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What is peer to peer lending? P2P lending is a system of direct loans between a borrower and a lender. These direct loans are managed through a peer to peer lending company which has a platform in the form of a  website to administer this process. There are many p2p...
Americans are more satisfied than ever about their personal finances, according to a quarterly report by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).  The institute’s Personal Financial Satisfaction index reached an all-time high of 40.2 in the fourth-quarter of 2019, after plummeting to a record low in the prior quarter.  Personal Finance...
While a loan and a line of credit or credit lines, allows an individual or a business to borrow money to meet certain expenses, the two terms are quite different. Among the shared similarities between those two terms is that the approval for either will depend on the borrower’s...
How to become rich? A checklist About the Self: Be passionate and alive. Meditate Know your issues/weaknesses. Have strategies to deal with them. How do you deal with Fear and Greed? Leverage your strengths. Learn from the mistakes of others rather than your own. Check in with your state of...
What Is Financial Independence and How Do You Achieve It? Financial = money = acquiring what is needed Independence = not being dependent = freedom Why do you need money? Two things. To buy what you need. Secondly, If you sell your time for money, to take back control of your...
You’ve got the job, you’re managing to make the rent each month (if you’ve escaped the nest) and you’re starting to look to the future. Perhaps you are finding, for the first time, that you have some spare money each month after the bills have been paid and are...
Peer to peer lending is a system in which borrowers and lenders connect directly to lend money to each other. The internet has become a matchmaker between borrowers and investors or lenders who would like to co-invest in such loans with other investors. Co-investing taps into the power of...
While the current crisis that is the Coronavirus pandemic might have shattered lives, there are ways of turning a crisis into a fresh start financially. Whether the current pandemic has hit you or not, the below tips will help you plan your financials and start afresh. Reassess Your Spending In times...
If you are lucky enough to have a job amid this pandemic, there is a likelihood that you are still with the work from home (WFH) measures many companies are still practicing. One of the secrets to success when working from home is investing in a comfy and relaxing...
When you want to invest in pooled funds, mutual funds, and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are among the major pooled investment, you’ll come across. Knowing the difference between these two is the key to a good investment. There is a lot of similarity between ETFs ( Exchange Traded Funds) and...
Due diligence questions on alternative investments Due diligence is critical, crucial and never ending. When it comes to evaluating an alternative investment your own research to understand how the risks affect you is paramount. This is a list of questions to start you off in your investigations. First Questions Is this investment too good...
In one way or another, the Coronavirus is affecting lives across the globe. One of the most affected areas during this pandemic is the global economy, with experts expecting the global GDP rate to shrink by 5.2%. According to the World Bank, this is the deepest recession we’re experiencing...
When we talk of long term investment horizons for stocks, we talk of stocks you can hold for more than 10 years- say 15 to 30or even forever, where possible. According to Warren Buffet, if you're not planning on owning a stock for more than 10 years, don't even...
Whenever an investing conversation occurs, your portfolio manager or financial advisor will probably mention the words “risk profile.” Even in companies, investors are always talking about the risk profile of the companies they are interested in. So, what is a risk profile? What’s a Risk Profile A risk profile is an...
As an investor, sometimes seeking the advice or investment support of an experienced professional can help your investment journey. Among the available financial professionals, the difference between investment advisors and brokers confuse a lot of investors. Although both seem similar, the two professional fields are different; they operate under...
Regardless of how your retirement plan pans out due to Covid-19, the truth is that you still have to plan for retirement. Why, because the dynamics of retirement planning have changed over the decade. While the current pandemic might play a role, other factors have changed retirement planning over...
Financial Skills Toolbox A toolbox is a dangerous place, it contains hammers, saws and nails. If used eloquently they can build your financial fortress. On the other hand, if those using them do not have the experience or the patience to learn how to use them, they can cause unintentional...
Debt is one of those words that elicits strong reactions from everyone. Some people think debt is the devil and should be paid back as soon as possible, while others think its perfectly fine to be in debt. Most people will agree on one thing though: debt is something...
Fintech companies and mobile-money startups have long relied on traditional banks to operate, but that could soon change. The FDIC approved bank startup Varo's charter application on Monday, which means Varo can start holding customer deposits. Receiving an official bank charter has been part of Varo's vision from the very beginning,...
Most of us have to sell our time for money. For those who feel that this is an invisible prison, financial independence (FI) shatters these invisible walls. The journey to FI is decades long, hard and difficult, but the end goal of a more fulfilling life make the pursuit...
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