAC Select Dividend Index provides great dividend growth income and that can be reinvested or used as cash flow for other investment products.

Here are main benefits in investing in ETFs:

1. Flexibility: With a number of distinct indexes and options, individuals with retirement accounts can trade commission-free AND can obtain exposure to countries all over the world. If you choose, investors are able to gain exposure to the entire world if you sure please. In addition, ETFs offer the flexibility to be traded as a stock for a market price.

2. Cost Efficiency: ETFs based on indexes are in one transaction that trade all components of the underlying index. Investors are usually not charged any entry or exit fees and management fees are substantially lower than mutual funds. For example, ETFs expense ratio are usually around 0.1 – 0.8% whereas mutual funds are about 1.40%

3. Transparency: ETFs are transparent due to the fact that they list on regulated markets and track transparent indices. The ETFs are traded through the day and there are highly competitive bid/ask prices provided by market makers ensuring ample liquidity.

ETFs are really a simple form of mutual funds and can be used in a variety of ways. If you start investing early in a set of 3-4 mutual funds that offer differentiating diversification, you will be in a great position for retirement. Investors should set aside a predetermined amount of capital each month to purchase ETFs. Given their low expense ratios and flexibility, investors can sleep well at night knowing that their money is being put to good use and is generating income while they are enjoying life.

ETFs are not a guaranteed investment. Be patient with the market and continue to purchase additional ETF shares regardless. The old saying is: “I would prefer my time in the market rather than timing the market.”

Millionaire Mob is a former investment banker that hopes to offer fair value on Wall Street while traveling the world. I enjoy helping others in achieving financial freedom whether that is through dividend growth investing, passive income techniques or travel rewards strategies.

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November 27, 2017

How to Avoid the Exploitation of Elders with Advice from Freedom Debt Relief

elders debtsWhile it is hard to imagine, a crime that we see committed over and over, are crimes against elderly people by way of fraud and other forms of exploitation. Not only is this illegal, but it is also immoral and it is hard to imagine something like this happening to someone we know and love. At Freedom Debt Relief, we want to help caregivers and loved ones to avoid the older people in their lives from becoming victims of elder exploitation.

Sadly, a recent study Freedom Debt Relief reviewed shows that almost $3 billion is fraudulently exploited out of seniors each year. That is each and every year. This is a huge loss of money for people who generally live on a fixed income and this reduced income can spell disaster for the person’s ability to meet their daily needs. While it would be nice to think that this is rare, the numbers just don’t bear that out.

As Freedom Debt Relief found out, 1 out of every 5 people over the age of 65 has or will suffer from some form of elder fraud. This is a huge number and it means that, chances are, you or an older person you love could also be a victim of these predatory processes. What follows are just a few tips and hints on how to manage your own, or help the older person in your life manage their finances in a way that reduces the likelihood of becoming a victim.

Cognitive Decline and Finances

One thing that Freedom Debt Relief found is that those who are of advanced age (80+), as well as those who are suffering from some form of cognitive decline are far more likely to be victims of fraud than those who do not. If you start to notice that your memory isn’t what it once was, or if you are a caregiver who notices this about a loved one, you might want to turn over control of the finances to someone who can manage it. This will reduce the likelihood that your finances or your loved one’s finances are compromised as a result of someone taking advantage of their decline.

Avoid Scams

While Freedom Debt Relief knows that we want to be able to trust in the kindness of others, the sad fact of the matter is that there are people out there that are looking to scam people. You need to be wary of anyone who is selling something that seems to good to be true or that comes along, promising that, for a fee, they will be able to solve all your problems. Older people are far more likely to be targets and victims of such scams as they tend to not be as technically savvy and are more likely to trust other people.

Freedom Debt Relief notes that being open with your finances with someone you trust as you get older is just a smart way to help avoid becoming a victim to fraud. Being willing to turn over your finances to someone you trust if you start to notice some memory slips could ultimately save you your entire savings. Be skeptical and wary of anyone who is trying to sell you something that seems way too good to be true or anyone who thinks they can solve your problems (for a fee, of course) and make your world as good as new. Maintain a high degree of skepticism and enlist the help of someone you trust when making big decisions.

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October 20, 2017

Looking for new property – This Real Estate key points will help you for sure

real estate propertyWe always try to increase our assets. If we are earning more than we also save more. Sometimes we are investing in gold; we are purchasing new bonds even we are investing in stock market. But I have observed that people love to purchase new land or will increase their property. Here a real estate agency takes place.

Now many business houses expanding their business in real estate so we are finding more real estate projects everywhere. Even these real estate agencies are giving more offers to their clients. Every country has their different real estate laws. While choosing your real estate company you can take guidance from your financial advisor regarding where to go & how. Following are the points which you need to keep in mind & I am sure these points will help you.

1. Market reputation

While choosing your real estate agency for new apartment or property you need to check what market reputation your agency has. If that real estate company is very new in the market try to avoid those companies. Go with the experienced one.

2. Previous completed projects

When you will select the experienced agency then check their previous completed projects. Check how many clients they have got for the same. Is all their created properties have been sold or not. If possible go to that completed projects & check how those are.

3. Take existing clients feedback

When you will visit to the live completed projects try to talk with their existing clients who has purchased from that real estate agency. Existing customers can give the actual views about their business because they have experienced their created properties.

4. About their competitors

Every business does have their competitors. Real estate business does have more competitors in terms of this. So, check your agencies competitors, if they are also big then go for this company. It means your agency do have some good position in this field.

5. Your specifications

While searching for your property you can set your specifications or expectations earlier. This will help your real estate agency to find the ideal property or apartment for you. If you want beach properties then specify your requirements. Here I can strike an example, recently I have visited Florida, USA & there I have found many rich beach side properties like Icon south beach, Aria on the bay, Santa maria brickell, Icon brickell etc. If you are the citizen of Florida & looking for beach property then you can search in this manner. I am sure you will get the ideal one as per your needs. In the same way you can search in the other countries also.

Before concluding the matter would like to tell you that think twice before you just jump for any real estate company because this would be a long term investment for you & the investment amount is also huge here. So, take proper assistance from your financial advisor & then go ahead. These real estate investments not only increase our property/assets it also includes more comfort in our life if your property or apartments are like that. Finally good luck from my end I hope these information will help you somewhere.

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October 19, 2017

What You Should Know About Startup Accelerators

startup financeWith so many startup companies, the competition is fierce. It doesn’t matter what field you’re in. It’s likely that there are many other entrepreneurs in your niche. The trick is finding a way to make your company stand out above the rest. For some companies, that means working with a startup accelerator.

What is it?

A startup accelerator is an experience that supports the growth of an early company. To accomplish this growth, they provide education, mentoring, and financing. They give you a way to build your company from the ground up. The accelerator only lasts for a certain amount of time; it’s a rapid growth process. While the time period might be short, you can see a great deal of growth in the process. In only a few months, you can see the same growth that you would expect in years of hard work.

Start-up accelerators work for almost any type of industry you can imagine. For example, new insurance companies can benefit from Insurance accelerators. An insurance accelerator would specifically focus on growing a start-up insurance company. Meanwhile, a new clothing brand could find an appropriate accelerator to give them intense growth. There’s something for every company.

What makes them so special?

There are many different ways to cultivate a start-up. However, an accelerator is particularly effective. There are a few reasons for this. For one, there’s the fixed time frame. Instead of having an open-ended agreement with no true end date, you have a set time frame. It’s easier to analyze your results and predict your company’s future when you have strict time frame. You get results, and you get them before your time is up.

There’s also the fact that an accelerator uses mentorship to get results. Unlike crowd-funding campaigns and other types of investors, accelerators give you advice. While that advice helps your company in the present, it also helps your company in the future. You can learn invaluable business skills through mentorship. Additionally, you can gain insight into your industry and use that insight for years to come.

Finally, accelerators are cohort-based. For years, educators have seen the benefits of an education cohort-based environment. Those same benefits translate to business education. Being part of a larger group is a great way to grow your company.

Do accelerators really work?

While the concept of accelerators is sound, it’s important to ask yourself if they really work. It seems so, considering that many entrepreneurs would be happy to relive the experience. About 90% of entrepreneurs in a survey said that they would do the accelerator program again. Similarly, 95% of them said that the accelerator was worth equity stake that they lost. The time and equity lost in an accelerator program seems well-worth the gain.

An accelerator program might not be the right option for everyone. However, it could be the right option for your company. If you’re looking for a way to gain insight and knowledge while gaining momentum in your business, an accelerator is a great option. You could see huge business growth in only a short time.

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October 18, 2017

ALL ABOUT OWNER FINANCING

property financeYou and your family have made the decision to move out of your house and sell it. Or, perhaps you are wanting to sell an office building or a piece of vacant land. Most people think that there are only two ways that a potential buyer could pay for that property. Either the buyer has to have a load of cash or they must be able to get a loan from their friendly, neighborhood bank (or a less friendly mega-bank, but that is a discussion for another time).

What is Owner Financing?

A third way of selling a property – one which has been used for centuries – is to offer owner financing. You could use owner financing to sell a used car, an appliance, or just about anything else of value, but using owner financing for real estate is the safest and most profitable way to do it. So, what is it? Owner financing means that you are acting in some ways like a small bank, albeit a nicer and easier-to- work-with bank. When selling the property, you receive a down payment from the buyer and set up a real estate note stating the interest rate, term, and monthly payments.

Let’s try an example in which you are wanting to sell a house valued at $100,000. You and Betty Buyer agree that she will give you a $10,000 down payment and make payments to you on the first of every month at an interest rate of 6% and a loan term of 30 years. An attorney or title company would normally prepare the needed documents, including the real estate note, a deed of trust (or mortgage, in some states), and a title commitment. Each side signs in the appropriate places, the deed of trust or mortgage is recorded with the county, and you are done.

Advantages of Owner Financing

  1. There are a number of positives from offering owner financing, which include:
    Can be completed much more quickly than with a bank loan, and you have the flexibility to set up the note however you want, subject to state and national laws.
  2. The pool of potential buyers becomes much larger. They may be good credit risks but perhaps do not qualify for a bank loan.
  3. More income for you since you are recovering the original profit plus interest from the note.
    4. It helps the buyer to purchase a property that they probably could not have otherwise have bought.

When Not to use Owner Financing

  • Of course, owner financing is not appropriate for any of the following situations:
    You, as the property owner, still owe a lot of money on the property to a bank or other financial entity.
  • You need all of the cash from the property right away.
  • You need the cash from the incoming payments to survive. If the payer ever defaults, you may need to pay for a foreclosure and go without the note income for several months.

What’s Next

You successfully sold the house to Betty Buyer and all of the documents were properly created and signed. The hard work is done, so you can mostly wait for the monthly payments to come in. However, at least once per year, you will want to make sure that the property has adequate fire insurance (with you as the primary beneficiary), that property taxes are kept current, and that the property is kept in good condition.

If, down the road, you decide that you need some cash out of the note right away, you can contact a note buyer. Good note buyers will explain that you can sell all of the note or just some of the payments, how the process works, and when you can expect to receive funds.

There are a lot of note buyers out there, with varying levels of expertise and integrity. Be sure to work with a real estate note buyer with whom you feel comfortable, that is a licensed real estate broker, and that has a high rating from the Better Business Bureau or a comparable entity.

Alan Noblitt is the owner of Seascape Capital Inc., which buys real estate notes and business notes. He may be reached at (858) 672-4678 or toll-free at 1-800-634-4697. If you would like to learn more about real estate notes and read informational articles, visit www.seascapecapital.com.

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