Ultimate rewards and freebies on current bank accounts

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I was in a bank last week waiting to pay in a cheque while the 3 cashiers attended the queue of about 10 people; so 20 minutes after looking around at all the usual 0 per cent credit card offers and low rate loans, I was surprised when the cashier asked me if I had one of their ‘new’ current accounts.

‘New’ I thought; I’d only started banking with them in the last 8 months, how could I have an old current account!? “Oh yes” said the cashier, “we have new current accounts that offer travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and motor breakdown cover.” I thought I was in a Churchill car insurance advert for a minute!

“Hhmmm, ‘new’ current account,” I thought – doesn’t this mean ‘monthly fee’ current account?? I like the way the current accounts that charge you on a monthly basis have all been named dramatically like the ‘Ultimate Reward’ or ‘Gold Rewards’ ‘Advantage’, ‘Premier’ etc, etc…But that’s all I like about them to be honest.

All the benefits or ‘Rewards’ for your monthly fee seem to include ‘* Exclusions apply’ even to things like travel insurance. ‘Worldwide annual multi-trip travel insurance for you and your family’ – read the leaflet; but then a huge ‘* Exclusions apply – please refer to the terms and conditions.’ So you have to trawl through the thousands of ‘T’s & C’s’ to make sure you don’t fall into any of the exclusions! Who honestly bothers to read absolutely everything?

I would guess that the level of insurance and motor breakdown cover you’d get with a current account doesn’t compare to the level of cover you’d receive if you bought the same mobile phone insurance, travel insurance, or motor breakdown cover as separate policies. But then again I might be wrong…

In any case I’m ceratinly not going to start paying for a banking service that I can get absolutely free without all the gimmicks of ‘freebies’ – You get nothing for free and that’s certainly the case here because you’re paying a monthly fee, so how can it be free?! One day I might take the time to actually read through all the insurance cover terms to see exactly what you get for your money I bet it’s not that much!

John Hogan writes for the UK’s firstMotoring Web Site. Motoring.co.uk finds you the best deals on new cars and offers free car valuations to help you sell your old car. The unique online search functionality will help you find the best new cars, and new car deals, in the UK Today. Visit motoring for a free car valuation today!

Women Entrepreneur How To Get Your Start

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There are many ways to make money from home putting in as many hours as you want while getting to stay home with your family. You can become a mom entrepreneur in no time.

Most women need more flexibility than what they typically get in the regular workplace. You often cannot plan for your child being sick or getting out of school early and it is stressful to have to quickly find someone reliable to pick them up and drop them off on days like that.

Many moms worry about their kids walking home from school alone and would prefer to pick them up and take them home. They also wonder if their kids are safe once they reach the house as they will not be home with their kids until the evening.

It is quite a conundrum as most moms do not work because they want to but because they have to. If this is you, how would you feel if you found out you would not have to stress over such problems anymore?

There are clearly many reasons to start a home business. Getting started can be difficult though. In order to do so you need to stop and ask yourself two simple questions: What are your interests? What are you good at? If the answer to both these questions is the same then you have an advantage as you can create, sell, or teach something that you are great at and love. This makes things easy. There are a plenitude of options available that many a mom entrepreneur usually likes.

If you enjoy working with kids, you can either have a daycare in your house, or become a tutor. Either job would likely help out mothers who are not lucky enough to be home with their kids everyday. You remember what that is like, don’t you?

Or you may want to take advantage of the internet. With outstanding products and superior services you could incorporate yourself into a simple and duplicatable online marketing system that automates most of your business tasks for you. Such systems have been developed specifically for the young business women, but you just have to know how to locate such opportunities.

For startup costs usually around a few hundred dollars, you could be well on your way to securing your slice of the abundant internet pie. Be imaginative when deciding which business to begin; make a list of your interests and skills to help you get started.

Qiqqa Entrepreneur Wins 5k

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James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.

He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.

She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.

The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.

Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.

Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.

SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.

As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn

Used Car Sales With Motor Finance Wizard – Car Sales

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Used Car Sales With MFW

Motor Finance Wizard specializes in used car sales and is currently operating in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria offering an extensive range of used cars to suit your needs. Not only does MFW focus on car sales, but they also specialise in providing motor vehicle finance solutions for people who may have found it difficult to obtain car financing. Motor Finance Wizard opened its first dealership in 2001 and has since sold and leased more than 19,000 vehicles to date, making us one of the nations largest used car dealerships in Australia. Motor Finance Wizard has used car dealerships and offer the best used car sales available in the Queensland, Victoria, and NSW area. MFW has thrived while other used car dealerships have struggled due in large part to their customer service and ability to get almost anyone in a used car of their choice. Their mission is to provide all Australians with the opportunity to own a motor vehicle, regardless of their financial situation.

Motor Vehicle Finance Through MFW

Motor Finance Wizard will assist those in need of used cars and have bad credit history in finding the vehicle they need. MFW operates used car dealerships that specialise in providing motor vehicle finance solutions on MFW used cars to customers who do not meet the strict lending criteria of mainstream lenders. This model allows customers to acquire car financing and a quality used cars from the same point of sale location.

Traditionally in Australia the sale of a motor vehicle has been a separate transaction to the car financing, involving two different parties; the car dealership and an independent finance company. MFW, through its in-house finance provider KWIK Finance, provides motor vehicle finance for customers exclusively to MFW used car dealerships for the full term of the Lease.

Learning To Trade Overnight Trading Range Breakouts

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Trading breakouts is one of the most tried and tested methods of trading the forex markets because when the price breaks out of an established trading range, it often continues to move strongly in that direction. Therefore there are some excellent profits to be made.

There are lots of different ways you can trade breakouts. You can wait for a quiet period of the day for instance when the price is barely moving and is confined to a very narrow range, and wait for a breakout to take place, or you can use bollinger bands and wait for them to narrow because this often precedes a strong breakout. However in this article I want to talk about a particular strategy that involves opening ranges.

I’ve been experimenting with this strategy on the GBP/USD and EUR/USD pairs recently and it seems to work very well. What you basically do is to look at the opening hours between 00.00 and 06.00 GMT (or 08.00 if the price is still within this range up until this time) and draw two horizontal lines marking the high and low points for this period.

Then you simply wait for the price to break out and close above (or below) one of these lines and take a corresponding long or short position. This method works well when there is a narrow opening range and the reason it works is simple. Every pair has an average daily range (the GBP/USD is roughly 220 points and the EUR/USD is roughly 180 points according to 2008 figures) so if the opening range is a small fraction of this number, then you know that there are a lot of points to be made either above or below the current opening range.

It’s not a method that can be used every day on a certain currency pair because sometimes the price will move quite substantially in the opening few hours, but it’s well worth putting into practice when the opening range is very narrow.

There are various ways you can actually trade this system. You can either jump in as soon as the breakout bar or candle closes, or if you want to place the odds substantially in your favour, you can wait for an initial breakout followed by a pull-back into this trading range, then trade the subsequent breakout (if there is one) because this continuation pattern is a very profitable signal.

Either way you should find that these strategies (or variants of these strategies) are generally very effective because the price will very often move strongly out of this opening range at some point during the day.

Trade Show Booths

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A great booth must be functional in its application, eye catching and budget friendly- says Chad Rogowicz, Chief Operating Officer of ExhibitTrader.com. Our exhibit designers understand these fundamental principles and specialize in creating environments that will amaze visitors and attendees at your next trade show. With the largest online selection of trade show booths in the industry, our design team can create an exhibit that combines the -WoW- factor with functionality while at the same time adhering to a customers budget parameters.

With the majority of our trade show booths built here in the USA and backed with lifetime warranties, we can guarantee the highest quality exhibit components available on the market. All of our products are constructed of durable, light weight materials to help keep shipping cost and drayage fess at a minimum. With the largest online selection of trade show booths available, we offer displays of all shapes and sizes. From Banner Stands and Pop Up Displays to Custom Modular Exhibits and Hybrid Display Systems, we are sure to have the right solution to fit your trade show marketing objectives.

We at ExhibitTrader.com strongly believe in the value of large, colorful, high impact graphics. When designing an exhibit, we incorporate visually stimulating, informative graphic design into the exhibit system. Our graphic designers work hand in hand with our customer in order to meet their overall branding objectives. Once a graphics design is selected, the design goes to our graphic production facility. We deploy all types of graphics on our display systems. Backlit graphics, dye sub fabric graphics, inkjet mural graphic panels, stretch fabrics, eco friendly graphics and even simple sticky back vinyl are just a few of the graphics applications we use on our trade show booths.

ExhibitTrader.com prides itself in providing full turnkey solutions to our customers. From the initial design, through fabrication, to shipping, and set up at the show, we handle all aspects of our customers trade show exhibiting needs. Not only do we build great trade show booths, but our customer service is second to none. Visit us on the web at www.exhibittrader.com and look through hundreds of display options, chat with our design consultants, and enjoy the best customer experience on the web.

The 12 UK Land Investment Guidelines

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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.

Creditors Taking Money Out Of Your Paycheck

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If a creditor has problems in collecting a debt from you, he has a few options at his disposal. One of them is to sue you and attempt to garnishee your paycheck. What this basically means is that, since he is unable to get the money directly from you, he is asking the courts to force your employer to take money from your paycheck and send it to him. To protect you and prevent abuses by the creditor, however, both the federal and state governments have enacted a set of rules as to how this should work.

The first thing that must happen is that the court must actually rule against you. If the creditor sues and the courts reject his claim, the creditor is out of luck and will not be able to legally collect any monies from you. If, however, the court enters a judgement against you and the creditor prevails, the court can then direct your employer to set aside a certain amount of your paycheck each week and send it to the creditor until the debt is resolved. In legal terms, this is known as wage garnishment or a wage attachment.

In order to prevent you from becoming destitute, there are Federal and state limits as to how much money can be taken from your paycheck. The federal limit is the lessor of 25% of your weekly paycheck or a calculated formula comparing the dollar amount of your weekly paycheck minus 30 times the minimum hourly income. In addition to federal wage attachment laws, all states have their individual laws. These laws, however, must provide at least the protection to the debtor that the federal laws provide.

In fact, some states have enacted significantly tougher wage garnishment rules on creditors than the federal laws do. These laws may either add additional barriers that the creditor has to overcome if they want the courts to rule in their favor. Or, the laws may go much further in limiting the amount of money that can be deducted from the debtors paycheck. In practical terms, what this means is that a creditor bringing a suit against a creditor in Minnesota can expect different results than a creditor filing a lawsuit in Arizona.

A number of employees are needlessly afraid of wage garnishments. Yes, it is embarrassing. But, primarily they are afraid of being fired by their employer when their employer discovers that a creditor has sued them for money. But, the federal law explicitly prevents an employer from firing you due to a wage garnishment. If an employer does fire you, however, you will have a legitimate criminal lawsuit to bring against your employer.

Now, to be sure, the fact that their wages are being garnished can be embarrassing for the debtor. But, in a society where debt is such a large part of nearly all financial transactions, it is a necessary tool that allows creditors to be repaid what they are legitimately owed.

Commercial Property Finance Buy Property At Low Cost Funds

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You wish to invest in a commercial property or acquire property for expending business, but own sources are insufficient or simply do not want to use them for their usages. This is where commercial property finance becomes instrumental in buying a commercial property. Hotels, motels, pubs, warehouses, nursing homes, shopsthere is a never ending list of property

Commercial property finance is essentially a secured finance as huge amount is at stake. The lender usually secure the finance offer by taking in possession the deal papers of the vary property the loan seeker intends to buy. The papers are returned back to the owner at the time of complete pay off the loan. The borrower meanwhile can use the property.

Interest rate on commercial property finance is kept lower which has enabled the aspirants in buying properties and the property business has been booming. But the rate of interest depends also on the type of the property. Lenders usually like to offer finance more for a property which is already generating income. This secures the loan even more and therefore lender may consider reducing interest rate further to keep the customer.

So you must be clear on the purpose of the loan. If you are buying a property or acquiring it, the lender may offer finance up to 80-90 percent of the property value. If refinance is the purpose then you can get additional cash from the value of the property. The lender clears the current mortgage note and balance amount is paid to the finance seeker. If getting finance for rebuilding real estate is the purpose, the lender will give finance on the base of completed property and its value.

Make sure that you choose right lender. While searching for the lender on websites see for the specialization of the lender. Usually lenders take particular field of property for finance offer so that they are focus and have a better understanding of its market aspects. If the lender knows your property well then he understands your financial needs better. He also understands the benefits and risks you are going to take in future. Your finance requirements may change from what they are at the time of finance deal. So the lender may be willing to offer you more finance in future if you choose the right one who understand your type of property.

Search extensively on internet for the different lenders of commercial property finance. Compare their interest rates and terms-conditions to arrive at suitable lender. Apply for the finance online for fast approval of the finance.

Commercial property finance offers opportunity in taking low cost finance for owning property for commercial purposes. Go for the finance after careful consideration of its different aspects.

Stock Investment Company – The ins and outs

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These days, it is not at all rare for one to come across such a stock investment company that offers services with big promises. Stock investment is a serious proposition and stock market positions are very difficult to understand. It is good to do some in-depth research before you choose a stockbroker or stock investment company.

There are many stock trading companies but the choice has to be made based on research. It is important to know and consider the qualifications of the company. The company has to be competent and to ensure this the credentials of the company have to be looked into. The customer should try to get as much information as is possible about the company. There are other issues such as the fees and commissions, which the stock investment company will charge for the stock market trading. If the fees and commissions are excessive, they will take up a major part of your stock trading profits. Your investment goals will be affected. Your decisions in transactions will also be affected. The fees and commissions that the company will charge, therefore, is an important consideration.

There are three principal types of stock investment companies. Some companies just carry out your stock trades. This means that you will instruct and you will buy and sell stocks. The companies will do just this and little else. The next type of companies will carry out your trading instructions and, along with that, provide you with helpful tips and stock market quotes. A type of stock investment company also serves as your investment planner. These companies will see your resources and investment objectives and do the management of the resource on your behalf. It is up to you to decide which type of stock investment company will be the best suited for your purpose.

You may also come across such a stock investment company that does not work with the stock market. The customer has to ensure that the stock investment company operates in the market where the customer intends to invest. If this is not the case, there is a waste of money and time. The advisory services of the stock investment company to help you out should be there. When you choose your stock investment company, you should notice whether it has the right investment advisory services. In stock market investing, no two persons are the same. The capacities of investing in stock markets vary from person to person. The best services are offered by the personalized services of the stock investment company.