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What is a Unit Trust and How to Pick One?

A unit trust is a type of collective investment scheme that is popular in countries such as the UK, Australia, and South Africa. In some way it is similar to the mutual funds investment that is popular in the US. It is a quite a unique type of investment in other ways though, and anyone who is planning to choose this option might want to investigate carefully. The unit trust was first introduced in the UK back in 1931, and it has become quite popular since that time.

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How to Decide if Your Stock Broker is Worth Their Commission

When you choose a stock broker to manage your investments you are taking a risk. This person is usually getting a commission on the basis that they make you money, but there can also be other fees as well. If the stock broker doesn’t really know what they are doing though, they could be losing your money instead of adding to it. There are things you can do to establish if your stock broker actually is all you want them to be.

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What is an Angel Investor and How to Find an Angel Investor?

If you are just starting off in business, or even hoping to grow then you might be struggling to get investment for this. If your venture has not had a chance to grow and prosper it can be hard to convince the big lenders to part with their cash. Even if you have the right attitude and a killer business plan you could still be struggling to get a fair hearing. The recent economic woes that have affected most of the world mean that you have to practically beg now if you want to get investment from traditional lenders. The alternative to this grovelling for investment is the angel investor; these are people who are willing to take a chance on your business even when traditional lenders might be cautious.

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How to Avoid Forex Scams?

During the last few years you may have heard mention of the Forex scam in the media. Many people have already been hurt by this type of scam and there seems to be no decrease in the number of people being caught by it. One reason why so many people seem susceptible to a Forex scam is due to a lack of knowledge about how it works.

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What is a Collective Investment Scheme and How does It Work?

Many of us these days are looking for ways to secure our financial future; the recent economic woes around the world have only made this need more pressing. There are many different opportunities to make money and one of these is a collective investment scheme. This is not something that is going to work for everyone and there are certainly some risks involved. The returns though can be high and it is worth considering if this option could work for you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Investment Books for Learning to Invest

Investment is a subject that is interesting to people from different backgrounds. Some wish the study the subject from an academic or professional point of view while others hope the use the knowledge to increase their personal fortunes. This is certainly a fascinating topic and there has been a lot written on the subject.  Here are some of the best investment books you will find today.

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How to Use Annuities to Provide for Your Retirement

Preparing for retirement is something that shouldn’t be put off for too long. In fact the sooner people are able to begin to think about this the better. When we are just starting work our retirement can seem like a very long time away, but this is when we need to start getting ready. These days many people choose annuities to protect their long-term future.

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Ponzi Scheme Scam

The Ponzi scheme is probably the most popular financial scam there is. This type of fraud not only affects those people who are naïve to investments but has also been used successfully on some of the biggest investors in the world. It can take a lot of time before a Ponzi scheme becomes unmasked and during that time a lot of damage can occur. People have been known to lose all their savings and businesses have gone bust because of this scam. It is called the Ponzi scheme because this is the name of the fraudster who brought it to the public’s attention back in the 1920s in the United States; it has probably been around for much longer time than this though. Some experts warn that these scam investment firms make a lot of effort to look like a traditional firm.

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