What Client Fees?

 

In my daily perusal of my own social media marketing efforts, I often see how other businesses approach their use of social media.  Yesterday I saw a post that read on the order of, “Discussing advisory fees with clients can be a challenge.”  I thought, I find it rather easy in that a single sentence makes both the client and me very, very happy: “Clients don’t pay me for my Wealth Strategies Services.” Continue reading “What Client Fees?”

Testimonial Videos Premiere!

I have been wanting to include some of my best clients in video testimonials for prospective clients and for new clients to review and also share.  When you find something good, something exceptional, it’s natural to want to share it with people close to you whom you care about. Continue reading “Testimonial Videos Premiere!”

Spotlight: Unwinding the Tangled Hedge

Prop it up, prime the pump, hedge the crisis… by any name the papering of the US economy and banking industry since the early 90’s has solved nothing and our problems are now larger and more unstable than ever.

The problems causing the housing crises of 2008 have been sated[1] for a decade, but never solved.  Now, as the Federal Reserve begins raising interest rates and unwinding the mountains of debt on their balance sheets acquired to infuse the US Treasury with liquidity, the flimsy foundation on which it is all built looks to be shivering with stress.  I’ve heard commentators state that for the Fed to have any cards to play in this game at all, they have to raise rates as quickly as possible so that they can lower them again.  At present, with rates still lower than any other period in the history of man, they have almost no room to do that.  Its as if they think that raising rates while people are still struggling to catch up from the difficulties of the past two decades won’t cause problems!  Well, it won’t cause problems for them and their friends… Continue reading “Spotlight: Unwinding the Tangled Hedge”

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!”

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)”

Grandfather with 5 Grandchildren, Age 85

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A grandfather of five grandchildren and one great-grandchild inquired if I could assist him in setting up a wealth-transfer to his several grandchildren.  “I have money in my bank account that I’m not using, am not likely to use, and am earning next to no return on!”, he stated, opening the discussion. Continue reading “Grandfather with 5 Grandchildren, Age 85”

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”