Alternative Investments The Modern Way To Gain Higher Returns

Alternative investments tend to provide to the investor a platform that enables earning of money with much fewer risks involvedand a higher ROI (return on investment). It can also be referred to as investments in hedge funds however it is all strategy related. Some alternative investment strategies may includeconvertible arbitrage, fixed income arbitrage, short bias and equity of market neutral. In most cases financial institutions are the holders of the alternative investments. Although these investments are controversial because of the lack of regulation, still economic analyst gives their views on them. They are also subject to scrutiny by politicians and sometimes lack proper disclosure.

The best thing about alternative investments is the rate of very higher returns than the traditional ones. There are many investment plans like giving by AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Established in 90s this platform has turned out to be more useful than the former Unlisted Securities Market, giving investors a chance to gain some profit and pool in the capital. AIM works for the small investors who are potentially not eligible to be listed in the stocks and gives them a free hand with respect to rules and regulations. Although there are some regulations but they do not torture the investor to increase their capital. The most important feature of AIM is that is does not stop investors by putting a check to the number of shares they can issue in the market. This facility gives investors a chance to increase their ratio in the market without much struggle. In the past few years it has also been seen that some investors with their proper time management and skills have managed to make way to enter the main market after successful results achieved in AIM. The London Stock Market has is the proud founder of AIM and had proved to be a rising star in alternative investments.

It is important to understand that investments are risky therefore wherever you invest in something it is important that care shall be taken. It must also be kept in mind that you are sure that you understand the business you are actually investing in. According to experts investing in your own business or some business that you understand is the key to success. Secondly, the management must be on its toes to make sure that a proper check is being kept on where the expenses are being done. Good investments can be done only if it is realized that the results are not hard to achieve if proper measures are taken.

Alternative Investments only require extra care as they are more risky. For instance if you are investing in some art items, you must be sure that you are actually trying to invest in the original one. To be successful in alternative investments it must be made sure that you understand what a man of ordinary diligence would do in similar circumstances.

Qiqqa Entrepreneur Wins 5k

James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.

He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.

She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.

The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.

Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.

Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.

SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.

As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn

Online Entrepreneur Rut

One of the great aspects of having an online business is supposed to be that you can work from home, make your own hours, work in your PJ’s and build a business of your dreams while enjoying your leisure, your family, your life. Right?

SCREECH! What happened, then?

Are you afraid to get started?
Are you avoiding the things that you know will push you to the next step?
Are you stuck behind your computer, alone and overwhelmed?
Are you getting lost in cyber space, surfing and not building?
Are you avoiding engaging in activity, often not leaving your home office for a day or two…
… and leisure, what’s that?

I call it the Online Entrepreneur Rut. This rut can leave you feeling down, lacking energy, lost, alone, and have you questioning your reasons for wanting to start this business in the first place.

Here are Some Simple Ways to Ensure Success:

Reach out to build or find your community, your village, your tribe.Networking both online and offline is a vital an important part of your growth.

Surround yourself with the support of others that you can share successes with. It can be challenging to get out there and share your frustrations with another. However, most often, the case is that the person you are speaking to is currently or has had a similar situation, and ill be glad to give you thoughts and ideas based on their experience.

Step away from it all. Really, shut down the computer, turn off the technology and get away from it all. Try going for a workout, walk in nature, listen your music to get your creative juices flowing and your energy soaring.

Do something to re-connect to your inner dreams and goals. Do you meditate, read, journal? What will help you be re-inspired and remember why you began this journey to start with?

Attend various networking meetings, business trainings, weekend events. Building relationships is key to success. Enjoy a few in person meetings over coffee for a much needed break.

Call on people you trust to bounce off ideas, frustrations, and fears. I love the Buddy – System! Work with your friends and colleagues to keep accountability and get trusted feedback.

Check in with your Coach or Mentor. Working with a coach will catapult your progress. If you don’t have one, consider doing so.

These efforts can help make your experience as an Online Entrepreneur a rich, fulfilled and satisfying one. You may have an opportunity to gain vast knowledge, feedback, and creative ideas. These key ingredients assist your business to flourish more quickly and smoothly. In my six years full-time with my online business, I’ve used these methods to build some wonderful relationships and alliances with experts that are just plain good people. I am now grateful to have trusted colleagues and to call many of them my friends.

Go ahead, give it a few of them a try. You are likely to feel much better after you do.

Role of Management Education in Shaping Future Managers and Entrepreneurs

When we talk of management education, we are basically referring to shaping up the students, aimed towards developing their competency and capability either as a manager fit to join an organization and help it to grow or as entrepreneur, to establish and grow ones own business. This capability does not come from possessing a management diploma or degree, but also requires developing in the students the will and skill to contribute for self sustenance and nation building. Presently it is seen, that there is a wide gap existing between the type of management education imparted in MBA colleges and what is there in real life management in business organizations. In order to make management education more realistic and useful for the industry, certain key areas need to be identified. These could be:-

(a)Benchmarking quality management education to create an enduring quality managers and entrepreneurs.
(b)Bring in professionalism in management education.
(c)Adequacy of qualified and competent faculty members, proper infrastructure, support facilities and regular updating of curriculum.

Benchmarking Quality Management Education

Benchmarking with the top management colleges inspires an institute to produce quality managers. Management education needs to include knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) that are needed today and that will be needed tomorrow by the industry. The mission of management education should be to become innovative and creative. The objectives of benchmarking should be to:-
Make own students employable in industry.
Moving the institute from academic mode to corporate mode. To achieve these objectives the agenda should be:- (a) To identify the industry expectations of the skill sets required of students. (b)To identify the areas of Total Quality Management (TQM) in management education. (c) To identify the changes required in teachers imparting management education.

Professionalism in MBA/PGDM Education

There are many reasons for the wide differences in the quality of management education in different institutes in India. The main reason is the absence of a body that can ensure that the standards set are practiced and retained by all management institutes, like AACSB in USA. We do have an apex body the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), that is responsible for setting the basic framework, guidelines and standards for quality of business education, there are however many problems when it comes implementation of these standard by MBA colleges and institutes and these problems undermine the effectiveness of these standards. In order install quality in management education in India, the AICTE and MBA colleges / universities in the country should focus on the following issues:-
Quality of faculty.
Infrastructure development.
Accountability of management institutes.
Values and ethics.
Role of professional bodies (AIMA, ISTD, etc).

Entrepreneur, Goal Setting!

Home based business, online business, MLM or if you are in direct sales, you have to be goal oriented to be successful. If you are new or experienced, without a goal the chances are you will be part of the 97% of entrepreneurs that will fail this year. Knowing how to set up your goals, how to break them down will play a major part of all entrepreneur success.

If you are new, you goal may be to quit your job or make enough money so your spouse can stay home. If you are experienced, you goal might be to win a major competition within your organization. Either way, the 1st step is to establish your main goal. The reason is we will work from the top to the bottom to establish a plan of action to achieve your goals.

For the sake of this article, we will use the new entrepreneur as an example. So lets you make $4,000 a month at your current job. To replace your income, you will need to make around $3,500 monthly with your online business. So write $3,500 at the top of a board or a blank piece of paper.

Next we need to figure out how many sales you need to make to create a $3,500 income. So lets say the average sale with your business is $100 and your commission for each sale is $50. So to make $3,500, you need make 70 sales each month which would equal $7,000 in sales and $3,500 in income. Write on your board 70 sales below your main goal.

After that we need to establish how many leads every month you will need to make 70 sales. You find out that your business model average is that you make a sale for every 10 leads (this is just an example) so you will need 700 leads to make $7,000 in sales. Write on your board 700 leads monthly below your monthly sales.

The last step is to breakdown the number of monthly leads into a daily number of leads. So if you need 700 leads every month, than you need 23.3 leads per day. Write 23.3 leads on your board below your monthly leads.

Work with the daily number, celebrate every time you achieve you daily goal with a small reward. If you meet your daily goal, you will meet your monthly goal and first thing you will know is that you will hand your letter of resignation to your boss with a big smile on your face. One last advice, keep your goals very visible to you at all time. Make sure you can see them every day and dont make too much fun of your boss when you quit.

To your success,Ghyslain

Green Investment Trends

If finance experts are to be believed, green investment is still worth despite the global economic blues. Sustainable investment options are set to become more attractive in the long run with the incorporation of the eco-stimulus. Currently, green stocks are showing stable returns on investments and investors who care about how and where their money is being used are opting for the “go green” option.

Investment can be a great way of making money if done in a logical and systematic manner. In the last few years, significant changes have been visible in the interest of investors across the world. Other than oil and gas, interest has deviated to sources of energy as it causes less harm to the environment and society. Thanks to the increased awareness on sustainable investment opportunities, several companies across the world are realizing the importance to preserve and protect the planet. In the form of a contemporary type of stock investment, green investments are becoming popular for the investors who want to use it as a source of helping the earth and the atmosphere.

There is no significant difference in green investment and stocks and mutual funds. The difference lies in the fact that green investment is made in companies committed to conservation of natural resources. These companies are actively involved in producing sources of alternative energy, clean water and air projects and products and services that bring a significant change to the communities and environment.

As far as sustainable investment is concerned, green based projects are the main concern. Even though this movement includes companies that are into other lines of business, organizations that have modified their operations for running environment-conscious business can also be included in it. For the next several decades, green building, recycling and water will be the strongest growth points. Earlier this year when the market was up for 21% in March, market for green stocks rose to 30%. As part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, approximately 14% is comprised of clean energy and efficiency.

Company Cars – How Your Company Car Affects The Tax You Pay

First of all, lets see how Company Car Tax works

If you drive a Company Car, you are liable to pay tax as it is classed as a Benefit In Kind.

Company Car Tax or Benefit In Kind Tax must be paid on your company car if you, or a member of your family, use it for private use. This would include travelling to and from your place of work. If you drive a company van, the rules are slightly different in that you should not be liable for tax if the only private use is to go between work and home.

How much Company Car Tax will you have to pay?

There are a number of things that affect how much Company Car Tax you pay. The Benefit In Kind tax you pay on your Company Car is based on the P11D value of the car (its list price including any extras or options), the CO2 Emissions of the car (the lower the better), the rate you pay tax on your income, and whether your car can run on an alternative fuel. Furthermore, if your employer provides you with fuel and you use some of it for personal travel, you would also be liable for Benefit In Kind tax on this Car Fuel Benefit.

Further Information on Company Car Tax & Benefit In Kind

To help you work out how much Company Car Tax and Car Fuel Tax you will have to pay, why not check out the Company Car Tax Calculator provided by HM Revenue & Customs. Also, there is a Government website all about Company Cars which provides useful information and guidance for both employees and employers. It explains the rules about Tax and National Insurance relating to Company Cars and company car fuel. Changes in the rules relating to Company Car Tax are usually declared at Budget time. If youre interested in finding out how future changes might affect you, take a look at the Governments Forthcoming Changes To Car Benefit site.

Of course, there is a way to avoid paying Company Car Tax altogether, and its not illegal! If your employer gives you the choice of having either a Company Car or a Company Car Allowance, you could choose the cash alternative, lease or purchase your own vehicle, and then claim an amount back from your employer for business mileage (currently at a Government set rate of 40p per mile). You might like to check out the sister article to this one, called Company Car Or Company Car Allowance – Which Should I Choose?, which explains the benefits and disadvantages of each option.

Roger Hamilton The Entrepreneur Who Stands Head And Shoulders Above the Rest!

Roger Hamilton is the founder of the Wealth Dynamics System & also the co founder of XL Nation. He is an author, educator and a successful entrepreneur in many arenas. His vast experience and extensive research made him design the world’s most calibrated self testing methodology -The Wealth Dynamics System-. Over the years this has analyzed and molded thousand of entrepreneurs.

According to its founder, self awareness is the first step towards attaining the path of creating wealth. The nub of his expertise system comprises of eight simple profiles such as the creator, the trader, the star, the supporter, the deal maker, the accumulator, the mechanic and the Lord. These are the comprehensive eight different paths to create wealth. .

To begin with, one has to undergo the Wealth Dynamics Test and find out the profile that suits him the most. This methodology is successfully tested and proven over millions of people who are now eminent entrepreneurs. These people are from all ends of the world thus making Roger Hamilton the most sought after person. He has traveled to many countries and has conveyed the importance of effective wealth creation. People wait for him to conduct seminars and workshops as they have been a life changing moment for many people who have made a rod for their own back!

Roger Hamilton is renowned not just for his entrepreneurial activities, but also for his social deeds. He is the co founder of the XL Group which was started in the year 2002. The idea of this was to create a huge connectivity among social entrepreneurs all over the world. The intentions were clearly planned and executed; hence it is the first and biggest network of entrepreneurs in the world. His goals were always high and this led him to initiate the concept of building a nation for all without boundaries. It is XL Nation founded in the year 2009 which works closely toward the United Nations millennium’s goals of ending poverty and safe guarding the environment.

Born in Hong Kong, he was educated from Cambridge University and Trinity College. Success does not come without biting the dust and Roger Hamilton wasn’t an exception to this. After a rough patch of continuous failures during his initial days, he found all the right boxes to tick and succeeded. But as he went on to make his failures as lessons for attaining success to millions, he stands head and shoulders above the rest!

For more information regarding Roger Hamilton, please visit Rogerhamilton.co

How to Improve the Management of Your Loan Modification and Short Sale Clients

Applying for a short sale or a loan modification can be complex and time consuming, especially when managing numerous accounts at various stages of the process. Keeping the piles of paperwork for each client organized can be extremely difficult. Loan modification and short sale attorneys face this scenario every day and understand that dealing with such a sensitive financial situation leaves no room for error. New short sale and loan modification software solutions are available which provide excellent help regarding these issues.

Since homeowners come to a loan modification or short sale attorney expecting expertise and help, the attorney needs to demonstrate those qualities and ensure the homeowner that he or she is capable of managing the short sale or loan modification. The software available to attorneys will guide them through the short sale or loan modification process and ensure all -speed bumps- are overcome. It will act as a quality checker throughout each client’s entire process, which only boosts the credibility and trustworthiness of the attorney.

Completing paperwork by hand can be exhausting and keeping it organized can become challenging especially if the lender/servicer requires updated documentation. Short sale and loan modification software will help streamline the process by saving all paperwork electronically so it can easily be accessed at a later date. This eliminates the need to hand write every form and physically file it. Some short sale and loan modification software solutions will even auto-fill all of the necessary forms, making the process faster. These features will greatly improve the management of clients for any loan modification or short sale attorney.

Loan modification and short sale softwareis designed to help any homeowner through the complicated steps while ensuring all information is complete and accurate. For this reason, it can act as a supplement to any existing programs and procedures you and your team may have in place. It is also a very cost effective way to manage a large number of clients.

Using short sale and loan modification software could be the answer to your process and management troubles. With so many homeowners in need of quality help, it is imperative that you set yourself apart and prove you are the best attorney to save their home. A simple, inexpensive software solution could mean the difference between gaining a larger clientele and losing those who trusted in your expertise.

About Home Affordable Guide The Home Affordable Guide was created in 2009 by a team specializing in helping homeowners navigate through all government and in-house mortgage help programs. The Guide was designed to simplify and educate homeowners through the entire process of applying for a loan modification or short sale in five easy steps. To learn more about how the software can help your business, please visit:

Enterprise Car Rental – Revolutionizing The Industry

Enterprise Car Rental is a company that is well known in the car rental industry. They have been around a long time but joined the car rental game a bit late. Even so, they have grown and offer a unique product that has proven successful over the years. They credit their success to listening to what their customers want and it has worked. Here’s a brief history of Enterprise Car Rental and how they became an industry leader.

Early Beginnings

Enterprise Car Rental actually didn’t start out as a rental company at all. Jack Taylor owned a car leasing company in St. Louis, Missouri called Executive Leasing Company. He started the leasing business because he thought that people would be as interested in leasing a car as they would with purchasing one. His idea worked but he found that his customers wanted a car to use while their’s was in the shop. Taylor soon started Executive Car Rental in 1962. The business grew and soon Taylor wanted to expand the rental business.

The Enterprise Name

In 1969 Taylor expanded outside of St Louis but needed a unique name since “Executive” was used widely in the car business. Taylor decided to name the business after an aircraft carrier he served on in World War II and so the name Enterprise was born.

Keeping Cars for Locals

In the 1960’s most of the rental companies had moved from the city to the airport. Most of the travelers needed a car when they arrived and so the airport was a convenient location. However John Taylor saw the market for hometown rental offices that provide rentals to locals who need a car. With this thinking, John Taylor focused on this market and opened up locations outside the airport and in cities without an airport. His idea worked and his business expanded.

In 1974 a branch manager in Orlando, Florida came up with the idea of a drop off and pick up car service for customers. This was again revolutionary for the industry. Most of the other car rental companies remained at the airport where this wasn’t needed. This service proved to be popular with their target customer who needs a local rental.

Enterprise Car Today

Enterprise Car Rental continues to grow and still listens to what customers want. They continue to open in-town locations and serve cities that aren’t served by an airport. Their pick up and drop off service is still available and touted in the marketing. You can see why this company has grown in popularity and has become a big player in the rental car industry.