It Was Easy to Find a Nice Apartment

Finding an apartment is a pretty easy process, at least for me. When my mom told me that it would take me weeks to find the right one, I just had to laugh. She had told me horror stories about her own search for an apartment when she was first out of school, but that was a different time. She was not able to just hop on a computer and do a search for an apartment guide for Jackson MS like I can do. When I told her that I found my apartment within just a few minutes of searching, she found it pretty hard to believe.

I pulled up the site that I used and showed her how easy it was for me to find the right apartment for me. I was able to filter out a lot of things, which made it easier. I did not need anything but a one bedroom and one bathroom unit. I also wanted a unit that has its own laundry hookups because I am not about to lug my laundry to either a laundromat or to her house. Continue reading It Was Easy to Find a Nice Apartment

10 Essential Investor Tips For Successful Investing

Trading and investing into the financial markets has never been more popular. More and more people are starting to see the benefits of taking a little time to, first invest in themselves through a trading and investing education, but also using that knowledge on the financial markets.

Whilst traders may take quicker positions and investor will most likely be holding positions for much longer, perhaps months or even years. So, if you fancy investing into the financial markets successfully, and profit from companies you already know about like Google, Facebook or Microsoft, then these are the ten essential things that an investor must do and know before they start. Let’s take a look…

1. What are your goals?

It sounds simple but many people start investing into a trillion dollar market without any type of plan which, let’s face it, is essentially a gamble. Whilst it can be very simple to invest profitably for the long-term you must define your goals as this will align your expectations correctly, so you don’t kick yourself in the teeth if you don’t hit a million dollars in one day. For example, knowing whether you are investing for the next five or twenty-five years can make a huge difference to how you decide to invest.

2. Start early for compound interest

The single biggest reason to the success of most billionaires is the power of ‘compound interest’. Even Albert Einstein regarded this as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. It basically means that your money makes you money as all the gains you make you put back into an investment so it compounds and builds over time. Sounds good right? It definitely is! The earlier you start the better but no matter how old you are it’s never too late to start but imperative that you do actually start!

3. Every little helps

No matter how little or how big you can invest, it is well worthwhile investing on a regular basis. It sounds so simple but most people don’t see the point in investing just $10 per month. However, if you look to the future by the time you’re very old that amounts to a lot especially if you parked it into some good investments over the years. Of course, most people have a ‘spend today and save tomorrow’ mentality and that’s the trap folks. Save and invest regularly to reap the rewards in the long run – you’ll be glad you did.

4. Diversify

It’s imperative to spread your capital across a wide range of investments to reduce your risk and increase potential returns over the long-term. Whilst some investments are doing poorly some others may be doing great, thereby balancing it out. However, if you’re fully invested into just one thing then it’s either 100% right or wrong. There are thousands of markets across currencies, stocks, commodities and indices so the opportunity is there.

5. Educate yourself

By far the most important tip. You must educate yourself and learn your craft. After all if you’re investing your hard-earned capital it makes sense to do your homework. Even if you read all the articles here and watched all the videos you’ll be doing far better than the majority of investing wannabes who simply give away their money to the markets.

6. Have practical expectations

Of course, we all want that million dollar investment and for many it will come at some point. But you can’t plan for that, if it happens great if not then you still need a plan to survive and to reach your goals as discussed in the first tip. Remember it’s the journey that’s the most beautiful part and what you do on a daily basis that makes the difference.

7. But don’t limit yourself

It’s important one must remain conservative in deciding which investment to take. However, that shouldn’t limit you to just what you know. Be creative and find opportunities no matter how uncomfortable they may be. After all if it was that comfortable everyone would be doing it. Be adventurous in finding opportunities but be conservative in deciding which ones to take.

8. Manage your risk

Successful investing is all about managing risk. If you have $1,000 to invest then there’s no point in putting all of that on just one investment. You’re basically saying it has a 100% success rate… which of course is highly unlikely. If you follow the steps above, like making sure you diversify, then you’ll be on the right path.

9. Review constantly

A very simple step to achieving more from what you are already doing is to review your investments constantly. However, this does not mean to look at your profit and loss of a five-year investment every single day – you’ll never make it to the fifth year as markets move up and down. But it’s important to review what investments have worked and have not worked. Concentrate on doing more of the stuff that has worked and find out where you’re going wrong with the stuff that hasn’t.

10. Have fun!

Sounds simple but most people forget that are best work comes from when we enjoy the process. Whilst investing is a serious process you are allowed to enjoy it too. In fact the buzz of finding an opportunity, researching it, investing into it and then seeing the result is exciting in itself.

There you have it ten essential tips for successful investing.

Investing In Yourself: Why You Should Start Investing In Yourself

The word “investment” is thrown around in so many ways. The word is even used where it doesn’t exactly belong. So, why and how should you exactly invest in yourself? I am going to be explaining 3 great reasons why you should start investing in yourself and provide a couple ways to wisely invest in yourself as well as in your future! By the end, hopefully it will be clear how important it is to invest in yourself and to begin this investment today!

3 Great Reasons To Invest In Yourself

1. Confidence Building – Investing in yourself will give you a massive confidence boost. Knowing that you are growing yourself mentally or financially or any other way is an amazing and rewarding feeling. This can lead to being able to achieve personal goals, scout new ways to become better financially or romantically or whatever else, or even just advancing in your current career. This also allows an open door for you to have more respect and love for yourself because you realize the fact that you made a commitment to treat yourself with such things and are going to do so.

2. Higher Earnings – If you want to make the big bucks, you’ll have to invest in yourself. Before someone is willing to invest in you, you must first invest in yourself. If you do this educationally, you will be able to achieve possible growth in almost any industry available. Education is something you should never stop growing, learn as much as you can and watch as you reach potential you didn’t think was possible. Have you ever wanted to be rich?

3. You’re Worth It – The main reason to invest in yourself is because You Are Worth It! I try to get this message planted in the mind of my children because it is a very valuable lesson. You should never settle for being less than your potential can actually reached. Everyday should be a rewarding challenge to grow your potential to new heights. If you have the mindset that you are worth more than you have regardless of the situation, you will see massive growth in everything you do. This reason to invest in yourself is hands down the most important one.

2 Great Ways To Invest In Yourself

1. Educationally – There are all types of different ways you can invest in yourself educationally and it’s very recommended that you do so. Your brain can hold a bunch of information! Never fear education, accept and welcome it! Any seminars or work shops you’ve been invited to or heard about recently that you didn’t think anything of, well start thinking about them! I am not a real estate professional, I don’t even own a house paid in full at this time. However, I have been to countless real estate seminars just because I love being informed! If I ever do decide to grow a real estate career, I’m already prepared.

2. Financially – I understand that this one will be tricky especially if you have little available funds to begin with. However, if you want to grow your income level substantially then investing in yourself financially is an absolute must! You could do this with stocks, real estate, a business, or anything else that will bring you income. If you do this though, you need to look for Return on Investments! I personally don’t do stocks because I don’t see a good enough Return on Investment. Luckily, there’s plenty of other ways to invest in yourself financially with fantastic Return on Investments such as real estate or direct selling.

A Couple Final Tips

1. Make a 5 Year Plan – Have you ever done this during college or high school or maybe even had to tell a potential employer this during an interview? Well, people do this for a reason. Writing things down in general makes it easier to retain the information as well as commit yourself to doing what it is you wrote. So make your five-year plan and put it somewhere in which you will be able to see it daily! When stress overwhelms you, this plan will generally calm you down a little being able to realize you are exactly where you want to be in your steps of achieving your ultimate potential and goals.

2. Get The Ball Rollin’ – I’m a huge planner! I plan everything I do strategically. I plan exactly how I am going to make my coffee in the morning! Yes, it’s that extreme but I enjoy it! Planning is great, however, you must learn to take action! I was one of those people in which would think and plan everything but not get a lot done! I had to Get The Ball Rollin’ and after I was done planning, I had to start executing my plan!

Investing in yourself and in your future are very important if you are wanting to achieve big goals or dreams. Ask anybody who has achieved high success in anything and they will tell you how important it is and how much they’ve had to do it in order to get to where they are currently. Do not be afraid to put some money on the line for a potential reward later on. Just make sure that your money is going to something that will be rewarding and has a high Return on Investment!

The Weird Reality About Homes in Australia

They are now priced out of reach of the majority of home owners who are trying to get a foot into the market. While thousands remain empty there are also a huge number of investors are holding onto many of these houses and rather than rent them out they are only interested in capital gains.

Successive governments are to blame although they repeatedly ‘pass the buck’ to their former colleagues rather than face up to the crisis that is now in their court. It is my guess that many politicians are also multi-home owners themselves which is why the crisis continues.’

In 1999 the then Liberal government under John Howard brought in a scheme called ‘negative gearing’ to minimise the tax paid on properties by investors. While this had a huge impact on locals buying up the Real Estate and paying off mortgages through the rents charged it has drained the country of sustainable economic benefits.

While it was once the great Australian dream to own one’s own home the unfortunate fact is that it is now a nightmare. Overseas and multi-home investors have shrunk the number of available properties to the point where prices have soared out of reach. Houses are rising so far in value that even tiny bits of land between then are selling for astronomical sums.

Now the government is in a bind. Again it is the Liberal Part, under Malcolm Turnbull, that has the weight of this nightmare to deal with. While he is a multi-millionaire who lives in a prime harbour side mansion it is a thorn in the side of those who live on the streets or struggle to pay rents to greedy landlords.

So the question remains: how many politicians are multi-home owners and is this the reason they are refusing to allow negative gearing to overturned? Their argument against that action centres around suggestions that the property market would collapse and greatly affect the economy. The reality is that this is what most people want to happen.

John Howard was one of only two Prime Ministers who lost his seat while in office. His approach to the economy and certainly his introduction of negative gearing has now cost this country dearly. With the next budget only 5 weeks away the current treasurer is scratching his head to figure out a way around the anger that is brewing about home ownership.

Young people and old folk are unhappy and looking for alternatives in the political arena as the polices of both Labor and Liberal have let them down. The opposition Labor Party is now campaigning hard to get negative gearing overturned but many are asking why they never did it when they were in office over an 8 year period that ended just 3 years ago. This is not a new problem.

It is, however, another case of humans living through hell under the auspices of a World Order that is ruled by the laws implemented by Constantine some 1700 years ago. While man has endeavoured to create his own heaven on earth he has achieved the opposite especially when it comes to wealth creation and looking after those who struggle to acquire a home of their own.

How to Plan Your Investments

Whether you are an individual or a corporate body planning your investments ahead is of at most importance. As planning your investments means planning your future financial status and meeting unforeseen with ease and confidence it has become life blood that makes your path of hardships a bed of roses. Planning your finances involve planning your inflows and outflows i.e., In short managing the entire flow of funds during a certain course of time.

Thus, it is a must for anyone to plan your investments well in hand so; that your future will be safe and you can encounter any issue with ease and comfort. A proper investment planning would make your financial distress also a bliss as you always have a surplus reserve for different unforeseen of life. The reasons for financial distress could be multitudinous but the survival rate is higher and quicker for those who are financially planned when compared to those who are not. For having a proper investment planning you must follow few but regular steps which will save you at the eleventh hour. Let us look at few steps that you must follow to cushion yourself financially and to get a tag of well investment planner.

The first and foremost step in investment planning is to assess your income. Asses all your inflows, which must include any sort of long term or annual cash inflows that you are expecting.

• Once you assessed your cash inflows, the next major step is to set a goal that could be any specific aspect that you would like to achieve with the money you are going to save from this year onwards.

• Once you set forth your goals and assess your inflows the next step is to plan your savings. The other way planning your investments. To plan your investments well you must know what your risk coefficient is and how much profits you want to make out of your little investments. To know this you must look at variety of financial and demographic and socio- economic factors that affect you and your family’s lifestyle.

• Once you are done with the assessment of your risk coefficients and return expectations the next big leap is to set an investment strategy. Under this, you will choose among different investment alternatives that are available to you based on your risk and profit margins.

• Once you choose a basket of investment options, go with the ones that are convenient for you in terms of time horizon, maturity period and return margins and so on. Having a clear investment strategy would not only make you a good investment planner but also a supersaver to your own self and to your family at times of emergencies.