Posts Tagged ‘financial’

Future Time?

Posted: August 20, 2019 in Thought for the Day
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“How you invest your time determines how your financial future will unfold.” -Robert Kiyosaki

“If you want a real financial catastrophe – France 1790-1797, Weimar Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Zimbabwe – you need fake money.

Teenage boys should never be given a fifth of whisky and the keys to the family car. Adults should never be authorized to counterfeit money.” -Bill Bonner

“The married couple of 20 years is just a step away from financial disaster….

Millions of over-leveraged consumers – who can’t distinguish between a ‘want’ and a ‘need’, refuse to live within their means, require a certain standard of living, and use most of their available credit without knowing when or how they’ll pay it off – are a big credit risk. They live on the edge of default….

Inevitably, irresponsible lending always leads to a bust….  Credit-card debt is growing so fast, it’s even outpacing strong wage growth….

Trouble is brewing… It’s only a matter of time before this recklessness blows up.” -Bill McGilton

“In the final quarter of 2018, U.S. credit-card debt reached $870 billion – outpacing the recession – according to Bloomberg. The U.S. has added 100 million credit cards to its circulation since the financial crisis…there are nearly twice as many credit cards in use as there are adults to use them.” -The Crux

“Even worse than financial ignorance is financial negligence.” -Justin Ford

Leveraged Loans defined:

“…arranged by a syndicate of banks, to companies that are heavily indebted or have weak credit ratings.” -IMF

“…are effectively provided to companies already swimming in debt.” -Nomi Prins

“That was all good and well when interest rates were super low, making it easier for companies to borrow oodles of money,”

“This year, leveraged loan issuance reached an annual rate of $745 billion. That’s nearly the same as the prior record of $762 billion in 2007 before the financial crisis and just a bit less than last year’s record of $788 billion globally.”

Wiped Out

Posted: November 20, 2018 in Money Matters
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“There’s no point in building wealth during good times… only to see it wiped out in a financial crash.” -Chris Lowe

“The earlier you take steps to keep your brain strong, the longer you’ll delay any signs of decline….  One of the best ways to learn and keep your mind sharp is with financial literacy….  When we learn and use financial education, we use different parts of our brains. Learning the material uses regions in the temporal parietal area…. What they found was that the more financially literate a person, the stronger the connections.

Reading is an excellent way to build up our brain strength. It engages several parts of the brain at once, making stronger connections. That, in turn, helps you sharpen your decision-making process.” -Dr. David Eifrig

“Thanks to Google, Facebook, and all the other data-gathering operations being run out of Silicon Valley, children born in the last decade will have no concept of privacy.

These companies will record, monitor, and track every single thing they do online. The word ‘privacy’ will be a meaningless term to them….

These Silicon Valley giants gather mindboggling amounts of highly personal data on their 4 billion combined users.

They then hawk it to advertisers… and even pass it on to the National Security Agency (NSA), via court-approved electronic eavesdropping programs….

Every traditional digital financial transaction you’ve ever made – credit card payments, bank transfers, even ATM withdrawals – has been tracked, stored, and monitored.”

-Chris Lowe

“A recent survey showed that more than 40% of Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) have less than $100,000 in retirement savings. That means those right at the retirement window won’t be able to maintain the lifestyle they want once they retire. You might think Social Security will help. Think again – the average monthly Social Security check in 2018 is just $1,404….

Reverse Mortgage Recap:

In a typical mortgage, you obtain a loan for the purchased real estate and then slowly, over the life of the loan, pay it back to the bank. The reverse mortgage works exactly the opposite… We get the bank to pay us while our health is good, and we don’t have to pay it back until we die or move out of the home.

Once approved, you can receive your loan money in several ways. You can take the money as a lump sum, a stream of payments, a line of credit, or a combination of the three.

Reverse Mortgage Precautions:

Depending on how you receive your reverse mortgage payment or payments, you could risk losing your eligibility for Medicaid.

Maybe you aren’t thinking about Medicaid just yet. After all, Medicare covers a wide range of health services. Here’s the kicker: Medicare only covers short-term care in a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation care in a nursing facility. Medicare will not cover any long-term care, including care at a nursing home.

That’s where Medicaid comes in. Medicaid is the primary payer for nursing-home care in the U.S.

That means if you take out a reverse mortgage now and suffer a stroke two months later, you might not qualify for Medicaid and will have to pay out-of-pocket for all your nursing-home care.

Taking a lump sum payment or getting monthly payments that you don’t exhaust each month (meaning you’re building up your savings account) triggers something called the spend-down rule.

Basically, you only qualify for Medicaid if you meet the financial requirements. In other words, if you have too much money in your bank account, Medicaid expects you to spend that on your care before you qualify for assistance. You have to “spend down” what you have to reach that point.

And keep in mind, nursing-home care runs up the bill. In 2016, the national average for a shared room in a nursing home was $225 per day. That’s more than $82,000 a year.

The second consideration for taking out a reverse mortgage is the possibility of moving. If you don’t live in your home for at least one year (for instance, if you’re in a long-term care facility) or if you sell the home, the loan would come due. That means paying it back in full….

Also, if the housing market drops or your home loses value for any reason, you might not be able to sell it for the full amount of the loan. In that case, you’d have to make up the difference….”

-Dr. David Eifrig