Category: Finance & Invesment

Running A Profitable Personal Finance Blog

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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.

Nintendo’s Draconian Stance Against System Modification

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Nintendo is one of the most creative and innovative video game companies in the world, but their stance against modifications of their products is nothing short of Draconian. In short, Nintendo says there is no legitimate purpose for game copying devices, emulators, and modification (mod) chips or other devices that enable homebrew applications. Sony and Microsoft have similar stances, but are a little more discreet in expressing their disdain for such devices, though no less aggressive in filing lawsuits against large-scale distributors of such devices.

Nintendo’s own legal information FAQ states, “Mod chips circumvent the security embedded into Nintendo’s products. To install the mod chips into a Nintendo hardware system, it is necessary to dismantle the product and, in some instances, remove components.” Nintendo automatically equates using mod chips with circumventing security of NINTENDO’S products. This is an interesting view considering most of us believe that once we buy a product it is now OUR product and not the manufacturer’s. Can you imagine a car manufacturer asserting similar claims? Ford could claim that changing out the computer chip in your car circumvents the security on FORD’S product. However, most of us believe that once you pay for a vehicle it is yours to alter in most any way you choose. Nintendo claims exceptions for video game consoles that few other companies would dare claim. Nintendo claims that even though you bought the product, it still belongs to Nintendo and that altering it, no matter the reason, somehow damages Nintendo. They want the very act of altering the device to be illegal even without proof of criminal use of the modified product.

Just because a game system modification enables illegal activity does not mean it will be used for the purpose. Using the car metaphor from earlier, just because I could modify my Ford vehicle to greatly exceed the speed limit does not mean I will blow through a school zone doing 88 mph. Just because I modify my Nintendo game system does not mean I will use it to illegally copy and/or distribute games.

In almost any area outside of the video games industry, making a modification to your property would not be illegal, even if that modification could enable the performance of an illegal act. Nintendo acknowledges only one use for these devices, and that is the illegal copying and distribution of video games. This view discounts the numerous legitimate uses for modification devices. For instance, many people use their Nintendo handhelds to read classic literature. This requires the use of devices Nintendo claims are only used for piracy.

Making it illegal to modify a product you paid for is absurd. Unfortunately, if Nintendo has its way, you will pay for a device and not legally be allowed to use it for anything for which Nintendo does not approve.

Great Investment Tips For The Current Recession

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With many headwinds threatening to send the US back into a recession, many smart investors are focusing their portfolios on only the income generating stocks and commodities (especially precious metals) that still have room to run.

Many astute economists now admit that the hangover from the financial crisis is still playing out and while many people are panicking and losing money there are many areas of growth out there at the moment. Investors just need to look past all the doom and gloom that is out there and being written in the papers and economic journals.

The 7 best ways to protect yourself from the coming economic troubles include:

1) Focus your efforts on High quality businesses and stocks that have A-Type balance sheets and strong yields.

2) Stocks that only provide reliable dividends and have a proven track record in a weak economic environment.

3) Choosing stocks and bonds that show low debt to equities ratios and high liquid asset ratios currently. This is really companies with good balance sheets and no heavy debts lingering from the financial crisis.

4) Choosing the hard assets such as oil and gas royalties, and similar real estate investments with a long term focus on various income streams.

5) Choosing sectors and companies that have high variable costs, and low risk entries such as utilities, consumers staples and especially health care services.

6) Choosing areas such as high growth potential in the Alternative / Clean energy sectors. Or also sectors that are not heavily reliant on bullish equities markets and volatile market swings.

7) Subscribe to the free trends alert with all the latest and greatest tips for investing in a poor economy at with regular updates from some of the best investing minds and forecasters in the world.

The best thing about a weak economic environment is that good opportunities stick out like a sore thumb. You just have to be on the lookout for them. Do not think that there are limited opportunities out there at the moment. There is an era of very aggressive growth coming when the US recovers from this credit crisis hangover. The best time to ride the coat tails of this booming period is before it happens. That time is right now, when everything is cheap and flat lining.

The best bet is to never put all your eggs in one basket. There are always opportunities out there, and no one ever made lots of money but not diversifying. Investment diversification will be your friend in the next few years at the US and economic situation start to get better.

Mortgage Modification Companies – Are They Legit

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Facing possible foreclosure is indeed a highly stressful situation for any homeowner; this is your home, your security, your future! Deciding to go it alone or have a mortgage modification company assist you can be very confusing and only adds to your stress! Which is best for you? Are there mortgage modification companies out there that are legitimate?

Let’s first look at going through the process on your own. Depending upon your lender there are many requirements that must be met to qualify for a mortgage modification. There are a lot of forms and crucial information that must be presented correctly and accurately if you hope to qualify. You can do the research required; you can contact your lender yourself as millions have and had very successful outcomes! The key here is to do your homework! Make sure you know exactly what your lender requires! Leaving out even one form or one piece of vital information could be the determining factor in qualifying and getting approved! If you are comfortable doing the research and filling out the forms and in dealing directly with your lender than you can certainly do this on your own!

If you don’t feel quite as confident and want help, it is available! There are legitimate mortgage modification companies that will walk you through the process and deal with your lender so you don’t have to. You do need to do some homework before choosing someone to assist you! There are some scams out there to be wary of! Mortgage modification companies will charge a fee that can be thousands of dollars. For many homeowners it is worth paying that fee for the security of knowing the company is dealing with the lender to get you the best possible modification loan. The choice is truly up to you! Make sure to investigate the mortgage modification companies prior to choosing one to work on your behalf.

You can also hire an attorney to help you with the loan modification process. Usually an attorney will charge more than the mortgage modification companies will because an attorney is on retainer. Keep in mind that you do not need an attorney for this process, again that is up to you!

Remarkable Spanish Wines To Compete With Bordeaux For Wine Investment Attention

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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.

Property Investment Vs Property Speculation

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Most people get Real Estate wrong for two simple reasons.:

1. They don’t understand the difference between an asset and a liability
2. They don’t understand the difference between investing and speculating

The broke majority live under the misguided belief that their family home is an asset. An asset by definition is Something valuable that an entity owns, benefits from or has use of, in generating income. The key is the words generating income. By that definition your home is not an asset, it is a liability. It does not generate income, it costs you money.

The broke majority will borrow as much as they possibly can, to buy the most expensive home they can afford, in the mistaken belief that this is a good investment. In fact they are are burdening themselves with the worst kind of debt. Long term, expensive, non-deductible debt that produces no income in return. The same kind of debt that lead to the housing collapse in the USA.

Successful investors understand this crucial point. Your home is not an investment.

The Business Dictionary defines an investment as Money committed or property acquired for future income. Now some will argue that an investment doesn’t have to produce an income and cite as an example gold bullion, collectibles or share futures contracts. By definition, none of these are investments, they are items of speculation. They can go up in value or, just as easily, go down. You are speculating on the future trade-able value, not investing in the inherent value of the income an asset represents. Tens of thousands of homeowners around the world discovered in 2009 that home values can fall and can fall dramatically and disastrously.

If you buy a house to live in with no income return expected from it, but in the hope it will increase in value, you are speculating not Investing.

If you buy a house to rent out, you are investing. The Australian government has long recognised the difference and that is why they allow you to claim the expenses relating to a rental property, including interest payments, as a tax deduction but do not allow any deductions for expenses incurred in buying a house to live in. In other words, the government is willing to share the risk of investing in income generating real estate because the risks are lower than tying up your money in your home.

Smart investors have a small or no mortgage on their own home and the majority of their borrowings are for rental property because that is the lowest risk strategy. They also get the best advice they can on quickly reducing the mortgage on their home.

Emerging Market Investment Advice Tips

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The emerging market describes a broad range of markets from second and third world countries. It encompasses economies such as China and Brazil, together with countries in Africa and Asia. Generally, the term emerging markets represents economies which are as yet not fully developed, and subsequently an investment in an emerging market can often be high risk but has the potential to yield great returns as their economies are still developing.

If you are considering investing in emerging markets, these advice tips are worth considering.
Do not put all your eggs in the one basket: No financial portfolio should be tied up with just one investment, and any investment in the emerging market should not comprise a dominant percentage of a portfolio.

Long term view: The emerging market has been likened to investing in America in the 1920s as over forty years an investor would have gained a substantial return on any investment. In that time he would have seen prices drop through the floor. This is similar to emerging market investment today, so be prepared to take a long term view to good returns.

Advice: Obtaining general advice on the emerging market is essential, especially if you are new to financial investment. Financial advisors, banks, and other institutions seem like good places to gain valuable advice on the surface. More often than not however, the investor who seeks guidance from these places often pays for advice they do not need, as many of the best decisions can and should be handled by the investor.

A few financial investment companies have realised this and take a hands off approach and only step in with general advice if needed. These are the companies to turn to when guidance is needed.
Commissions: It goes without saying that any financial investment company is going to charge commissions, and subsequently it makes sense to look for a company that charges low rates. Some offer 0% commission initially, and this is a good place to start.

Risk vs. Return: Any investment into the emerging market is high risk. The returns however, have the potential to be considerable and subsequently an emerging market investment becomes a viable option. It is possible to invest in a country or into a fund which in turn is managed by a fund manager.

The latter becomes a question of faith and trust in that manager to do the right thing with your money, so the decision to choose a financial investment company with a view to fund management should not be taken lightly.

Currently, China and Brazil are often seen as good choices for emerging market investment.

Ultimately it is important to realise that as an investor you need to be in control of the fund, even if it is supervised by a fund manager. Some financial companies give you that control, and it is worth spending sometime to find a financial investment company like this.

Pit Bike Modification

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These bikes have some very restrictive parts fitted when standard and therefore the first move is to try to remove these parts for better ones. The carburettors and air filters on these bikes mean that fuel and air supply to the engine are limited and therefore the ride will not be as smooth or as powerful because of this.

The first thing to do then is to buy a new race carb, these can be purchased off some websites for around 40-50, this is quite cheap considering the gain in performance it could achieve. After this has been fitted it is a good idea to derestrict the airflow with a free flow air filter (K&N style). This will add extra horsepower to your pit bike and give a great performance boost.

The next part which I would change would be the exhaust and manifold, which are again very restrictive to the engines of these bikes. A performance exhaust can be found on some sites for around 50 but can also retail at a few hundred pounds so be sure to shop around first.

Once these modifications have been made there will be a great power difference increasing low and mid range power as well as top end.

However there is still more to do in order to get the most out of your pit bike, in pit bikes the CDI unit is often restricted. The limiter on these are usually set around 8,500 rpm which means you will not be getting the most out of your bike if this is left standard.

A performance CDI unit can be purchased for these bikes which will mean that these bikes can now rev freely up to about 10,000 rpm which will mean smoother power curves and better acceleration and top end.

Adjustments can be made to the gearing of these bikes as well, in order for you to adjust this depending on the style of track you will be riding on. The best thing to do to change the gearing of the bike is to experiment with the set up of the sprockets. Standard sprockets are usually 14 tooth on the front, with a 37-40 tooth sprocket on the back.

Changing the front sprocket with a larger one will result in better top end, and a smaller rear sprocket will have the same effect, however acceleration will be lost when top end is gained and vice versa.

For more information on modifying pit bikes, or for details of parts for sale which will increase the power of your pit bike then visit www.minimotosgo.com and take a look for yourself.

The 12 UK Land Investment Guidelines

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Following these guidelines will help you proceed wisely with investing in UK land:

1) Is the investment land in a region with high demand for housing?

The property should be in area that is viable and not at risk of future decline. Review statistics and trends about violent crime, school performance, industry loss or retention, and poverty, as these factors are crucial to determining housing demand. Find out what the city’s position is on funding for, and commitment to improving any of the aforementioned housing demand indicators.

2) Has a full sustainability study been carried out on the land investment site?

The land investment site must be evaluated to see what impact land development would have on the environment and natural resources. Any disturbance or potential harm to archeological sites, protected species, or conservation areas should be noted. Inspect the land’s topography for any sloping or flooding potential. Assess the effect that your potential investment might have on the present character of the land and buildings. Consider if a new development would “fit in” with the existing developments’ character?

3) Does the land investment site have road access? Is there an existing transport infrastructure?

Inquire about any plans for modification of roads that may affect the property in question. If there are such plans, are they already funded and scheduled or are they still in the planning stages? Research factors that affect the importance of access, such as the number of people who commute to work as opposed to working locally.

4) Does the area where the investment land lies have sufficient amenities to support residents of a new development?

Evaluate the quality and enrollment capacity of local schools availability of recreational facilities. Consider not only the quantity and variety of shops, but ask about longevity versus or high turnover of those businesses. Look into the ease of accessing both inpatient and outpatient medical care. Ask about immediate or future plans for addition or removal of any of the above amenities.

5) Does the company with whom you are investing have a successful record of accomplishment with UK Land Investments?

Ask for referrals from current and previous clients and actually contact them. Search public records, industry journals, and periodicals to be apprised of the company’s reputation, stability, and expertise with investing in UK Land.

6) Does the company contractually retain a holding in the land investment site?

Investigating matters such as this may seem to be obvious and unnecessary but will save you time and money in the long- run

7) Does the company contractually commit funds to the planning application for the land investment site?

Be sure that commitment of funds to the planning application for your potential investment in UK land is specified in the contract.

Check, If You Are To Get The Financial Aid This Year

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A lot of students want to get financial aid. It is quite clear why they want to get it. First of all, it is very rather satisfying to receive money that can cover your education. And to understand that they are given to you because of your outstanding abilities and knowledge.

There are a lot of ways of getting financial aid, as well as types of it. In this article we will tell you about the most popular types of financial aid. So here they are:

Scholarship. It is the most popular and widespread type of financial aid. Also it given more often and to biggest quantity of students (even for a designation of other kinds of the aid). Scholarships are paid in various forms, it can be either a sum of money or a check, or something like that The grant can be paid as periodically, as one time;
Grant. It is a onetime financial aid which is directed on the certain goal. As a rule, it provides competition to get it;
The grant for research work (Fellowship). it is the grant which implies that the students who received it must carry out some researching, trainings, etc;
Award. It is a rather small sum. It is paid one time for a winning any competition, and also for certain achievement in educational process or a social life of your alma mater.

As you can see, there are a lot of types of financial aid. Perhaps, you will try to deserve at least one of them. It is really great to be one of the students who receive financial aid. Try to be one of those who are marked with the aid. Besides, receiving financial aid because of your research work is also great, as this financial aid is paid by private funds and organizations, you can continue your research work being employed to the company which once paid financial aid for you.

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