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The Weirdest Insurance Fraud Claims of All Time [Infographic]

The moral of this infographic is this: don’t commit insurance fraud. Even when it’s not this extreme, you will still get caught.

It’s never a good idea to try to profit from “gaming” huge corporations.

Plus, it’s illegal.

So just for fun, here are the reason why you shouldn’t commit insurance fraud…

This Quick Weekly Review Can Give You 10 Extra Hours Each Week

The idea of a weekly review was first made popular by David Allen.

He suggests that you cut out a block of time each week to review the previous week, and an additional block of time to plan the upcoming week.

I’ve learned a lot from his methods and I incorporate much of his teachings in my processes.

But the fact is, you don’t want a weekly review that takes several hours to complete. Because you won’t do it.

Here’s a quick weekly review that doesn’t take all day, and will save you countless hours throughout the week…

A Luxury Safari on a Budget? Here’s How to Do It

Going on a safari is not your typical traveling experience. It requires a lot of saving and planning in order for you to get the full experience from your trip. Often travelers tend to set their expectations high, and this is not to say you should set yourself up for an unsatisfactory trip, but people often underestimate the amount of research it takes before you go on a safari.

The planning stage is without a doubt the single most important aspect of a safari. It is a good idea to talk to safari experts who can share their experience and knowledge with you. You will be able to discuss budget and an all-round outline of your trip so you have an understanding of what to expect for your money. Before putting down money for a deposit you should make sure you are completely happy with the arrangements of your safari trip.

Understanding Retirement Plans: Your Options and What’s Best for You

Retirement is always an interesting topic.

It may be so far in the future that you haven’t really thought about it, it could be closer than you care to admit, or you could technically be retired right now.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. The fact is, you need to start thinking about retirement now. Today.

You need to know your options. So I’m going to explain what they are and what to do.

Here’s what you need to know about retirement and planning for it…

11 Habits That Will Give You A Complete and Successful Life

I love to study successful people and I don’t just mean the financially successful. I’m talking about the people who are successful in their internal and external world. These are the people who live with inner-peace and outer-joy and fulfilment.

I’ve learned that success leaves clues. As long as you’re following the path of those who have achieved what you’re after, you will start picking up what it took them to get to where they are.

In this post, you will learn 11 different habits that I’ve learned and observed from people make the most out of life and the best part; you can model these habits into your life and live a more complete and successful life.

Understanding Debt: How and Why to Live Without Debt

You’ve heard both extremes: “debt is a tool” and “debt is pure evil”.

I’m not that extreme, but I do lean towards the second option.

It’s often believed that debt can be used as leverage, and that it can get you where you want to go faster than living debt-free. That can be true, but living with debt can also get you bankrupt faster than living without debt.

Yes, all reward has risk, but this one may not be worth it.

Let me clarify. Here’s why I think debt is a bad idea and how it’s possible to live without debt…

Can Poor Internet Security Put Your Retirement in Jeopardy?

The internet and online accounts have made it easier than ever to keep your accounts in check and make immediate adjustments to your investing strategy. Yet cybercriminals know about the vulnerabilities that exist online for investors. They also know the rewards of a sustained hacking or scamming effort. While banks and other financial institutions have done a great job to protect their customers online in recent years, their methods aren’t perfect just yet.

Additionally, you can be endangering your retirement by doing (or not doing) things online that reveal your personal or account data. A hacker doesn’t need to work too hard to link all of your online activities together or spot an opportunity, and identity theft remains one of the major problems of our time. Once your assets or identity are stolen, it might not be simple to get them back.

Here are a few of the things you need to know and do to keep your savings safe online:

5 Tips on Turning Change Into Real Money

We all have loose change; jangling around in our pockets, in our cars, in drawers, and often just jangling around in the washing machine; we’re often a little too quick to dismiss our change. But if we have our smart head on there’s actually plenty of money to be made, so long as we have the foresight and patience to view it in the long term.

3 Crucial Rules to Remember When Trading in Currency

In 2014, it was estimated that the daily volume of foreign exchange trading stood at an impressive $5.3 trillion. This has increased further since, especially as the global economy has continued its recovery and driven greater interest in the financial marketplace.

Currency trading is an extremely difficult exercise, however, and one that is fraught with numerous challenges. Without a clear understanding or comprehension of the marketplace and the underlying laws that govern change, it is almost impossible to profit and easy to incur losses.

Understanding Consumerism: How to Save Money in a World of Spending

Consumerism has turned into an addiction.

As a society, we are addicted to consumption. We consume products, food, things…at an alarming rate.

I’m starting this “Understanding Series” with consumerism for a reason. I’m going to go in-depth with every area of your finances throughout this series, but it all starts right here.

If you don’t understand consumerism and how to get out of the trap, you will lack in every other area of your finances.

Here it is: how to set yourself apart from the average consumer. How to be a savvy consumer…

How Technology is Reshaping Financial Services

Perspective is a curious thing. Did you know that today’s average smartphone has more computing power than the entire NASA program which successfully landed men on the moon, back in 1969? Of course, it wasn’t much of the computing but instead all the brilliant minds at work, but still. Perspective allows us to appreciate things we wouldn’t otherwise.

We make this analogy because it’s that much impressive how technology has evolved over the past few decades, and today it is a tool at the service of the global community, rather than just for selected governments and multi-million dollar companies, as it was in the wake of the 20th century. The market is constantly evolving and technology can help us to not only keep track of it but also to benefit from all these changes.

10 Tips For Relocating Without a Job

A lot of people typically look for a job first BEFORE moving somewhere else – especially to a different state. But for some folks, the pull of the unknown is stronger. After all, you’re young, independent, and ready to take on the world. Why wait?

Even if friends and family are willing to help out though, don’t just throw your cares to the wind. Yes, you can move without a job waiting for you. However, it’s still going to take some preparation, careful planning, and an exit strategy. Here are ten valuable tips to get you started.

50 Productivity Tips to Boost Your Brainpower [Infographic]

How many productivity tips have you read in your life?

I know I lost count years ago, but I’m always interested to learn more.

A good productivity tip is easy to follow and easy to implement. It shouldn’t take 1,000 words to explain.

That’s why this infographic is so awesome. 50 quick productivity tips that you can use. Today. Here it is…

25 Smart Tips to Save Money Without Compromising Your Lifestyle

Ugh, just the thought of saving money brings on a frown. It’s such a herculean task! But it doesn’t have to be like that since you can save money without giving too much effort. Believe me, it’s possible to save extra money in your bank account without bringing massive changes in your lifestyle. Here are the 25 tips that can help me prove my point.

Why Selling Your Home for the Highest Price is NOT Your True Objective

When you go to sell your home, if you’re like most people, you’ll hire a real estate agent to help you. They’ll come over to your home and do what they call a listing presentation. The listing presentation is where they tell you all the things they’ll do to market your home, what they think your home is worth and how much you’ll pay them (customarily 6% of the sales price) when the home sells. And if they’re like most agents, sometime during their listing presentation they’ll point out that the objective is to sell your home for the highest price. But that’s not true. It’s a lie. Actually it’s a sequence of lies.

The sequence goes something like this: what you want, Ms. home seller, is to sell your home for the highest price. The only way you can guarantee that is to hire a top notch real estate agent (i.e., me). And the only way to do that is to pay the full, customary commission.

How to Select Private Money Lenders to Buy Real Estate

Anyone that works in finance will tell you the immense power of leverage. Leverage is basically taking more money than you have to boost your profits in an investment. You can have someone either lend you money or invest in your venture and have more cash working for you than you can afford by yourself.

Using leverage like this works well for relatively stable investments like real estate. Buying a house and flipping it for a profit is more clear cut for most people than investing in stocks, bonds or commodities.

And the lender of choice for most people is a bank. The mortgage industry, however, isn’t what it used to be and after the last financial crisis banks have gotten pretty risk averse when it comes to making loans out to individuals.

Your chances of getting a bank loan may be reduced by certain aspects of your career and credit history and that’s where you may have to turn to private lenders.

10 Things You Need to Do if You Get Laid Off

Losing your job can be an emotional time.

Whether you get laid off or decide to leave, you may not be thinking straight.

It’s good to have a plan in place, or at least know where to find a plan (hint: this article) in the event that you do leave your job.

If you follow these 10 steps, the process will go much more smoothly…

10 Creative Ways To Save Money For A Vacation

Vacation is a great opportunity to visit new places and spend quality time with your friends and family. There are many reasons that justify going on a vacation. Vacation refreshes your mind and soul. Vacation improves mental health, relieves stress, increases productivity, strengthens family ties and allows you to do things that you enjoy the most.

Planning vacation does not only count booking luxury hotel or selecting a destination, but also analyzing bank balance to help you decide whether or not you should travel. But what if your bank account isn’t ready. You need to take effective measures to cut down your daily expenses and save money for the vacation. Read the following creative ways.

How to Sleep Yourself to Success (As in Actual Sleep)

Sleep is underrated. It may not feel like that when you’re trying to climb out of bed in the morning – that’s when you really understand the value of sleep. Yet so many people wake up tired every morning and never change their routine.

That’s not you though. You’re smarter than that.

You read trendy articles about sleeping yourself to success.

We’re talking about actual sleep here. Not the other kind of “sleeping” your way to success. Get your mind out of the gutter! I’m going to explain the importance of sleep, and mostly, how to do it well.

8 Online Tools For Business Writers

If you run a business, you wear many hats. You might be in charge of everything from invoicing to marketing and financial planning. One of your tasks is writing. You need to create material for your website, blogs or articles to showcase your knowledge within your industry, and letters to potential clients. If improving your writing skills is the last thing on your mind, these online tools can offer some helpful support.

10 Crazy Romantic (and Frugal) Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year when love is in the air. As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, our thoughts turn to matters of the heart and questions about how to celebrate the day without breaking the bank. Lucky for you, we have some excellent ideas to make this Valentine’s Day a frugal and festive event. Cue the violins…

What is the Best Way to Learn Forex Trading?

The foreign currency markets are incredibly volatile, and this means that there is a lot of opportunity for savvy traders to make a profit. However, there are also plenty of opportunities to make a significant loss too. If you want to learn forex trading, then you must understand that even the best traders can and do lose money, so you must only trade with money that you can afford to lose, and you should keep some money in reserve to allow you to trade for a few days even if you are on a losing streak.

At the moment, CFD trading is gaining popularity in some countries as it is less risky endeavor. But if you keep in mind that there are two approaches to forex trading and stay disciplined, you can make a profit. These two approaches are technical analysis and fundamental analysis. The best way to learn forex trading is to look at both of these separately, and then integrate them into a sound, logical and reasonable approach to trading.

9 Tips to Help You Save Money During a Move

They say that moving homes can be one of the most stressful experiences you will ever go through in your life – but moving can not only cause stress for the body and mind, it can also place huge strains on your bank balance (and this is after you’ve purchased your new home).

In this article, I will cover nine steps to ensure that the financial burdens of moving are lessened and your bank account can breathe a sigh of relief.

How to Learn From Everything and Everyone

Have you ever heard the saying “you either win or you learn?”

Or the popular “you have to fail forward”?

I’m sure you understand the idea of using situations, good and bad, as learning experiences, but that’s easier said than done, right?

It’s easy to talk about learning in every situation, but when you’re upset, angry or disappointed, it doesn’t seem so easy.

It starts with your perspective. Here’s how to learn from everything and everyone…

How a Merchant Cash Advance Differs From a Small Business Loan

Any type of business, irrespective of their credit scores, can get merchant cash advances through various companies. Small business loans are loans that are provided by banks and other lenders, and guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Since there’s a government guarantee in the event of default, banks and other lenders often give out such loans that they wouldn’t have otherwise given.

Fantastic Forex Trading Tips for Your Success on the Foreign Exchange

Foreign exchange trading or Forex can be a tricky business, those who are successful use numerous resources to help them decide what to trade and when. So what lesser-known resources can you call upon in order to improve your chances of making money trading on the biggest and most fluid market in the world?

5 General Insurance Buying Mistakes to Avoid

No matter whether you are looking for health insurance or income protection, effective insurance planning is a must.

There are, unfortunately, so many individuals that are forking out their hard earned cash on a policy that is simply not right for them and their financial situation.

With that being said, read on to discover five of the top general insurance buying mistakes you need to avoid.

How to Start Meditating

Meditation has been around for centuries, and yet, it can still be a controversial topic.

Most of the people who recommend meditating start by saying something like “I know you think this is some sort of eastern ritual” or “you might think you have to be Buddhist to meditate”.

I admit, it does carry that connotation, or at least it used to. I’ll spare you. I’m going to assume you’re wanting to implement meditation as a self-improvement tactic, or as a way to clear your mind and increase your focus.

That being said, here’s a guide to meditation for the average person who wants more clarity and a clear mind…

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