Friday, September 26, 2014


Home equity loans are excellent financial products as they provide higher loan amounts, lower interest rates and longer repayment programs than most other loans. Yet, there are certain risks that these loans entail and everyone should take them into account prior to applying for a loan based on home equity. Moreover, there are certain practices that unscrupulous lenders use that increase these risks or add new ones and you should be prepared to avoid those too.

The Target

Unscrupulous lenders target certain niches that are easier to exploit. They prey on those who need money urgently and include non advantageous terms and sometimes abusive conditions concealed within the fine print of the loan contract. These niches are: elderly people, minorities or groups that speak English as a second language and are not familiar with legal terms, people with poor credit or going through critical financial situations, etc.

The federal trade commission has advised on several practices that these lenders' targets may be subject to. These practices may include: Equity Stripping, Refinancing-Flipping, the concealed offer of a balloon loan, Refinancing or home equity loans with additional fees or costs concealed on the fine print of the loan contract, and many other practices that add costs and fees to your already packed budget risking at the same time your property.

Additional Fees And Costs

On home equity loans and on Refinance home loans that offer cash-out, lenders sometimes charge non advertized costs like closing charges, administrative fees, etc. that can add up to the overall price of the loan product increasing its cost significantly. In order to avoid these situations you need to be very cautious and inspect the fine print of any documents that you are asked to sign. Remember that most of these lenders have expertise on legal issues and may include onerous clauses on the loan contract that you might sign inadvertently.

Balloon Loans

Balloon loans are an interesting product when you are going through critical financial situations as they provide minimum payments. However, you need to understand how these loans work because there is a reason that allows the lender to offer such reduced installments. Balloon loans charge only interest on a monthly basis. The capital or loan principal is due at the end of the repayment program as a lump sum. Thus, you need to understand that even if you can afford the monthly payments easily, eventually you will need to come up with a high amount of money to cancel the loan or you will loose your property. It is sometimes possible to refinance the loan though.


Home Loan Flipping or increasing Cash-out refinancing occurs when lenders offer you a cash-out mortgage loan and provide you with additional funds by the use of the available equity on your home. Unfortunately this practice is widespread and causes debtors to continually increase their debt while getting their available income reduced due to the higher interest rates and fees that these new loans imply. Moreover, lenders tempt debtors by offering growing amounts that only add up to their existing debt.

Home Equity Stripping

Beware of those lenders or brokers that let you (or encourage you to) include a different figure than the one you should include on the income field. This can lead to the approval of the loan for a higher amount but it will also be a higher amount than you can afford as the monthly payments are set in such a way that they represent a portion of your income which is known to be suitable and affordable. Any difference may turn the loan into an onerous financial product and if you fail to repay the loan, you will be risking your property that would be subject to foreclosure.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Fractional reserve banking and the fraud that came with it is at the core of the present-day financial system. In order to grasp an understanding of the ongoing dilemma, and why Federal Reserve Banks are at fault, it is essential to understand the concept of Fractional Reserve Banking and why it is more than just counterfeiting.

Contrary to what is believed, the American dollars in your bank account are not the same dollars in the form of cash (Federal Reserve Notes) in your wallet. The dollars in the banks are make believe paper dollars, or numbers on a computer created by the bank an obligation or promissory note to pay you a certain dollars in Federal Reserve Notes. Simply stated, the bank backs the dollars in your bank account while the Federal Reserve backs the Federal Reserve Notes.

Throughout time, gold was the only existing currency. Purchasing your daily loaf of bread with pure gold did not seem practical and for that reason, goldsmiths served as early bankers. Goldsmiths would issue certificates that were backed by gold and this allowed people to purchase things with paper money. This paper money was represented by pure physical gold bullion and was stored in the goldsmith's vaults.

Producing certificates to look after gold meant that a significant amount of cash (gold) was just sitting around in storage. So the goldsmiths decided to start a fraud. When this happened, they became the bankers we know today.

Creating this fraud was really simple. Given that people did not know how much gold was actually stored, it was easy for goldsmiths to issue out more certificates than the gold being stored. By doing this, they attempted to earn more interest than would have been possible if they would have limited themselves to loan based on the gold stored. These goldsmiths relied on the assumption that not all of the certificates would be cashed in at the same time and therefore nobody would find out.

This is a critical explanation of the fraud that is fractional reserve banking. In the time of goldsmiths, it was easy to distinguish between right and wrong. The promissory notes were backed by the gold in the vaults. The moment the goldsmiths decided to issue notes that were backed by nothing (aside from the supposition that they would have enough gold inventory to pay, assuming not everyone demanded their physical gold at the same time)thus the process of fraud began.

How is it possible that bankers were allowed to get away with something like this? How could no one say anything about the false creation of gold?

Enter the government. Corruption can stem from power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So indeed, the government knew the trick of the goldsmiths' scam. However, the world's ruling classes knew it was not convenient to stop it. Instead, they saw it advantageous to perpetuate the scam. Why? Because by taxing and regulating the issue of money, they could keep a system in place where both could profit. This inevitably led to what we know as Fractional Reserve Banking.

If you move forward in time 500 yearsthe US Dollar is the world's reserve currency and serving like the world's goldsmith. Privately owned by several mysterious group banks, the Federal Reserve System illustrates the jaded relationship banks and governments have developed in the last 500 years. For some reason, world economies fall in the same trap of the same scam.

The interest rate banks operate under and lend are controlled by the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Federal Reserve controls the fractional reserve ratios banks are required to maintain (as a percentage of their reserves held in Federal Reserve Notes). What does this mean? The money supply and the new money' being created are controlled by privately owned company comprised of banks allowed to counterfeit' money. There is also the interest charge on those dollars created out of thin air!

For those reasons, I have a nickname for Fractional Reserve Banking: I refer to them as Fictional Reserve Banking. How long will you allow yourself to be fooled by this fraud? Will you take the steps necessary to protect yourself and stay ahead of the crowd?

Here are some suggestions for further reading: It is essential to understand the Fractional Reserve Banking in order to find or create positive banking solutions for your family and future. Solutions like these are the ones author Peter Macfarlane writes about in his blog on offshore banking. Peter also writes several articles on the topic of Wealth Creation for The Q Wealth Report which is a leading quarterly journal dedicated to financial privacy and individual liberty, as well as offshore asset protection. He is also a well-known authority and speaker at offshore living events.

Friday, September 12, 2014


If anything is damaging to the health of adult females and kids, I would anticipate it to be hazardous to everybody, even if it is undertaking much less hurt. For the reason that people who use crystal wine eyeglasses every day for their dinnertime consume will be steadily accumulating compact doses of lead, will not they? Most posts do not focus on this, but I would use caution when it comes to lead crystal wine glasses.

The beneficial news is, you really don't will need lead to make glass more obvious. Given that the possible wellness risks involved with crystal glasses arrived to light decades in the past, businesses have elevated manufacturing of non-lead crystal glasses. Though these are not viewed as genuine crystal, they are also extremely brilliant. The most frequent lead substitute utilized is barium oxide, which does not have unfavorable results on overall health of lead.

Despite the hazards, crystal glasses continue on to be offered and persons continue on to acquire them. If you imagine worries about lead in the glass leaching into wine and entering our bodies is overblown, you still have many varieties of crystal wine glasses to pick from. The most nicely acknowledged brand name that has been approximately the longest is Waterford. Waterford crystal glasses are out there in quite a few types and for all distinctive purposes.

Choosing a stemware for ones assortment ought to be basic. You can not be incorrect with crystal champagne glass as nicely as other crystal stemware. It's just a make a difference of thinking of about what sorts of labels are out there. Which of them are recommended, what is new and what's not.

If you are thinking what a stemware is, it is a kind of glass which has a very long, slim stem, in which the glass bowl is positioned. It may well serve as the take care of, applied in between your bowl to the base of your glass. This specific stem is precisely what sets apart this kind of glass from option fashionable glassware. Apart from the distinctive layout of the stem, folks could also avert holding the outside of the bowl which could leave fingerprints, and will also grow the temperature of the consume.

The most well-known stemware in the current market are the wine crystal glasses,brandy snifters, cordial eyeglasses, champagne flute, and also cocktail eyeglasses. They are the most used stemware. Amongst the 5, the champagne flutes (or the crystal champagne glass), and also the wine glasses are the initial types to be ordered.

When picking out wine glasses or a crystal champagne glass, there are a variety of points to be thought to be. Observe that the glasses for individuals favorite red wine characteristic even bigger rims mixed with bowls than all those for the white wine. The darker the wine the greater will the bowl connected to the glass would be. On the contrary, sweeter wine matches a more compact bowl. The importance of this is the fact that huge-rimmed glasses let the wine to breathe though contracted rimmed consuming eyeglasses concentrate the scent of the particles inside of the wine.

Ahead of you decide to try and attain a crystal champagne glass or a wine glass, continue to keep in mind some of these ideas.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Small children are by nature very self centred. They have not acquired the sense of self awareness that the majority of adults naturally possess manifesting in tantrums, selfish conduct and bossiness.

Bossiness is a common 3 year old behavior problem and it can often lead to some somewhat awkward and unpleasant situations for their parents.

Youngsters can also get a sense of superiority and authority from acting this way in a world in which adults dominate. They won't always be aware that they are displaying this behavior, but when they are being bossy and excerting their power and authority over people they subconsciously taking back some of that control. On the up-side, there are a few things that you can try which may be able to reign your childs bossiness in a bit.

Tips For Bringing Your Toddlers Bossy Behavior Under Control


Kids have a very "monkey see, monkey do" approach to life, so the very first thing you can try to change their behavior is to modify yours first. This might mean winding your own bossiness back a bit. So when you are in the presence of your children, try using the type of behavior that you would want them to emulate. Even when you aren't talking with them, they will still pick up on the manner in which you act and ask folks to do something.

Even when it is in YOUR nature to be like this, try to be aware of it and when your kids are around try reworking your own conduct so your children see a more polite side of you.

Social Skills

Another simple concept, but one that is often tough to execute is to teach them good social skills. Teach them to share from a young age. Make them ask people things in a considerate way and when they deviate from this, ask them how THEY would feel if someone spoke like that to them.

Give Control

Bossiness is a manner of control, so when you child is feeling like they have none they will attempt and take it. But imagine you GAVE them some control? By asking your child if they want potatoes or carrots with their fish cakes, or if they want to watch some cartoons or play with their barbie dolls for some time you are placing some authority back in their hands.

The secret to this is not to ask open ended questions, so instead of "what do you want to do today?", you ask "would you like to go to the park today or watch some cartoons?". This gives them a feeling of control and they will believe that they have had a say in how their day went and THIS will result in not so much of of a need to take control from people by way of bossy behavior in the future.


Fairly often, a child's bossy or bad behavior is nothing but a plea for your attention, so take a genuine look at how much you give them every day. Take a hard honest look at whether or not you are putting in enough time playing and talking with them before you yell at them for yanking at your sleeve to go play in the yard when all you want to do is stand sipping beer with your buddies.