"Financial planners are like dentists: they may occasionally inflict pain, but in the end, you will be better off for following their advice!"
Whoever wrote these lines must have either been a financial planner or someone who relied heavily on planners for finance management. We all know that planning our finances is vital. Why, then, do most people stall the process? Perhaps visions of being buried under balance sheets and calculators plague you, and ultimately tempt you to put off your money matters to "some other day"!
For people with such visions and worries, there is only one saviour ? a financial planner. Financial planners specialise in solving money messes. They plan and manage your finances so that you can better your prospects for the future. Financial planners help you to establish your short-term and long-term financial goals and determine ways to meet these goals.
Financial planners provide finance advice of any nature, and in order to do so, they delve into every realm of your financial status. They interact with one's legal advisors, bankers, accountants, and the like to understand a person's aspirations and targets. As such, they even conduct interviews and surveys to establish an accurate client profile, complete with financial goals, investments, taxes, insurance coverage, income, retirement schemes, medical plans, and other relevant data. From these, financial planners derive a workable plan for finance management. This plan features suggestions and recommendations for a person in the form of dos and don'ts, strategies to follow regarding insurance, asset management, investments, property planning, retirement, and more.
Mind you, financial planning is necessary for each and every one of us ? we often make the mistake of thinking that only big spenders or the super-rich need financial planners! The truth of the matter is, financial planning is a way of life, something you acquire as a lifelong habit. Financial planners can make this easy for you, as quite often, money management becomes arduous and complicated if your know-how on finance is weak. What's more, financial planners are adept at tailoring customised strategies, to best suit a range of needs and lifestyles.
Financial planners serve for the ultimate desire ? peace of mind that one's money is in safe hands. At the end of the day, a penny saved is a penny earned, and a financial planner is someone who can chalk out the most convenient way for you to save those pennies!
Investing & Online Stock & Share Trading: Money & Risk Management - Atkinson Portfolio Planner (1)
This article was originally featured in Daryl Guppy's 'Tutorials in Applied Technical Analysis', voted no 1 trading newsletter in Australia by Shares magazine & no 4 in the world by US Stocks & Commodities magazine and is reprinted here with Daryl's permission.
Franchise Investing, Franchise Opportunities and Franchising Renewals
Have you considered buying a franchise instead of trying to start a business from scratch. Many franchise agreements are renewed every five or ten years, automatically. If you do not want to renew your franchise you need to let the franchisor know a little bit in advance as it generally states in the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) The franchise Disclosure Document used in franchising. Most require that you out it writing so there is no question about your intent, some require this 180 days before expiration. Others state that if you do not specifically say you do not wish to renew the agreement you are automatically renewed. If you do not want to renew your franchise at the end of the five year period, that is ok, but there are generally stipulations after termination. You cannot simply change the "Burger King Hamburger" sign out front to Joe's Burgers and keep operating (example only).
Raising Capital in Today?s ?New Economy?
We've helped a number of clients develop business plans and raise capital from "angel" investors, corporate entities and venture capitalists during the last 6-8 years. It's always a daunting process that can be full of pitfalls and require a tremendous amount of work ? but it can be done! Here is some perspective gleaned from years of experience.
Lessons in Transition
Q: What have been the most successful approaches to attracting direct foreign investments: offering prospective investors tax breaks and similar benefits, or improving the overall investment climate of the country?
The Switzerland of Asia Shines
In many respects, Singapore is the Switzerland of Asia.
The economic data reported Fri showed continued above trend growth with disinflation (at the core level, excluding food and energy) in the second quarter. Real output growth has slowed from about 4% in 2003 & 2004 to just over 3 1/2% so far this year, while a core inflation rate fell from 3% last quarter to 2%. Consumption growth slowed from 3.5% to 3.3%, investment growth jumped 9%, and net exports increased over 12%. Also, business inventories declined.
Stock Market Horizons: Gold $3,000, Oil $70
In the last two decades, even though gold prices have dwindled from $850 to $350 an ounce, there are still market gurus who predict gold price to hit $3000 an ounce. Hecla seems to be quite bullish about the future.
The Cost of Green Eggs and Ham
Young readers know that March 4th is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Many parents trip their tongues over Seuss stories like "Green Eggs and Ham". "Do you like green eggs and ham?/I do not like them, Sam-I-am./I do not like green eggs and ham".
Coca-Cola - A Value Stock?
There has been much talk lately about Coca-Cola and its potential as a value stock ? as it now spots a dividend yield of 2.6% (which is the highest dividend yield since the late 1980s) and a P/E or less than 21 ? right at the bottom of its five-year low. Moreover, the current price of approximately $43 a share is also near the bottom of its nine-year range ? (nine years ago, the last former great CEO of Coke, Roberto Goizueta, was still at the helm of the company). Sure, Coke has had its own set of problems, but it is a great company, they would argue ? and heck, Warren Buffett is also an owner of Coke shares.
Stock Market Money Management Skills
Let's start by saying: You can't be afraid to take a loss. The investors that are the most successful in the stock market are the people who are willing to lose money.
Let's first understand what maniac means. According to Webster a maniac is "mad; raging with madness; raging with disordered intellect". You don't know anyone like that, do you?
Angels, Are They Real?
They're real, but few survive. High risk investing is dangerous to your bank balance. The process toward extinction is that an angel risks money in one venture. It fails. Then, he joins a group of angels and risks money in another venture. It fails. At this point, the angel usually hands in his or her wings.
Chile Leads the Latin Pack
Everyone's talking about China. Don't miss the opportunities in the other CHI..
Wit and Wisdom on Money, Wall Street and Success - Part #2
Here are ten more WISDOM packed GEMS that ooffer very unqiue insights to the world of trading and investing.
Making It Second Nature
Not long ago I was laying on my son's floor throwing one of his toy balls back and forth in the air to myself and I had a strange revelation. I noticed that as I threw the ball up in the air my left arm automatically started to move to where the ball was going to come down. At the time I was pretty amazed at the fact and decided to experiment a little.
Critical Options Investing Tip When Trading Naked Calls and Puts
An option is a derivative trading product that is best used by investors as a hedging tool providing investing profit protection and profit enhancement. Although it is a powerful risk management tool, it can also be used effectively as a stand-alone trading vehicle.
A trading system consists of a set of rules for viewing markets and making trades. The advantages of trading systems can be hidden when they become associated with trading platforms involving trade order submission and processing. A clarification of their roles can help explain the benefits of using a trading system. This can be done without identifying a particular platform or system. Once the platform infrastructure is isolated, a brief look can be taken at why a trader can benefit from a trading system.
Gold and Silver Maple Leafs Get New Packaging
Gold Maple Leafs and Silver Maple Leafs are receiving packaging makeovers, changes clearly mandated by investor disfavor with packaging that the Royal Canadian Mint has used since the coins were introduced. Gold Maple Leafs debuted in 1979, Silver Maple Leafs in 1988. The changes appear to be good moves, which should increase sales of Silver Maple Leafs and help keep Gold Maple Leafs the preferred pure (.9999 fine) gold bullion coins.
Rules for Simplified Employee Pension Plans better known as a SEP Plans
A SEP is a special type of IRA. Under a SEP plan the employer creates an IRA account for each eligible employee, hence the name SEP-IRA. A SEP is funded solely with employer contributions. Employees do not make contributions to their SEP-IRA retirement account. Any money that goes into a SEP automatically belongs to the employee. Thus, the employee has the right to take his SEP IRA account money with him whenever he stops working for the company.
Risk and Reward
If you are doing your own investing in the stock market, what would be the first question you would ask yourself before you make any trade or investment? If your answer is how fundamentally sound the stock is, or whether the stock just broke out of a trading range on a chart, or the fact that the stock has gone down 50% in the last 6 months, or whether the volatility is low now so it is a good time to buy or sell, then you are probably on the road to ruin. These strategies have nothing in common with each other and there are all kinds of different criteria that I did not mention that have nothing in common with each other. However no matter what type of strategy you use to make your investment decisions, there is only one crucial question that must be asked before you pull the trigger and make the trade. That is, what is my risk and what is my reward on this trade. Even if you are going to buy a stock and hold it for a long time, you still have to be aware of your risk and your reward. Why? Because the entire stock market may be here for the rest of your life, any one stock might not be. You think, that is okay I diversified a lot so I don't need to know risk and reward. Wrong.
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