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2009 - Personal Finance - Part 1 of 12



One of the first things that you have to remember is that the bank where you have your regular account is not necessarily the bank with the best saving accounts too. With a saving account, the stakes are higher because banks have to pay you interest on the deposits that you make. Naturally, the bank that can provide you the best rate of interest will be the best saving account bank for you. There is a maturity period, after which you get back the sum you deposited along with the interests accrued. Since you are going to get your savings here in the form of interests, the concept of high CD rates becomes important. It does not take a lot of genius to understand that if you make Certificates of Deposit with high CD rates, you stand to save an appreciable amount. The next step in getting started is to make certain that you understand the need to leave your money invested for a reasonable period of time. That should really be no less than five years in spite of any overnight success stories you may have heard. Markets fluctuate and at times they can be very volatile. Before you do anything else at all, contact the companies you owe the money too. Explain the situation you've found yourself in and ask what they can do to help. Some, not all, but some companies will freeze the interest, especially if you've always had a triple A credit rating in the past. Let take a worst case scenario here and assume your creditors aren't helpful. There are many different views on the cause as you would imagine but the general consensus of opinion is that there was a misplaced belief that high share prices could be sustained indefinitely. The Bull market which had lasted throughout the 1920s had even led one eminent economist, Irving Fisher, to state that "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. Bill Consolidation Loans - Should You Get One Bill consolidation loans can seem like the answer to your prayers if you are struggling with making your monthly repayments. But if you take one out what is the total cost of the bill? Consolidations loans are the same as any other loan when it comes to making a decision whether or not they are right for you. 

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