Monday, November 23, 2009

Tax Lien Investing Basics for the New Investor by Joanne Musa

Are you stalled in your tax lien investing because you think you need to know more before you get started? Tax lien investing is really not that complex. You just need to follow these 5 basic steps.

1. Choose where you will invest The first step is to choose the state and county or counties that you want to invest in. Are you interested in investing in tax liens, tax deeds, or redeemable tax deeds? This will help to determine which state you will invest in. If you don't live in a state that has the type of tax sales that you are interested in you may want to consider the online tax lien or tax deed sales. I believe that it's best to invest in what you know, so if possible, pick an area that you are somewhat familiar with. It doesn't necessarily have to be the state that you live in, but it helps if you know something about it. It should be an area where people want to live and the population is growing not decreasing.

2. Find the Tax Sale Information Once you know where you want to invest, you need to find out all you can about the tax sales in that state or in that county. Most counties only have a tax sale once a year. Many counties have a lot of information about their tax sales, including the tax sale list, online. Get the tax sale list and see just what information is provided by the county on the list and what you are going to have to find out on your own. If the county doesn't provide a good list with a lot of information about each property than you may want to purchase the tax sale list from a tax sale list provider.

3. Do Your Due Diligence Now that you have the list of properties that are in the tax sale, and know the rules and procedures for the sale, you need to do your due diligence on the tax sale properties. You want to make sure that any properties that you bid on have value of much more than what you bid (in the case of a deed or redeemable deed) or what the lien amount is (in the case of a tax lien). You need to check the tax records to find out as much as information about each property as you can and determine a rough estimate of the value of each property that you plan to bid on. For tax deeds you will want to do some type of title search to check for liens or judgments that might survive the tax sale. For vacant land (both liens and deeds) you'll need to check any zoning laws to make sure that the property is buildable.

4. Prepare to Bid Now you should know which properties you want to bid on and how much you are willing to pay, or how in interest you are willing to bid. The next step is to prepare to bid at the tax sale. In step 2, you should have found out, how soon before the tax sale you need to register in order to bid. For online tax sales, you may need to have money deposited a few days before the sale in order to bid. Now is the time to make sure that you have the proper form of payment for any bids that you win at the sale.

5. Bid! You've done your homework and now you're prepared to bid at the tax sale! Make sure that you know what it that you are bidding. You should have found out what the bidding procedures are in step 2 and you should have enough funds to pay for all of the deeds or liens that you win (step 4). You should also be aware of any other costs and fees involved when you win a bid (find that out in step 2).

Follow these simple 5 steps and you'll quickly create a profitable tax lien or tax deed portfolio.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Online Forex Education - Learn Currency Trading On The Internet by Rick Lee

When you are interested in forex trading and you don´t find anyone to help you establish a career in forex trading, it´s not the end of the lane. There are a handful means to educate your self about forex trading.

Here, two options of such ways are described. But, getting to all about forex education through all available ways is wise. Taking up forex education online is one of the best ways.

It is a very crucial pre requisite that forex trading education is gained before even you start out on a job in an office dealing with forex trade. Where as, making money with forex trade needs a complete forex education.

People encounter failure when they start out with half knowledge. So, finding a way to get forex education is the first step.

Below are a few means cited to gain forex trading help that any one may need. Using at least one of the ways is a basic, yet using all means is like building your expertise.

Firstly, there are many web portals available on line that provide forex trading help and forex education on start up basis on free of cost. This will help you out to gain knowledge without investment.

Secondly, track and find out the free seminars that are nowadays continuously being held all over so that you don´t miss any available chance. This too would help you in finding a lot of forex trading help.

Thirdly, find out some one who could help you out in gaining knowledge in forex education. Forex trading help is at its best only when things are seen and studied in real life and the words of an expert would have more impact as both knowledge and inspiration.

These are the best available means of forex education available as on date. Gaining forex education is the only way to find your self a start in forex trading.

So start immediately as today is always the best time to start.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Afraid of Loosing in Online Forex Trading?see My Results by Frank junior

A lot of people have joined the for-ex market but unfortunately clash and loose all their hard earned income, the fact behind all this is that a lot of people don't know what is obtainable in the forex market, well if you are one of those that such thing happed to, well you are lucky today because am going to reconstruct the image you have about forex trading, before you start trading in the forex market make sure you learn the up and down of forex don't join the forex market because you have the zeal of making money or as income earning or generation join the forex market as an investor, the way to ensure that you reach you cardinal point in forex trading is by not having the zeal to make quick money but join it with the zeal of investing with that approach you will make it big by being a long time forex trader, take time to learn forex techniques such as fundamental and technical analysis, and learn from the techniques of real time forex traders that actually works and as well the techniques that does not give fake signals, most people neglect fundamental analysis and use technical analysis for you to get a maximum result in forex market you have to combine both of the strategies to get a maximum and efficient result. Ignoring this two is like driving with one eye and listens to the direction of another persons is unfortunate he won't give you the signals on time. Another aspect is sticking to it! I promise you that success will be yours.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What are ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds)?

Exchange-Traded Funds, or ETFs, are basically like mutual funds that trade on stock exchanges, with a few important differences. This gives them many of the benefits of stocks while removing some of the disadvantages that mutual funds have.

Purpose of Them Have you ever wanted to trade shares of an index like the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500? Well, you can't do that directly but you can do it indirectly through ETFs. The managers who run them usually invest in the same stocks or futures that make up an index or commodity in an effort to make the fund's value per share track a certain index or commodity up and down. This allows anyone with access to stock trading the ability to easily trade indexes or commodities indirectly.

Example: SPY - SPDR Trust Series I: One of the most popular ETFs, its goal is to track the price and performance of the S&P 500 index. It will not be the same price as the index but its chart should have the same shape as the index, within one or two percent most of the time.

Example: QQQQ - PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1: The goal of this fund is to track the Nasdaq-100 index by issuing and redeeming shares of all the stocks that make up the index.

Example: EEM - iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund: This fund seeks to track the price and performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets index, which tracks performance of international stocks. This fund is actually non-diversified, which means it is not as safe as other funds because it is focused on a specific sector.

Example: USO - United States Oil Fund LP: This commodity ETF attempts to track the price and performance of oil prices, West Texas Intermediate light, sweet crude oil, to be exact. This is accomplished by continually trading futures contracts for oil, natural gas, and several other things. It is also non-diversified but a very convenient way to make trades based on oil prices.

Benefits of Them The main benefits of ETFs include diversity, the same tradability as stocks, low costs, tax efficiency, and transparency of assets.

What are They Exchange-Traded Funds are somewhat complicated to explain, but they are funds that can be structured in a few different ways. They are usually passively managed, which means the managers do not have to constantly decide which investments need to be bought and sold in order to increase the value of the fund. Instead, the managers simply have to make sure the fund tracks a certain index or commodity as closely as possible, which can be as simple as owning the stocks that make up an index and adjust the shares accordingly so that the price follows the index's chart.

Where to Find Them Many financial websites, including brokerages, offer a free stock screener, along with an ETF screener. Yahoo! Finance has a good one that lets you view a list of the best performers in several different categories. by Nicholas Swezey

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