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What is a Notional Amount?

Different financial instruments will have a face value. This is referred to as a notional amount or notional value. The word ‘notional’ means that something is just an idea and not a physical reality. The reason why we talk about a notional amount on a financial instrument is that it is an amount of money that doesn’t actually change hands. This numerical value is still important though, especially when it comes to calculating any payments that need to be made on a bond, future, or other derivative instrument.

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What is an Allonge?

An allonge is something that may sound quite exotic, but it is actually quite a simple document. It is generally just a slip of paper where people can add their signature. The reason for having an allonge is that it makes it possible for the reader to confirm that they agree with the contents of a main document. In a lot of cases this slip of paper will be added to something like a contract or other agreement.  Even though this slip of paper is a separate physical document it is considered the same as the main document for legal purposes. The name of this piece of paper comes from the French word ‘allonger’ which means to draw out. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Insolvency?

If a company or individual is in a situation where they can no longer pay their bills it is referred to as insolvency. This is a precarious situation for any business to be in and if cash cannot be generated quickly to cover debts it can lead to bankruptcy. The main reason why this situation occurs is because debts and liabilities are more than cash flow or available liquid assets. It could be that the company has a lot more assets then debts but if this can’t be turned into cash quickly it could still spend the end for the business. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is a Lump Sum Contract?

When it comes to paying money for work to be done, there are a number of options. One way of doing things is to pay for the costs associated with the job along with a fix fee for labor. This means that there can be uncertainty about the final cost until the work is complete. Another option is the lump sum contract. What happens here is that the individual who wants a project complete agrees to pay a specific lump sum of money upon completion of the work. Here the final cost is already decided and it is up to the contractor to get the job done within their budget.

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What is a T-Bill?

a t-billThe best advice a finance advisor can give a client is to have a diversified investment portfolio. This means that there should be a variety of investments that run along a continuum of risk, i.e. some investments will carry more risk than others.

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What is Loan Forbearance?

In today’s tough economy you may find yourself needing some kind of financial help at some point in your life. This usually occurs in the form of a loan. There are also many types of loans that you can qualify for and therefore many types of loan holders.

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What is Compound Interest?

Whenever a person takes out a loan, secures finance for a venture or refinances an asset, there is always a clause regarding the interest that the principal amount will accrue during the finance period. When the interest on the primary account is accrued and then added to the primary amount before the next interest is calculated, you are dealing with compound interest – In other words interest on interest. You are no longer working with just the primary amount and random interest. You’re dealing with an amount of money that is added to the primary fund and is then used as the basis of the next interest calculation.

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What is a POD Account?

Thinking about what happens after we die might sound a bit morbid, but if we don’t do this it could mean that we create a lot of problems for those we love. Payable on death (POD) accounts are a good option to ensure that family can quickly access money if the worst happens to you. This type of service is free, and it just means that family members won’t have to deal with a lot of problems in order to get their hands on some cash for funeral expenses.

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