Ep52 Eric B is President, and it obviously doesn’t matter.
In 1986 the song titled “Eric B. is President” was a #1 hit song in the Hip Hop community. At the time it was a strange title, but the title sank in and it didn’t even matter. The Hip Hop community went on to take over the music world and Rakim became one of the most well known and prolific rappers in Hip Hop history -still to this day. He debuted by nominating his DJ for president, that’s 1986, talk about making America great again.
The 2016 election is over and a new president will be sitting in the White House soon. There’s a lot of anxiety surrounding what is to become of the new presidency? So the question remains, how will affect your daily finances, your money, your ability to save and invest because that’s all that really matters. In episode 52, what may or may not be of concern with a new presidency.
Now is the time to get into practice of working on a last quarter EOY (end of year) review of annual goals and a once over of your money situation. This week’s episode focus is on re-balancing the financial snapshot which may include everything from your different types of insurance to investments to savings, credit card interest rates and more. Review your financial picture and bring things into focus that may need a last minute tweaking for staying on point to meet whatever goals exist, while there’s still time to see a difference. Goals can range from reducing credit, credit balances, interest rates or saving enough for a great holiday season. If you have no specific goals, now is also a good time to maybe get some into focus, regardless of where you are, you may want to be better. Review and re-balance inflows and spending. Get On Game and Stay On Game.
Not sure about this whole investing thing? It can be fairly easy and straightforward to get set up with a brokerage and even link your existing bank account, then what? Start buying stocks …buy, buy, buy! Okay, maybe not so fast. There may be a few things to learn first, like what stock to choose and even if it’s a good time to buy it. Luckily, there’s plenty of instruction and guidance available whether you want to learn about buying stocks, mutual funds, bonds, commodities and the list goes on. Some instruction is free, some is pay per play, most is good and some is great. Either way, once you have got some sort of an idea of what to buy and how …buy, buy, buy! Wait, not so fast, first you’ll need money, money, money! Well before you go risking your cash you can maybe try trading with “paper” or “paper money” that is, trading with not so real cash. You can do what’s known as paper trading to maybe get a feel for what you’re doing, try out a few strategies, buy some stock and see how things go before you actually go live and start using your “actual” cash. But don’t go trading off all your good luck with the paper money trading, save some of that good luck for executing real trades and investments.
In this episode, an interview with Jason Brown, investor, trader, instructor and developer of “The Brown Report”. Jason goes over some of the differences in trading versus investing and how to get started based on your your money goals. He explains how he got started in trading, investing and some of the ups and downs that come with the territory. Jason explains how he came to develop several intense and focused courses based on his knowledge of investing and how it can be tailored to meet individual needs.
During the interview Jason sets aside the mystique, glamour and sometime hype about investing by digging right in to the nuts and bolts of getting started with investing and trading from the ground floor. Besides offering entry level instruction and investor training, The Brown Report also offers advanced level trading strategies for those that find themselves wanting more. He has a relaxed, confident approach that only comes following some real world experience and perseverance earned during trading in both up and down market cycles. If you haven’t seen any of the ads for “The Brown Report” online or elsewhere, check it here at “The Brown Report” .
Socially Responsible Investing. Do You Invest Responsibly?
Are your 401k and other mutual fund based investments such as IRA’s and 529 plans reflecting your values as an investor? Can you maintain your moral values and make money with investments at the same time? As it turns out the answer is yes, you can invest in your values and still be a value investor. Recently, some well known dividend paying stocks took a nosedive of over 40%, as it turned out, not many people agreed with their line of business anyway. Little do many investors know, they are invested in many things or companies that they wouldn’t want to be bothered with. In this episode, a look at two controversial companies that both have a lot of investors money riding on them.
Every industry has its language and investing is no stranger to having its own too. Problem with investing language is nobody knows what the hell they are talking about. What the hell is the Dow and if the market has a fallout, does that mean I should sell my company stock options? That is the problem, the problem that keeps people out. Keeps people on edge, selling their entire 401k, cashing out and running for the hills based on some news show using terms they never heard before. They talk as if it’s another language and most people are just wondering do they need a flux capacitor to mitigate the attenuation and trajectory of their… ok, so you get it. The Investing Lingo is a problem all by itself.
It seems everyplace you look these days there are coaches for whatever goals you aspire to reach. Business Coach, Finance Coach, Relationship Coach, and, and… How do you size up the right coach for you and your aspirations? Take the Business Coach for example, there are many things to think about before getting yourself involved with a self described business coach. Not to mention, the questions needing answers to properly vet just the right business coach. Before moving forward the very first thing will be to understand what your needs are. What areas actually need coaching? After figuring out what you may need, gaps to fill and shortcoming to get over, then there’s the coach. Not to worry, there are videos and coaches that are glad to coach you on finding or becoming a coach.
There are a lot of questions, concerns and just plain old curiosity surrounding the Brexit situation. Following our own financial meltdown in the United States and all of the crazy things that followed ranging from job losses, to people literally walking away from their homes and mortgages to portfolios getting completely crushed. People lost money like it was going out of style. So what’s up with Brexit, is it something like that? Will there be those sorts of residual problems? News reports are talking about 401k’s and IRA’s potentially taking a hit. What should someone do if anything right now? Financial Advisor, Camari Elllis breaks down the Brexit, the EU, Euros and what you should consider before making any presumptuous money moves.
OR… Maybe there is a OPPORTUNITY presenting itself loud and clear, just yelling “Over here, now is the time!” Remember Baron Rothschild, “buy when there is blood in the streets”.
In this week’s episode of MWPF, it’s the basics of identifying the assets vs liabilities and investments. Is that house, car and jewelry an investment or an asset? There’s usually a lot of discussion here and a large part is due to the sometimes changing status of things we buy or consider ourselves investing in, for example something that may start as a liability because of costs attached to maintain it, may turn out to become an asset at some time or another. Most controversial of all, are the intangibles such as relationships, knowledge, skill, education and even social status in regards to whether they are assets or even investments. Do you invest in your social status or intimate relationships? Are your relationships liabilities that cost you to maintain them and keep up appearances. On the landscape of Assets vs. Liabilities there’s much more than just your house.
Even as we mourn the recent massacre of innocent people living life as they see fit and socializing in an environment where they felt safe and comfortable among like minded peers. Truth is, many of us would like to live so honest and free, happy and content with ourselves. Still some crazed person will bring the sad reality of wanting to inflict his will on them and eventually take their lives to make his point.
There will be more mourning than can probably be imagined as there were so many families touched that transcend race, creed, nationality, economic class and sexual orientation. Regardless, we live in a society that is dominated by capitalism and as such, the stocks of gun makers were up immediately following this terrible massacre. Whether it’s matter of security concerns or self defense, capitalism is marching forward, manufacturers and retailers alike are making profits as a direct result.
May God Bless those affected by the tragedy, the families friends and loved ones of the victims. May God Be With You.