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Creating the Golden Apple + How to Cope with Everyday Living

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So according to the WSJ; Apple and Goldman Sachs are teaming up to offer a credit card. It is scheduled to be launched next year, and it will carry the Apple Pay brand in an effort to get Apple’s payment system revved up. This new co-branded will also give Goldman Sachs a way into the consumer banking space since their securities-trading business has slowed down sign significantly. What does this mean for you? It means they are coming for you… They want your hard earned money in the form of interest rates! That why it’s important that you learn how to cope with everyday living. You do not need life to cost you an APR and a leg!

Have you ever considered your top 3 living expenses? Here’s a hint they don’t include the latest iPhone upgrade, cable, or a car note. Some of you may be sadly surprised. Housing, healthcare, and food are the major real-life expenses that you can’t avoid. You must prioritize your money, and in doing so, you’ll see a great return on your investment. Before you get into stocks and bonds, 401ks and annuities get a grip on these regular items that are majorly important.

 

Housing. These expenses include rent or mortgage and utilities like gas, electric, water, and sewage. All of these wrapped up in one can weigh a hefty price tag. Now imagine if you own versus rent and actually pay off that home? You’ll find yourself with a few more hundred if not thousands of dollars. Make home-ownership one of your top 5 financial goals.

 

Healthcare. A dad once posted being charged for holding his newborn baby after delivery…literally. It cost $40 dollars to administer ‘skin to skin after C-sec’. A charge that quite frankly is a bit absurd. The National Healthcare Expenditure was $3 trillion dollars in 2015. The best way to avoid this bill is to stay healthy but if you are tax paying citizen you must prove medical coverage. Discover your options today.

 

Food. Unless you plan to become a Breatharian, food ranks high on your list of financial must-haves. Even vegans can spend at least $300 per month on food. When hungry, coupon clip. The great thing about food is that you have a lot of options. And while your pallet may be whet for veggie spaghetti picking up the veggie pizza that’s on sale can save you a buck or two. Eating is most often flexible leaving you with the ability to cut down and maybe try something new at the same time.

Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is a speaker, bestselling author, personal finance expert, and business consultant. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and Community based organizations. He is the Head of Financial Education at BankMobile and Editor-in-Chief at Paradigm Money.

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Congress Votes to Repeal Some of Dodd-Frank + Why You Are Too Big To Fail

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Congress has officially agreed to ease Dodd-Frank financial regulations, approving a bill that cuts regulations for small and medium-sized lenders. Just as a refresher, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.L. 111–203, H.R. 4173, commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank) was signed into United States federal law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The legislation created financial regulatory processes to limit risk by enforcing transparency and accountability in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008.

This new bill raises the threshold of banks “deemed too important … to fail” from $50 billion to $250 billion, allowing smaller institutions to operate more smoothly. The bill passed the Senate this year, and will now go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it before Memorial Day. But why are banks deemed too important or too big to fail? Why aren’t we as important? We are! And if we are truly to0 important and too big to fail we need to focus on our money.

Bartering became was a system of economics for centuries. A fisherman would exchange his catch with the carpenter for a table. Cattle, clothes and other necessities were traded without cash tender. The introduction of money changed that system making it of greater influence in our lives. So, why is money so darn important?

Global Exchange. Money is important mainly because it’s a tool of global exchange. Simply put, it’s important because we have made it important. Giving up other systems to heavily depend on cash and its many forms. You may not provide a product or service needed by a person who creates a need of yours. You’d use money as a medium of exchange used to obtain wants and needs.

Time. Money in some ways buys time. The key is making money work for you by creating passive income – monies earned which a person is not actively involved. Examples of passive income are royalties from intellectual properties, rental properties, or a business you don’t have to physically operate to earn a profit. Passive income equals more time to other things you love such as traveling with family, volunteering, or working for fun (not out of necessity).

Allows You to Make a Larger Difference. More money can multiply you. Volunteering at the local Girls and Boys Club requires your presence. Being able to donate financially to multiple local Boys & Girls Clubs makes an even bigger difference. Your reach increases with the amount of money you possess.

While money isn’t the most important thing in the world, it does effect the things that are. Using your money strategically will afford you more time, expand your reach, and pay for some pretty cool experiences.  And ultimately managing our money responsibly will assure that we don’t fail. Face it we are too important!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Net Worth + The World’s Wealthiest Millennials

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This past weekend we had the honor of witnessing the star-studded royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghn Markle. After the royal wedding on May 19, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will merge their finances and forego a prenuptial agreement. This merging of finances will equal to a combined net worth of $30 million; Prince Harry’s net worth is at least $25 million, which is made up of inheritance from Princess Diana and an annual allowance from Prince Charles while Meghan Markle, a former TV actress, has a net worth around $5 million.

Maybe I had my sights raised too high, but $30 million seems low for the new royal couple (Disclaimer: I wish I had 10% of what they have) But still in all if the new royals aren’t the richest millennials in the world, who are?  From changing your social life to making you feel at home anywhere, and a lot in between here is a list of the world’s wealthiest millennials:

1. Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman, Facebook
Year born: 1984
Net worth: $71.2 billion

2. Huiyan Yang

Vice Chairman, Country Garden Holdings
Year born: 1981
Net worth: $22.9 billion

3. Dustin Aaron Moskovitz

CEO, Asana
Year born: 1984
Net worth: $14 billion

4. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor

Head, Grosvenor Estate
Year born: 1991
Net worth: $13.2 billion

5. Eduardo Luiz Saverin

Co-Founder, B Capital Group
Year born: 1982
Net worth: $10.2 billion

6. Scott Daniel Duncan

Shareholder, Enterprise Products Partners
Year born: 1982
Net worth: $5.3 billion

7. Jong Un Kim

Leader, North Korea
Year born: 1983
Net worth: $5 billion

8. Hao Yan

Chairman and CEO, China Pacific Construction Group
Year born: 1986
Net worth: $4 billion

9. Brian Joseph Chesky

CEO, Airbnb
Year born: 1981
Net worth: $3.8 billion

10. Tao Wang

CEO, SZ DJI Technology
Year born: 1980
Net worth: $3.2 billion

 

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Interest Rates on Student Loans Are Rising + The Cost of Procrastination

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Interest rates on student loans are rising for the second year in a row according to the Business Insider. The current rate of 4.45% will increase to 5% for undergraduates which is bad news for those who are already trying to figure out how they will pay back their loans. Congress has set limits on student loan interest rates — 8.25% for undergraduate borrowers and 9.5% for graduate borrowers which is some relief but can still be pretty costly. Given the fact that student loan debt accounts for the most consumer debt in the U.S. after mortgages, with about 43 million Americans currently owing almost $1.4 trillion, it is important that we get a hold on student loan debt as soon as we can. Not doing so really allows borrowers to pay more in interest rates and giving away money that can be used for other more important things. That’s the monetary cost of procrastination. This cost doesn’t only apply to our student loans, but procrastination can cost us in our lives as well.

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. And while you may be enjoying your timeline or the latest installment of that ratchet reality show, your pockets are growing leaner by doing so. Here are a few ways to beat procrastination and make more money.

Make a Commitment to Productivity. Everything starts with a decision. You have to decide to use your time wisely. It’s amazing how much we will do for ourselves and not for ourselves. You are most likely good at getting to work and class on time or completing a task for your boss, parent, or significant other. Have the same commitment to getting things done for yourself.

Have a Plan. Even if it’s a simple checklist on a sticky note. Writing your goals down is magical and motivating. Cross off each item as you complete each task. Having a why is beneficial as well. When you think of a reason big enough to keep you going, it will be hard to sit around doing nothing.

Take Breaks. Wasting time is bad. Resting is good. Don’t burn yourself out to the point you can’t go on or have no desire to do so. The definition of grind is to whittle down to the bone. It is not wise to subscribe to this method of working. Resting your mind and body refreshes you for the next lab of winning. This is the best time to take a nap, grab a drink with friends, or catch up on your favorite shows.

Reward Yourself. Celebrate with each milestone a celebration is in order. As long as that celebration doesn’t include going broke or a hangover reflect on how far you have come and share that moment with those you like and love. You just may inspire them to do great things in the process.

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