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Why You Can’t Rely On A Salary To Get Rich

18th Jul 2014Home Based Business, Income, Retirement, Savings, Self Employed, Success, Work from home

I’ll answer this with the same advice I’ve given my kids. First off, forget about your bachelor’s in computer science. I did that and then went to grad school for CS. Worthless.

The only way to make real wealth is to get rid of your salary. In a salary, by definition, you are creating wealth for others and you are creating a chain and handcuffs for yourself.

Some people like that but it’s not the way to make $250,000 a year or whatever you want to make (why’d you pick $250,000?).

I’m on the board of a billion revs employment agency. I can tell you the facts: Income is going down relative to inflation for 40 years in a row. And the entire middle class is getting fired. I don’t mean this in a scary way. It’s just the facts right now. Maybe it will change. I hope so, but I doubt it.

I’m not even suggesting go out and start a company. Running a company is a lot of painful work. Employees have sex with each other, clients want bribes, and programs don’t work at demos.

More than half the unemployed have college degrees (another comment: “College is not just about the money.” And my response: “Then don’t let your kids get $100,000 in debt just so they can read books for a few years.”)

I wanted to find someone who was neither an entrepreneur in the traditional sense nor an employee somewhere.

I kept seeing this guy Steve Scott on Amazon. His books kept beating my books on Amazon’s lists. How could “23 Anti-Procrastination Habits” rank higher than “Choose Yourself!”

Other books would be: “70 Healthy Habits” or “How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour.”

And every few weeks there would be another book. First I noticed it under Steve Scott. But then, with a completely different picture, I noticed the same style of books coming up under SJ Scott.

He was like a machine of books. “.99 is the New Free,” “Declutter Your Inbox,” and on and on.

So I called him. I didn’t know him. I didn’t have any friends who knew him. I think he lives in the middle of Ohio.

I wanted to know what the hell he was doing. I wanted my kids to do it so they would never have to have the worries and anxieties that I had all through my 20s and 30s.

He came on my podcast “The James Altucher Show” (I’m not trying to get you to listen to it. I’m going to tell you everything he said here).

He told me just two years ago he was dead broke and trying to figure out what to do. He had basically zero in the bank and was making no money.

“Last month I made over $40,000,” he told me. He’s written 42 books in the past two years. He now writes a book every three weeks.

“Can anyone do this?” I asked him.

And he said, “yes,” and we made a podcast out of it because I wanted everyone to hear his detailed answers. You can listen for free on iTunes or Stitcher (for Android phones).

He basically writes 2,000 words a day. In the front of each book he has various things he gives away for free if people sign up for his email list.

“Take a concept you’re interested in,” he told me, ” and break it up into a lot of parts and write a book about each part.

“For instance, if you are interested in golf, write a book about how to get the right equipment, write a book about how to improve your swing in 10 easy steps, write a book, “Learn to Putt 100% Better in 60 Minutes,” and so on.

Each book gets him more email subscribers. More email subscribers get him more book sales. And so on.

Did he study writing or marketing in college? You decide: He majored in criminal psychology at Montclair State University.

It took two years to build up, but now he is a marketing and entrepreneurial machine — even though he has never done anything like this before.

He has no boss. He enjoys his free time. He makes more money than 95% of the CEOs in the corporate world. If I were graduating with my CS degree this is what I would do right now instead of what I did do.

I asked him why he was being so transparent. Why he was telling me EVERYTHING. “Can’t anyone just copy what you do?”

“Sure,” he says. “But I work really hard.”

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Moving Abroad an Option for Retiring Canadians

015th Jan 2013Business News, Canadians, Income, Real Estate, Retirement, Savings, Self Employed, Taxation, Taxes, Work from home, , , , , , , , , , ,

Dwindling pension benefits are forcing many Canadians to rethink how they’ll spend their golden years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean giving up their dreams of a sun-soaked retirement.

Some experts say that with proper planning, uprooting to an exotic locale can actually help cash-strapped seniors stretch their retirement dollars.

Aside from milder temperatures, they say many of the destinations favoured by Canadians — including parts of Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica — offer another advantage prized by those on a fixed income: a lower cost of living.

“It’s sometimes assumed that an international retirement vision or lifestyle is something that wealthy people pursue,” said Rod Burylo, a Calgary-based financial advisor specializing in international retirement.

“The reality is… some people retire to Mexico because it’s so darn cheap,” he said.

“One could reason, therefore, that if the economy suffered and their finances suffered, they may be more inclined to retire to Mexico because… they could have a better quality of life than they could have here.”

Many Canadians are having to make tough financial choices — including prolonging their careers or downsizing their homes — in preparing for retirement as debt-ridden governments and companies scale back benefits.

While financial considerations alone are rarely enough to prompt a drastic change of scenery, they often play an important role in the decision-making process, according to a recent survey by the BMO Retirement Institute.

The survey by one of Canada’s largest banks found more than 70 per cent of Canadians aged 45 or older have given thought to where they want to live out their golden years.

But it also found that while many fantasize about retreating to faraway lands, just over 10 per cent of respondents said they were willing to follow through and leave Canadian soil.

“I think you get people moving abroad for two reasons,” said Brian Burlacoff, a financial advisor with Sun Life Financial.

“You get a proportion of people who do want to spend time very purposely outside of Canada — snowbirds, for example, in Florida or Arizona — (and) they have a plan for that,” he said.

“But the other group that you get moving away are people that have no plan and they’re kind of drawing at straws because they have to find a place that’s less expensive to live in order to carry out their retirement objectives.”

That kind of “reactive” move, he said, is similar to trading a downtown Toronto lifestyle for a more affordable one in a neighbouring suburb.

But unlike a simple hop across municipal borders, crossing national boundaries can have serious tax and health care implications, he warned.

And even regions where the average day-to-day costs are low can drain the savings of those without a clear budget plan, he said.

A guidebook published by the Department of Foreign Affairs lays out the potential pitfalls for those looking to retire abroad, from the loss of Canadian citizenship or residency — and the resulting loss of health coverage — to the intricacies of foreign tax systems.

“Many developing countries lack the resources to collect taxes on foreign-source income, so they compensate by imposing high consumption taxes or import duties,” the document reads.

“Make sure you take into account all taxes, duties and fees, as well as the withholding taxes you will pay on income originating in Canada.”

Burlacoff and Burylo both recommend consulting an advisor who understands the specific challenges involved, and keeping in touch throughout the preparations and after the move.

At 61, Kerry Strayton believes he’s still up to a decade away from retirement, but that hasn’t stopped the Richmond, B.C., resident from getting a head start on his plans to retire abroad.

He’s already “actively researching” possible destinations for him and his wife, such as Colombia, Uruguay and Thailand — places with a pleasant climate and a thriving cultural scene, that he says are accessible enough that their son and daughter will be able to visit.

Moving seems like a necessity for the couple, whom Strayton says will have to live off their savings and his wife’s “small, very modest” pension given that his employer doesn’t offer a pension plan of its own.

He estimates it would cost roughly $1,500 a month in one of his chosen destinations to keep the same standard of living that would cost $2,500 in Richmond.

“To be honest, living in this part of the country in particular, which is very, very expensive, it’s hard to see how we would manage to have at least some kind of reasonable lifestyle,” he said.

Many unknowns remain: for one thing, the couple hasn’t decided whether to make a permanent move or take the more popular snowbird route.

But with several more years of squirrelling away savings ahead, the pair has some time to figure it out.

And in the meantime, Strayton said, they’ll be checking out the top contenders to see which one could eventually become their new home.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Retirement Canada: Moving Abroad Still Possible For Canadians With Cash Woes

 

Canadians fear retirement savings will run out

014th Jan 2013Business News, Canadians, Home Based Business, Income, Retirement, Savings, Self Employed, Work from home, , , , , ,

Nearly one-third of Canadian retirees are worried that they’ll run out of money over the long term, even though they are generally satisfied with the current quality of retirement, says a new poll by CIBC.

The survey, conducted by Leger Marketing and released on Monday, found that 69 per cent of retired Canadians say the quality of their retirement is what they had hoped for. However, 28 per cent said they are afraid of running out of money over the longer term.

British Columbia retirees were among the most afraid (45 per cent) of running out of money to sustain certain lifestyles, while Atlantic Canadians were among the least likely (21 per cent) to be worried about running out of money.

“While it is positive to see that a majority of retired Canadians are living the retirement they hoped for, our poll findings also show there is concern around whether their retirement savings will sustain them in the years to come,” says Christina Kramer, executive vice president, retail distribution and channel strategy at CIBC.

Kramer added there are some unique factors facing retirees including low interest rates on savings and the need to make their retirement funds last longer than previous generations, which makes long-range planning even more important.

The results also showed that more than half of retired Canadians indicate that a short-term financial shock could cause cash flow problems, with 54 per cent saying they would not be able to handle an unexpected extra payment of $500 a month given their current budget. Of that figure, 34 per cent said it would be very unmanageable and 19 per cent said it would be somewhat unmanageable.

The poll was conducted online and used a sample of 867 pre-retirees and retirees between over a period of four days in late September, according to a CIBC release.

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Canadians fear retirement savings will run out

Retirement Income

An unfortunate reality in today’s world is that many people either in retirement or near retirement are struggling to make up the shortfalls that recent economic challenges and financial crises have created. So searching for a way to supplement your retirement income is completely understandable.

Further, the traditional pensions we all heard our parents or grandparents talk about or enjoy are also pretty much a thing of the past, so what is a person to do.

Some are forced into working part time at menial jobs such as greeters in Wal-Mart or McDonalds, while others pick up part time jobs delivering newspapers or tele-sales in an effort to supplement their retirement income, but for many health issues make it very difficult to take on part time jobs.

 

Controlling Your Personal Finances

220th Aug 2012Freedom, Money, Retirement, , ,

Personal Finances – how to get control

Personal Finances are difficult to pay attention to if you think that saving some of your money is going to deprive you of something you really want. Unlike other personal finance tips, the following are painless ways to save a little bit more of your money without feeling like you have to deprive yourself in order to save.

Feel free to take advantage of paperless billing and paperless bank statements, but be careful not to become senseless on personal finances. The pitfall lurking in paperless finance lies in how easy it becomes to ignore your month-to-month finances. Banks, billers, or even thieves, can take advantage of this willful ignorance, so force yourself to review your personal finances online regularly.

Talk to your children about personal finances. You might think that your children know how to manage their money after graduation from college, but the educational system is really not preparing young people to manage their finance efficiently. Show your children how to keep track of their expenses and how to live on a budget.

Start bringing your own lunch to work everyday. People often waste so much money by going out to eat during their lunch break at work. By simply making and bringing your own lunch, you’ll be saving significant amounts of money, every single week.

Instead of going out to the movies with the person that you love, stay in and watch a film that is on television. A night out at the movies for the two of you would cost around 40-50 dollars, and you can have the same great experience for free, right in your own home.

To really save yourself some money, pay for everything in cash. Cash does not bounce, and when it is in your wallet, you always know how much money you have. Save yourself trips to the ATM though, as fees can eat up your money. Instead, get cash back at stores.

Before you buy anything that is not a necessity, question yourself about whether or not it is something that you truly need. Do you have to have a new shirt, if you have a closet full of clothes that still fit? Can you wait to buy that pair of new tennis shoes? Do not buy on impulse and instead, think about everything that you purchase.

To keep your personal financial life afloat, you should put a portion of every paycheck into savings. In the current economy, that can be hard to do, but even small amounts add up over time. Interest in a savings account is usually higher than your checking, so there is the added bonus of accruing more money over time.

It is important to remember not to risk more than two or three percent of your trading account. This will help you to keep your account longer, and be able to be more flexible when things are going good or bad. You will not lose everything you have worked hard to earn.

If you’re opening up a savings account to put your emergency money, always look for a low-risk account, like a high-yield account. Here’s an oversimplification: The bank spends your money and then pays it back with interest, but your money is also guaranteed to be there. It’s a win-win situation.

Be sure to include tax planning in your household budget. Typically, the more money you make, the more taxes that you are required to pay. It is usually best to consult an accountant to see what tax breaks you can take advantage of to minimize the impact on your budget.

Get a checking account that is free. Paying fees to access your money can cost you quite a bit in the long run. Many banks are doing away with free accounts, but a little leg work will help you find what you are looking for. Avoid losing hundreds of dollars to fees every year.

The above tips illustrate lots of little ways we can each take control of our personal finances and save money without making ourselves feel like we are deprived. Many times people don’t stick with things that make them feel deprived so these tips should help individuals save for the long term rather than just saving some money in crisis moments.

Real Estate Investing

015th Feb 2012Canadians, Real Estate, Retirement, Savings, Vancouver, Vancouver Real Estate Bubble

I came across an interesting graph which outlines real estate investing timing.

This was originally published in 2008 and it is extremely logical.

Makes me wonder why as people we can sometimes be so illogical.

In any case, have a look and enjoy.

As always feedback and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Real Estate Timing