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This is Jason Hartman welcoming you to another edition of the creating wealth show. This is show number 116. Thanks for joining me today as we do something a little bit different. Today we are going to talk about well, we’re not going to talk about anything actually. I am just going to play for you a free copy of our subscription based audio newsletter and it comes in a print and an audio edition each month and it is the Financial Freedom Report. And here you will hear and of course, this is available at Jason hartman.com. You will hear a free sample of our July edition. Yes, I know. July was a little while ago now about a month and a half month in three weeks ago. Right. Well, you’ll hear a July addition, this is not too timely. So it won’t matter that much. One of the things I love about creating wealth with income properties is you know, it just doesn’t change that quickly. It’s not like the crazy stock market. But I wanted to play for you the professionally narrated version of the newsletter because I think you’ll really enjoy it and just give you a kind of a free sample as to what it’s all about. Of course, we hope you’ll go to Jason Hartman calm and buy a subscription where you get the monthly PDF printed copy or last edition for August was 20 pages long of really insightful information. And of course, each month we do it in the audio and the printed format. your subscription entitles you to both copies of that, be sure to join us for the Masters weekend on October 10 and 11th. Here in Costa Mesa, California. We’d love to have you we have our furthest Castaway still is Richard from England flying out for that. And again, that event is only twice a year. So we hope you’ll go to Jason Hartman comm slash events and register Right away while you still get the early bird pricing. Another thing I wanted to mention, many of you have purchased our loan modification kit. And you know, one of the feedback that we had that wasn’t super positive and it kind of concerned me a little bit was that it did not specifically address investment properties. Well, here’s why. The reason it does not specifically address investment properties is that there are no specific rules for investment properties. Virtually all of the loan modification, the governmental stuff that Fannie Mae guidelines that came out a while back, etcetera, etcetera, were really designed for homeowners, because the whole push is to keep homeowners in their home and it applies for investment properties. I was able to modify 11 of my loans so far, and I’m still trying to modify more of my loans. It is like free money, folks. It is unbelievable how nice that is when you can do it but the kit, the same rules, really apply to both. Now, of course, it’s the lenders judgment, whether they want to modify your rental property loan, but you really take the same exact path. So it’s it’s not any different in terms of what you do for an investment property versus doing for your own home, you still write a hardship letter, you still provide financial information, so on and so forth. The only thing you might do differently with an investment property is, you know, plead problems and poverty. You know, whenever somebody runs into a bump in the road on their investment property, I tell them, you know, tell the lender in your hardship letter that you’ve had vacancies, the rent has softened a little bit. When you renewed the lease, you had to lower the rent 25 bucks. Of course, if it’s true, you do that. And so there’s not a whole bunch of difference, folks. It’s really the same set of information you need to know with just a few minor tweaks in terms of investment properties, you can buy that kit, it’s a DIY loan modification calm or at Jason Hartman calm just click on events and store One more thing I want to go to I want to tell you about before we go to the audio newsletter is that you should be sure to check out on iTunes, our video podcast, it’s 100% free. And if you’re an iTunes user, just type Jason Hartman in the search bar, you can subscribe to the creating wealth podcast. That’s the one you’re listening to now, and that’s free, you can subscribe to the creating wealth video podcasts for free on iTunes. And those are little short videos. The most recent ones we’re putting one up virtually every single weekday now and they’re only four or five minutes long, most of them so they’re really short little videos and they they’ve got visual and audio, which is really nice. A lot of you learn better that way. And then you can also subscribe to the holistic survival show and the speed of money show for things 100% totally free. Alright, enough of my talking. We’ll hope to see you at the Masters weekend. And let’s go to the audio newsletter. We’re going to the July edition. But again, all of this information pretty much except for a few of the stock market quotes is Totally relevant now. So we want to give you this free sample. Okay, listen.
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Hi, this is Rich Rasul.
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And this is Penny Haynes.
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We’re bringing you Jason Hartman’s financial freedom report,
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financial self defense in uncertain times, brought to you by the Platinum properties investor network, offering a complete solution for building real wealth in the current economy.
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In this July 2009 issue, we’ll talk about why conventional 401k investing is almost like gambling, why buying and then holding on to property is better than quickly reselling it, and why now is the time to learn the ways of holistic survival.
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But first, we want to wish all of you a happy Financial Freedom Day, also known as the Fourth of July. Rich What’s our first story?
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Well, Penny Our first story is called taking stock. Why the stock market can be dangerous in the current environment. Conventional wisdom is long held The way to become wealthy over the long term is by compounded investment in the stock market. Now the reason for this was quite clear when one looked at the chart of historical returns. By making very modest investments at regular intervals over a long period of time, small investors could create very large amounts of wealth. This line of thinking is what is prompted most employers to source their 401k retirement plans with mutual funds that invest in the stock market. Unfortunately, the movement of stock market investment into the mainstream of America has caused it to become less of an investment vehicle and more of a gambling casino. The primary purpose of the stock market is to provide companies with the means to raise capital for business investment by selling a partial ownership stake, also known as a share of ownership. Typically, investors were rewarded for their investment by the payment of dividends from the company profits. The US stock market investing was originally based on the notion of finding a company that was likely to make sufficient profits to pay healthy dividends. Now this sentiment changed as the secondary market for trading stocks became more popular. A primary issue of stock happens when a company issues more ownership shares. A secondary stock transaction happens when one investor exchanges and existing ownership share with another investor. This is where the stock market turns into a casino. When the focus of investment shifts away from the ability of the company to viably pay dividends on a consistent basis toward the probability that the secondary market will pay more for the company stock at a future date, stock investment becomes much more akin to gambling. When returns are primarily based on price appreciation continued growth in market value requires a perpetual stream of new buyers. This phenomenon is true for both stocks and real estate and it explains the recent booms and busts very thoroughly. the only factor that can push up the entire stock market is if there’s an aggregate increase investment capital similar to how increases in the money supply from the Federal Reserve drive price inflation. When corporate profits grow, it’s natural to assume that more capital will be attracted to the market. However, when market values rise faster than corporate profits, the only cause can be a net influx of investment capital. In the United States, there were two sledgehammer events that sparked a colossal 25 year bull market for stocks. The first was the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act or ERISA in 1974, which created standards and stability for company sponsored stock market investment plans that dramatically increase the supply of equity capital. The second was the pairing of tax cuts in the 1980s and a significant reduction in the cost of debt capital that spurred a rapid growth in corporate profitability. These two events combined to generate a massive increase in stock market investment that push the values sky high However, these massive gains came with a bit of a shadow. This problem has been created as investors stopped directly buying stocks of individual companies and started investing in funds where a manager buys and sells the stocks. Now these brokers and managers have control over incredible amounts of other people’s capital. This control gives them the power to create or destroy tremendous amounts of value based on the decisions that they make. It also channels market activity more and more toward gambling as managers seek to maximize value appreciation. The set of incentives is very adverse to investor interests as managers have incentives to take insane risks since big gains mean tremendous bonuses and losses only mean that they get fired. Furthermore, most managers charge very hefty fees for their services which cut into the net investor returns. Now thus far we’ve assumed that the fund managers are honest when the crook dynamic is factored in, the risk increases significantly. Fundamentally, there are four principal risks implicit in this kind of stock market investing. Number one, your broker may be a crook. Number two, your broker may be incompetent. Number three, even if your broker is honest and competent, he’ll take a big slice of your profits in the form of fees and commissions. And number four, these problems are not limited to your brokers but include all of the middlemen like stock promoters, CEOs, bankers, and all other flavors of hucksters or salesman. On top of all these risks, there is a bigger dynamic to consider. Currently, corporate profits are taking a very steep tumble relative to their prior levels. In addition to this, most of the working population is already invested in the stock market, so there’s no large pool of capital to attract so that valuation can continue to inflate. Finally, the current market price earnings ratio is well above its historical average. This means that the market is discounting in a future interest. in corporate earnings, if that increase does not come or takes longer than expected, it will most likely result in market values decreasing. Finally, there is a longer term risk of very average performance. Even if the anticipated recovery happens as expected, there’s no looming influx of capital to push the market up at explosive growth rates. This means that future market appreciation will look very average by historical standards. Granted, nominal values will be pushed up by inflation, but real returns will still be very much in the average category. Ultimately, the stock market is in the midst of a return to reality from the large rates of return in prior years. The fundamentals are pointing toward difficulty in maintaining prior growth rates out into the future, including the risk of more near term price compression if the forecasted economic recovery does not materialize as expected. Granted, there is a probability that the stock market will recover better than expected and produce favorable returns. However, prudent investors should seek to diversify their investment activities into other emerging areas of opportunity to limit exposure to the stock market situations such as prudent real estate investing with a small to negligible downside and significant to infinite upside, or what economists call a free option, principally because the investment volatility runs mostly in the up direction because of the downside risk mitigation. Needless to say, these are the investments that we would like to create.
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Does your investment portfolio have termites? by Marc McVeigh, MD? Do your investments have termites? It may sound like an odd question. But if you’re like many Americans with typical savings accounts and mutual fund stock portfolios, then you are subjecting yourself to the ravages of a specific type of termite which is slowly and clandestinely devouring. At your financial portfolio, taking away the prospects of a secure retirement with it, what type of termite could do such a dastardly thing you ask? This termite is called inflation and it is both the scourge of financial security and the product of our current monetary system. Allow me to explain. Most of us have been brought up to believe that saving and investing are good and getting into debt is bad. While I certainly agree with this general sentiment, it contains one important fallacy. it presumes that the money supply in our economy is static. The reality could not be further from the truth, the money supply is increasing at an ever faster pace. You see, every dollar added into the economy cheapens those already in existence and the Federal Reserve in conjunction with the government are increasing the supply of dollars and credit at an alarming rate. This means that Your savings and portfolio accounts are being reduced in value as the dollars they convert into by progressively less and less. Sadly, this termite assault on your wealth is ongoing and relentless. But you ask, I heard on the radio that inflation was under control that the CPI consumer price index was relatively low. What gives? suffice it to say that the CPI is sufficiently manipulated by the government to give the public a much more benign view of inflation than actually exists? To see just how ravaging this inflation termite is simply look around you. Oil, commodities, health care, education, housing, food, and now even postage have been going up substantially in the last few years. These increases far eclipse the relatively modest gains in the stock market over the same time period. Now, as This point, I presume you’re scratching your head and asking, Well, how do I eliminate this termite? How can I secure my financial house from this destructive insect? The truth is that there is no Orkin man, no terminix for this type of pest that would require a major overhaul of our monetary system. Alas, we are stuck with this troublesome termite for the foreseeable future. However, and this is where it gets interesting. Well, you can’t eliminate this pestilence. You can use it to your own advantage to maintain and grow your wealth, rather than have your wealth eaten away. How you say, by properly turning the tables on our financial system and becoming a debtor heretical. No. If you recoiled in disgust, I understand as it runs counter to the way many of us have been brought up. But allow me to elaborate by debt. Of course, I don’t mean going out and indulging yourself on fancy meals, cars and vacations. There is no long term benefit of purchasing those items using debt. In contrast, by selectively purchasing tangible assets, which throw off cash flow, and by buying these assets with the bank’s dollars in the form of a mortgage or loan, you achieve the financial equivalent of a doubleplay. Long term, your asset most likely increases in price as more and more dollars flood the economy. Just as importantly, you are paying for that asset year after year in progressively worthless dollars thanks to the inflation termite eating away at the dollars you’re now repaying to the bank. Not only is this a shining example of leverage, it can also be thought of as a form of financial martial arts, you are harnessing the energy of your opponent inflation and using it against him. Of course, one of the best asset classes with which to follow this path is investment real estate. A proven path to wealth for Many and a good hedge against inflation. In the interim, your tenant helps pay your debt obligations while you allow the aforementioned economic forces to work their magic. Of course, you have to do your due diligence and choose your properties and loans carefully. Nevertheless, this is a powerful technique to build long term financial wealth. How ironic that the best defense against the termite of inflation is an investment property with a big mortgage.
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Keeping an eye on Wall Street financial market update, market index Standard and Poor’s 500. index for June 19 2009 $921 and 23 cents as compared to June 19 2008 $1,342 and 83 cents, a drop of 31.4% Dow Jones Industrial for June 19. oh nine 8000 $539 and 73 cents, compared to June 19. of oh wait $12,063 and nine cents a drop of 29.2%. The recent stock market rally has inspired a rising tide of hope and optimism within the investor community. Evidence of this as seen in the general step up in market values from the floor of their recent decline. This optimism seems to be discounted into the price to earnings ratio of the s&p 500 index as well, since the current price of $921 and 23 cents represents a price to earnings ratio of 31.2 times the next four quarters of forecasted earnings per share for the index. Since the historical valuation for this index is significantly below the current level. It stands to reason that the investor community collectively believes that the government initiatives will create a market recovery in the near term. At the Financial Freedom Report. We are not yet convinced that the fundamental The market justifies such an optimistic valuation.
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On the money monetary update comparing the money supply and billions of dollars for May of oh nine to may overweight, the monetary base for May of oh nine $1,770,000,000,000 compared to may have a weight of 827 billion, that’s an increase of 114%. In zero plus checking and one for May of oh nine 1,596,000,000,000 compared to may have await 1,373,000,000,000 and increase of 16.2% m one plus savings m two for May of oh nine 8,327,000,000,000 compared to may have await 7,637,000,000,000 and increase of 9%. analysis of the key monetary indexes shows that the current federal Reserve policy have hyper increasing the money supply is still in effect. The desired result of this policy is to stem the current asset price declines from large amounts of selling and de leveraging from credit tightening. The implicit danger is that when the credit markets eventually normalize, it will create a massive net increase of circulating dollars chasing after a static or declining mix of products and services. Traditional monetary theory predicts that when there is a sharp increase in the net effect of money supply without a corresponding increase in output, then the result must be price inflation, more dollars chasing fewer goods. At the financial freedom report, we are convinced that this inflation is looming on the horizon and will hit many people by surprise by destroying their savings, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, equity in real estate, and thankfully the value of their debt. So the key strategy we recommend is to denominate perceived liabilities in dollars and assets and things that have unity. versus me.
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best investment during financial Armageddon. If you were to sit down with a very large book of matches an inexhaustible supply of meals ready to eat, and burn up $1 million every day, it would take you 3000 years to turn $1 trillion into ashes. So a trillion dollars is a whole bunch, right? But are the trillions of dollars the federal government is racking up in debt going to send the United States into financial Armageddon? Well, that’s a pretty strong word. We don’t think it’s likely there will be a complete collapse of society, but it could get hairy for a while. And at the end of each day, every human must still meet three basic needs food, clothing, and shelter. Did we say shelter? Yes, we did. As a property investor, you will control the asset Everyone needs They still need a place to sleep and are going to have to rent it from someone. Why not you? housing is a universal need. That’s not going anywhere.
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It’s the economy, macro economy update, economic indicators, US unemployment, may 2009 9.4%, may 2008 5.5%, change plus 3.9%. CPI, all items 12 months, may 2009, negative 1.3% may 2008 4.2%. Change negative 5.5%. CPI less food and energy 12 month in May 2009 1.8% may 2008 2.3% change negative point 5% one of the most dramatic pieces of news in recent months has been the sharp increase in unemployment. May 2009. Figures showed the national unemployment rate as 9.4%. This represents a 3.9% increase over 12 months, which ultimately means that unemployment is 71% higher than it was in May of 2008. During this period of time, the consumer price index fell quite considerably due to dramatic reductions in energy prices from the demand disruption that was caused by the global credit crisis. We believe that energy prices will regress back to their long term equilibrium as credit markets normalize. This is likely to contribute to a double whammy with the monetary inflation that is expected to result from the Federal Reserve policy to expand the money supply as a tool for fighting deflation. In addition, To this, it is unclear how much more employment will contract as the economy grapples with the new realities of tighter credit and increased government intervention.
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borrowing from Peter credit market update, credit indicators prime rate for Juno nine 3.25%.
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