Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Adam Ginsberg’s Guide to Paying off Debt

Finding ourselves in a downward spiraling debt trap is usually an indication that we have allowed things to get out of control. And, emerging from this hole and back to normalcy is usually a long, tough and arduous journey.

There are obvious tell-tale signs, some described here by Claes Bell, that have “falling into debt trap” written all over them, and if you can see them, you can save yourself a lot of pain by fixing your over looming financial troubles before they come raining down on you in torrents.

Adam Ginsberg, the leading eBayentrepreneurship and wealth building coach and mentor, has some suggestions on how you can emerge from over bearing debt and take control of your life.

Wake up and smell the coffee
The first step is to accept your financial situation. If you identify yourself with any or similar situations as mentioned in Claes’s article, then it’s time to stop what you are doing, sit down and have a long hard look at your finances. No one’s been able to reclaim their lives from a financial downfall by looking the other way. You’ve got to acknowledge that you have a problem, and then find your way out of it.

Have a Plan   
Compare reclaiming your life from financial disaster to a road trip. Before you embark on your journey to financial recovery, you need to sit down and chart your route on a road map, just as you would before a road trip. The only difference could be that you may prefer the shortest possible route rather than the scenic, longer one. Make your plan as detailed as possible. Your financial plan should have all your debts listed down and your priority to pay them back. Some people prefer to pay back debt with highest interest rates first, while some others prefer paying off ones with the least outstanding amounts. Adam Baker of Man vs Debt has an interesting view of his own.  Adam Ginsberg suggests choosing the method that you feel will give you the most satisfaction.

Live Frugal
If you find yourself in a downward spiral financially, then you need to take desperate measures to save every penny that you can. Cut down on expenses that you can live without. You may have to sacrifice on some of the things that you love, like going to the movies or eating out, but remember you are doing it so you can enjoy them more later, without having to thinks of outstanding debts while indulging yourself. Find cheaper alternatives to things that you cannot do absolutely without.

Supplement you Income
Find ways to increase your income. More money means paying off debt faster. Take up a part-time job or have a yard sale. Think about ways that you can rake in some additional cash. You can also check out Adam Ginsberg’s eBay programs to make money online.

Remember, it all starts with your determination to take the bull by its horns. Once you make up your mind, there’s nothing in the world that can stop you from erasing the last penny of your debt in the time frame that you decide.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Ginsberg Helps you Choose between Mortgage Insurance and Life Insurance

Often times we find that home owners who take out a mortgage on their homes end up buying mortgage insurance as well. What Mortgage insurance essentially does is insure your outstanding home loan with the bank as the beneficiary and in the event of your death squares off your mortgage loan by paying the bank whatever is outstanding on your loan. For many people it’s a matter of priority to ensure that their loved ones would not be burdened by their debts when they are gone. But choosing the right insurance vehicle is equally important for both the insured and their beneficiaries. 
Adam Ginsberg, the pioneer in eBay entrepreneurship and now a leading coach and mentor on online business and wealth building shares his views on whether or not is it a good idea to take out mortgage insurance.
As mentioned above, mortgage insurance comes into play upon the passing away of the insured, absolving his or her next of kin from repaying the mortgage loan. However, there are a few things worth looking into before signing on that dotted line.
More often than not, taking out mortgage insurance is not such a great idea. Here’s why. To begin with mortgage insurance is clearly not in your family’s favor as the insured amount will be paid directly to the loaning bank in the event of your death and your family will not see a dime of it. It is a good idea if you have taken out enough life insurance coverage to cover your family’s needs apart from the mortgage. For example, if you take out an additional term policy for the same amount of premium as you would have paid on the mortgage insurance then your family would’ve had the flexibility of taking care of more important expenses like other high interest loans  than the mortgage and continue to make mortgage payments as before.
Choose between Mortgage Insurance and Life Insurance | Wealth FormulaSecondly, with mortgage insurance, the value of the policy decreases over time since it only covers the outstanding balance on your loan, whereas the premium remains the same throughout. On the other hand, a life insurancepolicy will pay your next of kin the same amount in the last year of its term as in the first.
Adam Ginsberg suggests weighing all your options and arming yourself with as much information as possible (read more here) before taking a mortgage insurance against your home loan.
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