Posts Tagged ‘Wealth Creation’

07.3
15

The Four Pillars Of Financial Intelligence

by como ·

You would think it would be easy to get people to admit that they want to be rich and then take action, wouldn’t you? But no, people are very worried about firstly admitting they want to be wealthier, and then very fearful of taking action. So, as a Wealth Coach, I usually prefer to talk about Financial Intelligence rather than Wealth Creation.

In order for people to get excited enough to make the leap and join The Money Gym, we have to talk about becoming a millionaire, and the millionaires we have helped create, because most people can’t often be bothered for anything less.

Unless there are guaranteed results and they are big and compelling enough, people often don’t want to pick up a book turn off the tv, go to workshops and learn anything new, certainly not for anything less than millions. And they want it quick too!

Really, Wealth Creation and Financial Intelligence are very similar animals, but Wealth Creation needs to be underpinned by Financial Intelligence, otherwise the wealth will go the way of the wealth of most lottery or competition winners up the Swanee, spent on fast cars, big houses, champagne and very unsuitable companions!

Actually I just described my old age, if you add in long holidays in the caribbean, purple velour shell suits, with lurid hair to match, lots of bling and unfeasibly high gold sandals.

However, rather than my frittering away my kids inheritance, my old age will be funded from ever renewing wealth, because I will have finally graduated in Financial Intelligence 101 by then.

I’ll come back to the kids inheritance later.

How can you train your brain to think in a Financially Intelligent manner? I like to think of Financial Intelligence as a platform on which you build your wealth. And like any platform, it needs to have a sturdy support, which I think of as….The Four Pillars of Financial Intelligence .

PILLAR ONE

Pillar One is “Managing Your Mind” where you discover where you are now financially, your family history with money, where your beliefs, behaviours and attitudes to money have often come from.

Then you must look at your abundance versus your scarcity thinking and learn how to monitor that carefully because that old scarcity thinking will pop up when you least expect it.

Whenever you find yourself thinking “I can’t afford it” then you need to beware! You are getting into the wrong mind set and closing yourself off to ideas.

Think instead “how could I afford it?”

PILLAR TWO

Pillar Two is “Managing Your Money” and covers budgeting, cashflow management and projections, credit management and debt busting. Knowing the difference between good debt and bad debt (and if you don’t know the difference then you need to read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki fast!).

Learning how to pay yourself first rather than paying Starbucks, Vodaphone, your local curry house, Sainsburys, Egg, Total Petrol, and the list goes on

11.16
13

The Fractional Reserve Banking Fraud

by como ·

Fractional reserve banking and the fraud that came with it is at the core of the present-day financial system. In order to grasp an understanding of the ongoing dilemma, and why Federal Reserve Banks are at fault, it is essential to understand the concept of Fractional Reserve Banking and why it is more than just counterfeiting.

Contrary to what is believed, the American dollars in your bank account are not the same dollars in the form of cash (Federal Reserve Notes) in your wallet. The dollars in the banks are make believe paper dollars, or numbers on a computer created by the bank an obligation or promissory note to pay you a certain dollars in Federal Reserve Notes. Simply stated, the bank backs the dollars in your bank account while the Federal Reserve backs the Federal Reserve Notes.

Throughout time, gold was the only existing currency. Purchasing your daily loaf of bread with pure gold did not seem practical and for that reason, goldsmiths served as early bankers. Goldsmiths would issue certificates that were backed by gold and this allowed people to purchase things with paper money. This paper money was represented by pure physical gold bullion and was stored in the goldsmiths vaults.

Producing certificates to look after gold meant that a significant amount of cash (gold) was just sitting around in storage. So the goldsmiths decided to start a fraud. When this happened, they became the bankers we know today.

Creating this fraud was really simple. Given that people did not know how much gold was actually stored, it was easy for goldsmiths to issue out more certificates than the gold being stored. By doing this, they attempted to earn more interest than would have been possible if they would have limited themselves to loan based on the gold stored. These goldsmiths relied on the assumption that not all of the certificates would be cashed in at the same time and therefore nobody would find out.

This is a critical explanation of the fraud that is fractional reserve banking. In the time of goldsmiths, it was easy to distinguish between right and wrong. The promissory notes were backed by the gold in the vaults. The moment the goldsmiths decided to issue notes that were backed by nothing (aside from the supposition that they would have enough gold inventory to pay, assuming not everyone demanded their physical gold at the same time)thus the process of fraud began.

How is it possible that bankers were allowed to get away with something like this? How could no one say anything about the false creation of gold?

Enter the government. Corruption can stem from power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So indeed, the government knew the trick of the goldsmiths scam. However, the worlds ruling classes knew it was not convenient to stop it. Instead, they saw it advantageous to perpetuate the scam. Why? Because by taxing and regulating the issue of money, they could keep a system in place where both could profit. This inevitably led to what we know as Fractional Reserve Banking.

If you move forward in time 500 yearsthe US Dollar is the worlds reserve currency and serving like the worlds goldsmith. Privately owned by several mysterious group banks, the Federal Reserve System illustrates the jaded relationship banks and governments have developed in the last 500 years. For some reason, world economies fall in the same trap of the same scam.

The interest rate banks operate under and lend are controlled by the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Federal Reserve controls the fractional reserve ratios banks are required to maintain (as a percentage of their reserves held in Federal Reserve Notes). What does this mean? The money supply and the new money being created are controlled by privately owned company comprised of banks allowed to counterfeit money. There is also the interest charge on those dollars created out of thin air!

For those reasons, I have a nickname for Fractional Reserve Banking: I refer to them as Fictional Reserve Banking. How long will you allow yourself to be fooled by this fraud? Will you take the steps necessary to protect yourself and stay ahead of the crowd?

Here are some suggestions for further reading: It is essential to understand the Fractional Reserve Banking in order to find or create positive banking solutions for your family and future. Solutions like these are the ones author Peter Macfarlane writes about in his blog on offshore banking. Peter also writes several articles on the topic of Wealth Creation for The Q Wealth Report which is a leading quarterly journal dedicated to financial privacy and individual liberty, as well as offshore asset protection. He is also a well-known authority and speaker at offshore living events.