Let a Financial Advisor Guide You in Money Decisions As You Age

As you age, you begin to worry about money. Retirement only yields you so much income, and other assistance, like disability or Social Security, may not cover all your bills. Even if you have all the money you need, you don’t always know if you are investing it in the wisest way possible. A financial advisor helps you as you age, so you have control over the money you have saved.

Future Planning

Think about where you want your funds to go. Is it a retirement plan so you can quit working without worry? Is it saving for assisted living or medical expenses that are costing you lots of money? Or do you have funds invested and you don’t know what to do with the excess profit? A financial advisor sits down with you and discusses your plans for your earnings, then guides you to right decisions that can help you invest so you can live comfortably.

Right Now Investing

You may not have to worry so much about where your money is going, but still want to watch your limited earnings grow into better profit. A financial advisor is helpful in guiding you toward real estate investments, CDs, stocks, and bonds, and even savings accounts that gain interest over time. One of the best ways to take care of your money is to invest parts of it that you don’t need right away so you can watch your dollars grow over time.

Managing Expenses

Perhaps the best way a financial advisor can assist you is in handling your immediate debts. As you age, your bills are going to increase in some ways and decrease in others. For example, your home may be paid off, but you now have many medical expenses, including medications, to worry about paying. An expert walks you through your current debt and helps you find ways to spend your money wisely while still being able to set aside funds for things you will need in the future. They help you reduce debts by advising you to sell vehicles and other expensive items you no longer need and using the funds to invest in healthy ways.

Choosing A Professional

You need to look for a professional who has experience in helping retired or older people manage their money. Work with someone who can help you with your current income or earnings and who can explain things to you in an easy way. This way, you can confidently take charge of your finances and the future of your earnings without worry.

A financial advisor is beneficial in helping you with your expenses and saving for future needs. If you don’t know what to do with your income or worry about limited funds running out, choosing a professional to assist you is a great way to feel confident about the money you do have. Whether you need to save for the future or are worried, you aren’t managing your retirement correctly, the right expert can put you at ease and walk you through the right steps to take.

The Truth Behind The Network Marketing Industry

The Multi Level Marketing (MLM) Industry popularly known as the Network Marketing industry, is indeed a very simple and profitable industry but sadly with a lot of negative feedback. The truth is that you can make a lot of money in the MLM industry. A lot of ordinary people have built businesses that provide passive income streams for them and their families and friends, who are in their network for life! The beauty about having a business that provide passive income streams is that you can get to enjoy life doing whatever you want or decide. All that is required is a few years of smart and dedicated work. Today though, this has been made a lot easier as some MLM companies have gone online. There is an MLM company today that operates entirely on an e-commerce platform! This means that you can reach more people using your website or social media to sell almost any product and to anyone anywhere in the world. The network marketing industry is a $167 billion industry churning out millions having huge passive income streams.

I am a partner with one MLM firm that is a 100% e-commerce based here in Nigeria. This means that I can actually do the business from home. With proper application of e-commerce concepts, you can indeed earn a stream of passive incomes for life! This is however not a get-rich-quick scheme. Success in the MLM industry entails following a set of professional guidelines and being consistent. Many people in the MLM industry fail to apply basic guidelines needed to start and grow their own MLM business. Many fail to realize that their MLM business should be handled as a real business where you will be required to recruit a team of people that believe in your mission and vision.

The network marketing industry is a 167 billion Dollar industry and about 91 million people are involved in the network marketing industry around the world today. The industry is now booming in the rest of the world because it is almost the only recession proof industry! During the economic recession that occurred in the world in 2008 and 2009 and the one before that in 1998, it was the only Industry that was growing. While other industries like the automobile and financial industries were either collapsing, downsizing on the number of employees or cutting down salaries, the network marketing industry was getting larger. This is why a lot of people have shifted to Network Marketing.

Even great men and thinkers are beginning to endorse the MLM business model. Bill Gates has been quoted saying that if he had another chance to start up, Microsoft would have adopted the network marketing model. Little wonder the Network marketing Industry continues to grow at an unexpected rate. This is especially true in the United States that recorded a growth from $13 billion in 1992 to over $132 billion in 2010; more than 82 million new people have joined the Network Marketing Industry in the past 20 years! In fact, it is now estimated that over 15,800,000 distributors in the United States alone now participate, full- or part-time, in Network Marketing-and these numbers continue to grow.

After 20 year, the Network Marketing Industry still fits today’s hot trends-home-based businesses, entrepreneurship, and self-reliance-and in Nigeria, the growth is beginning to catch up with the rest of the world. My articles continue to educate its readers how they too can move beyond economic security to economic prosperity by taking advantage of this wealth creating industry.

Feel free to find out if Network Marketing is right for you. Learn how to select a company, and how to begin your own home-based business, using the skills and resources you already possess because, after all, it’s still your future!

Home Improvements – Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a great time to take care of some of those home maintenance items that can sneak up on you when you’re not looking. Here’s a handy list of things to add to your job jar:

Maintain your lawn and garden tools:

Sharpen the blades, change the oil, and replace the filters on your lawn mower. Make sure your weed trimmers are in good condition. Oil garden tools and sharpen blades.

Inspect the locks on your doors and windows:

Make sure your home is safe and secure. Oil any sticky locks and consider a home security system. Outdoor lighting adds appeal to your home and can increase security.

Inspect Exposed Plumbing:

Check under your sinks and anywhere you can get access to exposed plumbing. Make sure there isn’t any dampness that could indicate a small leak in the plumbing.

Inspect for termites and other pests:

Inspect the basement or crawl space, eaves, and attic for termites, carpenter ants, and other wood pests. If you see signs of wood damage, call a professional exterminator. Look under the eaves for wasp or hornet nests. Handle wasp or hornet nests with care and call in a professional if necessary.

Patios and porches:

Clean the barbecue and hose down brick or concrete patio surfaces. Replace any broken bricks and patch concrete cracks. Wash outdoor or screened-in porch floors. Plant annuals in pots, or replant existing planters. Lubricate patio doors. Bring out and clean up your patio or porch furniture.

Complete painting projects:

If you’re painting your house yourself, wash your house first using a home cleaning formula. Scrape off crumbling paint, smooth rough areas with sandpaper, and fill in damaged areas with a best-quality filler. Choose the best paint you can afford. Prime any bare patches with a quality exterior alkyd primer before completing the job with an acrylic latex paint.

You might consider schedule interior painting projects too because warm temperatures allow for better ventilation and quick drying times.

Build or repair fences:

Repair any damaged areas of existing fencing and refinish as necessary. If you’re building a new fence, look carefully at the increasing variety of fencing materials. Make sure your fence complies with local codes and doesn’t encroach on city or neighbouring properties. Be sure to call your local natural gas utility or Call before You Dig agency to make sure you don’t have an accident and hit an underground gas line or other buried utility.

Inspect siding:

Check siding and trim around windows and doors for holes, dents, and gaps. Repair with wood filler or according to manufacturer’s instructions. If your home’s siding needs to be replaced entirely, summer is the best time for this one- to two-week project. Make sure you are aware of all the new choices in siding materials.

Garage Doors:

Now’s a great time to lubricate the tracks on your garage doors.

Replace your roof:

If you need a new roof, have it installed during summer’s warm, dry weather. Consider fire-resistant roof material if you live in an area prone to wildfire and if your current roof is not fireproof. Look for a reputable company that offers a good warranty.

Repair and seal driveways:

Renew the surface of asphalt driveways with sealer. Repair damage to concrete driveways as soon as possible (this project may require a professional).

How Is My Credit Card Interest Rate Calculated?

It is not surprising to know that credit cards are expensive. Yes, cashless transactions can in fact end in an empty wallet if you aren’t careful about how much you spend and keep a check on your bills by paying them back regularly. So, what makes them popular despite their exorbitant charges? Well, let us have a look at an example and understand this better:

For instance, in your current billing cycle say for the month of March is as follows,

the total amount due is given as Rs.5000,
the minimum amount due is Rs.150,

Considering you pay only your minimum amount due,

your current outstanding is: Rs.4850
Interest charged is 3% on outstanding; which is Rs.145.5
The total outstanding is: Rs. 4995.5 ~ Rs.5000

Let your new purchase in the next billing cycle (for the month of April) be worth Rs.2500

The minimum balance paid by you is Rs.200

Now, your outstanding is: 5000 + 2500 – 200 which is 7300
(adding previous month’s balance to the current bill)

Interest charged at 3% on outstanding; which is Rs.219

The Final Outstanding is Rs.7519.

Just think for a moment and see, you had already paid the sum of Rs.350 which is the minimum dues for both cycles. And apart from this you’ll have to pay Rs.7519. which amounts to a total of Rs.7766.

The more number of bills you leave unpaid, the more you will end up paying. Simply because 3% per month amounts to 36% per year! Now, doesn’t that sound a little too expensive? Moreover, the interest charged is on the total outstanding and not just on the current bill’s due amount, do you see how tiresome it can prove to be?

Do not ever fall into a treacherous debt trap, because that is precisely where you will end up the moment you default on your credit card.

Unless you believe you possess some amount of self discipline when it comes to using these plastic financial weapons, there is a good chance it will backfire right back at you. This sometimes leads to people settling their cards.

What does credit card settlement mean?

When the outstanding amount on your card exceeds way beyond your repaying capacity, the card issuer will quote a minimum settlement amount.
Once you settle your card, it means that the issuer will cancel all the outstanding on your card, this will end in your card being terminated.
Wait there’s more.

Settling your credit card can have one of the worst effects on your financial life. And that too on a permanent basis! Why you wonder?

You see, when your card is settled, your cibil score automatically gets lowered. Apart from that, from this kind of behaviour the bank understands that you are not very good at repaying the money you borrowed. Finally, ending in your loan application being rejected. yes, such is the extent of defaulting on your credit card.

Don’t Invalidate Fire Insurance

We have all had a dishwasher that puttered out or a washing machine that sat idle with clothes floating in a well of water. Fixing creaky old appliances can be costly, and it often seems there is no way of avoiding such expenses. However, many owners and renters have found a solution: purchasing a condo warranty.

Unlike insurance-which covers natural disasters, calamities, and theft-a warranty is a service contract that, among other things, covers major appliances for members of a condominium. These warranties are specifically designed to work within the existing support structure and services provided by your association, so you only pay for the protection you need. Here are four ways a condo warranty can benefit you.

Covers Major Home Appliances and Systems

While the definitions of major systems and appliances may vary from policy to policy, a condo warranty will typically cover HVAC, plumbing, electrical, hot water heaters, garbage disposals, dishwashers, stoves and ovens, washers and dryers, and garage doors. Refrigerators are often covered when they are in the property at the time of purchase. This can be even more beneficial in the event that a retailer or chain goes out of business and/or any coverage you have on the product lapses.

Enhances Market Value

Condo warranties are, in general, cost-saving tools when it comes to maintenance. However, they can also be an enhanced benefit in a competitive seller’s market because they increase a unit’s marketability. According to the National Home Warranty Association, units on the market that covered by warranties tend to sell about 50 percent faster than homes that are not.

Protects from Potential Post-Sale Legal Disputes

Warranties generally protect the condo’s seller from post-sale legal disputes. They allow for the purchaser to invest with confidence, as they are given more security than what is offered by a statute of limitations, which, in most cases, only lasts four years. On the flip side, sellers can avoid legal disputes based on faulty or dysfunctional appliances and systems because they are covered. Of course, reviewing the fine print for specifics is always highly encouraged before purchasing a property.

Provides Peace of Mind

Out of the nine most crucial appliances in the home, at least one is expected to break down at some point in its 13-year average lifespan. A new buyer is assured some peace of mind in knowing that if something goes awry with any of the condo’s major appliances or systems, they will likely be covered by the warranty.