Personal Finance & Money Management
First up, make sure you only tell them the truth. Do you know one of the biggest reasons why people get turned down for debt consolidation? Poor credit isn't the answer! It's because they lied on their application form. It's that simple. Think about it. If you were asked to help someone out would you trust them if they lied to you?
As with any other financial product, credit card consolidation loans require some very careful consideration before you decide whether or not they are for you. The most important thing that you have to consider is how much they are going to cost you. Not just the short term because that will almost all ways be better than the amount you are currently paying.
(ii) The second thing you need to check is the amount that the bank needs you to deposit so that you can open the account. Different financial institutions have different limits here and hence you need to ask them personally or check their written brochures. (iii) Since these are savings accounts, you will need to keep some amount in the bank each month.
Play them off against each other. No matter how good their offer sounds always tell them that you will need to think about it. That not only does that make you sound financially responsible but it allows you to go back to other lenders and say hey I've been offered this by ABC Bank can you beat it? Of course if they do tell them you will get back to them and go back to ABC Bank and say I've been offered this by XYZ Bank can you beat it?
If you had blindly followed them because you didn't know what you were doing but thought it was safe to do so because others were following them you could have finished up bankrupt. A second important point to keep in mind is to match the risk to the reward regardless of the type of investment. If you are considering a high risk bond for example you need to ensure that the rewards you are being offered are equally high.
Before asking "how do I get started in the stock market" a better question might be "how much can I afford to lose". A quick dose of reality for some I'm sure but a very necessary one. That is because the truth is that even the most prudent investments carry a degree of risk with them.