In a world where literally everything we could want as consumers is at our fingertips, it’s difficult not to expect instant gratification.
At the touch of a button we immediately receive all sorts of things.
But the problem with all of this ‘on demand’ availability is that we are evolving into a race that acts with expectation, rather than taking the time to nurture ourselves as responsible human beings.
Have you ever felt that sinking feeling when you find out you need to spend money on a home or car repair that you weren’t prepared for?
You knew it was coming; hindsight is always 20/20, and you end up beating yourself up for not planning it out sooner.
If you don’t have an emergency fund in place, that sinking feeling is all too familiar.
Financial experts say you need an emergency fund worth 3-8 months of living expenses (to cover you during a layoff or career change).
Other experts say having at least $1000 on hand for real emergencies is the minimum you should have on hand for life’s surprises.
There is a way to prevent that sinking feeling next time you get hit with life’s unexpected/expected expense events (say that 5 times fast).
If you have never considered buying a holiday home before, now could be the perfect time. Spain has some incredible destinations including the famous Marbella on the Costa del Sol where you can purchase luxury villas at excellent prices. These can serve as incredible holiday homes for you to visit any time of year.
But the reason a Spanish property can be such a smart investment is that there are so many options with what to do with your villa moving forward. Here is why you should choose a holiday home in Spain as the place to put your money.
So you’ve gotten your killer idea, you’re putting your business plan into action, you’ve bought a domain name, you’ve ticked all the initial boxes when starting a new business, what next? Consider hiring a professional accountant to help you manage your new business. While it may seem like a needless task to start off with, if you are really keen on getting your business up and running and in good time, you need someone with management experience and knowledge of the industry. Accountants have that essential knowledge and will be able to provide professional advice based on your specific business needs.
If you are financially secure and have assets you wish to pass on to your family when you die, planning for inheritance tax (IHT) is key. As it stands, by law you can leave an estate worth £325,000 tax free. Anything above that amount will be liable to a flat 40% IHT rate.
This might mean that your family may have to sell the family home or, in any case, be unable to benefit from a large portion of the wealth you have accumulated over a lifetime.
If you are worried that this could be a likely scenario for your family, an Asset Protection Trust is definitely worth looking into. Why not discuss this flexible estate planning tool with your solicitor to see if it could be right for your situation?
When you apply for a guarantor loan, it isn’t your credit rating that the lender is most interested in: it is that of the person who has agreed to provide the security that the loan will be repaid. That’s because the lender accepts that you may not have a great credit record to start with and so will be basing its decision on the financial history of the guarantor.
The lender will want the guarantor to have a good or possibly excellent track record of managing their finances – always making repayments on time, never going into default, not having county court judgments (CCJs) registered against them and not having taken out too much credit in a short period of time.
Everywhere you look these days, people’s achievements are being celebrated, whether it be in the papers, among our family and friends, or on social media.
And why not? Success is a wonderful thing and worthy of celebration, but so to is failure.
OK, so hear me out on this one. Failure gets a bad rap and most of us go to great lengths to avoid messing up.
But here is the thing: we are all going to fail at some point — whether it be a succession of small errors or one monumental disaster.
The sooner we embrace failure as inevitable and arm ourselves with a few tricks to handle it, the better off we will be.
Here are four good reasons to celebrate failure:
Even though many people in countries like Australia and USA are taking the online route to buy auto parts, there is no dearth of myths when it comes to online purchase. In this article, we examine some of the common misconceptions about buying auto parts online.