Archives for August 2012

Understanding the Basics of the Foreign Exchange Market

Understanding the Basics of the Foreign Exchange Market The foreign exchange market, better known by its popular acronym, forex, is the largest financial market in the world. It is through this market that the currencies of the world are valued (relative to one another) and exchanged. Providing income to millions of banks and individual investors around the world, forex trades approximately $1.5 … [Read more...]

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Auto Loan Refinancing and How to Get a Great Rate

While auto loans do have lower fees than mortgage loans, you might still be considering refinancing your car loan. In order to get a great rate when you are ready to refinance, read the four tips below and you are sure to save money. Wait for Low Interest Rates As inflation determines the interest rate, you will want to wait until the inflation rate falls in order to pay lower interest. Waiting … [Read more...]

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The Dreaded Tax Season

I know that it’s not even close to April yet, but, as the days pass all too quickly, I can’t help but think about how tax season is coming up. Unless you already know that you are getting money back before you even do your taxes, I can’t imagine any reason why anyone in the world would actually like that time of year. Student Tax Problems Being a student while you are filing taxes can be a good … [Read more...]

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Is It Safe To Invest In Foreign Bonds?

Many investors, and namely those that are new to investing, want to try their hand in foreign bonds in an effort to increase their wealth quickly. Unfortunately, foreign bonds come with great risks, and those who are not familiar with those risks, may end up in the poor house. While the investment portfolio should always be diversified, the individual should have some know-how on the subject, … [Read more...]

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Where To Invest Your Money In A Crisis

The economic crisis that began in earnest in 2008 continues to linger. Unemployment remains high and the stock market is still volatile. Many investors have retreated from stocks and are holding cash or other assets. However, even cash is becoming less than an ideal holding at this point. A lot of investors are eager to discover the qualities that they should seek in a stock that will protect … [Read more...]

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Should You Consider Downsizing Your Home?

Should you sell or continue to live in your dream home? While the idea of owning and living in your large dream home is shared by many people worldwide - does the idea of living this type of lifestyle make economic sense? For many people, it may in fact make more financial sense to think about downsizing to a smaller home. That said, what are some of the advantages to downsizing your home? Read on … [Read more...]

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How to Use Metatrader for Trading in Gold & Futures

MetaTrader 4 is a graphical tool that allows you to buy and sell stocks or currencies from all over the world. The same power and simplicity also lets you buy and sell gold, oil and other futures stocks. Once you know how to unlock this powerful feature, you will be able to apply all your favorite indicators and perform expert analysis using this financial instrument.  In order to do this … [Read more...]

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How To Raise Your 650 Credit Score

Over the last few years, I have raised my credit score from around 500 to above 800. The benefits are honestly unbelievable. For example, earlier this year I took out my first mortgage and qualified for a 3.99 interest rate on a 30 year fixed loan - all thanks to my 'A' credit rating. I could course couldn't have qualified for a loan at all when my credit score was around 500. After it started to … [Read more...]

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Paying for College with Student Loans – What are the Options?

Managing personal finances and budgeting can be a challenge for students who have never lived away from home. Not only do some students take out loans to pay for their higher education but also private loans for living expenses while they attend college. These loans can accrue interest before they have even graduated leading to hefty student debt after they graduate and high interest loans that … [Read more...]

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Why Do We Trade Too Much?

Why do so many day traders, a majority in fact, lose money? Constant trading causes losses, whether the trades are in commodities, stocks or forex. Why do so many people trade so much? And how do you avoid their mistakes? It's Going Down, Sell! One of the mistakes traders make is selling when a down trend has started. It doesn't matter if the indicators and forex models say that it will … [Read more...]

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Why Get Life Insurance If You Have A Reliable Source Of Income?

The main reason why it is often a good idea to get life insurance is so as to make sure that your family is financially stable even after your demise. There are many other ways of ensuring that this happens, such as by investing in long-term income generating projects that will guarantee an income for the family for a long time after you pass on. Life Insurance Advice The good thing about … [Read more...]

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The Treatment of Joint Bank Accounts in Bankruptcy

Joint bank accounts are those bank accounts held jointly between two or more people. Joint bank accounts are commonly held between spouses, though children and parents may be listed as joint owners. Joint bank account holders can both withdraw money from the account and deposit money into the account. Joint bank accounts are different than authorized users on credit cards. Authorized users on … [Read more...]

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Which Cities Have the Best Credit Scores?

Experian, one of the United States' big three credit reporting agencies, has compiled a list of the top cities in terms of average credit scores. Surprising to some, the best credit scores were centered in the Midwest with two of the five best in Wisconsin. What Is Average Credit Score and Debt Level in the U.S.? Experian found that the average credit score is 749. In contrast, a score over … [Read more...]

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How To Start Securing A Good Financial Future From An Early Age

These days, issues to do with finances are on most people’s minds. For instance, if you are still in college, you may be thinking of ways of making sure that your financial future is secure. This could be as a result of seeing other people such as close friends and relatives suffer when they reach an age where they have to stop working, and then find that they had not saved as much as they had … [Read more...]

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5 Things You Must Understand Before You Get Into The Stock Market

For you to thrive in any niche, you need to take the time to study it, and learn from the professionals. The stock market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world today, and anyone that is seeking to make good money needs to direct his or her attention to this market well. Almost anyone can get into the stock market but not everyone makes profits from it. You need to be equipped with … [Read more...]

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