When you are travelling abroad, there is a possibility of indulging in a little expenditure, be it for shopping or staying in a hotel. However, there is a high possibility of being at the receiving end of financial fraud or damage if you are not careful. In this article we give you relative information on how to reduce financial damage with a forex card.

Currency Fluctuations

Forex cards are ideally used to avoid the problem of currency fluctuations. When you top up the card, you normally top it up with the value of the currency from the country you will be visiting. Thus if you many any financial transactions in that country, you will be charged with the currency conversion rate at the time when the card was topped up. Therefore if the conversion rate is high you will not be at a loss by paying the higher amount. However, there is a high chance you will lose out if the conversion rate is low.

Limited Funds

A forex card has a limited amount of funds on the card. If you finish the funds on this card, there is a long process of reloading finance on the card which can be done only from the home country. Thus, this prevents you from over expenditure during your purchases. It also works beneficially to your advantage if the card is stolen or lost. If the card is stolen or lost, it can be remotely blocked. In such a case, the remaining funds can be transferred into the replacement card. Also, if there is any remaining funds in the card it can be transferred back into your account once you return back to your home country.

PIN Protected Cards

When you apply for this card, you normally receive a PIN code with it. This code can only be used by you alone and no one else. This code is created to prevent un-authorized usage of your card, without your knowledge. Any financial transactions will only take place once the PIN is used on the machine. This PIN can be changed only by you as long as the banking institute is aware of it. If there is any change in the PIN code, you will be immediately informed of it.

Updates on your Phone

If you are using you phone when you are travelling abroad, you ensure that you card is connected to you phone network where you can get alerts for all the financial transactions you undertake. Thus in this way, you can ensure that you aware of all the transactions that take place on your card. You can also get alerts when the funds of your cards are getting low and thereby reduce your expenditure.

No one likes to imagine that illness or death could compromise their family’s financial security. But, tragically and all too often, these things devastate families and leave them in a vulnerable financial position just when they need the most security. Spending only a few hours preparing for such a scenario might save your family needless trouble. Once, only fathers needed to worry about this, but today with two-earner families comprising the majority of American families, both partners should actively participate in planning to ensure financial security for themselves and their children.

At the very least, each partner should have a simple will specifying who will receive assets and who will take guardianship of the children. Financial professionals advise naming one person to control the financial assets and another person to take physical custody of the children. You can prepare your own wills by purchasing a kit online or at an office supply store. Although this is a good short-term solution, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible, particularly if you have a lot of assets or there is disagreement in your extended family about who should serve as guardians for your children.

Adequate life insurance is also essential to protecting your family. The majority of Americans do not carry enough life insurance to ensure that their family will enjoy the same quality of life after their death. Simple term insurance is adequate for most people’s needs. Whole life policies rarely provide the same level of returns as other investments, such as stocks. Many insurance companies have life insurance calculators on their websites which will help you determine exactly how much insurance you need. Be sure to take into account any insurance provided by your employer. If one spouse stays home with the children, they should also be insured since the surviving partner will need to pay for child care and household services.

Most Americans are unaware that it is not death, but disability that most frequently causes financial problems for a family. Check with your employer to see if they offer short and long-term disability insurance. If not, have your insurance agent quote you for this essential coverage that will protect you and your family if you can no longer work.

Finally, long-term care insurance will cover nursing home or other types of ongoing residential care. Young people often overlook this coverage, thinking that it’s only for older people. However, head injuries, paralysis and other traumatic injuries often result in the need for long-term residential care.