Tony Robbins: “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook.”

“When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience ends up with the money; and the person with money ends up with an experience.”

“the S&P 500 returned an average of 10.28% a year from 1985 to 2015. At this rate, your money doubles every seven years. Thanks to the power of compounding, you’d have made a killing just by owning an index fund that tracked the S&P 500 over those 30 years. Let’s say you’d invested $50,000 in 1985. How much would it have been worth by 2015? The answer: $941,613.61.”

“From 1996 through 2015, the S&P 500 returned an average of 8.2% a year. But if you missed out on the top 10 trading days during those 20 years, your returns dwindled to just 4.5% a year. Can you believe it? Your returns would have been cut almost in half just by missing the 10 best trading days in 20 years!

It gets worse! If you missed out on the top 20 trading days, your returns dropped from 8.2% a year to a paltry 2.1%. And if you missed out on the top 30 trading days? Your returns vanished into thin air, falling all the way to zero!

Meanwhile, a study by JPMorgan found that 6 of the 10 best days in the market over the last 20 years occurred within two weeks of the 10 worst days. The moral: if you got spooked and sold at the wrong time, you missed out on the fabulous days that followed, which is when patient investors made almost all of their profits”

“The message is clear: the greatest danger to your financial health isn’t a market crash; it’s being out of the market.”

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.  —UPTON SINCLAIR”

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“Brokers have a vested interest in hawking expensive products, which might include actively managed mutual funds, whole life insurance policies, variable annuities, and wrap accounts. These products typically pay them a onetime sales commission or, even better (for them), ongoing annual fees. A broker at a major firm might be required to produce at least $500,000 a year in sales. So it doesn’t matter how fancy the title sounds: these are salespeople under intense pressure to generate revenues. If calling themselves a financial consultant or a private wealth advisor helps them reach their aggressive sales targets, so be it. If calling themselves a wizard, a pixie, or an elf helped more, that’d be just fine, too.

Does this mean they’re dishonest? Not at all. But it does mean they’re working for the house. And remember: the house always wins. There’s a good chance your broker is a sincere person with high integrity, but he’s selling what he’s been trained to sell—and you should always assume that whatever he’s selling will benefit the house first.”

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CORE PRINCIPLE 1: DON’T LOSE

Don’t even bring me an investment idea unless you first tell me how we can protect against or minimize the downside.

CORE PRINCIPLE 2: ASYMMETRIC RISK/REWARD

According to conventional wisdom, you need to take big risks to achieve big returns. But the best investors don’t fall for this high-risk, high-return myth. Instead, they hunt for investment opportunities that offer what they call asymmetric risk/reward: a fancy way of saying that the rewards should vastly outweigh the risks. In other words, these winning investors always seek to risk as little as possible to make as much as possible. That’s the investor’s equivalent of nirvana.

CORE PRINCIPLE 3: TAX EFFICIENCY

CORE PRINCIPLE 4: DIVERSIFICATION

1. Diversify Across Different Asset Classes. Avoid putting all your money in real estate, stocks, bonds, or any single investment class.

2. Diversify Within Asset Classes. Don’t put all your money in a favorite stock such as Apple, or a single MLP, or one piece of waterfront real estate that could be washed away in a storm.

3. Diversify Across Markets, Countries, and Currencies Around the World. We live in a global economy, so don’t make the mistake of investing solely in your own country.

4. Diversify Across Time. You’re never going to know the right time to buy anything. But if you keep adding to your investments systematically over months and years

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“First, you need the right asset allocation—a fancy term for the proportion of your portfolio that’s invested in different types of assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate, and alternative investments. Second, you need to be positioned conservatively enough (with some income set aside for a very rainy day), so that you won’t be forced to sell while stocks are down. It’s the financial equivalent of making sure you’re equipped with safety harnesses, life vests, and sufficient food before heading out to sea. As I see it, 90% of surviving a bear market comes down to preparation.

What’s the other 10%? That’s all about how you react emotionally in the midst of the storm.”

“They understood why they owned what they owned, and they knew how these investments were likely to perform in a crash. It’s like being warned by your doctor that a medication might make you dizzy and nauseous; you’re not thrilled when this risk becomes a reality, but you’ll cope much better than if it were a total surprise!”

“Sir John Templeton’s famous remark: “The four most expensive words in investing are ‘This time it’s different.’ ”

“Throughout the crash, we continued to invest heavily in the stock market on behalf of our clients. We took profits from strong asset classes such as bonds and invested the proceeds in weak asset classes such as US small-cap and large-cap stocks, international stocks, and emerging-market stocks. Instead of betting on individual companies, we bought index funds, which gave us instant diversification (at a low cost) across these massively undervalued markets.”

“One of the solutions to this emotional stumbling block is to regularly rebalance your portfolio once a year.

What does that mean? Harry Markowitz gave me a clear example of an investor who starts with 60% of her portfolio in stocks and 40% in bonds. If the stock market soars, she might find herself with 70% in stocks and 30% in bonds. So she would automatically sell stocks and buy bonds, thereby restoring her portfolio to her original asset allocation ratio. The beauty of rebalancing, says Harry, is that it effectively forces you to “buy low and sell high.”

“Warren Buffett says, “The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.”

The Solution: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint”

“I truly believe that success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure, if you’re not fulfilled, you have nothing”

Excerpts from the book: Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

 

 

People are spending $millions on digital cats and here’s why it makes sense

“I’ll admit it, collecting digital cats is silly, but that’s beside the point. Let’s stop for a moment and imagine that, instead of selling cats, this website sold:

– World of Warcraft items,
– Houses, buildings, land titles,
– Corporate stocks such as Apple, Amazon or Facebook.

Do you see the potential? What makes Crypto Kitties exciting isn’t the cats themselves, its the possibilities that it demonstrates. This is a proof of concept for something much bigger. With the Ethereum protocol, we can now create, tokenize, and freely trade any type of assets on the blockchain. This isn’t about cats; it’s about the future of this new, revolutionary technology.

A Few Predictions
A lot of people — including me — believe the blockchain is the most important invention since the Internet.

The blockchain changes everything we thought we knew about computers. By removing one of the computer’s biggest feature — the ability to duplicate information — it opens up computing to a multitude of new, real-world use-cases that would have never been possible before.

Granted, breeding digital cats is silly, and it will likely be a temporary fad. However, this marks the beginning of a digital revolution. The blockchain bridges the digital and the physical worlds in a massive way. Now, digital assets can have real-world properties such as scarcity, and physical assets can be traded just as easily as sending an email. This is the best of both worlds.”

 

Full article from Tony Aubé here…
https://medium.com/swlh/people-are-spending-millions-on-digital-cats-and-heres-why-it-make-sense-aea431740bcf

 

 

Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein

“The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence. Moreover, his position in society is such that the egotistical drives of his make-up are constantly being accentuated, while his social drives, which are by nature weaker, progressively deteriorate. All human beings, whatever their position in society, are
suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.”

(…)

“The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor—not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules.”

(…)

“The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor
power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. Insofar as the labor contract is “free,” what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists’ requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the
payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product.
Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.”

(…)

“Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.
I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate
abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.”

 

Full article here…
Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein
Originally published in the first issue of Monthly Review (May 1949)