Invest in Businesses Rather than Renting Stocks

Most business owners can feel the pulse of their business. If you own a coffee shop for instance, you can go to the location, see and interact with your employees, touch your inventory, and keep your customers happily caffeinated. You can smell the aroma of your business. You can feel it.

What if you had that same feeling as a shareholder of a public company? What if you thought like an owner? Consider one that sells coffee. Yesterday, you did not own any shares of this company, but today you are an owner – a shareholder.  The feeling of being an owner of that company is divorced from owning a percentage or shares in a public company. Some may think those shares represent a lotto ticket that goes up and down every business day on some stock exchange, based on public consensus or what some analyst says or does not say about that company’s future prospects. Some almost consider it like a casino.

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Workshop: What Now?

You’ve maxed out your 401k. You’ve hit the limit on your IRA contributions, ROTH or otherwise. You’re a diligent saver but you still have extra cash each month. So where should it go? What are the right ways to put that extra money to work?

Renegotiating with our Business Partner, Donald Trump

Imagine you have a business relationship with a partner. You work and run the business, and take home 65 percent of the profits for your efforts and your partner received 35%. Last December your partner recognized your hard work and rewarded you with an additional 14 percent of the business, reducing their take to 21 percent. Suddenly you are receiving a much larger portion of the profits.

At the same time your business partner has made an effort to reduce friction in the business and keep borrowing costs low. These are ideal conditions for your business to grow, and they are exactly what the U.S. Government has done.

In short, the tax cuts passed by Congress late last year are a big deal. Corporations are getting around 20 percent more tax relief and reflecting that relief in well-publicized bonuses to workers, increases in earnings, and growing dividend payments to the shareholders. All of that is not just good – but incredibly good for the American economy and citizens.

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From Clutter to Clarity: What to Toss and What to Keep

By Michelle Santaferro, organizing expert and owner of Organomics

Like many during this time of year, you may have found certain documentation painful to retrieve and scattered in several locations.  But there’s good news: you can create a system to quickly file and find anything you need financially. Let’s look at the steps you can take to retrieve things quickly.

NOTE

Michelle will be speaking at our upcoming workshop on Friday, April 27th. Register today and join us!

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Workshop: From Clutter to Clarity

Are you drowning in data? How can you conquer the clutter? Join Michelle Santaferraro from Organomics for a workshop on organizing the chaos, simplifying the storage, and streamlining your system for dealing with paper.

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The Difference Between Financial and Investment Advice

There’s never been a better time to be an investor. Advances in technology have leveled the playing field in a truly unprecedented way. While these advances are great for you, they make offering value as financial advisors more difficult.

So as we continue to see improvements in technology I believe investment management will become more and more of a commodity. That means real financial advice will be a huge differentiator in the financial services industry. Anyone can create a portfolio, asset allocation or investment strategy. We are even told robots can do this with this concept called “Robo-Advisor”. What most people actually need is advice about how their investments fit into their overall financial plan, and more importantly their life. Believe me – robots cannot do this, nor do investment products do this. It takes an experienced, skilled, listening Advisor.

Both investment management and financial advice are necessary components for long-term success, but it’s important to understand the differences.

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The $58,000 Latte Habit

Creating a habit of saving is hard, really hard.  It requires discipline and few people enjoy discipline.  But your daily disciplines (or lack thereof) can have a profound impact on your future.

Consider the daily latte.  The average medium latte at Starbucks costs $3.65 assuming you don’t “doctor” it up with extra flavors, different milks, etc. That cost is pre-tax. We know that $3.65 can add up, but what does it add up to?  Let’s look at some simple math behind a latte habit.  The chart below illustrates the future value of that cup of coffee, depending on your consumption.

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Meet Bob, The World’s Worst Market Timer

Did you invest some money on Jan. 26th? Do you ever feel “the curse” of investing at exactly the wrong point? Like your investing is too late, at the wrong time, or maybe that you’re just unlucky?

Well meet Bob – the World’s Worst Market Timer. Bob began his working career in 1970 at age 22 and was a diligent saver and planner.

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The U.S. Economy & Markets

I am an optimist by nature. I feel this optimism is not pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but rather a view to the future that is based on a sound historical tract record and the economic progress we see across the globe. This optimism springs from characteristics that aren’t uniquely American, but we certainly are blessed by a population that exhibits many of these attributes:

  • Hard work
  • Ingenuity and creativity
  • Kean intellect
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Productivity, efficiency, and a striving for improvement
  • Cutting edge mentality
  • Yet fun, fruitful, and an ever growing vision of what the future might hold

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Social Security & Medicare Webinar

The right move can make a huge difference in your Social Security and Medicare benefits. If you’re 60-65 and approaching retirement, you need to see this. Watch Tim Lenz speak on Social Security, followed by Dave Suplinski on Medicare.