Category: Finance & Invesment

What makes an investment ethical

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People want their money to work hard to deliver the best possible return on their stake. There are many ways that people can grow their money, from traditional savings and ISA accounts to more diverse investments such as commodities.

Current times are quite challenging in terms of what investments actually do provide a decent return on customers monies, and many people are turning to ethical investment opportunities.

What is an ethical investment?

An ethical (also known as Sustainable) investment is an investment that not only offers a good return on the clients money but also helps the planet. This is done by investing in commodities such as timber, where plantations are created and harvested over a designated period of time. These opportunities often come with social and environmental objectives. They can provide jobs to communities whilst creating sustainable fuels and forestry for years to come.

Why should you chose an ethical investment?

Investing money is all about getting a return at any cost. Ethical opportunities are different in that respect. Ultimately the end goal is getting a return on investment, but alongside this investment you know that the money is being put to good use in both a socially and environmentally responsible way. By choosing an ethical investment you can be sure that your money will be put to use in a way that will also help the environment both now and the foreseeable future.

What are the risk of ethical investments?

There are always risks in any investment and ethical opportunities are no different, however they do tend to often perform well under poor market conditions. It is important to note, however, that an ethical opportunity might have a higher risk profile than other investment opportunities where a companies activities are more mainstream.

What types of ethical investments are available?

There are many different types of sustainable opportunities available to people who are serious about socially responsible investments. These can range from Forestry and Farming to alternative energy sources and eco-housing.

Before you embark on any type of investment, be it ethical or not, you should always seek guidance and where possible have a look at how the market has been performing over a period of time. Sustainable investments can offer a very high return on your investment, but as with any investment there is an element of risk involved. In some cases the element of risk may be higher in an ethical investment than in a non-ethical option so you should always research the market prior to departing with your hard earned cash. You should only ever invest what you can afford to potentially lose.

Sustainable investments can provide you with a high return on your money, whilst also helping to build a sustainable planet.

Msc Accounting And Finance At The University Of Southampton

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If you are thinking about applying to enrol on the MSc Accounting and Finance masters degree at the Management School at the University of Southampton, then here is a quick overview of the course.

The Accounting and Finance MSc course is designed to meet the needs of students who have some knowledge of accounting and finance and who wish to extend their knowledge to an advanced level.

Students who have studied very little accounting or finance and have little relevant work experience are likely to find the programme very challenging indeed.

This MSc Accounting and Finance masters degree course consists of a core covering the main areas of accounting and corporate finance, and a research methods course that supports the dissertation.

Options available on this programme of study allow students to study particular aspects of accounting or taxation in more depth.

For example, there is a pathway within the programme that allows students to concentrate on research-oriented training and more advanced aspects of accounting and finance.

Your understanding of the subjects covered and your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained will be enhanced through a variety of methods and strategies on the MSc Accounting and Finance masters degree.

If you wish to apply to study this MSc in Accounting and Finance you should complete a University of Southampton application form and return it to the Academic Registrar.

Your application to study MSc Accounting and Finance will be carefully considered by a specialist member of the academic staff who will weigh up many factors; not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your referee’s confidential report.

At the Management School we make our decisions in most cases on the application form and supporting documents alone. However, candidates who require special consideration, e.g. on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications may be interviewed.

Pit Bike Modification

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These bikes have some very restrictive parts fitted when standard and therefore the first move is to try to remove these parts for better ones. The carburettors and air filters on these bikes mean that fuel and air supply to the engine are limited and therefore the ride will not be as smooth or as powerful because of this.

The first thing to do then is to buy a new race carb, these can be purchased off some websites for around 40-50, this is quite cheap considering the gain in performance it could achieve. After this has been fitted it is a good idea to derestrict the airflow with a free flow air filter (K&N style). This will add extra horsepower to your pit bike and give a great performance boost.

The next part which I would change would be the exhaust and manifold, which are again very restrictive to the engines of these bikes. A performance exhaust can be found on some sites for around 50 but can also retail at a few hundred pounds so be sure to shop around first.

Once these modifications have been made there will be a great power difference increasing low and mid range power as well as top end.

However there is still more to do in order to get the most out of your pit bike, in pit bikes the CDI unit is often restricted. The limiter on these are usually set around 8,500 rpm which means you will not be getting the most out of your bike if this is left standard.

A performance CDI unit can be purchased for these bikes which will mean that these bikes can now rev freely up to about 10,000 rpm which will mean smoother power curves and better acceleration and top end.

Adjustments can be made to the gearing of these bikes as well, in order for you to adjust this depending on the style of track you will be riding on. The best thing to do to change the gearing of the bike is to experiment with the set up of the sprockets. Standard sprockets are usually 14 tooth on the front, with a 37-40 tooth sprocket on the back.

Changing the front sprocket with a larger one will result in better top end, and a smaller rear sprocket will have the same effect, however acceleration will be lost when top end is gained and vice versa.

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Is Whole Life Insurance Investment a Worthy Investment

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A whole life insurance investment is a relatively simple concept. You will be presented with a product that has a set premium and you will be paid the agreed upon amount of the death benefit at the end of the policy holders life. You will also have an investment component included in the policy. All money you contribute over and above the premium will be placed into a cash value account which is then invested on your behalf by the insurer.

Apart from providing you with cash value account and a guaranteed death benefit to leave to your heirs a whole life investment has some other features as well. You have the option to borrow against the cash value your policy or fully withdraw an amount if you have an emergency need for the funds available during the life of the policy.

The theory behind a whole life policy is that it will pay out set death benefit and a cash value to your beneficiaries all while you are guaranteed a set, unchanging premium for the life of the policy. It does more than this, though, when you consider the fact that all the money is tax free and/or tax deferred.

Because of this tax free feature you will have the ability to make a portfolio that can achieve a number of goals that you otherwise may not be able to. You can actually use the whole life policy to secure a smooth succession in the case of a family owned business or to protect your other assets.

You may be met with derision about your interest in a whole life insurance investment by detractors who say that it isnt a real investment because it isnt run like ones stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. While it may not grow that fast, it has the potential to a much safer long term investment since it is done in a safer manner that is designed to ensure your money keeps growing despite market ups and downs.

A whole life insurance investment policy is generally seen as a “savings asset” as opposed to an “investment asset” because your money is saved and grown in a much less aggressive fashion than regular stocks and bonds. With a whole life insurance policy your additional money will be placed into a savings account where it will accrue interest. You dont have to invest the money within this savings account, but you can do so if you wish to. The savings account on its own, though, will become a huge asset over time.

Loan Modification Relieves Mortgage Payments

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A homeowner who is unable to keep up on their monthly mortgage payments can apply for a refinance, but if they are behind on their payments they may be turned down. Loans that carry a low interest rate are appealing to every homeowner, but not everyone who is buying a house can qualify for refinancing. The banks take into consideration the amount of equity in a home as well as calculating the mortgage insurance that is required on a conventional FHA loan. Although interest rates are low there a lot of owners who do not qualify for the refinancing options that can make paying their mortgage easier each month. An option that is open to many homeowners however is a modification to the existing loan. Through a lawyer a Las Vegas loan modification provides an alternative to refinancing that makes it easier to manage the mortgage payments.

An Alternative to Refinancing

A modification that is negotiated through a lawyer allows a homeowner to reduce their interest rate or extend the term of their mortgage contract. The result is a lower monthly house payment that makes it easier to manage all of the household expenses. Owners who have been in the same house for some time, but who have lost their equity due to the housing market collapse may be able to modify their loan by extending the term of the loan back out to 30 years. The balance that remains on the original loan is spread out over a longer term which allows the bank to lower the monthly payment. Interest rates that have dropped substantially over the past five years also allow an owner to adjust their current rate and see the savings that comes from paying less interest on their current loan. Because the banks are only willing to work with attorneys the only way to find debt relief is to contact a lawyer who can negotiate with the bank. Throughout Las Vegas, loan modification lawyers are helping people to manage their money by restructuring their mortgage without refinancing.

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Hard Times Ahead For Eu Carbon Investment As Meps Reject Backloading Plan

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It seems that for the time being carbon investment in the EU will not get the much needed price support, with a committee of MEPs rejecting plans for propping up the price in the EU’s carbon market. The decision predictably sent prices of carbon allowances down, spiralling to a new record low of below 3 a tonne.

MEPs Reject Backloading Plan

On January 25, BusinessGreen reported that the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee voted against a proposal by the European Commission to withhold permits from the market before reintroducing them at a later date. The process, known as backloading, was intended to remove part of the oversupply of EU carbon allowances (EUAs) in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

Carbon Price Hits a Fresh Low

Although the vote is just one of the steps in a process which could still see the backloading plan implemented, the result sent the trading price of EUAs to a record low of 2.81 a tonne. BusinessGreen quoted Miles Austin, executive director of the Climate Markets and Investment Association, as saying that without the backloading it was difficult to see how the EU ETS would remain relevant for future climate policy. It will be driving little significant change, certainly not at the scale needed for Europe to promote a low-carbon economy and remain internationally competitive, Mr Austin added.

Analysts have estimated that the price of EUAs needs to be approximately ten times higher to drive low carbon investment on a large-scale.

Wake-Up Call

On January 24, Reuters quoted the EUs Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as saying that the carbon price fall to less than 3 should serve as a wake-up call to EU Member States to back the Commissions backloading plan. It must be clear to all that when the Commission warned that the ETS price could drop dramatically it was not a false warning but a real possibility, Ms Hedegaard was quoted as saying.

Indeed,carbon investment prospects in the EU seem grim at present, with Reuters reporting that following the parliamentary vote SocieteGenerale cut its forecasts for average EUAs carbon prices from 2013 to 2015 by around 30 percent. Negative news and events relating to the EU ETS continue to pile up and come from all sides, the bank said. The EU ETS has become a one-way market, spiralling down.

Remarkable Spanish Wines To Compete With Bordeaux For Wine Investment Attention

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Although when it comes to wine investment it is usually either Bordeaux or Burgundy wines that attract the most investor attention, the upcoming Sothebys (NYSE:BID) April sale in Hong Kong will see clarets facing some Spanish competition with a fine wine selection from the legendary Vega Sicilia winery featured at the auction.

Stupendous Vega Sicilia Collection

On March 11, Sothebys announced that the highlights of its Hong Kong Spring Sale 2013 would include an impressive selection of 234 lots of wines direct from the legendary Spanish winery of Bodegas Vega Sicilia. In the auction houses press release, Serena Sutcliffe, International Head of Sothebys Wine, pointed out that it was a great privilege for Sothebys to bring to auction this stupendous collection of wines direct from Vega Sicilia, adding that the auction would present a unique opportunity for collectors to acquire decades of vintages.

As reported by the Decanter magazine, a vertical lot of 22 magnums of Vega Sicilia Unico, which comes from the personal collection of the winerys managing director Pablo Alvarez, is expected to bring HK$95,000-160,000 (8,240-13,878). In addition, a lot of Vega Sicilia Unico 1942 is estimated to sell for HK$80,000-120,000. The sale will also feature the winerys Reserva
Especial and Valbuena No 5 bottlings.

Sothebys Hong Kong Auctions

At Sothebys Hong Kong sales, the Vega Sicilia wines will compete for wine investment attention with some top clarets including Chateaux Petrus 1990, which is expected to go for HK$200,000- HK$280,000, and Chateaux Cheval Blanc 2000, priced between HK$120,000 and HK$200,000.

Wine with a Soul

As reported by Bloomberg, on February 25, Mr Alvarez showcased a rare tasting of Vega Sicilia wines to the media and buyers at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York. Mr Alvarez outlined the challenges associated with wine making, including sweltering-hot weather in the vineyards during the day, and near-freezing temperatures at night. Our entire philosophy is to make a wine of great elegance, he noted, as quoted by Bloomberg.

Vega Sicilia wines which have been produced in the Ribera del Duero region of northern Spain for almost 150 years are ranked by connoisseurs alongside Frances Premier Cru Bordeaux and are likely to receive significant wine investment attention at the upcoming Hong Kong auction.The Decanter magazine quoted Sothebys Ms Sutcliffe as describing Vega Sicilia as a wine with a soul which at the same time is a true reflection of its region, climate and the areas oenological traditions.

Avoid Loan Modification Scams with Legal Help

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When financial difficulties make you unable to pay your mortgage, you are sure to be looking for a solution to stop losing your home in a foreclosure. In such times, you become susceptible to fraudulent individuals and organizations claiming to save your property through different methods. What you need is a real estate lawyer for help.

When you face such a problem, the reasons may be numerous – a sudden employment loss, death in the family, or any such others. The additional financial burden of mortgage just adds to your difficulties. Here are a few dos and don’ts that could help at such a time.

Do stay away from individuals and organizations that -guarantee’ no foreclosure. There is no such guarantee available. If someone claims to offer you this, in all probability you are walking into a trap.

Do not pay any upfront fees to anyone. If someone calls you or contacts you and asks for a -fee’ to stop your foreclosure, be very wary. No legal professional practicing in Illinois would do this; neither would they ask you to pay without doing anything.

Do keep in touch with your lender or lending institute. Communication with your lender/lending institute is important. Make sure you have a single point of contact. You could also ask your lawyer for guidance in this regard.

Do enquire regarding the programs available. You can contact your lender/lending institute directly to ask if there are any programs for homeowners who cannot pay up. You could also ask your Chicago real estate lawyer about federal and state programs.

Do not sign any document without proper understanding of what it contains. Whether it looks like a legal document or is a deed to transfer the title to your property, never sign anything without consulting a legal practitioner.

Do make a financial plan and keep essential documents ready. If you have no idea about your income and expenditure, you would never be able to work out a loan modification plan. Talk to your lawyer about creating the right plan suitable for you.

Do get help but from the right professionals. You sure need help to deal with this situation, but not from fraudsters. Opt for lawyers specializing in real estate and financial planning to handle this task properly. Check their qualification, certification and experience before you ask them for help.

Awareness is the key to avoiding loan modification frauds. Examine and analyze the resources before you start using them. This way it is possible to avoid shady means and methods for preventing foreclosure.

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What Is The True Meaning Of Finance

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The definition of finance is the provision of funds or loan supplied to an individual or company. Often this term is used for the study of economics and how money is controlled. It can be also defined as the management of funds and capital required by a business and private activities. Management of finance has also developed into a specialized branch within the financial sector and is carried out by finance managers.

Managing this involves dealing with the optimization and allocation of funds to various areas either by borrowing or by using those available from internal resources. The word Optimizing may sound strange but it refers to taking measures that minimize the cost of financing while simultaneously attempting to maximize the profits out of the employed finance. Bad debts are poor finance management where rules have not been followed; the result of this is depressed markets, low production and a cash crisis. It is for this very reason that finance managers are very careful with finance they agree too and where it is funded from.

It is not uncommon to hear finance managers referred to as bean counters as they are looking at immediate returns and initial costs against the potential at a later stage. Finance managers are the pessimists whereas sales managers are the optimists who look to the future and not to the past! Often though, problems occur with small businesses who fail to see the distinction between a business loan and a personal one. Most lenders will cancel the loan if they feel they have been deceived this way because they are unsure what the money is to be invested in.

Hopefully by educating the small (and large) business owners of their fiscal responsibilities they may build the basis of an improved company in the future. Small businesses can be very flexible, however, and call upon friends, other businesses, family members, even their own bank for finance.

Finance managers can help improve their company’s profits by using external sources which also lessens the risk on them at the same time. The famous comedian Bob Hope best summed up the subject when he once said; a bank is a place that will lend you money but only if you can prove that you don’t need it.

Books To Help Finance Your Projects After Film Courses

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You are determined to become a filmmaker. You’ve already taken your first step: applying to film schools. In Canada and abroad, there are many choices. Your life feels ripe with possibility. But you have one fear that haunts you. You wonder if you will really have what it takes after graduation from film courses to make your dreams come true. You have plenty of ideas for movies, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean that you know how to finance one. Here are three book ideas to calm these kinds of fears, common amongst new applicants to film schools.

1. 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film by John W. Cones

In this book, entertainment lawyer John Cones shares his insider knowledge gleaned from almost two decades helping independent filmmakers navigate the multifaceted world of movie financing. Although the author is based in Los Angeles – where else? – the book includes a discussion of financing from countries other than the United States, and is, therefore, appropriate for new applicants to film schools in Canada and abroad.

This book may turn up on the curriculum of your film courses, but there’s no harm in beginning your research early. Reading on your own increases the likelihood that when you do finally graduate that you will have a firm grounding in such topics as:

industry financing (What is this? It is basically funding by your peers, i.e., other, more established graduates of film schools)
investor financing
lender financing

2. The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Get Charitable Donations From Individuals in a Houseparty Setting by Morrie Warshawski

Although this book could be of use to any kind of fundraiser, it is written with filmmakers in mind. The author explains how graduates of film schools can organize a compelling event, touching on such details as:

planning committees
invitations
food and drink
presentations
thank yous

Warshawski emphasizes the importance of graduates of film courses appealing to the emotions of their potential donors, something to which their craft, fortunately, is uniquely well suited. What is the role of film schools if not to teach students how to appeal to the emotions of their audience?

3. Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video, also by Morrie Warshawski

In this book, Warshawski tackles that topic of supreme interest to staff and students of film schools in Canada and abroad: how to write a winning grant application. This kind of knowledge can even help students in film schools finance their productions for film courses.

If you are anxiously awaiting a wave of fateful letters from films schools in Canada and elsewhere in the world, calm your nerves by advancing your studies on your own. Who knows, it may help you finance one of your film school’s productions once you finally do get that longed for acceptance letter!

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