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Warren Buffet Doesn’t Know It All + 5 Things We Should All Know About Money

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Warren Buffet is certified as one of the greatest investors ever to live! And with his ability to predict a winning stock its no wonder his bank account has many billions of dollars to show for it. But does he know it all? Can he get it right all of the time? While he’s gotten most of it right, he’s not perfect! At a recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting Saturday he confessed to two big misses: Google and Amazon: “I made the mistake in not being able to come to a conclusion where I really felt that at the present prices that the prospects were far better than the prices indicated.” Buffett said he simply “underestimated” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. “I’ve watched Amazon from the start,” Buffett said. “I think what Jeff Bezos has done is something close to a miracle … The problem is when I think something will be a miracle, I tend not to bet on it.” Regardless of these misses, he is still one of the richest people on this planet. Some people can make mistakes with money, but if you’re like me, everything counts! So in an effort to help you get your money right the first time around, the following are five things we should all know about money:

1. Start Early. No matter your age, if you are able to read this article, you should start considering the state of your finances and building wealth. And chances are you’re already doing so because you’re reading this article. Like the time value of money where money is worth more today than it is in the future due to earning potential so is applying financial principles. Imagine how far you’d be if you knew then what you know now.

2. Budgets Are Your Friend. Creating and following a budget isn’t a restriction but a key to financial freedom. The system of checks and balances or keeping track of what’s going in and what’s going out awards you the opportunity to watch the money grow right before your eyes.

3. Know How Credit Works.  Credit should be seen as an asset but quickly turns into a liability when we aren’t fully aware of how it works. Credit is a tool to gain wealth; it’s not free money or some taboo subject. The idea of using other people’s money is a benefit when appropriately utilized. Credit also reflects how credible you are when it comes to another taking a financial risk on your behalf. Use it wisely.

4. Don’t Work for Money. Making money work for you should be the ultimate goal. Work should be a choice, not a necessity. Investing in stocks, building a business run by someone else, and real estate are just a few ways to generate cash flow without the physical labor associated with working.

5. Net Worth Vs. Self -Worth. If your identity is tied to a dollar amount, you will never have enough of it. Putting money in its place, as a tool to gain wealth or an exchange for goods and services is a major lesson. The sooner you learn that, the wealthier you’ll be.

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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