Time will tell… But don’t wait that long!

Although it’s my birthday today, I’m building a business and working on marketing that will attract new clients, so I don’t see that I’ll be taking much time to “celebrate”. I meet with friends regularly, and even had coffee with a friend planned this morning, but that got moved. In my opinion, true friendships aren’t like batteries, they don’t lose their value because you haven’t charged them recently. At least they shouldn’t be like batteries. If I liked and respected you last year, I don’t see a reason that I wouldn’t like and respect you this year, or next decade; despite us not finding time in our busy lives for one another. Continue reading “Time will tell… But don’t wait that long!”

Thick as a Brick Award – June 2018

I first introduced this idea back when I saw someone whose work I admire, Dave Ramsey, tout some rather uninformed financial advice on “buy term insurance and invest the rest” to his huddled masses.  This time I take a look at a long list of shallow financial advice published for the sole purpose of “looking useful”, rather than being effective.  On the surface the suggestions might sound good to the casual reader, but without discussing related information and situations, can be misleading and financially riddled with hazard.  So, let’s dispel some poor financial advice. Continue reading “Thick as a Brick Award – June 2018”

Guilt-Free Spending (part 2)

Part II

When you keep a budget, you should know where your money is, where it went, what it’s being used for, and how much you have reserved for your personal use.  The reason that many people don’t have money is that they don’t plan to have money.  Really, that’s not a flippant statement.  People who have money have made a plan to have money; meaning they’ve made a decision and a plan to not spend everything they makeContinue reading “Guilt-Free Spending (part 2)”

Guilt-Free Spending (part 1)

 

Part I

‘Why do I feel guilty spending my own money?’ is a question that many people struggle with.

The seeds of this article stem from that question I saw posted in an online forum that I really had the desire to address.  When I tried to access the answer page to submit an answer, the user had retracted their question, likely thinking that it wasn’t a valid concern.  I thought it was a very valid concern and I had thought, “I know exactly why she feels guilty” and wanted to help.  So, since I didn’t get to answer the girl’s question, I’ll address it here and hope that she and others who have that same very common concern find it someday. Continue reading “Guilt-Free Spending (part 1)”

Young Single Professional Woman, age 26

The account with which we matched this young professional woman provided the ability to leverage a large sum of tax-free money available to her while allowing her to build wealth away from the market downturn exposure of Wall Street and at much better rates than those available from the banking industry.    Both capital and earnings of such an account could be made available to her without it being classified as “earned income” and would therefore not be taxable.This young woman took a job with a doctor’s office as receptionist while in high school and advanced her training while working to become a medical assistant.  Being single and having a good relationship with her family, she continued to live at home with her parents despite making good money over nearly 10 years.  Maintaining low living expenses freed up considerable funds while she was yet young to begin building wealth that could grow over a number of decades prior to retirement. Continue reading “Young Single Professional Woman, age 26”

The Game You Write Your Own Rules For…

Empowered to do what you’d like to do and to be who you’d like to be.  All too often these days people, organizations, and ‘authorities’ are making all too many decisions ‘for your own good’.  If you’d like to retain or recover more of the ability to make your decisions based on your own values, you might want to ‘empower yourself’.  And you don’t need anyone’s permission to do it. Continue reading “The Game You Write Your Own Rules For…”

Wealthy And Rich Are Not The Same! Part 2

Once you have your own wealth which you create by learning how to save, the choices for investment vehicles that both protect your capital and make it grow is the next dividing line between those who have wealth and those who create financial riches.  The larger you grow your wealth, the better financial ‘games’ you are permitted to play.

An accredited investor (individual), a person with a $200,000 annual income track record ($300K combined spousal income) or a million dollar net worth, is a ‘legal status’ in the investment world as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)[i] where certain investment vehicles, heretofore unavailable, become available.  It would actually be a breach of ethics and illegal in certain instances to offer such investment opportunities to individuals that do not meet the standards.  Why?  In many instances the investments offered at this level involve a degree of risk that a non-accredited individual could not financially reconcile, or perhaps survive, if the investment went poorly.  Simply put, the average person could not afford the loss, whereas the accredited investor could financially recover due to a significantly higher cash flow.  That is not the asset class I work with as a wealth advisor.  I’m simply pointing out that such things are in fact possible and available. Continue reading “Wealthy And Rich Are Not The Same! Part 2”

Oh, Not So, Mr. Ramsey!

I agree with many things that Dave Ramsey says, this is one of those rare, yet glaring exceptions.

On a Facebook Meme this morning, Dave Ramsey issued, “Debt is dumb.  Cash is king.”  Without further explanation, I must take an exception to this blanket statement.


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Wealthy And Rich Are Not The Same! Part 1

Wealth as defined by Robert Kiyosaki in Cashflow Quadrant is measured in time, or the ability to buy back time.  I both like and readily identify with this definition because I have had some experience with it.  I see wealth as “more money than you need for your basic needs today”.  If I can feed myself, keep the electricity on, keep the payment up on the car, insurance, gasoline; and go about my life without impacting my lifestyle through lack of money, I’ve met my needs.  If I then have enough money to also meet my needs for tomorrow while maintaining my lifestyle, then I have collected wealth; more than what I need today.  By that definition many people in modern society have some degree of wealth, but we’re not taught to think about money in those terms.  In fact, if you were educated by the public school system in the US, you aren’t taught much about money, budgeting, or building wealth at all in the mainstream curriculum! Continue reading “Wealthy And Rich Are Not The Same! Part 1”

What Makes Money Work? Part 2

The Magic of Compound Interest:

When you invest your money and earn, for the sake of simplicity, 10% annually on a thousand dollars of capital ($1000), you would have $100 in profit or yield (which is taxed as earned income by governments in most states, but let’s ignore that for now).  When you’re ready I can show you accounts that have average earnings rates nearing 10% even in our present bleak economy, and avoid both taxation and market risk!

At the end of your first full year, you would have $1100 in your account ($1000 capital plus $100 at 10% interest) assuming your reinvested the earned interest or profits.  Had you removed your $100 and enjoyed your profit, the second year your investment might, with similar performance, yield another $100, the same as the first year.  Compound Interest assumes you do reinvest the proceeds.  Again, for simplicity in this example, interest is compounded or paid annually. Continue reading “What Makes Money Work? Part 2”