The biggest key to manage money successfully is to make money systematic. First, I have always lived on only 90 percent of my income. I took the difference and invested those assets for long-term growth. Once in that account they never came out no matter how hard times were. Second, we also maxed out our retirement […]
Instant gratification is the enemy of financial security. If you plan ahead (if you budget), you can buy whatever you want. Just don’t sacrifice the future for the present. One must act like a lone wolf to bust beyond the cyclone of instant gratification.
It’s about creating financial security and creating savings habits at a young age. Teaching your kids about money can change their future, and yours. It’s not about becoming rich, just about becoming smart about money.
You don’t have to be a genius to obtain financial success. A dollar a day into a mutual fund can change your future (or the future of your children).
Volatility = Risky. Capitalism is creative destruction subject to business cycles. This process forces change and change over time creates winners and losers. The average person fights or ignores change until it impacts their life. Only then does the average person react. The wealthy embrace investments and systems that maintain and create wealth. The wealthy […]
Budgets are like diets… they sound great but very few people follow them. What everyone needs is an automatic savings plan. Payroll driven savings are the best! 401(k)s and simple IRAs invest money pre-tax. Once enrolled most people adjust their spending habits around their net paycheck. The next best choice is an automatic savings plan […]
The only way to convince someone to do anything is to set a good example. Monkey see, monkey do. Start sharing your financial plan with your kids. Quotes like, “I sure wish I would have started when I was your age,“ set the stage. Ask your millennial questions like: “Have you started investing?” “What can […]
Money is slowly experiencing a generational paradigm shift. The shift has been caused by extended life expectancies. Life spans are increasing by 30% a decade. In the early 1900s many people would WORK and DIE. In that era, there was no reason to save. The majority of the greatest generation and the baby boomers are […]
Nobody likes to look or feel stupid. When it comes to money, you’re supposed to have implied wisdom. The reality is that most Americans have a financial literacy deficit. Money smarts are not taught in school and most parents don’t have good money habits. If you don’t know what you are talking about, you don’t […]
When talking to younger kids I recommend talking about planting a tree. If possible, plant a physical tree (this can be started at any time). Investing money and planting a tree have a lot in common. Investing in a growth mutual fund grows money over time. The longer the time the bigger the amount. Talk […]