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Ultimate rewards and freebies on current bank accounts

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I was in a bank last week waiting to pay in a cheque while the 3 cashiers attended the queue of about 10 people; so 20 minutes after looking around at all the usual 0 per cent credit card offers and low rate loans, I was surprised when the cashier asked me if I had one of their ‘new’ current accounts.

‘New’ I thought; I’d only started banking with them in the last 8 months, how could I have an old current account!? “Oh yes” said the cashier, “we have new current accounts that offer travel insurance, mobile phone insurance and motor breakdown cover.” I thought I was in a Churchill car insurance advert for a minute!

“Hhmmm, ‘new’ current account,” I thought – doesn’t this mean ‘monthly fee’ current account?? I like the way the current accounts that charge you on a monthly basis have all been named dramatically like the ‘Ultimate Reward’ or ‘Gold Rewards’ ‘Advantage’, ‘Premier’ etc, etc…But that’s all I like about them to be honest.

All the benefits or ‘Rewards’ for your monthly fee seem to include ‘* Exclusions apply’ even to things like travel insurance. ‘Worldwide annual multi-trip travel insurance for you and your family’ – read the leaflet; but then a huge ‘* Exclusions apply – please refer to the terms and conditions.’ So you have to trawl through the thousands of ‘T’s & C’s’ to make sure you don’t fall into any of the exclusions! Who honestly bothers to read absolutely everything?

I would guess that the level of insurance and motor breakdown cover you’d get with a current account doesn’t compare to the level of cover you’d receive if you bought the same mobile phone insurance, travel insurance, or motor breakdown cover as separate policies. But then again I might be wrong…

In any case I’m ceratinly not going to start paying for a banking service that I can get absolutely free without all the gimmicks of ‘freebies’ – You get nothing for free and that’s certainly the case here because you’re paying a monthly fee, so how can it be free?! One day I might take the time to actually read through all the insurance cover terms to see exactly what you get for your money I bet it’s not that much!

John Hogan writes for the UK’s firstMotoring Web Site. Motoring.co.uk finds you the best deals on new cars and offers free car valuations to help you sell your old car. The unique online search functionality will help you find the best new cars, and new car deals, in the UK Today. Visit motoring for a free car valuation today!

Different Types Of Bank Accounts Explained

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If you are looking to open a new bank account, it is a good idea to learn about the different types of bank accounts available, to ensure that you get the right account for your exact needs.

There are several types of bank accounts available, each one being tailored to slightly different requirements and also varying from bank to bank. Each type of account offers different advantages and for many it might be beneficial to hold a combination of accounts.

Basic Bank Account

This type of account usually offers the customer the facility to have regular payments paid in free of charge, and to set up direct debits or standings orders. The customers bank should issue the account holder with a card to withdraw money, which may or may not be free of charge, depending upon where the money is withdrawn.

A basic account normally lacks the facility of a chequebook and an overdraft, the benefit of the latter being that the customer need not worry about accumulating debt. On the downside, the interest rate received by the customer may be lower than that for a current account.

Current Account

Like the basic account, current accounts are tailored towards everyday use such as paying in money, withdrawing money, as well as setting up standing orders and direct debits. Customers will receive a debit card with capability such as visa or maestro, enabling the customer to withdraw money where they find the relevant sign. The debit card for this account also permits customers to make payments via the chip and pin process.

A current account will typically also return low levels of interest on the money in your account, but unlike the basic account, may provide the facility of an overdraft which needs to be arranged with your bank. Customers are also usually entitled to a chequebook as a method of payment.

Savings Account

Savings accounts will offer a higher rate of interest to the customer and therefore provide a means of saving money and to see a return in the form of interest. This often means that you cannot move your money too often. In fact, some savings accounts require that you give notice before withdrawing money. Customers should also be ware that interest gains will be taxed, and are normally deducted before being received by the account holder. Non-taxpayers in the UK can claim back the tax on the interest gained, but for UK taxpayers, an ISA may be a better option for saving money.

Student Account

The main feature of a student account is that they normally offer an overdraft facility for students. The overdraft limit will vary between banks, but will commonly be a free facility. Banks also offer different incentives for students to open an account, which may include complimentary insurance, electronic devices, railcards and more.

A Powerful Law Of Attraction Money Tip You Can Use Right Now

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Like the law of gravity, the Law of Attraction is absolute and makes no judgment, regardless of whether or not you believe in in. By understanding its basic principles, you can use this amazing law to draw anything you wish into your life. And when it comes to finances, knowing even one Law of Attraction money tip can make significant positive changes to your bank account (in your favor, of course).

The Law of Attraction (also known as LOA) states that anything that you focus on most of the time will be drawn to you. So commonsense would tell you that if you anted more financial wealth in your life, you’d simply focus on getting wealthier. Unfortunately, this goes against human nature. What the majority of people do is place their full attention on what they DON’T have as opposed to what they want.

Since the LOA will give you exactly what you are thinking about most, people who dwell on their lack of money ultimately attract more experiences to them that keeps them lacking for money. To change this situation, if you have to reverse what you are placing your attention on.

Law of Attraction Money Tip: place all of your mental energy on the money you want to have instead of your lack of money.

Sounds simple enough, but just changing your “money mindset” can drastically improve your financial situation. So instead of worrying about not having enough money, you need to place your attention on the money you’d like to have. Get rid of those “I never have enough money” thoughts, and instead replace them with images of the amount of money that you’d like to have.

This one Law of Attraction money tip, if acted on with strong emotion, will manifest money to you almost instantly. If you want more money, then fill your mind with thoughts of having more money. Visualize that money in your hand or your bank account, and it will soon be there, almost as if by magic. Don’t be like 95% of people who struggle each day with not having enough financial resources. Be wealthy in your mind first, and let the LOA take care of the rest.

Singapore Business Registration Guide for Foreign Entrepreneurs

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A person with his own business enjoys more financial independence and greater control on his financial status. But to succeed in any venture, it is important for anyone to visualize first his goals, business structure to follow, and other related details before proceeding to his business. Three Basic Types of Business Entities

The first thing an entrepreneur should decide is what type of business entity he wants to adopt before he starts the application for Singapore business registration.

Is it sole proprietorship in which he would be the only owner and will enjoy full control? Is it partnership in which he can have up to 20 business partners which means more funding? Or is it private limited company (or corporation) in which his business will enjoy perpetual existence while his personal assets are protected from the debts and losses of his company?

Every business entity has its own pros and cons which must be greatly considered. However, most experts agree that a private limited company is the most ideal for entrepreneurs with a long-term goal for their business as this setup will allow them to enjoy protection of asset, attractive corporate incentives, and other benefits.

The Products and Services

Bonafide entrepreneurs have always associated their products and services to their target-market so they can estimate the amount of capital they will need, equipment and materials to be purchased, and the level of quality they should offer.

Meanwhile, these questions can guide budding entrepreneurs on deciding on what products or services they should offer: What are my niche skills and interests that can generate profit? What is the estimated profit of my product? Can it be easily sold? It is easy to produce? Does it have an existing target-market?

Competitive and Market Analysis

One of the most important things any entrepreneurs should do is examine the business environment which includes the existing competition, different types of consumers, media, social norms, and other factors which can have a direct and indirect impact on their business.

When conducting competitive analysis, most experts agree that these four factors should be the main focus of entrepreneurs: who are the direct and indirect competitors, the specific market of competitors, the number of years they have been operating, and how do they attract their target-market.

Operations of a Business

Operations usually include the location, how many employees a certain business will need, the equipment, machinery, suppliers, materials, ways to track inventory and sales, and other related-issues.

Kfc Franchise – What You Need To Know

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A KFC franchise is just part of the umbrella of the Yum Brands empire. Yum Brands is the largest restaurant franchise system in the world. KFC franchises are located in over 80 countries worldwide and have sister franchises like Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers and A&W.

There are quite a few advantages of being part of the Yum Brands family however, owning a KFC franchise may not be right for you.

First and foremost, any potential franchisee must be prepared to own more than one franchise. Therefore, if you want to open a KFC, you’re also most likely going to need to open another franchise in the same location. That’s why you see so many groups of fast food stores in the same location. A good idea would be to consider owning multiple franchises on multiple sites.

Yum Brands has quite a reputation for having ambitious business owners as their franchise owners. To be considered on their “good list”, you’re going to have to own at least three KFC franchises. In fact, ambitious franchise owners will get help from Yum Brands on building up their franchises.

The upfront cost to get into a KFC franchise is why so many people do not qualify for this particular franchise. Go ahead and plan on spending 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 to start up your KFC franchise and partner brand franchise. Furthermore, your net worth has to be above 1 million and you have to have liquid assets of at least $360,000. On top of that, you must have experience in the food service industry or least your partner must have that experience.

Plan on spending at least a year going through the whole process from start to finish. If you qualify based on their requirements, you will meet with the Yum Brands leadership to see if the relationship would be a good one for both parties involved. Then there would be the work finding a site and all that other fun stuff.

Bottom line is owning a KFC franchise can be very profitable and a very solid investment even if you can qualify for the high demands of buying a KFC franchise.

Icici Bank Sells Terminals Of Card Payment

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ICICI Bank has concluded the sale of its network of electronic point of sales (PoS) terminals that accept Credit Card and Debit Card payments to First Data Corporation (FDC). The bank has hived off its network of over 1.5 lakh electronic swipe machines to a separate company ICICI Merchant Services. First Data has bought an 81% stake in the company which has been valued at a little over $90 million.

When contacted, ICICI Bank refused to comment on the transaction. The bank has, however, communicated to merchants having ICICI Bank terminals that the PoS network has been transferred to ICICI Merchant Services. First Data, along with partner banks, is keen to proliferate payment transactions not just at top retailers but also through small cities or towns in India, said Amrish Rau, country manager, First Data Corporation.

Referring to the transaction with ICICI Bank, Mr Rau said an announcement would be made in due course. Mr Rau, who represents First Data in the country, is likely to head the new payments company. First Data is a US-based company that has been created after banks farmed out their back office processing systems into a separate company. FDC is presently owned by private equity giant KKR.

The Reserve Bank of India has already given clearance for the deal. According to banking sources, the deal value has gone up after RBI said that merchant establishments, including grocery stores and supermarkets, could swipe customer cards and offer them cash.

In addition to unlocking value, ICICI Bank expects that the specialised company will bring down transactions costs and also grow the payment network more efficiently. This is the first time that an Indian bank has hived off its PoS terminal network.

So far it has been foreign banks that have outsourced these functions but their network is of much smaller scale.

ICICI Merchant Services will earn a fee every time a credit cards or debit cards transaction is processed through the point of sale network. The fee is usually borne by the merchant and a large part of it goes to the card issuing bank. This is in lieu of the credit that the issuing bank extends to the cardholder until the end of the billing cycle. A smaller part of the commission goes to the bank owning the PoS terminal (acquiring bank) and smaller portion to the payment company Mastercard or Visa.

Incidentally, State Bank of India has for some time expressed its intention to set up a network of half a million point of sales terminals. To build this network the bank had earlier sought partners. However, the project was shelved as the bank decided to take a more holistic approach of its payments business.

Atlanta Ga Business Franchise Consultant Knows Comfort Keepers Franchise

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Senior care franchise associates Biz Advisors Inc, as an Atlanta GA franchise consultant suggest the Comfort Keepers franchise.

Exploring the Range of Home Care Services

Senior citizens today have more home care services to choose from than ever before. And more than ever, seniors are opting to continue living at home for as long as possible, even when they need medical assistance.

Home care services have increased in popularity as a senior care option to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, even as quality of facility-provided care continues to improve.

The reasons for home care services growth include:

* Americas 65+ population is growing faster than ever (expected to double to more than 70 million by 2030, accounting for one of every five Americans)

* Much of the senior population growth is being fueled by the baby boom generation, which is entering retirement. Todays seniors, who are more active and living longer than previous generations, prefer to continue living independently at home for as long as possible

* Medical advancements make it possible for in-home care of chronic health conditions, which have become more prevalent due to the aging population

* Home care has become more accepted by physicians

* There is a movement toward more cost-effective health care options, such as in-home care

Studies show that even after they begin needing assistance with the activities of daily living or ongoing health care, seniors prefer to age in the comfort of their own home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than two-thirds of older Americans who already need daily assistance are now living at home. This includes more than 70 percent of persons with Alzheimers disease.

In-home senior care agencies offer a wide variety of services that clients can select as needed. The services can be tailored to provide whatever amount of help a senior need to perform the activities of daily living. Services include:

*Companionship and care services, such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, conversation and companionship, medication reminders, transportation, grocery shopping, laundry, and recreational activities

*Personal care services, such as bathing, help with mobility, incontinence care, toileting, feeding, and special diet preparation

*Technology services, such as monitoring, emergency response and medication management systems to provide security and care for seniors when professional or family caregivers are not present

Many seniors needing in-home care have chronic medical conditions that require regular management, so medical home care agencies can work in conjunction with non-medical in-home senior care providers to meet a seniors complete needs.

In-home elder care providers, such as Comfort Keepers, also serve todays more active seniors, helping them maintain connections with friends, as well as community organizations and hobbies that continue to give them satisfaction.

Atlanta GA franchise consultant Biz Advisors Inc sells the Senior care franchise, Comfort Keepers franchise.

Tricks To Grow From Small Business To The Big One

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If you are thinking to grow any small business in todays era then you need to focus on new avenues that many have been avoiding so far. What many business sales consultants do is simply work on doing more of whats already being done. Making more ads and do all the phone calls. What one can effectively do and find success is all by changing their approach. Thinking big and exploring new avenues which the competitors have missed are the solution for all small business to grow bigger.

Many have tried all doors to expand capital needed to grow business. Even traditional bank lenders show their back in need of working capital. And if the time is anyway related to recession then it surely gives an excuse to them to move out.

The newest technique suggested by sales consultants was opting for a specialized form of asset based finance in which all the money is lent against companys purchase orders. This thing works like a transactional line of credit in which they are able to give 100% credit to foreign suppliers for producing goods. During challenging economic times, inventive solutions were approached by few sales consultants like this to help companies stay afloat and remain competitive. It is a time for any businessman to reinvent all strategies as according to the situations prevailing and stay financed to do all the market and sell. Many turnaround ideas for entrepreneurs to be used are:

One can create independent sales with distributorships or franchises. The more people you have it will get shared for the better. Sometimes one can find partners with more capabilities that you were finding difficult to handle.

Attach with a complementary business. For instance if you are making cars you can try your hands on companies that can make tyres for your car. The technique exposes you to a new customer base and all marketing and promotional expenses get shared too.

Expansion in the form of new location open new scales and avenues in steps of entrepreneur. This attracts whole new crowd and gives you a potential to sell more or grow up however the prospects can be vice versa too.

Getting online is a must for any business these days and is helpful in boosting up business. It gives an exposure to a small business on a wider circle with many prospective leads, new markets and collects new idea from all around the world.

Enhance your customer base as it is the most cost effective way to grow your business. Acquiring new customers always involve high costs so introducing new lines in your current product keeps complimenting each other.

Home Business Online Start earning money

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If you want to make extra money online in your leisure time, want to earn with learn, or you have retired from your job or unemployed, the Internet is the places to look for home based business opportunities due to its worldwide presence. There are countless home based business opportunities available. From home online business opportunities you just not only earn money but will also enjoy doing it. The other best part is that it is not necessary that you require a big amount of capital for this. Its very easy today to start a home business on the internet. Home based business opportunities can be found almost everywhere. It is also true that to start a home based business definitely takes some time and money to get on track. Therefore, prior to starting up your home online business, start doing research into online business. And determine the area or field you want to look for your new internet home based business and the next step would be to actually research the different opportunities available to you as a home worker. There are opportunities with a free website, internet marketing training, and a good support network like a forum and helpdesk. You can also get free websites easily around internet. These sites recommend you the capability to set up your website content and even consist of exceptional things like trackers and ads. Once you start doing home business online, you will be able to access an entire new world of customers. Because there are many methods, both free and paid, to advertise your website, try some free methods first like article marketing, forum postings and blogging to get some traffic to your website. You could also explore some paid methods, like pay per click (PPC) with for example Google Ad-words, but make sure that you should invest first in knowledge, buying software to be able to track the ads, analyze the results and select the best profitable keyword list. Also remember, to start home business online, you need some skills to achieve results. But once you will learn the basic techniques that will help you further in your internet home business venture. Apart from that, it will not be wise decision if you spend money in the beginning on many marketing methods at the same time without doing them in an optimal way.

So, choose the right internet home based business and start with the field that you already know something about.

Why Dub Chrome Rims Are A Popular Modification

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Don’t you just hate the fact that modern cars all look virtually identical even though different manufacturers have built them. The reason for this is the way in which vehicles are now designed using computers rather than with an artistic approach. Fortunately, if you want to have a car that is simply unique in its overall appearance, there are various modifications you can have done. A good example would be to fit a set of rims, which adds a greater style and individuality. To be able to stop traffic and turn heads wherever you go you should check out the latest Dubs rims that are available.
A set of Dub rims can instantly make your car stand apart. It adds a personal touch which is not present in most of the vehicles we seen on the roads. Any modifications will require an investment to a certain degree and rims are no different. At the end of the day it will add value to your vehicle, and the respect that is given by other drivers cannot be had through other means.
What model is your car? Whichever it is, there is every chance that each year there are possibly hundred of thousands of units sold. Even on your street there may be an identical motor with the same paint job.
Dub custom rims are created with a top quality finish. The stock rims fitted on your vehicle, if there are any, would not have undergone such a thorough design and manufacturing process. These tires and rims are built to last; they will resist rust for many years if maintained correctly. This is an important consideration if you are to invest a few hundred bucks.
No matter what size wheels are on your car, you will be able to choose a set of Dub rims that give the perfect look. They’re available in a diverse range of shapes, styles and designs. You can easily go for a themed look, for example you may be after an urban feel or a chunky tough looking option.
Our cars are more than just vehicles; they are a way of expressing our personalities. We all jump to opinions about the owners of particular cars. By modifying yours you will be able to express your personality more effectively. Any image can be created through a set of custom rims.
It is important to understand the difference between chrome and alloy rims so that you can create the look you want. Chrome rims are obviously the loudest and most expensive choice. They will need an extra level of care to ensure they are constantly gleaming. If your car gets dirty after every drive then a set of alloy rims may be better. These do not show up dirt as easily and require less maintenance.