• November 13, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    One of the kinds of scams that the government is quick to crack down on is foreclosure consultants offering false loan modification services to homeowners facing the loss of their homes . While the government is providing its own modification programs, it is also going after a number of fraudulent schemes that have been used to trick borrowers .

    There are a large number of scams that target foreclosure victims, but the loan modification one may be the easiest for the criminals to engage in. The general way it works is that borrowers pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for the services of a loss mitigation company. After signing the agreement and taking the payment, however, the company provides almost no services, resulting in the borrowers losing the property.

    Many mortgage modification scams are almost entirely made up of borrowers paying money to a company which then sits on the cash, performs almost no services, and simply disappears or denies giving a refund after thehomes is auctioned. There are hundreds of complaints about such companies, and it seems as if the attorney general of one state or another shuts down a new one every week.

    However, there are some differences on the theme, as well. For instance, some loss mitigation companies will take borrowers money and obtain an unaffordable modification program, even if there is a chance to negotiate with the financial institution for a more beneficial arrangement. The company obtains the first, easiest modification possible, presents it to the borrowers, and declares its work done. Unfortunately, though, an unaffordable plan will not help borrowers remain in their houses.

    Another variation on the scheme is simply to charge borrowers to attend loan modification seminars. This may be as part of a larger program to help them negotiate for better loan terms, although the seminars can cost upwards of several thousand dollars. If the borrowers do not attend the seminar, they will not receive help from the foreclosure scam company, which will blame the failure on the borrowers.

    A final scam related to loan modifications that is being heard of more often is companies charging for loan audits that are performed by someone other than an attorney. Information provided in these audits is also often unnecessary, as the claims that the borrowers are encouraged to raise are barred by the expiration of the statute of limitations for that particular argument. For thousands of dollars, borrowers are told what will not work in defending their homes.

    Unfortunately, many borrowers are taken in by these and similar scams every day. States are most often behind in prosecuting and shutting down these companies because there are simply so many of them, and the dollar amounts they steal from borrowers are relatively small. Thus, it is up to the borrowers themselves to make sure they are dealing with a trustworthy company or individual who is offering them foreclosure help or negotiation services in the pursuit of a loan modification or other workout option.

  • November 7, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Retirement is a necessary event which everyone faces in life. When one thinks of his income after retirement, several options arise. During his service, the person has to save some amount every month for his retired life. The person invests this amount in Annuity schemes which fetch him some periodical income so that after retirement he can lead a normal life. Before choosing the appropriate investment plan, the person has to evaluate his needs. His immediate commitments like education of children, expenses on health, renovation of house, legal expenses if any are some of the factors which may require careful consideration. The next question that he has to consider is the marriage of children, tour plans, etc.

    Where to invest the savings?

    This is a vexing question that needs careful consideration. Many employees invest the amount with their employers. In return for this investment, the employer normally gives the employee a fixed amount periodically as Annuity. Of course in the beginning the Annuity which the employee gets would seem to be reasonable. But with inflation, the fixed annuity will not be sufficient in the coming years. Even with an inflation of about 3% every year, in about 4 to 5 years the person will feel the financial crunch.

    The alternative is to invest in Stock market. But this requires specialization and careful market analysis. Everyone may not have this quality. So this is a risky investment.

    As an alternative, the employee can consider the investment plans offered by different investment companies. Many of the investment agencies have several attractive plans like Annuity with health insurance coverage for the spouse, burglary insurance, etc. Such investment could be another better option to choose.

    Some persons may consider investing in real estate. But if such investment is made, the person may not have fixed returns unless the investment fetches him some amount by way of rent. If such investment is made when there is a favorable market, the value of real estate would appreciate and this may fetch attractive returns.

    However, as far as investment plan is concerned, all that matters is the wisdom of the investor. Wherever necessary, he can take the guidance of professional investment planners who would be able to guide the investor appropriately.

  • November 4, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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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.

  • October 26, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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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.

  • October 26, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Climate modification is a multi-faceted and complex subject. In this article, we take a look at the relationship between climate modification and volcanoes.

    Climate Modification and Volcanoes

    The climate modification debate is a nasty one. Parties pick their positions, dig in and refuse to listen to the rants of the other side. Lost in the yelling is the simple fact that climate modification is a natural phenomenon to some extent. For proof, we need merely look at the materials kicked out by volcanoes.

    It is an undeniable fact of the earth record that volcanoes have changed the climate during certain periods. Small explosions don’t have much impact, but large explosions send massive amounts of material and gases into the atmosphere. The gases include carbon dioxide, the ultimate bugaboo greenhouse gas. Beyond these gases, however, volcanoes can kick out so much debris and ash that the material in the atmosphere can actually block out the sun or reduce the warming effect.

    Mount St. Helens is the most studied and well known recent eruption. Unless you have been meditating in a cave for the last 20 years, you know that the volcano exploded on May 18, 1980. The eruption was powerful enough to flatten everything for 17 miles, immediately turning 10 million trees into so much firewood. The huge volcanic ash cloud stretched halfway across the United States, but barely had an impact on global temperatures.

    In contrast, the eruption of the El Chichon volcano in 1982 had a measurable climate impact. El Chichon is located in Mexico and was a much smaller eruption than Mount St. Helens. Still, the average temperature around the globe cooled by one degree. What scientist learned is the climate modification impact of volcanoes is highly dependent on the type of explosion. The materials from Mount St. Helens fell out of the atmosphere quickly, while El Chichon belched enormous amounts of sulfur that remained in the atmosphere for much longer.

    One of the problems with climate modification is it occurs over a relatively long period of time. Since we started paying attention to the situation, we have not had a chance to see the impact of a major eruption. The stuff we see on television is really small potatoes compared to historically eruptions of note. For example, Mount St. Helens threw roughly a half a cubic mile of material into the air. In 1815, a volcano in Indonesia belched 24 cubic miles of material into the atmosphere. Obviously, one has to imagine it impacted the climate of the earth.

    Is there a relationship between climate modification and volcanoes? Undoubtedly. From what we see, however, the relationship is generally of a short duration and not an explanation for the rising temperatures we are seeing currently.

    Rick Chapo is with SolarCompanies.com, a directory of solar energy companies. Visit us to read more articles on solar power and global warming and volcanoes.

  • October 25, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    You are determined to become a filmmaker. You’ve already taken your first step: applying to film schools. In Canada and abroad, there are many choices. Your life feels ripe with possibility. But you have one fear that haunts you. You wonder if you will really have what it takes after graduation from film courses to make your dreams come true. You have plenty of ideas for movies, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean that you know how to finance one. Here are three book ideas to calm these kinds of fears, common amongst new applicants to film schools.

    1. 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film by John W. Cones

    In this book, entertainment lawyer John Cones shares his insider knowledge gleaned from almost two decades helping independent filmmakers navigate the multifaceted world of movie financing. Although the author is based in Los Angeles – where else? – the book includes a discussion of financing from countries other than the United States, and is, therefore, appropriate for new applicants to film schools in Canada and abroad.

    This book may turn up on the curriculum of your film courses, but there’s no harm in beginning your research early. Reading on your own increases the likelihood that when you do finally graduate that you will have a firm grounding in such topics as:

    industry financing (What is this? It is basically funding by your peers, i.e., other, more established graduates of film schools)
    investor financing
    lender financing

    2. The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Get Charitable Donations From Individuals in a Houseparty Setting by Morrie Warshawski

    Although this book could be of use to any kind of fundraiser, it is written with filmmakers in mind. The author explains how graduates of film schools can organize a compelling event, touching on such details as:

    planning committees
    invitations
    food and drink
    presentations
    thank yous

    Warshawski emphasizes the importance of graduates of film courses appealing to the emotions of their potential donors, something to which their craft, fortunately, is uniquely well suited. What is the role of film schools if not to teach students how to appeal to the emotions of their audience?

    3. Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video, also by Morrie Warshawski

    In this book, Warshawski tackles that topic of supreme interest to staff and students of film schools in Canada and abroad: how to write a winning grant application. This kind of knowledge can even help students in film schools finance their productions for film courses.

    If you are anxiously awaiting a wave of fateful letters from films schools in Canada and elsewhere in the world, calm your nerves by advancing your studies on your own. Who knows, it may help you finance one of your film school’s productions once you finally do get that longed for acceptance letter!

  • October 24, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Along with the growth in the Real Estate market, Dubai has experienced simultaneous growth in its home finance sector in the past three years. According to a recent study by EFG-Hermes the current outstanding loans stands at Dh 11.5 billion. It is estimated by the Egyptian investment bank that the UAE housing finance sector will grow by Dh 14bn in 2007, Dh 18bn in the year 2008, the growth is estimated to be Dh18bn in 2009 as well and Dh 14bn and Dh 17bn in the years 2010 and 2011 respectively. These figures have been derived based on an expected population compound annual growth rate of about three percent. The most dominant forces in the Emirates home finance market are Amlak and Tamweel. They account for over 35 and 25 percentage of the industry respectively.

    The Real Estate boom of the emirate has left the world spell bound, EFG-Hermes predicts that the total growth in the Real Estate should exceed the figure of Dh419bn in the years between 2008 and 2011. It has also been said that Dh 64bn will be funded through credit. The national bank of Dubai has tied up with Dubai properties for the sole purpose of finance apartments which are bought in tower H. Tower H is a primary tower for residential purposes at Business Bay in the project of the executive Towers. This tie up of the national bank of Dubai and Dubai properties, is more than welcome, as this tie up will ensure easy financing terms for the people who are aspiring to buy apartments in tower H. These easy schemes will mean that people will be able t finance their dream homes with no obligations of interest repayment. In this case the loan is made available for 85 percent of the property price of a sum of 4 million AED, whichever is lower. This loan is provided for a period of 20 years.

    Dubais Islamic bank (DIB) and Al Islami home finance are also witnessing high demands from the retail customers. They have recently launched solutions that aim to meet the requirements of retail customers. These customers include both the UAE nationals and expatriates who are keen on buying property in the UAE freehold property market. In response to this high demand of the people, DIB has announced the launch of Mobile Mortgage Advisors. They are a team of mortgage sales expert who will be providing valuable consultancy at the customers door step.

    Al Islami finance has launched finance solution products such as the forward Ijarah and Ijarah. Through the Advanced Eligibility Process customers get a right to choose their finance limit without first having to choose the property. The Dubai Islamic bank caters to the needs of a diverse customer profile. Also the al Islami home finance provides up to 90 percent finance and a maximum tenure of loan repayment of 25 years depending on the eligibility of their customers.

  • October 23, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    It seems that for the time being carbon investment in the EU will not get the much needed price support, with a committee of MEPs rejecting plans for propping up the price in the EU’s carbon market. The decision predictably sent prices of carbon allowances down, spiralling to a new record low of below 3 a tonne.

    MEPs Reject Backloading Plan

    On January 25, BusinessGreen reported that the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee voted against a proposal by the European Commission to withhold permits from the market before reintroducing them at a later date. The process, known as backloading, was intended to remove part of the oversupply of EU carbon allowances (EUAs) in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

    Carbon Price Hits a Fresh Low

    Although the vote is just one of the steps in a process which could still see the backloading plan implemented, the result sent the trading price of EUAs to a record low of 2.81 a tonne. BusinessGreen quoted Miles Austin, executive director of the Climate Markets and Investment Association, as saying that without the backloading it was difficult to see how the EU ETS would remain relevant for future climate policy. It will be driving little significant change, certainly not at the scale needed for Europe to promote a low-carbon economy and remain internationally competitive, Mr Austin added.

    Analysts have estimated that the price of EUAs needs to be approximately ten times higher to drive low carbon investment on a large-scale.

    Wake-Up Call

    On January 24, Reuters quoted the EUs Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as saying that the carbon price fall to less than 3 should serve as a wake-up call to EU Member States to back the Commissions backloading plan. It must be clear to all that when the Commission warned that the ETS price could drop dramatically it was not a false warning but a real possibility, Ms Hedegaard was quoted as saying.

    Indeed,carbon investment prospects in the EU seem grim at present, with Reuters reporting that following the parliamentary vote SocieteGenerale cut its forecasts for average EUAs carbon prices from 2013 to 2015 by around 30 percent. Negative news and events relating to the EU ETS continue to pile up and come from all sides, the bank said. The EU ETS has become a one-way market, spiralling down.

  • October 21, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    When buying an investment property you are likely looking to deposit as little down as possible to advance maximum control.

    Be aware that if your property value falls you may possibly have a mortgage amount that is more than the price of your property. You really want to work with a guide or coach who can offer a number of experiences and guidance.

    If you pick to use a 20% down payment for investment property mortgages the world is your oyster. Most financial institutions will bend over backwards to get your business.

    You are considered very low threat to default on the mortgage.

    You’ll still need a good credit score and the wages needed to qualify for the mortgage, but overall, you are in good shape to shop for a mortgage anywhere you please.

    You should be able to acquire the most desirable interest rates available, whether you pick to go with a fixed rate or a wavering rate.

    You should also be able to negotiate an ‘open mortgage’ which means that there is no mortgage penalty (often 3 months worth of interest) if you sell the house and pay off the mortgage early.

    If you aren’t able to negotiate an open mortgage then ask if your mortgage is “portable”. If it is you may be able to move this mortgage into a new investment property with no penalty or condensed penalties.

    And you should be able to elude having to purchase mortgage insurance all together.

    All bank and/or credit union differs on this point but with approximately minimal effort and negotiation you must be able to avoid investment property mortgage insurance.

    These are the details that an veteran mortgage adviser can help you with.

    Know this…Investment property mortgages are constantly changing and there are new mortgages for investment properties coming accessible almost monthly!

    So again, an veteran mortgage broker is likely your best answer.

    For investors, lengthy amortization periods on investment property mortgages are advantageous because of two reasons: 1.The interest paid on these mortgages are tax deductible. 2.The lower monthly payment can reduce your monthly carrying costs very nicely.

    Out of everything discussed around investment property mortgages, amortization periods get the most animated response from public.

    There are details, fine print and exceptions to almost everything.

    Things like mortgage penalties, mortgage insurance rates and mortgage stipulations need to be addressed.

    So you will need to do your research and make sure the investment property mortgages you use are exact for you.

    Ask questions, don’t be scared.

    If what the bank or mortgage adviser is offering you is confusing, get clarification.

    To meet experts in investment property mortgage who are limitedly available, go to SixFigureSyndication.com

  • October 18, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    The new law will allow anyone who has made an investment in property in the emirate to receive a full refund if a property developer fails to deliver an off-plan property on time. Other occasions in which investors can request to be compensated include breach of warranty and fraud.
    The plans for the new law came to light in June when a draft was published. This early version of the law has undergone amendments after a consultation process. Majida Ali Rashid, director of planning and organisational development at DLD, explained that the public and interested parties, which were included in the talks, brought several suggestions to the table.

    Boost to investor interest

    The final version, which is now being drawn up, will ensure that interested parties are less exposed to risk when it comes to investment in property in Dubai. With the new law, investors receive extra protection in situations where they have suffered from a developers inability to keep the terms of the agreement. This will most probably give a boost to Dubais property market, aiding the recovery which has recently been seen after the market crashed in
    2008 following the global economic crises.

    Dubai is a country which has attracted serious global interest for investment in property. Over the last decade the country has launched some of the most ambitious infrastructural and development projects in the world such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands. These and other projects have had property investors salivating. According to the emirates Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), Dubai is currently home to 3,094 registered real estate brokers. Nearly 50 percent of this number comes from UAE (620), with Indians (438) and Pakistanis (428) also well represented. Britain comes fourth with 304 brokers.

    And with the new protection measures Dubai will become even more attractive destination for property investors across the world, creating a safe and fertile ground for whatever spectacular project developers in the emirate dream up next.