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Basic Finance Info

You will find basic financial info right here.

This is not for the financial professional. They talk about complicated stuff like… ummm. You know what I mean.

You may not have paid too much attention to in your Money and Financial matters class in high school. Maybe, since you didn’t have a job, this was all academic and it was hard for you to relate. But now you’re becoming a big person and you’re making money. Where do you start? To get started, you need basic finance info.

Basic Finance Info

You may need basic financial info like:

  • Do you have to file taxes?
  • What is a w-9 form?
  • How do I write a check?
  • Is insurance a waste of money?
  • How do I keep track of my bills?
  • How should I keep track of my pay-stubs?
  • “I got a letter from the IRS. Is it junk mail?”
  • “I’m scared crapless because I got a letter from the IRS.”
  • “The IRS says I owe taxes. My taxes are taken out of my paycheck. This is bullcrap.”
  • “I made money selling something illegal. Do I need to pay tax on that?”
  • “I’m selling stuff for my ‘friend.’  He wants my SSN so he can withhold state and federal tax? Is he a damn liar? Should I challenge him to a fist fight?”

If you need basic financial info. We’re here to help.

Notice: You should always do research and get education when dealing with a business. Education is the key. Join a professional association, attend their conferences and listed to their keynote speakers on business and corporate fraud.

Tax Help

Tax Dos and Don’ts

When I fist started filing taxes back when I was about 18 years old I had no idea what I was doing.  I’m not saying I was a stupid kid, I just hadn’t had the obligation or requirement to do a whole lot of paperwork — filling out forms and doing math.

Insurance Help

Understanding Basic Insurance

It always amazes me when someone thinks that just because they pay a monthly insurance premium, they should be able to recover the insured item without having to pay a deductible.

I overheard a woman in a mobile phone store, who wanted to get a new phone because hers broke.  She was completely shocked to hear that even after she paid $12 a month for 18 months, that she couldn’t get a new phone without having to pay a $175 deductible.

You don’t like it?  Its not fair?  It doesn’t matter what she likes or thinks is fair.  No amount of explaining would have satisfied her.  The clerk could have given her a class in how insurance companies work, their profit and loss and business structure, and she still wouldn’t have thought it was fair.

Just because someone thinks insurance should work a certain way, doesn’t mean that it does or will.

Title Insurance Help and Education

Imagine what she would think about title insurance.  Paying money just incase someone, some day, might come back and say that they have an ownership interest in a home; piece of real estate.  And, imagine if there was fraud involved in the mortgage transaction.

Hopefully, you won’t be as much of an idiot as the customer if you have a basic understanding of how insurance works.

Homeowners Insurance

Homeowners Insurance isn’t just a fancy term; it’s your home’s very own superhero cape! It swoops in to save the day when life’s unexpected events, like fires, storms, or even mischievous raccoons, try to rain on your parade. Beyond just covering damages, it’s about giving homeowners peace of mind, knowing their biggest investment is protected. From the structure of your home to the treasures inside, this insurance has got you covered. There is tons of basic info about Homeowners Insurance to learn about shielding your home from life’s little (and big) surprises!

Mortgage Real Estate Title Insurance

If you are involved in a mortgage transaction, you will need title insurance help. The mortgage and title insurance industries can be wrought with fraud. I’f you are in the business of title insurance, here is a video of some possible red flags that could be faced by your mortgage broker or loan officer.

Keynote speaker, Jerome Mayne talks about his experience with fraud in the mortgage and title insurance industries.

Investment Help For Average People

What is an Investment

When I was a child, my big brother always asked me if I wanted to pool my money with his. He would only ask me this, of course, when I had more money than him.  I would save my money; my allowance, and he would spend his.

One day, I decided to do it.  I told him that I would put my money in a jar, along with his. We agreed that we could both use the money, but if you were the one who took it out, you had to pay it back and also had to give the other person a quarter.

This was a crude form of investing.  If I didn’t want to use the money that we both put into the jar, I would still make money on the interest.

Basics of Investing

Remember the good ol’ days of pooling money in a jar with your sibling? Well, welcome to the grown-up version of that! Basics of Investing is like that jar, but instead of quarters, we’re talking stocks, bonds, and maybe a few gold coins if you’re feeling fancy. Investing isn’t just about hoping your big brother doesn’t spend all the money; it’s about making smart choices and letting your money work for you. Dive into our Basics of Investing blog post to learn how to upgrade from jars to juicy returns!

Mortgage Help

Mortgage Dos and Dont’s

We all hear that a home is one of the biggest investments we will make in our lives.  You may need mortgage help. For many of us this would probably be true.  But, how does one save up enough money to to buy something that costs that much? And how do you avoid committing mortgage fraud?

Mortgage Help

It’s actually a calculated decision.  One looks at how much one could make if they invested their money (their return on investments) vs. how much they would spend if they paid money by borrowing.  There are many more advantages, such as mortgage interest credit.

Much like an APR (annual percentage rate), one has to figure in, the actual cost of borrowing money now, vs. having the cash to use now.  What is the future value of money?

Mortgage fraud
Keynote Speaker giving help on Mortgages

Borrowing Money

Many people talk about borrowing and lending incorrectly.  They can ask if they could borrow you 10 bucks.  Money is not ‘borrowed’ to someone.  It is lent. Correctly they would say, “Hey.  Would you lend me 10 bucks?”  Or, the person would say, “Hey, would you lend me 10 bucks?”  If I was the person with the money, I would say, “No.  I won’t lend you 10 dollars because you’re an idiot.”

This brings me to the next item.  Risk.

Risk

There is always some level of risk involved when someone other than you uses something like money.  When you lend money to someone, the idea is that you want it back.  That’s why it is called lending.  Otherwise it would be called a gift.

When you allow someone to borrow money, or any other things of value, from you, there is always a chance that you won’t get it back.  So, you are taking a risk by allowing your thing of value to be used by someone else.

For future reference, we’ll call this ‘thing of value’, an asset.

How do you evaluate the level of risk you are willing to take?  First, you have to decide how valuable the asset is to you.  Is just makes sense that if you value your asset at a ‘level 10’, you would be more concerned about who you lend it to.  (Notice I didn’t say, “… borrow it to.”?)  If you value your asset at a ‘level 1’, your concern of who borrows it is less.

The Borrower

Typically the borrower is evaluated in 2 ways.

  1. What is their willingness to repay the asset (money)?
  2. What is their ability to repay the money?

One of the best ways to determine a borrowers willingness and ability to repay money, is to take a look at their previous behavior; their history of repaying money.  The history of whether or not someone repays money is to get what is commonly referred to as a ‘credit report.’

Willingness to Repay a Loan

A credit report that shows that someone always repays money they have borrowed, means that they have both the willingness and ability to do so.

Ability to Repay a Loan

However, you might want to look further into a person’s ability to repay money is to find out is they make enough money to pay it back.  Let’s say that I borrow $1,000 from you and you expect me to pay you back at the end of the month.  If I don’t have a job or any other way to get money, then I don’t have the ability to pay you back.

Interest Rates

Mortgage interest is the amount of money someone has to pay to you for the privilege of using your money.  There are a few things that would effect the amount of money you would change someone who borrows money from you.

Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud can cause serious financial difficulties for both the consumer and the lending institution. Not just financial problems but also civil and criminal penalties which means there can be consequences. Mortgage fraud can be perpetrated by both commercial and investment banks.

Often the entity, individual or corporate, with the most money are most likely to face criminal consequences when committing mortgage fraud. This is because criminal consequences are faced by individuals. Ultimately, both should get mortgage fraud help.

Corporate business structures have a unique purpose. First, they are protected by having a corporate veil that cannot be pierced. Second, individual people can be much more easily prosecutable because they don’t have the resources to fight the charges in court. Third, individuals are generally less sophisticated and can be out smarted by federal prosecutors more easily. Mortgage fraud prevention for the consumer is best sought through FannieMae.

Mortgage Help and How to Learn about it.

Business professionals and consumers alike get training. in a nutshell, they need mortgage fraud help. They attend conferences or conventions that are pertinent to their industry whether it be the mortgage, real estate or any financial profession. For a top rated financial industry keynote speaker, many event planners book Jerome Mayne. Find out more.