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Amazon’s Head Honcho Becomes Richest Person in Modern History + How to Avoid Rich People Problems



Amazon’s founder and head honcho, Jeff Bezos became the richest person in modern history this week, when his net worth topped $150 billion. His fortune is said to be the highest since at least 1982 when Forbes first published its wealth ranking. But now that Jeff is the richest man alive, does The Notorious B.I.G’s prophecy of  More Money, More Problems come true? B.I.G meant that the money we come across, the more problems we see and while the song that this term has been adapted from reached the number 2 spot on Billboard and stayed on the charts for 37 weeks, we beg to differ. More money doesn’t equal more problems however it does magnify them. Let me explain.

Money is a magnifier. What does a magnifier do? To magnify is to extol; glorify. It makes something appear larger than it is, especially with a lens or microscope. Money only reveals the small foxes that were already present. If a person were selfish while broke, it would be more evident while they are rich. If a friend were envious while you had chump change, you’d see it even clearer when you’re raking in the dough. As money increases so do the visibility of those problems. So, the very issues you face while rich were there when you weren’t. Here is are some of those issues and how to avoid them.

Trust. Being rich comes with great responsibility. There are a lot of moving parts, and if you aren’t very organized, you can lose a fortune. While one may wish to have the ability to control everything the truth is, it can’t be handled without the help of others. Build a team of trustworthy professionals and confidants that can assist you in managing your wealth. Financially educate yourself to understand the ins and outs of your estate.

Fake Love. Chances are if you have a lot of money you also have a lot of people who say they love you. Unfortunately, this isn’t always authentic. There are opportunists that will go to great lengths to get what they can from you. Use the power of intuition and take time while building relationships. Here’s a bonus, don’t (show or) tell people you’re loaded.

Stay Humble. Getting a big head because you have a fat purse will only create negativity. Understand that money doesn’t make you who you are. This is a dangerous perspective to have because currency comes and goes. By its very nature, cash flows. In the event of it taking a while to come back your way, you have to live with you and those around you. Remember, stay humble.

Anxiety. Worrying about losing your wealth or not having enough are some of the anxious thoughts we may experience when it comes to finances. Anxiety is really just fear (false evidence appearing real). Money can’t buy you everything and peace of mind is one of those priceless objects. Having positive affirmations and meditating on a regular basis does wonder for many areas of your life including your finances.

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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Your Credit Score May Be on the Rise + Why This May Be Good News for Your Insurance Premiums



Effective immediately many Americans… Well, actually millions of Americans have begun to see their credit scores bump up after the credit reporting agencies began stripping out some non-loan collections accounts and other negative credit information from people’s credit reports. This is because of settlements made with state attorneys general dating back to 2015. The negative credit information removed is mainly medical-debt collections that have been paid by an insurance company, inaccurate information or accounts that failed to reflect repayment efforts. It is said that one collection account is worth 11 points once removed.

So how will this jump affect your Insurance premium? When dealing with insurance, there are a lot of factors that determine just how much your premiums are. Anything from your gender and age, to your driving record or criminal record. But there is your credit score is another factor that a lot of people might not know about. Your credit score can play a huge role in determining just how much you have to pay for insurance.

Insurance Rates based on your credit is not a very well known fact, but it has become one of the norms in recent years. Insurance companies will now look at your credit history, and if you have bad credit, you can expect to pay much higher premiums.

Many people will argue that your credit score has nothing to do with whether or not you will file a claim on your insurance policy but the insurance companies beg to differ. Regardless of how you feel, the policy is here to stay. That means you should be aware of your credit score when attempting to get insurance. If you have a bad credit score, you should make plans for paying higher premiums.

Keep in mind that insurance companies will look at various things, such as pending bills, loans, bankruptcy and more when determining your premium. But here’s the bright side to this. A lot of people who are sick of having to pay high premiums are taking better care of their finances in an attempt to raise their credit score so that they do not have to pay as much. So in some twisted way, it can be a bit beneficial since it gives more incentive to be more careful with your money.

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A Global Attack on ATM’s Seems Imminent + How to Protect Yourself From a Credit Card Fraud Attack



BREAKING NEWS: According to a cybersecurity expert, The U.S. government has told banks that cybercriminals are preparing to carry out a global attack on ATMs. The FBI issued this warning of an “ATM cash-out” hack that would allow the criminals to withdraw large sums of money using stolen information. Something similar happened to a Virginia bank over eight months in 2016 and 2017 where hackers stole a reported $2.4 million.

Technology has become the gift, and the curse and when it comes to your debit card people are always trying to figure out how to defraud you. Credit card fraud has become a major problem in modern society as well. It continues to get worst, so it’s important we protect ourselves. The following are precautions you can take to prevent fraud:

Keep Your Actual Card In a Safe Place

In order to thwart credit card thieves, you should have your credit cards always with you in your possession or locked up in a safe place where no one has access. Some people like to keep credit cards in their car for emergency reasons, but that is a bad idea unless its put in an inconspicuous place or enclosed in something that doesn’t make it obvious. Keep in mind that not every card involved in credit card fraud is physically snatched. Some thieves will use only the credit card number and leave the card behind.

Stay Focused

Make sure you are alert with each credit transaction you make and get your card back immediately after it is finished. You do not want anyone to have access to your card without your knowledge where they take a picture of it or writing down the numbers.

Take Caution When Buying Online

Cyberspace has become a breeding ground for credit card fraud. You need to be cautious about the online companies and website that you supply your credit card number with. Make sure you only shop at trusted and reputable brands.

Don’t Fall for E-mail Scams

Do not enter your credit card information into websites that you are linked to through emails. The best thing to do is to avoid giving out your credit card number online at all costs. But if you have to make an online payment, there are several reputable services that will allow you to pay without supplying your credit card information to a third party.

Invest in a Shredder

Some thieves will sink to any level to get access to your credit card information. Many will go through your garbage cans searching for credit card receipts or bill stubs with the complete account numbers on them. These numbers are then used to purchase things over the internet or to create a new credit card using your number and credit information. Any document containing your credit card account number should never be left lying around, and although it seems a bit extreme, you should never throw away sensitive items unless they are completely destroyed.

Check Your Statements and Credit Reports

Lastly, you should check your credit report periodically and add a feature where they will alert you to any unusual activity happening with your credit cards,  like increased balances or new accounts. Also check your statement regularly to make sure you catch unauthorized payments early. If you do find that unauthorized charges have been made to one or more of your credit cards, there are choices to be made and steps to be taken.

First off, you should call your credit card company and let them know that your credit card or credit card number may have been stolen and you want the card canceled. Now, the person who has taken your card cannot make any further purchases. Calling immediately will lessen your chances of having to pay for the charges made to your card and limit the amount of harm that has already been inflicted to your credit.

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Google Is Following Your Every Move + How to Follow the Moves of Successful Entrepreneurs



Sometimes I feel like… Somebody’s watching me!!! And now we know who… According to a recent AP study, Google tracks your whereabouts even when you’ve opted out and told them not to. Researchers found that the leading search-engine automatically stores time-stamped location data through some apps after users turn off Location History on their smartphones. Google who is owned by Alphabet, makes money by selling data such as foot-traffic metrics to advertisers. This is a plus for them but can be a burden on your budget because with this information advertisers can target you directly for things you want and the time you may not have the control to say no to. Data has been the winning formula for technology companies as of late so if you want to be a business person you must also take advantage of data. The following are ways to follow the moves of successful entrepreneurs:

Have the Right Business Mindset

Many entrepreneurs are running successful businesses because they have a routine and a recipe for success that they follow diligently. When most successful entrepreneurs are asked about their secrets of success, they often point to their mental attitude. There isn’t a one size fit all secret except to have the right mental attitude to win in whatever your business is.

Take Advantage of Technology

Technology has proved to be beneficial in any business but especially for entrepreneurs. With technology, a small company can look and function like a fortune 500 company and attract the clients that it wants.  Most successful businesses make sure they leverage technology in order to run their businesses more efficiently.

Be Clear About Your Goals

This goes without saying, but it is going to be difficult to hit a moving target. Those who are successful as entrepreneurs are crystal clear about what they are trying to accomplish. They have a tight laser focus on their goals and make sure they are working towards those goals every single day. If an activity doesn’t align with their ultimate destination, they do not participate. Understanding when to say NO is an important part of being a successful entrepreneur.

Be Decisive

Most successful entrepreneurs are very decisive and know how to make the right decision under tight deadlines. With being clear about your goals, there will be many times that something may seem like it is aligned with your vision but you must not only look at the short or mid-term, you must look at all decisions in the long term as well to decide whether this is beneficial or not. Most successful entrepreneurs know how to follow their business is and gut feeling to make the right choice. And even if they make the wrong choice, they are decisive enough to pivot when needed.

Follow these four steps, and you will be on your way… But I know there are more… What are some other success traits that successful entrepreneurs have? Comment below and let us know your thoughts


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