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Free Financial Plan


wealthymattersWhether you decide to DIY or hire a financial planner,there is no denying that you can benefit by going through the process of defining yours goals,establishing a time frame,generating numbers to fulfill those goals, focusing on your risk taking appetite and ability,your incomes and expenditures,assets and liabilities etc.

Nowadays its common to get calls from assorted fund houses and advisory businesses offering to draw up a free financial plan for you.You could try them out as long as you can withstand sales pitches and walk away without buying products and services of dubious value  which you don’t need.Fee based financial planners too offer a free first consultation and might give you a sketchy plan as an incentive to hire them.

If you are looking for a planner you will be forced to kiss all the frogs around before you find one who will do.Even then as you progress wealth wise and experience wise you will outgrow your planners and advisers  For you, going out to meet these advisers is a must.However, if you are upto to do a DIY plan you could just use the link :Here and save yourself a lot of time and hassle.Most free plans are unlikely to be better than this.And this one is a good starting place and will give you some fast answers.

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The Athenian Taxation System


wealthymatters.comIf there has to be a state,there has to be a government and inevitably expenses and so taxes.It’s interesting to see how the  democratic Athenian city-state (polis) dealt with the problem of raising taxes by understanding human needs well.Athens had two ways of tapping into the resources of its wealthier citizens:

First,the Athenians derived funds for the normal, everyday operations of their government from indirect taxes (mainly harbor and market dues), and a variety of fees, fines and rents. These were sufficient in times of peace, even after the loss of their empire.But war was another matter. In times of war and other emergencies, the Athenians, voting in Assembly, levied a special tax (eisphora) on the more well-to-do citizens of the polis, approximately the upper one-third. This tax was based not on income, but on total assets.After all the moneyed had more to lose materially in a war than the poor. Read more of this post

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