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What Makes Financial Advisors Necessary?

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People usually take more time shopping for personal items than taking the time to find a trusted financial advisor. There are a number of notions about what a financial advisor is and what do they do. In this post you will be able to see why financial advisors are regarded as necessary.

Financial advisors specialize in a number of areas such as there are advisors which can help you when investing and building your portfolios and financial advising. Anyone, young and old, fresh graduate or even a retiring individual can benefit from having a financial advisor.  It does not matter how much money you have as long as you have the desire to better manage your money.

 

  1. Having a Financial Advisor helps you keep your focus and stay on the right track

They say that when you dream, it is completely alright to dream for the bigger things. Others might even go for their biggest dreams – and hey, it is possible. Aside from knowing yourself and utilizing your capabilities, your financial advisor can help you stay focus and stay directed on your goals.

Having a financial advisor helps you plot both of your short-term and long-term goals. It is necessary since people have the tendency to be swayed from one goal to another and in the end, nothing has ever been accomplished. They help you list down your goals according to priority and length of time needed to reach these. Concisely, financial advisors help you make an informed choice to avoid regrets in the future.

 

  1. Having a Financial Advisor gets your important questions answered

Over the course of your financial planning, you will be faced with tough questions or critical choices that you need to surpass to keep you going. One of the roles of a financial advisor is to help you pin down your pick and be confident enough that you made the right choice.

If you are wondering which of your options make more financial sense, you can always turn to your advisor. Searching in Google doesn’t always give you the answers that are appropriate to you and your situation. That is why financial advisors can have a significant impact on your future.

 

  1. Having a Financial Advisor unites you within and beyond yourself

 If you are single and you do not know what to do, financial advisors can help you connect within yourself. If you are married, and you might have a different reasoning with your spouse, they can act like money counselors. They get couples and the rest of the family on the same page. Everyone gets to share his or her financial goals and finding a common ground where they both can work on. Financial advisors can help find balance amidst divergent goals.

 

Conclusion

You don’t need to have millions to work on your financial plan and decide to have a financial advisor. Working with a financial advisor increases the chance of growing your wealth and ensuring that you put these into good use.

 

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Here Are the Five Commandments of Investing

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The Ten Commandments you have heard since childhood are laws used as standards that deal with man’s relationship to God and man’s relationship to his fellow human beings. These act like a manual for people on how to live a better life. Hence, these are like guidelines which help people to keep themselves out of trouble.

This article will teach you the counterpart of the Ten Commandments compressed into Five Commandments, to guide you in the world of investing and to keep your money in safe hands.

Is investing hard?

For the less knowledgeable, yes, investment is a hard concept and field to grasp; but for those who continue to enrich their knowledge, investing will come easy as it seems. Knowing the right principles and being able to adhere to these religiously can lead you to the path of investment success.

 

The Five Commandments of Investing

  1. Thou shalt be clear with your goals and avoid gambling.

 What separates investors from gamblers is that investors follow a mathematical formula and concrete strategies to be able to profit from their move. Gamblers are not fond of such. They bet their money on unknown and uncertain outcomes.

Do not just invest for the thrill or fun, rather invest for profit. In order to do this, having the discipline is essential to reach financial security and consistent profits. Growing wealth has a science behind it. As a perfect analogy for this one, you should have a particular destination in mind so you would not be lost when you are already at the sea.

 

  1. Thou shalt ensure that thy financial house is in regulation.

 One of the top responsibilities of an investor is to keep his or her personal finances in order first before jumping in the investing activity. Investing when you have debts scattered all around such as drowning in credit card bills and overdue fees can get you into serious problems sooner or later. Take care of your debts first before taking the plunge in the investing world.

 

  1. Thou shalt need to exercise due diligence.

 Exercising due diligence in investing means that you invest within the scope of your understanding. If you do not understand something, it is not advisable to take the risk and invest. When exercising due diligence, it also means that you avoid rushing into making an investment decision. You need to study all positions first before putting in your money.

You need to increase your understanding to be able to come up to an informed decision. Exercising due diligence also means that you know what risk management strategies you need to apply to protect your capital from permanent loss.

 

  1. Thou shalt avoid jumping on the bandwagon.

 This can be considered as having herd mentality (a well-known descriptor of human behavior since people learned to socialize) or the way people are being influenced by their peers to adopt some behaviors. This one applies greatly to the stock market. There is a difference between passive investing and passive investor. When you are a passive investor, you tend to digest all information presented to you and failing to thinking about it critically.

In the field of investing, you have to see things on your own in order to realize the true value of a stock.

 

  1. Thou shalt continue to invest in thyself.

As your portfolio and money grows, so your financial intelligence must increase as well. The level of your investment skills and knowledge reflects your investment results. If you want to improve your profits, you have to improve your financial intelligence.

Moreover, the best investment you can have is YOURSELF. As the good old saying goes, nobody can take away your learning and it can double, triple or even multiply your dividends a number of times for the rest of your life.

 

Conclusion

The above-mentioned guidelines can greatly help you with your investing career. Keep yourselves out of difficulties by observing these proven guiding principles.

 

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Earnings Release Week

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This week will be a busy week up ahead for the market community, a lot will be put in the spotlight but the one thing that will stand out is the geopolitical turmoil the US created after the strikes it made in Syria last week.

Financial Institutions and Banks

This will be the first of the big weeks in the financial market, and for this week, all the highlights are focused on the top financial institutions and banks. The scheduled reports for this week, this Thursday, are from prominent banks and financial institutions JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co, and Citigroup Inc.

The banks have been on a rollercoaster of a ride from the past months under the new Trump administration. Some other factors that may have triggered the fiscal stimulus hopes for the financial institutions are; deregulations talks and the Fed’s decision to be sterner and hiking the interest rate for a couple of times this week.

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Inflation off The Bat

There will also a big debacle for Friday because of the exclusive inflation data that will be unveiled; the data include whole March’s progress. With the Fed’s recent hikes and its latest meeting last Wednesday hinted that if the inflation data continue to roll, the central bank may and will increase another three or four interest hikes this year.

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G-7 Meets in Italy

The G-7 is a group of countries that consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries have started a 2-day summit meeting today in Italy after the alarming attack the US made against Syria, investors and the market community continues to keep track on what would happen in the growing geopolitical crisis.

Then entirety of the 2-day meeting is expected to be disclosed at a press conference dated this coming Tuesday Eastern Time.

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Investing Dictionary #3: Expense Ratio

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Expense Ratio is a rare word to stumble upon, it is a word prevalent in-between companies and it varies on more private talks the market community has seen. So going back to Expense Ratio, it is actually a measure of what it costs an investment company to operate a mutual fund.

You may ask how expense ratio is determined; well according to the Investopedia: An expense ratio is determined through an annual calculation, where a fund’s operating expenses are divided by the average dollar value of its assets under management (AUM). Operating expenses are taken out of a fund’s assets and lower the return to a fund’s investors. It is also known as the management expense ratio (MER).

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All You Need To Know About Expense Ratio

Expense ratio varies very differently on each type of fund, operating expenses vary widely. One of the biggest parts or the crucial component of operating expenses lies on the fee paid to a fund’s investment manager or advisor.

Further costs include recordkeeping, custodial services, taxes, legal expenses, and accounting and auditing fees. Investopedia makes a clear distinction between funds, “expenses that are charged by the fund as reflected in the fund’s daily net asset value (NAV) and do not appear as a distinct charge to shareholders.”

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Funds to Keep In Mind

There are two different expense ratio fund; Index Funds and Actively Managed Funds are both type of funds to keep a list on. Index Funds usually carry very low expense ratios; the managers who oversee these funds are plainly repeating a given index, so the need to have a full management team on staff is deliberately discarded.

Actively managed funds, on the other hand, employs teams of research analysts examining companies as potential investments. By coming up with a team, creating and managing this team adds more costs that are then get passed on to shareholders in the form of higher and bigger expense ratios.

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What is the FCA?

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If you’ve been around the Forex trading market, you’ve probably heard or saw FCA somewhere on those trading websites and what have you. First of all, FCA stands for Financial Conduct Authority; they are the regulator for over 56,000 financial services and firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 24,000 of those firms.

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What Does FCA Do?

FCA is the pioneer for the safer and more honesty financial market, they promote fairness and effectiveness for all consumers all over the world. FCA said, “It is our aim to make markets work well – for individuals, for business, large and small, and for the economy as a whole.”

The FCA started on April 1, 2013. They then started to grow and grow each year, regulating over 56,000 financial and the prudential regulator for over 24,000 of these firms. FCA governs 2.2 million people that are employed in the UK financial service who contributes 65.6 billion pounds in tax to the UK economy.

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How Does FCA Do All The Regulating?

According to FCA’s website, this is how;

Our strategic objective is to ensure that the relevant markets function well and our operational objectives are to:

Protect consumers – we secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers.

Protect financial markets – we protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system.

Promote competition – we promote effective competition in the interests of consumers.

The Financial Conduct Authority continues as a public body that is funded completely by the firms and financial service providers they regulate by charging those fees. They are also accountable to the Treasury, which is responsible for the UK’s financial system, and to the parliament.

Finally, they also work with several consumer groups, trade associations, and professional bodies domestic regulators, EU legislators, and a wide range of other stakeholders.

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The Types of Dollars in the World

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We all know that the dollar is the native currency in the United States, but there are actually more countries that call their currency the dollar. These are some countries that share the same currency name with the land of the brave!

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Canadian Dollar

Canadian Dollar or CAD for its ISC code is the currency people in Canada use! It is mostly represented as C$ to remove any confusion among other dollars, but often times it is also represented as $. Just like any other dollar CAD is also subdivided into 100 cents, CAD is one of the major Forex currencies and is currently the 7th most traded currency in the world.

The CAD, as of today, produces and circulates 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar and 2 dollars. Unfortunately, the production for the 1 cent was discontinued somewhere around the year 2012, banknotes that the CAD produces and circulates are in the form of 5, 10, 20, 50, and of course 100 Canadian dollar. One more thing about the current Canadian bills is, they are made of polymer as of 2011, as opposed to paper for the previous years of production.

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Belize Dollar

Belize Dollar or BZD for its ISC code is the major currency of Belize, it is represented as BZ$ for further distinguishing from other dollar currencies. This currency dates as far as 1976; it then replaced the current currency of the country which was the British Honduras Dollar. Like any other dollar, the BZD is also subdivided to 100 cents.

Along with the transforming of British Honduras on late 1976, it also replaced its currency to Belize dollar. It was freed from the British colony in late 1981, now it trades in the rate of BZ$2 to US$1.

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Australian Dollar

One of the most popular dollar currency, the Australian dollar or AUD for its ISC code; like most of the dollar currency, AUD is also subdivided to 100 cents. It is commonly represented as A$ to disperse any further confusions.

The AUD was once known as the Australian pound in 1966. But after several years, 1983 to be exactly, the pound was then transfigured from pound to dollar. As of late, the AUD is one of the major currencies exchanged on the world’s Forex markets. It ranks as the 5th most traded currency just behind the USD, EUR, JPY, and GBP.

The AUD circulates coins at 5 cents, 10 cents, 20, cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, and 2 dollars. While the current banknotes circulation it has is as follows; 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. The banknotes circulated are all made from polymer instead of papers.

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New Zealand Dollar

The New Zealand Dollar or NZD for its ISO code, the most common symbol the New Zealand dollar is recognized as NZ$. Like any other dollar currency, it is also subdivided to 100 cents. A common slang the NZD has is Kiwi, because of the kiwi bird that is present on their NZ$1 coin.

The NZD replaced the New Zealand pound at 1967, it has been pegged for a quite bit through a series of different currency pegs but has been allowed to float freely since 1985. The NZD is one of the major currencies exchanged on the world’s Forex markets. NZD currently circulates coins in 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, and 2 dollars. It also currently circulates banknotes are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars.

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Trading Commodities

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The commodity as the Merriam-Webster would define it;   an economic good: such as a:  a product of agriculture or mining agricultural commodities like grain and corn b:  an article of commerce especially when delivered for shipment reported the damaged commodities to officials c:  a mass-produced unspecialized product commodity chemicals commodity memory chips.

This simply puts the milk and orange juice we leisurely drink, from the means of energy to power up our homes and vehicles, commodities are a big chunk of our daily lives. In the world of investing, commodities are part of a diversified investment portfolio and they can also be traded in the global marketplace. Commodities are literally anywhere and everywhere in the world, they also garner billions and billions of dollars from investment every day.

Spot versus Future Commodities Trading

The spot price is defined as the current price of a particular market portfolio, in this case, a certain commodity, and can also be bought or sold for the most immediate delivery. One major thing to remember for spot price is that they are very susceptible and subject to extreme volatility. The main difference it has with future prices is that; future prices are increasingly higher over time and higher futures prices reflect carrying costs such as storage.

Commodities are very flexible as it is tradable both in a spot and in future markets. An increasing trend in the commodities community is trading individuals in the form of futures; this happenstance means that you won’t be buying or selling the commodity itself but rather a contract of a certain price by a stated date in the future.

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Commodity Trading Round Up

Just like any other investment goal, we would want to buy low and sell high! The only caveats with trading commodity are; 1) Commodities are highly leveraged and 2) Instead of share, commodities traded in contract sizes instead. One more thing to remember when you start trading commodities is that investors can buy and sell positions whenever the markets are open.

The bottom line is, commodities open a wide variety for your investment portfolio. It expands every portfolio from the usual stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Every investment carries risks, but what set trading with commodity apart is the alluring high leverage it brings on the table.

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