Friday, September 28, 2012

Commercial Property VS Residential Property By Jane L Coopers


Commercial property purchases tend to be larger projects, requiring greater outlay than residential property investing. Deposits also usually need to be larger - for commercial properties the purchaser usually needs to put up at least 30 per cent of the purchase price. Interest rates on commercial loans also tend to be higher.


    Commercial: larger properties and usually a larger minimum deposit required, at at least 30 per cent of total purchase price.
    Residential: - smaller deposit required, usually at least 80 per cent of total purchase price but in some cases purchasers can borrow up to 100 per cent.


Net income for landlords tend to be higher for commercial investment, ranging around 7 - 10 per cent after costs. In part this is due to the fact that tenants pay for insurance, ongoing maintenance and other outgoings.


    Commercial - tends to attract higher net income. Tax deductions can be more substantial as depreciation tends to be higher
    Residential - investors usually need to pay all maintenance and associated costs.

Length of Leases

Commercial contracts attract longer lease periods. Most commercial leases are signed for three years or more.


    Commercial - leases are longer, being usually three years or more, and even up to 20 years
    Residential - shorter leases of around six - 12 months in length

Risk and Property Values

While historically, the majority of residential property has tended to double every decade or so, demand in commercial property can fluctuate with the business cycle. However, both types offer good capital growth opportunities for keen investors.


    Commercial property - property value growth is harder to predict, but risk can be minimised by choosing to invest in a popular and in-demand commercial area
    Residential property - property value growth tends to be more predictable, with steady growth in demand pushing up prices over the longer term

Maintenance Costs

Most residential property maintenance is the responsibility of the landlord, while the leasor or the owner of the commercial property usually passes on responsibility for maintenance to the commercial tenant.


    Commercial property - the tenant has responsibility for ongoing maintenance
    Residential property - the landlord covers maintenance costs for the property, though this can be negatively geared


Residential properties are generally easier to let as it takes longer to find commercial tenants. However, commercial tenants tend to pay more attention to maintaining the property as part of their business, and this may even be a condition in commercial leases.


    Commercial property - commercial tenants tend to keep properties in their original condition or even improve them
    Residential property - residential tenants tend to be easier to find than commercial tenants

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Different Investments for Different People

Different investments are suitable for people in difference situations. Choosing how to invest comes down to many factors, including the amount of available funds, the aim of the investment, the point in which the investor finds themselves in their life, and personal preference. Below are some of the investments that should be considered by people in different circumstances.

Those with Limited to Medium Funds

For those with less than £12,000 to invest a year an ISA might be worth considering. The current ISA limit is set at £11,280. All of this can be put towards a stocks and shares ISA but it can be split between a stocks and shares ISA and a cash ISA; up to half of it can be put towards the cash ISA. The advantage of an ISA is the tax benefit; no tax has to be paid on interest or capital gains, something that can make a significant difference over several years. ISA's are ideal to those investing over a long period. Riskier, but potentially higher reward investments, might be more attractive to those investing a similar amount over a short period, although here it is advisable to split it across a number of investments to spread the risk.

Wealthy Investors

An ISA will not be sufficient for those wishing to invest particularly large amounts, although they will be able to invest up to £11,280 in one. Property investment is possibly the most appropriate as, despite the current market, house prices are still likely to rise in the future. With housing, though, it is important to choose homes in the right areas. If investing in real estate properties can be rented out and sold once the value has increased. It is likely that property will continue to be a way that people can make big investment gains in the future.

Investing on Behalf of Children

There are a number of children's savings plans out there, with the relatively new Junior ISA the best known of these. The Junior ISA works in a similar way to a regular ISA with a set maximum allowance and no tax being payable on interest or capital gains. There are two important distinctions though; the limit is lower than a regular ISA - currently £3,600 - and it can't be touched until the child turns eighteen. At this point they gain control of the ISA and can withdraw the accumulated funds if they like.

The Young and Middle Aged

There is a pension problem amongst young people and even those in their forties and fifties, with many yet to have started planning for their retirement. This is partly due to a lack of good employer pensions as well as the failure of individuals to start their own. Those who are able to should start to pay into a pension plan as soon as possible. The younger someone is when they start a pension the better, and a few years can make a big difference come retirement.

The Retired

Those already retired will hopefully already have an adequate pension, so what are good investments for them? The answer might lie in investing in companies through stocks and shares. Asian investment funds are one option due to the current growth of the Asian stock market, although there are many other options too.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

2013 And 2014 Bond Bubble - Best Investment Funds If Bubble Bursts

If the bond bubble bursts in 2013 or 2014 it will be headline news and it's best to know where your best investment funds - the best mutual funds to invest money in - are now. The best mutual funds to invest money in will invest your money in what are called "alternative investments". If you are not familiar with these specialty funds, it's time to pay attention.

There IS a bond bubble because bond prices are absurdly high, which has resulted in record low interest rates. If you are an average investor your best investment vehicle takes the form of mutual funds; but it's your job (or your financial planner's job) to find the best mutual funds to invest money in. Most investors (and financial planners) see only 3 basic choices to invest money in: safe investments, bonds, and stocks. Alternative investments like gold, silver, basic metals, real estate, natural resources, and other commodities and TANGIBLES are too often ignored.

I suggest that alternative investments are your best investment if the bond bubble bursts in 2013 or 2014 because tangibles like basic materials (like copper and aluminum), oil, and real estate have an INTRINSIC VALUE. They are not just financial assets like stocks and bonds. The best mutual funds will be those that invest money in these areas (for you). Here's the logic.

The bond bubble bursts - which means that BIG investors sell bonds and send bond prices into a tailspin. The really big investors (like insurance companies, pension funds, and mutual fund companies) SELL as much and as fast as they can. FEAR strikes the stock market and heavy selling sends prices (in general) down. Bond funds are pummeled and DIVERSIFIED equity (stock) funds are severely bruised. Where will the big investors invest money now? Since they've just cashed in billions and billions in the markets, the money they've taken in has to go someplace. And what about average investors who thought they owned the best mutual funds, bond funds?

Big money will flow to the money market (the safe haven). It will also search for the best alternative investment. For most people the simplest way to invest money in this alternative arena will be through specialty equity (stock) funds that invest money in stocks of companies involved in specialty areas like precious metals, energy, basic materials, and real estate. These should be the best mutual funds and your best investment to earn higher returns if the bond bubble bursts and the stock market in general tumbles.

The best investment strategy for 2013 and 2014 will be to cut your exposure to bond funds and general diversified stock funds. The best mutual funds to invest more money in: money market funds for safety, and specialty funds that invest in the "alternative investment" arena for growth and higher returns. The best investment portfolio should include all 4 asset classes: cash (safe investments), bonds, stocks, and alternative investments.

Should the bond bubble burst in 2013 or 2014 high uncertainty and risk will make it difficult to invest money and find the single best investment or best mutual fund. Spread your money around and diversify across the 4 asset classes to achieve true balance. That's the best investment advice I can think of.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hot Stock Tip: Don't Take Tips

Well meaning friends and advisories often send out specific picks as to what to trade and when.

Unfortunately, there are inherent dangers in such programs, despite everyone's best efforts. First, even with Twitter, your mentor makes the trade, sends you the details and you must receive it. Then you act on it. Most often, you miss the move simply because of the time delay in this process. Imagine getting the message to buy long. By the time you get it, the trend reverses. In good faith, you buy long and quickly realize you're now in a 'hope and hold' situation. The move is over.

Frankly, as a trader, the last thing I'm thinking about when I'm looking to enter a position, is to send out a message. My focus is where it should be: on the trade itself. Be wary of traders who are not focusing on the trade at hand. Their concentration should not be on advising folks on trades in the moment; it needs to be on the trade at hand.

Secondly, and I stress this endlessly, you yourself should become the expert. It is you, who should learn how to read the technical indicators, make the assessments and determine the entry and exit points. As traders, you are not merely mechanics clicking the keys on others' whims. Be able to read the raw data and form your own determinations. It is actually not that difficult once you learn how. Imagine knowing this information and acting on it at will. Your money tree will always be in bloom.

Candlesticks are raw data. So are moving averages, stochastics and all the other input items that entail a trade. By relying on others - regardless of who they are - you are putting your faith and confidence in someone else's interpretation of what the markets are doing. Is this not the very reason you got into trading your own accounts? Did your financial guru not squander away your money already?

Recognize that traders who act on tips are likely an insecure breed with too much money, destined to lose it. Even if the tipster is correct, by the time you get the tip, it's history. In this day of the internet, everyone has essentially the same knowledge available. Learn to use it effectively and place the odds in your favor.

Tips are for waiters and cabbies, not to be played in the stock market.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Powerful Tips on Investing Your Money Profitably

Powerful Tips on Investing Your Money Profitably- Fastest Way To Earn Income From Home.

As compared to depositing your money in a savings account, it is a good idea investing the same in a lucrative investment option. Rising inflation and tough economic conditions make it imperative for investors to look for the most profitable investment.

Before you invest your hard-earned money, remember that there is nothing called risk-free investment. You are not ready to become an investor until you accept the fact that all investments come with their own inherent risks and potential to lose money.

As you take important financial decisions, here are a few aspects to keep in mind -
Determine your financial goals before you choose your investment option. Are you investing to ensure substantial income after your retirement or just multiply your money? Do you want to invest all your money in a single investment option or break up your money into multiple investments to generate different streams of income? If you have a clear idea about your ultimate goal, it will be easier for you to choose the right option.

Set a definite time frame for your investment to achieve your goals faster. This will help you identify realistic goals and also give you an idea of the rates of return. Factors you must consider as you work out the time frame include your age and health. For short term investment goals, it is better to stick to cash savings. For medium and long-term goals, it is important to choose the right investment option with care as with no earning capacity after retirement you may not be able to recover losses, if any.

It is also important to understand the extent of risk you are willing to take as this will impact the duration of time you opt for your investment. If you are willing to take significant amount of risk, you can try investing options that help your money grow in a short time. You may however have to realign your financial goals if you find there are too many potential downsides.

Last but not the least; you must be clear about the amount of money you want to invest. It is a good idea investing only what you can afford to. Take into account all your liabilities such as living costs, pension contributions, insurance premiums and other debts before allocating funds for investment.