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Introduction to Forex Leverage

by srpatterson on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:25 PM
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Forex leverage is one of the explanations why so many people are attracted to the Forex market. This is a unique financial instrument which is a characteristic feature of the currency market, allowing to get quite considerable profits (more considerable in comparison to potential profits obtained by the individual trader in other financial markets). However, not all people are aware of what leverage actually is.

What are the Benefits of Online Accounting?

by srpatterson on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:13 PM
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If you aren’t already doing your accounting online, you are missing out on some fantastic functionality and interfaces that could dramatically simplify your business accounting processes.

There are many online account tools to use, the most popular being Sage, Quickbooks and Xero. Sage and Quickbooks are proven tools for successful online accounting, and although Xero is a relative newcomer in the world of online accounting, it is already making waves with its increased functionality and intuitive interface.

Financial Planners with Certifications

by srpatterson on Monday, June 27, 2011 1:26 PM
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Planning for retirement, college education of a child or buying a bigger house requires proper management of funds. Many people feel that it is something they can manage themselves - just put the money in a bank and let it earn interest. However, to invest that same amount of money in such a way so that it earns the maximum profit in the minimum amount of time requires the help of a financial planner. Financial planners help one maintain discipline and work out strategies so the goals one wants to achieve are actually met.

The financial world is full of sharks who claim to be “experts”, but, in reality, their only incentives are the bonuses and commissions offered by various insurance and mutual fund selling entities. Finding a financial expert who truly knows what he is talking about and is impartial, with the sole interest of the client at heart is another matter entirely.

How to Choose the Right Investment Broker

by srpatterson on Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:44 PM

An investment broker is a company or an individual who is responsible for buying or selling investments such as stocks and bonds. Individuals who work in this field often have a degree in business or finance and are required to pass a series of test to obtain a license to sell financial securities. Therefore when it comes to investing, many people prefer to hire an investment broker to act to their behalf. Here are some steps you should take when choosing the right investment broker for you and your family.

Passive and Active Investing

by srpatterson on Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:50 AM
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It is so difficult to predict the fluctuating financial market; therefore, it is a challenge to know how to invest your money. You can be a passive investor, or you can be an active investor.

Active investing consists of researching and strategizing your approach to the investment. You will pick and choose which funds to invest. This takes time and patience and lots of work on your part. You will need to analyze the market to find the best opportunities for investments.

McDonalds Corp (MCD) Climbs to a 52 Week High

by srpatterson on Monday, June 20, 2011 7:19 PM
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McDonalds Corp (MCD) Climbs to a 52 Week High

Based out of Oak Brook, Illinois, McDonalds Corp and its stock again perform well even as the overall market softens during the summer months. The worldwide food service retailer has a current market cap over $85 Billion with a dividend of 2.44 a share or 3.00%, a decent return considering the current interest rates offered on bank accounts in America.

An effective Personal Finance and Retirement Plan

by srpatterson on Monday, June 13, 2011 10:19 AM
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Personal finance means to optimize the use of your money so it gives you profit. It includes saving and utilizing your finances in an appropriate manner. Carrying out personal finance is not a difficult task. It involves planning and strategic approach. Personal finance does not require any age, gender or qualification. You can do it even when you are very old or you can either save your money when you are a college going student. There are a number of ways through which you can effectively carry out a plan for your personal finance. Retirement planning is just one example of personal finance.

How to Use 401(k) Funds to Start a New Business

by srpatterson on Monday, June 13, 2011 10:12 AM
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There are a lot of people who would point out that 401(k) funds should never be used for anything other than for your old age and your retirement, but there will always be potential business owners and entrepreneurs out there who cannot think of anything they want more in life than to get their business up and running or fund their one truly great business idea. In short, if you want to embark on a seat of your pants business venture and don’t care about your retirement then it is possible, if ill-advised,  to use 401(k) funds to start your business.

Key Saver Secrets: Being a success at saving.

by srpatterson on Thursday, June 9, 2011 1:08 PM
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Have you noticed that some people seem to be incredibly successful at saving and others seem to struggle to save at all? There are ways everyone can be a more successful saver.

There are no hard and fast rules, as everyone has different financial circumstances and different requirements from their savings, however there are some basic principles that can be applied to everybody.

Knowledge is key. Where do you currently hold savings accounts and are they paying the best return? How much do you owe? What interest rates are you currently paying? What is your financial goal?

These are all basic questions to ask yourself and from there, you can make changes that will put you on the path to your savings dream.

Exxon Mobile Corporation (XOM) Keeps Value

by srpatterson on Monday, June 6, 2011 2:27 PM
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Exxon Mobile Corp (XOM) has maintained its value as the overall markets have turned bearish over the past couple of weeks. The oil/natural gas exploration and development company remains near its 52-week as analyst continue to anticipate strong earnings in the coming quarters. Currently the company is valued at $395 billion and offers a dividend of 1.88 or a 2.3% yield.

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