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What makes an investment ethical

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People want their money to work hard to deliver the best possible return on their stake. There are many ways that people can grow their money, from traditional savings and ISA accounts to more diverse investments such as commodities.

Current times are quite challenging in terms of what investments actually do provide a decent return on customers monies, and many people are turning to ethical investment opportunities.

What is an ethical investment?

An ethical (also known as Sustainable) investment is an investment that not only offers a good return on the clients money but also helps the planet. This is done by investing in commodities such as timber, where plantations are created and harvested over a designated period of time. These opportunities often come with social and environmental objectives. They can provide jobs to communities whilst creating sustainable fuels and forestry for years to come.

Why should you chose an ethical investment?

Investing money is all about getting a return at any cost. Ethical opportunities are different in that respect. Ultimately the end goal is getting a return on investment, but alongside this investment you know that the money is being put to good use in both a socially and environmentally responsible way. By choosing an ethical investment you can be sure that your money will be put to use in a way that will also help the environment both now and the foreseeable future.

What are the risk of ethical investments?

There are always risks in any investment and ethical opportunities are no different, however they do tend to often perform well under poor market conditions. It is important to note, however, that an ethical opportunity might have a higher risk profile than other investment opportunities where a companies activities are more mainstream.

What types of ethical investments are available?

There are many different types of sustainable opportunities available to people who are serious about socially responsible investments. These can range from Forestry and Farming to alternative energy sources and eco-housing.

Before you embark on any type of investment, be it ethical or not, you should always seek guidance and where possible have a look at how the market has been performing over a period of time. Sustainable investments can offer a very high return on your investment, but as with any investment there is an element of risk involved. In some cases the element of risk may be higher in an ethical investment than in a non-ethical option so you should always research the market prior to departing with your hard earned cash. You should only ever invest what you can afford to potentially lose.

Sustainable investments can provide you with a high return on your money, whilst also helping to build a sustainable planet.

Unit Trusts And Open Ended Investment Companies Collective Investments

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Unit Trusts and Open Ended Investment Companies Collective Investments

Unit trusts and Open Ended Investment Companies (OEICs) are types of collective investments. In a collective investment, each individual investment is pooled with every other individual investment and then invested as a whole by the manager of the investment.

Different unit trust and OEIC funds invest in different asset classes – shares, bonds, cash and property. Some funds focus on just one asset class, while others invest in two or more. Irrespective of the asset class or classes they invest in, most fund managers will hold a wide spread of investments in their chosen asset class. That is one of the reasons why unit trusts and OEICs are popular with investors spreading investments across a range of businesses can help reduce a funds volatility and the risks for its investors.

Although unit trusts and OEICs are both open-ended investments, where the size of the fund varies according to market supply and demand, there are a number of key differences between the two types of funds.

Investors in unit trusts buy and sell a portion of the total fund in the form of units. The price unit holders initially pay for units (the bid price) is higher than the price they can sell the units for (the offer price): the difference between the two prices is known as the spread. In order for unit holders to make a return on their investment, the closing bid price must always be higher than the opening offer price. An OEIC fund on the other hand, does not trade in units but issues shares to its investors and is therefore an investment company – a less complex entity than a unit trust. Shares in an OEIC have a single price, which is determined by the value of the fund’s underlying investments. All shares in an OEIC are bought and sold at one single price, so theres no bid/offer spread to take into account.

The value of an investment in a unit trust or OEIC will vary according to the total value of the fund, which is determined by the performance of the investments the fund manager makes. Unit trusts and OEICs usually impose an up-front charge and annual management fees, some of which are declared as a percentage of the investment, while others are built into the price.

Alternative Investments The Modern Way To Gain Higher Returns

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Alternative investments tend to provide to the investor a platform that enables earning of money with much fewer risks involvedand a higher ROI (return on investment). It can also be referred to as investments in hedge funds however it is all strategy related. Some alternative investment strategies may includeconvertible arbitrage, fixed income arbitrage, short bias and equity of market neutral. In most cases financial institutions are the holders of the alternative investments. Although these investments are controversial because of the lack of regulation, still economic analyst gives their views on them. They are also subject to scrutiny by politicians and sometimes lack proper disclosure.

The best thing about alternative investments is the rate of very higher returns than the traditional ones. There are many investment plans like giving by AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Established in 90s this platform has turned out to be more useful than the former Unlisted Securities Market, giving investors a chance to gain some profit and pool in the capital. AIM works for the small investors who are potentially not eligible to be listed in the stocks and gives them a free hand with respect to rules and regulations. Although there are some regulations but they do not torture the investor to increase their capital. The most important feature of AIM is that is does not stop investors by putting a check to the number of shares they can issue in the market. This facility gives investors a chance to increase their ratio in the market without much struggle. In the past few years it has also been seen that some investors with their proper time management and skills have managed to make way to enter the main market after successful results achieved in AIM. The London Stock Market has is the proud founder of AIM and had proved to be a rising star in alternative investments.

It is important to understand that investments are risky therefore wherever you invest in something it is important that care shall be taken. It must also be kept in mind that you are sure that you understand the business you are actually investing in. According to experts investing in your own business or some business that you understand is the key to success. Secondly, the management must be on its toes to make sure that a proper check is being kept on where the expenses are being done. Good investments can be done only if it is realized that the results are not hard to achieve if proper measures are taken.

Alternative Investments only require extra care as they are more risky. For instance if you are investing in some art items, you must be sure that you are actually trying to invest in the original one. To be successful in alternative investments it must be made sure that you understand what a man of ordinary diligence would do in similar circumstances.

Child Support Modification – Support Relief For Fathers

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Child support modification is used to legally reduce the amount of child support paid each month. Many non-custodial Dads are under the impression that once child support has been ordered they are stuck with that specific Court ordered amount. Not true!

There are many reasons that reducing child support may be necessary, especially in today’s recession economy. Many Dads are losing their jobs, having their hours reduced, or having their pay reduced. Any of these instances may be cause for modification of child support.

There are special forms, along with instructions, for this procedure provided in DadsCanWin! The Department of Child Support Enforcement has the ability to reduce support payments without a court procedure but may not be willing to do so. Don’t despair, the law is on your side!

You may feel guilty about needing to reduce your child support payments. You may think it will lower your child’s standard of living and they will dislike you because of it. Well, you need to do a reality check. If you lose your job, or for any other reason can’t make your child support payments, you face jail time! Child Support Enforcement can suspend your driver’s license, recreational licenses, and other licenses you may need to work.

Sitting In Jail Because You Are Behind on Child Support
Payments Does Not Help Your Children

Getting a new job will be difficult if you have no driver’s license and without a new job you will not be able to pay your child support. You can see that this is a downward spiral to nowhere. Just think how your child will feel if you are not there to visit them because you are in jail! Not the picture you want them to have of their Dad.

So, the alternative of seeking child support modification seems like the intelligent thing to do. If you truly feel terrible, once you get your job back, or otherwise correct your income, problem you can then start paying more child support again. However, you have protected yourself when your income was reduced.

Each state has guidelines for the amount of child support based on, typically, the non-custodial parents income, and the custodial parent’s income. Many Dads are not aware that if their ex’s income changes substantially for the better, they may be able to reduce the amount of child support that is due. Be sure to check out your states guidelines when preparing your Child Support Modification forms.

This procedure can be done without an attorney thereby saving you typically thousands of dollars. In addition, most attorneys are reluctant to represent non-custodial Fathers in child support issues. But, you can do this yourself and DadsCanWin can show you the way.

Remember, the most important thing, if your income has changed, is to take action before you get behind. Losing your driver’s license and facing jail is no picnic. The law is on your side if you take action!

Is Whole Life Insurance Investment a Worthy Investment

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A whole life insurance investment is a relatively simple concept. You will be presented with a product that has a set premium and you will be paid the agreed upon amount of the death benefit at the end of the policy holders life. You will also have an investment component included in the policy. All money you contribute over and above the premium will be placed into a cash value account which is then invested on your behalf by the insurer.

Apart from providing you with cash value account and a guaranteed death benefit to leave to your heirs a whole life investment has some other features as well. You have the option to borrow against the cash value your policy or fully withdraw an amount if you have an emergency need for the funds available during the life of the policy.

The theory behind a whole life policy is that it will pay out set death benefit and a cash value to your beneficiaries all while you are guaranteed a set, unchanging premium for the life of the policy. It does more than this, though, when you consider the fact that all the money is tax free and/or tax deferred.

Because of this tax free feature you will have the ability to make a portfolio that can achieve a number of goals that you otherwise may not be able to. You can actually use the whole life policy to secure a smooth succession in the case of a family owned business or to protect your other assets.

You may be met with derision about your interest in a whole life insurance investment by detractors who say that it isnt a real investment because it isnt run like ones stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. While it may not grow that fast, it has the potential to a much safer long term investment since it is done in a safer manner that is designed to ensure your money keeps growing despite market ups and downs.

A whole life insurance investment policy is generally seen as a “savings asset” as opposed to an “investment asset” because your money is saved and grown in a much less aggressive fashion than regular stocks and bonds. With a whole life insurance policy your additional money will be placed into a savings account where it will accrue interest. You dont have to invest the money within this savings account, but you can do so if you wish to. The savings account on its own, though, will become a huge asset over time.

Personal Financial Check-up

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Like our own body, our own financial also need to do a check-up regularly so that our financial will be in nice and safe situation. For the company, they must do the audit in every year but very less individual make their own financial audit. Why? because we are not aware about it. Most of us just running our life day by day, month by month, year by year just it is without asking or try to explore whether their financial status is in a safe situation or not.

Personal Financial Check-up is a simple method of analysis to study and explore our own financial situation so that it will be in the safe situation and secure. To make an analysis, we need to write down all of our assets and liabilities in a spreadsheet, then the data will analyzed to produce the result. By the result, then we can see whether our current own financial is in a good situation or not.

After that, we can work accordingly. We may have to do some adjustment somewhere to make sure that we can achieve whatever target we plan to achieve. Without a nice planning, it is almost impossible to get what we a planed or you may get what you plan but it will take too long to get it.

What is the benefit of Personal Financial Check-up?

For sure I will guarantee you that you will get a lot of benefit when you do that check-up. You no need to hired a professional financial consultant to check your financial. Actually, you can do by yourself. What you have to do is only just to get the your own financial information and put it down in the spreadsheet and try to explore it. In specific, by using this method you can get all these benefits: –

* You will know where your financial situation now
* When you know your financial situation, you can make an action accordingly
* When you do the right action, your financial will be safe and secure
* Your short and long term financial will be in a healthy place
* You will be free from debt or at least reduce it
* You will optimizing your assets or your money
* You can cut any consumption that it is maybe not necessary or just wasted your money
* You can multiply your money
* Lastly…you can retired with a stress free…enjoy the life along the way

Tips To Start A Loan Modification Business – Start Within Days

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Get ready to be a part of the most booming industry in today’s economy. As a loan modification consultant you can start making thousands of dollar while helping home owners lower their mortgage payment and save their homes. You can start from home or from your office with little or no investment. Here are some tips and steps you can take to start a loan modification business within few days.

First decide a name of your loan mod company. If you already have a business then you can use the same name. Go to your city county office for occupational licenses and permit. Fill out necessary forms. Pay registration fee.

Get a new phone line under your loan modification company name or use home phone number. Get a fax or sign up with a online fax service which will only cost you around ten dollar per month.

Open a business bank account with your local bank.

Next Step is to get all the knowledge you can about home loan modification.

Next step is to spread the word about your new service. Tell all your friends, family members and neighbors of your new mortgage modification service.

Beside these steps there are few other things you will have to learn. For example how to know if the client will qualify for mortgage modification? What are the lenders loan modification guidelines? How much fee should I charge my client? How can I accept upfront fee? What types of forms are required to submit to the lender?

After learning most of the above information you should be able to start up your own loan modification business without have any obstacle come on your way. Before you get started in the mortgage restructure business, you need to research all of the different aspects of the industry, just to be sure you understand what you’re getting into.

What is a High Yield Investment Program ( HYIP )

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A high yield investment program (or HYIP) is one of the most interesting investments out there. However, like a number of investment opportunities, it has been the target of a number of scams.

The simple version is that it is an investment method that offers a high rate of returns with some risk. The investor can invest small amounts into a HYIP, which can, if it does well, yields a higher-than-normal rate of return, which you can then cash out or re-invest. While investing, you can discuss how the investments are doing and find out about scams on websites called monitors, which keep an eye on how HYIPs do.

The slightly more interesting version is that an investor sets up an account with an HYIP, and then invests a certain amount of money into the HYIP, which can be for either very small amounts or for large amounts, depending on how much you want to invest. You decide when to pull out, and then what to do with the funds.

However, be advised that it is an investment and carries with it all the risks of an investment. As such, there is the real possibility of losing the money that you invest, for all the usual reasons. Dont invest more than you can lose, and thoroughly check out the investment before giving the HYIP a single cent, just as you would any other potential investment. And be aware that, just like other investment, there are some HYIPs that are scams.

Using an HYIP as a scam is abetted by a number of factors. The first is the mystique of investing; too many people jump into investing without really bothering how it works, and hoping to get something big for something little. There is also that it relies on e-gold, which, although it has a number of advantages, but transfers cant be reversed; unlike a credit card, if a transaction goes wrong, you cant get the money back. The last is that it looks like just another HYIP, and can therefore fool most people into putting money into it, which then disappears.

Another part of the problem is that they can be easily be used for ponzi schemes, either fueling one or being the bottom layer of one. Just be watch out for very-well performing HYIP, including those with an outrageously high rate of returns, and trust the monitor sites.

Although it can be a great opportunity, you need to go into it with your eyes open. If you find a scam, then report it to the nearest Treasury office or monitor website. If you dont, then you may have just found the way to an early retirement.

Financial Infidelity What Is It

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Although many are not familiar with the term financial infidelity, it has increasingly become a problem in many households across America. So what exactly is financial infidelity? Financial Infidelity occurs when one person in a committed relationship spends or hides money without disclosing it to their partner.

Like sexual infidelity, financial infidelity can destroy one’s marriage. Money problems are known to be one of the leading contributors to divorce. Financial infidelity happens to be at the top of the list of money problems that lead to divorce. Shockingly, Jennifer Brand, a family law specialist in Philadelphia, stated -I see more cases of divorce caused by financial infidelity than I do from sexual infidelity.-

So how many people out there are actually lying to their spouses about money? The numbers are surprisingly high. In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, the following results were revealed:

Approximately 1 out of 3 people admit to lying to their partners about finances
One in Four people state that their partners have withheld financial information
Three out of Four people surveyed stated that they fight at least occasionally about money
One in Four adults believe that financial infidelity is worse than sexual infidelity
96% of the group surveyed reported that it is both partners’ responsibility to be completely honest about financial issues.

The results indicate that financial infidelity is a serious problem. As one can imagine, any form of dishonesty in a relationship can lead to serious trust issues. Those trust issues can ultimately break down the emotional connection needed to make a relationship last. The reality is that the effects of financial infidelity on a relationship are no different and oftentimes worse than sexual infidelity. If you are having a problem with being completely honest around your finances with your partner or are having problems getting over financial infidelity in your relationship, you should consider working with a financial therapist.

Nikiya Spence is a licensed psychotherapist, certified money coach, and speaker. Nikiya specializes in helping individuals and couples transform their relationship with money. Visit her website at www.solutionsoflife.com or call 770-638-7145 for a free 30-minute no obligation consultation.

Homeowners Can Get Incredibly Flexible Finance!

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There is a combination of a home loan and line of credit that will provide a homeowner with all the finance he needs. Since the duration of home loans are extremely long, flexibility is essential because many things can happen in 30 years. Your needs will change over time and so should your source of financing.

The problem of flexibility of mortgage loans was already solved by a home loan type that adapts to the borrowers needs. However, if the borrower wanted additional cash for some unexpected expenses, there was no solution provided by these loans. Thats why a combination of home loan and home equity line of credit is the best option for ultimate flexibility.

Option Mortgage Loans

The first part of this Loan Combo is the mortgage loan. The idea of these loans is that while for a certain situation a fixed interest rate mortgage loan would be the best option for you, you may have to go through difficult times eventually and you would prefer an interest only mortgage loan then. And perhaps, later your financial situation would improve and you would prefer to take advantage of better market conditions with a variable rate mortgage loan.

Normally you would have to refinance your loan many times over the life of a 30 years home loan in order to do all the above. But Option Mortgage Loans let you choose the set of rules that will apply to your loan each time you pay your mortgage installment. That way, if you go through some hardship you can pay only the interests and postpone the payment of principal. Or if you run into extra income you can choose to pay off your home loan sooner.

Home Equity Line of Credit

A home equity line of credit will complement an Option Mortgage Loan by providing additional finance each time you are in need of cash. So, if you suddenly find yourself in a complicated financial situation, you can not only reduce your monthly payments by changing your mortgage loan to an interest only home loan but you can also get extra cash by withdrawing money from your home equity line of credit.

The home equity line of credit is secured on your home, thus both the mortgage and the line of credit have the same security. A property worth $150,000 can easily provide you with a line of credit of $50,000 if your outstanding mortgage is $100,000. As you can see, its an excellent option for solving your finance issues for many years. You wont need to resort to any other source of finance again.

The main benefit of these lines of credit is that while you repay the money withdrawn, the cash will be available again right away if you need it again. Thus, you wont have to apply for a loan each time you need cash. Moreover, the interest rate charged for these loan products is significantly lower than that of personal loans and credit cards.