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5 Rapidly Growing International Cities Worth Investing In

5 Rapidly Growing International Cities Worth Investing In

Investors around the world are now looking for diverse ways expand their portfolio. As the global market becomes volatile, investing in real estate must be done carefully. If you are an investor, here are five rapidly growing international cities worth investing in.

1. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is not the capital of Australia, but it’s the largest city in the country, and it has wonderful weather year-round. Australia as a whole ranks 6th in the world with regards to the Legatum Prosperity Index, which is based upon a variety of factors.

Sydney is a thriving city with financial and economic growth, and it contends with some of the world’s most expensive real estate prices. For the past 30 years, housing prices have been rising 7.25 percent a year, making housing a prime investment. Australia had $243 billion in exports in 2014, many of which went out of Sydney. If you are not familiar with this market, there are plenty of companies that will provide free investment property advice.

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2. Panama City, Panama

Panama City is the capital of Panama and is known for its legendary megastructure, the Panama Canal. Panama is also well known for its friendly banking regulations, which bring in business clients from around the world. The city itself has close to 900,000 residents and has a tropical climate.

The local economy thrives on the business brought in from banking customers and on the fact that the city lies right on the ocean, which strengthens both imports and exports.

3. Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and is the largest and most populous city the country. Indonesia is known for its tropical climate, which brings travelers from around the world to vacation here. A large portion of Indonesian business comes from tourism. Indonesia is an archipelago made up of 18,000 islands.

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Aside from the tourism, Jakarta has an abundance of mineral wealth including everything from copper and gold to steel and oil. This drives the country’s strong export economy. Financial transactions and lending have traditionally been difficult here due to problems with infrastructure, so investors have been pouring their money into startups which promise to solve these issues while delivering solid returns.

4. Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago, IL is the third-largest city in the US, according to statistics. Chicago is known as the “Windy City” of the Midwest and lies along the shores of Lake Michigan, which is one of the Great Lakes of North America. Chicago has always been a United States financial hub, second only to New York City.

Everything from stock options to commodities goes through the financial portal at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE). Besides its financial role, Chicago is known for its commercial real estate empires and for the imports and exports that come from the Great Lakes. Recently, tech firms and startups have been coming to Chicago, inspiring bright hopes about the city’s future.

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5. Cebu City, Philippines

Cebu City is known as the Queen City of Southeast Asia. It’s the second most populous city in the country, just after Manila. The climate is tropical and is less prone to natural calamities. Moreover, the city is strategically located, as it is in the center of the Philippines. This makes it a trading hub for the country and for exports as well.

Under the Philippines’ new president, Rodrigo Duterte, who will hold office until 2022, there has been an economic shift in the country. New economic partners in China are pouring investments into many parts of the country.

The Philippines has long done business with China and with its other neighbors in Southeast Asia. This has provided a steady flow of minerals, oil, and agricultural products. Cebu City continues to grow rapidly, and the inflow of business, tech, trade, and real estate construction projects make this city popular with investors.

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Conclusion

There are many cities around the world in which you could invest your money. However, there are only a handful that continue to thrive. We hope that you look hard at the cities listed here and make sound decisions involving any investment you make.

Which city would you invest in, and what would drive you to go there?

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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