Many people measure success by the amount of money
they make, but what about measuring success by using the money you earn to help others? When it comes to being successful, there is something called “Pay it Forward.” Paying it forward means giving your time or your money to others. How
do you measure success? Here are some lessons regarding finance that can be learned from John Studzinski.
Annuity – have you ever heard of this term? You might probably have, if you are a retired person. But if you are a youngster like me, then you are probably hearing it for the first time, or don’t have much knowledge about the topic. This post is designed to enlighten you what Annuity is and how it can benefit an individual. Just read on.
While the stock market is dominated by big players who perhaps play with big money too, there can be bonds for the taking that won’t cost the earth. Called mini bonds, they work pretty much like a stock and can be traded like one too yet they can be traded in more reachable numbers of $25 or less. Common among mini bonds are trust preferred securities which emanate from utilities and other companies. The maturity period is medium to long and you pay dividends based on the cash that comes in from the bonds. These bonds are quiet and steady, offering you security and returns.
Despite the Lehman Brothers fiasco, mini bonds tend to be stable when it comes to price, even at the sign of trouble on the stock market. They are also tax free and so they are good choices but do keep a few points in mind when you buy them. Remember mini bonds act as unsecured loans from companies so some caution is definitely warranted.
Making a successful investment is very important. It is more important to make sure that your investment is safe and secure apart from providing good returns. There are many ways in which you can utilize your funds to get the desired returns. You must have worked really hard and slogged to save whatever money you have, you need to make sure that your money works hard for a change to bring about a good change in your life.
Who wants to retire poor or wanting? Everyone wants to be comfortable in the twilight years. That is when you cannot do what you please and even if ‘the spirit is willing the flesh will be too weak to earn a living’. The only alternative is to plan early in life and ensure a secure future. You have a right to live your life the way you want, especially when you get old and still want to be independent financially if not in other ways as well. The key lies in early planning and, of course, choosing the correct plan.
Crowdfunding is the latest in fund raising and an effective platform for thriving business to expand by raising money through donations. The new JOBD Act will now enable businesses to make investors their shareholders and the securities exemption will now permit companies to raise up to a million dollars every year from small investors, family, friends and others who prefer an alternative to investing directly in the risk laden stock market. Investor’s interests are protected as there is a ceiling to the amount they can invest. The risk is well spread out and offers venues of investment to a larger number of people.
Investing within the country is much simpler and easier to handle than investing abroad. The only time you may want to consider investing abroad is when the return on investment is significantly higher than at home. If you intend to make an investment abroad for the first time, then consider your age and your potential to assume risks. Two very significant venues for making investments are the stocks (and bonds) issued by companies abroad and in realty. Making investment in realty can be a little different in the sense you need to have a closer knowledge about the properties. Often such investments are difficult to liquidate should you want to convert them back to cash.
Do you know why you can't make money with stock trading? It's because you can't predict the stock market consistently. You should know to predict how the stock market is moving. Besides you should be able to predict how long it will last.
Do you know how much money you lose by commission every time you trade a stock? You need to give away $7 to $15 for every buying and every selling. In other words, you will have to give away $14 to $30 for each trading. It's really a lot of money and therefore you need to make high profits to cover this loss.
That is a million dollar question and the answer eludes most people. This question is probably as old as the stock market. Successful people like Warren Buffet make it sound so easy, yet most of you must be perplexed with the vagaries of the market. Is there a “right time” to invest or are there other factors like performance reports of companies, announcements regarding new acquisitions etc that matter? There are a lot of “experts” as they call themselves, who attempt predicting how the market will behave under particular circumstances. Going by percentages, they could be right half the time.