September 19, 2016
Home Debt is one of the most common occurrences you may face. A Home debt occurs when the borrower is unable to pay back the amount within his due time. Home Debt, in the beginning, may be a little confusing to you, but you have to find a way out of it. Home debt has pretty simple solutions, which if followed is bound to yield results. During the time you are in debt, you have to keep a tab on expenses, income, savings and different budgets.
Supervision of your capitals
Management of funds during a debt is of utmost importance. The first step to that is to form a budget. You should assign a certain amount as your designated monthly budget and have to be careful in maintaining it. No matter what happens, you cannot allow yourself to go beyond the budget. Make a list of things of your Needs and Wants. This way, you will have an idea about your immediate requirements. You can keep you wants on hold for some time till your finance stabilizes. Make a list so that you pay off your bills by the end of the month. It will prevent a Home backlog at the starting of the next month.
Alternative Funds and Coverage
Insurance and some monetary benefit policy for you and your family turns out to be very advantageous for a debt. In the event of medical emergency, you can use your health insurance to cover the expenses. Hence, something as unpredictable as illness or accidents will not put a sudden strain on your finance. It is also vital for you to make an emergency fund. An emergency fund is something where you out in a portion of your salary for emergency purposes. Having an emergency fund and a health insurance during a debt makes it simpler for you to save during a crisis. A financial policy is something that you can use if the household debt situation worsens.
Paying back your obligations
To pay back your debts, you have to use a part of your income and part savings to maintain the balance. You can take up an extra job. It will help increase the revenue and make it easier to pay. You can make a plan of paying your debts. The smaller debts, you can pay back first. For the bigger debts, you can opt for a debt consolidation loan for bad credit; Debt consolidation is where all your large amount debts are converted into one loan. This loan has a lower interest rate than other loans. Lower interest rate means lower interest amount. You can also take help from non-governmental debt relief firms. They have the expertise as well as experience for all sorts of debt management. To know more about these, check out the various sites on net by tapping the click here icon.
Knowing your privileges
It is important for you to be aware of your rights during a debt crisis. You have the legal right to ask for the change in the payment arrangement for debts. You cannot go to prison on the eve of your inability to pay the dues. If the creditors feel that you have deliberately denied their payment even while you could afford it, they would ask for a negotiation. Many of your creditors are legally obliged to consider your request for a special payment arrangement during your Home hardship. Being aware of your rights will help you deal better with a stressful situation like these.
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, Interest Rate
September 15, 2016
You can get a home loan at 10%, education loan at 11% and a car loan at 13%. But when it comes to personal loan, lenders charge a higher rate (like 16% or even more). Why personal loans attract higher interest rates?
Personal loans are unsecured form of loans. This means that lenders do not have any recourse on any security in case the borrow defaults. As a result, lenders give personal loans at higher interest rates to compensate themselves for higher default risk that they are taking.
So how do lenders decide what rate to charge from different personal loan customers?
Everything for lenders boils down to a simple concept, higher the risk, higher the interest rate. So from a borrower who is considered safe, lenders will charge lower interest rates.
There are several factors that are used to assess the risk – current income, income stability, profession, age, existing loan EMIs, past loan repayment history, etc.
So if you are in a stable job, have a good income and do not have too many existing loans, the lender will lend to you at a lower interest rate as you are considered a safe borrower with lower default risk. However, if you have too many loan EMIs and have not be regular in your repayments, then you will be considered a risky borrower and lender will increase interest rate at which personal loan will be give to you.
Your past loan repayment history, as depicted by your credit score plays a major role in your risk assessment. So if you are unsure about your perceived riskiness as a borrower, to get in touch with lenders to understand the interest rate ranges that are applicable to different types of borrowers. Once you know the possible interest rates, you can use personal loan EMI calculators to find out much you EMI will be.
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June 30, 2016
As you’re leaving school, finishing university and getting your first job, retirement is most likely the last thing on your mind. But taking a few steps to set yourself up in your 20s can go a long way to avoiding financial stress in later life. It’s never too early to start preparing for your future.
Set some goals
It’s much easier to get what you want, if you’re clear about what exactly it is you want. We all want to have feel fulfilled, but what does this mean to you and how are you going to achieve it. Of course these goals may change but the planning will be the same.
Consider setting yourself some short, medium and long term goals.
Short term goals might be taking a holiday or buying a car. These are the things you should be putting money towards now, on a regular basis.
Medium term goals can set you up for the next stage in life. Will you want to buy a house, raise a family? You might not want to put all your money towards these right now but they will require planning and saving.
Long term goals will most likely your retirement. You superannuation fund will go a long way to determining this, so it’s important to ensure your employer is contributing correctly.
Pay down your debt
Putting aside savings for a car is all well and good, but any debts you have may affect your ability to reach your financial goals in the short to medium, or even long term. Don’t forget to include any debt repayments as part of your budget.
Budgeting doesn’t mean living on baked beans while you’re friends are out eating at a nice restaurant. What it does mean is being realistic about exactly how much money you are earning and spending. Creating a budget is the best way to track your expenses and avoid living beyond your means. Try some of these great budgeting apps to help you manage the process.
Once you have created your budget and know exactly how much you have available, you can start saving for your goals. Setting up an automatic payment to a separate savings account will help keep you on track and stop the temptation to dip into your funds.
Sort your Super
For any job you hold over the age of 18 and earn more than $450 a month, or any job in which you work 30 hours or more per week, your employer pays out superannuation. Unless you specify otherwise, these workplaces pay your super to an account with their chosen super fund. Which means if you have had four different jobs, you could have as many as four different superannuation accounts, and be paying four sets of fees.
Combining these funds into the one superannuation account means you only pay one set of account fees, but also means it’s easier to track how much money you have to set you up for your retirement.
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, Financial Retirement
March 15, 2016
In 2005, I began working with a new client. She just got divorced after over 30 years of marriage. Like many women, she had been content to allow her husband to take care of their finances. However, circumstances changed. In her late 50s, this woman found herself in uncharted waters: managing significant financial matters with zero prior experience.
While insurance, investments and financial planning have traditionally been “a man’s game,” there are many statistics that predict a different story. Women are living significantly longer than men and are more likely to become widows. Like it or not, it’s imperative for women stay on top of all things financial, for themselves and their families.
There are many aspects to financial planning: savings, retirement, day-to-day expenses, student loans, college savings, estate management, building a comprehensive stock market portfolio, life insurance, and more! It can get overwhelming trying to keeping track of every aspect of your broad financial plan. Here are four tips to get started:
1) Make it fun. Financial planning is not something that brings an immediate smile to one’s face. Try to take the stress out of it by making your conversations fun. Plan a “date night” where you cook together and go over one aspect of the finances over dinner. Don’t try to go out: restaurants are wonderful for romance, but not great for private financial conversations. Whatever it is you enjoy, try to mix that in so you can associate something positive with this new learning adventure.
2) Don’t get defensive. Your goal is to become more educated and involved in your family’s finances. This doesn’t have to be a cause for alarm or fighting! Remind whoever is currently in charge that this is not a criticism of what they have been doing. You are not going to change things overnight or perhaps even at all, so do not start out on the defensive.
3) Start with cash flow. In terms of where to start, I recommend beginning with the basics: cash flow. Where are funds currently being spent and allocated? How are new expenses prioritized? This is a good time to analyze expenses both from a high level and then more detailed. We get busy with our daily lives and while a $100/year item may not be significant—how many of them are there? Those can really add up.
4) Meet and engage with your team. Do you personally know your CPA, attorney, and financial professionals? Start to build a relationship with them. Make sure you understand how they make decisions, how they bill, and how they can help you and your partner reach your goals.
Starting the process is half the battle,and there is no wrong answer when deciding which area to approach first. Remember that this is a team effort between you and your family, spouse, or partner, so don’t try to go it alone. By following these steps,I believe you will become more empowered to make smart financial decisions in good times and in bad.
Meghann McKenna is Owner & Financial Adviser at McKenna Financial in Bozeman MT, a family owned financial firm serving clients since 1949. She also is a Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC a Licensed Insurance Agency, and a Financial Adviser offering investment advisory services through Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser. McKenna Financial is not owned or operated by Eagle Strategies LLC or its affiliates. This article is offered for general information purposes only. It does not set forth solutions to individual situations. Consult your professional advisor(s) before implementing any planning strategies. SMRU 1683868 (exp. 2.18.2018)
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, personal finance
March 1, 2016
Your decisions about what college or university to attend will be a decision that affects the rest of your life—literally.
From the close knit, lifelong friendships you’ll develop as a result of living with people to the content and information you’ll learn in your courses, your choice of college will carry with you until your last breath. The choice will shape your career and aide in transforming you into a responsible adult. You need not take it lightly.
A lot of times, when young adults are preparing for high stake tests, planning for graduation and exploring their college options, they get held up deciding whether or not to go to school close to home or to travel far away. There are pluses and minuses on both sides of the decision.
True cost and saving
The biggest plus of staying home and attending college is cost. You’ll save a lot of money if you don’t go away. The cost of room and board can be forgone when you live at home and eat your parents’ food. It may not seem like a big deal when you’re thinking about leaving, but student loan debt, like your choice of college, will also play a part of your life for a long time—not quite until your last breath, but it’ll haunt you until close to that day.
Aside from cost, there’s a lot more that weighs into deciding to travel far away or stay close to home. If you’re considering leaving the state in which you reside, your tuition will be higher than it is for in state residents. Couple that with the travel costs when you want to return home, and you’re racking up bills that will be a part or your budget for a lofty amount of time. That’s when priceline and other online coupon websites come in handy!
In addition to costs, there’ll be periods of time when you long for home, and home will be out of reach. You’ll stumble across nostalgic moments when you want to see an old high school friend, and planning a weekend together will be logistically impossible. You may get sick and yearn for the way mom coddles you with soup and ginger ale. That will not be an option if you’re too far from home.
The price for adventure
Conversely, traveling far away for college brings with it much adventure. You’ll be completely independent when you’re far from home. You’ll be responsible for every aspect of your life—when you eat, when you sleep, where you go out. Traveling away to school strengthens the responsibility skills you need to foster that independence.
Adventure lies around every corner when you travel away to school as well. New and exciting people, places, and things will fill your free time. These experiences will also go a long way in helping you develop into a strong, independent adult.
College is meant to be an experience. You have so many options to think about when you’re choosing a school. You can go away, you can stay home, or you can venture close enough that you can still come home affordably and comfortably.
Nevertheless, the decisions you make regarding what school to attend will be one that will be part of you for the rest of your life. Make sure you take your time and weigh your options so that you choose the best school for you!
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