29
May

3 Things You Must Overcome in Order to Make More Money

ff16The number one thing to know is this: More and more Americans are rightfully concerned about wage and income disparity but few see that government has any real solution to this concern. This is a step in the right direction because although many members of low-income households work heroically and waveringly at very low wages the “Census Bureau data shows that for every hour worked by those in a low-income household, those in a wealthy household toil 5 hours.”(I) Furthermore, “6 out of 10 households have no one working at all.”(ii)

Secondly, according to the latest Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) “The average investor in a blend of equities and fixed-income mutual funds has garnered only a 2.6% annualized rate of return for the 10-year time period ending December 31, 2013. The same average investor hasn’t fared any better over longer time frames. The 20-year annualized return comes in at 2.5% while the 30-year annualized rate is just 1.9%.”(iii)

Thirdly, checking the market performance as of the date of this writing, December 10, 2015, CNN Money reports that the S&P 500 Index is trading 0.56% higher than it closed yesterday. The year-to-date change is -0.12% and the 1 year change is currently -1.59%.

So here are the 3 things you must overcome in order to make more money:

1. You will need to overcome by working harder or longer, maybe both.

2. You will need to overcome by depending more on guarantees, less on market returns.

3. You will need to overcome by avoiding market volatility in order to keep more of what you make.

The first of these is easy enough to overcome. There are literally thousands of things that you can do, if you are willing, that will create more income for you. Saving at least 10% of that income will put you on track to becoming wealthier regardless of where you are today on the income scale. This isn’t rocket science. It is called work ethic. Being willing and ready to trade your skills, knowledge and time for money so that you can set aside money that can begin to work for you, instead of you always having to trade your time for money, is the most important thing in making more money.

Next, forget about putting your hard earned money into the market in hopes of it making you more money. Statistics document, as the QAIB research above proves, that this model of saving hardly keeps pace with inflation. That means you could save all your money in things like 401(k)s, IRAs, Roths, Mutual Funds, Securities and Bonds and end up with less value down the road than what you started with initially.

Finally, overcoming or avoiding market volatility is critical if you are planning on keeping more of the money that you and your money can create for you. Consider this based on the CNN Money report above. If you had entered the market this morning you would be making slightly over ½ of a percent on your position. Of course, you would have to pay the fees to make the trade either to enter, exit or both and that means you would have lost money today in the S&P 500. But let’s say you entered the market on the opening bell the first day of trading this year. That means you would have lost the trading fees plus you would have lost another 1/12th of a percent just because of market volatility. And if you had entered the market 1 year ago today then your losses would include all the fees plus an additional -1.59%.

Logic tells us that saving in places that provides guaranteed returns and opportunity to participate in market returns without assuming the risk that is inherent in the volatile market place while having complete access without fees or penalties to the capital saved is more reliable than what the average investor is accomplishing with their money today. That is why The Perpetual Wealth Code™ is based on overcoming these 3 things that most investors are plagued with in their portfolio. Guaranteed, Available, Manageable Equity is the GAME that you need to win in order to make and keep more money.

20
May

A New Year’s Resolution for Your Finances

ff15It’s shortly after New Year’s, and that means resolutions. And it’s not too late to set a New Year’s Resolution for your finances. The goals that are most successfully accomplished are those that are manageable, not too overwhelming. So let’s look at one financial goal that is manageable enough to be accomplished this year.

Pay a little bit extra on your mortgage every month. Make it small enough that you can manage it every month, but not so much that it is stressful. Start with a small success and then build on it.

Let’s see how paying just a little more on your mortgage could really benefit your finances in the long run.

For example, if you have a 30-year mortgage for $150,000 at an interest rate of three percent, paying an additional $100 each month would save you a total of $17,214 and you would pay it off six years early. If you were only able to increase the amount to an extra $50 per month, you would still save $9,719 and pay it off three years and four months early.

If you have a 20 year for $100,000 at 4% interest, and added $50 a month to your payment, your loan would be shortened by 26 months, saving you a total of $5,563. If the same loan had an extra $100 paid on it each month, that would be $9,883 saved and it would be paid of three years and eleven months early.

So making a small sacrifice each month to pay a little bit extra on your mortgage can save you a significant amount of money in the future.

Now for the question of where to get an extra $50-$100 each month. One recommendation would be to make this extra amount automatic. Have it taken out of your paycheck or bank account automatically. If you never see it, it’s a small enough amount that hopefully you won’t feel it too much. For example, if you are paying an extra $50 per month and get paid weekly, that’s only $10 or $12.50 out of the paycheck (depending on how many weeks are in the month).

Here are a few suggestions to help you with that extra money you need each month. Don’t buy lottery tickets. Take a lunch to work and eat out a few less times each month. Make your own coffee instead of stopping to buy some on your way to work.

12
May

What to Do When You Need Money

ff14Budget and expenses are two of the most important and critical aspects in one’s life. From bills, to school fees and household expenses, a lot of money is required and that it ends up quickly before the month’s ends as well.

Suppose you do not have money, then there are plenty of ways to get it either through the loan, or a credit card. Before making a decision, need to consider a few things so that you don’t end up in any trouble at all.

Make an assessment of your financial situation

You need to deliberate thoroughly, before you plan to borrow money. That is, you should debate whether you really require a loan or not. If there is some solution to your shortage in money, kindly address it soon.

You need to review your household budget as well. If you can save money by changing the broadband supplier or the amenities (gas or electricity) supplier, then do so. You would be surprised how much you have saved at the end of each month. This would help you to sort out your cash problems for sure.

But if there is no option left, you can opt for a credit card or a loan.

Credit Card

Before you decide to select the credit card, you need to address the following questions.

· What is the rate of interest?

· How much time will it take to pay off the balance?

· Do you need to use the card for paying other expenses that would increase the balance and eventually increase the interest rate that you need to pay?

· Are you already having some balance on the card?

· How close will you be with your credit limit when you use the card for the respective expense?

Sometimes, it happens that you have the option of spreading the payments with your creditor through a payment plan. If such is the case, you should discuss it, and if the expense is not an emergency, you can delay it too. This will help you to save some amount of money that would enable you to pay the partial cost without the need to burrow.

Personal Loan

A loan is a good option, but the following questions need to be pondered upon and clarified before applying for the loan.

1
May

Tips for ATM Safety

ff13ATMs and debit cards offer quick access to your money when you’re on the go. Most of us have come to rely on the convenience they provide, but it’s important to use caution to keep ourselves and our finances safe. To protect your identity and ensure your personal safety, it makes sense to exercise caution when using an ATM. The tips below are meant to make you aware that although rare, ATM crime can happen.

Follow these tips to help keep you and your money safe!

    • Protect your ATM card as if it were cash. Report lost or stolen cards immediately.

 

    • Safeguard your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Don’t give your number to anyone; don’t write your PIN on your card, avoid using numbers that are easily identified (birth date, etc.).

 

    • Try to use ATMs with which you are familiar. Choose well-lit, well-placed ATMs where you feel comfortable. If you need to use an ATM late at night, ask a friend to accompany you.

 

    • Before approaching the ATM, scan the surrounding area. Avoid the ATM altogether if it is too dark to see, isolated or looks unsafe. If there are bystanders loitering in the area, go to another machine or come back later.

 

    • Be prepared to conduct your business as soon as you reach the machine. Have your ATM card ready in your hand. Do not dig through a purse, bag or wallet in front of an ATM or while you are in line. Secure your money immediately after the transaction. Count your money later, not at the ATM.

 

    • Use your body to shield the screen and keypad before entering your PIN. Make sure other individuals in line stay a reasonable distance from you while you’re performing your transaction.

 

    • Do not allow anyone to distract you while you are at the ATM. Be cautious if strangers approach you or try talking to you – even if your card is stuck or you’re having trouble with your transaction. If someone takes interest in your transaction, leave the area and report the suspicious behavior to the police.

 

    • Never leave your receipt in the ATM. Discarded ATM receipts are a primary source of identity theft and account fraud. Shred receipts before discarding them.

 

    • If you are using the ATM at night make sure there is nothing compromising your personal safety like overgrown bushes or poor lighting.

 

  • Be wary of an ATM scam called “skimming, where thieves attach electronic devices to the ATM that are designed to capture your card information and PIN. If an ATM card reader appears unusual compared to other ATMs, use another ATM.

Remember, if your ATM card is lost or stolen; contact your credit union immediately. They will take the proper steps to ensure your finances are safe and assist you in getting a new card.