Ever wonder where your investment dollars end up? Jack’s story reveals some very interesting truths about your investment dollars.
Jack is a middle aged guy who works hard to make a living. He is happily married to his wife, Jill, and they have 3 children. They live in an average home, with an average income; they have 2 cars, and some consumer debt. Jack and Jill are who you would call the average American family.
Every other week when Jack gets paid he automatically deposits 300 dollars into his savings account. After a couple years of saving, Jack and Jill decide that it’s time to do some investing; they’ve grown a substantial amount of money, and want to put it to use. They sit down with a financial planner to discuss what they should do, and he points out that there are some mutual funds he knows of that are doing very well. He also indicates that “diversification” is key, and suggests bonds as a great place to allocate some dollars. Does this discussion sound familiar?
Following their meeting with their financial planner, Jack and Jill are convinced that “diversification” is what they need, it makes them feel all warm and cozy inside, as if nothing could ever go wrong. Now instead of getting sidetracked here, discussing the absolutely incorrect principles of traditional financial planning based on “diversification,” “buy and hold,” or “dollar cost averaging,” and their false sense of comfort, let’s realign ourselves with the story at hand, following Jack’s dollars. We will discuss these issues at another time.
Jack and Jill find that they are getting 5-6% returns on their mutual funds (again, a discussion for later on the realities and falsehoods of this generous assumption), coming out to 4-5% after taxes. Not bad right? Something in those mutual funds is producing some strong growth for Jack and Jill’s future retirement. Jack, being very curious, decides to investigate a little more into these mutual funds, and recognizes the two following investments as a substantial part of these funds:
- HSBC Finance Corp
- Bank of America Corp
This find has left Jack a little perplexed, and even more curious, so he decides to further his investigation. He pulls out his bills for the month, and finds one of his credit cards. He reads through the fine print and realizes that he has been paying almost 11% interest on his debt, which doesn’t surprise him, until he realizes why he was so intrigued with the two finds in the mutual fund portfolio… He makes his payments to HSBC! He’s been paying 11% to get 5%!
But it doesn’t end here, Jack still has his car loans to look over. He looks at his payments and finds that he has been paying 7% interest on those loans… to Bank of America! He has been paying 7% to get 5%! What a rip!
Hundreds and thousands of people do the exact same thing as Jack on a regular basis. After all, what are a large majority of the investments out there anyway? Someone else’s debt… or our own! Many search for investments when they have most of the investments they will ever need in their very own financial situation. They risk their money, hoping others will make debt payments in order to satisfy these investments, they get smaller returns, or losses, and in economic times such as these, they lose both money and sleep.
Continuing the story…
Jack realizes that he has a problem. He has created unnecessary middle men in his financial plan. He pays
fees, taxes, and incurs risk unnecessarily. So Jack decides to investigate a little more into his situation, and realizes that if he would eliminate the middle men, invest his money directly into his own personal debt, he will substantially increase his rate of return, never incurs taxes on that growth, eliminate risk, and be in complete control of his money. He seriously thinks it over and wonders why he never realized this before… Have you?
Upon finding more information about the best way to become his own banker, Jack learns that there are also particular vehicles that will allow him to create a pool of money in which he will have additional growth, tax benefits, and the ability to pass on wealth in a most efficient manner.
Jack and Jill now have the relief of knowing they are in complete control of their money, because they are their own bankers. They are at peace knowing that the market environment will not affect their financial future.
Understanding true principles of money is very important when making preparations for your financial future. Wealth is not a product, but is a process. Please be sure contact us for more information about these concepts.