Choosing A Financial Planner

Choosing a financial planner is a very important decision. Who will you trust to handle your life savings and plan your financial future? The fact that someone claims to be a financial planner does not qualify him or her to handle your money. They must have the proper certification, experience and knowledge.

The Four Cs of choosing a financial planner

1. Credentials

·What certifications, college /university degrees and experience does he/she have?

·How many clients or how much money does he/she handle?

·Make sure the planner is registered with the Investment Dealers Association in your area or Certified by a Government body

2.Compensation

·How are you compensated? Flat fees, salary or commission? (Beware of those who earn big commissions for placing you in high risk funds)

·Are there any hidden underwriting fees with my investment fund?

·Will you explain all the cost involved with each investment?

·What is the cost of liquidating or canceling my account with your firm? (Good to know, if you decide to switch funds or investment companies)

3.Characteristics

·What is your investment philosophy?

·Do you focus on domestic markets, foreign market or both? (Answer should be both)

·What is your specialty? Your strongest area? (Global portfolio management, no load mutual funds, stocks, bonds etc)

·How do you view risk and how does your philosophy fit my risk tolerance?

4.Customer service

·What services does your firm offer?

·How accessible will you (the agent) be?

·Will you review the funds last 5 to 10year performance in the prospectus?

·What has been your year-to-year investment performance?

·What was you worst year? Best year? And why? (Look for defensiveness or humility after raising this question, it reveals personality type)

·Do you offer financial planning, money management or both?

In conclusion, a financial planner works for you, and should be compatible with your personality, risk tolerance and financial goals. Make sure that your hard earn money is in good hands. Interview potential planners, ask for references and call at least 3 of those references.

Medical Receivables Financing

The Rx for Ailing Cash Flow

The current adverse financial structure of the healthcare industry has placed hospitals, medical groups, private practitioners and other providers in a perilous position. Cumbersome and bureaucratic third party billing systems with long time-to-collection waiting periods have resulted in inconsistent cash flows and limited capital for growth. Nationwide, two-thirds of physicians work in practices that are set up as small business. Payment cuts 18% over four years, together with soaring malpractice premiums and other overhead costs, have threatened to put such practices out of businesses. More than 50% of doctors have deferred plans to purchase much-needed new equipment, and 30% either have laid off staff or are planning layoffs in the near future.

What Factoring “Is Not:”

o A Loan – Factoring is the sale of your medical claims for services already delivered

o Offered By Banks – Factoring is not an asset-based loan, nor is it a debt facility similar to those offered by banks.

Why not simply pick up the phone and call a bank for a loan to get through the crisis? Many of you already tried that and have been surprised to find that the average practice may not have sufficient credit and assets with which to secure adequate working capital. Additionally, the traditional banking loan application and approval process is long and involved. Debt is created for the practice to repay, and personal guarantees are required. The practice becomes less desirable for resale or acquisition.

Unlike bank lines that can tie up all of your assets, factoring involves only your third party medical claims

o No collateral other than accounts receivables

o No financial guarantees

o Unlimited amount of dollars

Factoring provides working capital without adding debt to your balance sheet. There is no predetermined maximum limit. This working capital arrangement is not limited in amount as many bank products are nor is it subject to banking “regulations.”

Surveys of physicians have identified the following immediate needs:

The creation of solid dependable cash flow

Decrease in the reimbursement interval between the time service is provided and payment is received

Increase in the overall percentage of claims collected

Reduction in administrative costs

Ready availability of cash for new equipment, expansion of office space, the addition of new partners, and practice marketing

This “wish list” would be complete if access to this working capital could be created debt-free. The physician practice would then have the financial freedom to focus on business growth and patient satisfaction, instead of focusing on how to meet the next payroll or malpractice premium payment. Is such a solution possible? Fortunately, the answer is YES!

Treat Money Well To Attract More

Your ability to attract money has a lot to do with how you behave toward it.

The Law of Attraction works to send you more of what you think, feel and do. So the way you deal with money has a direct relation to how easily and abundantly it comes to you.

Imagine that money is a guest in your home and ask yourself: Would I treat a guest the way I treat money? Here are three ways we can show hospitality to guests – and money.

First, welcome your guests. Truly appreciate, from your heart, each visit and every visitor. A friend of mine welcomes money to his home by displaying each check he receives on a coffee table in his living room. He spends a few days appreciating his “guest” before depositing it into his bank account.

Since I receive most of my income electronically, I keep a spreadsheet of every transaction that comes my way. I love watching the total grow and I appreciate each person through whom the money came to me.

Second, remember that guests like to go places and do things and buy stuff. Money loves to go to restaurants, amusements and specialty shops. But money doesn’t discriminate between pleasurable and “have to” activities. It also enjoys visits to the power corporation, the phone company and the firm that holds your mortgage. Money simply loves to be in circulation. It looks for people who understand that the more money you circulate, the more money you attract to circulate.

Third, a guest who has been treated well will tell others and soon you’ll have MORE guests. Money that is enjoyed, spent, circulated or given will attract MORE money. Actually, it’s your attitude of enjoyment, pleasure, excitement or delight with money that attracts MORE money to you.
There are so many ways that you can make money feel like a treasured guest. Start by appreciating ALL the money that comes to you. If you find a penny or a dime, pick it up and celebrate how easy it is for money to find you! Spend time valuing every refund or coupon that you receive. Do something special with your paycheck or other forms of income. Record in a journal or notebook all the unusual ways you attract money. Notice how easily it comes to you when you are happy, joyous and open-handed about money.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “I could treat money well if I had a lot of money.” The truth is, you have to treat money well in order to have an abundance of it.