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Creditors Taking Money Out Of Your Paycheck

Creditors Taking Money Out Of Your Paycheck

If a creditor has problems in collecting a debt from you, he has a few options at his disposal. One of them is to sue you and attempt to garnishee your paycheck. What this basically means is that, since he is unable to get the money directly from you, he is asking the courts to force your employer to take money from your paycheck and send it to him. To protect you and prevent abuses by the creditor, however, both the federal and state governments have enacted a set of rules as to how this should work.

The first thing that must happen is that the court must actually rule against you. If the creditor sues and the courts reject his claim, the creditor is out of luck and will not be able to legally collect any monies from you. If, however, the court enters a judgement against you and the creditor prevails, the court can then direct your employer to set aside a certain amount of your paycheck each week and send it to the creditor until the debt is resolved. In legal terms, this is known as wage garnishment or a wage attachment.

In order to prevent you from becoming destitute, there are Federal and state limits as to how much money can be taken from your paycheck. The federal limit is the lessor of 25% of your weekly paycheck or a calculated formula comparing the dollar amount of your weekly paycheck minus 30 times the minimum hourly income. In addition to federal wage attachment laws, all states have their individual laws. These laws, however, must provide at least the protection to the debtor that the federal laws provide.

In fact, some states have enacted significantly tougher wage garnishment rules on creditors than the federal laws do. These laws may either add additional barriers that the creditor has to overcome if they want the courts to rule in their favor. Or, the laws may go much further in limiting the amount of money that can be deducted from the debtors paycheck. In practical terms, what this means is that a creditor bringing a suit against a creditor in Minnesota can expect different results than a creditor filing a lawsuit in Arizona.

A number of employees are needlessly afraid of wage garnishments. Yes, it is embarrassing. But, primarily they are afraid of being fired by their employer when their employer discovers that a creditor has sued them for money. But, the federal law explicitly prevents an employer from firing you due to a wage garnishment. If an employer does fire you, however, you will have a legitimate criminal lawsuit to bring against your employer.

Now, to be sure, the fact that their wages are being garnished can be embarrassing for the debtor. But, in a society where debt is such a large part of nearly all financial transactions, it is a necessary tool that allows creditors to be repaid what they are legitimately owed.

How To Keep Track Of Your Forex Trades

How To Keep Track Of Your Forex Trades

Successful forex trading requires that you keep a close eye on the various business aspects. It may be overwhelming to keep in mind all these activities and transactions. For this reason, it is essential to have a system of analyzing and evaluating your various actions. The trading log is an important tool in forex trading. It assists you in recording and keeping track of all your important tasks and transactions. It is a very effective and efficient system that will save you the time and energy that goes into all the trading chores when business is booming.

A forex trading log can be a simple tabular grids with entries such as the date, the price, number of lots opened, exit price, initial protective stop level, commodity, quantity and so on. Although most traders have been using personal diaries as the trading log, there are standard logs which have been designed specifically for forex trading. Some logs are in book form while others are digital. Both of them may have the same formats but vary with convenience and flexibility.

With the digitalization of business, book-keeping and accounting practices, more and more business owners are turning to digital trading logs. Spreadsheet programs can make a very good trading log for your business since they come with a host of computing and data management capabilities. Updating figures in the log can be easily automated allowing you a great deal of flexibility. Some of the commonly used spreadsheet programs which can be used to create a simple trading log include the Microsoft Excel and The Lotus 1-2-3.

Forex trading software available in the market may help you to carry out the various forex related tasks one of which is keeping an up-to-date log book. The software that you purchase is likely to have market forecasting and analysis tools and order as well as management capabilities; which makes it a good package to manage your forex transactions.

A good trading log will optimize your trading business by eliminating weaknesses. The entries and exits that are to be recorded on the log book should be determined before hand. Otherwise, it will be hard to know which trades are doing well and which one’s aren’t doing well. There should be an area where remarks and comments can be made after a fixed trading period. These will help you when making key decisions about what strategies to put in place to ensure that your’s profitable trading business remains so.

Heat Recovery Steam Generator (hrsg) Market Analysis To 2020

Heat Recovery Steam Generator (hrsg) Market Analysis To 2020

The increasing global demand for electrical power and the simultaneous rise in environmental concerns and legislation are the major drivers for the Heat Recover Steam Generator (HRSG) market. The global power market is at present strongly focused on issues related to climate change, in order to meet government-mandated environmental targets and also in order to reduce dependency on imported energy. The market participants have recognized the profound need for sustainable development through a well balanced energy portfolio inclusive of energy-efficient technologies. It is believed that Combine Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) is the solution for all such energy-related questions. Moreover, international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol have reduced the outlook for coal-fired generation as the world looks to decrease the level of harmful emissions put into the earths atmosphere. These stringent regulations on companies generating power from coal, the worlds most utilized source for power generation which is also the most carbon-intensive source, have resulted in the growth of the HRSG market which is used in CCGT plants. These rules and regulations are expected to drive the market in the long term, as they are expected to become more stringent, ultimately increasing sales.

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Additionally, the demand for higher efficiencies and the availability of larger government incentives and rebates are expected to augment market growth. The increase in economic activities around the globe, especially in countries such as India and China, are also expected to spur the demand for the HRSG market.

The global recession and decline in power demand have fostered uncertainty about natural gas prices. This has created downward pressure on new investments worldwide. Cancellations or delays of utility programs and financing issues are plaguing the power generation market. This is expected to result in a gradual decline in sales, due to the lower demand for new installations of HRSG systems in the short term. The global HRSG market generated revenues of $1.54 billion in 2009.

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Travel Insurance Fraud The Consequences

Travel Insurance Fraud The Consequences

Rebecca and Shanti were both honest law-abiding citizens with law degrees from Sussex University, so it came as something of a surprise when they were recently arrested in Brazil for committing holiday insurance fraud. The two girls allegedly told the police that thieves had stolen around 1,000 of their possessions, including a camera and laptop computer. However, officers became suspicious of their calm demeanour and the fact that it had taken the girls days to report the alleged offence.

The police subsequently demanded to see the girls lodgings, where they claim to have uncovered all the possessions which the girls claimed had been stolen en-route to Brazils Iguassu Falls. Rebecca and Shanti could face up to five years imprisonment if they are found guilty of committing holiday insurance fraud in Brazil, and this sentence is actually quite lenient when you consider some of the punishments that they could face if they had committed the crime in a different country.

In England, tourists face up to 10 years imprisonment as a result of making fraudulent holiday insurance claims. This sentence could even be on top off additional penalties, such as repayment of the amount you claimed and compensation to your travel insurance company. You would have thought that the prospect of a ten year prison sentence would put most people of committing travel insurance fraud, but last year 4,300 dishonest claims worth 5million were made through holiday insurance companies in the UK alone.

Overseas police forces and travel insurance companies, have now started to get increasingly more vigilant about holiday insurance cheats, a policy which no doubt led to the arrest of Rebecca and Shanti. Details of fraudulent travel insurance claims have now been kept on an industry-wide database, which will be accessed by the Financial Services Authority and insurance companies. This means that anyone caught trying to commit holiday insurance fraud will now automatically face higher insurance costs and have difficulty obtaining other insurance cover, such as home insurance. On top of this, attempting to commit travel insurance fraud may also impact on your credit rating, which would make it more difficult to obtain goods or borrow money in the future.

It is reported that 75,000 Britons have at some point in their lives committed holiday insurance fraud, either by making a false claim or by exaggerating an existing one. Records from travel insurance companies show that Britons lose more Louis Vuitton luggage abroad than is actually ever sold in the UK.

So many fraudulent claims, however, could see the end of cheap travel insurance, as holiday insurance companies may need to put up their prices in order to make up for the losses that they may incur.

Rebecca and Shantis Brazilian sentence may have seemed tough, but if the girls had attempted to commit holiday insurance fraud within the UK then they would have risked a much stricter sentence.

How virtualization benefits tax and accounting practices

How virtualization benefits tax and accounting practices

An increasingly popular way of delivering IT services is through virtualization, which comes in several flavors. With server virtualization, a physical server is split into multiple virtual servers. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and these operating systems can be different from one virtual server to the next. The physical server typically runs a hypervisor program to create the virtual servers and manage the resources of the various operating systems. Then each virtual server can be employed as if it were a stand-alone physical server, thus reducing the number of physical servers needed in an IT shop and saving the organization money and space.

By desktop virtualization, whatever user sees on his/her desktop is completely isolated from the physical machine and accessed through a client/server computing model. This virtualized desktop environment is stored on a server, rather than on the local storage of the desktop device; when the user works from his or her desktop device, all the programs, applications, and data are kept on the server and all programs and applications are run on the server. In this kind of practice, the server does almost all the work and a thin client can be a normal desktop or it can be even notebook, smartphones.

The above virtualization model can serve ideally to the tax and accounting professional. For a general accountant or CPAs, the desktop consists of tax and accounting applications as well as many other supportive tools to process their operations. These applications require heavy system resources to function and there is even desperate need of any expert technician to manage their setup. Having separate desktop setup for each individual in the office not only costs in the term of licensing but also gives us huge burden of resource setup and management. A centralized server helps us to address these concerns.

Tax and accounting professionals can opt to use cloud computing to host their resources. Cloud computing is the latest form of the virtualization technology. By implementing cloud for tax and accounting practices, all the benefits of cloud computing get inherited to the operations of tax and accounting jobs. The major benefits of cloud computing are: increased performance, high availability, anywhere and anytime access and reduced expenses which can be very helpful to boost the performance of accounting firms or departments.

It is not necessary to have our own cloud computing or virtualization infrastructure to share the benefits of these technologies. We can choose any hosting provider to host our tax and accounting applications to get these features of technology. We even get full technical support on our resources. The hosting provider becomes responsible for setup, management and to fix the issues.

Modern Marketing Strategies

Modern Marketing Strategies

Modern technology enables new, exciting and highly cost effective marketing strategies. Targeted email marketing and SMS marketing have until now been the preserve of large, wealthy organizations but over the last few years competitive pricing and increased accessibility has meant even small business owners can now join this marketing revolution and take full advantage of this technology through online providers. Such software and portals allow you to create, deliver and track campaigns with the investment of less than a monthly mobile phone bill.

Targeted email marketing is ideal for enhancing the image of your business, increasing the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and building strong, accurate mailing lists.

Targeted email marketing also enables you, for the first time, to send emails to customers based on their buying habits. Gone are the days of mass messages to all and sundry, you can now deliver messages to those people who are likely to respond to them and you can do this simply and at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods. ROIs are significantly greater than conventional marketing methods.

Targeted email marketing is ideal for newsletters, new product introductions, sales promotions and listings that change on a regular basis. Organisations such as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, travel agents, venues, event organizers, to name but a few, can all benefit from such technology.

SMS marketing is an ideal partner for targeted email marketing and is ideal when the time frame for contact is much shorter. SMS is perfect in situations where your offers may be time limited to a day or so, examples of which may include; special offers, appointment reminders and school absences.

Whether you are a well established company or newly formed finding highly cost effective ways of expanding your customer database is paramount. Targeted email marketing and SMS marketing are fast becoming the main stay for thousands of organizations the world over for such purposes. At least one in three people check their emails daily and with more and more people owning mobile phones there is an unparalleled opportunity to get your messages to those who are likely to act on them.

Creating and sending targeted emails and SMSs couldnt be simpler. Todays providers take away the need for any technical knowledge, allowing you to concentrate instead on creating messages that you know your customers will respond to.

Tracking and analyzing the outcome of email and SMS marketing campaigns is just as easy. You can see who opened your messages, when and whether any links contained within the message were clicked. This further allows you to see what your customers are interested in and further enhances your list accuracy.

Such systems are also scalable allowing you to send one or a million messages with no extra work. Together with low costs and no contracts targeted email marketing and SMS marketing are set to revolutionize modern day marketing and by reading this article you have already taken the first step in embracing this new and exciting technology.

Twelve Benefits of Do-It-Yourself Debt Settlement

Twelve Benefits of Do-It-Yourself Debt Settlement

Although the tide of bankruptcies receded after the new bankruptcy law went into effect on October 17, 2005, a swelling volume of new personal bankruptcy filings are starting to flow into the court systems. With consumer credit card debt now over $820 billion and 97 percent of consumers seeking pre-bankruptcy credit counseling unable to repay their debts, analysts should not be surprised to see bankruptcy numbers steadily climbing.

In the wake of these developments, debt settlement is becoming a popular bankruptcy alternative for consumers experiencing financial hardships. This trend will likely continue as the economy continues to suffer from sluggish growth, stagnant personal income, a persistent negative personal savings rate and rising gas and energy prices. In tough times, debt settlement often provides the fastest resolution to overwhelming debt outside of bankruptcy.

As debt settlements popularity grows, so do the number of companies offering professional debt settlement programs. These companies offer a valuable service to consumers, especially those who do not have the patience or emotional strength to negotiate directly with aggressive and sometimes intimidating creditors and debt collectors. However, with the right information, you can negotiate your own debt settlements and be debt-free in about two to three years.

Here are twelve benefits to demonstrate the value of the do-it-yourself debt settlement method.

1. Low investment. Do-it-yourself debt settlement guides are much less expensive than the service fees charged by professional debt settlement companies. For example, the popular Do-It-Yourself Debt Settlement Kit, published by the National Financial Awareness Network, costs only about $150 and is available for purchase online at www.nfan.com.

2. High return. If you were able to settle one $6000 account for 50 percent (which is a typical settlement amount), you would save $3000. That is a 200 percent return on your $150.

3. Save money. Hiring a professional debt settlement company will likely cost you thousands of dollars in service fees, compared to about $150 for a do-it-yourself debt settlement kit.

4. Know thyself. Who do you trust more than yourself with your money? Handing your personal, sensitive financial dealings over to a complete stranger can be unnerving, especially if it is unnecessary.

5. You are your best client. Professional debt settlement companies often service thousands of clients. It is nearly impossible for anyone else to provide the level of service and attention that you can provide to yourself.

6. Stay in the know. By managing your own debt settlement program, you will always know what is going on with your accounts. How can you keep yourself in the dark?

7. Record keeping. As a do-it-yourselfer, you only have your records to keep up with. Professional debt settlement companies often have thousands of clients and each client has multiple accounts to keep up with.

When You Desperately Need Rent Money – How To Find Fast Emergency Cash

When You Desperately Need Rent Money – How To Find Fast Emergency Cash

Few people would disagree that these are truly hard times for a lot of people. That includes those (like me and perhaps you) who are renters instead of house buyers.

But sometimes, bills pile up, and we need rent money…and need it fast. Rent isn’t the only living expense we have, of course, but is there usually any bill we consider more important? After all, if you don’t have a place to live, everything else matters less. You can live, if forced to, without a phone, an Internet connection, cable TV, even electricity (though that’s a tough one). But when you lose the roof over your head, that’s a major big deal, no two ways about it.

If you’ve ever said, “I need rent money…and I need it fast to avoid eviction,” then I’m talking to you here.

In times past, I too have been “up against it,” as they say…down to my last few dollars, with the rent already overdue, and waiting for the “other shoe to fall.” You know….that knock on the door with your landlord standing there…or a phone call from the apartment or property manager.

What do you do…what CAN you do…to raise what maybe I could call “eviction rent”? Well, having been in just such a situation, I’ve learned some ways to raise fast emergency cash…and some ways to definitely avoid at all costs. One way that’s a total dead-end is to go for the quick, easy fix: a payday or car title loan. You risk your car, your paycheck, your peace of mind…and maybe even get forced into bankruptcy. And if you do manage to pay back your, say, $600 loan over the full term you’re given, you’re likely to end up paying more like $1,200.

But fortunately, there are other ways that can help you get money quick…ways I’ve uncovered in my own search for ways to get cash quick. Some of them, most everybody already knows about. But beyond those are scores of other dependable, proven ways to find or raise cash when you need rent money or money for some other emergency. I’ve pulled them together in a brand-new resource that includes ways both well-known and virtually unknown…but all of them, ways that will get you out of your current bind and back to a place where you can breathe again.

Introduction To Online Trading In India

Introduction To Online Trading In India

The Internet’s arrival and its subsequent popularity in India has made online trading in India, which is about the online purchase and sale of shares, one of the extremely popular means of trading. Both beginner and experienced traders and investors in India are milking this opportunity by trading online in futures & options, stocks and currencies worldwide. Such opportunities are in the form of reduced brokerage and commissions, better broking services, etc.

Thanks to the ever-rising number of people owning computers along with a readily available Internet access, online stock trading in India is simplified manifolds. This is because investements can now be easily controlled by traders themselves as a result of extensive availability of all types of information on the web.

There is also stock option trading in India. An option is a financial agreement, with a pre-determioned maturity period and price, for the purchase or sale of the underlying product. Stock options enable the protection of dealers and control of their stocks, in addition to generation of higher earnings.

Furthermore, Forex trading in India involves purchase and sale of foreign exchange that enables gains out of the difference in the rates of currency pairs. Other means for online trading in India include futures. Future option trading in India refers to the purchase and sale of financial instruments, such as labour, commodities and currencies, through futures contracts.

For carrying out online trading in India, you have to open an online demat & trading account, followed with an online trading software. For this purpose, you would require a Depository Participant (DP), selection of which should be preceded by extensive research on various determinants.

You would require one of more than one of the following documents for opening online trading & demat account:
PAN Card Proof of residence (Address proof) You can provide any one of the following for this:Driving license Voter’s ID Passport Photo credit card Photo ration card Utility Bill (Telephone, Electricity etc) Bank StatementProof of identity – You can provide any one of the following for this:Driving license Voter’s ID Passport Photo ration cardTwo photographs

How to find the safest bank repo houses

How to find the safest bank repo houses

I started this business with a buy and hold philosophy which means I had tenants and I would purchase on the fringe area of town. When I was trying to figure this business out, I had to develop an idea of where I wanted to buy.

There are areas of Springfield, Ohio that I dont want to buy in. Its the property thats rougher and run down. I try to avoid places where you can hear gunfire in the evenings and things like that. I came up with the strategy of not buying in the rough parts, but I would buy right at the edge of that area. This way, the area was still quiet and nice but I could get house at a seized property auction. Just about any city has a similar set up.

So I starting buying bank repossessed homes in the fringe areas and avoided the war zones. I had safe places that were less expensive. They offered great opportunity for me. I whipped them into rental shape and generated a positive cash flow through the renters. I found ways to approach the rehab that were more economical. For an example when Kevin and I rehab bank repo houses today and put carpet in, it costs me $4000 for carpet, $3000 to $4000 to carpet the place.

With these rentals I found somebody who was doing business with a hotel. They would sell me a roll of carpet for $20.00 and then I found somebody to lay it. So I started to look for opportunities like that and that saves a lot of money.
Now that I am in the selling mode, putting in $4000 of carpet helps because when somebody comes in to the place I get the wow effect. The wow effect is important in sales, but rental is a different story. With a rental, if somebody comes walking in the $4,000 carpet might be a little bright for them. Id try to stay with like a neutral brown or something. Darker colors were also good because the renters didnt mess them up.

This 20 dollar roll of dark carpet could be put in easily and if they tore it up in a year or so, I could put another one in with relative ease. I just pulled it out, put another one in.

To review, what I did was purchase bank repossessed homes that were safe at a low price and I fixed it up very inexpensively. This saved me a lot of time and was good for the bottom line.