• November 8, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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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!

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  • November 1, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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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.

  • October 28, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    The Philippine banking industry seems to be unaffected by the global financial crisis. And despite the liquidity crunch in various developed and emerging economies, the Philippine banking industry has been able to sustain the growth level.

    According to a research analyst at RNCOS, -The banks in Philippines have benefitted from a series of reforms undertaken in past and intervention by the regulator to increase the capital base and to have better risk management strategies in place. The multipoint policy adopted by the industry during the last quarter of 2008 has resulted in minimum risk exposure to the banks in Philippines. Restricting dollar sales only for outward investment, enabling active lending between banks and low level of investments in foreign assets has resulted in positive outlook of the industry in current economic turbulence. Banks in Philippines have limited their investment in local blue chip companies because of the high yield from the Philippine Stock Exchange.-

    Banks in Philippines are opting for high degree of penetration, mergers and acquisitions, and high credit growth rate at a time when banks in other developed and emerging economies are writing off assets base and slowing down credit disbursal rate. However, according to -Philippines Banking Sector Analysis-, a research report from RNCOS, the sector will manage to book a CAGR growth of 10% in its asset base through 2010.

    -Philippines Banking Sector Analysis- contains comprehensive research and rational analysis on various segments, like assets size, income level and number of cardholders, in the Philippines banking industry. It also analyzes the current performance and growth opportunities in the sector, and helps clients to understand various products available in the market and their future scope. It also discusses the role of technology in the Filipino banking industry.

    The report gives future outlook of different aspects of the banking industry such as financial cards, mobile banking, bancassurance, industry assets, mutual fund assets under management, number of credit cards, IT spending by banking industry, microfinance and life insurance product sales etc. The future projections are made after analyzing the current market scenario, past trends and regulations laid by the central bank.

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  • October 26, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Some of the sweetest money you will ever earn is survey money. That’s right, the money you can earn from taking surveys on-line in your spare time.

    This is absolutely one of the easiest ways to earn money on-line, so if anyone out there is intimidated by all the horror stories you’ve heard from making money online, you no longer have an excuse not to get out there and start earning some money!

    Making survey money begins by signing up on a good survey site. A good survey site is one that’s been around for a while, and has positive reviews from actual users who are making money by taking surveys on-line.

    If you have an extra 10-20 minutes per day, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of an opportunity like this to make some extra money? You can work as much as you want to, when you have the time in your schedule.

    It’s free and easy to register on survey sites and be on your way to earning on-line income fast. Once you complete either an application or profile letting the survey site know about your likes and preferences, they’ll be able to match you up with some surveys that will be a perfect fit for you.

    What this means is that the surveys you get will be for products you know something about, or have actually used in the past, so you’ll be able to give an honest assessment of the products. Your input is so important to businesses and market research firms who are hired to find out what consumers want and need. That is why this is the perfect opportunity to get paid to give your honest input and opinion about all kinds of different products.

    You can earn as much survey money as you want based on how many surveys you complete and the length of the survey. The price you will be paid for each survey also depends on the length of the survey, but you could easily earn between $1-$3 or more for each survey. There are also additional ways to earn income from survey sites by participating in different programs, making referrals or winning cash prizes and other bonuses.

    It’s one of the few “jobs” that is actually interesting and enjoyable, that can be done from home and at your own pace and time schedule. While this is no get rich quick scheme, which you want to avoid at all costs anyway, this will definitely get you some real money in your pocket in a short amount of time.

    There’s nothing better than making additional income and with survey money, it couldn’t be easier to make this a reality. Sign up today and begin completing your surveys for cash right away.

  • October 24, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    If you are one of those who are looking for private money lenders, this could be an indication that you have just fallen into a financial emergency. This happens to almost anybody not only in the United States but all across the world. To date, the fact remains that there is a very small percentage of the society that does not run out of money but a big part of the population needs options just in case they do.

    For some of us, borrowing money from family members is not an option so is borrowing through credit cards either because you have reached your credit limit or you have a bad credit. This is where private money lenders come in. Individuals who have gotten into an unexpected expense but do not have the cash at this moment are the most common borrowers of private money loans. Private money lenders offer short term loans to people who have had a hard time borrowing money from banks or other traditional lenders.

    If you need to borrow financing from private money lenders, collect personal data that may be relevant to your search for lenders. Gather all important papers in advance. Oftentimes, you will need to present a proof of income and other financial documents including bank statements in advance. You can search for lenders online. You can find them listed in the investment bank section of your Yellow Pages. You may also look for names on the Internet. Asking contacts from banks or credit unions will also be helpful. These financial institutions will be able to assist you in finding lenders in your local area.

    Once you find a private money lender, be prepared to explain you situation. Ask for a loan application form and fill it out. Be honest with any information that you put in your application. Lenders will have their ways of finding out whether or not you are telling the truth. Always ask for a timeline so that you will have an idea as to when to expect feedback.

    If you are borrowing private money loans to finance your real estate investment, prepare exit strategies that you can use as fallback. For instance, you can sell the house after two years. You may also choose to apply for refinancing. Finding private money lenders is not as difficult as what most of us think. Maximize your resources and you are sure to find one who can help you with your needs. For a list of lenders in your area, go to www.rehabhardmoney.com.

  • October 23, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Whenever we want to apply for any job or want to switch from one job to the other, the first thing that comes to our mind is a well-drafted cover letter and a resume. Even if you have a professional and well-planned resume, it is of no use without a cover letter. A cover letter provides a professional approach while applying for any job opening in banking sector. For example, if you want to apply for job in the banking sector, you need to draft a professional cover letter for banking jobs. A banker cover letter sample for banking jobs highlight the essential aspects of your resume in a precise and clear manner.

    There are certain cover letter tips that you need to follow before drafting a banking cover letter, such as your cover letter should carry relevant information and should match the information with the enclosed resume. The cover letter should follow a professional format i.e. it should have the same font-name and font-size throughout the cover letter. The cover letter should be divided into sections, highlighting the objective and your credentials in a positive manner. Make sure that the cover letter should be error free i.e. there should not be any spelling mistake and the sentence construction should be perfect. And, finally proofread the cover letter at least twice or thrice before sending it to the recruiter.

    A cover letter for banking jobs is basically divided into 3 sections: The first section deals with the aim or objective for drafting the cover letter. Do mention the reference or source from where you came to know about the job vacancy and also include the job code and designation for which you are applying.

    The second section includes your educational qualifications, professional summary, important duties and responsibilities that you undertook in your the current and previous bank, extra-curricular activities, achievements, and hobbies. This is also known as informatory section; therefore do remember to include your contact details correctly, so that the employer can contact you for further discussions.

    The third and last section includes salutations to the employer for their valuable time that they put in going through the cover letter. Use ‘dear’, ‘sincerely’, ‘faithfully’ in this section to show regards to the employer and compel them to schedule an interview round with them. Make sure that you have attached the essential documents with the resume along with the cover letter.

    The above information will help you in drafting a well-planned cover letter for banking jobs. You can also refer to free sample cover letter examples for banking jobs on different websites, as it will provide you with a clear picture of how to draft banking cover letters.

  • October 21, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    The BBVA Compass Bank has a slogan for their way of doing business that is -Banking Built for You-. This financial institution is located in the Sunbelt region of America. They are the 15th largest commercial bank in America as determined by deposits and the third largest in the state of Alabama.

    The BBVA Compass Bank has 720 branch offices covering 7 states in the south and western portion of the United States. Every customer with BBVA has free access to their account through their online banking services. The only requirement is that the customer must sign up before they can utilize this service.

    Included in this online service, customers can view the current bank rates, check on their account balances and transactions, including the CDs and IRAs. You can clearly see which of your checks have already been cleared and which ones are still outstanding.

    Your monthly statement can be viewed online and you can set up numerous different alerts to help you manage your accounts better. These alerts include account balance, insufficient finds, daily balance alerts and any irregular balance changes that might occur.

    There is also the online bill paying program. You not only pay your bills, but you can also sort them as you see fit. You will have a complete history of each bill that is paid and you can pay each bill by any account you have funds in. You can also assign categories for your bill paying according to your budget.

    All of these online services are free for every BBVA Compass Bank customer, independent of their account balances.

    We strive to bring you the latest and most accurate data possible from the home sites of the financial institutions we name. Always remember, the bigger the risk, the larger the reward or loss. Invest with caution.

    With almost all financial solutions available for an individual under one roof BBVA Compass Bank has come out as one bank that is favorite by one and all. Apart from banking solutions they have upheld their duties and responsibilities towards the society in regards to environment, charity and other volunteer services.

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  • October 16, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    The children of the 1980s know a thing or two about extravagant consumerism. Young enough to have absorbed a tide of youth marketing messages and not old enough to have directly suffered previous economic recessions, they learned how to spend on fashion and lifestyle wants. Enjoying an adulthood of easy credit and low unemployment, they are themselves largely unprepared for the current financial downturn.

    As the recession bites, Generation X must begin to instil financial smarts in their own children, dubbed ‘Generation Z’, or simply ‘Zeds’. Recent studies have shown that this new group are substantially different than previous generations – living largely virtual lives through social networking and personal entertainment solutions which remain glued to their sides, such as iPODs and mobile telephones.

    These ‘digital kids’ are highly receptive to marketing messages and lack the general antipathy and derision toward overtly persuasive communications demonstrated by Gen Y. As such, they are vulnerable to poor financial management – ‘plugged in’ 24/7 and warmly accepting of marketing approaches, these young consumers are sitting ducks for exploitation.

    Recent studies into this group, such as that published by social demographer, Mark McCrindle, have been accompanied by efforts throughout the community to address this emerging issue and protect young consumers. Financial institutions throughout Australia have taken up the baton to promote financial literacy in line with Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives (CSR) and independent organisations have begun to take more targeted steps toward education in financial management.

    US financial expert Loral Langemeier, identifies a lack of positive information on financial matters as applicable to young consumers and has collaborated with Australian organisation, Money Toolkits, to develop a ‘how to’ text for parents to use as a blueprint in developing financial literacy in children.

    “This generation is exposed to more marketing messages, much earlier than previous generations,” claims Nicole Clemow of Money Toolkits. “It is so important to reach them with positive messages that show not only can you manage money responsibly but you can build capital and personal wealth and create a comfortable lifestyle for yourself.”

    In the book, Loral Langemeier – a respected financial expert worldwide, has outlined the lack of capacity for teachers to handle this material in schools:
    “Very few are likely to be able to model and teach how to become an entrepreneur and/or how to make money work for you through investing in assets that generate income. Most of them never learnt it themselves and don’t have it on their radar as being important. They are more likely to teach what they model themselves -study hard, go to college (university) and get a secure, well paid job.”

  • October 15, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    If one becomes an investment banker, then one will always have to deal with money. The important criterions for investment banking jobs are managing money, investing money, and also trading money by means of bonds. With the proper training of business, one may find a position for oneself in this type of money market. For investment banking jobs one should search for bigger type of companies situated in financial capital of globe to seek one-s position in the reputed ones. Companies like Merrill Lynch and many other reputed names comprise this sector, those of which extends investment services for the big type clients like governments and multinational corporations.

    One should concentrate one-s job searching endeavour for the investment banks of regional nature that conducts their business in the middle markets. One-s skills as the investment banker can be utilized in these types of jobs in a small degree, in the form of assisting investors individually and guiding small businesses advancing financially. One should contemplate for job searching for some boutique firms to work in favour of one if one has specialized type of interest like financial analysis or bond trading. These types of firms are smaller in type and extend very specialized nature of services so that one-s capability suits the job type precisely prior to one-s submitting of application. For being conversant with investment banking jobs, one should utilize published resources from reputed institutions of financial education like Harvard Business School for identifying firms in which one may like to work.

    One of the main features of international banking jobs is Offshore Banking. In offshore banking clients are helped to perform financial transactions by means of bank accounts of corporate both confidentially and securely outside the country of incorporation or residence. If prepared in right manner, clients are benefitted legally from international banking of tax exemption. Offshore banking is secure, reliable and stable. In addition, an offshore bank account in Hong Kong and Singapore have good image. Clients contemplating offshore banking with corporate type of bank account become benefitted by way of adequate protection in case of instability.

    India is being projected as the next economic superpower immediately after United States and China. India has always been major investment destinations from abroad and it has turned into most attractive market having high potential. Many multinational companies showed great interests for setting up their businesses in India because of multifarious opportunities. Presences of large number of industries ensure more employments for the job seekers at different sectors among which Banking industry is certainly a vital sector. For the last few decades, India is showing tremendous improvements in the perspective of its GDP growth and overall economic situations and for this reason Banking sectors have made great contributions to achieve this feat. Owing to this reason, scope for banking jobs in India has increased manifold.

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  • October 13, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Since the Stone Age, man has always strived to search for new ways to be capable enough to satisfy his needs. As he evolved from being an ape to being one of the present Homo sapiens, his needs have always increased. As inventions grew, requirements grew and ultimately needs. As man evolved from a single man into a family his needs were no more his alone, he had his needs plus the needs of his family. This ever growing graph is still in the growing stage and will always keep growing.

    In today’s world the only reason why everyone works and strives hard to earn money is just to satisfy needs which are followed by desires. Basic daily needs to be looked after are hunger, clothing and shelter, and even these become desires when one wishes to change his lifestyle and make it better.

    But even in such working class of the society there are a few limitations attached. It’s not that easy to earn enough money which can fulfill and satisfy all the desires of man, and one cannot always stay with one job unless he or she is self employed. Money is not only helpful for satisfying the daily needs but it’s also the only way out in case of an emergency. It is money all the way which helps and gets one out of any trouble.

    In the stressful life of each student, an actor, a doctor, finally, around the world, health problems are entertaining easy and difficult to handle. To cope with health problems like you need money to pay salaries. In addition to maintaining a healthy needs to pass on surcharges that could receive and maintain perfect health for a healthy lifestyle.

    Earning money may not be that difficult for the major portion of the society, maintaining and utilizing it the right way becomes a big issue. With the ever increasing expenses it becomes tedious to keep a track of where the money is going, and if the money is being invested in the right place.

    In order to keep the hard earned money safe, and make sure it’s used for the right thing people turn to many banking firms and sometimes also opt for investing. Reliance Money is one of these companies which provide various benefits related to investments and the security of the deposited money.

    Everyone wants to keep his money in trust for the hands and wants the money to go down the drain. To resolve this file has been put in place that do not take your money safe, but sophisticated investment plans that are issued by companies such as Reliance Money is used for this purpose.