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The Wealth Gap is an Investing Education Gap

investing Mar 18, 2021

The only thing that separates those who get to where they want to go down the road in life is those who invest and those who don’t. Period.

 

I continue to pound the table on my speaking tour that investing education can lift younger generations out of poverty no matter one’s economic, cultural or racial background.  It’s the absolute game changer to help people obtain a better life in the future and their kids future. 

 

It should bother anyone reading this post that schools do not focus on investing education as part of a mandatory education curriculum.   

 

Over 20 years ago you had to have $1,000 to open up an investment account such as a mutual fund with any investment services firm. That perpetuated the truth (but now the myth) that investing is only for the rich. 

 

Today, all you need is a penny with investing platforms like Acorns, Betterment or Robinhood.  The future is yours if you open up your first...

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Spend Your Money Differently

financial literacy Mar 09, 2021

Step 3 of my 5 step plan to Do Money Differently focuses on how to spend your money differently. So many people hate the word “budget”. So, do yourself a mental favor and call it your “monthly spending plan”. Sounds much better right?

 

Now you will create a monthly spending plan that is zero based. This will give you the control you ultimately desire over your money. 

 

As an example, let’s say your net monthly income is $2,500 per month. Before each month starts you will assign each dollar of your monthly income to a fixed or what you value expense.  These are the only two expense categories you will have going forward.   

 

Fixed expenses will include your rent/mortgage, utilities, grocery, cell phone, car payment, car insurance, renters insurance, student loans, subscriptions (Ie...Netflix, Hulu), gym membership, etc. 

 

What you value expenses might include eating out, a new hobby like photography,...

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Should I Invest in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies?

investing Feb 23, 2021

Three years ago I was neutral on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. I did not know enough about cryptocurrencies to explore its potential. Frankly, I was ignorant and ignorance lays the groundwork to inaction in regard to opportunities.  

 

Since then I’ve done a 180 on Bitcoin and other solid cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. While I don’t give specific investment advice I would highly recommend you begin to educate yourself on blockchain technology, decentralized finance, Bitcoin and Ethereum. You’ll come to find that blockchain has the potential to be a massive game changer in the area of financial services and a whole lot more across our global economy.

 

I will always be a stock investor as the stock market has been giving investors great returns annually for well over a century. And I don’t ever see that changing. However, you’ll come to find that putting up to 5% of your investment dollars in non stock related investments like...

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Ditch Your Single Savings Account ASAP!

financial literacy Feb 09, 2021

Many of us were indirectly taught growing up to have an account at your bank or credit union called “savings”. It made perfect sense because you knew you needed to save money for future use at some point.    

 

However, I’m here to tell you to ditch your single savings account and open up multiple named savings accounts that have nicknames to reflect your needs and your “what you value” expenses. 

 

You and I both know that it’s super simple and tempting to spend money out of your “savings account” on a whim for something you desire. When you give into those whims, it always seems to come back and bite you when you have an out-of-the-blue or emergency-type of an expense (think of a car repair). 

 

One way to reduce this stress and have more control over your cash is to open up various “digital envelopes” of cash for things like car maintenance, new car, travel, hobby,...

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How Dream Building Can Help You Reach Your Financial Goals

financial literacy Jan 24, 2021

Hands go up all the time on my speaking tours when I ask, “how many of you have a fear of failure?” It doesn’t matter where I speak because it's consistent among many Millennials and Gen Z today.

 

I’ve been there too. Thinking that if I dream too big then I will look like a failure if I don’t get to where I want to go. It’s a nasty cycle of thoughts that can feel overwhelming.   

 

The best medicine for overcoming fear of failure is to take action toward the dream or goals you have for your life.   

 

After you finish reading this article, I challenge you to write out some of your life goals or dreams. 

  • Where do you want to live? 
  • What kind of house do you want to live in? 
  • Do you care about the kind of car you drive or are you more interested in traveling on a regular basis? 
  • Do you want to start a business someday? If so, what kind? 
  • What about helping others who are in real...
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Do Money Differently in 2021

financial literacy Jan 11, 2021

We all know 2020 was a year like no other. Dating back to pre-pandemic, financial stress was the number one stressor for Americans. But pre, during, and post-pandemic financial stress still takes the top spot for Americans. This year it’s time to DO MONEY DIFFERENTLY.

 

Doing money differently begins with taking on a new mindset about money and your beliefs about achieving real, long term, financial success.   

 

Before you attempt to save, spend, or invest differently, focus on your WHY. WHY do you ultimately want to be financially successful in the first place? 

  • Do you want to erase all your debt? 
  • Do you want to have less stress for years and decades to come unlike your parents?
  • Maybe you want to take part in experiential living - traveling on a regular basis down the road?   

 

Whatever your WHY is make sure to get it out of you by writing it down and put it where you can see it daily. 

 

Your WHY will be...

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Fear or Oppportunity?

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

While we're all practicing social distancing I shot this short video to discuss the age-old dichotomy of fear vs. opportunity when it comes to investing during any crisis.  

 



To be clear, my prayers continue to go out to those families affected by COVID-19 and protection for all the amazing healthcare workers across the globe.   

When it comes to investing, we're experiencing the normal ups and downs of the stock market if you have a long term focus. Opportunity is certainly knocking on your door to start creating wealth by getting invested in U.S. stocks for the first time. 

Or to increase your monthly automatic investment - if you can.

Be sure to check out one of our flagship training Investing Made Easy at www.youngmoneyuniversity.com to help you begin to live a life that fits your dreams. 

Here to help you DO MONEY DIFFERENTLY.

Todd

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Let's Reinvent Financial Education

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2020

I hope you, your family and friends are doing well in this unprecedented time. In this short video, I share that I believe NOW is the time to reinvent financial education like never before.



The last thing I want to do is sound shallow about speaking about money when a return to health is the top priority around our globe. But I teach money and money is on the mind of millions of Americans. 

Assuming you're within the 18-29 year old market that I primarily serve you may be wondering what do now with your money. Are you starting to doubt your dreams or goals with what we're seeing in the media?  

Well, don't fret!  I believe we need to flip the switch on teaching wealth creation as an integral part of an overall financial education that seems to be hung up on debt management.  

Be sure to check out our flagship training Do Money Differently at www.youngmoneyuniversity.com to help you begin to live a life that fits your dreams. 

Here to help...

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Are You Part of the 37%?

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2020

In this short money tip video, I share my strong opinion as to why only 37% of people under the age of 35 are invested in stocks. Wow!   



Crazy but true. According to a 2018 Gallup survey, only 37% of people under the age of 35 own stocks.   

I believe it's because of good old fashioned fear and lack of knowledge.  And that's a shame.   

Ownership of stock gives anyone, regardless of their background, the best chance to reach long term goals and a life of less financial stress.   

Be sure to check out our flagship training Investing Made Easy at www.youngmoneyuniversity.com to help you begin to live a life that fits your dreams. 

Here to help you DO MONEY DIFFERENTLY.

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Why Isn't Everyone Doing This?

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2020

In this short money tip video, I discuss the following question I'm getting a lot lately on my speaking tour about the 5 Powerful Steps to Financial Success

WHY ISN'T EVERYONE DOING THIS?  



I continue to be humbled by the enthusiasm many 18-29 year olds exude when they hear me present the 5 Powerful Steps to Financial Success on the YMU Tour.     

You can almost see the light bulb turn on in so many brains in the room or auditorium where I speak. "Wait, then why isn't everyone doing this?"

The answer: it boils down to a PERSONAL CHOICE.   

That's it.  

It's fun to share real hope to anyone of any background that they can reach goals and dreams if they simply CHOOSE to dream, save, spend, invest and give money differently

I hope the light bulb comes on for you so you can make a similar choice to reach your goals and dreams. I'd love to help. 

For further guidance to help you begin living a life that fits your dreams check out our flagship...

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