Getting Educated about Credit Cards

Credit cards can be a convenient way to make purchases but they can be costly if they are not used with care.

Fees and Interest

Credit cards often attract a foreign transaction or currency conversion fee when used overseas. Interest rates are another factor to be careful with. If the entire amount is not paid off by the interest-free period, the outstanding amount will attract an interest payment, which can be more than 20% a year.

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5 Symptoms of Excessive Debt

Living in debt can lead to high interest payments and possibly even insolvency. Symptoms of excessive debt include making only the minimum payments and maxing out credit cards.

Minimum Payments

Those with excessive debt are often those who make only the minimum payments on their credit cards. Paying only the minimum amount can mean that it takes decades for the cardholder to pay off their credit card debt, instead of months or a couple of years.

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4 Strategies for Breaking Bad Spending Habits

Research has demonstrated a link between financial resolve and a variant of a gene associated with self-control. However, studies have also shown that nurture can trump nature when it comes to smart money management.

Here are a few methods to help you become better with your money:

Use Mantras

Using basic rules or mantras to guide financial and spending decisions can lead to better outcomes in personal finances. Developing a heuristic process creates a rule and makes a person more conscious of their decisions. For example, basic mantras such as ‘I never shop on impulse’ can guide an individual to better spending decisions.
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Getting Your Start-up Off the Ground

It has never been easy to get a business off the ground and the current economic climate has only made things more difficult for young entrepreneurs.

But there are options out there if you are looking to finance a business project. The following are a some ways to go about financing your start-up:

  • The first person you should to for help is yourself. If you believe in the venture, you should put your money where your mouth is. You may be taking more of a risk but you will be getting more of the reward than if you have to start splitting the equity.

  • Borrowing money against the equity in your home, using personal credit cards and taking out personal loans is another solution that doesn’t require you dividing the equity of your business.

  • Your family and friends are all potential investors.

  • If you do not mind dividing the equity of your business, you can always bring someone on board who is business savvy but instead of paying them a salary, offer them a stake in the business.


The Need for Financial Guidance for Entrepreneurs

Lack of capital funding is one of the most significant issues faced by many entrepreneurs. While an entrepreneur may have a great idea and be incredibly passionate, the absence of operating cash means that a business will struggle to remain viable.

It is also a difficult situation when entrepreneurs who have already experienced success choose to devote all of their personal net wealth into their business. In this situation, personal finances are very likely to suffer.

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Minimal Interest Rate Cuts Drive People to Pay Off Credit Cards Faster

In the wake of banks choosing to only pass on a fraction of the interest rate cuts made by the Reserve Bank, credit card customers are rushing to pay off their credit card debts. People with car loans and personal loans are behaving in a similar way too

Figures recently released by the Reserve Bank show that in the 2013 year to March, the average credit card debt was $3256.70. This marks an average reduction of 2.4%

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