Mindset

 

Mindset

Definition:  A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations. 

What is your mindset around money?

Here are five quick questions, answer them truthfully.  Then ask yourself is my debt a result of circumstances or poor decision making.

  • Are you honest with yourself and/or your spouse about your financial purchases?
  • Are you hiding on-line shopping purchases?
  • Do you have a secret account?
  • Are you justifying purchases that are really not necessary?
  • Are you using shopping as an outlet to make yourself feel better?

The emotions that are tied to money can be very overwhelming.    Before you tackle your financial situation, take a deeper look at why you are in the financial position you are.  I am a firm believer that most debt occurs for one of two reasons: 1. Circumstances; or 2. poor decision making. 

Bad Luck

Sometimes, really bad stuff happens to really good people and it does not matter how financial savvy you are, or how great the communication is between spouses, or how fantastic you are at managing your finances you can still end up in financial trouble.  The people who are in financial trouble due to an unforeseen circumstance (for example the loss of an income because of an ill child) just need some clear, helpful support, an advocate and a plan and they will be back on their feet financially in a short period of time. 

Bad Planning

Poor decision making however is repeated over and over until you learn new habits and change your mind set when it comes to finances.  The current financial trend is to adopt an attitude of:

  • “I deserve”
  • “Debt is the new norm”
  • “I will pay off my student loans later, for now check out my new i-phone !”

     

Having a credit limit is not your money, having a student loan is not your money, a credit card is not your money.  Until the mindset changes, whether it is coming from, I deserve, or I will always be in debt, it is very difficult to change one’s spending habits. 

 

Look at Money Differently

If you truly want to be put yourself on the path to financial freedom then treat the money you have earned from your paycheque as your income, that’s it.  Treat all other forms of credit as the banks’ money, which you will HAVE to pay back with interest, and interest, and more interest, until you are very old, leave the country, or file for bankruptcy, (right student loans are not including in bankruptcy).  OR you can start right from the beginning with a success mindset and do not carry this debt to begin with.

Success Story

Yes with a little discipline, the right mind set, and a clear picture of what you want you can set the tone for a life of financial success.  Take my client “John.” I started working with him when he was only 19.  He was attending university and had two large student loans.  He had a clear (albeit ambitious) financial goal: no debt when he graduated from university.  We worked together to develop a plan to give him the best chance to achieve his goal: we divided up his student loan into needs, books/rent/travel, expense to and from school, food etc…  The plan included $40 spending money per week for all other events/activities and the remainder was never used.  After three year of university he took one year off and work his #@# off, following the same plan, $40 per week for entertainment and following the budget for food etc…. Four years later after implementing the plan he had graduated and he continued to follow the same plan while working in his field.  Only six months after graduating we celebrated that he was debt free, all student loans paid for.  What a success story!  He has an amazing well-paying job in his field, and no debt.   Why did he succeed?  He had the right mindset and a clear goal!

Money is such a personal issue and we all carry our history when it comes to financial successes and failures.  You cannot change your past but with the right mindset around money your future can be a financial success.  Always wanting more, and never feeling that you have enough has everything to do with changing your mindset not your finances.   Having a grateful heart and being thankful can change your outlook on your finances and your future.  Take control of your money, don’t let money control you!

Laurie Lee

Goodcents Co.

 

The Ascent of Money

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The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson (born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow, Scotland) is a British historian who specialises in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He was educated at the private Glasgow Academy in Scotland, and at Magdalen College, Oxford where he was a Demy and graduated with first class honours in 1985, where he did completed both his undergraduate degree and PhD. After two years as a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and Berlin, he took up a Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1989, subsequently moving to a Lectureship at Peterhouse. He returned to Oxford in 1992 to become Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, a post he held until 2000, when he was appointed Professor of Political and Financial History at Oxford.  Mr. Ferguson taught at Jesus College Oxford for nearly a decade before he decided to cross the pond because the U.S. higher education system was doing things at his speed; a quicker more efficient way of doing things impressed him a lot. Niall was soon a professor at New York University in 2001-2002 and then 2 years later he accepted positions with Harvard University and Harvard Business School in 2004 he remarks Harvard took it’s time, but it’s one institution that attains the highest standards in higher education regularly and worth waiting for them do their homework. Dr. Ferguson is also a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Niall Ferguson is a regular contributing editor of the Financial Times and his latest book “The Ascent of Money” is on the New York Times Best Seller List.

He is now best known for telling the story of money and the history of money in all its lustre, lore and affect on humans since the beginning of commerce and trade. Outside of the academic world Ferguson is known for his revisionist type views that try to rehabilitate imperialism and colonialism. Within academia circles he is the champion of counterfactual history and is often times the subject of some considerable controversy.

I had the chance to sit down with Niall Ferguson for sometime and I let him know that I am personally a great fan of his work but at the same time I pointed out the fact that he has some critics out there that doubt some or a lot of your work as not more than sensationalism.

Ferguson goes on to respond ‘ I am only interested in one thing and that is historical truth only to understand the world better. Nobody gains if historians take liberties with the past so I use my best efforts to research widely as I possible can to make sure that I’ve read as much of the existing specialist literature as I can to try to use the archives but research in my own right. I am trying to draw conclusions that are as accurate as I am able to make them. Explaining the complexities of the past financial history is not easy because this is a technical subject and there is an enormous complexity to the international financial system. So for television particularly we try to make it simpler.  I think simplification is essential for teaching, as long as you don’t simplify to the point of distortion and misrepresentation, then it seems to me that it is indeed perfectly legitimate and most desirable.

The Intellectual Process; Ferguson goes on to sum up how it all works:  I think every serious historian wants to stimulate debate on a subject because the historical process is not like science, we don’t just sit around in laboratories re-running human history.  We offer our interpretations on the basis of the facts that we’ve been able to establish and then we discuss them and debate them intelligently.

Ferguson on the critics, fools and the nay Sayers: Throughout the time I have been publishing I have encountered critics of my work and feel it is an integral part of the historical scholarship that one’s work should be subject to criticism. I think it’s often through criticism that we progress closer to a better understanding of the past. There is no doubt in my mind the next book I write will find it’s own set of critics. I look forward to any errors or mistakes in accuracy to clarify for future editions or paperback to be better. The other form of criticism is to say there is nothing wrong with the evidence presented here but you or others interpret it differently than me. So I have my critics, and I don’t doubt that each new book I publish will find it’s own set of new critics. I don’t mind that as long as the criticism is fair. The kind of criticism you can point out like a mistake or an inaccuracy and if somebody does that, I hasten to correct the error so that the information in the paperback version or in future editions is better. The other form of criticism is to say, “Well there’s nothing wrong with the evidence presented here but I interpret it differently from Ferguson on the difference of opinions.” Well that’s fine but if somebody chooses to offer a different interpretation from me, there’s no particular reason why I should accept it. It would simply be a difference of emphasis. So those are the ways that historical criticism works and I think I’ve had my share of fair, and unfair, criticism over the years. It comes with the territory. If you said something that everybody agreed with, it probably wouldn’t be worth saying. You’d simply be restating the conventional wisdom. My aim is always to challenge that received view of thinking.

Ferguson the passionate historian and author not a businessman: If one was interested in making money, one would have become an investment banker in 1985 when I graduated from Oxford and I never considered that for a moment. I dedicated my working life to understanding the way the world works, the modern world since around 1700. And the research I’ve done is a quest on my part to understand that better and then to explain it. And so if I run out of questions that I want to ask about the past then I’ll retire from history. But there are always new questions and so there are always new projects. Right now I’m just putting the very last touches to a biography of an eminent banker in many ways the most important figure in London after the Second World War—Siegmund Warburg.

I asked Mr. Ferguson if he knew much about the war of 1812, The Plains of Abraham and Canada in general.

Ferguson: Well of course! A historian of the British Empire would surely know and understand a lot of about what pivotal things happened in upper and lower Canada to shape the entire world.

I asked Ferguson what he thinks of Canada as a nation and are we on the global radar?

Certainly, I mean the work I did on the British Empire that produced the book, Empire, was in part homage to Canada. I have longstanding family ties to Toronto and, indeed, to Saskatchewan. I have traveled widely in Canada and for me the history of North America is just not the history of the United States, as it often seems to be.

For me the history of North America is the history of two, if not three, major experiments: the experiments, of course of the republican form of government, after 1776 and 13—and subsequently more—colonies. But the other experiment was the experiment with constitutional monarchy within the British Empire that endured right the way through into the 20th century. And still retains I think a real importance in Canadian life and then within Canada, of course, you have at least two different cultures co-existing.

Ferguson goes on about Canada and it’s Language Culture: Anglophone and the Francophone.  It seems to be very, very interesting subjects for a historian of the modern period. I constantly try to remind my US-born students that if you compare the performance of Canada and the United States in economic terms, or in social terms, that it doesn’t seem as if the, the choice of new political institutions in 1776 in those 13 colonies had a huge amount of difference. It’s not like Canada’s a desperately impoverished backwater. On the contrary, by some measures today, Canada is quite a way ahead of the United States. So this is a tremendously interesting field for historical study.  Comparative history of North America is something we need more of. Frankly too few North American historians do that. There are historians of Canada, and there are historians of the United States.  They tend to talk past one another and this seems to me to miss the whole point. The really interesting thing is that, despite a massive divergence in political institutions, these two societies have evolved in many similar ways. They’ve certainly remained materially, economically, on a par. But they’ve also developed some really profound institutional differences. And we see that very clearly in the current crisis, whether you look at banking regulation or healthcare. Canada looks to be in a stronger position than the United States.

It’s a global economy now and not just domestic. The G8 will meet in Huntsville, Ontario next year; where does Canada rank and how do you think we will fair amongst other world economies?

Ferguson: Well I think Canada is in the strongest position it’s been in, perhaps, internationally and in all of its history because I think Canadians can legitimately say that they’ve conducted financial regulation in a better way than the U.S.  Given Canada’s wealth in terms of resources, it doesn’t have the kind of fiscal problems that are going to attack nearly all the other members of the G8. Canada’s is the only public debt that isn’t soaring up towards 100% of GDP in the next ten years. So it’s a time when Canadians can perhaps legitimately put aside their historic inferiority complex and walk tall, because Canada’s institutions look like they’ve done quite well in the last ten years, better certainly than those of the United States. The problem of course is that the world is changing so rapidly that the G8 signifies less as an institution than the G20. And it’s striking that all the discussion in the American press is of the G20 in Pittsburgh rather than the G8.

Throughout history, time and the geography of the world we have been plagued by many wars. What is your opinion on war and in particular Afghanistan and Iraq?

Well I’ve written about American Empire and explored the question of the legitimacy of military action in a book called Colossus, which was published in 2004. I made it fairly clear that I don’t regard war as always an illegitimate evil. I’m not a pacifist in that sense. Sometimes war is necessary—necessary of course in the case of an act of aggression which must be resisted, but it can also be necessary where preemption or prevention is preferable to waiting to be attacked. The United States certainly had no alternative but to take military action in Afghanistan after 9/11. Where it had a choice, by contrast, in the case of Iraq. I think, with the benefit of hindsight, it might have made more sense to focus on Afghanistan and not to invade Iraq. The benefits of that invasion of Iraq seem at this point to be exceeded by the costs not only in terms of money but also in terms of human life.

On the other hand, it’s quite hard to see a very good future for Iraq or, indeed, that region if, if the status quo with Saddam in power had simply been left in place. So there wasn’t an easy, happy alternative. It was a choice between two evils. But I must say that I think at this point, knowing what we know, this is not, on balance, a good decision, not least because overthrowing Saddam Hussein greatly strengthened the relative power of Iran. And I think the Bush administration underestimated that consequence of their action. Afghanistan is the simpler case as I think I’ve already said. It would be of course completely insane to abandon the effort that’s currently being made in Afghanistan to create a stable government there. To allow the Taliban to come back into power in Afghanistan would be a complete disaster and anybody who thinks that that’s an option must be suffering from some kind of amnesia.

You often speak of “Chimerica” referring to America’s relationship with China please explain:

Well China’s doing better than almost any economy in the world in terms of output. Its economy is one of the few that’s growing strongly this year.  China’s growth of course is still way down compared with the pre-crisis period.  It’s almost been cut in half, so one shouldn’t exaggerate the achievement. This still a very dramatic slowdown in relative terms and China faces at least three major problems. Right here and now the first problem is that by powering an economic recovery with a very large-scale state infrastructure program and very loose credit conditions, the Chinese have created something of a bubble in their own stock market which is now deflating rapidly. The second problem is that they’ve, by pursuing a strategy of export-led growth, accumulated 2 trillion dollars’ worth of international reserves, a very large proportion of them denominated in US dollars, which doesn’t look like the greatest investment in history. And the third problem that they have is that their rapid growth over the past 20 years has created a certain mismatch between their political system (still a one-party state) and their social system, which is changing very rapidly with the emergence of the middle class and indeed a super-rich elite. Historically that’s a pretty difficult combination: political stagnation and rapid social change. So I think China’s economic miracle is something that conceals at least three serious structural problems. Over the long run, they need to develop their own consumer society. They need to become less reliant on exports. They need to make their own income distribution more equal. But these things can’t be done overnight. In the long run they also have major demographic problems because of the one-child policy. And so over a 20-year timeframe, China’s prospects aren’t actually quite so rosy.

Using some of his own verbiage I asked Ferguson to tell me about “Chindia”:

He laughs on goes on to say: Well in some ways India resembles the tortoise in the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare” because China would represent the hare that zooms ahead in the early part of the race, but the tortoise, which moves more slowly, ultimately wins that race. And I think because India has a democracy, and it has the rule of law, and in many ways it relies less on government and more on the market. Its long-run prospects look more appealing. If India could address its infrastructural problem the way the Chinese have addressed theirs, they would be I think, a huge payoff.  But it’s hard to build a whole new system of highways, or high-speed rail links, if you have meaningful property rights. In China, you just tell the peasants, “Piss off, we’re building a new, new highway here.” You can’t really do that in India because the peasants say, “No, you piss off because this is our land.”  So there’s a big difference there. I have a relatively optimistic long-run view of India’s trajectory. I think over a 50-year time horizon, things are looking good. Short-run, it’s not going to grow, as fast as China and from that point of view, we shouldn’t expect the kind of returns of investment that may be possible in China now.

In 2008, Allen Lane published his most recent book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World that he also presented as a PBS Special in the United States and on Channel 4 in Great Britain. Google has also chose to broadcast the video throughout the Internet making the author and the well-authored book ‘The Ascent of Money’ all that much more popular.

Niall believes that television and Internet will have a more vast reach, but books are important; after all it’s just one way I can make a living by selling some books but getting the reach is as important; after all I am still just a Scottish professor who is only asking questions and learning more to teach better and sharing the wealth of that knowledge is what I do best.

“When I stop asking questions to satisfy even my self than that will be the day I stop learning and also seize being an historian and human, I suppose”.

The Ascent of Money is a new comprehensive four-part series presents like thee epic film about money and the history of the global economic system. Niall Ferguson says, “I want to reveal financial history as the essential back-story behind all history. From ancient Mesopotamia, right down to the present the day, the ascent of money has been an indispensable part of the ascent of man.”

 

 

 

Weekend Money “OPEN SUNDAYS”

Me and My Money
Open Sunday’s

A potential client recently said he had no money in the budget for any sort of  advertising but asked how the markets were. I wasted no time and quipped it depends how your marketing is. Everyone somewhere is doing great, really well, better than expected or tell you the truth business sucks.

At this point you cannot tell any potential, advertiser exactly what you think. That is not the matter; in fact it doesn’t matter at all what you tell this person they have already made up their mind. Spending less time and effort on people that waste your time is only a learning experience to get to yes. Everyone has to make money at some point and there ain’t no shame in that.

People have all different kinds of ideas and concepts about money and very few people have it or enough of it. I will endeavor to make money in some way or fashion that does not cause me to work hard. And so anytime is a good time to make money and to make money hand over fist is an art unto itself and money its own reward.

There is a difference between the have’s the have nots and the haves too much and you may lavish, squirm or just pass by. Awkward at best no one wants to talk about money, I suppose the one’s that have it have no reason to complain aloud. There are some that know, some that try and a few that know and try and fail and the one’s that ultimately triumph through trial and error and trials and tribulations.

You know something more than the others; more precisely more than most, you know more than a little, you know a lot. I am willing to work for money as long as I don’t feel I hate it and want to give up writing, sharing and communicating at such a slow speed.  I do spend charitable time working and need to make real money not unlike thousands of other hard working Canadians.  Part time money, ain’t no shame in that. So I am going to blog, talk and communicate some ideas and thoughts that people would really want to know about; the inner working of money in play and work. So this new post, section, category called “Weekend Money” is dedicated to any one who works one or two jobs or even three to make up for your local economy than this is dedicated to you. “You and Your Money” could not be a better salute to hard workers everywhere.

I will work part time on week-ends here and there and I will think of you and your industrious nature to make money, enough money and then more than enough money to share perhaps.  Let’s see maybe I will get back to you next week or maybe pay someone to do it. I may even quit by next week . My point was that the Bank of Montreal recently renovated a location near me in grand fashion and announced in a giant blue and white banner “OPEN SUNDAYS”.

Everyone is working harder for the same money or less as cost rise…yes its sounds terrible. I should hope to get paid for news, reviews and interviews that matter most to you and your money. Please allow me enjoy what I do for a living and at the same time put in a little extra time, over time or a few bucks on the side rather than call it work. I will see you here at the same time and the same place for the next “pay for” newsworthy article for MONEY unless I am fired for moonlighting or laughing all the way to the bank after church.

I have to mention my day job; as the guilt is settling in. I am responsible for online editing for MONEY.CA and publication articles for Money Magazine. I am not sure if I should be using this powerful system on week-ends and especially Sunday’s. It may not be official as nothing of the sort has been done before, so please don’t get us in trouble and try not to let anyone know about what we are doing its weird but I just don’t want people to know I work part-time.

James Dean

 

 

MONEY-CA.COM Stand on Guard for Thee

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Me and My Money – MONEY-CA.com Stand on Guard for Thee

MONEY CA – money.ca a Canadian website often confused because of the .ca many North Americans confuse the CA for California State in the United States of America. In fact the .ca is the Canadian international brand for websites recognized worldwide and CIRA the Canadian Internet Registry Association registers and administers Canadian sites in Canada.

This letter, communication and challenge are put out there to not only recognize MONEY-CA as Canadian but to let popular search engines like yahoo google and bing accept us as a distinct nation and county that has its own currency.  Often times Canada a lower populated country beside the Americans is geographically larger than the U.S.

The American economy is considered to be much larger because of it’s population and a large tax paying base of citizens. Canada small, quiet and cool a nice place to visit one of the greatest places on the earth to live. Canadians do have a highly skilled work force are often influenced by America and Americans. Canada is in fact a world player and a G8 nation with an abundant amount of natural resources that many other countries envy.

MONEY.CA is the online destination place for money, finance and financial literacy for many Canadians, Americans and International followers.  Without goal tending and red tape MONEY.CA should and ought to be placed and ranked highly on any world-wide search engine or listing. Yaho0 google bing and youtube along with a few other social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are considered to be the Internet where you are supposed to find good, important and relative information based on your search request.

MONEY.CA and money-ca.com are one in the same and the message is clear here we are and welcome to MONEY.CA Truly we accept all denominations of money and people. The way we go about our business to get your attention when Search Engines fail to do their job and rank top sites with good content high. When goal tending and pay for service enters the picture then greed and not service are the winners.  Find us any way you can and when you do make a marker, create a favorite and tell others in person or online that MONEY.CA is here and where not moving off the Internet or out of Canada. And so the next time you see any of our sites that crawlers miss we can be found in the places that you would in fact most likely look.  MONEY.CA is the main benefactor of important prominent keyword sites like MONEY-CA.com CA-MONEY.COM Canadian-Money.com and Money-Canada.com stand on guard for thee both locally across Canada and throughout the world we should be found at our usual address and placed prominently and according.

MONEY.CA number one on yahoo google bing and youtube including others is the only goal for MONEY to be found and not lost for any reason. Follow our trend to the top for getting better quality content and information to you, your money and your local search engine crawler.

 

 

 

 

www.money.ca the online destination place for Canadians their money, personal finance and financial literacy

me and my money
me and my money

MONEY a big important and meaningful subject, a lot to cover for anyone in any way shape or form. Where do you start with with a purposefully designed website like MONEY.CA. The money namesake is a great start and “Canadian Money as a focus would be a great place to begin. Not to cover everything and be all to everyone the most common ideas and concepts are central. Personal Finance everyone has it in common, it may be the difference of planning to have money and having to live without it.

Many people may be blessed with wealth and inheritance but good judgment is not often passed down with money. So if you just inherited the farm, won the lottery or are like the most of us and have to use our good judgement and rely on hard work then this is the place for you.

Whether you are a new immigrant to Canada, a student or a seasoned advisor you can still tune in to learn more. MONEY.CA online is on a continuous odyssey of learning, sharing and growing. Canadian Financial Literacy is an important area that needs attention; many have tried and more have talked about and little impact is made and the gaps still grow wider and even more unattainable.

This is Money Canada Limited’s raison d’etre to grow as a smart profitable organization that helps more  Canadian’s succeed in the local economy for a better and higher standard of living for more people sooner. To get involved and donate or contribute or collaborate learn more at money@info.ca or go to money.ca and simply tell others about a grass roots movement set to catch a-fire.

MONEY CA – CA MONEY

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Together or Apart

 

Together or Apart?

 

Do you keep your money to yourself, the old what’s mine is MINE or do you share your finances and the responsibility with your partner?  This is a great conversation starter, which often evokes a highly emotional response.

 

Over the years I have met with couples and in the process of discussing values and personal /financial goals, there has come that awkward, frightening moment when I present the completed twelve month budget.  The responses have been memorable in the situations where each partner is keeping their finances separate.  I have shared in the sorrow, disbelief, and sheer panic as the full financial picture is revealed.  Honesty and openness is a must when dealing with finances as a couple.   I have come to the opinion that the most successful way to manage your finances as a couple is to utilize each other’s strengths and to make a plan where each person is held accountable.

 

Some people truly are not the least bit interested in finances and will live in a world of denial where they honestly do not know how, when or even IF the bills are paid!  You can ask them their mortgage interest rate or how they paid for their last vacation and they will just shrug because they have no idea.

 

So what is a success strategy that has been proven to work over and over again?  Both partners in the relationship have to take responsibility.

 

If you are not the one responsible for the finances (you know who you are) then here are your strategies for success which will reduce the questions and the arguments:

 

  1. Show your appreciation towards the one who is managing the finances;
  2. You MUST make yourself aware of the financial Goals.
  3. Know what the budgeted weekly amounts are for groceries, etc., and what account you access that money from.

 

For those of you managing the finances here are your success strategies:

 

  1. Have a system in place so your partner can easily access all the information without causing you stress.
  2. Have one account just for groceries, and spending money. Transfer in the weekly or bi-weekly amount into an account that each person can access with their debit cards. There is definitely NO overdraft protection attached to this account!  This is the easiest and most successful method I’ve seen.

 

My recommendation to all couples: discuss and plan who is going to be responsible for which bills, and to have a system in place that makes this a simple task.  Secrecy will not produce financial results; and living in ignorance will only result in frustration for one or both of you.

 

The solution? Teamwork and using each other’s talents.  I have client’s using this method for success.  The husband transfers money into both a savings accounts and a spending account (groceries and other expenses).He ensures that the bills are paid on time.  It doesn’t matter if 95% of these transactions are automatic debit: it still counts because he has taken ownership!!! The wife does the grocery shopping and takes out the spending money for the week for both of them.  They have agreed on set goals and each of them is motivated and feeling involved and appreciated.

 

The moral of this story?  Couples that work together planning and managing their financial future are the most successful, financially, and in their relationship as well.  Together or apart: you decide.

 

Laurie Lee

Goodcents Co.

 

Take Ownership

Take Ownership

OWNERSHIP.  Use this as your “mantra” for 2013 and you can experience a new way of living.

I am not talking about purchasing a new vehicle or a new home; I am talking about taking ownership of your personal finances.

What are your limiting beliefs or roadblocks preventing you from honestly embracing your finances?

Why are you highly successful in your work, but are unable to move forward to becoming debt free?

If you managed your business in the same manner that you manage your personal finances, would you be bankrupt?

Our values around money are well established by the time we are teenagers.  Our parents views and experiences around money shape our beliefs and attitudes towards money as well. Our values around money play an important role in how we currently deal with our finances.

So what are the roadblocks and patterns that are entrenched as adults causing us financial stress?

Fear:  When I sit down with clients for the first time there is always a hesitation and curiosity as we begin the process of reviewing all their financial information.  We discuss the details of paystubs, Credit Card interest rates, even money owed to the Cash Store.  When was the last time you took a clear look at your entire financial picture? To review everything you owe and to see exactly what you have saved for the future is a very powerful and enlightening first step.  Let’s call it a balance sheet for your personal finances.   Fear is stopping many people from taking this first step.  Fear that once you are aware you will need to hold yourself accountable and will need to make changes and sacrifices.  It is much easier to live in the land of Avoidance.

Avoidance: How are you avoiding dealing with your finances?  Are you writing post-dated cheques, taking a passive role in your finances, avoiding the government, overspending repeatedly at Christmas, buying “big ticket” items you can’t afford?  Review your last five years of spending and you will see the patterns emerge.  Are you setting yourself up for failure, by repeating patterns that you truly know are not helpful?

Money is one of those great relationship tests: it can be stressful talking about it and people may feel defensive.  Are you delaying discussing your finances with your spouse out of fear or because you think it is easier to avoid?

Take Ownership!  Develop a healthy financial plan with your spouse that is respectful of each person’s values around money.  Make it realistic both of you are right, now find a compromise.  Have a budget/plan in place that allows both of you to take responsibility and both of you to win.

Let 2013 be a new and successful financial year for you!  It’s Simple: Take Ownership

Laurie Lee

Goodcents Co.

 

 

 

 

 

Make, save and preserve more of your money

Me and My Money
Me and My Money – Nobody cares about me and my money like I should.

Money; how do you make, save and preserve more of your money? And that is the question of a lifetime. If everyone knew how to make, save and preserve more money and wealth they would have done it.  There are millions of millionaire’s and thousands of billionaire’s in the world so in fact what seems to be an unattainable plateau has been reached several times over.

Everyone has their own circumstances and you have heard every rags to riches story there is including the boring but true philosophy of dynastic wealth that is transferred down to family members that have little or no idea how to make, keep and not lose those hard earned dollars and assets.

If we all started from the same place the world would be even more different than the disparity we have today. Some even have greater penalties like language and skill and greater hardships are faced with business owners having to face bankruptcies and closure.

The difference between success and failure is simple “knowledge is power” if you  know and have timely information and act upon it. Often the difference between the haves and the have nots is understanding the power. the power of you. People, humans, shoppers and tax payers have evolved and most of them can read and do math and with this combined basic to advance financial literacy they try to make, save and preserve more of their hard earned wealth or inherited money.

When you don’t know you don’t know and therefore the best advice is you get what you pay for and top dollar paid for advice is one of the best things you can ever do. You may not even take the advice, it may be  a second opinion but to make or save larger amounts of money one realizes you do get what you pay for.

 

 

Avoidance

Avoidance…..

As young children we learn to avoid, it is human nature.  My two daughters try every day it seems to avoid certain chores, or tasks.  Take homework for example: children need to learn how to use a day planner and how to break down the large assignments into small achievable daily tasks.  Avoiding the project or task until the final hours before it is due, increases stress levels and the final copy is of poor quality.  Yes we all know this FACT by the time we are adults!

However, avoidance is the first behaviour that I focus on when dealing with families and their budgets.  The first question I will ask is where is your mail?  You would be amazed at the “unique” filling systems or lack of that I have seen!  There are some people who bring down boxes (covered in dust), or some cute small file organizers, but most cannot bring me their mail or bills. Why, because the mail is filed throughout the house.  One of my customers used behind there fridge as a filing system.  Talk about avoidance.   Once the mail has been tracked down it is very easy to see who has the mastered the skill of Avoidance.  I have seen over an entire year’s worth of mail in one box and not one single envelope had been opened. Yes there was mail from the “tax man” and all the regular monthly bills X twelve.  What if there was a winning lotto tickets in there?

Now going beyond opening your mail, my second question is, “How many bank accounts to you have?”  For my customers who are reading this, I know you are smirking.  This is my favorite question.  Some people have one or two accounts, but many however have five, six, or more.  Some people opt in favour of having bank accounts with overdraft protection attached with limits of up to $5000.  In addition there are Line of Credits accounts, Savings and Chequings.  Now the game of avoidance in this example is how to avoid knowing what living within your means is.  This is accomplished by making your financial life so complicated transferring money from one overdraft account into the line of credit then back into the main account in a never ending cycle.  This is what I refer to as pretend money!  You have worked hard all week, and it is finally payday!  Your cheque is automatically deposited into your account.  But wait your balance is still in the negative.   Hmmm, to avoid costly overdraft fees you transfer money from your line of credit because this payment is only 3% of the entire balance, and then your proceed to live off the credit card for all your daily expenses because there is a delay of two to four weeks depending on when your due dates are.  Now times this behaviour by two, as both the husband and wife are transferring money from account to account and now you are immersed in a cycle of debt.

  • If this is you, please stop the avoidance it is time to simplify!
  • Stop the Overdraft protection or at least limit the amount to $500.
  • Have one main account and one or two Savings accounts no more.
  • Do NOT use your Credit Card or Line of Credit unless you have already earned the money you are charging to it.
  • Do not count on a paycheque that has yet to be earned.
  • Please open your mail!

 

Take ownership of your finances and your life.

Laurie Lee

Goodcents Co.