The Two Main Ways of Opening a Company in Hong Kong

Thinking of registering a company in Hong Kong? You can do it in two ways; (1) purchasing a shelf company, and (2) incorporate a new company.  A shelf company is an already incorporated entity that people buy to avoid going through the logistics of registering a new company. Sounds simple? It might look direct but becomes very complex and almost impossible to complete the process.

In this post, we look at these two methods and establish why it is better to register a company from the beginning compared to the shelf entity.

Why people buy shelf companies

  • Shorter processing timeframe: Because the shelf company is already registered, all that remains is transferring the ownership. This could take about 2-5 days while the common registration process requires about 10-14 days.
  • Opening a bank account could commence within no time: Now that the transfer of the company will be through in only a few days, the process of processing a bank account can start immediately after.
  • Having a company with older legislation date builds on trust: Many people want to be associated with companies that have taken longer in the market. They create the impression that they are more established and could attract more clients.

While these benefits might look attractive, the disadvantages make the process very unattractive.

Dangers of buying a shelf company

  • Because the company was not registered with your business in mind, it is very difficult to get a perfect match. The company you buy is likely to miss the anticipated outlook. You need an outfit that rhymes well with your desire to enter and grow in the Hong Kong market (check OECD requirements).
  • Opening a Hong Kong corporate bank account is a herculean and almost impossible process: While the argument that you will easily transfer everything might sound easy, everything hits a snag when it comes to the bank account. To transfer the bank accounts of the shelf company to the new buyer, banks want to get convincing reasons from all shareholders. Most of the companies will simply decline while others will recommend that you open a new entity. When things reach here, the risk of losses or having a company that cannot trade are too high.
  • The names are very limited: Because the company is already incorporated in Hong Kong, you have to get contented with the available names. While you can change the name later, the process is lengthy and risks confusing the clients you will have made.

Registering a new company

Why take all the risks that come with buying a shelf company? The better way to go about it is registering a new company through this agency (just an example). Though the two weeks period might look long, it is better to wait and have the outfit that rhymes with personal aspirations.

Benefits of registering a new company 

  • The company takes the outlook, name, and structure of your choice
  • There is no risk of losing money because your details go directly to the company registry
  • You can get an agency to help register the company without having to travel to Hong Kong.
  • Incorporating a bank account in Hong Kong will be direct and easy

While a shelf company always looks attractive because of various benefits, everything grinds to a halt as the reality of loss dawns to investors. However, do not get into such risks! Contact a serious agency today to help you understand the Hong Kong market, register the company, and establish as fast as possible.

How to Begin Stock Investing

Maybe you are a newly married couple who wants to save up for a house or you already bought one and you want to travel around the world once you retire. In both cases and not only, you have done your research and found out that stock investment is your best choice. Congratulations, you are on a right way and this article will help you plan your further steps. Stock market is not so much of a gambling as many people think, with careful and smart moves you can conquer the market and enjoy your house or the tour in Paris. You are here to learn how to begin stock investing so enough with this talk, let’s get to your guide.

Get your finances in order

Everything can go wrong if you do not take this step seriously or worse, skip it. You have to understand and analyze your current financial status. To some extent, this step is your insurance in stock market, and it is necessary for risk assessment. Keep in mind that in market losses are possible, so you should ask yourself if that happens, how much you are ready to lose. Some financial advisers suggest being debt-free before investing, which means you need to be done with your student loans, credit card debts and even shorten mortgage. By doing so you can eliminate the risk of compiling even more debts thus becoming a responsible investor. Don’t blame market and its ups and downs, if you did not pay much attention to finance evaluation and risk assessment. I should warn you that this step can take longer than you think but without it, I am sorry to say, you can’t expect any dividends.

Learn the basics

Dividend? You don’t know what it means? Well, you need to learn the basics of stock market. Just like the college or the bank you chose, successful stock investment requires research. Talking to your neighbor or friend who invested is not enough to declare, “I am done with research.” You need to devote some time to learning the terminology, current trends of stock market and explore investment opportunities. All you need to do this Google and you will find dozens of sources. Read investment newsletters, and guides, follow successful stock investors, and stay updated. Why do I need to learn all of this if I can go to an adviser or a stockbroker? Fair question, I have to say. Advisers, my friend, can guide you through the process of investing itself, meaning explain you what is good for you and assist you while forming your portfolio. But guess what? They will talk with terms and because the last thing I want is your baffled face expression when the adviser is speaking, I am telling you now, learn the basics.

Extend your hand to portfolio

Tadam, you have learned about stocks and you have done your research. Now with this background knowledge, you can easily pick a stock that will pay off at the end. For this step, you need to allocate your assets to form a portfolio of investments. There is one extremely important part, which can cost you the success of your investment. Similar to finance and risk evaluation, diversification plays huge role in minimizing the risks. Diversifying portfolio means to invest in different stock to ensure maximum variety. Since not all the stocks respond the same way to changes, at least some portion of your stocks will be safe.

Time for your stockbroker to shine

Stockbroker is your authorized representative in the market, so to speak. Their functions include and are not limited to finding the best deal of buying or selling stocks, and handling the whole process of the trade. So the only thing left for you is to go through the paperwork and sign them. Stockbrokers simplify the technical parts of investment for you, but their responsibility is immense. Therefore, select a stockbroker or a brokerage agency with your eyes wide open and with sharp mind.

Check, check, check and finally check

The market can be as much of an online casino UK as you make it out to be, but with proper planning it will be an investment and not a gamble.  Once you complete all the checkpoints, you can heave a sigh of relief because the hardest part is gone. We want you to have a safe and successful journey in the investment world and hopefully, we taught you how. You have a goal, you have a target and you know how to reach it so go ahead and begin investing.

Should Your Business Consider Bespoke Portfolio Management?

As your business begins to take off, it’s wise to consider how your business will consolidate its wealth and its portfolio of assets. If you’re a budding entrepreneur, or someone with limited business experience, then it may be that you’re not the best person to make this call. Instead, it may be best to specifically employ someone who has experience in bespoke portfolio management. Here, we run down some of the positives of this approach.

What is Portfolio Management?

Before you decide whether portfolio management is right for you, you’ll need to know what it involves. Portfolio management involves making complex decisions on investment mix and policy.

A portfolio manager will aim to match your investments to your objectives and will allocate assets to individuals and institutions, balancing risk against performance.

As such, portfolio management is about determining what the strengths and weaknesses of your company and its assets are. From here, opportunities and threats can be determined and the attempt to maximise return against the appetite of risk can be assessed with the company owner.

Once all of this has been established, a strategy can be brought together. This will weigh up the choice of debt vs equity, domestic vs international growth targets and growth vs safety, among other trade-offs.

According to IBIS World research, there are over 18,000 wealth management businesses in the US alone, generating over $233bn alone. This means you should have plenty of options and points for consideration.

What are the Benefits?

If you’re thinking about a bespoke portfolio management service, then there are a number of benefits worth considering that could be advantageous to your business.

  • Dedicated management: If you opt for a professional discretionary service like the one offered by WH Ireland, then you’ll receive an Investment Manager for your business. By working with one individual, you’ll get someone who takes the time to understand your business and its investment priorities.
  • Delegation: Ever feel like your head is spinning with important decisions? Well an Investment Manager can help alleviate some of the pressure. The markets are incredibly fast moving and your Investment Manager can relieve you of this stress, implementing your strategy on your behalf.
  • You Won’t Be Cut Out: However, the independence of your Investment Manager won’t mean you’re entirely cut out of the decision-making process. You should receive regular reports on what’s happening. If you choose a reputable wealth management company, these reports should take place however you like, too. Such as face to face or online.
  • Diversity: Through portfolio management, you’re able to diversify your assets, incomings and growth. You can use these alongside ISAs, personal pensions, trusts or even offshore bonds. These can all be managed as part of wider wealth planning.

If you’re looking to delegate some day to day decision making, then investment management could be great for your business.

Financial Priorities.

First things first, apparently I’m a little late to the game, but I made a Facebook fan page last night for Punch Debt In The Face (See the new widget in the sidebar on the right?). I don’t really get why that’s better than my Facebook profile page, but for some reason people tell me it is. I also don’t know why likes are important on a page, but again, someone told me they were. Would you take a moment to head on over to my new fan page and gimme a little Likey Likey. If you do, I will…well… do absolutely nothing for you. Sorry, just being honest.

Alright, on to the content…

Do you have an income? Do you have expenses? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you darn well better have some financial priorities in place.

While there are a million different things we could talk about in regards to financial priorities, I want to focus on just one. Which comes first: investing or paying down debt? Hey, speaking of…

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Answer: Chuck Norris.

In all seriousness, I think financial priorities are something most of us think we have figured out, but don’t always truly understand. Today I’m going to show you why investing in your 401K is often a better option than paying down high interest credit card debt.

Let’s look at an example:

Jane, makes $50,000 year. She’s 30 years old and her employer fully matches 5% of any contributions she makes to her 401K plan. Jane also has $5,000 in credit card debt, at 15%. What should Jane do, pay down the card as quick as possible, or start building up a nice little nest egg for retirement?

A 15% APR, on a $5,000 balance, means Jane will be paying about $62/month in interest. If she made nothing, but minimum payments, it would take her a little over 22 years to pay that sucker off. She’d also pay $5,729 in interest over that time resulting in a total payment just shy of $11,000. Yikes, that $5,000 original bill became a whole lot more expensive. Better pay that sucker off ASAP, right?

Now let’s examine the investing route.

Jane would be investing $208/month in her 401K if she contributed 5%. Her employer matches that and gives her another $208. If she earned a doable 6% return on this money, and never got a raise in her life, she would end up retiring at age 67 with $683,030 in her 401K. Not bad at all.

If Jane decided to postpone contributing to her 401K, she could use that $208 to make accelerated debt payments each month. But let’s not forget, that 208 number is pretax, so in reality she’d have about $175 extra to throw at her credit card. With the additional payment, Jane will now be credit card debt free in 20 months and will have only paid about $673 in interest. Sounds a heck of a lot better than the 22 years it was going to take in the first example.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

Wanna know what Jane’s 401k would look like if she didn’t start investing until after she became CC debt free? She lost nearly two years of company matching and compound interest, resulting in $596,388 in her 401K. That’s $86,642 less then if she started investing at age 30.

Guys and girls, this point is SOOOO important it can not be overlooked. It is absolutely in Jane’s best interest to start investing in her companies 401K, even though she is not debt free. If she waits until she has her credit card paid off, she loses a crap load of money. I know this seems to go against the grain. Credit card debt is evil, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t mean it should always be at the top of our financial priorities.

Obviously, in a perfect world you will have enough discretionary income that you can not only contribute to your retirement, but also pay down your debt quickly. I always have been, and always will be a DEBT PUNCHER, but only when it is in your best interest.

Does your employer offer a 401K match? (I’d like as many people as possible to answer this question since I’ve heard a lot of the retirement benefits in the private sector have been getting cut left and right). Are you taking full advantage of that match? If not, you’re stupid. I’m sorry, you just are. You are literally giving up FREE money. In Jane’s situation would you go the way of Dave Ramsey and still pay down your credit card first, or would you let number’s guide you and start contributing to your retirement?

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6 ways to save money for your small business

In today’s economy, all successful small businesses are looking for any and every way to lower costs for the business.  Many small business owners fail to dedicate enough attention to this because they are spending the majority of their time doing what they do best, which is run their business.  If you are a business owner who is like this, it may be wise of you to assign an employee to examine all expenditures at your business.  There are many ways in which a business can save money.  Here are 6 ways most business owners can save money for their cherished investment.

Hire smart, inexperienced people.

That is right I said hire inexperienced people.  Experience is not the only thing of value someone can bring to your organization.  Experience certainly costs more. One way to do this is the next time you put up a job ad, eliminate any mention of how many year’s experience someone must have to apply for this job.  Replace it with “Recent graduates welcome to apply.” Some businesses have used this approach to success and hired candidates fresh out of college or graduate school.  This allows your business to gain a monetary advantage by providing an entry-level salary and can benefit you by having employees who are up-to-date on the latest technology.

Make sure your business is classified properly.

This is most important for purposes of Workers Compensation Insurance. Many industries have several different classification codes because the industries have several different types of businesses with different levels of risk.  The different levels of risk are reflected in the price businesses pay in premium.  Landscaping is a great example of an industry with many classification codes. Some companies simply mow lawns, other companies plant and maintain sod, others climb into trees with chainsaws to cut limbs and branches.  Each type of business has a different classification code and each level of risk pays a different price in premium.  Taking a little time to speak with your insurance agent about what exactly it is that your business does and does not do can save your business significantly in premium paid for workers’ comp insurance.

Try bartering with other businesses

Bartering is one thing successful small businesses are usually great at.  Especially bartering with other businesses.  Bartering might seem old-school but it can definitely be effective. Catering companies and coffee shops frequently work with companies, especially start-ups.  If you have something of value to provide them they may be willing to cater an event of yours for free or at an extremely discounted rate.  Actually, the possibilities are endless as long as you proactively establish relationships with other local businesses who can benefit from your services.

Switch banks

It should be no surprise that banks are looking to squeeze more revenue any way in which they can.  Banks after all are a business too and they need to turn a profit.  There is one fact many people and business owners fail to realize in relation to financial institutions: they are a business as well and they have to pay turn a profit in order to continue providing you the services they provide.   partner.  The industry is necessary for success in both your personal and professional life.  Switching financial institutions frequently is not a great idea, but shopping around to ensure your bank is competitive with other banks in your area is in the best interest of your small business.  If you can cut significant costs by switching to another bank, then it may be just what you need to do to save your company money.

Invest in a safety and return to work program. 

You might be wondering why I am telling you to invest in something as a way to save your business money.  Especially investing in something like a safety program. Healthy employees are happy employees and happy employees are productive employees.  Investing just a little time in an effective safety program can save your business immensely in lost productivity and insurance premium.  A return to work program is an essential part of any safety program.  The quicker an injured employee gets back on the job and in the routine of going to work, the more likely they are to return to regular employment.    This will prevent your workers compensation insurance premium from increasing from having too many to too severe claims at your business.

Embrace telecommuting.

Telecommuting isn’t possible for all businesses, but you might be surprised how many people can effectively do their jobs from a remote location.  If you can find ways to allow employees to telecommute it can be a huge money-saver for your business. It can cut down on wear and tear to your office space as well as your electronics.  Meaning you will have to replace these devices less frequently.  Many employees appreciate the opportunity to work from home and it may be a benefit you can and to their compensation package instead of a higher salary.

Bio

Walt Capell is the President/Owner of Workers Compensation Shop. Walt started Workers Compensation Shop in 2005. Workers Compensation Shop is a rapidly growing national insurance agency with a strong reputation for forward-thinking, out-of-the-box products and solutions for business owners. Walt would like to use his experience in insurance and as a small business owner to benefit the small business community.

 

XTrade Europe’s Market Predictions after the 2016 US Elections

A Look at History: The Election Cycle

Many economic and political analysts, including financial experts from XTrade Europe all agree that the outcome of the 2016 United States Presidential elections will have a lot of impact on a global and domestic scale.

Looking at historical data, it actually does not matter in the past whether a Republic or Democrat occupies the White House.  It does not significantly impact the US dollar’s stand on the Foreign Currency markets and it does not have a significant impact on the US equity markets.  If you are a trader who relies heavily on historical data, this is good news for you. In fact, various XTrade Europe researchers point out that election years actually coincided with favorable markets.  Many experts say that based on the events that happened in past presidential years; the effects on the market had nothing to do with who wins but the economic backdrop at that particular point in time.

However, there is also strong data that suggests that markets are significantly stronger when there is continuity.  This means that in years when the incumbent is sitting for his second term, the market averages increase.  Investors and traders lean more towards continuity if the actual economic and trading policy of the incumbent is favorable to the market.

XTrade Europe’s Market Predictions

Since this is not a continuity year, XTrade Europe financial analysts believe that there is still no guarantee on what will happen after the 2016 presidential elections.

When it comes to the stock market, certain stocks will not be affected with either with a Trump or Clinton victory.  As much as there are stocks that will not be affected, there are definitely investments that could be negatively affected.  For instance, if Trump wins, he will be opening trade agreements for American workers, and impose tariffs on goods from China and Mexico. If this is the case, many investors will veer away from multinational corporations, especially from countries where huge tariffs will be imposed upon under the Trump administration.

When it comes to the value of the U.S. dollar, technically it is not the new president that will affect its value.  However, when the Republican Trump wins, it means a change in party and many changes in trading policy, which may affect exports.  Trump is on the record as saying that he wants to change many trading policies. This might mean fluctuations in the US dollar, but the long-term effects could be favorable.

No matter what happens to world financial markets, there are still strong sectors that traders should consider.  These sectors will certainly grow stronger no matter what the political state is.  According to XTrade Europe, digital products, cloud technologies, and cyber-security will continue to gain.  It is wise to invest in companies within these sectors.  Another bright spot in the future is the big percentage of the retired and ailing baby boom generation spending trillions of dollars on health care, leisure, and hospitality.  These are some things that traders can consider when they decide where to put their money when they are trading online.

 

Investors At XTrade Explain The Importance Of A Trading Plan

How can a trading plan help you to make better trades in XTrade and help your business? Really, a trading plan is good common sense as it will help you emotionally. Why do we say that? Let’s see.

Use XTrade To Control Losses

Traders always get losses at some point. The idea is to make more profitable trades than ones with losses. However, a plan to control potential losses should be firmly in place so that trading through XTrade is not based on raw emotions reacting to the negative impact of your money taking a nose-dive. This kind of “skin of the teeth” trading is not wise and will not result in constant success, which is the end game.

As a well-configured trading plan can make you money, this should be considered as having utmost importance. Just the process of managing your money can equate to three quarters of the job, the rest is rejigging the plan to find the best one for your particular needs.

Browse Your Options

So what are different plans that successful traders employ?

Making a plan includes creating your own personal strategy. “Gut” decisions will only take you so far. Technical analysis and a system of indicators are a popular choice. When using the latter, you may have an edge as you utilise stops and limit orders to keep you on track. Set limits as to a percentage of loss with an auto stop made at the opening of the trade. Pre-defining your trades in your account will help you be to modest, limiting greed which can spell death to traders. No loss is accepted willingly, but making a sound business decision to cut your losses may allow you to live to profit another day, setting the balance back in order—hopefully in your favour.

Your Plan May Include Other Plans

You should ask yourself questions such as:

  • Have I read up on the affects of trading on psychological health? What will be my plan to combat the emotions involved?
  • How can I implement and operate my plan?
  • What is my stopping point? How much money is necessary to trade with? Can I deal with the financial risk? What is the worst that can happen and how can I plan to deal with it?
  • What will be my selected portfolio? Why have I chosen the markets I am going to trade in?
  • What is the purpose of my trading and why does it matter to me? Should I trade daily or for longer stints?
  • How many losses will I permit before I stop for the day?
  • What kind of a profit should I expect to fulfil my plans to keep afloat?

These questions should all be answered seriously and under much consideration BEFORE you even attempt to trade with real money at XTrade and turn the odds in your favour. If you don’t plan for success you will be planning for failure. Plan smart, just as every business has done before it begins the long trek up the ladder of success.