In this episode, Jason Hartman remedies an issue from an earlier episode of the Creating Wealth show. He talks about his Commandments and what he thinks of the Eight Financial Rules That Apply to Everyone and Their Money, as written by Business Insider. In the second half of the show, Jason finds out about the United States’ changing demographics and explains the consequences of real estate investing.
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Today, our guests will be yours truly Jason Hartman. What I mean by that is that we made a little bit of a mistake that was on the last episode, and we always endeavor to correct our mistakes as quickly as possible here. We are not infallible we make them just like everybody else. The difference is, we’re going to be here and we’re going to try and fix them when we do. So we will do that here in a few moments. And I will explain that to you in further detail. It will all become apparent. But first, there was a really interesting little article. You see all these things in the news media, right? Seven rules for this 10 tips for that I’ve got the 10 commandments, actually, I’ve got 20 now there’s there’s two versions of 10 commandments. They the first set The addendum and there will be another addendum forthcoming, by the way. So we’re going to have 30 this investing stuff. I don’t know, it’s kind of simple, but in some ways it can be a little complex occasionally too. So this one was good. And then of course, the great book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by the late Stephen Covey. Boy, I wish we could have gotten him on the show while he was still around what a great thinker and just put out a lot of fantastic material. I was a huge Stephen Covey student for many, many, many years. And I had the pleasure of meeting him on a cruise ship in Russia Once there was a little event on the cruise ship and they mentioned his wife’s name that I can’t remember but so and so covey from Salt Lake City, Utah, my thought is that Stephen Covey’s wife and so I went to my stateroom on the ship, and I called the front desk, and I said, may I speak to Stephen Covey, and they patched me right through to his room. He answered the phone and I talked to him, and then we met up on the ship and talked for a while. What a great guy. Anyway, seven habits, 10 tips, 10 commandments, whatever. Well, this one was eight financial rules that apply to everyone and their money. And it was a Business Insider article. And as I was reading it, I was kind of thinking, you know, these are pretty good tips a lot of these things that you see like this are just junk in the mainstream media and, and part of the vast Wall Street conspiracy, you know, you read some of this junk and I hate to pick on it, but like Money Magazine, or like pop culture for investing. It’s just really amateurish, in my humble opinion. There’s some good stuff in there too. So I’m not going to completely throw the baby out with the bathwater, but a lot of it is just junk. Okay, let’s just come to that conclusion, because it is, but these were pretty good. And I thought I would go over them with you and then add my own take on them because I thought they were pretty solid. So these eight financial rules that apply to everyone in their money, and this was by Morgan housel. I hope I’m pronouncing that correctly. It’s a business This insider article, and it says, number one, spending money to show other people how much money you have is the surest way to have less money. I couldn’t agree more. We’ve all probably been guilty of that at one time or another. And we all have an ego and an ego is a very important thing. I think ego is much maligned, in our culture. Everybody likes to say, Oh, that’s just ego. That’s bad. No, the ego really is a great catalyst for progress. But it needs to like everything, it needs to be kept in check. So we need to keep our ego in check. And how many times have you seen or engaged in spending money to impress other people? Now, this is, as they say, And tip number one here, the surest way to have less money, and I couldn’t agree more. I think that you should spend a little bit of money to impress yourself though, and I’ll get to that in just a moment. And As I talked about in the creating wealth seminar that I do, and we just did the recent one in Little Rock and then one before that in Irvine, California, you know, I always talk about how most people go into debt. And they do that by spending money on the appearances of wealth, rather than the things that create actual wealth. So don’t be in that trap of spending money on the appearances of wealth. It’s the guns and butter kind of philosophy, spend your money on guns and in the investing world, the guns are things that will make our money work for us things that will give us a return. Income property certainly is a great gun. The butter is that expensive depreciating car, that expensive depreciating clothing, that big house that you live in, that is costing you a fortune. Because we know better we know that our home is not an investment. Our home is simply an expense if our home produced income for us like income property tax Then it would be an investment. But if it costs money, it is simply an expense. So we’ve got to make sure we’re spending money on the things that will create wealth for us. Now, that doesn’t mean being a miser or a cheapskate, because I think we can go too far with this, obviously. And I think that the miserly cheapskate philosophy is really counterproductive also. And here’s one of the things that I have found, although I don’t do it enough myself. But here I go, again, not practicing what I preach. I yes, I do that occasionally. I say to my listeners, you should all get really organized. And then I look at my desk and I think and my look at my computer, and I think maybe I should get really organized to human failings, we all have them, okay. But one of the things that I think is very effective and when I’ve done it, I think it’s been very effective for me to I haven’t always done it and I probably You need to do more. And that is celebrating little victories and rewarding yourself for little victories, okay? So when something good happens when you have a property that’s going well, and you’re making money on it, have a little celebration. And the reason you should have a little celebration or a reward, say you want to buy that consumer item, you know, you want to buy a swanky new car or a swanky new outfit, or go on a nice dinner, you know, or a nice vacation. I think it’s okay to do that. To some extent. The difference is don’t get into things that depreciate in value or cost expense that have a fixed overhead. You want to celebrate these things with ideally small treats, and those things do not create a three or a five or a 10 year obligation. They’re just little treats along the way. I even mentioned a car you know It all depends how big the win is. But one of the reasons I think this is so important is that we set up our subconscious mind to be basically like a Pavlovian dog. Of course, we all know, Pavlov’s famous experiment with dogs, where he rang the bell and fed the dogs and rang the bell and had the dogs and rang the bell and fed the dogs and did that over and over. And then he would just ring the bell, and the dogs would start salivating as if they weren’t going to be fed, even though he didn’t feed them. And so our subconscious mind, you know, we can play some tricks on it. We can play some tricks in setting up this reward response cycle. And I think that’s important because I think that will ultimately lead us to do things that increase our return on investment, and help us make prudent financial decisions. So the miser doesn’t do this, the miser just hordes and hordes and hordes and investment and investment investors. And I’d say that the miser does not ultimately get as far in life as the person who prudently and conservatively rewards themselves along the way for those small victories, I think they will have a bigger, more abundant, more expansive life if they do that. So that’s my advice. I don’t always do it, I should do it more. You should do it too. Okay. So number two, wealth is completely relative. Well, I talked about this as well at the creating wealth seminar. And by the way, of course, you can get that as the home study course you can get the physical version of it for half price. Yes. When do you ever see the digital version of a product at normal price and the physical version of the product on sale? Well, as I mentioned, on the last episode, if you heard it well, you’re about to hear part of it again. That we’ve got a big sale on at Jason Hartman calm because I have this excess delivery that I didn’t know about. Have to have myself physical products and they’re in my storage unit. And I really don’t want to even have that other storage unit, I’ve got a whole bunch of storage units. Anyway, so buy those, and you can hear more about this stuff. But wealth is completely relative. that’s point number two. And what I mean by that is, look, if you look at the doom and gloom errs, who say the world’s going down, the dollar is going to collapse. And those are the people listening to my holistic survival show. And I think there is some validity to that. It’s not completely valid. I thought it was more valid when I started that show. And now that I’ve done, you know, 200 plus interviews, interviewing all the people who think the world is coming to an end, I really kind of don’t think it is coming to an end, I think it’s actually going pretty well, even though we have very imprudent financial things going on in the world. And I think there will be another shoe dropping, I think that will ultimately be a very inflationary shoe. And I’ve outlined a good investing strategy for that. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’ve got two other strategies where you’ll do Okay, but the point is wealth is relative. Okay? So think about it. If the doom and gloom scenario happens, and everybody goes broke, all you need to be is a little less broke than everybody else. If everything goes great in the future is massively abundant. All you need to be is a little bit ahead of everybody else. Because all of the products you buy and all of the services you buy in the economy are based on relative pricing. So they will adjust either an inflationary curve or a deflationary demand curve, depending on the relative wealth of the general population. Okay? So if you’re in a westernized, advanced country, and I know we’ve got listeners from 164 countries listening, so we do have a pretty good variety of people it probably very different socio economic levels throughout the world listening and we welcome all our listeners and the one thing to understand about that is that if you’re living in a westernized advanced economy, you are already wealthier than about two thirds of the world’s population. So consider yourself very, very fortunate in that respect. Okay? wealth is completely relative just understand that. All right? Number three, the goal of investing isn’t to minimize boredom. It’s to maximize returns. Wow, that is a good one. Now, what I take that to mean is that if you look at the gambling mentality, you look at the people who are always tinkering with the stock market, who never seem to win, who are always talking about the next big deal. This week. They’re doing day trading next week. They’re doing options next week. They’re doing a different variety of options. They’re doing covered calls, or naked straddles or naked shorts or whatever the heck they call them. They’ve got so many creative names just to minimize boredom. That’s the same Way It Is gambling. I am on my way to Las Vegas in two days to a conference on discounted mortgages and notes and paper, and hard money lending and private lending. I know I’ve been talking about that a little bit on the show, and I got to tell you, that world is fraught with potential problems. And I am really trying to do unlike some of my competitors out there, really, really deep, broad investigation, and I’m taking one of our clients with us actually one that you may have met. He’s been in a lot of our life events, and he’s going with us as well, to check out this event. And in Las Vegas, think about it gambling, it’s so complicated. I mean, I never got into gambling, number one because I’m just too darn conservative. But number two, it’s just so complicated and hard to learn. There’s all these different names for things and the different cards and this and that. If I ever did get interested in gambling, I guess I’d be interested in poker but that one’s really complicated too. I mean, all of these funny names they have for special You know, like the turn the river? Where do they get all this stuff from? But this is really like the stock market. It’s the same thing. It’s the same thing with a house flippers, and the options traders and the stock people and all of their ways to minimize boredom. Okay? That’s, that’s not what investing is about investing. Good investing is really pretty boring. So good, prudent long term investing should be somewhat boring. That’s the way it should be. You shouldn’t have to watch it all the time. You shouldn’t have to pay a ridiculous amount of attention to it. It shouldn’t become your day job. Unless you have a huge portfolio. That’s the thing, okay. It should be be a little bit boring. And the point is not to have it entertain you. The point is to have it create wealth for you. Okay, number four in this article, is the only way to build wealth is to have a gap between your ego and your income. This really relates to the earlier point, right? And it just says getting rich has little to do with your income and everything to do with your savings rate. Remember, you’re listening to flashback Friday, our new episodes are published every Monday and Wednesday. Now, that is ultimately true. However, you’ve got to be an investor because you know, nobody ever got rich saving money, okay? And the reason you save is so that as soon as you have enough capital to invest, if you’re buying your first property or your 100th property, you need anywhere from 20 to $100,000 per property somewhere in that range. Okay, if you’re buying a big apartment complex from us, maybe you need more, okay, but I’m just using the good old standard, dependable reliable, safe investments, single family home type investment, okay? And when you do that, you Need to save money to accumulate the capital. But as soon as you save enough to purchase that property and have adequate reserves of about 4% of the value as your minimum, then you need to invest you need to move that money out of savings into investment. Okay, because as we know, saving money will destroy our wealth if we are in an inflationary environment and if we pay taxes. So saving money is a dangerous thing. You know, sometimes the biggest risk in life is not to take the risk. Sometimes the riskiest thing is to do the thing that is perceived as the least risky, right? And so that’s point number four. All right. Okay. Number five, the most valuable asset you can have is a strong propensity not to care what others think. Now this one I would agree with, okay, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the armchair quarterbacks All this seemingly well meaning but possibly envious and jealous people who are our friends? Yes, that’s one of the human traits we have to watch out for in guardians, even our friends and loved ones will not always really want us to do the thing that’s going to make us succeed. Why is that? insecurity is one of the reasons for sure, right? misery loves company, you’ve heard the old saying, it’s hard to soar with Eagles when you work with a bunch of turkeys as the saying goes, so we’ve got to make sure that we don’t care too much what other people think about what we’re doing. Okay, we’ve got to follow the tortoise and the hare path and just move along and create that wealth with our day today. discipline to just put our money in the game. The good managers of our managers know most of us have property managers and we don’t manage our own properties. directly and just be a good steward of these assets for the long term. The buy and hold investor, as I’ve always said, is the one who comes out on top. Okay, I have just noticed over my many years of experience in this, and the thousands and thousands and thousands of people I have trained and met and spoken with the people who are in the flipping and the speculation business, they have spending money. The people who are the buyer and holders have real long term wealth. So you decide which one you would rather be hopefully you’re in that second category, the real long term wealth people, okay? So, have a strong propensity not to care too much about what other people think. I think that’s good advice, okay? Because everybody else they’re wooed by the siren song of the Deal of the Day, the flavor of the month, the hot trend, and you know, those people chasing those Hot Trends all you got to do is live a few years and you realize that That rarely, if ever actually works. Number six, spend more time studying failures than successes. Now that’s an interesting one, it seems that we all look to success. And we look at these role models, especially of extreme success. And I don’t think there’s very much to learn usually from extremely successful people. The people you can learn the most from, I think, are the people who are about two or three steps ahead of you. Like I’ve said before, on the show is that great quote by Jim Rohn, the late great business philosopher Jim Rohn, who I was fortunate to learn about and follow at the ripe old age of 17. He and Denis waitley and Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale, and then later Brian Tracy, to some extent, who’s By the way, we’ve had Denis waitley and Brian Tracy on the show before in past episodes, they taught me a lot and one of the things that Jim Rohn said, as he said, your income will be the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. And one of the great things about that quote is that we don’t have to be influenced too much by our five close friends, because now we have the opportunity to reach out and have, I’ll call it virtual friends and virtual mentors. You’ve got me, right. I mean, I know a lot of people listening are ahead of me in the financial game. I’m not that big a deal. I mean, I’m doing all right. But there are lots of people who are doing much, much bigger things than I am. And one of the things we’ve got to do is we constantly want to be in an environment where we’re listening to, and being mentored by and hanging around with, even if it’s virtually hanging around with people who are more successful than we are, because they allow us to see the possibilities, and they help bring us up. They help foster maybe a little bit of competitive spirit, that competitive spirit will drive us maybe that ego drive is like, Hey, you know, I don’t want to let them beat me, I gotta perform better, I got to do more. And that can be a very good thing. So study failures as well as successes. So I guess my point was, don’t be the studying only the extreme successes. You know, the the super famous people. You know, if you’re looking at Warren Buffett and Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, how much can you really learn from them? A little bit? Sure. But the most of the learning will take place from people who are just a few steps ahead of you. It’s reachable and realistic. One of the other interesting things though, about actually studying failure. I’m talking about studying moderate successes there. In this article it talks about economist Eric Falk Steen and he summed it up well and I quote from the article here and from him, it says in expert tennis 80% of the points are missing. One, while an amateur tennis 80% are lost. The same is true for wrestling, chess and investing. Beginners should focus on avoiding mistakes, experts should focus on making great moves. And you know, that is so true. And that’s what I love about my own investment strategy, my own buy and hold investment strategy. And really, it’s not my strategy. I mean, look, I’ve added some thought to it. And some new thought to this strategy, certainly through the inflation and two step destruction technique, the risk evaluation technique and the land to improvement ratio, the LTI ratio, which I’ve talked about before, but basically this old buy and hold strategy. I mean, William Nickerson don’t Nickerson way back a long time ago, I don’t know when he wrote his first book, but he was like the king of buy and hold real estate and he wrote he wrote it back in I don’t know if the 50s the 60s, you know, a long time ago, okay. So the strategy is so proven and so renowned. It’s well worth considering. Okay. Number seven people are flawed. So a lot of stuff makes no sense. That’s a good point right here in the article it’s talking about, be careful who you follow. And understand that, you know, you might get one piece of good advice from a person in one department, but it doesn’t mean you should make them your life role model. Different people can serve as role models for different things. Okay. James grant put it and then he says, quote, to suppose that the value of a stock is determined purely by the corporation’s earnings is to forget that people have burned witches gone to war on a whim, risen to the defense of Joseph Stalin, and believed Orson Welles when he told them over the radio that Martians have landed. On crumped. And you know, that’s so true. I mean, people fall for all sorts of silly things in the investing world in the speculative world, look at the tulip bulb bubble. Look at the last housing bubble. You know, from just a few years ago, the subprime mortgage bubble, the most sophisticated people fall for incredibly stupid, stupid things. So understand people are flawed, and there’s just a lot of nonsensical stuff out there. Okay. And finally, the eighth point, anything can happen at any time for any reason. And the article just goes on to say you might be laid off next week. You can be sued tomorrow, or win the lottery. Maybe you’ll get cancer, or a huge promotion. Stocks can rally for twice as long as you think and crashed twice as fast as you assumed. History is one damn thing after another. Most of it involves money and there’s nothing you can about it. And you know what? I think that’s a good point. It’s good to understand you’ve got to have contingency plans. And that makes sense. So you know, maybe you’ll have a big surprise repair on a property, maybe you’ll have a bad tenant, and you’ll have to go through an eviction and to make ready. As the old saying goes, sh it happens, right? It does. We do not know what the future will hold. But with a long term, prudent buy and hold strategy, we can really mitigate a lot of these problems with fruity conservative investing, where we’re buying properties were following my 10 really my 20 commandments of investing, what’s number five, Thou shalt not gamble, buy properties that makes sense the day you buy them. Number three, don’t invest in other people’s deal. You know, thou shalt maintain control is that commandment, follow those commandments, and you are going to be in pretty darn good shape. Okay, let’s get to our Guests segment. I’m joking when I say that, we’re just correcting a mistake here from Friday, folks. So we are going to play what we did not play on the last episode. So listen in. And I know this sounds a little funky because we’re doing it backwards. But this is the intro for the last episode. That was not posted on Friday. So here it is. And Gosh, we got a lot of good shows coming up to so many good ones. You know who I’m interviewing today? The Great for great bill Bonner. Yes. A guy who almost never does radio interviews bill Bonner. He’s a great writer. He’s written many, many books. He is the founder of a Gora financial and I am interviewing him today. So we’ll have that in an upcoming episode soon. Here we go with the intro for last episode. Hey, welcome to the creating wealth show. This is your host Jason Hartman. And thank you so much for joining me today for episode number 421. Sure Hope you enjoyed our last episode a 10th show, with Mark Devine talking about the way of the seal, which was really interesting. I also just finished an interview for probably my holistic survival show with john Keegan, who was a Blackwater contractor and a former Marine, Blackwater contractor, who was right there on the ground at Ben Ghazi at the time of the tragic incident there. And he wrote a book called 13 hours I think is the name of it. What really happened in Benghazi, and it’s been on the New York Times bestseller list for the past few weeks. And that was a very enlightening interview. So just speaking of military people, I just scrolled 13 hours, the inside account of what really happened in Ben Ghazi and he’s a former security contractor for Blackwater, which you know, is a huge, huge military contractor that is controversial, to say the least. But for what That’s worth it is a great interview. Anyway, look for that when it’s posted if you’re a follower of any of my other shows, and I think you’ll be interested in that, again, we try to give you some broad good content on a lot of things, but especially personal finance and real estate investing, which is, of course, our main focus on this show, and a few of my other shows as well. And Gosh, which we talked about today. Well, a few things. Number one, and most importantly, we have a fantastic video on my YouTube channel. If you go to YouTube and type Jason Hartman, media Jason Hartman media, we got a couple of YouTube channels, but that’s the one where we’re posting a lot of content right now, and video versions of our shows as well of several of the shows. And this video on how to read a performance is just critical. And I played the audio of it several episodes ago. And I tell you, with some of the questions I get really just want to play it again and again but I’m not going to do that to you. I’m going to ask you to go review that video on our YouTube channel. And I was really upset with YouTube because they took that video down and repost it. I guess it was getting too many views and they thought that was suspicious. We had like, I don’t know 3300 views really quickly when that video was originally posted. And YouTube said that they thought the views were fake and I guess a lot of people kind of game the system on this stuff. So anyway, I was quite upset with them we had spent a bunch of money to advertise that video which I think is a really just a critical foundational understanding with investing. Okay, that is just fundamental stuff that how to read perform a video, so please, please do check that out on YouTube. Or check out the at least the prior episode if you want the audio only version of it but it really does help to see it. See what I’m looking at and highlighting on the performance. So please check that out fundamental knowledge and help for you on being a better real estate investor and understanding how to analyze a deal. So check that out. And a couple of interesting articles here, I haven’t had time I just accumulate all these things I want to talk to you about. And it feels like I’m always behind on this stuff. And I just never have time. This one published in Business Insider on September 15. So it’s not that old, only two weeks or so. And it is a really interesting thing. It’s talking about the different states throughout the country that have the highest percentage of single adults. And it talks about how singles and this is something I’ve been saying for quite a while are a huge, huge demographic cohort. And why is this important to us as real estate investors? Well, I’ll tell you why. Many many years ago, when I first got into the business more years ago than I even care To think about how it’s been so long, it’s amazing how a couple decades will just pass in a snap of a finger in the blink of an eye, but they do. Many years ago, you would never want to consider buying a one bedroom property that was just like the curse of death. And it still is a one bedroom property is never going to get you kind of the ideal most stable tenant. However, it’s not as bad as it used to be. In fact, there are some decent opportunities in one bedroom properties. And the reason I mentioned this is because of the massively increasing single population, for the first time in the history of the country from what I understand. There are actually more single adults of marrying age we’ll call it then there are married couples, it’s like 54%. And this is a major, major thing to think about. As real estate investors Now there are some interesting kind of broad conspiratorial theories about this about the government wanting people to be single the government disincentivizing through tax code and welfare and so forth marriage. And we’ve certainly seen this in some certain racial components of the society where there’s some realistic reason for this belief that they’ve encouraged and single households with children’s and discouraged marriage through the tax code, and so forth and through many other things. And this conspiracy also relates to good old Madison Avenue, the advertising community, Mad Men, if you watch the show, and it relates to them, because if you think about it, if you’re in the business of selling consumer products, or you’re in a real estate business, heck, Isn’t it better to sell two toasters and to blenders rather than one? Well, certainly it’s a much bigger market. If you have more single Right, because a single household will buy all the same basic things that a married household will buy their two households instead of one. So they’re going to have to have everything rather than one of everything rather than sharing things. So this is a big deal. And I’ve talked before on prior episodes about how in the last three presidential elections, the largest voting bloc, although it’s not really considered a voting bloc, oddly, was single adults. And most people think of voting blocks, they divide them by racial and ethnic categories. They divide them by age, like the AARP, that’s a huge demographic are a huge voting bloc, and a huge lobbying organization, or they divide them by Generation Y, or Generation X, my generation, which is very small generation or the baby boomers, and all these different things, really the biggest broadest cohort, if you will. singles. That’s the biggest one. And so when you look at this, it means that smaller properties are more desirable than they’ve ever been in human history in terms of what that household would contain. being just a single person household. Of course, I’m single. And I guess I’m just ahead of the trend on all this stuff, folks. Now, now, I’ll probably get married or hopefully I’ll get married sometime soon. And then I’ll be ahead of that trend when the pendulum swings back to marriage being more popular, but But yeah, it really is amazing. This is an amazing article, and it’s, it’s by Richard Florida, who I’ve been wanting to get on the show for a while it admittedly haven’t tried very hard, but I’ve talked about him a lot where he talks about the creative class cities, and what that means to real estate investors and so forth. But get this I thought I’d share a couple of these rankings because they’re pretty interesting and kind of counterintuitive in some ways. In terms of singles. It says singles make up more than half the population in 27 of 50 states. And the share of single adults ranges from a low of 43.7% to a high of 55.7%. As the map above shows, and here are the top 10 in the bottom 10 states, so the states with the most single people, this one really kind of amazed me in some ways. Number one, most single people, you’re not going to believe in Louisiana. But if you think about that, and you think about the conspiracy theories about the government promoting single households, right, because singles tend to be more skewed toward the left. They tend to be more democratic and they’re voting, and they tend to receive more government aid and more government benefits. So Louisiana, ranking number 150 5.7%, Rhode Island Number two, the same number New York now that one doesn’t surprise me because when you take into account the highest populous part of New York State, which would be New York City 55.5% lots of single people in New York City Mississippi, number four new mexico California that doesn’t surprise me, Florida number seven, California’s was number six, Massachusetts number eight in you look in the cities and there’s a lot more single people in cities of course, so you got Boston there, Nevada, number nine. I guess a little surprising. I don’t know Vegas, baby. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, Maryland number 10 and then the bottom 10 with the fewest single people. Please don’t surprise me too much. I guess Montana number 41 North Dakota 42. Minnesota, Kansas, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Iowa, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah being number 50. You don’t want to be single in Utah. You’re definitely a minority there. And that’s really no surprise Utah very family oriented state. You’ve got the great Mormon religion, which I don’t care what people say, Listen, I’m not Mormon, but I think every Mormon I’ve encountered has been a good person. Sure, there are bad ones out there, but pretty good group of people and very family and community oriented, very self reliant people, and I applaud them for that. Anyway, that’s kind of interesting about single people. Okay. And I know, by the way, a lot of my fellow Christians think the Mormons are cult members, blah, blah, blah. I’m kind of not buying into that. So there you go. For whatever it’s worth. I remember. I do remember though, an ex girlfriend years ago brought over a videotape. Yes, a videotape, not a DVD, and showed me this big tape about the Mormon religion and all of these idiosyncrasies and so forth. And I don’t know, I just know my own personal experience has been pretty positive and if Romney were running for president, I’m not saying I like everything about him, but I do like his business side. And a turnaround specialist would probably be a pretty good thing, at least financially for the country. So that’s my story. Hate me or love me, but that’s what I think. Okay. Just a reminder, you’re listening to flashback Friday, our new episodes are published every Monday, every Wednesday. Now another thing, which is interesting, I talked about this before, I believe, but it was a USA Today article from a while ago about why $1 million may not be enough to retire. And if you’re investing in income property, I’ll tell you, you can easily achieve financial happiness and financial independence with good investments and you know, because I’ve talked about refi to you die before and how absolutely excellent that plan is for investors. In this article, they talk about assuring that you’ll have enough to retire then Look at a million dollar portfolio and a scenario and now this is of course, part of the vast Wall Street conspiracy here and telling the Wall Street company line of absolute stupidity. And it says in the past 10 years a portfolio equally divided between the Standard and Poor’s 500 stock index can your Treasury notes and three month treasury bills returned an average of get this folks don’t fall asleep on me because this is disgusting. 4.24% a year where inflation Of course they’re believing the idiotic official statistics. Most of these people they’ve been losing money Okay, in this portfolio, but they think they’re slightly winning, because inflation averaged 2.4%. So basically, their margin of return here before taxes take away, probably a good 40% of it, okay. Their margin is 2% and then you impute inflation and you know, what are you left with? You’re left with what 1.2% above the official inflation stats, after you pay taxes, and then you put in the real inflation rate and you know, you are losing money, you’re completely underwater. Okay? So that’s what’s going to happen to you. If you’re investing in the vast Wall Street conspiracy, and the typical absolute disgusting stupidity in the financial press. If you invest in income property, in the most historically proven asset class in America, you can easily make retirement work, especially if you got a few years before retirement. And by a few I mean, you know, 10 or 20 would be ideal. If you’ve got more, that’s even better. But remember, I’ve cited before that pretty famous study that was done and I believe it was back in 1994. And it was about Can money buy happiness and I have talked about this before, and I’m gonna pick 1994. Again, it’s just from memory. But what I remember from that study in reading it, and it was pretty kind of revered at the time, and I do agree with it, you know, in 19 $94 $1.5 million would be kind of the number that would, in quotes, buy happiness, okay? That would be the number that would buy happiness. And if that’s true, let’s just adjust that for inflation. And based on the official statistics, which of course, understate inflation, that would mean that today, you would need to point out Well, I’ll tell you exactly how much you need. $2,407,408 and 91 cents, is how much you need to, quote, buy happiness, can money buy happiness, well, now It can’t. But it buys a lot more happiness than poverty, that’s for sure. And it’s hard to argue with that one. Okay? So two and a half million bucks basically is the number you need. Well, through the plan that I’ve outlined, with a modest start, you can really, really achieve that by or before retirement, depending on what age you are. And remember, retirement isn’t really something I think that any of us should be considering in any real way because retirement, my humble opinion, it’s just not a good thing. It’s not good for us. We need to be engaged, we need to be active, we need to be stimulated, we need to be challenged. That’s the way the human animal works. So retirement, not ultimately a good idea. I think we should stay active and keep working and do whatever our passion is, but it’s sure nice to be able to choose to make our own hours and do something that inspires us and something we’re passionate about rather than being different. Bert and work in the corporate job in a cubicle, right? And so to be able to have that choice, you can achieve this pretty easily. And you only have to beat real inflation and real taxation and returns and other investments because all the returns like these idiots getting the 4.4% per year return in the USA Today, outline portfolio, terrible deal, right? But let’s say that to keep up with inflation and to pay taxes and to have kind of a net, that you really have to earn about 8% on your money, okay? That’s we’ll call that the breakeven number. I’d argue that it’s even a little higher, but I’m gonna go with a lower number just to be more conservative and more in line with the vast Wall Street conspiracy. And so if we can earn from our income property investments if we can just earn 12 to 14% Annually, we are vastly, vastly beating the rest of the human race, you’re going to be in a very comfortable position if you just let some time go by and you can earn only 14% on your portfolio. Of course, if you go to Jason Hartman calm and you look at the property performance there, you can see that properties have performer returns have easily into the 25 3035 40% annually return and if it only goes half as well, well, what are you earning, you’re earning, say 20% in that example, and you can encounter quite a few problems and still earn 14% on your income property portfolio you can encounter unexpected repairs, you can encounter evictions you can encounter make readies between tenants where they mess up your property. Now, of course, you should get a judgment against that tenant, you probably eventually collect on that judgment and you’ll collect with interest, okay? But you can encounter a lot of problems and still come out a big, big winner. If you’ll let 510 15 or 20 years go by, and just keep running your portfolio. I mean, look, folks, we all know people who became very wealthy and their real estate investments. And we all know people who have won the game doing this. And all you have to do is stick with it. And just do the day in and day out work. Put time on your side, you put inflation on your side, you put irresponsible government spending on your side, all the things that should normally upset and aware, rational human being actually work for us as real estate investors. If you don’t like our current administration, If you think they’re spending the country into oblivion, like so many people do. Well, all that’s going to do is point toward inflation. And that’s going to be wonderful for you as an investor. Okay. So lots of good things there. All right, one last thing before we get to our guest today, and that is, I need a favor. Yes. I’m asking how often do I actually ask you dear listeners for a favor? Almost never. Right? And I thought this was a good time to do it. Because my birthday is tomorrow. So happy birthday to me. Gosh, I cannot believe Another one is already here. Oh, wow. Age ain’t what it used to be folks. And that’s a good thing. If you listen to my new show, the longevity show coming out. You’re gonna get a lot of tricks and secrets on that. And I just did another interview for that yesterday, and I’ve been accumulating them and it is fascinating what’s going on. But the problem for us people the challenge With this longevity thing, it’s an opportunity. And a problem is that look, we got to really plan for this, we’ve got a plan. So we make sure we don’t have too much life left at the end of the money. We got to make our money last and make our money work more than ever. Okay, so onto the favor. It’s really a double favor. I’m asking two favors because my birthday is tomorrow. So the first favor is please go and review the show. I get such excellent feedback from you listeners. You’re constantly emailing me and posting things on our social media and, and you’re telling me how great you think the show is. But I know by just sheer numbers that many of you haven’t reviewed the show, so please go to iTunes or Stitcher Radio or however you’re listening and just take two or three minutes and review the show and give it the appropriate amount of stars that you think it deserves. And that really inspires us to keep coming up with great content and keep looking great guests for you. So that’s the first favor. Now the other one, check out this story. Remember, several months ago, I had offered a supreme really great deal on the physical products of the creating wealth, home study course. And the physical product of the meet the Masters combined event collection. Well, I thought we sold out of those. And then guess what? The company that makes those physical products and duplicates the CDs and puts them in the nice little handsome cases and creates the workbooks and so forth that go with these products. Well, I got an email from them a couple of months ago, and they said, Jason, you’ve still got a whole bunch of product in our warehouse here in Illinois, or no, sorry, Indiana. I think they’re in Indiana. The company is called corporate disc. You’ve still got a bunch of product here. What do you want to do with it? I’m like, Oh, really, all of my stories. units are full, I’m thinking, and so I got to go rent a new storage unit, which I did. And they delivered the product to me via FedEx Ground a couple of weeks ago just before I left for Peru. And now I’ve got another storage unit full of this product. I’ve got dozens of these creating all home study courses, the physical version, not the digital version, the one that looks really good on your bookcase and will impress you and all your guests that come over to your house or office and see this on your bookcase. And these meet the Masters products. So I got to sell them and get rid of these physical products now. So the creating wealth home study course we are selling for half price $175 Okay, as a physical product, it’ll look beautiful on your bookshelf, and the meet the Masters home study course we’re selling for half price as well. 247 so please go and buy these things. Our profit margin is almost nil on this stuff. Because we’re selling them so cheap, we’ll pay for the shipping. And just so you know, the shipping on the Masters course, costs like $22 each to ship it to you, depending on where you’re located in the continental United States, we’ll pay for the shipping, we’ll get these beautiful physical products out to you. And just go to Jason Hartman, calm, click on products and help me get these things out of my storage unit. Okay? Because I can’t use them. I want them in your hands. So you can learn some good stuff. There’s some just really great content there. So take advantage of that. Just go to Jason hartman.com. free shipping on those. Well, they last they won’t last too long, because we only have a few dozen of each of those.
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