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504, 2017

5 Signs You’re Living a Life You Can’t Afford

By |April 5th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

Who doesn’t love money? The idea of being rich being your wildest dreams, buying plenty of flashy clothes and expensive gadgets, showing them off to your friends and going on holidays to the world’s most famous locations, like the ones listed at cntraveller.com, is something that we probably dream about on a regular basis. However, the reality is that only a small percentage of people in the world can indulge in such activities. Luckily, we can get a little slice of that heaven whenever we go on holiday, or whenever we save up enough money to buy a new fancy car or the latest electronics. Sadly, it doesn’t last long, but that doesn’t stop many people from living beyond their boundaries.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize when they’re living a lifestyle that they can’t afford. They’re usually under the illusion that everything is fine, or they scrape by and can barely afford the necessities while splashing cash on luxuries. It’s fine because we all do it at some point in our lives. Perhaps we buy a luxurious coat and show it off to our friends for a while, or maybe we indulge a little too much in a hobby and buy some high-end equipment that barely fits through the front door. Pampering yourself is fine, but there are times when you need to cut down and realize that you’re living a lifestyle that is beyond your means.

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You fear missing out on products and items

If you feel like you constantly have to catch up with your friends and spend money on products, fashion and services just to keep up, then you’re probably living a little beyond your means. Whether it’s the latest video games console, […]

504, 2017

Getting Top Dollar For Your Used Car

By |April 5th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

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Buying a car is one of the biggest splurges of cash you’ll ever make, probably only second to buying a home. What’s more, the amount you have to spend on a new car – or a newer car – can be largely impacted by how much you get for your old beast, your beloved vehicle that has kept you on the roads for the past five-plus years.

As such, getting the most out of your old car is hugely influenced by how you go about selling it. Of course, it may not be money that you are after, it may be a quick sale or even a unique experience. So read on to find out the different options available to you.

Going It Alone

As with everything, the internet has allowed anyone to reach everyone, and this is no different in the realm of car selling. Selling privately is typically the way to get maximum bucks for your car, but it can also be extremely time-consuming. That’s why we recommend you advertise your car on every platform possible; shop windows, for sale sign in the windscreen, eBay, Facebook, AutoTraders, everywhere. The more rods you have in the water the better your chance of landing a fish. Just make sure that you describe your car correctly in any advertisements to stop you getting stung.

Dealing With A Dealer

The easiest options are to go with a quick part-exchange and trade your car in for a newer car. Saying this, some dealers may not be willing to negotiate a part-exchange deal and may only buy cars outright, which tends to be a relatively quick and simple process. Of course, you won’t get as much money for your car as a private […]

304, 2017

Dodge These Debt Traps

By |April 3rd, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

Debt always starts with one bad decision. You probably didn’t know that, but it’s true. One bad decision, one mistake and you can end up owing a sum of money that you can’t afford to pay back. If you know the mistakes, you will be able to avoid debt, no matter how bleak your financial situation looks. Let’s start by thinking about living on credit.

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More people than you think live on credit. It’s actually one of the main causes of the 2008 financial crisis. A lot of people were living well beyond their means by borrowing money which is a problem. Eventually, when you borrow you’ll have to pay back, and if you can’t, you’re in debt. The issue here is that borrowing money is ridiculously easy. Once you have a credit card, you can buy whatever you want. Max out that credit card? It’s not that difficult to get a different company to give you another. As such, you want to avoid living on credit as much as possible. If you do spend money that you don’t have, you need to pay it back as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you can end up with a more serious issue.

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We think of credit in two ways. Either you have a score that’s green and healthy or one that’s in the red and potentially dangerous. A poor credit score means that you’ll find it very difficult to borrow any money which might seem like a perk. But what if you desperately need to borrow? For instance, you might want to buy a house. If you have a bad credit score, you won’t be able to get a mortgage deal. Instead, you’ll […]

3003, 2017

Everyone’s Biggest Financial Fears Analyzed & Assessed

By |March 30th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

Everyone has some financial fears that lurk in the back of their mind. On the one hand, having these fears is a good thing before it keeps you on your toes. When you’re scared of falling into a financial mess of your own making, you can be sure that you always keep your finances in good health. However, there are some things that you can’t prepare for. You can read on to find out more about the biggest financial problems that American people fear most of all.

An Extended Period of Unemployment

Everyone worries about losing their job because when you lose your job, you also lose your income. That’s why an extended period of unemployment is one of the things that Americans fear most of all. The economy is unpredictable, and when it goes badly, it leads to job losses. Some people wisely choose to diversify their talents and capabilities so that they will be better able to deal with job losses in the future. It’s a good idea to do this if your current job could be automated and done by a robot in the future. This is going to be a worry for a lot of people going forward as automation increases.

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Bankruptcy

There is nothing more concerning than losing everything and going bankrupt. This is a threat that many small business owners and self-employed people face when things start to go badly for them. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s vital to make sure it goes as smoothly as it can do. To do that, you might want to hire an attorney from somewhere like Dove Law Firm. That way, you won’t go through the process alone and aimless, which would just […]

3003, 2017

How Money Mistakes Get You In Legal Trouble

By |March 30th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

There’s a lot of law revolving around just how we all use our money. We might not think about it that often, which can lead us to make some mistakes that might seem negligible in the moment. Those mistakes can come back to haunt us, however. Not just through bad financial control but through real legal ramifications.

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Don’t sign everything that comes your way

We need to start by being more careful about the responsibilities we take regarding the finances of the people around us. You already know that co-signing a law needs careful consideration because if the other signer can’t pay, it can get you in debt and force you to fight your own financial trouble. Before we sign anything that makes us responsible for another, let’s ensure we can a) reasonably expect them to be able to take care of it and b) have the money in place if our responsibility is called upon.

The misuse of money

We don’t all only have our personal finances to be concerned with, either. We might be in charge of a business, we might handle an employee’s money, and we might be in a position of controlling the money of a trust. Misusing that money is going to have you in need of an embezzlement lawyer very shortly. Mistakes can’t be abided, so make you handle all different areas of your financial responsibility separately. Stay away from trust and employer money and separate your own personal from your own business finances.

When bookkeeping goes bad

Bad bookkeeping is a crime. This isn’t just true if you manipulate the numbers. Any mistakes that you make with your bookkeeping can build up until it looks like you have manipulated them anyway. The charges that […]

1803, 2017

Investing Should Not Feel Like Betting

By |March 18th, 2017|Financial, XPC|Comments Off on Investing Should Not Feel Like Betting

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Whether expert traders or novices in the game, a lot of people struggle to make a distinction between trading and gambling. After all, most of the highs and lows of the stock market are the direct results of stock investors throwing the dice with crossed-fingers. To a lot of investors, it is a matter of going with their gut, picking a stock based on intuition and then hoping – and praying – that the share price goes up.

Of course, there are a lot of gamblers in the stock market who wear a fancy suit and pose as professional investors. However, there are a few distinctions to be had between the two, and that is exactly what we are going to do; we are going to draw the line so that you know the differences.

The Tactics of Managing Risk

The ideal principle is the same across both; it is a matter of minimizing risk while maximizing profits. However, the way in which this principle is adopted is different. Investors look at diversifying their investments as a means to minimize the chances of any potential loss. Gamblers don’t. Instead, gambling involves weighing up the chances of winning against the risk factors, and so the odds have to be favorable before they put any money in.

Limiting Your Losses

Gambling has no means of stopping – or even limiting – your losses. It is a bet and once you have made that bet it is closed. Your fate is sealed. Let’s say you bet on a football match, and you lose; that’s it. There is no way of limiting the damage. This is not the case with investing, whether that be stocks of trading binary options. Instead, investors have certain […]

1403, 2017

Property Investment In America: The Read Up

By |March 14th, 2017|Financial, XPC|Comments Off on Property Investment In America: The Read Up

For Americans and non-Americans alike, investing in property in the USA is an attractive proposition. The population is ever expanding, meaning there is a consistent need for new housing. This varies from state to state, but you can always be sure there are buyers and indeed renters looking for new properties for most of the year. You may already be quite versed in property, but these can help you decide whether investing in property in another state or indeed in another country, if America isn’t where you live, is the right thing to do.

Because America is so big it has a large weather variation, meaning the weather cycles are totally different from one state to the other, depending on how far apart they are. It allows you to invest in a property in whatever kind of weather you want. If you had to invest in Australia, it is hot pretty much all year around. And the UK only gets three months of semi-sun, and that is mingled with rain. You could choose Florida, and be sure of the sun and in turn be sure the property has a willing rental market from people on holiday or a good resale value due to the popularity of the state, just a quick look at the Boca Raton homes for sale proves the popularity. If you prefer to invest somewhere on the colder side then New York can be a plus. It has typical winters, with heavy snowfall but decent summers. The huge weather variations in America mean you can invest where you want. If you want holiday letters, go for the sunny states. If you want students, build around universities. The possibilities are endless.

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803, 2017

Sound Financial Practices For Greater Prosperity

By |March 8th, 2017|Financial, XPC|Comments Off on Sound Financial Practices For Greater Prosperity

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Money plays a hugely important role in all our lives. It is important to accept this fact, as very often it is the process of refusing to accept it that results in poorer circumstances, and before long this worsens and worsens over time. It is important to do everything you can to try and develop some good habits towards your own financial standing. Otherwise, it is not quite as likely that you will be able to get through the tough times – and everybody has such times. In this article, we are going to look at some sound financial practices which it is well worth incorporating into your daily life.

Create & Stick To A Budget

A lot of people struggle with the practice of budgeting oneself. This might be because it seems as though it is impossible to predict what is going to happen – and indeed it is. Or it could simply be because a lot of people struggle with paying such close attention to detail on matters such as this. However, learning how to create a decent budget and stick to it is a really strong practice to take on board. Budgeting is often the difference between a strong financial standing and a poor one, and if you want to improve your finances in any real way then at some point budgeting yourself is going to become necessary. The secret to a strong budget is to be completely honest with yourself. Don’t pretend you have more money than you really do, and don’t try to trick yourself. In the long run, it all comes out into the open, so this is not worth it.

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2502, 2017

Breaking Free Of Financial Trouble

By |February 25th, 2017|Financial, XPC|Comments Off on Breaking Free Of Financial Trouble

There are very few people who do not have some experience of what it is like to be in some kind of financial hole. When you are in this position, of course, it can be extremely distressing, and usually, your only thought will be how you can possibly get out of it as soon as possible. Often it is true that this kind of thinking actually hinders the progress, as we shall see in a moment, but it is equally true that if you are in need of some financial help, then there is usually some available in some kind of form. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the options available to you if you are in need of some financial help.

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Budgeting

First of all, one of the simplest and yet most powerful ways to bring about better financial conditions is to change your attitude. The best way to show such a change in attitude is to simply take a more direct and realistic approach to your money. No matter what kind of situations you are in, or how bad it might seem, just take a moment to step back and see it for what it really is. You might find that it is not actually as bad as you are making it out. And if it is, then now is a good time to start budgeting anyway. You will notice that when you begin to take the proper action, your thoughts on the subject also change – and this is a sign that you are going the right way.

Loans

When it comes to time to take out a loan, you will need to consider a number of things. […]

2202, 2017

Divorce Versus Legal Separation: Which Is Kinder On Your Finances?

By |February 22nd, 2017|Financial, XPC|1 Comment

It’s a sad fact of life that some married couples just can’t reconcile their differences. But does that mean they have to get a divorce? Currently, there are a couple of different options available to couples who are going through difficult times. One is to go through with a full-blown divorce, with all the legal ramifications. The other is to get what is known as a “legal separation” which falls short of getting a full divorce but means that couples can spend time apart to either work things out or move on with their lives.

In most cases, the decision to remain legally separated boils down to money. But is opting for legal separation a good idea?

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The idea of a legal separation is to protect partners from each other’s financial decisions. After a trial period has ended, it often becomes necessary to formalize who takes ownership of which assets and also who is responsible for ongoing concerns like child care and support.

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People who don’t begin legal separation proceedings can run into trouble if they remain financially connected to their spouse. Estranged husbands and wives can often find themselves liable for their partner’s debts and other issues, even if they are not living together.

Marilyn Chinitz is a partner at a law firm. She suggests that each partner drafts a separation agreement for the purpose of limiting liability for any debts incurred by the other. If one partner does incur debts then creditors are legally permitted to try to recover their debts from the other partner, regardless of whether that particular partner made the decision to borrow or not. In the formal separation documents, it should be made clear who will pay for which outstanding debts, […]