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October 16, 2010

Virgin Money

Virgin Money is part of the Virgin-empire created by Sir Richard Branson whose entrepreneurial spirit has created 360 companies during his lifetime. Virgin Money offers a unique 'social loans' program where friends and family can fund personal loans.

Virgin Money is not a bank, but does offer personal financial products including credit cards. In January 2010, Branson purchased Church House Trust, a small private bank, which will eventually allow Virgin Money to offer real estate mortgages and personal checking and savings accounts.

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May 31, 2010

High Interest Savings Account

High interest savings account refers to bank savings accounts that pay a higher annual percentage yield than traditional accounts. Prior to the banking crisis, the average rate of interest for savings accounts varied between 2-1/2 and 5-percent. Today, the average interest rate is less than 1-percent.

It is crucial for consumers to comparison shop high interest savings account providers in order to obtain the highest return on investment. Financial experts recommend seeking out banks that compound interest daily. Many banks compound interest on a monthly or quarterly basis which can substantially reduce the accrued interest; defeating the purpose of placing your money into a high interest savings account.

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May 13, 2010

Home Equity

Homeowners who obtain a home equity loan or line of credit use the accrued equity as collateral to secure the loan. When the housing crisis occurred, millions of homeowners lost a substantial amount of home equity because of the dramatic reduction in real estate prices.

To determine the amount of available home equity, lenders calculate the outstanding balance owed on first and second mortgages and subtract it from the appraised property value. The difference between the two amounts will determine how much money borrowers qualify for when obtaining a home equity loan.

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January 26, 2010

Financial Planning

Many people believe financial planning is reserved for the wealthy. Others believe creating a financial plan is too difficult or they do not have enough money to save for their future. These false beliefs can prevent people from achieving their financial goals and leave them living paycheck to paycheck and praying no unexpected financial emergency occurs.

The reality is financial planning is more important today than ever before. With a weakened economy and increased cost of living, most people are worried about their financial future. Financial planning can provide a sense of relief and the opportunity to build personal wealth.

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September 26, 2009

Debt Solutions

Today, many people are looking for debt solutions. They are tired of being stressed out by mounting debt and exorbitant interest rates. Millions of Americans require immediate debt help in order avoid foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Several debt solutions exist including: budgeting, debt consolidation, debt management, debt settlement, credit counseling and bankruptcy. Each option carries its own set of pros and cons. Not all options are available to everyone. Some require debtors to meet specific criteria, while others charge fees for services rendered.

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September 17, 2009

Cash for Annuity Payments

Cash for annuity payments can be received by selling structured settlements to a cash flow note investor. Private investors and investment groups provide lump sum cash payments in exchange for assignments of annuity payments. However, it is important to understand how this type of transaction works before entering into a contact. It is even more important to scrutinize the company offering to buy structured settlement annuity payments.

Obtaining cash for annuity payments can be a complex process. In some states, the sale of structured settlements requires court approval. Therefore, it is best to consult with a professional note buyer such as Simon Volkov or a structured settlement attorney.

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September 03, 2009

Mortgage Refinance

Entering into mortgage refinance allows homeowners to reduce their monthly mortgage payment or obtain cash from accrued equity in their home. However, it is important to gather all the facts and shop around for the best interest rate and lowest closing costs.

The first step of mortgage refinance should be reviewing the current mortgage note. Financial experts recommend refinancing when homeowners can obtain interest rates at least 2-percent lower than what they are currently being charged.

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December 25, 2008

Credit Counseling

Credit counseling is a good option for people who are considering bankruptcy or those who have trouble managing their money. Credit counseling is also good for people who are just starting out and want to ensure they begin their life journey with a strong financial foothold.

Credit counseling is available in nearly every metropolitan city across the United States. Most agencies charge a fee for their services. However, there are non-profit credit counseling agencies that provide no- or low-cost services to those who qualify.

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October 09, 2008

Pay Off Credit Cards

There are good reasons to pay off credit cards. First and foremost, by paying outstanding balances in full each month, you will be able to retain your credit status. In today's tumultuous economy, credit is going to be much harder to obtain. Consumers who pay the minimum amount will likely see their credit line diminish. Others may have their account closed altogether.

Another good reason to pay off credit cards is to eliminate monthly payments and high interest rates. Experts state that Americans carry an average of $20,000 in credit card debts. By paying only the minimum due, consumers could pay interest for as long as 20 years. Is that morning latte and fast food lunch really worth being in debt for two decades?

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October 06, 2008


Debts have reached epidemic proportions and the U.S. economy is on the verge of collapse. Not only are corporations failing at unprecedented rates, American consumers have accrued more than $2 trillion in creditor debts. This figure does not account for the billions due in outstanding mortgage debts.

Experts claim the average American carries $20,000 in outstanding debts. Today, it is common practice for consumers to use credit cards to pay for daily living expenses including gas, utilities, food and clothing. With the current economic chaos, experts predict credit card companies will soon begin reducing credit limits. If this occurs, Americans who use plastic to pay for living expenses will be unable to meet their monthly financial obligations.

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