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How Do Savings Bonds Work?

Friday, April 10th, 2009

What are Savings Bonds?

Savings bonds are a major offering in credit unions and at banks. It is important to know what savings bonds are all about so that you can understand whether or not they will benefit you in any way. This page is going to take you through some of the basics of what savings bonds are and how they are used.

What are Savings Bonds?

Savings bonds are securities that are issued by the United States Treasury Department. They are designed to provide funding dollars for the United States Government. In return for making use of your money, the government can then pay you interest. This discussion is going to specifically focus on covering EE Savings Bonds and I Savings Bonds.

How much interest is earned in Savings Bonds?

The interest rates generally depend upon the economic conditions. As interest rates in general begin to rise, so will the interest rates that are paid on these savings bonds. If you are looking for exact numbers based on the current conditions, the best resource is the website for the Bureau of Public Debt. In general, you will find that the interest rates are fairly competitive as far as safe, government backed investments go, and you may even benefit from additional tax incentives to enhance the returns that you receive.

What Tax Benefits are offered by Savings Bonds?

This is really going to depend on your individual situation. Depending on your situation, you may be able to earn some really nice benefits simply by using savings bonds. For starters, for example, savings bonds do not pay periodic interest that is subject to an income tax. Instead, they increase in value over the span of years. What this means is that you can delay claiming the interest until your bonds are redeemed, or until they mature, which is around 30 years following their issuance. If you do not want to claim the income now, but you want to claim the income later instead, then savings bonds can make this possible.

Another tax benefit that is associated with savings bonds is the Educational Tax Exclusion, or the Educational Savings Bond Program. If you cash your bonds in for use for qualified higher education related expenses, you may be able to exclude that income all together from your taxes. It is important that you are sure to follow the rule regarding the expenses, income limits and other regulations that exist if you want to take full advantage of this. For more information about this exclusion program, visit the website for the Savings Bond for Education Program.

Finally, savings bond interest is exempt both from state income taxes and local income taxes. What this means is that you can spend more of what you earn without worrying about the taxes. Depending on your state that you live in, this may be a big deal, but it may be insignificant instead so find out about your state’s regulations before you invest.

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Originally posted 2020-12-10 05:03:46. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Child Savings and Investment

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Children cost money – are you ready?

Having children is not a cheap proposition these days, especially when you consider long term costs. The older your children become, the more they are going to end up costing in the long run. High education prices, for example, continue to soar making it nearly impossible for you to put your children through school. The housing market is also becoming nearly impossible. All of these things seem really far ahead when your child is young, but if you do not start saving up now you may find yourself really short in terms of capital and income when you finally do need the money to get things going.

Surveys are luckily suggesting that people are beginning to understand this concept. Child savings and investment plans are absolutely vital if we want to be financially prepared for everything that goes into rearing our children from beginning to end in the future. When we first have children, they are expensive enough, and keeping them in diapers is hard work. Little do we know at that point however, how many thousands of dollars will have to go into their educations, keeping them clothed and fed, and putting a roof over their heads for the next eighteen years or so. If you want to be prepared financially for everything that is involved in raising your children to adulthood, then you need to begin planning as far ahead as you can using child savings and investment planning to make sure that you have enough money in the future.

You should not start saving when your children are young, but rather before they are even born. If you know that you plan on having children some day, begin saving the day that the decision is made. Even if you change your mind later, the money will still go to good use, so it is better to plan ahead and be safe than to be sorry in a few years when you do not have the savings you need to afford the education of your children.

When it comes to planning for your child’s future, planning ahead is always best. The sooner you begin to plan, save and invest, the better off you will be when you finally need to utilize that money. If you do not take the time to plan ahead, you may run into a point where you do not have the capital you need to take care of your children properly. Imagine trying to send your children to college and finding that you lack the capital to get them there, as well as the credit score to obtain the lending that is required. Can you imagine the disappointment that your children will have if they cannot go to the school of their dreams? Nip that risk in the bud as early as you can by planning early, saving and investing often, and working hard to create a good life for your children long before you ever have to.

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Originally posted 2020-11-27 05:01:07. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Friday, March 6th, 2009

Most people have questions when it comes to 401k planning and retirement. These people often wonder what 401k planning is, how 401k planning works, and how a dwindling balance can be revived. 401k plans can be complex, but they can also be quite easy to understand with a little bit of preparation.

What is 401k Planning?

A 401k is a retirement plan sponsored by an employer. Employees can contribute some of their income to their plan before taxes. The maximum amount of the contribution can be limited by the plan or by the federal government. Once the employee goes into retirement, their distribution is going to depend on how much the plan has grown over time. Because of this, employees should choose their investment choices carefully. Once they begin to take distributions, the withdrawals will be taxed. If the money is withdrawn before the employee reaches the age of 59 and a half, then there will be a withdrawal penalty.

Plan for your retirement.

How does 401k Planning Work?

If a company does offer a 401k retirement plan, then the employee usually has some option to select their investment funds based on a list provided by the 401k planning company. The employee’s contribution is going to be deducted automatically from the employee’s paycheck before taxes are taken out. Each employee is allowed to contribute up to a certain percentage, and some employers will match this percentage. The contributions that are made along with matching funds are invested into the employee’s funds. Sometimes loans can be drawn out of 401k plans, and some hardship withdrawals are also permitted. There is also a vesting period where an employee must be employed for a defined number of years before the money in their account is actually their own.

How is a declining balance repaired in 401k planning?

The first thing that you should do in order to address a declining balance is to look more closely at the investment mix that you are working with. If you invest too heavily in company stock, this can cause significant problems if the company ever faces financial troubles. Contributions should be adjusted in order to make the most out of contribution limitations, and the maximum tax deferred contribution should be made whenever possible. At the very least when this is not possible, employees should contribute enough to gain matching funds from the company.

How can a 401k portfolio be best balanced?

Balancing your 401k planning portfolio is important because it shows you whether or not your investments are on track with your game plan for retirement. If you are wondering whether or not you need to rebalance, it may be time to consider your goals, your risk tolerance and any other concerns that you have alongside a financial advisor. Some of the things that will dictate the next steps in your 401k planning process include age and how close you are to retirement. Your 401k planning process will involve investments for growth and investments for income.

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Originally posted 2020-11-05 05:09:37. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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Best Small Investments

Friday, January 9th, 2009

When you are looking to generate money through investing in the shortest amount of time, and you do not have a lot of money to begin with, then you are going to want to learn how to take small investments and turn them into big rewards. If you have a lot of money but are not familiar with the best methods of investing, then investing small is still the most advantageous option. A lot of profit can be taken away from a small investment, but this is only provided that you follow some basic rules regarding the best small investments. Here are four basic rules that you need to follow when it comes to making great returns from small investments.

Investigate all potential investments.

* Take the time to investigate, as this should be a true key factor in deciding which investment vehicle that you should invest your money into. You are really not going to want to invest your money too quickly into something, unless you are completely and thoroughly sure and satisfied with it as a good move. Here are some of the considerations that you need to make before determining whether or not a certain investment is a good move to make.

– What risks are involved in this type of investing?
– What are the minimum and maximum amounts that can be invested?
– What are the minimum and maximum results that are possible?
– What is the time frame to achieve the results that are desired?
– Will this money become liquid in the future?

Answering questions like these honestly will help you make a decision about the investment vehicle, determining whether or not it will be a good investment or not. A thorough investigation and comparison of the company and the investment vehicle will help you determine which investment is going to be ideal for you.

Additionally, you need to keep the following rules in mind:

– Know when to jump based on experience. Don’t hesitate on moving when all signs point to “Jump!”. If you hesitate too often, you may end up missing out on an excellent opportunity to make more money out of your investments.

– Diversify your assets, because if one asset goes south, you still have plenty of other investment vehicles to pursue. The more investments you have, the better off you will be which is why diversifying your portfolio is such an important part of investing wisely.

– Choose the greatest possible profit. If you have more than one option to choose from, go with the one with the greatest profit margin. This is, of course, assuming that all other details are similar. If one investment vehicle has less risk than another, go for the lower risk investment. If the risk is the same, and the investment amount is the same, but one payout is greater than the other, then by all means, go the way of the greater profit for small investment success.

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Child Savings and Investment

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

One of the options that is available to some people for savings and investment is the child trust fund vouches which is available for children born in the United Kingdom following September 1, 2020. Any child that is born in the UK after September 1, 2020 is entitled to a “child trust fund voucher”, which forms the basis of a child trust fund. These vouchers are available to any child claiming the child benefit, and child benefit is a universal benefit that all children in the UK are entitled to receiving regardless of family income.

United Kingdom Child Trust Funds

Here are the basic facts that you need to know about child trust funds:

– All children who are born after September 1, 2020 will receive a voucher that will allow to open a child trust fund.

– All children can receive a Child Trust Fund voucher regardless of their family income level. In order to receive the voucher the child must be registered to receive the child benefit.

– All savings placed into a child trust fund are tax free.

– If you are part of a low income family, then you can actually receive additional money to invest.

– All children are capable of receiving an extra 250 pounds that they can invest as soon as they reach the age of seven.

– You can top up the child trust fund by as much as 1,200 pounds every year.

– Anyone can contribute to a child trust fund, so it is an excellent addition to the gift list because family members, friends and neighbors can all contribute for your child.

– At the age of sixteen the child is allowed to make the decisions about how the money will be invested.

– The investment itself cannot be accessed until the child has reached the adult age of 18.

– Child trust funds are transferable between different people and it does not require any extra cost.

– The first child trust funds are going to mature in the year 2020. From April 2009 and on, child trust funds can be opened online and no voucher has to be sent in to the fund provider.

– 24 percent of all parents are topping up their children’s trust funds.

– In August 2008 alone more than 3.61 child trust funds existed in the UK.

Once you have received a voucher, the next step is to choose a provider for the child trust fund, to contact them, and then to open the account up. The voucher needs to be sent in with the paperwork, at least until April 2009 when the trust funds can be opened up online without requiring that the voucher be sent along. Once the child trust fund is started, all that is left is topping it up every year to contribute to your child’s investment.

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Searching for a Legitimate High Yield Investment?

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Flying high on investments? Avoid scams!

If you’re just getting started with investing, you’re probably searching high and low for a legitimate high yield investment to sink some money into and make lots of profits. Everyone wants to find those high yield investments so they can do the same thing. The biggest problem, of course, is that many other people know how to prey upon those looking for good investments. Scams abound on the Internet, ranging from simple pyramid schemes where you can lose a few hundred dollars or more complicated investment schemes that can cost you thousands.

One good way to figure out if a legitimate high yield investment is a scam is to really think about what you’re being told, and why. Read about the investment with an objective eye. Is the reason it’s such a good investment being explained thoroughly, or is it just a lot of hype and promises designed to get you to sign up? The old adage really does apply—a high yield investment that seems almost to good to be true, probably is too good to be true.

Be wary of the person or the company that’s introducing you to the investment. What’s in it for them? Are they selling you the information about the investment? Be wary. This is how many scammers make their money. They talk you into paying them for information, and once you get the information it usually proves useless—or explains that by giving them even more money, you’ll get even more information. . . avoid these types of pitches. If the investment they’re touting were really a legitimate high yield investment, they’d be making all their money off the investment and wouldn’t need to sell their “secrets” or “system” to you.

One of most common scams involves pyramid schemes. These plans always sound like legitimate high yield investments to people unfamiliar with how they work, and people have been known to sink thousands of dollars into these “investments” before they realized they were being scammed. It’s easy to recognize a pyramid scheme, though, because you’ll probably have to recruit people so sign up for the plan or program, and you’re promised profits off of them and everyone else they sign up. It sounds fine in theory, but the problem with pyramids are that there’s nothing of value being offered. You make money from them signing up—it’s a simple passing of cash—with those at the top making the most and those lower down finding it harder and harder to get people to sign up.

Also, anyone who claims to have a legitimate high yield investment for you and is promising that you’ll double your money or make dramatic profits very quickly is probably just selling something, something on which you’ll lose all your money.

The best way to research high yield investments is by keeping an eye on trends, and reading financial magazines, and online finance magazines like Forbes and The Motley Fool. You’ll get sound investing advice, free of the hype and the desire to sell you something.

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