• October 31, 2016 /  Trade & Franchise
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    The first Subway franchise was born in 1974 even though founder Fred DeLuca opened his first store 9 years earlier. Today there are currently over 29,000 Subway franchises spanning the globe in over 85 countries. Entrepreneur magazine has ranked Subway the number one franchise 13 out of the last 17 years, so its a rock-solid franchise.

    Even with its amazing popularity and tremendous track record, the real question is deciding whether or not owning a Subway franchise is the right choice for you and your family. There’s a ton of things you should consider when making this big of a choice, so let’s identify what the positives and negatives are.

    First of all, the total cost of entry and the total investment to get started ranges anywhere from $101,000 to $285,000. The reason for the big discrepancy depends on whether you’re buying an existing franchise or you’re having to build one or start one from the ground up. Other costs may include remodeling, leasing equipment, inventory, etc. Typically, the down payment that’s required must come from your personal liquid assets and can NOT be borrowed or come from a loan. That fact right there might eliminate some potential franchise owners.

    Every Subway franchise pays a royalty fee to the company, specifically 8% of their overall gross sales. This is very important to understand because losing 8% right off the top before you pay for any rent, equipment, inventory, marketing, employees, etc can make a difference in whether or not you’re profitable. On the other hand, in exchange for the royalties the franchisee’s are rewarded with a strong brand recognition and national advertising campaigns.

    As far as sales are concerned, 2800 sandwiches and salads are sold every 60 seconds. This provides a pretty constant flow of customers and expected sales. Potential franchise owners feel comfortable with this knowing that their stores most likely will not be empty. Besides, people have to eat somewhere, right?

    On the flip side, you are at the mercy of your store location when owning a Subway franchise. No matter if you are open 24 hours, a location can only serve so many customers and can only make so much money. Obviously the product can not be sold online or in other areas, so actually getting traffic to the store is the only way to make sales. In this regard, the Subway franchise is NOT scalable. An entrepreneur would probably have to own multiple locations to really generate the kind of income they would be looking for in owning a franchise.

    Furthermore, to buy a franchise, you must have good credit, have considerable net worth and you have to be approved by the company. Once again, this could potentially eliminate more prospective franchise buyers. In the end, owning a Subway franchise is a solid way to have a great chance of success but keep in mind that to really make it big, you’ll probably have to own about 10 or more.

  • October 31, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    Private banks are flourishing heavily in India, which is fast becoming a major economy. With the literacy level going up in the country and the economy showing good promise, more and more private banks are setting up their branches in India. No matter whether these banks are foreign banks or Indian banks, they are offering top-rated positions to candidates along with good salary and other facilities.

    For a list of private bank jobs 2012 that are available, you can consult the internet. Some banks keep updating notifications on their websites and also float advertisements when they are recruiting. However, it is true that the private sector banks love their MBA-holding candidates. Hence, they have made it their habit of recruiting in the countrys top B-schools. The banks conduct campus interviews in these B-schools and recruit candidates based on their profile, resume and talent. Confidence and personality play a big role when one is looking for private bank recruitment 2012.

    Hence, if you are anxious about your chances, you need to groom yourself up and prepare yourself for the tough questions in the interview. The questions are designed more to test your presence of mind and your smartness. So, you need to show confidence and alertness. Do not falter or fumble or show signs of nervousness or weakness even if you do not know the answer. It is important to keep your confidence level high and honestly admit that you do not know the answer to the question. In fact, it will be advisable that you should go ahead and ask the interviewer the right answer to the question. That would show that you are curious and eager to learn things about which you have little idea.

    Again, while applying for the post (before the interview), make sure to look at your needs and requirements. Are you ready to travel? Are you ready to shift your base? All these factors also play a huge role in helping you make the decision. Before signing the contract, make yourself completely familiar with the terms and conditions.

  • October 30, 2016 /  Finance & Invesment
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    One of the kinds of scams that the government is quick to crack down on is foreclosure consultants offering false loan modification services to homeowners facing the loss of their homes . While the government is providing its own modification programs, it is also going after a number of fraudulent schemes that have been used to trick borrowers .

    There are a large number of scams that target foreclosure victims, but the loan modification one may be the easiest for the criminals to engage in. The general way it works is that borrowers pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for the services of a loss mitigation company. After signing the agreement and taking the payment, however, the company provides almost no services, resulting in the borrowers losing the property.

    Many mortgage modification scams are almost entirely made up of borrowers paying money to a company which then sits on the cash, performs almost no services, and simply disappears or denies giving a refund after thehomes is auctioned. There are hundreds of complaints about such companies, and it seems as if the attorney general of one state or another shuts down a new one every week.

    However, there are some differences on the theme, as well. For instance, some loss mitigation companies will take borrowers money and obtain an unaffordable modification program, even if there is a chance to negotiate with the financial institution for a more beneficial arrangement. The company obtains the first, easiest modification possible, presents it to the borrowers, and declares its work done. Unfortunately, though, an unaffordable plan will not help borrowers remain in their houses.

    Another variation on the scheme is simply to charge borrowers to attend loan modification seminars. This may be as part of a larger program to help them negotiate for better loan terms, although the seminars can cost upwards of several thousand dollars. If the borrowers do not attend the seminar, they will not receive help from the foreclosure scam company, which will blame the failure on the borrowers.

    A final scam related to loan modifications that is being heard of more often is companies charging for loan audits that are performed by someone other than an attorney. Information provided in these audits is also often unnecessary, as the claims that the borrowers are encouraged to raise are barred by the expiration of the statute of limitations for that particular argument. For thousands of dollars, borrowers are told what will not work in defending their homes.

    Unfortunately, many borrowers are taken in by these and similar scams every day. States are most often behind in prosecuting and shutting down these companies because there are simply so many of them, and the dollar amounts they steal from borrowers are relatively small. Thus, it is up to the borrowers themselves to make sure they are dealing with a trustworthy company or individual who is offering them foreclosure help or negotiation services in the pursuit of a loan modification or other workout option.

  • October 27, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    The Internet offers a lot of ways to earn money that didn’t exist ten years ago. One of the more popular ways of making a living on the World Wide Web is through affiliate marketing. This method of advertising rewards those who promote a product for a seller or manufacturer by giving them a portion of the sales price when an item sells. As an affiliate, you don’t actually make the sales; you simply advertise a product and direct the customer to the site where they can make the purchase. When they buy, you collect.

    The system does have its rewards; one of them is that you can promote products around the clock with a Website without having to deal with customers directly. Customers can visit your Website, see your promotion for a product, and click on a link to buy it without any direct involvement on your part. In that sense, affiliate marketing can be “automatic”, but prospective marketers should not confuse “automatic” with “no effort.”

    Many authors of books devoted to the topic of making money sell their books via affiliate marketing. Many of these authors, in order to increase sales, suggest that as an affiliate, you can make money on “autopilot”, and that doing so requires little or no effort. They often embellish this even further by suggesting that it is only necessary to work one or two hours a week to make a fortune online. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The truth about earning money through affiliate marketing is that it is, like anything else you might do, hard work. It is true that you can create a Website with information and links that customers may use to make decisions and purchases. Once you create such a Website, how will customers find it? You have to promote that Website, and doing so is hard work. The online marketplace is a competitive one, and establishing a viable Website while competing against thousands of others can quickly become a full time job. This is particularly true if you create more than one Website to promote more than one product.

    Even if you get a lot of visitors to your Website you will find yourself continually making adjustments to the site’s content in order to increase the number of visitors who make a purchase. A simple “this product is good – buy it!” will not persuade many visitors to make a purchase. You’ll have to do a lot of time consuming experimentation in order to find something that works for you.

    Is there money to be made in affiliate marketing? Of course. Anyone thinking that it’s “easy money” or that you can create a business in minutes that will start making money today should probably reconsider. As with any business, making money online is hard work.

  • October 27, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    Investment banking is a widely accepted phenomenon presently, the major reason being expert advice provided at every step you need to take. Financial giants take the responsibility of making sure your money grows avoiding the risk of down fall. Today every person at some point or the other thinks about investing some amount of money in the stock market. A major worry of all these people is the uncertainty; investment banking beats these blues and offers best possible investment advice to its customers.

    A major chunk of people involved in investment banking do not have the time to keep an eye on the ever changing markets and track their returns. In such cases arises the need for investment banking services. These companies do all the hard work of market research and analysis and advice investors on where to put their money for maximum returns. This also depends upon the amount of money the person is willing to investment.

    There are many sectors in which investment banking is being carried out, few of them include retail healthcare, insurance and automobiles. Another emerging trend in this banking is that of equity investments. Equity investment banking is based on the dividends of the existing shares an individual holds. There are expert advisors who guide the movement of funds here as well so that there are no last moment disappointing surprises.

    When it comes to investing money not all have the perfect knack hence it is always good to seek help of an expert investment banking company or equity investment banking services. Money after all is a crucial issue and you would always want to see it grow systematically. Another advantage of investment experts is they help you understand the market well. You get to know where your money is going and the reason behind it too. These services do come with at some extra cost but are sure to give you peaceful night sleeps and not make check the stock market prices every now and then. Let the experts do their job so that you can relax and reap the benefits.

    Choosing the right financial advisor is also important in such cases. Also reading the fine print before finalizing anything is advised as there are many terms and conditions that come along with investment banking. You can take reviews of family members, friends, colleagues etc in deciding which and choose. There are numerous financial institutions and each one of them is offering investment banking services due to its rising demand.

  • October 26, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    May, 5, 2014 : Company Profiles and Conferences presents a Company Report on “Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (VCB) – Strategic SWOT Analysis Review”, which provides retail banking services, such as savings, and demand and term deposits, e-banking products, such as SMS banking, online savings and Internet banking. Vietcombank has ATM machine locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Lieu, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Pacify, Binh Duong, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan and An Giang among others.

    Summary

    Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) is a commercial banking services provider. The bank offers worldwide trade and traditional services such as capital mobilization, capital trading, credit, and project financing among others. It provides retail banking services, such as savings, and demand and term deposits, e-banking products, such as SMS banking, online savings and Internet banking. Vietcombank has ATM machine locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Lieu, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Pacify, Binh Duong, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan and An Giang among others. The company operates an estimated 400 branches and transaction offices, along with 1,700 automated teller machines and 22,000 points of sale in Vietnam. Vietcombank is headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam Key Recent Developments

    Jul 11, 2013: EVN Signs $690.47m Credit Contracts With Four Banks For 1,200 MW Lai Chau Hydro Power Plant In Vietnam

    This comprehensive SWOT profile of Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam provides you with an in-depth strategic analysis of the company’s businesses and operations. The profile will give you a clear and an unbiased view of the company’s key strengths and weaknesses and the potential opportunities and threats. The profile helps you formulate strategies that augment your business by enabling you to understand your partners, customers and competitors better.

    This company report forms part of the ‘Profile on Demand’ Service, covering over 50,000 of the world’s leading companies. Once purchased, We will comprehensively research and author a full strategic analysis of Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam and deliver this direct to you in pdf format within two business days (excluding weekends).

    The profile contains critical company information including,

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  • October 24, 2016 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Guest Blogger: Ray Moore, CFE, Vice President of Development, BrightStar

    The successful franchisee will first and foremost find the right fit. The right fit may be the one that best fits his or her financial resources and goals. The potential franchisee should sit down with their spouse and family and ask some hard questions. Together they will have to decide what outcomes they need to realize to consider this venture a success. They will have to separate out the must have or non-negotiable outcomes before shopping for a franchise opportunity.

    The couple/family should agree to the following each family will have to fill in the blanks according to their own circumstances. Its a good idea to consult an accountant:

    1.We will not invest more than $_____ of our cash/liquid capital.
    2.We will not borrow more than $______ in additional funds to capitalize the business.

    With any start up, business owners need to have enough money, either set aside or in other income, to cover household bills and run the business for 12 to 18 months. The following questions will help determine how much is needed:

    3.To make sure we can still live comfortably while growing the business, we will cut our household budget to $ ____ per month for at least ____ months and be sure to never exceed that budget.
    4.We will only buy a franchise that we have confidence can get big enough to feed itself, i.e., income (cash flow) will cover monthly business expenses (fixed and variable costs), no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.

    With many new business start ups, the owner will not be able to take a salary for 1-2 years. The family needs to know that household expenses will be covered during that time.

    5.We will only seek a franchise for sale that we have confidence will be able to pay me a discretionary salary (enough to cover some or all of household expenses) without harming the business no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.
    6.We will generate other income of $___ (amount needed to make up for loss of other income and savings budget) from ___ (spousal income, other household income or investments) independent of the new franchise business.
    7.We will only pursue a franchise business opportunity that will allow us to have our initial investment back, i.e., pay off the start up loan from business income, in ____ months/years.

    These are just some of the items that typically come up, or should come up, during the conversations leading up to buying a franchise. Asking the right questions will get you the answers you need. Ask them of yourself, your spouse, your family, the franchisor and other franchisees so you can get the full picture of what your life will be like while building your business, and what it can be like once you have established your new franchise.

    Ray Moore, CFE, BrightStar

  • October 24, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    Bank foreclosed homes are often offered at almost half their original market value. The longer they have been in the market, the more chances a buyer will have of negotiating for a low purchase price. However, these homes also often come with repair needs that can reach up to tens of thousands of dollars.

    Impact of Home Condition on Price

    Buyers should not expect banks and bank agents to tell them the extent of repairs required by the house, so it is their responsibility to find out how far the dwelling has deteriorated and to identify the areas that need adjustments. The more they know about the extent of repairs needed, the better they will be able to negotiate for an appropriate price.

    People who have skills in home repairs would have an advantage since they can work on fixes themselves and would not need to hire someone else to do the work. That would be additional savings for them.

    What Could Bring Costs Up

    There are certain areas of bank foreclosed homes that would cost more to repair than other aspects. One of the most expensive repair jobs is home foundation. If the foundation of a dwelling has deteriorated to a point that it needs to be totally replaced, then buyers should not bother. This means that practically the whole house would have to be torn down to shore up the foundations. No matter how cheap the purchase price is, the cost of replacing foundations would not be worth the money and the trouble.

    Plumbing, electrical and sewer systems that need to be replaced can also eat into the budget. If these systems require total overhaul, buyers should look somewhere else. HVAC and central airing systems are also expensive projects that might cost as much as half of the total purchase of the house. Roofs that need to be totally stripped will also entail costs that can reach up to tens of thousands.

    When viewing bank foreclosed homes, a buyer should have a professional house inspector at hand. They might think that they are getting a bargain, but there are things, particularly inside the house, that might require excessive expenses that buyers can hardly afford.

  • October 23, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    Singapore is a commercial hub, currently there are 140 commercial and 80 merchant banks.It is always advisable before opening a bank account you must browse all information , what facilities different banks offers.There are several banks in singapore such as HSBC, citibank, abn amro, dbs , Standard Chartered etc.All these banks are famous for their customer services, you can choose any of the them.

    Some of the well known Singapore Banks

    United Overseas (UOB) : It is one of the best bank in singapore, has branches in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China.UOB provide a lots of services such as life assurance, general insurance, corporate finance, investment banking, commercial and corporate , private , personal financial services and asset management.

    Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) : OCBC in Singapore was formed in the year 1932 by the merged of OCBC , Chinese Commercial Bank Limited, the Ho Hong Bank Limited and the Oversea-Chinese Bank Limited. The main aim of bank is solving the financial needs of the customers for both personal and business purposes.

    Development Bank of Singapore (DBS): It is one of the top bank of singapore .DBS enjoys the top most positions in consumer banking, management of assets, securities brokerage, treasury and markets, equity and debt fund raising.It is one of the leading bank in singapore and working with a aim to solve the customer problem.

    Citibank: The main branch of Citibank in Singapore is located at MacDonald House in Orchard Road. It offers full bank services and shares its ATM network with HSBC, ABN AMRO, Standard Chartered and Maybank. Citibank in Singapore is a branch of Citibank N.A of the United States.

    Types of bank account in Singapore
    Current accounts It is used for everyday banking. It is require a minimum balance be maintained. Interest rates paid on current accounts are mainly low

    Savings accounts Basically saving accounts pay a higher rate of interest than current accounts. Savings accounts require a minimum balance to be maintained

    Fixed-deposit accounts This account is used for long-term saving, with interest rates offered typically higher than either current or savings accounts.

    Opening a account in singapore

    In order to open a bank account you require:
    1. A photocopy of your passport , it act like a Identity proof.
    2.Employer’s letter : Bank only open account , if you are a resident or have an employment visa.
    3.A recent phone bill
    4.A copy of residence proof.
    5.Initial Deposit : a intial deposit is required to deposit in the account.

    Timing
    Most of the banks of singapore works from 9.30 a.m to 3 p.m (Monday to friday)
    9.30a.m to 11.30 on saturday.
    Sunday closed.

    What you get with your bank account

    Services of accounts various from banks, and depending upon type of account you choose , you will recieve a cheque book, ATMcard and Network for Electronic Transfers.

  • October 23, 2016 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Owning a McDonald’s franchise can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life if you know what you’re doing, if you have the resources to qualify and if you do it the right way. However, before you do your share of serving billions and billions of hamburgers worldwide, there’s a few things you need to be aware of in order to make the right decision.

    Today, there are roughly over 30,000 restaurants spanning the globe in over 100 countries. McDonald’s franchise has been in existence since 1955 and the franchise owners have played huge roles in the overall success of the company.

    When considering to buy a McDonald’s franchise, you have 2 options in which to do so. The first is to purchase an existing restaurant from the company or another franchise owner, which happens to be the most common practice. The second option is to purchase a brand new restaurant that is built from the ground up. In both cases, you must have a minimum of $300,000 down payment that can NOT be borrowed. You have to physically have it in liquid assets.

    Other important factors in buying a McDonald’s franchise include having significant business experience, good management skills, the ability to manage finances well, you must be able to execute and deliver on a business plan, you have to maintain exceptional customer service and you have to have a good credit history. If you can’t show you have all of these capabilities, then this franchise may not be a good fit for you.

    Most experts will tell you that breaking even in the first 7-10 years is doing a real good job of running your McDonald’s franchise. Part of the ongoing expenses include the traditional expenses like rent, utilities, inventory, wages and of course the 4% royalty fees that are based on gross revenues and not net profits. What’s interesting to know is that the McDonald’s corporation usually owns the land the franchises are on and the franchise owners pay their rent to the corporation. In fact, it can be argued that McDonald’s is actually in the business of real estate since they are one of the largest holders of real estate in the world.

    Bottom line is that owing a McDonald’s franchise is not for the timid. You have to have considerable net worth, a good track record and still get approval by the company. Not all franchises are this way and if you don’t qualify for a McDonald’s franchise, then there are plenty of other viable options for you.