October, 2017

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The New Zealand Banking System – Strengths and Weaknesses

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New Zealand enjoys a modern and efficient banking system, one that is open and transparent, and easy to use. New Zealand banks, with one exception, are Australian-owned, which effectively makes them branches of their Australian parent banks.

This has turned out for the benefit of the New Zealand banking industry because as the Australian economy has remained very strong during the GFC, the banking system in both New Zealand and Australia has remained very liquid. In other words, New Zealand has to a large extent escaped the effects of the financial melt-down of the banking system that many Northern Hemisphere countries have experience over the last 5 or 6 years.

Employment has remained quite strong in Australia and New Zealand over the last 5 years, despite the recession, with unemployment peaking at around 7 % in New Zealand and 6 % in Australia. As a result, New Zealand banks have continued to lend during this period, enabling businesses access to bank finance, and home buyers to be able to buy housing. As a result, the property market has now returned to where it was 5 years ago, and continues to grow at a steady pace.

The other advantage of a strong banking system is that new immigrants to New Zealand have been able to enter the country under the business visa scheme which has been helped by banks being willing to provide loan finance of up to 50 % of the purchase price of a New Zealand business. This in turn has resulted in these new immigrants bringing money into the country, and this has helped our currency to remain quite high.

The flip-side of a strong New Zealand banking system, is that because interest rates have remained high by world standards (retail rates around 5 % / term deposits around 3 % ), this has contributed to a strong New Zealand currency that has made it harder for exporters to compete on the world stage. In fact the New Zealand dollar has appreciated against most other currencies – for example about 80 % against the US dollar, over the last 30 years. This has made it easier for New Zealand banks to attract funds from the likes of Japanese pension funds where bank deposit rates are much lower (around zero).

Economists remain quite bullish towards the New Zealand economy for the above reasons, but also for the fact that it is a well-governed, progressive and diversified economy, with agriculture as its mainstay. In fact New Zealand’s ability to produce high-quality food products puts it in a strong position to take advantage of the increasing wealth of Asia and their growing demand for food. This is likely to cause the New Zealand banking industry to remain in good heart for the foreseeable future. If you are looking to immigrate to New Zealand and needing to transfer money into New Zealand, we are able to help you with this.

Jason Grill – Attorney, Advocate and Consultant for Entrepreneurs and Startups

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Jason Grill connects entrepreneurs, startups, mobile, technology and small to medium size business with the right exposure, resources and connections. Jason Grill owns JGrill Media which is a strategic consulting firm that focuses on media relations, public affairs, public relations, public strategies, professional branding, content marketing, publicity, government relations, contributing and commentating.

Jason Grill connects individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, small to large businesses, cities, communities, political figures/entities, policy makers, CEO’s/C-suite executives, founders, organizations, associations and nonprofits with the media outlets (tv, radio, online, print) on a local and national level to get the exposure they deserve to grow their brand. JGrill Media gets individuals and businesses published in reputable online publications that reach their target markets. JGrill Media specializes in building credibility through thought leadership and content marketing. Jason Grill helps build a professional brand by getting bylined articles published in national online publications and identifying and helping clients get awards and on lists that will gain them authority in their industry. By getting bylined articles and interviews published and winning the best awards, JGrill Media helps take a professional brand to the next level. By building up this brand, JGrill Media helps establish you as a credible, authority in your industry, thus bringing you or your company more business.

Jason Grill, in his legal and attorney work, helps clients with wrongful death and personal injury claims, civil and business litigations, vehicular accidents, traffic and speeding related offenses, bankruptcy, medical malpractices, guardianship (related to Autism, special needs, and down syndrome), employment and contract related issues, nursing home negligence, trusts and wills, real estate, and economic development cases, etc. He is not only registered with Missouri Bar Association but also associated with the Kansas Bar Association and is providing his valuable services as an attorney in the Kansas City area.

Jason is an avid fan of Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, Liverpool and the Kansas City Royals. He represented Kansas City in Missouri House of Representatives, and made a remarkable contribution by getting landmark legislation passed to help families of children with autism. Jason Grill played a significant role as philanthropy chairman in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and collected funds for Children’s Miracle Network. While in college, he conducted community service for many organizations that include Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, St. Louis inner-city mentorship programs, etc. While pursuing his BS at St. Louis University, he connected himself with the Omicron Delta Epsilon and various other societies such as Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, National Deans List Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Economics Honor Society, and he mentored for the Oriflamme organization.

Wide Spread Loan Modification Abuse Avoid Becoming a Victim

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With so many people facing foreclosure today, thousands of loan modification companies have emerged offering a financial lifeline. Unfortunately, most demand big upfront fees, are not sufficiently educated in the industry to actually help, and may hurt by wasting valuable time and effort, or many companies (about 75%) are in the business to scam people. As stated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan–If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments, or if you are facing foreclosure, stay away from anyone who says that they will save your home for money upfront-.

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Loss Mitigation Specialist C. Thompson Sr (Nationwide Assistance, Clermont, FLA), has determined several tale tale signs of scamming by these companies:

Charges a huge upfront fee- the purpose of the fee is to contact the lender to ask for a loan modification. But, if turned down, only half the fee or none of the fee is returned. In these cases, there should be a money back guarantee.

Will not explain the purpose of the fee- all services should be explained and all questions answered.

Is not interested in your circumstances- may not have your best interest at heart.

Does not stop the foreclosure proceedings during the negotiation.

Will accept the first proposal from the lender, which may not suit your circumstances.

A virtual company-no real office- may not be a real company.

Too good to be true- promises a fantastic interest rate or/and an exact principle reduction amount, without consulting the lender. No promises can be made without negtiating with the lender.

No approval process-An approval process should be the first step in the modification process, before a fee is paid. The process should not include credit qualification, and approval should not be made on the first phone call.

Not a member of the Better Business Bureau.-they are not a leader in the industry.

Fortunately, you can avoid these scams. There are other avenues to pursue if you need assistance with your urgent mortgage problems. Consider a non-profit agency that will assist you without charging a fee, or a real estate licensee and an attorney who will work and allow payment after the work is completed. You can also obtain free advice and consultation for your refinance, loan modification and foreclosure needs through several government agencies:

Hope NOW –

FHA –

California Department of Real Estate –

Making Home Affordable-

The information presented above applies to home refinancing and loan modification abuse. However, if you are seriously looking to improve your finances in general, visit to find out more.

All About Property Investment in Canada

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Canada is the best place for property investment. Many foreign investors are interested in buying property in Canada. As real estate investment in Canada offers some value. There are many advantages of buying the investment property in Canada. Although Canada is less expensive place to live and the standard of living is high.

How Canada come up as a Hot Investment Destination?

One thing that makes Canada a unique place is a beautiful landscape that has left with a large unspoilt and undeveloped locations of Canada. The mixture of modernism with the rustic charm of natural features and attractions is what defines Canada.

The near by cities of US-Canadian border have much developed to be in count of modern twenty-first century cities. Canada has enjoyed the pleasure of getting the maximum status in the worlds top most livable cities. This is because of the huge development in the country. Focus on development of Canadian cities is the major factor of becoming it as the hottest property investment destination of the world.

Why most of the people prefer property investment in Canada ?

Property agents, foreign investors and Canadian citizens are interested in buying the property in Canada, as Canada becomes the most desirable place to live. So the property investment in Canada is also becoming the most attractive prospect. Moreover, the property in Canada has good value because of the increasing demand day by day and as a reaction of which the value of property will also go on rising day by day. The most beneficial part of purchasing property in Canada is that the land is less expensive and the cost of living is lower but the standard of living is high.

Following are the ways to find the investment property in Canada:

-Talk to people. Let them know that you are looking for property and sometimes the property will come to you through them. There are lots of people who havent listed their property but want to sell.
-Online searching. Use internet for searching. Open any browser, enter the type of property, along with the city name where you want to invest in.
-Pay attention to different sign boards like “For Sale by Owner”. Owners often do this to get direct buyers without spending much on ads.
-Search abandoned properties. This type of property, owner might sell cheap.
-Contact to some good property agents. They will charge you but you will get your desirable property.
-Old FSBO ads. Find one/two months old “For sale By Owner” ads, Call them and if they have not sold their property yet then they may be ready to deal. Sometimes owners give up the effort, but still interested to sell.
-Put an ad in the newspaper might help you to generate few calls.
-Talk to bankers might help you to get cheaper property if they have not yet listed it to some real estate agent.

Potential Additional Costs in Buying Bank Foreclosed Homes

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Bank foreclosed homes are often offered at almost half their original market value. The longer they have been in the market, the more chances a buyer will have of negotiating for a low purchase price. However, these homes also often come with repair needs that can reach up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Impact of Home Condition on Price

Buyers should not expect banks and bank agents to tell them the extent of repairs required by the house, so it is their responsibility to find out how far the dwelling has deteriorated and to identify the areas that need adjustments. The more they know about the extent of repairs needed, the better they will be able to negotiate for an appropriate price.

People who have skills in home repairs would have an advantage since they can work on fixes themselves and would not need to hire someone else to do the work. That would be additional savings for them.

What Could Bring Costs Up

There are certain areas of bank foreclosed homes that would cost more to repair than other aspects. One of the most expensive repair jobs is home foundation. If the foundation of a dwelling has deteriorated to a point that it needs to be totally replaced, then buyers should not bother. This means that practically the whole house would have to be torn down to shore up the foundations. No matter how cheap the purchase price is, the cost of replacing foundations would not be worth the money and the trouble.

Plumbing, electrical and sewer systems that need to be replaced can also eat into the budget. If these systems require total overhaul, buyers should look somewhere else. HVAC and central airing systems are also expensive projects that might cost as much as half of the total purchase of the house. Roofs that need to be totally stripped will also entail costs that can reach up to tens of thousands.

When viewing bank foreclosed homes, a buyer should have a professional house inspector at hand. They might think that they are getting a bargain, but there are things, particularly inside the house, that might require excessive expenses that buyers can hardly afford.

Preparing Resume With Clear Banking Objectives

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Objective is nothing but the goal you have before achieving any task. When you are applying for any job, your aim will be to visualize yourself in good position in the future. When applying for any bank job, your resume objective must express to the recruiting bank officer about your aim to be working as the bank employee. You must prepare your resume in such a way that it must talk about your future career objective and it must explain to the employer how you are planning to fulfill these aims while benefiting the bank.

A Study about the Bank Profession:

The banking profession involves great responsibility because the banker has to handle financial transactions and must understand the reports which are prepared by the bank for all the transactions done. In this banking sector, one has to examine all the transactions made in his/her bank and must prepare a relevant report. Your resume for the banking job must highlight your knowledge in the field and must depict the list of details which will convince the recruiting officer to employ you. The bank profession has different positions; following are some preferred bank job responsibilities which a bank employee has to possess:

To create the financial portfolio, generate bank revenue reports, plan about bank schemes, know how to manage the banks profits, find methods for proper management, build a good relationship with the customer and customer care service, control and direct the retail banking resource and activities, discuss various business schemes with the clients and to settle the queries related to the function of the banks.

Important words to consider for banking objectives:

An objective statement in the resume is the first section which will be queried by the employer. Therefore, it is significant to include the words which describe your skills aptly. Below are such words which can enhance the quality of your objective statement and make your resume remarkable:

Self-motivated, positive thinker, enthusiastic, creative
Strong mathematical skill
Thorough knowledge of banking and finance
Logical approach and strong analytical skills

Going through many sample resumes will give an idea for preparing your resumes. There are many positions in this sector and you must alter your objective depending upon the position you are planning to apply.

Understanding The Ins And Outs Of A Coffee Franchise

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Owning a coffee franchise can be a very rewarding experience, but before you sign on the dotted line and start serving hot cups of ‘joe’, there’s certain things you need to know so you can make the right decision. If you go into buying a coffee franchise blindly, you could end up making a very costly mistake.

First things first, get a reality check. You should know going in what kind of money you have to put towards a coffee franchise, you should understand your strengths and weaknesses in running a business and be very honest with yourself about how much time you’re willing to spend in your business. If you do this, you’ll be way ahead of the curve. Don’t jump into any decision. Take your time, consult with franchise experts and do your due diligence.

The attractive thing about owning a coffee franchise is the cash flow and profit margin. People are drinking coffee today like it’s going out of style and they are happily paying upwards of $3 per cup. The real cost of the coffee is under $.25. The profit margins with coffee are HUGE! On the contrary, only making a few bucks per cup isn’t going to get you a mansion in Beverly Hills. A Coffee franchise is 100% a volume business. You have to crank out thousands of cups per month to see any real income. Some of the most successful coffee franchises have drive-thrus which can make up to 70% of the revenues.

The real secret of a coffee franchise is NOT the coffee, but the atmosphere. People can get coffee anywhere, but they come to these shops because of the social element. They come to hang out, conduct business, surf the web, relax, read a book, whatever. That’s why so many coffee franchises have the relaxing and mellow look and feel to them.

However, there are things about a coffee franchise that aren’t so fun from the very start. First, the high start-up costs can be huge. Not only will you have to pay a hefty franchise fee, but then you have to get a location, you’ll have to get equipment, you’ll have inventory to get, fixed costs, variable costs, employee wages and on and on. The costs can be high. Don’t forget about the royalty fees that are based on gross revenues, not net profits.

Now even if you are financially capable of buying the coffee franchise, that won’t matter because there are more pre-qualifiers you must meet. You’re going to need a considerable net worth, a good credit history but the real challenge is that you have to get approval to buy the franchise. If they don’t like you, they won’t sell you a franchise.

Small Business Telephone Systems For Effective Communication

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Implementing an efficient telephone system can definitely improve the way you communicate with your customers and business associates. Small business telephone systems are a great option for budding business enterprises to maintain effective communication.

Convey a Professional Business Image

Repeated breakdown in your communication system and improper call management can adversely affect your business image. Small business telephone systems offer organized call management and professional business communication. The enhanced communication experience that they offer would certainly attract more customers and enhance your sale leads and revenue. These phone systems come with high-tech call handling features including find-me/follow-me call forwarding, call conferencing, music on hold, voicemail, fax to email, voice to email and more.

The auto attendant receives calls in a professional manner and is programmed to transfer them to extensions, mailboxes, call queues, groups and conference rooms, as directed by the caller. The virtual receptionist manages several calls arriving at the same time with incredible efficiency.

Manage your Business from Distant Locations

Business establishments with more than one office and/or a mobile workforce benefit a lot from this small office telephone system. The advanced call forwarding feature routes calls to landline numbers or cell phones configured as extensions. Your business can be easily administered from other locations and you can stay connected to your clients and workforce all the time. Using a broadband connection like DSL, Cable or FIOS, your mobile workers can become an extension of your business PBX phone system.

Powerful Voicemail System

Modern small business telephone systems minimize the odds of missing calls and messages. Unanswered calls are instantly routed to the voicemail system, so that the callers can leave voice messages. This facility helps focus on core tasks without worrying about not taking customer calls during busy business hours. Voice messages are forwarded to your email account as audio file attachments. Whenever a new message arrives in your mailbox, it is promptly alerted on your cell phone.

With these diverse capabilities, small business telephone systems facilitate effective communication with your business clients. To enjoy all the benefits of these phone systems, it is important to get the service from dependable providers. This would assure the smooth functioning of the system, structured services and advanced PBX features at reasonable monthly charges.

All Top Entrepreneurs Have It Passion

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Looking at the top entrepreneurs in any field will show one common quality to which they can attribute their successes. In most every case their business success is a direct by-product for the passion they possess. No where is this more true than with internet entrepreneurs being that in most instances their passion is their chief major resource. For many working online their financial resources are limited therefore they must call upon other resources to compensate as a result. So why does being passionate play such an essential role in the financial ‘fates’ of successful entrepreneurs?

Here is a look at 3 huge benefit this one particular quality offers anybody working online in terms of their ability to achieve business success!

Excitement Initiates Action

For many taking the first step is the most difficult part of carrying out any plan. The excitement produced by being passionate helps to push people to take immediate action. As many know the first step is usually the hardest one to take but successful entrepreneurs use their enthusiasm to overcome this hurdle.

Enthusiasm Drives You On

The energy supplied by an enthusiastic mood helps to propel internet entrepreneurs further into any new project or business venture thus creating momentum. As progress is seen moods are driven higher and so is the level of motivation as well. This is a good position to be in because after seeing progress you also know the concept or ideas you are pursuing actually work.

Resilience Drives You Even Further

Now it is unrealistic to assume there will not be glitches or set backs to contend with but when they do arise your passion helps to minimize any disappointment or discouragement. The tendency is to continue moving forward and the attitude is you will not be denied and this is what is needed to achieve business success. The willingness to do what it takes to get the job done and passion helps to provide and nurture this willingness!

The top entrepreneurs in just about every field all share a common bond insofar as a certain quality they all possess. Being passionate about their business pursuits seems to be an very important factor as to how many successful entrepreneurs reach their goals. In fact no where is this more evident than with the vast majority of internet entrepreneurs. For many working online financial resources are limited therefore what they lack in capital has to be made up for in their efforts and determination. Passion serve as a great resource, as the discussion above explains, for supplying the necessary drive and resilience needed for business success. If this is a ‘resource’ you have in abundance than channeling your efforts online seems to be the way for you to go!

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.