This lets users help deciding, weather to buy a product or not by directly consulting their friends from within the app by easily telling them about the product. And all this can be done by using simple gestures eg. dragging their friends icon on the product.
Flipkart always tries to understand the users better. As we indians always ask our friends before buying something. Earlier that was a hassle, but now this can be done from within the flipkart app itself.
Flipkart Ping Invites:
Currently the feature has not been rolled out for all users. You have to get an invite to activate the flipkart ping feature. The users have to get invited by their friends or will be invited by the app itself.
After this game changing move by flipkart, competitiors like Amazon and Snapdeal will have to come up something very good and unique of their own. From past year we have seen these giants fight for the number one position in the indian ecommerce market, where flipkart has been proved to be the winner. From their big Sale events to their bold and innovative steps Flipkart is giving Amazon and Snapdeal a hard time. Do tell us what you think about the new flipkart ping feature and how you liked it in the comments section below.
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Home Financing for First Time Buyers (Solved)
Rising house prices have necessitated the raising of larger deposits, and first time mortgages have fallen in number. In addition, lenders have become more wary, which means financing a home has become even more difficult for people with poor credit.
With all of this in mind, if you’re considering purchasing your first home it’s absolutely imperative that you are aware of, and understand, all of the financing options which are available to you. In this way, you will be much more likely to succeed in making that first step onto the property ladder.
Securing a Deposit
For a first time buyer, finding a deposit will be the initial hurdle to overcome. The bigger a deposit you have, the more competitive a mortgage you will be able to take.
If you have no savings, you may be thinking about taking out a loan to cover the cost of your deposit. This can be a great idea, providing you have the income to back it up. But even if you don’t, many first time buyers are finding that they can raise the necessary funds by asking relatives to take out secured homeowner loans. This type of loan often comes with a lower APR when compared with some other forms of credit, and can be a fast and easy way to raise a much needed deposit, for further details on homeowner loans click here.
Similarly, many first time buyers opt for a guarantor mortgage, which involves another person providing your lender with extra security by acting as a guarantor for your mortgage payments.
Finding a Mortgage
There are a small number of mortgages available which have been specifically designed to help first time buyers onto the property ladder, including low deposit mortgages and Save to Buy accounts from banks and building societies. In fact, over the past few months lending has increased for first time buyers, providing many with first time buyer mortgage options that wouldn’t have been viable – or available – even a year ago.
One of the most important parts of securing a mortgage for your first home is deciding on what kind of mortgage would be right for you. Options include:
- Fixed Rate
All of these options have their benefits and their drawbacks. For example, fixed rate mortgages are straightforward and will allow you the opportunity for better budgeting, because you know exactly what you’ll be paying for a certain period. However they can involve costly penalties in the event that you want to repay early. By contrast, variable and tracker mortgages are more risky because rates can go up and down, but come with more flexible repayment options.
Winners and losers in the great state pension shake-up
Less money worries?
Right now, the current state pension system is hard to understand for many people who are at or near the retirement age of 65. They have to work out how much they have paid in National Insurance contributions before they know how much money they’re entitled to, plus there’s possible income from annuities or other pension products to take into account.
The simplification of state pensions is seen by many as long overdue. Retirees will soon find it easier to know what they stand to receive (if they have made NI payments for at least 10 years), but what else could the great pension shake-up mean aside from more money?
At the moment, it’s easy to be confused about the details of pensions. Highstreet Wealth Management can assist with transferring pensions and can also provide you with clear information and advice you’ll need to go through the pension process. With auto-enrolment being enforced in every employing company in the next five years, it’s a better time than ever to look up exactly on what a pension can offer you.
The new-look state pension will benefit some people more than others. Those currently receiving state pension payments will be unaffected, but for those due to reach retirement age by 2017, they can expect:
- To qualify for the full amount, claimants must have made 35 years’ worth of NI contributions
- Broadly known as a ‘flat-rate’ pension, the maximum payment is £144 per week, although some will receive less due to paying less NI
- Some higher earners who have paid into a workplace pension scheme won’t receive additional benefits from top-up schemes
- Most additional pension payments from workplace or other schemes will still be received in full
- The state pension age for women will rise to 65
- Those who reach retirement before the changes come into place can’t wait until that time and take out the new state pension
- Anyone on a final salary scheme may have to pay more in NI per year due to their level of income
- The flat-rate pension seems to be a good idea, not least because it could spell the end for confusion over pensions. Whether or not it will work is a question that’s yet to be answered, but any move made to benefit retirees will surely be welcomed.
The History of Checks as a Form of Payment
A long time ago, if you can believe it, people didn’t used to pay for things with cash. Most economies were run via a system of trade goods, and eventually currency in the form of coins became popular. As much as I would love to own a swimming pool full of gold coins just like Scrooge McDuck, going out for a day of nails, hair, and spa treatment in a world operating solely on rare-metal currency would be anything but relaxing—in fact, it would probably closer to an all-day chore—because of the sheer amount of coin that I would have to carry around.
I know plenty of people that don’t even like carrying paper cash around in their purses/wallets, and paper cash is no burden to carry. It’s a matter of security for them, because they don’t want to lose the money that they have on hand.
The first instances of checks seen in history were created exactly for these reasons. From the Persian Achaemienid Empire that spanned 550—330 BCE came the first recorded usage of checks, called “chek” in the native language. In India from around 320—185 BCE an instrument called the adesha was used very similarly to the way that we use checks today, and Romans began using what is called praescriptiones in the first century BCE.
Checks became even more popular in both the Muslim and Christian worlds, especially when trade between the two became widespread. Because large sacks of coin weighed down transport livestock and essentially presented big targets for bandits that were accustomed to attacking trade caravans, these long trips required that some kind of checking system be put in place. Muslims introduced the saqq, while Christians and the secretive Knights Templar introduced their own checking system.
The Knights Templar set up “houses”, which were essentially banks, that travelers could deposit currency into and then withdraw at a different location by showing the house a draft. Drafts are particularly interesting because of the way that they were drawn up—unlike regular checks that display the name of the recipient and amount in plain text, the Templar’s drafts were written in a complex code that only the Templars and Nicholas Cage in National Treasure would have been able to decipher.
Some form of check eventually shows up in almost every civilization’s economy, and checks are still being used today. Technology has obviously made the system of distributing, clearing, and even personalizing checks not only more available but, some cases, possible. So the next time you’re out for a day with your girls getting your hair and nails done, be thankful that you don’t have to carry around a giant sack of coins and can just pull out your checkbook instead.
Annie Harrington is a small business owner and freelance writer. Outside of work-life, Annie revels in design and the design process. She currently works with Vista Print, a company that specializes in creating business cards and ordering checks.
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