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Day: October 5, 2015

Get the Most for Your Money From an Alarm System

Woman Operating Security System

Alarm systems can be extremely expensive, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what exactly you’re getting from one service as opposed to another. Ultimately, the idea of protection is what’s at the bottom of every theory, but how a company goes about providing that, and what they charge for the service, is quite variable.

So if you’re thinking about getting an alarm system installed, follow these four pieces of advice to get the most for you money – find a commercial provider you trust to do the install, learn which systems have the highest trust ratings overall, think about the size and scope of your needs before purchasing, and consider what you’re protecting in terms of assets.

Find a Commercial Provider You Can Trust

Alarm system installation is all about trust. You trust that employees are going to install a system correctly, accurately, and efficiently, and that they will provide any additional services that they claim come with a contract. Once you find an alarm system company that fits this bill, your next set of actions will basically be to ask them what kind of system you need and what services they provide in terms of monitoring and maintenance.

Learn Which Systems Are the Highest Rated

Also, early in your determination process, learn which alarm systems are the highest rated. Find out what people have said in reviews. Take a look at what companies install these systems, and consider what you learn when you’re making your personal decision.

Determine the Right Size and Scope of Your Needs

One thing to be careful of is either overdoing your alarm and security needs, or under-doing them. For instance, you may think you need a top of the line security system and 20 motion detector cameras covering your property, but really, what if you only need something basic that will do the same job, but for far less money? There may be an option for wired/wireless/Internet-based security systems, but if you can get the same quality of service with fewer bells and whistles, that’s something to consider.

Think About What You’re Protecting

Finally, think about what you’re protecting. In other words, if you’re protecting people, like your family or your employees, then you’re going to want to purchase something that’s more impressive than if you’re just protecting stuff, like things in a storage space, or overstock at a commercial warehouse. The point is, keep those details in mind when considering different options, because the equation that you want to balance is the one where you spend the most money to protect the things that are the most important in the grand scheme of things.

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The Markets Closed Higher on Friday, Despite the Weak Jobs Report

 Liz Claman

What a way to end the week!  Even a lackluster September jobs report couldn’t hold the markets down for very long, as all the major averages rallied more than 1% Friday.

The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all managed to swing into positive territory this week, snapping a two-week losing streak. The Dow moved more than 425 points from the high to low. This was its largest intraday swing in three weeks.

Nine out of the 10 S&P 500 sectors closed in the green Friday. Unfortunately, financials was the big laggard on rate-hike expectations, while energy and materials were the big winners for the day and the week.

You’ll want to tune in all next week. Monday we’ll get the ISM number, Wednesday we’ll get the latest read on mortgage applications, and Thursday–big day–we’ll get the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. The question on everyone’s mind: Will they or won’t they?

We’ll also have some earnings. Tuesday we’ll hear from Pepsi (PEP) and Yum Brands (YUM). Wednesday we’ll get numbers from Constellation Brands (STZ). And finally on Thursday, we have Alcoa (AA) after the bell.

You never know how the markets will impact your money. We will bring you all the latest market breaking news every day at 3 p.m. Eastern on FOX Business.

Liz Claman anchors Countdown to the Closing Bell which is presented from 3-4pm EST as well as co-anchors After the Bell from 4-5pm EST. Click here for more information on Liz Claman

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