Have you noticed that retailers are still not adjusting to the impact Smartphone’s and price comparison apps are having on the market? I recently experienced this first hand when shopping for a new pair of leather boots. I am a savvy shopper who likes a good bargain, but when it comes to dropping $300 on a pair of boots, I actually like to try them on… Cruising the mall, I [...]

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Sep - 12 - 2012

Top 10 Real Estate Investment Markets

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Jay Bowen Blog prepared for Safeguard Financial. More and more wealthy investors are moving away from the stock market in fear of further loss because of volatility, as documented by recent articles in the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, when asked where they are putting their money, the answer was “cash and real estate”. In keeping with this investment direction, we have compiled a list of the Top [...]

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Sep - 12 - 2012

Posted on November 3, 2011 by Jay Bowen Blog prepared for Safeguard Financial. As an alternative to the Stock Market, Real Estate can provide your retirement plan with monthly income as well as long-term gains through appreciation. For investors who are interested in moving their money out of Wall Street and into Real Estate the Infographic below shows a list of property investing data for portfolio diversification and investment success. ++ Click [...]

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Sep - 12 - 2012

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Jay Bowen Blog prepared for Safeguard Financial. So…you’re thinking about moving your retirement money out of the stock market and investing into income producing real estate with a Self Directed IRA or 401(k). You have two choices. You can either invest in a “turn-key, cash flow” property that already has a tenant and property management company in place, or you can purchase a property and [...]

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Posted on October 27, 2011 by Jay Bowen. Blog prepared for Safeguard Financial. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we would put a list together of the stock market scary stories of 2011. With this type of instability rocking Wall Street throughout the year, investing in Real Estate with a Self Directed IRA or 401k definitely seems like the safest option… 1. Debt Ceiling reached $14.29 Trillion in May: [...]

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Posted on November 3, 2011 by Jay Bowen Blog prepared for Safeguard Financial. A commonly asked question we get from our customers is “Can I invest my Self Directed IRA into a vacation property?” The answer is simple: Yes you can. But you cannot vacation there. That would be a prohibited transaction within your IRA plan. Investing in vacation real estate is a dream for most real estate investors, but unless [...]

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Feb - 17 - 2012

Being a South African

Having seen all the ‘Being A …’ content coming out, I thought it would be a great idea to create something funny for South Africa that would drive traffic back to my website. Although this is shared on Social Media, the link at the bottom might bring a few interested parties back to this site. Content sharing is a major way to bring traffic to your website, analytics will show [...]

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Top 11 News Stories in 2011

It really has been a big year. A big year for Technology, Protesting and Politics! I’m not going to go into great detail here, but this is the list of the Top 11 News Stories in 2011 according to me… (and what was trending online through out the year.) 11. Kim Jon-il’s Death Self declared ‘supreme leader’ of North Korea, Kim Jong-il died on December 17th 2011. He ruled this [...]

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As large fashion brands finally add online video to their marketing mix, it is still not clear whether they have grasped the idea of how viral video works or what makes it appeal to avid YouTubers. Video should be a critical component of any marketing plan. Done well, video can create a wider audience but with significantly lower costs than a television commercial. Other reasons for online video include: Improve [...]

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British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding engaged her fans so brilliantly today and created quite a stir amongst her 1.2 million Facebook followers. Being a digital marketing passionista I had to share this, as anyone who loves social media engagement or knows just a little about Ellie, would be highly entertained by this little stunt! In a way that plays nicely into the hands of her mostly Generation Y (17 to 34 [...]

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