financial advice

Intra-family Loans

17 hours ago
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Banks and other financial institutions play a wonderful, indispensable role in our economy. They are the intermediaries that most efficiently bring together large numbers of savers looking for a safe place to store their money and borrowers, looking for money to spend they do not presently have.

Our economy couldn’t do without banks.

But that doesn’t mean you’ve got to use them every time for every transaction. There are a few occasions where getting rid of the middle man makes sense.

 

Aim For the Sweet Spot

Sep 5, 2018
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“What really makes for a good financial plan?”

“What all I should try to plan for?”

“What do most people do?”

I get these sorts of questions from individual who come to see me for the first time.

What do most people do? Nothing.

Or they wait, saying they’ll do “something” later. Waiting allows you to do nothing, but with dignity.

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I remember the day he came to see me.

“She’s just so emotional,” he said, as if he was talking about a disease. “About everything really, not just money. How can I get her to see that?”

 

“See what?” I asked. “That’s she’s emotional?”

Buddy, she already knows that. My guess is that she needs to see that you value her emotions as the powerful force for good they can be. Then, with that assurance, she can also see that her emotions don’t need to run her life (or yours)…just enhance it.

Getting back to normal

Jul 25, 2018
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When are things going to get back to normal?

Funny, isn’t it - things are always getting back to normal. But they are rarely normal. What’s that all about?

In math, they call this reversion to the mean. A simpler way to express this might be “the more things change, the more things stay the same.”

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Fear is a funny thing – it often tricks us into exchanging one perceived problem for a much larger one.

I don’t know too many folks who break into a cold sweat when they get into a car to drive a few hours. But let that same person board an airplane, and they are much more likely to experience a heightened sense of fear, even dread.

 

The National Safety Council estimates your lifetime odds of dying in a car accident at about 1 in 100. For air travel, the lifetime odds are about 1 in 200,000.

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Is it a good idea to pay off your home mortgage loan early?

I find there is an economic answer to that question and an emotional answer to that question.

 

Which is right? That depends on who YOU are…

Well, I’m glad I could clear that up…

Path to Money Maturity

Jun 27, 2018
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I could summarize a question (often asked in the form of a complaint) that I get over and over again – how do I instill money maturity in my children?

Based on what I’ve seen so far, the only perfect kids are grandkids. And I’m pretty sure no one has come up with a failsafe plan for how to raise those.

But I do believe if you at least know what you want, you know where to focus your efforts. So here’s my two cents on the path to maturity in life. And the ripple effect of this maturity will not only be felt financially, but also in every other area of life.

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Last week I suggested that no small business can be really successful until it is ready to be sold.

 

A sale requires a willing buyer with sufficient resources to buy the business. And most of the time, both the buyer and the resources to buy must be developed by the current business owner, or the business won’t get sold at all. The owner will simply close the door and leave lots and lots of potential wealth in the trash heap of items he said he would “get around to doing one day when I have the time.”

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There are a lot of ways to judge the success (or lack thereof) of a small business: how much stuff they sell, their profits, number of employees, years in business or any combination of these things. Each of these factors is important (perhaps irreplaceably so).

 

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In order for priorities to be profitable, they must first be planned and then be practiced.

John Maxwell writes, “There are two things that are most difficult to get people to do: to think and to do things in order of importance.” Maxwell says this is the difference between a pro and an amateur.

So, step one is the thinking part – you’ve got to put together an actionable plan that gets you where you want to go as efficiently as possible. Here are the priority areas (as I see them) for any well-rounded financial plan.

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