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July 31, 2017 / Finance & Invesment
Premium Finance boasts of various wealth creation strategies to help you effectively manage your personal finances.
July 30, 2017 / Banking & Money
Are Silicone Wiper Blades worth the Money?
Like Rubber Wiper Blades and just about every other product or service, Silicone Wiper Blades come at different Price Levels, and buying the dearest doesnt necessarily mean getting the best.
In order to make an informed decision, we need to be able to spot quality features in Wiperblades, and understand what influence they have on Safety, Life and Performance.
Next we need a method of measuring the cost of Wiperblades against their useful life. We do that by dividing the cost of a single wiper blade by the number of 100,000 cycles in its expected life. A cycle being 1 wipe in each direction.
The cheapest and most basic Wiper Blades have a moulded rubber blade with an arrow-head profile offering a single wiping edge. Theyll also have a very cheaply constructed frame. Differences in Frame Quality are more difficult to spot, but usually, the blade quality is a good indicator of the overall quality of the Wiper Blade. Most un-branded Wiper Blades fall into this category.
Single edge Wiper Blades have a typical life of 200,000 cycles, and can cost as little as 3, so they cost at least 1.50 per 100,000 cycles
Most Motorists seek comfort in the big Global Brand Wiper Blades. They know theyre probably not getting the best value for money, but its a safe bet. Of course the big brands arent slow to take advantage of that, and so their prices arent always cost-effective.
Global Brands (and some smaller Brands) offer good quality Wiper Blades. They are easy to spot because the rubber blade has a profile like a small screwdriver instead of an arrow head. This means there are 2 Wiping Edges instead of one. As the Wiper Arm moves in one direction the blade flexes and trails, presenting one of the tips “corners” to the windscreen. On the Return Wipe, the blade flexes in the other direction, and uses the opposite edge to wipe the screen.
Quality Twin Edge Rubber Wiper Blades are good for around 500,000 (half a million) wipes. They reduce the risk of unwiped areas, and are much smoother and quieter than cheaper wiper blades. Typically they cost around 10 each, and so cost around 2 per 100,000 cycles.
Every pack of Rubber Wiperblades that Ive seen carries a warning that they should be replaced between 6-12 mnoths. Thats because U.V. Ozone and Pollution all combine to attack the Rubber Wiper Blades, even when theyre not being used. Thats really bad news for Low-Mileage Drivers and Classic Car Owners, because the Wipers often rot away before theyve done much work!
Silicone Wiper Blades wear much slower than Rubber ones. A good quality Silicone Wiper Blade has an expected life of 1,500,000 (one and a half million) cycles. Good Quality Silicone Wiper Blades cost slightly more than Premium branded rubber ones, about 12 each. Giving by far the lowest Cost over life of 0.85 per 100,000 Cycles – Obviously, thats great news for High-Mileage Drivers.
July 30, 2017 / Entrepreneurs
An entrepreneur does many wonderful things. In fact, many people are amazed with how the entrepreneur’s mind works. But for some who have not taken the plunge, there is some wonderment….some real curiosity….and for some of us, even some questions about successful entrepreneurs morals and integrity….But for most onlookers there are two important questions to ask. How does an entrepreneur become successful? And most importantly, do you want to be a successful entrepreneur too?
First of all, an effective entrepreneur should have great ideas. And then you need to test those ideas…You have to research to be able to make an informed judgement about whether your business idea is feasible. It really is critical to do this investigation, and in many cases its not necessarily a tedious task…Once you have gathered all the needed information, you can decide whether to pursue the business idea now, or simply file it and do it in the future.
The projects undertaken by successful entrepreneurs are normally done in a very careful manner. Research about Demand is a very important aspect to help determine business feasibility. Saturated and established markets can be a big no for entrepreneurs because their aim is to earn more money. Entering a saturated market can be suicidal (unless you have a very unique selling proposition), because of the extreme competition.
If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, you have to work on some concepts such as ROI or return on investment, compounding capital, economy of scale, speed of business returns, and many others. You can’t work your way to success if you dont know these concepts. So you have to study and continue your learning. If you have the opportunity to study a business related course, do so. Gaining knowledge, skill and education, can only help you to succeed in the business world.
According to many expert entrepreneurs, education is not enough. As an entrepreneur, you must have the right attitude and qualities. Now what are these attitudes and qualities? Firstly, you have to be hard working. You have to be willing to work many hours of the day or night especially if you’re a beginner. Almost eighty percent of your time will be allotted for encouraging customers or subscribers. In the case of an internet business, you have to attract a lot of traffic to your site otherwise, your business will fail.
Secondly, you need to be a risk taker. Most entrepreneurs are not afraid to take risks. This does not mean that entrepreneurs enter the market with their eyes closed hoping for success. Entrepreneurs are willing to take risks especially if after a careful study they can see high chances of success. Not many individuals are willing to take risks because they are afraid to fail. But you see, an entrepreneur learns a lot from past failures. It’s all part of life and so you should not be scared. Its also important to be organized.
July 29, 2017 / Banking & Money
People whose property are in danger of being foreclosed are understandably often on the edge and worrying about what they could still do to avoid what seems to be the inevitable. Of course, it is easy to lose hope during tough times especially for those who have been hearing a lot about Wachovia bank foreclosures. Many of them are wondering what else they could do to avoid losing their homes. Fortunately, there are available options for you as a borrower even as you are facing a possible foreclosure.
What You Can Do
The first thing that you need to do once you get wind of the fact that there might be a foreclosure on your property is to pause and let in some clarity of your mind. Do not let panic set in yet. What most people do not know is that they could actually take some immediate action to get help. Contacting your lender for assistance, clarification and possible solution is highly recommended.
If you are worried that you might not be able to make your payments and fulfill your obligations under your mortgage, you can always contact the number provided in your Wachovia billing. This is the most reasonable option for people who are foreseeing possible difficulties in the months ahead for their mortgage payments but want to avoid having their property join Wachovia bank foreclosures. The good news is that there no workout fees that will be collected from you when you contact the bank. It is just making sure that you know your options once the challenge has began.
Usually, a borrower would look for the loan collections department or even the loss mitigation department. The bank would then redirect you to these departments but you should be prepared to produce all your relevant financial information that can help you convey your message to the bank. Your income data, expenses and other financial information that shows your assets, balance and liabilities will help give the bank an idea on how to proceed with or work out your dilemma.
Wachovia will then assess your situation based on your circumstances. There is no one solution for all borrowers and cases are dealt with according to their own facts. But there are possible solutions that Wachovia can provide you including a short-term relief or a loan modification in case where there is a longer-term financial difficulty.
And you do not have to worry about calling Wachovia and finding unresponsive people on the other end. They actually have trained people who handle calls relating to Wachovia bank foreclosures and generally, they offer three possible solutions. First, you can increase your monthly payments for a specific period to cover any missed payment. You may also choose to put your missed payments at the end of your mortgage. And finally, you may want to altogether modify your loan to accommodate your present and pressing needs.
July 29, 2017 / Finance & Invesment
Although when it comes to wine investment it is usually either Bordeaux or Burgundy wines that attract the most investor attention, the upcoming Sothebys (NYSE:BID) April sale in Hong Kong will see clarets facing some Spanish competition with a fine wine selection from the legendary Vega Sicilia winery featured at the auction.
Stupendous Vega Sicilia Collection
On March 11, Sothebys announced that the highlights of its Hong Kong Spring Sale 2013 would include an impressive selection of 234 lots of wines direct from the legendary Spanish winery of Bodegas Vega Sicilia. In the auction houses press release, Serena Sutcliffe, International Head of Sothebys Wine, pointed out that it was a great privilege for Sothebys to bring to auction this stupendous collection of wines direct from Vega Sicilia, adding that the auction would present a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire decades of vintages.
As reported by the Decanter magazine, a vertical lot of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Unico, which comes from the personal collection of the winerys managing director Pablo Alvarez, is expected to bring HK$95,000-160,000 (8,240-13,878). In addition, a lot of Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 is estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000. The sale will also feature the winerys Reserva
Especial and Valbuena No 5 bottlings.
Sothebys Hong Kong Auctions
At Sothebys Hong Kong sales, the Vega Sicilia wines will compete for wine investment attention with some top clarets including Chateaux Petrus 1990, which is expected to go for HK$200,000- HK$280,000, and Chateaux Cheval Blanc 2000, priced between HK$120,000 and HK$200,000.
Wine with a Soul
As reported by Bloomberg, on February 25, Mr Alvarez showcased a rare tasting of Vega Sicilia wines to the media and buyers at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. Mr Alvarez outlined the challenges associated with wine making, including sweltering-hot weather in the vineyards during the day, and near-freezing temperatures at night. Our entire philosophy is to make a wine of great elegance, he noted, as quoted by Bloomberg.
Vega Sicilia wines which have been produced in the Ribera del Duero region of northern Spain for almost 150 years are ranked by connoisseurs alongside Frances Premier Cru Bordeaux and are likely to receive significant wine investment attention at the upcoming Hong Kong auction.The Decanter magazine quoted Sothebys Ms Sutcliffe as describing Vega Sicilia as a wine with a soul which at the same time is a true reflection of its region, climate and the areas oenological traditions.
July 27, 2017 / Banking & Money
The global economic crisis in 2008 had a great impact on the U.A.E. Several banks reported that there were high non-performing loans from 2009 to 2011. Thankfully, the economy recovered well and quickly after the financial meltdown. The reason that the U.A.E. could recover so quickly, was because they immediately set up an additional liquidity facility of around 14 billion dollars, which was available to the banks should they need it, but was luckily not really used. This crucial move stabilized the banks, and prevented further repercussions from the financial crisis. With the proactive steps taken by the government, as well as the blessing of natural crude oil, the economy of the U.A.E was able to bounce back quite effortlessly from what seemed like complete bankruptcy to most people.
There are around 23 local banks in the U.A.E., as well as 28 foreign banks operating there. These banks also have special Islamic banking, which has become increasingly famous in recent years. There are different kinds of accounts available, and foreigners have the option of opening their bank accounts either in the local currency, or in a foreign currency. Almost all the banks in the U.A.E. allow their customers to avail of personal Internet banking. The country in general is technologically savvy, and almost everything can be done over the web. Apart form this, all banks have ATM facilities, and customers of one bank can use the ATM of another bank. There is also a number of business banking facilities available to the large number of businessmen in the country. Current account holders can make cheque payments for all of their day-to-day expenses. Based on the credit of the account holder, overdraft facilities are also available to current account holders.
Whether you having personal or corporate banking needs, the banks in the U.A.E. are more than capable of helping you reach your goals. Even though they did meet with a slight set back due to the financial crisis, they have showed great power in being able to recover so fast, when most of the world is still reeling from the aftermath of the economic meltdown. The Central Bank of the U.A.E. has laid down several guidelines in 2011 to regulate loans and other banking services offered to individuals in an attempt to control all the banking to ensure stability. The export of oil from the entire gulf region has doubled since the year 2009. They exports have now reached 1 trillion Dollars. It is expected that by 2020, the figure will reach 2 trillion Dollars. With such promising figures, it is evident that the banking sector in the U.A.E. is really very strong.
July 27, 2017 / Finance & Invesment
Real estate investment is about finding good deals; the crux is that money is made when you purchase.
Real estate investments are often treated as one the best ways of investing money. However, what you are looking for is not just any real estate investment, but real estate investment that can give you good returns. By real estate investment we mean investing money into property i.e. buying property at a low price and selling it at a higher price so as to make a profit out of it. So the most important part of good real estate investment is to get hold of such properties which can give you good returns.
Now, how can you get these potential profit-making deals?
1. Your first avenue for finding good deals is the local newspaper (the property newspaper). Just search for properties that are listed directly by the owners who want to avoid paying commission to the real estate brokers. Since the owner is saving on the commission that they would otherwise have to pay to the broker, they would probably be able to offer a lower price to you and be more open to negotiations.
2. You could also place your own wanted ad in the local newspapers. On the same lines, you could use internet to search for the real estate investment avenues. In fact, you would be astonished by the number of real estate investment opportunities you are able to locate on the internet. Not only that, searching for real estate investment opportunities (i.e. property for sale) is much easier on internet than anywhere else.
3. Another good way to hunt for real estate investment opportunities is by using the services of real estate brokers. Some people use real estate agents as their first (and maybe the only) touch point for getting real estate investment opportunities. The real estate agents act as information hub for people looking to buy property. In fact, a lot of sellers find it much more convenient to sell their properties by listing it with real estate agents.
4. Multiple listings service (MLS as known in the real estate industry) is another good way to find real estate investment opportunities. Since the multiple listing book is provided only to the real estate agents and not to the general public (unless you are very lucky), all the cream (good real estate investment opportunities) would have already been taken before you get to see the book. The key here is to look for expired listings that didnt get converted to a deal.
5. Another good way to get a property, that is a good real estate investment, is to look for foreclosures by banks or to visit public auctions. You can generally get a good deal here. Divorce settlements are another good real estate investment opportunity.
To sum up, real estate investment is really about knowing where to look. And finding good deals does require some effort.
July 26, 2017 / Business Center
Small businesses are often beaten out by larger competitors because the bigger business has better practices than the small ones do. The good news is that there are many of the business best practices that are used by big companies that can be translated for small businesses.
These business best practices are some of the best kept secrets and will in the long run make a business more successful. Here are a few ways you can use these business practices to fit your small business.
One: Borrowing ideas from other companies is one business practice you can use in your small business. This is known as best practice benchmarking and it can lead to vast improvements in your business structure if it is done the right way.
Most small businesses have a tighter budget than the big businesses do so the business practices that you learn can save money and can be even more beneficial to you than it would be for the big business. When you emulate another business and how they cut costs, you will be able to do the same thing they have done in a much shorter time period.
Two: You have to have a clear understanding of business methods if you are going to borrow their business practices. You need to do some heavy research and ask questions. This will help you figure out how others were able to get the job done to get them to their goals.
This is imperative if you are going to have success using these practices with your small business. One helpful way to find out the information you need is to send surveys to businesses that are successful in the business field you are looking at.
Three: Once you have studied the business best practices and you know how that business uses them, you will need to translate them to fit your small business. Before they will work for your business t want business practice you can use in your small business is borrowing ideas from other companies here may be some crucial modifications that need to be made.
Four: One business practice that is imperative to the success of any business of any size is to have good communication in your business. This means that you need to communicate on a regular basis with your employees.
You have to do this to make sure that everyone is on the same page business wise. Otherwise, you may find problems cropping up that you will have to deal with.
Emulating business best practices is fine but you want to make sure that you don’t steal their practices outright. Always do your research and use the business practices that you can modify to fit your small business. Don’t do anything to get your business in trouble in the future.
July 22, 2017 / Trade & Franchise
Are you contemplating starting a new business? There are some things that youre definitely going to need to think about before heading down that road. Lets talk about a few very important options youll need to consider.
The most difficult part of any new business is getting it started. Youll have a lot of administrative stuff to figure out, and youll need to start getting clients right away. Youve undoubtedly heard that 80% or so of new businesses fail in the first 2 years or so. This number will fluctuate depending on the industry and where you get your numbers from, but in the end its been shown the most new businesses fail.
So why do most new businesses fail? Well, there are a couple of common reasons. One is that a new business fails to advertise like it should. So they fade into nonexistence. This ties into the second common problem which is just running out of money. There are a number of causes for this, but if you run out of money you are pretty much out of business.
Im not trying to demotivate you. But you need to be aware that there are things you can do to improve your chances. Lets look at one.
One way to give yourself a better chance of surviving as a new business is to start as a franchise instead of a brand new business. There are a couple of reasons why this is a good option. First of all, the franchise will teach you how to run their system. They already have a proven track record that will get you started right.
Another great benefit of starting a franchise is you get brand recognition. No one has heard of Bills Best Burgers, but they have heard of McDonalds, Burger King, and a number of other franchises. With all the advertising the franchise does nationally you get immediate recognition when you open your store.
You dont have to just open a franchise in the food industry. You can also open them in just about any other industry you can think of. There are franchises in electronics, batteries, ink cartridges, clothing, and tons of other industries.
So there you have it. Do you start everything from scratch or do you start a franchise? One is definitely a more expensive option, but you will have a much better chance of long term success.
July 21, 2017 / Finance & Invesment
Nowadays most internet users are familiar with the concept of online blogs. Indeed many people will now have their own blog, whether it’s a personal blog or a blog discussing a certain subject. However in this article I want to outline the various different ways you can generate a decent income from a finance-related blog.
Personal finance is one of those subjects where you will never run out of things to talk about because there are always lots of new products being launched and lots of news stories you can cover. For example you can discuss budgeting, credit cards, loans, mortgages, pensions, property, saving, share trading, taxation, etc.
Each of these subjects is potentially very profitable in it’s own way. The key to success is to pick a subject you enjoy talking about and then decide which type of revenue model(s) you are going to use on your blog. You basically have three separate options.
Firstly you can join Google Adsense or indeed any of the major pay-per-click companies. This will enable you to place blocks of ads on your blog and earn money every time one of your visitors clicks on one of these ads. In the finance niche this can be highly profitable because you can sometimes earn several dollars per click.
Another option is to sell ad space directly to any interested parties. This will often be significantly more profitable because you don’t need to split the revenue received with any other ad network. The great thing about this approach is that you can earn money up front, which allows you to plough money back into your blog straight away.
The final option is to become an affiliate marketer and promote various different products on your blog. This is often seen as being the most profitable income-generating model because in the finance niche there are all kinds of different products and services you can promote.
For instance you can promote stock brokers, forex brokers, bank accounts, savings accounts, trading software, etc. You can even promote some of the premium training courses if you so wish which offer very generous affiliate commissions in most cases, often as high as 20-30% per sale.
So the point I want to get across is that there are several ways you can earn a decent income from a financial blog. The key to success is to work on building as much traffic as you possibly can. Once you’ve done that you can then experiment with each method and discover which one is most likely to earn you the most revenue.