When things go wrong
If your investments have fallen in value or your investment company gets into financial trouble, you will be feeling anxious and worried. The investment loss may be due to various factors, for example; a fall in the overall market, problems with one investment in your portfolio, poor advice or breaches of the law.
If your investments have fallen in value, see keep track of your investments.
If you have an adviser, talk to them.
Your investment company gets into financial trouble
Sometime companies fail for many of different reasons. You should contact them immediately if:
The most recent prospectus or the investment statement will have your investment company's contact details or if you know who the receiver is, you can contact them.
Will you get any money back?
Whether you will get any money back will depend on what type of investment you have and the financial status of the company. For example, if you own shares in the company, any money that is recoverable will first go to the company's creditors and then to shareholders."
Get legal advice
It's a good idea to get legal advice about your rights and whether you are entitled to any compensation early on. The reasons for the company defaulting may include misconduct or a breach of the law, and you might be able to be compensated.
You think you've been scammed
Investment scams are often so professional, slick and believable that it is hard to tell them apart from genuine investment opportunities. The scammers set up a fake business and websites to trick people out of their money. Don't be caught out.
You think you've been given bad advice
If you think the financial advice you've been given by an adviser was inappropriate you have a right to complain.
When there are problems with your investments, work out what your options are and if you can recover any money. It's important that you focus on the future to get your finances back on track.
Reproduced and adapted with permission of ASIC. Source: MoneySmart website www.moneysmart.gov.au 31 August 2012.
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What is Accounting?
Accounting can be described as a way to communicate the financial health of a business or an organization to any and all interested parties. It is a way of assessing the assets, liabilities and cash flow, or the future of an entity for all current and future investors. It is the lifeblood of a business and all types of business have basic information that is recorded to get that job done.
All accounting or book keeping has a standard set of accounting principles. It stands for every type of business. In this way there is unity in all business accounting procedures to ensure that there is unity and a clear understanding no matter what business is being monitored.
This system is called GAAP or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and are general rules that all businesses follow when recording their financial information. There is no law enforcing this, but it is to the advantage of a business to use this when reporting to the different loan agencies and the Government when reporting earnings and getting an audit.
There are many layers or types of accounting in a business. Every facet of the business has its own unique type of accounting. There is accounting for the day to day transactions and all are important to the survival of a business. The accounting areas include:
When the day to day transactions are recorded this is called basic book keeping. These transactions are recorded as debits and credits and must always balance in what is called the accounting equation. This is the way an overall look at a company can be made to determine the success of the company.
The use of computers is making these transactions easier to post and work for the company. Reports of any kind can be produced with the push of a button and a quick snap-shop of the transactions and cash flow are revealed. All kinds of reports are needed to gauge the company’s success:
− Statement of Profit and Loss
− Balance Sheets
− Assets and Liabilities Report
− Retained Equity
All of these reports give a picture of what the company is doing and where it is headed. They can help to decide if the company is financially stable and if there are any adjustments to be made in the strategies for operation. These reports are good for the investors also. They are able to see if a company is worth investing in.
Of all the areas of accounting in a business, Credit Managing is a very important area. In Credit Accounting the business can secede or fail if the cash flow is tied up in unpaid bills or bad credit. There needs to be a strong person in charge of this area to manage and take action to keep the company’s cash flow free and make sure that bad debt is recovered.
With all of the areas of accounting working together in a business, it can be determined if a company is financial stable. The health of a business is depending on it!
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