If you think about it, there are many people who make a career and a very good one might I add out of being a politician. However, where does one actually learn to be a politician? I mean I know there are political science majors out there but I can’t remember how many politicians I’ve seen out there that actually … Read More
If you’ve ever listened to a financial guru, financial expert or other authoritative figure in the financial services industry, at some point you’ve probably gotten to hear them talk about politics in some shape, form or fashion. Why is that? Are financial experts “in the closet” politicians? Do they aspire a different life in politics? Or, is there some interrelationship … Read More
Before getting into the basic wealth building formula most people use, I’d like to explain a bit about how banks and similar financial institutions work. Let’s assume for a moment that you are a business owner and I’m the bank. For every $1 you earn in your business, where do I as the bank tell you to put each $1, … Read More
As a country, nation and even globally, we are in the middle of one of the biggest financial crisis since the great depression. The folks in Washington can’t seem to balance our budget. As each year passes, our national debt that is now in the trillions of dollars keeps increasing. Investors have suffered yet another major setback in their financial … Read More
This week I read a story entitled… “After FCAT Scores Plunge, State Quickly Lowers the Passing Grade” The particular state, test, nor circumstances in the story were relevant to the all too familiar point that popped into my head. In this instance, the state may very well have had their reasons for doing so. Individual student aptitude, after all, is … Read More
That’s right I said it…Fire Your Advisor! If you have one, pick up the phone right now and do a Donald Trump on him or her and let that person know “They’re Fired!” And if they ask you why, tell them Ike, The Financial Independence Coach told you to do so. That’s right I’ll take the blame for you. And … Read More
I would like for you to view “retirement” as the dirty “R” Word. I know a lot of those in the financial services industry help clients plan for retirement but all of them are missing the boat. You should not be planning for retirement but instead should be planning for financial independence.
Ever feel the weight of the world coming down on you? That’s the way anyone feels when they are buried under the rubble of what I call “bad debt.” So what is bad debt? Bad debt is any consumer debt that does nothing to increase your financial position but instead further deteriorates your financial position.
Most people have three possible sources of retirement income: (1) Social Security, (2) pension payments, and (3) savings and investments. The income that will have to be provided through savings and investments (which you can plan for) can be determined only after you have estimated the income you can expect from Social Security and from any pension plans (over which … Read More
How To Get Started The number of people who are financially unprepared for retirement is staggering. One study revealed that more than half of the adults in the U.S. were planning to depend solely on Social Security for retirement income. Another study indicated that the great majority of Americans do not save nearly enough money. This Financial Guide provides you … Read More