Your Best Options in Financing Bank Foreclosed Homes

Financing is an important aspect in foreclosure investing. When looking to finance your foreclosure purchase, it is best if you know the different options available to you as a buyer. There are a number of ways in which you can finance bank foreclosed homes and you should be able to determine which of these is the most appropriate scheme for you. Knowing your options should eliminate for you any impediment that could thwart your efforts.

Secured Mortgage

If you have any stocks and property, you could use them as collateral to secure your loan. Banks are more confident to approve secured loans since the borrower usually puts up a property or interest to ensure that banks may recover in case he defaults.

If you have a property that has been sitting there for a while, then you can use that to finance your purchase. However, you should be aware that your collaterals should be directly proportionate to the amount of your loan. Hence, you should be able to produce a large enough security if you want to obtain a large secure loan.

Unsecured Loans

If you do not have any property or capital to part with or if your security is insufficient to cover the amount of loan that you need, you can always turn to unsecured loans. But this type of financing means that the bank will have to assess your credit history, income level, financial interests and other financial data that could help them evaluate your credit worthiness to purchase bank foreclosed homes.

Because this type of loan is unsecured, the lender is generally more stringent in their requirements and processes. In order to ensure that you will be approved, your documents should show that you are capable of repaying the loan within the required period of time. Sometimes, the applicable interest rates will vary according to your credit score. Fortunately, you can eventually try to convert an unsecured loan to a standard mortgage.

Borrow From Relatives

Sometimes, when everything else fails and you have nowhere else to go, your family can provide you with the easiest and fastest solution. Borrowing from family and relatives can be your smartest option since the only requirement for approval is trust. If you have a relative or a family member who is more than willing to help you out in financing your home, you might want to seriously consider accepting that loan offer rather than go through a standard financing scheme. A family loan is always favorable to the borrower since it is rare that family members would charge a high interest rate for one of their own.

However, this option is without difficulties. There are times when family ties are strained and in some cases, severed, when members cross the boundaries of long-held family values and step on the threshold of deceit and betrayal. The most important thing to remember when loaning from family in order to finance bank foreclosed homes is to always keep that high level of confidence and trust that they have given you.

Finance & Banking Sectors Still the Major Players in IT Recruitment

A leading UK recruitment agency in the IT jobs sector has released data from their Q1 2009 records which indicates a strong resilience in the financial and banking sectors regarding their Information Technology recruiting power.

The recruitment agency in question is well placed to provide a litmus test for the UK IT jobs industry having nationwide coverage and a wealth of experience in sourcing and placing vacancies and candidates in the IT sector. The strength of these sectors spans both temporary/contractual positions as well as permanent vacancies. The figures used are all based on actual client requirements that were received over the given period; as such they show national averages and consequently do not reflect specific regional differences.

Contractual positions: 1. Finance; 2. Banking; 3. Investment Banking; 4. Government; 5. Telecoms.

Permanent positions: 1. Finance; 2. Banking; 3. Pensions; 4. Telecoms; 5. E-Commerce.

Given the well documented problems in these sectors in the second half of 2008 and the mixed results coming from the large financial institutions in 2009 so far, it is encouraging to note that these major players in IT recruitment are still topping the list for demand for IT talent. This helps to show the resilience of the IT sector, especially in organisations such as those in banking and finance which heavily rely on high tech systems and computerised data collection and distribution.

Although in the back end of 2008 there were numerous redundancies across all job and industry sectors, including IT, the strength and importance of IT workers is borne out by the strong showing from these sectors which were most badly hit in the UK recession. Highly skilled technical staff in the demanding fields of IT programming, analytics and system architecture will always be in demand and are still able to command excellent salaries. Forming the lynchpins of virtually innumerable financial related institutions, the IT systems experts are finding that their skills are once again becoming increasingly in demand as the large organisations start to plan for the upturn that can be expected in the wider economy over the coming months.

There may be more of a tendency in the short term for some companies to favour offering shorter term contracts, but as the economy stabilises and begins to show signs of growth we can expect to see a slight shift towards long-term and permanent contracts being offered to the most skilled IT staff, because the need for such professionals will be increasing all the time and companies will be keen to hold onto the top talent.

Indeed some companies may already be rueing releasing IT workers last year only to find that they are now urgently in need of the very same skills even now as the first signs of recovery are being felt.

The agency continues to closely the monitor the entire IT sector and as the year progresses will be making further informed observations about the UK IT jobs sector. On this evidence, the IT industry certainly remains a strong career path for relative stability and demand for skills.

Accounts Receivable Financing – Think Differently

Borrowing money is as American as apple pie. Americans borrow money to purchase houses, to finance automobiles, and to pay for luxury items on their credit cards every day. It is a rare individual that can pay all cash for their house, their car, or their credit card bill every month. The U.S. economy thrives on credit because of the recycling of cash when these purchases occur. America is an economic powerhouse, partly because collectively we borrow so much money to have things today, instead of saving the cash to buy these items some day, if ever, in the future. Economic theorists are of the opinion that when you purchase a house, the cash recycles about seven times: to the realtor, to the title company, to the mortgage broker, to the lender, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, and so forth.

We live in the land of opportunity. You do not need a college degree or pedigree to become an entrepreneur. All you need is the ability to organize, manage, and assume the risks of a business with a sufficient amount of cash to fund the business.

Borrowing money is the American paradigm for success for individuals and for businesses. According the American Heritage Dictionary, a “paradigm is:

1. One that serves as a pattern or model.

2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.

3. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Usage Note: Paradigm first appeared in English in the 15th century, meaning “an example or pattern,” and it still bears this meaning today: Their company is a paradigm of the small high-tech firms that have recently sprung up in this area. For nearly 400 years paradigm has also been applied to the patterns of inflections that are used to sort the verbs, nouns, and other parts of speech of a language into groups that are more easily studied. Since the 1960s, paradigm has been used in science to refer to a theoretical framework, as when Nobel Laureate David Baltimore cited the work of two colleagues that “really established a new paradigm for our understanding of the causation of cancer.” Thereafter, researchers in many different fields, including sociology and literary criticism, often saw themselves as working in or trying to break out of paradigms. Applications of the term in other contexts show that it can sometimes be used more loosely to mean “the prevailing view of things.” The Usage Panel splits down the middle on these nonscientific uses of paradigm. Fifty-two percent disapprove of the sentence The paradigm governing international competition and competitiveness has shifted dramatically in the last three decades.”

For more dictionary information please see: The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright Ā© 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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What does this have to do with accounts receivable financing?

Banks exist primarily to loan money to people and businesses, on a safe and sound basis according to federal banking regulations. The banking paradigm for businesses involves offering checking and savings accounts to take money in, and offering various types of business and personal loans to “get the money out”. Their goal is to make a profit on your cash for the bank. To qualify for these loans you have to prove, to the bank’s satisfaction, that you have the clear and present ability to repay these loans. If you are a startup company, a company that is growing very rapidly, or an established company that is affected by a sudden negative event, the banking paradigm may not work for you. Perhaps, you need to think differently; perhaps your perspective is “inside the banking paradigm box” and you need an alternative.

What is inside the box thinking? According to ‘Thinking Outside the Box’? By Ed Bernacki Published April 2002:

“Thinking inside the box means accepting the status quo. For example, Charles H. Duell, Director of the US Patent Office, said, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” That was in 1899: clearly he was in the box!

In-the-box thinkers find it difficult to recognize the quality of an idea. An idea is an idea. A solution is a solution. In fact, they can be quite pigheaded when it comes to valuing an idea. They rarely invest time to turn a mediocre solution into a great solution.”

Mr. Bernacki distinguishes “inside the box” thinking vs. “thinking outside the box” as follows:

“Outside the Box
Thinking outside the box requires different attributes that include:

o Willingness to take new perspectives to day-to-day work.

o Openness to do different things and to do things differently.

o Focusing on the value of finding new ideas and acting on them.

o Striving to create value in new ways.

o Listening to others.

o Supporting and respecting others when they come up with new ideas.

Out-of-the box thinking requires openness to new ways of seeing the world and a willingness to explore. Out-of-the box thinkers know that new ideas need nurturing and support. They also know that having an idea is good but acting on it is more important. Results are what count.”
If your B2B business does not have enough bank credit to expand at the rate you need, or if your B2B business cannot take advantage of growth opportunities because of lack of funds, you may need to think differently: think outside the box. Think of using the virtually unlimited financing that is available from accounts receivable financing.

To think differently, you may need to overcome the two most common “inside the box” concerns regarding accounts receivable financing.

Objection: “Our customers will not want do business with our company if they know we are dealing with a commercial financing company to finance our accounts receivable”.

Think Differently: Accounts receivable financing allows you to offer credit terms, like the bank. Many businesses prefer to resell your products or services and earn a profit before they have to pay you for your product or service. Accounts receivable financing generally involves notification to your customers of the arrangement to “manage” your receivables; and verification from your customers that your product or services were “satisfactory”. From your customer’s point of view, someone in their account’s payable department is changing the “pay to” portion of their check to the address of a commercial finance company. Usually the check is cut payable to you and sent to a P.O. Box of the commercial finance company. In certain situations, notification may not be required at all; this is called non-notification factoring.

Objection: “Accounts receivable financing is too costly”.

Think Differently: Accounts receivable financing is a paradigm for success; you will have the necessary working capital you need to fulfill larger orders by accelerating your cash flow. You will need a gross margin of 20% or more, in general, for this type of financing to make economic sense. There is an inverse relationship between the cost of financing and the size of your credit facility: the larger the credit facility, the lower the cost. In other words, the fees and rates will be less for $500,000 per month than for $25,000 per month.

The bottom line: Accounts Receivable Financing- Think Differently! is intended to help you think “outside the box” and become more profitable. One tried and true paradigm for achieving this result as an entrepreneur with a B2B business is accounts receivable financing.

Poverty Alleviation – The Micro Finance Banking Approach

Micro Finance Banking is extension of standard banking facilities to those doing small scale businesses, those living in poverty and those inhabiting rural areas without demanding collateral.

In finance, collateral placement is a visible barrier inhibiting people from accessing funds from concerned institutions. This hinders the enterprising exploits of those living at poverty levels and small scale business people who in most cases do not have properties that can stand as collateral.

Micro Financing is the only available option for individuals at such level to kick start their business ideas.

It sounds out of place for the average financially educated to extend loans without collateral but for those at the bottom of the pyramid, the poor and semi poor, it is sine qua non. Grading their credit ratings and abilities will never be a herculean task as most of them live in the same community and are totally accessible. Most often, the women who form the fulcrum of the communities are best channels of fund distribution.

These people who obtained such small loans are eager to implement their business ideas and maintain their source of funding as there are lesser options available to them. In most cases, the loans demanded by these people are small in nature, thus they can easily repay its interest payments and that of the capital.

For individuals and institutions offering such services, it will be an added advantage if more education and counseling is offered to their respective clients to improve and fortify their financial knowledge.

Micro credits facilities aimed at empowering the poor especially the women and those domiciled in rural areas is pivotal to creation of small scale industries thereby jump-starting the economy while pulling the machinery of industrialization. When those living at poverty level are empowered, poverty is alleviated if not eradicated.

Overview of Switzerland Finance & Banking Jobs

In the first Quarter of 2010, the number of jobs available in the Swiss financial sector was around a total of 3,508 jobs. This is an increase of 19 percent over the same quarter in 2009. From the latest report by Finance & Operational Recruitment (FOR) the number of job vacancies in the Swiss financial sector has increased since the summer of 2009 by 35 percent.

Based upon a total of 1,400 banks, insurance companies, accountants and other consultants currently there are 3’508 finance jobs are advertised. That is 35 percent more than in June 2009.

Across the banking sector banks in Switzerland had a total of 1,457 jobs at the end of March 2010. This is 110 percent more than in June 2009.

In Insurance we have seen a slight decline. Across the insurance industry, including health insurance, in the summer of 2009 there was 1,086 open insurance jobs. At the end of March 2010 this had declined to 1,016. This represents a decline of -6.4 percent.

Across the other financial sectors & support industries (Accounting, consulting, IT, etc.) jobs have increased from 819 to 1,035 (+26.4 percent).

The main reasons for this development, is the banks are replacing staff originally cut when they had to reduce costs – during the previous 2 years. For many insurance companies, cost cutting is ongoing. In addition, increased regulatory pressure meant additional experts were necessary.

The report used an index which shows the evolution of online Switzerland job vacancies in the financial sector in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The index is produced every three months by the Swiss financial portal finews.ch with data of the portal JobDirectory.ch.

Switzerland Banking Jobs in focus:

Most banking jobs were offered in late March 2010, Credit Suisse, with 395 jobs, followed by UBS with 336. While at Credit Suisse, the demand last year grew more constant and rose sharply from 2010, at UBS as early as October 2009, there was a significant increase which lasted up to February 2010.

Foreign banks are recruiting

Coupled with this the Foreign Banks in Switzerland are recruiting for banking jobs. This increase reflects recruitment having a high turnover, but also the fact that many institutions consider the adjustment in the private banking as an opportunity to recruit good people.

Swiss Banking looking to the customer:

Almost two-thirds of all vacant banking jobs in Switzerland are for specialists and executives. Only ten percent of the jobs are for employees on the level of clerk or assistant.

The greatest demand for workers is at the customer front. The most common available banking job is for Account Managers in the retail and SME business, followed by Investment advisers in the so-called affluent area (average retail segment).

In relative terms, the number of classical Private Banker -which to serve wealthy clients has grown the most. Since summer 2009, the number of private banking jobs presented has increased from 19 to 45, representing an increase of 140 percent.

Overall – good recruitment growth:

In the first Quarter of 2010, the number of jobs available in the Swiss financial sector was around a total of 3’508 jobs. This is an increase of 19 percent over the same quarter in 2009.

Chris Rigby is an executive search specialist with Finance and Operational Recruitment (FOR) [http://www.forswitzerlandjobs.com] He works across the main offshore financial jurisdictions.

Your Bank and Business Financing – Reality Check

Business owners and managers want to compare equipment finance companies to their bank and for a good reason; a bank is a company’s first point of reference when borrowing money or financing equipment or an expansion project. A bank is the most obvious place to start and a secure place to store your money and use their multiple services. But what a bank does not do well, both historically because of their structure and the recent tightening of the credit market, is offer business financing for capital assets (equipment). Yet many people get confused when looking for an equipment loan because they are not seeing the whole picture; this is a case where you definitely want to compare apples to apples to get the best results.

Here are a few points to compare; these are not set in stone but based on years of experience, these trends apply a majority of the time.

1) Total Dollars Financed – banks normally require that you keep a balance of 20% or 30% of the equipment loan amount on deposit. This means they are only financing 70% or 80% of your equipment costs because you have to keep a certain amount of YOUR money in a fixed account for the duration of the loan. In contrast, an equipment finance company will cover 100% of the equipment including all “soft” costs and will only request a one or two month prepayment. No fixed deposits required.

2) Soft Costs – banks also will normally not cover “soft” costs like labor, warrantees, consulting and installation which means these costs come out of your pocket. An equipment finance company will cover 100% of the equipment price including “soft” costs and some projects can be financed with 100% “soft” costs which no bank would ever consider.

3) Interest Rates – this is the most popular question in the finance world; what’s my rate? If the bank requires 30% deposit in a fixed account then that automatically raises a 5% interest rate to a 20% rate. Now people will argue that you get that deposited money back at the end of the term but that is money which you do not have access to and has an opportunity cost associated with it. Equipment finance companies target their financing rates between 3-5% for cities and 7-9% for commercial financing which is a real fixed rate and not under-stated as the bank rates can be thus independent finance company rates are very competitive with “true” bank rates.

4) Process Speed – banks often take weeks to review and approve a finance request while independent finance companies normally only take a few days and can work much more quickly. Finance underwriters only review business financing while a bank has other types of requests clogging their channel.

Banks also have many more levels of approval and review to pass while independent finance companies normally only have two, underwriting and credit committee. Even with complicated deals, the finance company’s process is always faster.

5) Guarantee – banks require, as a standard part of their documentation, a blanket lien on all assets, both personal and business assets are used as guarantee against default on the loan. Your business assets, your home, your car, and your boat can all be on the line when entering into a bank transaction. This may also be the case with an equipment financing company but if your business operation is solvent then only your business will be listed as collateral and not your personal assets; this is known as a “corp only” approval.

6) Monitoring – banks require yearly “re-qualifying” of all their business accounts which means on the anniversary date of your loan each year, you must submit requested financial documents to assure the bank that everything is going well and nothing has affected your business in a negative way. Finance companies do not require anything during the term of the loan or finance as long as the monthly payments are made on time. Nobody will be checking into your business or policing what you do.

When comparing your bank financing to an independent equipment finance company, you have to make sure you are evaluating all the key parameters, not just one. Clearly, the fine print and terms of the transaction are more important than the big numbers. Banks work well within their space but have proven time and again not to be as flexible or solution-oriented as an independent finance company which solely focuses on business lending can be.

Same Day Approval – 3 Things All Banks Need

Banks love it when the finance manager at your local dealership sends them a complete package for a loan approval. The truth of the matter is when the bank receives all of your documents up front they are more likely to approve your loan. Keep in mind if you have all of your financial information in hand it will make you appear to be more credit worthy.

The first piece of information that everyone will be looking for is your pay stub. Your pay stub will provide them with very important information in regards to your financial stability. The most important thing on your stub is your year to date total. Regardless of what your hourly rate of pay is your year to date will be used to determine how much money you make per month. Keeping in mind that majority of the special finance banks will not count the overtime you have worked but for those who will it may help you qualify for loans you otherwise would not. Make sure to take your most current month’s worth of pay stubs with you to the dealership or bank. If you’re self employed then take your last two years of tax returns and your last three months worth of bank statements. Having your W2 or tax return with you would be a smart idea. Special finance banks are requiring the dealership to fax them ahead of time on most deals now.

The second thing you will need to make sure to take with you is proof of your residence. This should be a home phone or cell phone bill if available. Other things that may work can be any utility bill that you may have. The point here is to make sure the address on your bill matches your application, your driver license, and your pay stub. If you don’t have any of those things than try taking a bank statement with you if it has been mailed to your home because a computer’s print out won’t work. Take two pieces of mail with you that have been dated with in the last 30 days because some banks require two proofs of residence.

Thirdly you will need to provide the bank with references. The industry standard has become the banks wanting six references. You will need to provide them with six names of friends or relatives. This list must include their address and phone numbers as well. Keep in mind these are the people they are going to call if you are late on your car payment. Be sure to have six people that do not live with you or each other. All references should live locally if at all possible.

There are a few last things you want to make sure to take with you to the dealership. This list includes having your valid state driver’s license. There are only a handful of banks that don’t require that you have a valid driver license to be approved. Please have your current license plate and valid registration when transferring a license plate to the new car. The most often thing forgotten by most people is taking a number to the human resource department of your job. The banks always want to verify your employment. Having the number to the human resource department will make it much easier for them to do so.

Buying a car should be a fun time and stress free. If you go to the dealership prepared you will be able to spend more time test driving and less time digging up personal information. Please remember that the more prepared you are the more likely the banks say yes.

Small Business Finance – Banks Cite Risks For Lack of Small Business Funding

Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke is upset over sweeping inconsistency in small business loan approvals in the United States. Bernanke says that banks throughout the nation are denying loan requests from credible small businesses. He urged banks to stop being passive, and start being more active, by lending more to small businesses, adding that they are “crucial to America’s recovery.”

However, bankers feel disillusioned over Bernanke’s sentiments.

They earn money on each loan that they issue. There is a profit-driven motivation for banks to lend. It would seem to be illogical for a bank not to issue a loan, to a credible small business. Most bankers feel that there are fewer businesses to lend to, but are eager to start lending to creditworthy candidates.

Banks versus Washington, and the risks of lending.

The problem remains the same, there is a gap between what the government wants versus the banks. Therefore, the urging by Bernanke seems to be valid from the standpoint of trying to ignite a spark of motivation in the system. Banks remain apprehensive to initiate a loan, without the backing of solid credit history.

Banks are dealing with their own problems, including the latest credit crunch, and shrinking consumer spending. Small businesses have seen their property values dwindle, and funding being limited.

Therefore, risk is hard to accept when it comes to lending.

In states where there are large deficits, risk becomes more of a problem. Small businesses who have felt the added pressure of the decline of a state’s economy may have bad debt, foreclosures, and may face a worsening attitude about lending overall.

The environment for bank lending at this moment is volatile at best.

With businesses seeking to reduce their debt, consumers earning far less money, and markets continuing to level-out, it is uncertain when confidence will be seen in the power of lending. As this happens, consumer prices are being lowered to reflect the economical shift; thereby accentuating big business who can afford the cuts, and the minimizing of smaller businesses and niche markets who cannot.

Legislation is also a key concern of many lending agencies and small businesses. Health care reform has businesses up-in-arms about what to do, and how they will be classified with the reform. They are unsure what the tax burden may be, and are worried that they will incur a tax burden too heavy to bear.

Overall, confidence is what will spur the change in both areas.

Washington is trying to motivate the lending world, with legislation such as H.R. 5297, TARP and the codenamed “TARP Jr.” all of which aim to help with small business lending. Most banks argue that the problem is creditworthiness. Lenders are reticent about any legislation such as TARP, but it must be stated that it never requires lending agencies to do actual lending, it only adds the incentive to do so. Therefore, there is not much of a reason for banks to argue against legislation such as TARP or small business lending programs.

Ultimately, banks hold the power and are hesitant to give out loans to businesses they see as risks. However, there is always risk associated with lending; it is up to the lending agency to determine how much risk to bear, and at this time, they want to keep the tide in their favor.

Some people agree that not all the blame can be put on the banks.

It is easy for the media to vilify banking, and “big corporate” entities. However, every loan a bank makes is also scrutinized by Federal regulators. If a bank makes a loan that is not profitable, they must set aside cash to offset the potential loss. Therefore, why would a bank want to make a loan that is too risky? Some people also argue that regulations should be decreased to allow banks to make riskier loans, but this line of thinking seems flawed at best. The housing collapse was a direct result of mortgage lenders who took advantage of a lack of specific regulation regarding risk assessment, thereby making profit on loans that they knew could not be afforded over the long-term. It is obvious the blame is both on greedy lenders and naive borrowers, in that situation.

Some argue that it is Obama’s fault.

Others blindly put the fault on the Obama administration citing that debt spending will doom the economy. And that the federal government has somehow incited uncertainty in the market. However, the facts are easier to discern. During the Bush presidency, national debt almost doubled. It has almost doubled again since then. And since 2007, the national debt has increased at a rate of 4.14 billion per day. It also must be noted that first-term presidency’s experience the debt of the previous 4, or 8 years of legislation that they did not oversee. Small business owners feel that the government just adds to the red tape associated with operations. Most feel that they are already burdened with too much debt. They are less inclined to hire more workers due to the shrinking of capital, and the uncertainty of confidence in Washington.

Others believe the banks are at fault.

Many argue that the reason there are so many unworthy candidates for loans is because of a banks power to freeze credit, or tighten lending practices. Consumer confidence is also related to credit. If there is a freeze in credit, potentially as it is now, then confidence in the financial industry will fall. Other logic dictates that lending is about risk-management, if banks, who can acquire reserves at no, or very low costs, refuse to lend, then ultimately that is their choice. If there were virtually no risk with lending, the economy would be remarkable, and there would essentially be no, or very little risk taking with business loans. Therefore, the argument of citing risk as a problem does not seem to reflect the real sentiment of the banks; many feel that they just do not want to lend in the current economic condition.

Carl Drummond is a small business owner who is passionate about motivating people to start their own businesses. He believes in individual enterprise, and researches various fields that offer both stunning growth and spectacular utility to small businesses. He also believes that a small business needs a Web presence to remain a strong competitor and has recently reviewed affordable website solutions [http://www.cirrussbs.com] worth checking out.

5 Common Mistakes That You Should Not Make If You Want to Get an Internship With a Top Bank

You are a student and you really want to be in a top paid position in a well-known bank. You know that you will probably have to find an internship first. And you are correct; most people working in the finance industry found their first job through an internship.

However, the fact it is an internship does not mean it is easy to get. Recruitment processes in banks are tough because there are so many candidates. You have to understand how they work or you will not maximise your chances.

Here are 5 common mistakes that students make when they apply for an internship in a bank.

1. Apply for the wrong type of internship

Banks have different programs for students, depending on previous internship experience and the number of years of study you have left before graduation. If you apply for the wrong one, your application will likely be discarded.

Usually you start with a spring or an off cycle internship if you have 2 or 3 years left before graduation. Doing this kind of internship is not mandatory, but will increase your chances of getting onto the next programs.

Then, when you have one year remaining before graduation, you can apply for a summer internship. This is really important if you want to get into finance. Banks use these programs to identify those that will enter their graduate programs the following year. If you skip this step, it will be much harder to get onto a graduate program.

2. Only applying for the bank of your dreams

Some students will apply only for the four or five top banks they really want to work for, thinking the others are not worth it. If you are serious about getting into finance, you should not do this. The truth is that you should enlarge the scope of your applications as much as possible. Everybody is applying for the top banks, they are bombarded by applications each year. Even if you maximise your chances with good preparation, it is still not enough to ensure that you will get an internship. There are enough good candidates like you for banks to choose from and sometimes between two similar profiles it can even come down to pure luck.

You also should not compromise what you want to do in order to get into a top bank. Believe me, it is a lot easier to settle for a good fitting internship in a medium ranked bank than an internship in one of the best bank that does not match what you want to do ultimately.

3. Believing that a deadline far in the future means you can wait to send your application

If you want to apply for a summer internship or a graduate program, you should send your application as soon as it opens (ie, usually September of the previous year). While it is true that most banks have deadlines set as far away as March of the year of the internship, you have virtually no chance of being successful with an internship application if you apply just before the deadline. That is because banks do not wait to review applications. They have several interview sessions throughout the year and once they are full they will not even look at other applications. You have to get into the first interview session (usually in October/November). This is when recruiters are most open to “non-perfect” candidates.

4. Thinking that filling the online application is enough

The online application is important and you should put a lot of efforts into it. However, it may not be enough to guarantee success.

There are so many candidates for bank internships that if you want your chances to be high, you need to differentiate yourself from others. Most banks organise events on campuses where you can meet and talk with people from the banks. It is essential that you go to at least one of these events, and that you talk with people there. If you make a good impression, they will give you their business card, then you will be able to tell the HR person that you met with this person and that you had a nice conversation. It will have a very positive impact on your application. If they really like your profile they can even recommend you directly to the HR department. If it happens, congratulations, you are certain to get an interview.

If there are no events on your campus, you can go to the bank career website and look for events organised near your location. Then you can send an application for the event.

5. Focusing too much on finance skills in your application

If you want to work in finance, you need of course to know at least the basics of your field (derivatives, interest rates etc for market finance, the usual valuation ratios for corporate finance). However, recruiters expect every candidate to be knowledgeable on these topics. You also need something that will differentiate your application: add something more to it, such as a technical skill. There are a lot of strong finance-oriented profiles, and a lot of good technical profiles. But there are so few candidates that can combine both skills and they are the favourites of the banks. Today, finance is all about automation and algorithm. Banks know that, and they want their future employees to be comfortable with the new digital age. So learn a programming language (or more than one) and put it on your resume.

Train For Finance and Banking Online

Every business and organization that earns a profit has to think about their financial and banking needs. These aspects of a business need qualified individuals who understand monetary funds and how to manage those funds in a bank. Online accredited colleges and universities offer training in finance and banking that teach students how to work for an organization in this capacity.

Professionals use their knowledge by making suggestions to a business to help them grow financially. The professional’s job is to aid their client in sound financial decisions in order to help them use their resources to obtain monetary goals. A professional who understands banking is a strong asset to a business because they keep track of fund activity by making sure it is recorded and handled properly. Prospective students can learn how to perform these main duties through numerous online programs. Students can choose to study finance and banking in a combination program or choose a degree program specifically geared towards one.

Students need to decide prior to enrolling in a degree program if they want to work for finance, banking, or both. This will help a student know if they need to find a combined degree program or find a specific degree program. A finance degree program will provide students with the knowledge to analyze and implement financial procedures in a managerial position. The minimum requirement for a career in the field is a bachelor degree. In a bachelor degree students can expect to complete the program in four years. Curriculum will include general education and degree specific education. The finance part of the program could include courses on risk management, corporate finance, statistical analysis, critical thinking, and more. Students will be able to understand the procedures and principles of financial markets and the distribution of funds in every sector of an organization.

A bachelor degree program in banking is a financial business degree with its focus on banking. The degree program prepares students to work in various careers inside a bank. Courses will center on teaching a student about the many areas of financial institutions. Specific courses may include corporate finance, banking law, international trade law, and global economy. Students will learn about all bank practices, credit, and lending. Career options will allow students to become credit analyzers, loan processing managers, and more. Gaining a degree in banking significantly increases an individual’s annual income within the industry.

A combined approach will prepare students by giving them a strong foundation in management, corporate finance, and the global market. Students will examine every area of the industry through courses that include investments, capital raising strategies, corporate operations, and mergers. A financial and managerial accounting course will teach students how to function as a manager and work with employees within the procedures of accounting. Students will explore topics like financial statements and cost analysis. A combined degree will allow students to work in all areas of both industries.

Whether a student decides on a specific or combined education approach, numerous career opportunities will be open to them. Online schooling in finance and banking will help students enter their desired career upon completion of an accredited program. Seek an online college or university today that offers the degree you need to start an exciting new career.