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ICICI Bank has concluded the sale of its network of electronic point of sales (PoS) terminals that accept Credit Card and Debit Card payments to First Data Corporation (FDC). The bank has hived off its network of over 1.5 lakh electronic swipe machines to a separate company ICICI Merchant Services. First Data has bought an 81% stake in the company which has been valued at a little over $90 million.
When contacted, ICICI Bank refused to comment on the transaction. The bank has, however, communicated to merchants having ICICI Bank terminals that the PoS network has been transferred to ICICI Merchant Services. First Data, along with partner banks, is keen to proliferate payment transactions not just at top retailers but also through small cities or towns in India, said Amrish Rau, country manager, First Data Corporation.
Referring to the transaction with ICICI Bank, Mr Rau said an announcement would be made in due course. Mr Rau, who represents First Data in the country, is likely to head the new payments company. First Data is a US-based company that has been created after banks farmed out their back office processing systems into a separate company. FDC is presently owned by private equity giant KKR.
The Reserve Bank of India has already given clearance for the deal. According to banking sources, the deal value has gone up after RBI said that merchant establishments, including grocery stores and supermarkets, could swipe customer cards and offer them cash.
In addition to unlocking value, ICICI Bank expects that the specialised company will bring down transactions costs and also grow the payment network more efficiently. This is the first time that an Indian bank has hived off its PoS terminal network.
So far it has been foreign banks that have outsourced these functions but their network is of much smaller scale.
ICICI Merchant Services will earn a fee every time a credit cards or debit cards transaction is processed through the point of sale network. The fee is usually borne by the merchant and a large part of it goes to the card issuing bank. This is in lieu of the credit that the issuing bank extends to the cardholder until the end of the billing cycle. A smaller part of the commission goes to the bank owning the PoS terminal (acquiring bank) and smaller portion to the payment company Mastercard or Visa.
Incidentally, State Bank of India has for some time expressed its intention to set up a network of half a million point of sales terminals. To build this network the bank had earlier sought partners. However, the project was shelved as the bank decided to take a more holistic approach of its payments business.
The Philippine banking industry seems to be unaffected by the global financial crisis. And despite the liquidity crunch in various developed and emerging economies, the Philippine banking industry has been able to sustain the growth level.
According to a research analyst at RNCOS, -The banks in Philippines have benefitted from a series of reforms undertaken in past and intervention by the regulator to increase the capital base and to have better risk management strategies in place. The multipoint policy adopted by the industry during the last quarter of 2008 has resulted in minimum risk exposure to the banks in Philippines. Restricting dollar sales only for outward investment, enabling active lending between banks and low level of investments in foreign assets has resulted in positive outlook of the industry in current economic turbulence. Banks in Philippines have limited their investment in local blue chip companies because of the high yield from the Philippine Stock Exchange.-
Banks in Philippines are opting for high degree of penetration, mergers and acquisitions, and high credit growth rate at a time when banks in other developed and emerging economies are writing off assets base and slowing down credit disbursal rate. However, according to -Philippines Banking Sector Analysis-, a research report from RNCOS, the sector will manage to book a CAGR growth of 10% in its asset base through 2010.
-Philippines Banking Sector Analysis- contains comprehensive research and rational analysis on various segments, like assets size, income level and number of cardholders, in the Philippines banking industry. It also analyzes the current performance and growth opportunities in the sector, and helps clients to understand various products available in the market and their future scope. It also discusses the role of technology in the Filipino banking industry.
The report gives future outlook of different aspects of the banking industry such as financial cards, mobile banking, bancassurance, industry assets, mutual fund assets under management, number of credit cards, IT spending by banking industry, microfinance and life insurance product sales etc. The future projections are made after analyzing the current market scenario, past trends and regulations laid by the central bank.
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Ally Bank is a business unit of Ally Financial the leaders in automotive financial services worldwide. Ally financial services is officially preferred source of financing for General Motors, Chrysler, Saab, and Thor Industries
This is an Ally Bank rates update for February 2011. While they do not handle mortgage loans, they do offer their customers CDs, savings, and checking accounts. For those that are unaware of it, this is the new name for the old GMAC Bank.
The current bank rates on the certificates of deposit include the special Raise Your Rate CD that is a 2 year term. The APY is currently at 1.50%, and can be increased once during the term of the CD.
There is also the No Penalty CD that is earning an APY of 1.20% for an 11 month term.
The online Savings Account is currently earning an APY of 1.09%. The Money Market Account is also earning an APY of 1.09%
The Interest Checking Account is earning an APY of 0.50% on balances below $15,000. On balances above $15,000, the APY is 1.05%
The standard CD rates include the 3 month CD that is earning an APY of 0.64%. The 6 month CD is earning an APY of 1.04%. The 9 month CD is earning an APY of 1.00%. The 1 year CD is earning an APY of 1.29%. The 18 month CD is earning an APY of 1.35%. The 3 year CD is earning an APY of 1.84%. The 4 year CD is earning an APY of 2.05%. The 5 year CD is earning an APY of 2.39%.
There are no minimum balances to open an account, but you must make a deposit in order to earn an APY. All of these Ally Bank rates were posted on February 1, 2011 and are still current as of February 18, 2011, but are subject to change without notice.
We strive to bring you the latest and most accurate data possible from the home sites of the financial institutions we name. Always remember, the bigger the risk, the larger the reward or loss. Invest with caution.
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Investment club is formed by a group of people who pool their money for joint investments. If you are a new to investing in stock market and have limited funds, starting an investment club is a great way to learn from other investors and get hands on experience in investing.
Here are some tips to starting an investment club.
1. Make sure all members understand the risks of investing. Many people who invest think they are going to be very successful, and are not prepared to lose all of their money. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees when it comes to the stock market. No one should invest money they are not willing to lose.
2. Find the right people who share the same investment objectives and goals. It is easier to get along with right minded people and learn from each other.
3. Make sure all club members agree to the partnership agreement and any other rules.
4. Join the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC) that provides support, information and tools on starting an investment club and investing, and publishes a monthly investor-learning magazine.
5. All members must agree to make a monthly contribution. The typical range of contribution is $20 to $100 a month. Members who contribute more than the required contribution are allowed greater share of profits.
6. Decide on how to meet and the frequency of meetings. For the initial setting up of the club, it may be best for everyone to meet in person. If all meetings are held online, it may be good to meet in person once or twice a year for social interaction. To keep up to date, it is recommended to meet 1-2 times a month.
7. Start with a small number of people. It is easier to come to an agreement when there are fewer members. When the club is established and all formal procedures are in place, new members can be invited to join.
8. Education is the main goal of an investment club. An investment club made up of educated investors will be more successful and cohesive than an investment club which is solely focused on making a profit.
9. Every investment club must have a well-defined investment style or investment philosophy. There must be clear selection criteria such as what type of stocks to invest, the acceptable risk tolerance level and rate of return. All club members should be aware of and agree to the investment style of the club.
Starting and running an investment club is an invaluable learning experience, where you can leverage on the expertise and knowledge of other investors. Investment clubs facilitate the exchange of ideas and collective decisions that are likely to produce sustainable returns.
Modern world is full of temptations and other entertainments that cost much. It became a tradition that children want to become businessmen or entrepreneurs. The dreams of becoming a spacemen do not bother children any more. The desire to have everything and to be able to afford different things make children think about more profitable occupations. Some students, when grow up, change their minds and think about something more realistic, the others still continue dreaming of becoming entrepreneurs. The article is going to represent some advantages and disadvantage connected to the profession. Use arguments to support your choice.
Advantages of becoming an entrepreneur
1.Those who decided to become entrepreneurs are sure to enjoy the whole process, from the very beginning of their business till the highest level of its development. The prediction of risks and their successful elimination is a real delight.
2.The entrepreneurs salary directly depends on his/her intentions. If one wants to get more this month, he/she should work harder.
3.The working schedule of entrepreneurs is flexible. They may easily take a day off in the middle of the week without the moral pressure of being fired. Still, the consequences of such action should be considered beforehand.
Disadvantages of becoming an entrepreneur
1.The entrepreneur does not have a regular salary. The income may be considerable this month, but it may be too low another one. It is impossible to calculate some unpredicted costs.
2.The flexible working schedule is also a disadvantage. The necessity to work till night may be rather stressing.
3.Entrepreneurs are personally charged with the consequences of their actions. One wrong step and the whole business may be ruined.
It is exciting to be an important person in business, to have personal company and run it. Still, there are some cases when this independence may cost too much.
This article will share with you how to make money online without investment. Everyone wants to earn ” internet money”. The best way is to do this is with no experience and with zero cost. Imagine this, you could have multiple sources of online income. This will increase your streams of income. Get rid of the myth that you need to own a web site, you must have online product to sell or you must acquire the technical skills or “internet savvy” for your to earn “internet money”.
You could still earn “internet money” if you are not a web designer or a marketing genius. You are still wondering how to make money online without investment? Explore the following ways.
1. Online Writing
You could certainly earn “internet money” if you love writing. There are article directories or websites which pay you money if you submit or contribute your writing to them. Explore these sites, for example, Helium, Hubpages, Squidoo, Snipsly and Info Barrel. Start writing and sharing and start making money online without investment.
2. Affiliate Marketing
This is the best online business model for a beginner online marketer. Basically, you promote some else’s product online and you get paid a commission by successfully done so. You could get the affiliate products for free at the affiliate networks. You could use article marketing or even blogging to promote the affiliate products.
You don’t need to have a website and you don’t need to know about web designing for you to set-up and blog. You could even set up a blog for free within minutes and start posting. Place ads for free on your blog and you will get paid when the visitors click on the ads. You could even place your affiliate link on your blog and promote the affiliate product through your blog. Again, share you story, your passion or whatever interesting topics through your blog and earn money online without investment.
How to make money online without investment? Explore the above now and integrate online writing, affiliate marketing and blogging and start making “internet money”. Isn’t it wonderful for you to be able to earn money online without investing a single dime?
Public Short Ratio (PSR), also known as non-member short ratio, can be a helpful indicator to trade stock markets. It is used by many traders to find trading opportunities and to predict market movements. Public short ratio is defined as the ratio between public short selling number and total short selling number.
PSR = Total public short sells/total short sells.
The PSR ratio is disclosed by markets on a daily basis. High PSR values shows that the public are more bearish and low PSR values shows the public are more bullish. Although the ratio itself is an easy-to-use indicator, most traders use this ratio as a 10 day moving average. This makes interpretations easier and offer better flexibility. 25% of moving average is taken as the crossing point. When ever the 10-day moving average is above 25%, the market is considered bullish and when ever the moving average is below 25%, the market is considered bearish. The more the ratio stays above/below the 25% level, the more the chance of market reversal.
The basic idea behind public short ratio is public or retail traders are the worst short sellers; when compared to institutional traders and exchange member short sellers. So it is a good strategy to buy whenever public short and sell whenever go. Although sounds awkward the strategy has a high success history, especially for swing traders and long-term traders.
Advantages of public short ratio include 1) its is simple and easy-to-use, 2) has a good success history, 3) it is suitable for most traders, 4) offer better results when combined with other indicators, 5) has support available in most trading platforms and 6) is scalable with user demands.
Disadvantages of PSR include 1) it is less effective of short-term traders like day traders, 2) there is a good amount of risk associated with it, 3) the strategy does not work always as there can be situations where public are right, 4) the strategy may not work in high-volatile markets and 5) is not so suited for novice traders, especially who are not certain about minimizing their downside risks and hedging their positions.
Finding active hard money lenders may require some research, because they’re not nearly as obvious or numerous as conventional lenders. Many only lend money in their immediate geographic areas in order to be able personally visit properties before making loans. Check with mortgage brokers, because they often represent some hard money lenders. You can also find hard money loans through newspaper ads and on the Internet; but always verify lender credentials beforehand, as you should before working with any kind of professional mortgage lender. You’ve decided to get into rehabbing properties. A hard money loans seem to be your best option to fund these ventures. Here are a few ideas and questions to ask designed to help aid your search for a reputable hard money lender, broker, or referring source:
1. Hard Lender Experiences: Ask how long they’ve been in business. How many successful deals have they made? How many collective years of experience do all key people at the company have? Look for a hard money lender that has “direct hard loans lender” in their advertising. It’s a good sign.
2. Industry Connections: How many hard money lenders and investors does this company work with? Go with one who has several funding sources (Hedge funds, Mortgage pools, Private Equity Groups, etc.). The more connections they have to direct hard money lenders with ready cash, the faster – and better they’ll get the job done.
3. The Commercial Real Estate Market: How is the market in your area? The better the market’s doing, the lower your hard loan interest rates may be. If the market is slow you may end up paying much higher interest rate. Make sure you know the market in your area.
4. Brokers: The Company or referring source that helps you with your search for your hard money loan will have a lot of influence. Make sure they are competent. How? Ask someone who has dealt with hard loans before. Ask your lawyer. Do as much research as you think you’ll need. Hard money brokers will help you shop many investors and lenders to find a loan that works for you.
5. Direct Money Lender: Some hard wholesalers or direct lenders can fund your loan directly. Direct money lenders are a more direct way to get your loan underwritten and eliminate the use of a broker or referring source but, may have to start the application process all over again if you started with a broker. Either way, make sure you are working with a reputable company who has a proven record of success with hard lending.
Although process automation facilitates better management international trade risks, latent risks still exist. Implementation of technologies not withstanding, international trade risks need to be managed in real time and on a totalitarian basis. The first of such risks is ramifications the slump in US economy can instill due to housing market crash. Volatility of financial markets with renewed oil market threats could trigger inflation and hikes in interest rates. The third most significant risk is the heightened scrutiny of exports due to security concerns, which makes managing international trade risks harder.
On the other hand, exporters’ risks include insolvency of the importer, protracted default in which the importer fails to pay off the due within the legal period after the due date and risk of rejection. On a far sight, export ban, possibilities of war, changes to the law/tariff or even confiscation of importers’ properties also count as major possible risks in an international trade.
-Possible Steps to International Trade Risk Mitigation
International banks provide with expert support and service to conduct international trade and international transactions rather safely.
Getting paid in an international trade is a different thing due to a number of factors that influence it. One must note that no amount of planning can entirely eliminate the payment risks in international trade and carefully resorting to your preferred mode of payment and hedging the risks besides securing proper credit insurance and credit checks on your customers before engaging with your trading partner is the safest way out.
-Regional Trade Organizations
International trade related disputes are resolved by the World Trade Organization which is a multilateral agency because it sets the rules that govern the global trading. There exist a few regional trade organizations but regulative powers are limited with them. Some quarters have raised fears that regional trade organizations can be used against them, which on the contrary has contributed to a messier situation.
-Availing Credit Can Help Mitigate Some Risks
One way to safeguard international trade is via credit insurance policy with multiple covers such as the potential insolvency through which the customer provides reimbursement, although to a limit. Products like Bills for Collection (BC) and Letters of Credit (LC) come in very handy in international trade situations. An LC is a bank-to-bank commitment of payment favoring the exporter and guaranteeing the payment against presentation of certain compliant documents. Both BC and LC are governed by regulations from ICC.
May, 5, 2014 : Company Profiles and Conferences presents a Company Report on “Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited (J&KBANK) – Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review”, which include anywhere banking, internet banking, SMS banking, ATM services, debit and credit cards, merchant acquiring, mutual funds, insurance services, and remittance services. It conducts banking business of the Central Government, and collecting central taxes for CBDT.
Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited (J&K Bank) is a financial services provider, based in India. The company provides loans, insurance, tax products/planning, savings and deposits, cards, mutual funds, and non resident banking. It offers support services, depository services, third party services, and cash management services to its clients. The companys services include anywhere banking, internet banking, SMS banking, ATM services, debit and credit cards, merchant acquiring, mutual funds, insurance services, and remittance services. It conducts banking business of the Central Government, and collecting central taxes for CBDT. The company offers financial solutions for household, small and medium enterprises. J&K Bank is headquartered in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India.
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