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Kate is a finance blogger and currently works for one of the big high street banks. In her spare time she likes to educate people on finance and business matters. Married with 3 children she enjoys travel and family time when not in the office.
Everything is For Sale, Including Debt

Everything is For Sale, Including Debt

As the saying goes, “Everything is for sale, you just have to come up with the right amount to make the purchase” and if you think about it you’ll realise that this is actually true. I’m not just talking about those scenarios where sentiment and desire seem to defy economic logic and trump real market value here. I’m talking about sales which go on without the majority of us even knowing about them. Debt is a very big seller in the world right now, yet it all happens within the darker corners of what’s otherwise plain view as most people choose to turn a blind eye to it going on.

Debt is being sold all day, every day and its trade never stops for single second. For as long as the world is turning, debt is being bought and sold somewhere around the world if not everywhere, you just don’t know it’s going on.

The basic forms of debt are rather straight-forward in their makeup and can take the shape of something like getting financed by the bank to buy your car, for which you’d make weekly or monthly repayments with added interest of course, so something like your mortgage or bond you have on your house which will take a much longer period of up to 20-30 years to pay off.

More sophisticated forms of trading debt are where the real money is made due to one of the most powerful tools of the financial sector; leverage. If a company offering financial services has been given the green light by the Financial Conduct Authority to operate within many different sub-sectors of the financial sector, they in effect hold the true power of leverage and gearing in their hands to generate insane amount of money, mostly through the business of trading debt.

Why do you think an insurance company is seemingly never satisfied with just doing insurance? They’d much rather offer financial services which span the entire insurance sector and given half the chance they’d expand into other financial services such as housing a resident banking branch or even brokerage for services such as offering the public a CFDs and stocks trading platform. In the case of offering a trading platform, licensed brokers are themselves traders and make use of leverage to make huge profits while charging traders a service fee for each trade or perhaps levying a spread fee instead of a fixed per-trade fee.

What’s ultimately at play here is debt because financial services companies can list the credit they hold on their books as assets, assets which can then be repackaged and sold or used as collateral to fund expansion operations or further investments.

Nothing sells like debt and when you earn interest on the money you have in a savings account (although it must be said that this is very little interest you earn) you are indirectly participating in the trading of debt. The money which you keep in the bank is being loaned out to other clients and some of the interest they pay on that loan is filtered down to you, but you’re really just getting scraps because banks have the authority to use leverage to loan out more money than what they physically have in reserve.

Whenever some investors or businesspeople who’ve been active in other spheres of business finally head on over to the financial sector, they often wonder just why they didn’t make the transition earlier. Because of the way in which our financial sector is set up and operates, often making insane amounts of profits is as easy as getting the right finance leads, which are known to be of high quality since financial services have become a very important if not critical part of our everyday lives.

So, the message for you today is that you should perhaps take the time to think about what exactly you’re spending your money on. You can either buy or sell debt and if you do it cleverly, you can enjoy some big financial rewards.

Tips for teaching your children financial skills

Tips for teaching your children financial skills

England’s secondary school curriculum was modified in 2014 to include financial education and as of 2016, 90% of schools were delivering these classes. Does this mean the problem of financially educating youngsters is solved? Not quite.

In a survey, a huge 66% of teachers admitted that the standard of financial education was somewhat or very ineffective. In fact, three out of five teachers said the curriculum change had no impact and worryingly, a third of teachers didn’t know financial education was on the curriculum.

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How to secure the Right Finances to Purchase a Business

How to secure the Right Finances to Purchase a Business

Having all the capital up front in order to purchase a business is clearly the cleanest and easiest way to do it however this isn’t generally how it operates and people normally have the need to potentially borrow some money.  This can be from a bank or loan company, friends or other potential investors.  Before making any rushed decisions on where to find the money, take some time out to review your options.  Here are a few pointers to take into consideration:

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The Top Reasons Why You Should Invest in Property Overseas

The Top Reasons Why You Should Invest in Property Overseas

Property has always been an asset, and it will always be an asset. The main reason for this is that the value of land will generally rise over time, and if you are seeking to invest in property, it’s an investment that will pay off. This is especially true for property overseas. If you are in the UK, you may be thinking that you don’t know enough about the overseas property market to make a reasonably good investment. But the good news is that you can take advantage of overseas property experts who will not only be able to give you sound advice on which property to buy abroad – they can also help you manage your property, so you get maximum profit from it.

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The Top Facts You Should Know about Compensation for a Compulsory Purchase Order

The Top Facts You Should Know about Compensation for a Compulsory Purchase Order

There is no doubt that the laws and regulations surrounding the compulsory purchase of property are complicated. An ordinary individual may not fully understand its scope and consequences and may therefore not be aware of their rights. The good news is that if your land is affected by a CPO, you have the option to seek help and advice from a property expert. But it also pays to know more about the compensation for a CPO if you are a residential landowner. Here are the top facts.

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Your Top Guide to the Easier – and Better – Management of Your Finances

Your Top Guide to the Easier – and Better – Management of Your Finances

If you’re finding it increasingly hard to manage your finances, you’re not alone. It’s hard to set a budget, much less stick to it, and it’s even harder to save money if you don’t know how to handle your income. But you should take heart – it’s not as difficult as you may think to learn how to manage your finances. If you would like to manage your budget and acquire savings at the same time, here’s your top guide to the easier – and better – management of your finances.

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The Essential Benefits of a Property Management Firm for Your Property Investment

The Essential Benefits of a Property Management Firm for Your Property Investment

If you have made an investment in real estate, it has to be managed in the proper way. Your property requires care and attention, and this is where the expertise of a good property management firm can make a real difference. Here are the essential benefits of a property management firm for your property investment.

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THIS IS HOW TO SUCCEED IN DIGITAL INVESTMENT

THIS IS HOW TO SUCCEED IN DIGITAL INVESTMENT

Putting resources into physical properties has a lot of expenses and questionable profitability. This is due to the fact that procurement of physical properties has high costs in both obtaining and maintenance. Taxes, insurance, notary fees, and community fees are among the expenses. However, the advanced economy takes into account a more significant way of intelligent investment which is, digital investment. This form of investment saves a lot of time and resources spent on setting up and running any business. It only requires one or a combination of the following digital assets: a website, an application, or a domain name.

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