Archives For Personal Finance Education

Without you the bank wouldn’t be in business.

1) Character – You actually knew the banker. Local lending.

2) Collateral – Car, house, 4 wheeler, tractor, etc.

3) Credit – Payment history. 3 X 5 cards at Sears when my wife was young.

4) Capacity (paycheck) – This is the real asset. The real collateral.

Closing:
The real asset is you. No paycheck, no monthly payments. They’re not in the car business or the 4 wheeler business. They’re in the business of collecting interest payments from you. Selling the installment contract to someone else who collects the interest payments and getting paid a fee.

Bank doesn’t want empty houses they have to pay taxes/insurance/maintenance on. They want interest payments, your rent payment for the use of their money.

Resource:
You know where to find me. Podcast page. email or voicemail.
Coaching is available.

I’m Greg Whitaker reminding you:
Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight

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How collections affect your credit score.

1) My collection.
Medical, $2 or $3k. No credit score issue. Couldn’t get checking account.

2) Client’s collection/derogatory credit.
10 days PTC, Soft pull. Re-pull. 620 min for home loan.
642 to 500. Mortgage loan denied. FHA loan, $2,000 or less total don’t have to be paid off. Over $2k, use 5% of balance as mo pmt, or show payment history.

3) Pay something each month.
Negotiate lower balance if you can pay in full. Get it in writing before paying in full. Get paid in full letter in writing. Send paid in full letter to credit bureaus (resource).

Closing:
Collections are like an anchor keeping you stuck in one place. Baggage. Eventually roll off after 7 yrs? Imagine being 1 collection away from getting a home loan. One 90 day late student loan away from getting a home loan.

Resource:
Equifax.com, Transunion.com, Experian.com.
To send paid in full letter. Don’t assume who you paid will report to credit bureau.

I’m Greg Whitaker reminding you:
Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight

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You can’t borrower your way out of debt. There’s only one way to get rid of it. Pay it off.

1) What where do I start?
Stop borrowing money. Send your Visa & Master Card divorce papers.

2) Which debt should I pay off first?
Smallest balance first, regardless of interest rate. Pre-paying neutralizes compounding interest on revolving debts.

Take min mo pmt, add 10% of your net pay. Divide that number into the balance of the debt. Divide that by 12. That’s how many months until you pay the debt off.

Example: $1,000 balance. $20 min pmt = 50 mo or 4 yrs to payoff. That doesn’t account for revolving interest, which takes longer.

$20 min mo pmt plus $60 extra. $1,000 balance divided by $80 = 12.5 mos to payoff or 1.5 yrs.

3) What about interest rates?
They’re nothing but rent payments. Interest paid is rent for the use of someone else’s money. They borrower it at, say .50% and they’re lending it to you at 4.5% for house, up to 29% on credit cards. Who’s getting the best deal in that equation?

Closing:
Borrowing money is fast and convenient. Ask why are you doing it your entire life? When does it stop?

Resource:
Piece of paper, something to write with, and calculator.

Get in touch. Podcast page. email or voicemail button.
Coaching is available.

I’m Greg Whitaker reminding you:
Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight

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The creation, sale, and distribution of human energy. Monopoly – created by law and is enforced by law.

For purposes of this discussion, the words money and human energy are one in the same.

1) The Creation of Human Energy – Congress borrowers money from The Federal Reserve. They make principle/interest payments. The paper money you hold is the IOU or Congress’ promise to The Fed to pay back the debt. How does The Fed ‘make” the money? An entry into a computer.

2) The Sale of Human Energy – The Federal Reserve decides the price (or interest rate) of money. They lend it to banks at an interest rate. The bank lends it to you at a higher rate and makes profit. Why don’t you have access to money closer to the point of creation and therefore a cheaper rate of interest? Because of the law.

3) The Distribution of Human Energy – The Fed makes it, the bank borrowers it. The bank lends it to you after they decide if you’re worthy of being lent to. Loan application, SSN, credit scores, collateral, assets, etc. They either say yes or no.

Look at back of your Closing Disclosure. $100k loan, total paid over life of loan if min pmts made. Expressed as a dollar amount and percentage. This is only in the last 12 months. The old TIL only showed the total dollar amount.

Closing: If you’re the only one who creates, sells, and distributes human energy is it possible you’d develop a God complex somewhere along the way? Why? You control the population. This control is global.

Resource:
Why It’s Called a Bank – podcast
The Creature From Jekyll Island – book

Get in touch. Podcast page. email or voicemail button.

I’m Greg Whitaker reminding you:

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight
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The more complicated you make your finances, the more the tyranny of their complexity can rule your life.

1) What you see vs what you think.

If it’s a mess on the outside, it’s a mess on the inside. House, car, clothes, garage, body, finances. No different.

2) The un-manifest and the manifest.

What hasn’t shown up vs what has shown up vs what you think and do they match? If not, this can cause anxiety.

3) Write down your income vs your expenses.

POP your finances. Put it on paper. Take what you’ve been thinking about and force yourself to see it in writing. Feedback from students on this one.

Less bills to pay. Less moving parts. Less to worry/think about. Fewer checks to write. More money in the bank?

Resource:
Charles Hugh Smith

Get Your Mind Straight. Get Your Money Straight.

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Taking a look at our pay stub and seeing just how much Uncle Sam “steals.”

1) Federal, state, medicare, & social security are all taxes. In my case, it’s federal, Medicare & Social Security. 23%.

Look at these deductions, add them up, divide by your gross income. 1 out of 4 days I work, I receive zero immediate benefit.

2) Property taxes. Do you ever truly own your home, land?

Taxation is the use of indirect force by government (IRS). It is an extraction of your wealth used to expand the size and power of gov’t.

Stop paying your property taxes. Eventually the gov’t will take your home/land.

3) Government doesn’t produce anything in the open market. It is always a liability.

As gov’t grows, so does your tax bill.

My industry, banking, doesn’t produce anything either. It charges interest (rent) for the use of money and charges fees.

Not complaining. Reminding you to reduce your liabilities (debt) so you’ve got more money left to do what you please.

Resource:
Ayn Rand

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We discuss what you are not willing to give up to change your current financial situation.

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I talk to the host of Gnosis Cardia on blobtalkradio and we discuss the insidious money cartel known as The Federal Reserve Bank.

Resources:
Gnosis Cardia

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