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Trump Pulls out of Iran Deal + How to Pull out of Bad Money Habits

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President Donald Trump is pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal, which is an Obama-era deal between the US, Iran, and five other countries who agreed to lift heavy economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for it slowing down its nuclear weapons program. President Trump says its a rotten deal and doesn’t do enough to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

The US is bringing sanctions back some experts say worth $150 billion. Iran has to now make a decision on whether they want to continue the deal with the UK, France, and Germany since the U.S. is out. This also put a strain on US foreign relations.

Regardless of whether you agree with this move or not, it’s important to realize that the president thought that in the past the US had a bad habit of appeasing other countries and not enough of a good job of taking care of America. As it relates to our money, too many of us are more concerned with our appearance than our money. We aim to look the part of young and fabulous but behind closed doors we are truly broke. Nothing feels better than looking good and having the funds to back it up. Here are 3 tips to pulling out of bad money habits and creating your money makeover:

Be Honest. You must take an honest look at your finances. Whether alone, with a trusted friend, or a professional, discovering your money personality and the relationship you have with it the hardest yet most important step.

Assess Triggers. What makes you spend? What holds you back from spending? What are you afraid to confront your school loans and other outstanding debt? Why don’t you think you can actually save? All of these and more move you to make decisions when it comes to money.

Check your credit. Don’t be afraid of your credit score, embrace it. It is used by outside institutions to assess your money behavior but it can also help you get your finances in order. Sites like www.annualcreditreport.com or www.creditkarma.com are starting points.

Set New Goals. Once you’ve accessed the damage, set new goals and milestones. Having an aim keeps you focused. Not having them can lead to foolish spending or money hoarding.

Track Your Spending & Your Saving. Be sure to keep up with your cash, debit, and money transactions. Check accounts at least twice a day.

Celebrate. Reward yourself for each milestone reached. It will keep you motivated to continue on to greater financial endeavors.

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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