Wednesday, November 14, 2012

14 Lessons on Money

1. Money is an idea.
In other words, money is what you think it is. It's whatever your own reality is telling you that it is. If you think having a lot of money is evil or a topic you should not talk about then that's the kind of relation you'll have towards money. If you think money is fun to acquire and you love talking about how to get better at it, then that's the role it plays in your life. I'm not saying one relationship towards money is better or more accurate than another. That's entirely up to you to choose. But make sure it really is a choice and not something that you automatically accept as being true based on what you were brought up to believe that money is.

2. Money is exactly as important as you make it. Continuing on the previous insight it's again a question of your own context. If you think money is an unimportant part of your life, then becoming rich is not important either. If handling money in a productive way is important to you, then financial abundance is a logical and natural goal to achieve. However, there's a difference between being broke and not wanting to become wealthy, and being broke and not knowing that you have the power to become wealthy. Everyone has the potential to make a shift in their relationship towards money.

3. Money does not make you rich. Money has the power to make you both rich and poor. Being rich, poor or middle-class is a question of mind-set. The way you handle money simply shows what kind of a mind-set you're equipped with. A perfect example of this is when somebody acquires a great sum of unexpected money. Poor people will just end up poorer and rich people will end up richer.

4. Money does not solve money problems. This is closely linked to the lesson above. There are certain people I definitely would not lend money to because I know it would make more damage than good - for both of us. The person would only get further in debt and have an even poorer mind-set, I would suffer from having my money jeopardized and our relationship might suffer in the end even though the initial intention is of a good nature - to help a friend in need. Giving money away simply does not help, but giving advice that proactively eliminate money problems in the first place is easier and a more productive way to help.

Financial Alchemy: How to Be a Money Magnet

Your current financial situation is a direct reflection of your inner relationship with Money. If you don't like your finances, something needs to change in your relationship. This is where Alchemy comes in.

Alchemy is the art of transformation. With roots in ancient Egypt and classical Greece, Alchemy comes from a time when there was no distinction between science and magic. The mysteries of matter and consciousness were inextricably linked (as they are again, in today's quantum physics). These ancient studies gave birth to modern medicine, psychology, chemistry, and even Sir Isaac Newton's work on gravity.

The ultimate pursuit of Alchemy was the "Philosophers' Stone," a substance believed to turn worthless metals into gold. While Alchemists through the ages slaved in the laboratory, their metalwork concealed a spiritual process, a Philosophers' Stone which had to be kept hidden from the Church: this was the process of inner transformation. Two principles are involved here: 1) turning lead into gold was an outer demonstration of inner transformation, and 2) the seed of the solution (the gold) was hidden in the problem (the lead). I invite you to use this chapter to discover your own Philosophers' Stone--your key to wealth and inner transformation--hidden in your relationship with Money.

Before we proceed, let's review some guidelines I adapted from Alchemist tradition:

Rule #1: As it is above, so it is below.

What shows up in your head is going to show up in your life. This chapter will be using fundamental Relationship Coaching skills to help you transform your relationship with money from a dead seed into a flowering garden. A seed comes to life as a living, thriving, fruit-flowering the right environment. So, too, your own prosperity. Your potential for financial abundance is there, waiting for the necessary environment within you. Your relationship with money is like the soil that feeds or starves your economic growth. As long as you have hidden beliefs that cause you to unconsciously repel money, perhaps "protect" yourself from wealth, your garden will not grow.

Rule #2: There is no scarcity.

A wealthy client once explained to me how he had overcome poverty. "The amount of money out there in play every day is limitless, beyond our comprehension. Money is everywhere," he explained. And it's available in proportion to "how big your funnel is to take it in." He had learned to tap into the Source. This relationship supported him.

Rule #3: Consciousness gives you choice.

I assert even a small change in your relationship consciousness can have a huge impact on your material life. You get what you choose, but first you need to know what you're choosing. How do I know this? I experienced this transformation myself.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Personal Loans for Bad Credit

Personal loans are easy to obtain. They can be used for a variety of financial needs. However, the worse your credit is the harder time you will have getting a personal loan with decent rates. There are two types of personal loans, secured and unsecured. Unsecured personal loans mean no collateral is needed to secure the loan. If you have bad credit, you will only be approved for a secured loan because you are considered high risk. The forms of collateral accepted include vehicles, property, and other tangible items. The collateral has to have a value sufficient to cover the balance due on the loan.

There are many reasons people have bad credit. It can be that they have been reckless with their money and finances. For most people this isn’t the case. Back credit can be the result of a death in the family resulting in loss of income. Layoffs or getting fired from a job often come without warning. Medical emergencies also lead to bad credit as can divorce. Regardless of the reason a person has bad credit; they are still going to need to apply for a personal loan at one point or another.

There are many lenders out there that understand bad credit can happen to good, responsible people. Therefore, they may be willing to give you the chance to prove you will be responsible again and repay the personal loan. You will likely have a high interest rate associated with your personal loan, and that can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Take it in stride and look at the positive side of things. Getting a personal loan at any interest rate can help you rebuild your credit. Make sure you pay the payments on time. To save on the interest you pay, consider sending extra payments whenever you can.

Be cautious when applying for a personal loan online. There are scam artists out there who prey on those in need of a personal loan, especially if they have bad credit. Never agree to pay any processing fees or other types of payments. It is against the law under the Federal Trade Commission for any lender of personal loan funds to ask for processing fees. Many individuals with bad credit are sucked into these scams because they need the loan so bad. It is important to check out the lender with the Better Business Bureau. If you are suspicious of anything, do not move forward with the loan process.

Don’t forget to check with the smaller lending companies. Most large lenders are very impersonal and base your eligibility on a computer generated decision. Smaller lending companies are more likely to take the reasons for your bad credit into consideration along with other factors. If you can establish that you are responsible and that you have income sufficient to repay the loan, then this may be the opportunity you have been hoping for.

Personal loans can be a godsend, especially if you have poor credit. Make sure to take your time before committing to any personal loan offered. Be prepared to provide collateral and to pay a high interest rate as a penalty for your poor credit. Try to view the circumstances as an opportunity rather than as a punishment.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Personal Loan Scams

Personal loans are a great way to generate the revenue you need for a variety of needs. Such loans can be secured by banks, loan companies, private investors, and online lenders. It is important that you are aware of personal loan scams and how to avoid them. This type of scam was ranked #5 in the United States for the year 2000. On average, each person scammed lost $464. As a result, the Federal government has been working hard to educate the public about such scams.

The advanced fee personal loan scam is the most common method of taking your money and running. Most victims of such a scam never report it to the authorities because they are embarrassed that they feel for such a ruse. Victims also feel angry. They obviously needed money or they wouldn’t have applied for a loan in the first place. They now have less money than they did to begin with. Those who do report the scam are often frustrated because the perpetrators are very seldom caught and brought to justice. It is very important that you do report any such instant of advanced fee personal loan scam. If you don’t, you are further enabling the predator to do it to others.

Advanced fee personal loan scams work on those who are desperate for a loan, over trusting, uneducated, and who have bad credit. More than half of advanced fee personal loan victims are under the age of 30. The lender tells the applicant that they guarantee they can work with their situation, but that there is a loan processing fee involved. This can be a fee hundred dollars or more. With the technology available now, it is not uncommon for the operators of these scams to have websites and even 800 numbers for you to call. They will send you letters that look so official, you won’t give them a second thought.

The stories of those victimized by such advanced fee personal loan scams will break your heart. One woman had been laid off and was about to be evicted. She found another job and applied for a personal loan to get caught up on the rent. She paid the lender almost her entire first paycheck for so called processing fees on this loan they guaranteed she was eligible for. She was understandably upset when she was evicted as well as found out the lender had taken off with her hard earned money.

To protect yourself from falling victim to advanced personal fee loan scams, be careful who you attempt to borrow from. Make sure they are a reputable company. If they are an online business, check them with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure you enter there business name exactly as they list it. A well known practice of this scam is to use a name very similar to an actual reputable lending institution that applicants may be familiar with the name of.

For those of you with bad credit or no credit, don’t believe something that sounds too good to be true, it likely is as the saying goes. You may have to pay a higher interest rate if you have bad credit or no credit, but you should never have to pay any fees up front to apply for a loan or to have it processed. Some personal loan scams will call the fees you pay the first month payment or a high risk deposit. Applicants need to be aware that no such things exist. As a matter of fact, any lender must allow you to have access to the funds for minimum of seven days before they can collect a first payment. You can check the legitimacy of any fees charged by a financial institution with the Federal Trade Commission. If you are facing financial difficulties, look for advice from a reputable non-profit credit counseling service rather than a lender.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Personal Loan Research

Taking the time to research the area of personal loans can be exciting for those interested in finding the best rates and lenders to work with. While this can be time consuming, it also levels the playing field. It can often give you the leverage to negotiate the personal loan types you want from a reputable lender. This is also a great way to prevent yourself from being taken advantage of by a few scrupulous lenders.

One of the best places to start for your personal loan research is the going rates of the industry at the time you are looking to secure such a loan. This will give you a solid comparison when you start looking at the rates individual lenders are offering. There are several things to take into consideration regarding the loan rate.

First, make sure you do an updated search in this area if a period of time lapses between your initial research and when you start looking into a personal loan as rates change often. Next, make sure you are aware of your credit history and credit score. You can expect an interest rate very similar to the industry rate if you have good to excellent credit. However, if your credit has some damage be prepared for that rate to increase on your particular personal loan.

Personal loans may have fees associated with them. It is important for you to understand that it is against the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission for lenders to take any money upfront for a personal loan application or processing fee. Any such fees must be included in the loan. The Federal Trade Commission is an excellent resource for you to look at. Here you will find all the possible personal loan fees that are allowed to be assessed. Make sure you ask any potential lender for a disclosure of all fees, allowing you to find out the entire cost of a personal loan. You have the right to report any violations of these regulations to the Federal Trade Commission in writing, over the phone, or online.

There are many lenders out there offering personal loans. This includes banks, investment brokers, and other financial institutions. Over the years, internet lends have cropped up on every search engine. It is important that you research the lender you anticipate working with. To start, make sure the lender doesn’t have ongoing issues with customers.

You can check this information at no charge. Simply review online postings from other consumers as well as checking with the Better Business Bureau. You will also want to find out how long the business has been established. Further research can help you find out information pertaining to lenders including interest rates for personal loans, terms and conditions, maximum loan amounts, and repayment terms.

Personal loans offer financial relief and aid to many individuals. The funds can be used for a variety of needs. People often apply for them when they need money in a hurry. However, it is in your best interest to conduct research on the personal loan industry before applying for such a loan. There is wonderful information available regarding the going personal loan interest rate as well as individual lender information. Taking the time to conduct research of personal loans can help ensure you get the right loan for your needs at an awesome interest rate.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Personal Loan Officers

Most lending institutions offer personal loans. There are personal loan officers that will assist you with the process as well as let you know your options. It is not uncommon for loan officers to be trained in more than one type of loan. If possible, look for a lender that has personal loan officers that specifically deal with that type of loan only. That will ensure they have the latest information available in that area and know exactly what your options are when a personal loan is in the works.

Being a personal loan office involves being able to work well with the public. It also requires excellent processing and organization skills. The job won’t always be easy as there will be many loans you have to deny. I am sure telling that to the applicant is never an easy part of the job. Personal loan offices have to be well trained in the field of such loans as well as willing to keep up with the information that emerges in that field.

Excellent communication skills are absolutely required as you will need to find ways to translate the technical business side of the loan process into simple common language terms for applicants to comprehend. Since personal loan officers have access to applicant’s personal information, confidentiality is very important.

Personal loan officers are often in a line of work similar to that of a salesman. They often talk with those interested in personal loans on the phone or in personal. They work hard to establish good report early on. They also encourage the applicant to proceed with the application. Personal loan officers are often instructed by the lender they work for to tell the applicant the maximum amount of personal loan they are eligible for rather than just the amount they requested. This is to encourage the applicant to accept more money, thus generating more revenue for the lending institution in the form of interest.

Once a loan application has been submitted, the personal loan officer will review the information. They will also verify employment and other pertinent information. If there is additional information needed to finish processing the application, the loan officer will notify the applicant. After all that is in place, it doesn’t take long to access the applicant’s credit score and determine if they are eligible. The personal loan officer will analyze the credit information and the application to determine the amount of risk associated with approving the loan. Once this is done, the entire application and information is passed on to an underwriter. Here the final say on approval is decided as is the amount that the applicant is eligible to borrow.

Personal loan officers generally work 40 hours per week and have weekends off. However, more and more lending companies are starting to offer services on Saturdays to meet the needs of the customers. Overtime many be required of the job if there is a high volume of applications to process. Often volume will increase when rates drop. That will depend on the policies of the lender you work the personal loan officer works for.

Most loan officers are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in an area of business such as finance or economics. The specific education and work experience needed will depend on the institution. There are no licensing requirements to be a personal loan officer. In some companies, individuals who have worked hard but don’t have a formal education will be trained on the job to be a personal loan officer. The pay for personal loan officers varies by agency and region. However, it is likely to be at least double the minimum wage for that area. This field is in high demand, with over 300,000 loan officers in the Nation.

Personal loan officers have a job that requires organization and communication. Their job is to assist applicants for personal loans with questions as well as the lending process. This can also include assistance with completing the loan application. Most personal loan officers have an educational background in business that they can use to build a solid foundation as a personal loan officer on.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Personal Loan Insurance

A personal loan is a great opportunity to have the funds to consolidate your debt, take a college course, repair your car, or even take a vacation. Personal loans can be secured or unsecured. Secured loans are much riskier because they involve providing the lender with collateral to ensure repayment of the loan. If you fail to meet that repayment, the lender will legally own your property, vehicle, or what ever asset you used to secure the loan.

Personal loans offer plenty of opportunity for individuals to improve their overall financial situation if the funds are used in conjunction with good money management skills. However, we all know things take place in life that we have no control over including death of a income source for our household, losing employment, or medical issues. These circumstances can all affect our ability to repay a personal loan. If that loan is secured, then you will lose your asset tied to it as well. To protect yourself from such horrible possibilities, consider purchasing personal loan insurance.

Personal loan insurance is the best protection you can have for repayment when the plan you outlined to cover the loan develops unexpected bumps in the road. The cost of such insurance varies, and is generally determined by the outstanding balance of your personal loan. The type of personal loan insurance coverage you choose will also affect the premium. However, this insurance can offer peace of mind for borrowers, especially those who have a secured personal loan.

There are three types of personal loan insurance coverage to choose from. The specific dollar amounts of coverage will depend on the laws in your State and the dollar amount of your loan. It is important to discuss personal loan insurance with any lender you are considering pursuing a personal loan with.

Personal loan death insurance will pay up to a certain dollar amount in the event of the death of one of the individuals on the loan. In the event that the personal loan only had one person’s name on it, then the loan balance will be paid in full up to the maximum dollar amount. Most personal loans only have a maximum loan amount of $15,000 however it is not uncommon for individuals to take out more than one personal loan.

Disability Plus personal loan coverage is the coverage most often purchased for personal loan protection. It will pay your monthly personal loan payments up to a certain dollar amount. In addition you will receive a cash payment of a percentage of your loan amount each month to help you with the cost of living expenses.

Involuntary Unemployment Coverage Insurance for personal loans is very popular. This type of insurance will pay up to a certain dollar amount per month in personal loan payments for up to a set amount of months.

Personal loans are a great financial tool when used properly. Personal loan insurance is a very responsible invest to help ensure your payments will be made regardless of medical issues, unemployment, or in the event of death. The insurance is especially important for individuals with a secured personal loan. Not only with their credit be negatively impacted, but they will lose valuable assets that are tied to their personal loan.

Personal loan insurance is very affordable and can often be purchased through the lender. It is important that you educate yourself in the area of personal loan insurance and inquire about it at the time of looking into such personal loans. Most lenders are more than happy to discuss this option with you as it further assures them they will receive the funds you borrow.