Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Three Important Tips To Achieving Financial Security

Over the last few years, almost all research conducted on retirement noted that individuals are unable to demonstrate financial readiness for their retirement years. The main reason is the lack of financial literacy. A lot of people believe that saving for retirement isn’t for everyone because it is too expensive. But nothing could be further from the truth.

If you start now, you can reach the age of retirement and be able to afford it. Here are three ways to start:

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Start as soon as you can

The earlier you start, the earlier you can afford retirement. So, when’s the best time to start? The moment you received your first paycheck, you should start saving for your future. If you haven’t already, then start now.

Be prepared for emergencies

According to experts, your emergency fund should be at least six months of your monthly income. Try to build up your savings so you can have something when rainy days come. A health insurance should be one of your top priorities.

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Invest for retirement

Your immediate and short-term needs are easy to focus on. However, it’s not so easy for young adults to plan for the long term. They’re too busy living in the present to care. After all, retirement is a long way off. Only 19 percent of adults age 25 and under contributes to a traditional or Roth IRA. Remember, the earlier you start, the easier it is to save for retirement.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Necessary Steps to Take When an Employee is Caught Stealing

Dealing with employee theft, whether it is as simple as taking money from the cash register or as complicated as the falsification of an expense account or issuance of phony checks, is never an easy undertaking for any business leaders.

While there is a need for justice to prevail and to admonish and correct the wrongdoer, it is also essential to practice due diligence to enforce parity and protect the entire organization.

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The following are some of the necessary steps that should be taken in cases of an employee caught stealing:

Investigate

The last thing organization leaders would want to do is formulate and implement decisions that are based solely on mere hearsays.  Evidence should be gathered to ascertain what had happened.  There are also cases when third-party investigators need to be brought in as they have expertise in the field.

Check the policies

It is important to base the decision or penalty on company policies because doing so can be the difference between a quick resolution of employee theft and complex litigation.  Company rules need to be enforced consistently as well.

Use words carefully

Just like the previous step, using euphemisms or appropriate terms can save the organization from litigation or defamation cases.  For example, the word “theft” can open a can of worms.  In most cases, especially if the accusation has not been proven yet, it is better to use “violation of company policy.”

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Accounting Myths You Should Stop Believing

Accounting is not a simple job. It involves numbers and principles that would take years to master. Although accounting is a well-known process, many people still believe a few myths in the field. Let’s take a closer look at some of the misconceptions you may have about accounting.

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Accounting and Math

People would probably take one look at accounting and assume that it’s all about mathematics, like geometry or calculus. But no. Accountants use math in accounting, but they also use knowledge in other fields such as business and government processes. Accounting not only looks at numbers, but also at assets, liabilities, and so on and so forth. CPAs would tell you that accounting is more about research and storytelling than math.

The identity of accountants

A person who’s trained in prepping taxes isn’t necessarily an accountant. An IRS agent isn’t necessarily an accountant. They could be, but people regularly equate accountants with these individuals. Accountants can work on their own, or in companies, or in the government. They’re not limited to a few fields. Financial planners are also mistaken to be accountants, probably because accountants review a lot of finances in their work. It should be noted however that being an accountant is a big plus for some jobs, such as being a financial advisor or a Chief Financial Officer.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Five Common Financial Mistakes To Avoid

Industry experts say that financial literacy is more important than ever. Current political and economic climates have created shifts within the financial industry. While the market remains stable, adults should be more knowledge-savvy. This implies doing one’s due diligence and avoiding these five common financial mistakes.

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Paying debts with savings: This initially sounds like a good idea, but this is detrimental in the long run. Most people shave off their retirement savings, under the impression that they can easily fill the gap. However, even the most disciplined planners have difficulties placing money aside once the sense of urgency is gone. Most of the time, the pace just continues and people forget saving after the debt is paid.

Not having an emergency fund: This is not a nice thing to plan for, but the reality is, emergencies happen. People need to have an emergecy fund when the uexpected inevitably occurs. More importantly, these funds should not be supplemented by credit cards. These can add more to one’s debt.

Not budgeting: Again, a seemingly tedious task. However, analysts have found that people’s financial futures are highly dependent on their budgets -- or lack thereof. Present-day actions affect future financial status so it is necessary to begin budgeting now. Having a budget also helps people decide where they want to go in terms of their short- and long-term goals.

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Having no insurance: As with the emergency funds, these are important (though admittedly boring) tasks that all adults need to do. Insurance, whatever the coverage is, is essential to securing a stable and comfortable future.

Ignoring additional income opportunities: The previous four points were more of reactive measures, but emphasis should also be given on proactive action. Thinking that one’s current job pays the bill is enough is poor thinking. Nothing is guarenteed and there are many ways to earn additional income while still having personal time.

Another great advice is to speak with a financial advisor for a more in-depth discussion. Steve Sorensen is a financial blogger interested in emblezzement topics and how to develop better financial literacy. Learn more when you follow this blog.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Golden Rules For The Golden Years: How To Plan Your Retirement

Ask any financial advisor for trade secrets and almost all of them will mention setting up a good retirement plan. Current studies suggest that young adults need to start saving as soon as possible to assure themselves a happy and financially secure retirement. Despite recent surveys revealing that around 60 percent of workers say they need less than a million to retire well, financial analysts say that professionals should take their 401(k) very seriously. Planning ahead and saving for retirement now are crucial financial milestones.

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There are several ways to improve one’s retirement plan.

Retirement is expensive: It is impossible to fully know how much one would need to retire comfortably. However, it is always safe to overestimate and work from there. Retirement is an expensive time - especially if you are considering a well-off lifestlye. Financial analysts advise taking a look at your most lucrative job and needing at least 70 percent of that to suit your retirement needs.

Get involved: Most companies offer a retirement savings plan. Make sure to sign up for their personalized 401(k) plan and contribute as much as you can. Not only will the taxes be lower, but there is a strong possibility that the company will give a little bit extra. The more funds invested in the plan, the wider the safety net.

Consider inflation: It is best to start early. Young adults are asked to consider inflation and learn how to invest wisely. This means knowing how much you can save every month and your own pension plan. A good way to allocate funds is to spread capital among several investment options. This way, there are multiple channels for growth.

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Don’t touch it: This is a big no-no. There will always be extenuating circumstances that will tempt one to withdraw just a little from their retirement savings. Do not give in to the temptation. Take care of this savings account. If you change jobs, try rolling them over to an individual retirement account or to your new employer’s plan.

Most importantly, keep up-to-date with the latest financial trends and consistently follow your budget.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Know What To Invest In After Retirement

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they don’t prepare themselves for retirement. Making the right decisions regarding finances can assure people of the life they want after retiring. This is why they need to consider investing in the things that would offer positive returns. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more sound investments you can make.

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Cash

One of the more obvious investments is of course, money. Let me explain. When you consider retirement, think of it as a long-term business. Retirees should be able to live on their money for at least two years, if they have no income at all (although this is rarely the case). It’s very important to have a nest egg and emergency funds. It’s no secret that as we age, our health deteriorates. Having extra cash will certainly make a difference.


Bonds

Owners of bonds rake in interest over time, which can offer steady income over a period of time. Great bonds to invest in are treasury inflation protected securities, otherwise known as TIPS. These bonds handed out by the government adjust with inflation. With that in mind, you might want to put them in an account that isn’t taxed.

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Real estate


Whether you’re retiring or not, real estate is always a great investment. It can be very lucrative because let’s face it, everybody’s looking for places to live, or for places to put up their businesses. Having a house, townhouse, condominium, apartment, or other spaces rented out also assures people that they’ll be busy during their retirement years, and they’ll have a lot of income.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

What will happen to the global economy in 2017?

Lots of changes are happening in the world right now. As new leaders in many countries try to tighten their respective administrations, these adjustments have a direct effect on the world economy. This is evident especially in the case of the U.S., one of the world’s strongest nations. Here are some things that experts predict could happen to the global economy in 2017:

1. Europe could face a recession.

The Brexit is the least of the EU’s problems. The rising anti-European sentiment is becoming quite visible in Italy. If the country eventually decides to leave the Euro Zone and the European Union, this could lead the rest of the region into a dreaded recession.

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2. China’s renminbi will be more stable.

The devaluation of the RMB will end in 2017, but the growth of the Chinese economy will slow down. This will make way for other emerging markets like Russia and Brazil to come out of recession and start an ascent in the global field.

3. Trump’s new policies are expected to boost growth.

Not many might see it yet, but experts predict that the fiscal policies and effects brought by the new administration will further benefit the U.S. economy. As the economy becomes more stable and as the financial markets continue to develop, the rest of the world will also be affected by these changes.
What do you think of these predictions? For me, some of these seem possible. But I’ll guess we’ll just have to see after a few months.

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