Secret Offshore Bank Account – Is It Possible

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Secret offshore bank accounts are the stuff of legend. This article intends to debunk some of the myths about secret offshore banking by setting out what is and isn’t possible.

1) It’s impossible to open an offshore bank account without first somehow identifying yourself. This means sending a notarized copy of your bank account/passport details to the bank or intermediary.
2) Most offshore banks will also require a reference from a bank at home.
3) If you open an offshore account in the name of your offshore company, you still need to provide all the formation documents, and the name and address of a real person. No bank will let a faceless entity open an account without pinning it down to a real person.

So how is it Secret?

Well, the reasoning behind all this, is that if you open an offshore account the bank may let you have a ‘number’ rather than a name. This so called ‘numbered account’ allows you to send wire transfers without third parties knowing who you are. An account in the name of a company will do a similar thing, allowing you to send and receive payments almost anonymously, because the company name rather yours will show up on all transactions.

The problem is, this doesn’t shield you from government inquiries. If for example a government authority suspects you of having an undeclared offshore account, that you are hiding money from your spouse or otherwise engaged in funny business they can go to the country or bank in question and request your details. While some countries will reject the majority of these requests others are more pliant.

Switzerland and the Cayman Islands are two in particular that co-operate with US and EU authorities. Although both have strong bank secrecy laws on paper, these are not so closely followed in practice. Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse have made headlines recently over IRS investigations into US held offshore accounts.

The truth is, if you really want a secret account you may have to look further than ‘traditional’ tax havens. That means jurisdictions without tax-information exchange agreements or other links to high-tax countries.

Another option is using an offshore bank account alternative. This could be (for example) sending your funds to a trust company which then opens a bank account for you in their name. Although this is also not 100% foolproof, it does offer another level of privacy in the same way that an offshore company will shield your identity.

Whichever option you choose to take, it pays to follow some ‘golden rules’ of privacy:

1) Limit the number of people who know about the offshore bank account to as few as is humanly possible.
2) Fund the account with a cheque or western union transfer, rather than by wire from your home bank. 3) Never send funds directly back home from the offshore account.

Good luck!

Own A Franchise Financial Conversations To Have With Your Family Before Choosing A Franchise

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Guest Blogger: Ray Moore, CFE, Vice President of Development, BrightStar

The successful franchisee will first and foremost find the right fit. The right fit may be the one that best fits his or her financial resources and goals. The potential franchisee should sit down with their spouse and family and ask some hard questions. Together they will have to decide what outcomes they need to realize to consider this venture a success. They will have to separate out the must have or non-negotiable outcomes before shopping for a franchise opportunity.

The couple/family should agree to the following each family will have to fill in the blanks according to their own circumstances. Its a good idea to consult an accountant:

1.We will not invest more than $_____ of our cash/liquid capital.
2.We will not borrow more than $______ in additional funds to capitalize the business.

With any start up, business owners need to have enough money, either set aside or in other income, to cover household bills and run the business for 12 to 18 months. The following questions will help determine how much is needed:

3.To make sure we can still live comfortably while growing the business, we will cut our household budget to $ ____ per month for at least ____ months and be sure to never exceed that budget.
4.We will only buy a franchise that we have confidence can get big enough to feed itself, i.e., income (cash flow) will cover monthly business expenses (fixed and variable costs), no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.

With many new business start ups, the owner will not be able to take a salary for 1-2 years. The family needs to know that household expenses will be covered during that time.

5.We will only seek a franchise for sale that we have confidence will be able to pay me a discretionary salary (enough to cover some or all of household expenses) without harming the business no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.
6.We will generate other income of $___ (amount needed to make up for loss of other income and savings budget) from ___ (spousal income, other household income or investments) independent of the new franchise business.
7.We will only pursue a franchise business opportunity that will allow us to have our initial investment back, i.e., pay off the start up loan from business income, in ____ months/years.

These are just some of the items that typically come up, or should come up, during the conversations leading up to buying a franchise. Asking the right questions will get you the answers you need. Ask them of yourself, your spouse, your family, the franchisor and other franchisees so you can get the full picture of what your life will be like while building your business, and what it can be like once you have established your new franchise.

Ray Moore, CFE, BrightStar

My Money Fish Review Scam Or Legit- Insider Reveals The Shocking Truth

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There’s an abundance of money-making opportunities on the internet. My Money Fish is the latest opportunity causing an online storm. The program was developed by Matthew Getty. If you haven’t joined yet, you’re probably wondering if it’s a scam or legit. I have been a member since late December and I feel I have to give a critical ,but unbiased review of My Money Fish.

The products:

For your monthly $9-95 fee, you have access to over 3000 products. These include Ebooks, videos and software. You get the right to sell them on your own website or blog. Just install a PayPal button. These products are excellent and in demand. The authors/creators are wellknown business leaders and thought-leaders. You will have access to the greatest minds of all time. You will have the keys to your own goldmine.

The compensation plan:

Members are expected to recruit at least 5 members. If you manage to recruit only 2 members, the forced matrix will place additional members on your downline. The forced matrix appeals to the lazy side of human nature. The site spillover is coming from the aggressive marketers who already filled their matrix. In time it’s very possible to earn $11110 per month. This is recurring residual income.

Likes:

I love the products, compensation plan and support. Matthew and his team are quick to respond to your emails. They always inform you of the latests developments.

Dislikes:

During December the site experienced a lot of downtime. This could be attributed to the changing of servers. My Money Fish were the victims of an unethical hosting service. Somebody sent one spam complaint to the owners of the hosting service. They decided to pull the plug, thereby forcing My Money Fish to find another server abroad.The site was offline for almost 5 days, making the recruiting of new members impossible. Since they have been using the new server, the site never experienced anymore downtime. Due to these problems the launch was scheduled for 1 February 2010.

Conclusion:

The launch did happen on the scheduled date. If it was a scam the website would not have come back online. Unethical entrepeneurs have the tendency to run away with all the accumulated money. Matthew Getty did not run away with our money. He is still in business and My Money Fish is growing at an unprecedented pace. Do yourself a favor, become part of this honest opportunity today. It will change your financial destiny forever. Give your family the life they deserve.

Small Cap Stock, Obee’s Franchise Systems Inc., Featured In Audio Interview At Smallcapvoice

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To listen to the audio interview featuring small cap company Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: OBFM) with interviewee Peter Brown please go to our website, listed in the resource box.

Obee’s Soups Salads & Subs is owned by Obee’s Franchise Systems Inc., Obee’s currently has over 50 restaurants open and in development across 21 states. The company has commitments to open over 1,000 additional locations over the next ten years. The chain has won numerous local and regional awards for its food menu and service.

Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc., (OTC Pink Sheets: CYPW) is an OTC Pink Sheets listed small cap stock company, who recently announced that the first restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Florida has been sold by the company’s Area Developer for St. Lucie county. The obee’s(R) soups, salads & subs, located 10075 S. Federal Highway in the Port St. Lucie Town Center has recently been sold by Bruce Campbell to Mr. and Mrs. Ronaldo Silva. The transaction now clears the way for Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc. and Mr. Campbell to begin selling new franchises in the territory.

‘Bruce made a very prudent decision when he first agreed to be an area developer for our company,’ explained Peter Brown OBFM President. ‘He decided that instead of immediately selling franchises of a restaurant brand that at the time was unknown in this area, he would instead operate the first location himself and thus become an expert. He has done just that and now we’re ready to assist him in every way possible.’

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Money Plant Tree – The Simple Way To Attact Wealth

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In case you are seeking a simple way to draw in more wealth and money into your life, start by obtaining a money plant tree. This attractive indoor plant is often used as a feng shui tool to assist with finances. The way it appears has special significance and is great in any area of a home or business. It also goes by its botanical name ‘pachira acquatica’ and is generally not naturally shaped the way it is. This unique plant is a combination of several plants with intertwined stems that appear like they have been braided. It had been first created in the 1980’s and grew in popularity internationally because of its symbolism of the five elements in feng shui.

Plenty of people have adopted this beautiful plant and used it for attracting money. You will find five leaves that branch out from each one of the stems, these are said to represent the five elements wood, water, metal, earth and fire. The five leaves on each stem is meant to symbolize the elements in perfect harmony. This makes the money tree the right tool to use for just about any part of a room or entire home which has unbalanced ‘qi’ or energy. Simply locate the region that needs help with a bagua map and place a money tree where it is needed.

The best places for the money tree are areas that have anything to do with money or wealth. As an example in the home, the preferred spot for this plant is near a safe deposit box. Businesses would benefit from having this plant near its cash register. A specific room in the home that may need a money tree would be the home office. This is where you conduct business so it definitely doesn’t hurt to have an abundance of funds in this particular area. Money trees are wonderful gifts for anyone who is starting a new business.

These plants are relatively easy to care for. They can grow to 7 inches and have a very long lifespan. Regular watering and a bit of sunlight is all that is required to look after them. Direct sun exposure is bad, since it will dry out the leaves so keep them in areas with dim lighting. Water the money trees just enough every time and let the soil dry out before watering again. Too much water will cause the leaves to brown and fall off. Avoid misting the leaves directly as that causes the leaves to fall out as well. With the proper care and right location, these plants may be just what you will need to generate the type of success you have been hoping for.

Financial Exploitation The Undetected Abuse To Seniors Part 1

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Undetected or Unreported?

For all types of elder abuse: for every reported case, there are 23.5 unreported cases.

For financial exploitation: for every reported case, there are 43.9 unreported ones.

For neglect cases: for every case undergoing investigation, there 57.2 unreported cases.

The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study was the second-largest study ever conducted on elder abuse and the first one conducted on a statewide scope. Although the studys contents have not yet been released by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the grim figures above were presented during a recent conference.

Scarier still, is the implication that the incidences of abuse may actually be even higher since the study excluded older persons who were unable to participate in telephone surveys.

Surprisingly, the most commonly reported was emotional abuse, followed by physical abuse; however, financial exploitation seemed to be the most prevalent form of elder mistreatment.

If previously undetected, how do we know if its occurring at all? And what can you do to stop it?

Prevention

Monitor Financial Activity. Look for these things:

Unusual activity based on ability, e.g. ATM use by a physically impaired person
Unexpected new withdrawals in round numbers ($50, $100, $1,000, etc.)
Withdrawals from a savings account or from checking accounts despite of penalties
Increased financial activity on bank statements
Requests to change account beneficiaries or issuance of authorizations
Elder showing signs of confusion related to finances
Property title changes or re-financing reports

Monitor Inheritance and Wills. Watch out for:

Changes in Power of Attorney or Durable Power of Attorney
Will or trust modifications when the elderly is incapable of requesting changes
Requesting will or trust changes that are in favor of a much younger friend

Caregivers should take note of these unusual behaviors:

Avoidance of discussion of financial matters that were once routine
Elderly showing signs of depression
Caregiver says the elderly wants to avoid calls and visits
Caregiver seeming to be overly concerned with financial matters
Caregiver speaking for the elder even when the elder is around
Perform background check if the caregiver has other means of support other than the elders income

Where to Get Support

For more resources related to elder abuse, you can contact the APS Network. You can find the appropriate contact numbers to call by clicking on the Report Abuse button on their website and then choosing your state.

If you require immediate legal assistance, you can contact local attorneys with years of expertise in elder law. For example, in Indianapolis City, you can reach out to Applegate-Harden Law Firm.

Make Money Online – An Amazing 5 Step Formula Shows You How

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Follow these super simple 5 steps for making money online and get ahead of 95 per cent of other marketers.

*Step 1* Target a large group of people

First you need to research your intended market. You need find a reasonably large number of targeted individuals who have money to spend and a problem that needs solving. To make money online you need to offer a great product, or service, that solves a problem for them.

You need to research:

(a)What are people searching for online? (b)How many people are searching online for a solution to their particular problem?

First though, what should you be marketing in your proposed new online business?

Ideally, you should market something that you have a keen interest in, this will keep you motivated. You can find out what people are searching for at adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and here inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/

*Step 2* Locate a great product

Once you have researched your target market, it is time to quickly locate your products or services. If you have your own product great, if not then there are plenty of options to sell, or resell other peoples products.

There are thousands of products you can find quickly. However, marketing and selling a really good product needs a little more attention (you could create your own but you want to get started fast, right?)

Next…locate your products You can choose to promote physical products or digital online products. Digital products cover many different areas of interest and are incredibly profitable. There are no delivery costs with digital download products they are a good choice to promote as most offer good margins.

Here are some prime resources for sourcing digital products:

1. paydotcom.com 2. clickbank.com 3. cj.com

Here are some prime sources for physical products:

1. doba.com 2. alibaba.com 3. worldwidebrands.com

There are other resources but the above sites are a great place to start for all types of fast selling digital download products.

*Step 3* Market to your target audience

Now you have researched your chosen market, and located great products you can sell, its time to reach out and grab those targeted individuals.

So how are you going to attract your hungry buyers at little or no cost?

You MUST reach your target market in a way that allows you still to make a good profit. There are many ways to achieve this (that is another book in itself) but Im going to show you the most cost effective way to market almost any product or service online. In fact it is so cost effective it wont cost you anything (just a little time set aside to complete it).

So what is this free method?

Articles. Yes article marketing is THE most powerful way to attract ready made buyers to your site for little or NO cost. You basically write something that is informative and of interest to readers of your target market, then submit your articles to directories to get them published.

Thoughts on Painless Commercial Real Estate Investment Advice

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Real estate investment is the practice of buying real estate property and making a profit out of it by selling it. There are many people that make a living utilizing this type of investment as it can be rather lucrative. Nonetheless, not everyone advantages from it. There are people who make the wrong choices when purchasing property and wind up making drops.

Wondering how to get a great start in the sales of commercial real estate? As of today commercial real estate market is considered as one of the vast market regardless of where you are. You could easily find a booming career in the real estate industry if you are aware of on the right techniques of the market. You can always take good real estate investment advice for getting a great initiate in a fruitful venture.

Commercial real estate investment can be considered as very good career choice. There is always a market for business when you consider commercial real estate investment. Always remember when you get involved with commercial real estate investment, keep the deal in your mind. You always have to be alert when deciding any type of deal. Dont only go for just a good location or good appearance, but there should be lot more things you have to keep in mind like the bottom line earning you expect to make, the following terms and conditions of the agreement and moreover the approximate rate of return from it. Simply focus on the expected profit and good real estate investment advice rather than getting emotional on one property.

Always keep in mind that the whole real estate process is a long process even if you have already gone for a commercial real estate property. Now a days people or owners get so impatient with all the processes and simply give up on the deals. Basically you need to have the track for all the things like all the official documents has to be made properly, the documents need to be signed properly and moreover repairs need to be made.

Well you have to think before doing anything like for example why the previous owner is selling its commercial property and more questions like this. Sometimes, they are selling it because of a problem with the property itself. It can be any scenario like it could be prone to more bizarre scenario be the target of repeat break ins due to a vendetta or perhaps due to insect infestation and lot more things like this.

There are always new things happening in the commercial real estate as there are always new questions coming up that you cant even answer. So that is why it is said to take real estate investment advice from some experienced person that probably helps your success rate. This makes a wealth of resources available to you.

For more information related to real estate investment advice , Please visit : americanrealestateinvestments.com

Commercial Mortgage Modification

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In todays crumbling, commercial real estate market, both borrowers and lenders find themselves in quite a precarious predicament. Borrowers struggle to make their commercial mortgage payments, while lenders are crippled by the increasing number of defaults on commercial property. Right now the best solution to this problem is commercial mortgage modification.

Commercial mortgage modification is the process of renegotiating the terms of a commercial loan. This is done typically by reducing the interest rate or monthly payment on the loan. Other benefits to the borrower may include an extension of the loan term, a forbearance or moratorium on payments, and of course an alternative to foreclosure.

A commercial mortgage modification is about risk to the lender. A lender will only consider a modification if a borrower is in default or at risk of defaulting. The most important thing the lender will look at in determining whether or not to modify a commercial note is cash flow. One very important calculation used in determining cash flow is called the DCR or Debt Coverage Ratio. This ratio is used by the underwriters to determine if a modification can be approved. If a property is breaking even, meaning the income generated is equal to the operating expenses, the DCR would be equal to 1. If commercial property has a positive cash flow, meaning the income the property generates is more than sufficient to cover the mortgage payment and all of the operating expenses, the DCR is greater than 1. If the property is losing money, the DCR would be less than 1. A lender will most likely not modify the commercial note, if the property already has a DCR greater than 1. Commercial lenders writing new commercial loans will most likely require a DCR of 1.25 or greater.

The most common form of payment reduction seen in a commercial mortgage modification is when the lender converts a principal and interest payment to an interest only payment. A lender may consider this form of commercial loan modification to help the borrower improve their cash flow. By only paying the interest on the loan, as opposed to principal and interest, the payment becomes more affordable for the borrower.

However, in extreme circumstances, reducing the mortgage payment to interest only is just not enough for a commercial property owner. If a lender sees that the borrower will still have negative cash flow even after reducing the payment to interest only, they may consider a reduction in the interest rate. Although the interest rate reduction may be temporary, it will help the borrower free up capital and maintain the mortgage payment on time. Although uncommon, lenders have lowered interest rates to as low as 1% even, to avoid an even more costly foreclosure.

First Steps to Take When Buying Bank Foreclosures

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Buying bank foreclosures may not look attractive at first since it entails a lot of paperwork on your part and the prospect of dealing with a financial institution that has taken back someone elses home seems daunting. However, you have to take into consideration the rewards of navigating financial and legal hurdles since it is not often that you may be able to buy a pretty spacious house with a garden in a nice neighborhood for half the price of its real market value.

Such opportunities are a goldmine for investors too as prime real estate that are cheap and hard to come by. A tidy profit can be made if you are willing to flex some muscles.

Where to Look for Bank Foreclosures

It may seem very hard to find bank foreclosed properties out in the open, but when you know where to look, you can find great deals on homes and other properties for sale.

Banks may have their own list, but it may be too tedious for you to comb through the whole lot of them separately, especially if you live in another town or state. Your best bet is to look for REOs in listings. These lists are a treasure trove of information and save you a lot of time and effort. These consolidate repossessed homes for sale per location or per state. It is also easier to find the homes you are looking for as you can already do the process of elimination and selection by browsing the list.

Checking Out the Property

Take a look at the bank foreclosures that you are interested in. Inspect the condition that they are in and try to get an estimate on the cost of repairs. Have the entire property appraised or talk to an agent and compare prices of similar homes to see if you are really getting a good deal.

Dealing with The Bank

Try to engage the services of an agent who has experience in dealing in bank foreclosures. Some lending institutions may not be willing to talk with an unrepresented prospective buyer like you and there may be some financial issues that you may not be conversant in.

If all goes well, you can negotiate with the bank for a lower price on the property. These foreclosed homes can also be acquired through cash basis, installment or through lease with option to purchase.