Issues with Capitalism and Oligarchy

The video below is an excerpt from the Personal Financial Education series at https://davidpandone.com The series strives to present and prepare people on the topics of money, finances, and growing their wealth* which should be taught in school, but isn’t. Continue reading “Issues with Capitalism and Oligarchy”

In Uncle Sam We Trust

Slowly but Certainly, Social Security Is Failing.

I see this routinely as I assist clients in preparing for retirement and other financial goals.  This statement is directly from the Social Security Administration’s web page that assists people with estimating their expected benefits at retirement:

“The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2034, the combined trust fund reserves are projected to become depleted – the same as projected last year. Payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 79 cents for each dollar of scheduled benefits.”
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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)”

The Crypto-Currency, Gold Connection

Despite the graphic, bitcoin has no physical properties.

Even with all the crypto-currency hype, nearly everyone was shocked at the 1,270.5% gains of crypto-currency flagship Bitcoin in the last year.  Even more shocking, the distributive ledger technology that allows it to work is already outdated! Continue reading “The Crypto-Currency, Gold Connection”

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)”

Seasoned Professional, 10 Years to Retirement

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This engineering professional had accumulated a good-sized 401(k) with a large public firm and had a desire to remove as much of his accumulated retirement wealth from the risk of any Wall Street market exposure as possible.  The description on his account statement that he was “100% vested” lead him to believe that he was in complete control of his retirement funds.  The reality, however, was that the company for which he worked and the custodian that held his funds would not release a surprisingly large portion of his retirement wealth despite classifying it as 401(k) to IRA rollover. Continue reading “Seasoned Professional, 10 Years to Retirement”

Business Entrepreneur’s Education / Retirement Fund for Daughter

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A business entrepreneur with a young, pre-teen daughter wanted to set up an account usable for college funding.  While a 529 account might come to mind, once funds are placed into a 529 account the government stipulates, in return for tax-deferred status, the purposes to which both the capital and the gains can be applied.  I suggested another strategy for this application that had much farther-reaching and beneficial lifetime benefits for this father and daughter. Continue reading “Business Entrepreneur’s Education / Retirement Fund for Daughter”

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”

2018’s Current Unseen Crisis

Embedded below are three of the best interviews that I have heard lately that sum up the extent and magnitude of the economic situation that we are currently in worldwide.  In addition, I’ve added some of my own comments and perspective to try to bring those who aren’t at all familiar with the topic up to speed.

The Dow Jones has hit $26,600+ and all other indices have recently hit all-time highs.  Government regulations that hamper the development and expansion of business have been rolled back at historic 20 to 1 levels.  Continue reading “2018’s Current Unseen Crisis”