10 Ways to Get Rich- Warren Buffett’s secrets

Posted on 26 January 2009. Filed under: Finance, FOREX, Kareer, Kerjaya, Pelaburan, Pelan Perniagaan, peluang perniagaan, Pendapatan Aktif, Pendapatan Pasif | Tags: , , , , , |

10 Ways to Get Rich- Warren Buffett’s secrets


With an estimated fortune of $62 billion, Warren Buffett is the richest man in the entire world. In 1962, when he began buying stock in Berkshire Hathaway, a share cost $7.50. Today, Buffett, 78, is Berkshire’s chairman and CEO, and one share of the company’s class A stock is worth close to $119,000. He credits his astonishing success to several key strategies, which he has shared with writer Alice Schroeder. She spent hundreds of hours interviewing the Sage of Omaha for the new authorized biography The Snowball.

1. Reinvest your profits

When you first make money, you may be tempted to spend it. Don’t. Instead, reinvest the profits. Buffett learned this early on. In high school, he and a pal bought a pinball machine to put in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines until they had eight in different shops. When the friends sold the venture, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks and to start another small business. By age 26, he’d amassed $174,000—or $1.4 million in today’s money. Even a small sum can turn into great wealth.

2. Be willing to be different

Don’t base your decisions upon what everyone is saying or doing. When Buffett began managing money in 1956 with $100,000 cobbled together from a handful of investors, he was dubbed an oddball. He worked in Omaha, not on Wall Street, and he refused to tell his partners where he was putting their money. People predicted that he’d fail, but when he closed his partnership 14 years later, it was worth more than $100 million. Instead of following the crowd, he looked for undervalued investments and ended up vastly beating the market average every single year. To Buffett, the average is just that—what everybody else is doing. To be above average, you need to measure yourself by what he calls the Inner Scorecard, judging yourself by your own standards and not the world’s.

3. Never suck your thumb

Gather in advance any information you need to make a decision, and ask a friend or relative to make sure that you stick to a deadline. Buffett prides himself on swiftly making up his mind and acting on it. He calls any unnecessary sitting and thinking “thumb-sucking.” When people offer him a business or an investment, he says, “I won’t talk unless they bring me a price.” He gives them an answer on the spot.

4. Spell out the deal before you start

Your bargaining leverage is always greatest before you begin a job—that’s when you have something to offer that the other party wants. Buffett learned this lesson the hard way as a kid, when his grandfather Ernest hired him and a friend to dig out the family grocery store after a blizzard. The boys spent five hours shoveling until they could barely straighten their frozen hands. Afterward, his grandfather gave the pair less than 90 cents to split. Buffett was horrified that he performed such backbreaking work only to earn pennies an hour. Always nail down the specifics of a deal in advance—even with your friends and relatives.

5. Watch small expenses

Buffett invests in businesses run by managers who obsess over the tiniest costs. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated (he was). He also admired a friend who painted only the side of his office building that faced the road. Exercising vigilance over every expense can make your profits—and your paycheck—go much further.

6. Limit what you borrow

Living on credit cards and loans won’t make you rich. Buffett has never borrowed a significant amount—not to invest, not for a mortgage. He has gotten many heartrending letters from people who thought their borrowing was manageable but became overwhelmed by debt. His advice: Negotiate with creditors to pay what you can. Then, when you’re debt-free, work on saving some money that you can use to invest.

7. Be persistent

With tenacity and ingenuity, you can win against a more established competitor. Buffett acquired the Nebraska Furniture Mart in 1983 because he liked the way its founder, Rose Blumkin, did business. A Russian immigrant, she built the mart from a pawnshop into the largest furniture store in North America. Her strategy was to undersell the big shots, and she was a merciless negotiator. To Buffett, Rose embodied the unwavering courage that makes a winner out of an underdog.

8. Know when to quit

Once, when Buffett was a teen, he went to the racetrack. He bet on a race and lost. To recoup his funds, he bet on another race. He lost again, leaving him with close to nothing. He felt sick—h e had squandered nearly a week’s earnings. Buffett never repeated that mistake. Know when to walk away from a loss, and don’t let anxiety fool you into trying again.

9. Assess the risks

In 1995, the employer of Buffett’s son, Howie, was accused by the FBI of price-fixing. Buffett advised Howie to imagine the worst- and best-case scenarios if he stayed with the company. His son quickly realized that the risks of staying far outweighed any potential gains, and he quit the next day. Asking yourself “and then what?” can help you see all of the possible consequences when you’re struggling to make a decision—and can guide you to the smartest choice.

10. Know what success really means

Despite his wealth, Buffett does not measure success by dollars. In 2006, he pledged to give away almost his entire fortune to charities, primarily the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He’s adamant about not funding monuments to himself—no Warren Buffett buildings or halls. “I know people who have a lot of money,” he says, “and they get testimonial dinners and hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.”

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High Yield Investment Program

Posted on 27 December 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

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A High-Yield Investment Program (HYIP) is a type of Ponzi Scheme, which is an investment scam. At one time, ‘HYIP’ was used in the financial services sector to refer to an investment program which may have offered a high return on investment. The term “HYIP” was abused by the operators of scams to camouflage their scams as legitimate investments. Due to this overuse by the operators, HYIP has become synonymous with scam or Ponzi scheme. The usage of the term has evolved to refer to a kind of Ponzi scheme that recruits “investors” through the Internet. Due to the widespread abuse of this term by Internet Ponzi schemes, reputable financial services no longer label themselves as “High Yield Investment Programs”.

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[edit] Overview

HYIP operators generally setup a website offering an “investment program” with returns as high as 45% per month or 6% A day that discloses little or no detail about the underlying management, location, or other aspects of how money is to be invested because no money is invested. They often use vague explanations, asserting little more than that they do different types of trading on various stock markets or exchanges to generate the returns they purport. The SEC has said the following on the matter: “These fraudulent schemes involve the purported issuance, trading, or use of so-called ‘prime’ bank, ‘prime’ European bank or ‘prime’ world bank financial instruments, or other ‘high yield investment programs.’ (‘HYIP’s) The fraud artists… seek to mislead investors by suggesting that well regarded and financially sound institutions participate in these bogus programs.”[1]

Some investigators believe that the majority of HYIPs are Ponzi schemes, in which new participants provide the cash to pay a profit into existing investors’ accounts. However, as there are no formal statistics available about the HYIP sector, much of the material in this article is based on anecdote and conjecture.

HYIPs are able to succeed in collecting large sums of money for the operators by using the classic Ponzi scheme method of using second and third tier investments to pay principal and interest back to the first tier investors. This is continued for the first several tiers, generating positive word of mouth advertising for the scheme. HYIPs may also mirror Pyramid Schemes by offering current investors incentive commissions, for example 9% of current investment, to recruit new investors.

The introduction of e-currencies in the late 1990s made it easier for HYIPs to operate on the Internet and across international boundaries, and to accept large numbers of small payments. HYIPs usually accept payments by either e-currency, like e-gold, and INTGold (now defunct), or use specialist third party payment processors like SolidTrustPay, CEPTrust, TriStarMoneyChangers and StormPay.

The largest documented HYIP scam was OSGold, founded as an e-gold imitation in 2001 by David Reed. OSGold folded in 2002. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in early 2005, the operators of OSGold may have made off with USD $250 million[2].

CNet reported that:

At the height of its popularity, the OSGold currency boasted more than 60,000 accounts created by people drawn to promises of “high yield” investments that would provide guaranteed monthly returns of 30 percent to 45 percent.[2]

The second largest documented HYIP was PIPS (People in Profit System or Pure Investors).[3][4] The investment scheme was started by Bryan Marsden in early 2004, according to the Wayback Machine record of pureinvestor.com, and spanned more than 20 countries. PIPS was investigated by Bank Negara Malaysia in 2005 which resulted in Marsden and his wife being charged in a Malaysian court with 97 counts of money laundering more than 77 million RM, equivalent to $20 million.[5] Even after these charges were brought forth, many of Marsden’s followers and investors continued to support him and believe they would see their money in the future. This type of rationalization and denial can often be seen on many HYIP forums.

[edit] HYIP games

As a result of online forums and monitoring sites which have made HYIP investors more aware of their nature, some HYIP operators promote their programs as a “ponzi-structured game” where one should “not invest money one cannot afford to lose”, and where there is “never a guarantee of earnings or refunds”. They promise to pay out up to, for example, 95% of deposits, the rest going to hosting or other fees and the owner’s profit.

In such “games”, the first participants (“investors”) may make a good profit and are encouraged to refer other people to the program because of referral commission, the fact that they have already made back their principal and are playing with profit, and that the more people who deposit money, the more money can be paid out to participants. In theory, strategies can be developed to maximize profit using these games (but, of course, since this is a zero-sum game, such strategies work by taking advantage of ignorance or errors by others). Some forum users may gain a reputation whereby others will trust their word that they have been able to withdraw their profits, encouraging others to invest in the hopes that more will invest after them and that they can therefore make a profit. As these games are by definition Ponzi schemes, it is inevitable that the majority of participants who are not at the top of the pyramid will lose their money.

These “games” might be considered as lotteries. However, the odds of winning cannot be determined, as one cannot know whether one is playing early enough to win money (that is, whether a sufficient number of new participants will follow). Thus, these activities are unlike a lottery or other forms of regulated gambling, where a participant has an equal chance of winning no matter when a ticket is bought, or where the odds of the game are known.

HYIP programs generally appeal to the same kind of person who is attracted to gambling. Like gambling, HYIP “games” are a way of separating the participant from his money, while offering a small chance of making a profit. This accounts for their rapid proliferation.

[edit] HYIP monitors

HYIP monitors, or HYIP listing/rating sites, are personal or commercial websites that list and/or promote HYIPs for referral commissions. The monitor charges each HYIP a listing fee which is usually then invested into that program, although there exist free listings and occasionally monitors which invest their own money. The monitor then labels the HYIP as “Paying” or “Not paying/Scam” depending on whether interest is received within the terms specified by the program. Monitors also allow other HYIP investors to rate and comment on the programs, based on factors such as promptness of payouts and responsiveness of the HYIP administrator. Programs with higher ratings achieve higher rankings on the monitor sites, which coupled with a “Paying” status may entice more investors who rely on the monitor.

In some cases, HYIPs may only pay monitor sites to keep their “Paying” status visible, but do not pay other investors. As HYIP monitors are not affiliated with the HYIPs themselves, they are unable to prevent investors from being scammed; they neither help to recover lost funds nor track down the scammers. Promoting or perpetuating Ponzi schemes is a criminal offense punishable by jail terms or fines in most countries. That the monitor sites place disclaimers saying that they “do not promote the programs advertised on their website” does not absolve them from criminal liability.[citation needed]

In order to generate a “paying” status early (so that future visitors will see it) and maintain it for the longest possible time, newly opened HYIPs list their site quickly as well as constantly pay monitors their interest on time. Added to the fact that many monitors invest the listing “fee”, and that a commission is received on each deposit made by people who visit the HYIP via the monitor, they are the most likely to profit when a program runs out of funds.

HYIP owners can manipulate monitors and forums, by paying people to comment positively or by using a range of IP addresses or proxy servers in different locations so that “paying” votes appear to come from around the world. This allows the HYIP to rise up the rankings more quickly than others, giving participants a false sense of security. Additionally, even if they know it will scam in the future, some participants will also rate new HYIPs positively until the HYIP stops paying, because they want more people to invest after them in the hopes that the program will last longer. Future scammers can also build up a good reputation on forums for a large payoff once most forum members trust them.

Martin L. Mitchell, The one who appears as representative of the fraudulent company TradElite.net, was too Director since April 2004. Previously served as Director of MSB Financial, Inc. and Marshall Savings Bank, F.S.B. from 1987 to 2004. In 2004, Dr. Mitchell became President and Chief Executive Officer of Starr Commonwealth, a non-profit organization serving youth and their families with campuses in Albion, Battle Creek and Detroit, Michigan and Columbus and Van Wert, Ohio. Previously he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer 2002-2004, Vice President and COO 1999-2002, and Vice President of Program from 1981-1999. Dr. Mitchell has served on the Board of Directors of Olivet College, Olivet Michigan since 1995. Registrant:

   [Tradelite Finance Corp.]
   Martin Mitchell        (tradelitenet@gmail.com)
   Century Plaza Office Tower
   Office Nr.7, 20th floor
   Panama City
   Panama,001
   PA
   Tel. +507.2021589
   Fax. +507.9963177

Creation Date: 18-Oct-2007

Expiration Date: 18-Oct-2012

That is the group of swindlers under the tutelage of Dr. Martin l. Mitchell

LIZKA VILLALOBOS; DANIEL ISAAC CHI; JENITZEL ACOSTA Título del Dignatario Nombre del Dignatario: PRESIDENTE: LIZKA VILLALOBOS; TESORERO: DANIEL ISAAC CHI ; SECRETARIO: JENITZEL ACOSTA
Many monitors appear only to make certain programs more acceptable and trustworthy.

[edit] Mechanics

Though Ponzis and HYIP schemes have thrived and multiplied since at least the early 1900s, the combination of the Internet and Electronic money has played an important role in the rapid growth of HYIP’s in the first decade of the 21st century. Like many businesses with a narrow niche market, the Internet has enabled HYIP scammers to find a global market of people who demonstrate by their behavior that they “want to be scammed”. Somewhat similar to the poor person who spends a large percentage of their income on lottery tickets in hopes of striking it rich, HYIP participants invest money in a “company” in a foreign country that offers returns that are “too good to be true”, that publishes no verifying information, and has no way of being held accountable.

The use of digital payments systems has made it much easier for operators of such websites to accept payments from people worldwide[6]. Electronic Money systems are generally accepted by HYIP operators because that is the only payment system to which they have access. Acceptance of credit cards and ACH would give them access to a far larger pool of prospective victims, but the difficulty of opening a merchant processing account while hiding their identity prevents them from doing so.

Once the HYIP operator has received the payment, it is difficult and costly to track them down across several national borders. This would be the case regardless of whether regular banks or electronic money was used.

While some HYIP operators exploited this weakness, several digital currency companies responded by taking measures to discourage their system from being used for HYIPs. Certain HYIP operators, such as David Reed, opened digital currency companies serving the HYIP niche. Examples of payment systems started by HYIP operators that eventually folded include Standard Reserve, OSGold, INTGold, EvoCash and most recently EMO Corp[7]. StormPay was started in the same way in 2002, but has remained in business even though the HYIP that is was created to serve was shut down by the State of Tennessee[8].

The preference of HYIP operators for e-gold may be because other digital currencies run by HYIP operators that catered to the HYIP niche (see above), have folded, as the operators have made off with the deposits. That is to say, HYIP operators don’t trust each other, but they do trust e-gold, which has remained a stable and reliable payment system for over 12 years.

HYIPs have often been started under the guise of companies. Some have gone so far as to actually incorporate their company in countries with lax fraud laws. Due to these locations, operators may be effectively immune to normal laws that would protect an “investor” in that investor’s country. The operators have been known to host their website with a webhost that offers “anonymous hosting”. They will use this website to accept transactions from participants in the scheme.[9] The HYIP scam may also create sites which employ spamdexing or other adversarial information retrieval techniques in order to attract potential victims by creating an impression that the company has done no wrong. HYIP Monitors are one such example.

Because the amount of money “lost” by a given HYIP participant is generally quite small, and that the nature of the scam is relatively obvious, government task forces on Internet crime do not generally give them high priority.

[edit] Rationalizations

Often HYIPs will claim that they make money through non-existent yet plausible means, playing to people’s gullibility or ignorance on the subject. In the case of the prime bank scam, many people were led to believe that they were buying banknotes in a clandestine organization called prime bank. Other HYIP scams claim that they use special software or algorithms that have the ability to forecast markets in order to make money.[10]

[edit] Social aspects

HYIPs generally appeal to emotions of investors who are looking to “get something for nothing”. Unfortunately, often those who play become part of the scam. They are encouraged to promote it in order to receive payment on their investment. In this aspect, it mirrors a Pyramid scheme in that users must recruit others in order to profit.

[edit] HYIPs indicted or under investigation

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Who is Bernard Madoff?

Posted on 27 December 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

December 15, 2008

Who is Bernard Madoff?

His career made him a Wall Street legend; his downfall will seal his notoriety

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Performance ASB dari tahun 1990

Posted on 15 October 2008. Filed under: Banking, Finance, HYIP, Pelaburan, Perbankkan | Tags: , , , , |

Tahun

Dividen

Bonus

1990

8.0

6.0

1991

8.5

4.0

1992

7.5

5.0

1993

9.0

4.5

1994

9.5

4.5

1995

10.0

3.0

1996

10.25

3.0

1997

10.25

1.25

1998

8.0

2.5

1999

10.50

1.5

2000

9.75

2.0

2001

7.0

3.0

2002

7.0

2.0

2003

7.25

2.0

2004

7.25

2.0

2005

7.25

2.0

2006

7.20

1.5

2007

7.30

1.25

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2008 The Highest Funds Returns

Posted on 15 October 2008. Filed under: Banking, Finance, Pelaburan, Perbankkan | Tags: , , , |

Funds ranked according to returns (highest) (Last updated October 15, 2008)
Funds Returns
(1 week)
Fund Name %
AmBon Islam 0.14
RHB Islamic Bond Fund 0.14
Prudential Country Selection Fund 0.06
OSK-UOB Cash Management Fund 0.05
RHB Bond Fund 0.05
Funds Returns
(1 month)
Fund Name %
Prudential Dana Wafi 1.8
AmBon Islam 1.61
PRU Master Trust- Prudential Bond 1.13
PRUIslamic Trust – Prudential Dana Al-Islah 0.79
RHB Bond Fund 0.78
Funds Returns
(3 months)
Fund Name %
RHB Bond Fund 2.47
Prudential Dana Wafi 2.22
PRU Master Trust- Prudential Bond 2.07
Affin Capital Fund 1.73
RHB Islamic Bond Fund 1.48
Funds Returns
(6 months)
Fund Name %
RHB Bond Fund 0.55
Affin Capital Fund 0.35
Alliance Global Bond Fund -0.74
Prudential Dana Wafi -1
Pheim Income -1.07
Funds Returns
(1 year)
Fund Name %
Affin Capital Fund 1.97
Alliance Global Bond Fund 0.44
Prudential Dana Wafi 0.39
RHB Islamic Bond Fund 0.25
Pheim Income 0.02
Funds Returns
(3 years annualised)
Fund Name %*
OSK-UOB Growth And Income Focus Trust 23.57
OSK-UOB Smart Balanced Fund 20.97
OSK-UOB Smart Treasure Fund 19.52
OSK-UOB Emerging Opportunity Unit Trust 14.79
OSK-UOB Small Cap Opportunity Unit Trust 13.07
Funds Returns
(5 years annualised)
Fund Name %*
OSK-UOB KidSave Trust 8.77
KLCI Tracker Fund 8.23
PRU Master Trust- Prudential Balanced Fund 5.76
Pheim Income 5.49
Dana Makmur Pheim 4.82
Funds Returns
(10 years annualised)
Fund Name %*
OSK-UOB Small Cap Opportunity Unit Trust 14.08
RHB Capital Fund 9.83
RHB Dynamic Fund 8.25
Affin Equity Fund 6.23
OSK-UOB Equity Trust 5.52
Source: iFast Capital Sdn Bhd

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* All returns of 3 years and above have been annualised. (E.g. A 33.1% gain in 3 years when annualised, works out to a 10% gain per year.) Performances are calculated on a bid to bid basis, in RM, with dividends being reinvested.

Fundsupermart.com believes that the figures reflected here are accurate. However, errors and omissions do occur and thus, we make no warranty or representation to the accuracy, reliability and completeness of this information.

Investing involves risk. Fund prices may go up or down. As a result, investors may sustain a substantial or total loss of investment in certain circumstances. Past performance does not necessarily indicate the future or likely performance of any fund. Investors should read the relevant fund’s prospectus before making any investment decision. Investors should also appraise the risks involved by investing in selected funds. Investors that don’t understand these risk or the nature of these funds should consult their own independent and professional advisors to ensure that decisions are made with respect to their personal circumstances and financial position.

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