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)”

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”

News Update: 170427

Releasing Friday April 28 and entitled Guilt-Free Spending, Part 1, the next article deals with ‘buyer’s remorse’ and the guilt some people experience when spending their own money. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon!

A Cash-ionary Tale

Ben FranklinAt the time this article is being written, there are people discussing in our government representation (and in fact worldwide) the removal of cash in the form of currency from the monetary system.  While I’m no fan of the current state of our currency system, it’s important to understand the effect that such a consideration has on society and your freedom as an individual.  First, without cash, you will have to process purchases, any and all purchases, through a system that processes payments, and the entity running that system will be able to track every transaction that you make.  The standard argument is that, ‘if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about’, until you actually have to live under that system.  Bear with me as I illuminate the issue: Continue reading “A Cash-ionary Tale”