Are You Living On Financial Edge?

             Are You Living on the Edge without a Financial Education?

Posted on: Tuesday, January 24, 2012|Written by: Robert Kiyosaki

When I was a young boy, the path to retirement was simpler. For the most part, if you saved your money regularly, paid your mortgage off, and lived modestly, you could retire well. This was partly because inflation was low since the dollar was pegged to gold and also because most employees could expect a company pension and health benefits until the day they died. It did not take much intelligence to have a secure, financial future.

Today, we live in a world that requires an extremely high, financial intelligence to retire well.

It is no longer enough to save money, as higher inflation and taxes wipe out your earnings. You can’t rely on a company pension because most companies don’t offer one. Instead, it is expected that you contribute to a 401(k) plan that may or may not provide you a secure retirement and that is simply a glorified, tax-deferred savings account that benefits the rich, not you.

These changes are because of two actions by the U.S. government that I’ve written extensively about, most notably in my book Conspiracy of the Rich. In 1971, Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard, making the dollar a currency instead of money. And in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was passed, paving the way for 401(k) plans, forcing uneducated workers into the stock market, and creating the financial services industry.

It’s taken about three decades, but we’re seeing the devastating effects of those actions today as individuals and countries are living on the edge of financial disaster.

On an individual level, take for instance a young friend of mine’s father whose dad worked his whole life in an old-world industrial plant. Every time my friend talked with his dad, his dad would mention how long it was until his retirement, where he’d collect a pension and health benefits and enjoy golf a few times a week and sports on TV. There were no savings to speak of, some stock options decimated by the economic downturn, much debt, and no other plan. Unfortunately, only a few months before my friend’s dad hit the minimum retirement age, the plant went for sale, found no buyers, and closed. Now he, along with hundreds of others at that plant, cannot find a new job, have no savings, and are looking at a very insecure, financial future. For him, it may be too late.

On a national level, look at the Euro Zone. According to The Wall Street Journal, “The global economy faces a depression-era collapse in demand if Europe doesn’t quickly act to dramatically boost the size of its debt-crisis firewall, implement pro-growth policies and further integrate the euro zone, the head of the International Monetary Fund warned Monday.”

As IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde remarked over the weekend, the Euro Zone’s efforts to stymie debt problems “is about avoiding a 1930s moment, in which inaction, insularity, and rigid ideology combine to cause a collapse in global demand… A moment, ultimately, leading to a downward spiral that could engulf the entire world.” If Europe collapses, the world goes down with it — and the jury is still out on what will happen. But the world’s financial experts are sending out the warning cry.

As you read these stories above, they probably sound vaguely familiar, have little emotional impact on you, and you may have even skipped over them.

Why?

These stories echo stories that have been shared for many years now. The news is filled with stories of people living in countries on the edge of financial collapse, and then buffered by good news here and there to keep us all from falling into complete despair.

The reality is that we have become used to living on the edge, and we’re forgetting what it means to live comfortably inland. This is not all bad, if you have the right mindset.

Living on the Edge Requires a Financial Education

Living on the edge requires alertness and intelligence, you cannot give up or be lulled or else you will fall. Each step must be calculated and taken carefully, but confidently, to get to safety. The only other option is to do nothing and hope someone will save you —which is akin to suicide.

It’s for times like these that the Rich Dad Company was formed. This website, our books and DVDs, our coaching, and financial education all exist to help equip you for the perils of our modern economy so that you can be sure to have the knowledge and practical application required to survive and thrive while others fail and fall.

For many, there is no choice about living on the edge. The die has been cast for us by people much more powerful and influential than us. But we can control our actions on the edge. It’s my hope you’ll step forward confidently and smartly, equipped with as much financial knowledge and courage as you can gain and muster. It sure beats the alternative.

To increase your financial education now, click here to find out about our free resources and online community.

Less Politics, More Cash Flow

While I still endorse Ron Paul for the 2012 Presidency, I am going to spend less time this year worrying about politics and more time worrying about my own cash flow! Obama or a Republican, either way I have control over my own destiny, and so do you!

What happened to our money, to our country?!

By: Joshua Gayman

The reason Occupy Wall Street is happening right now is because there is a huge movement of young people who want to reclaim this country from corporate interests. These protesters feel that our political system has been hijacked by Wall Street and their corporations. Not only that, but they feel that our elected officials now serve the interests of the wealthy upper 1%, instead of “the 99 percent.”

I’m gonna write..Dang it!!! I’m gonna write…

It’s not that I can’t do, but that I can reach more people online than I can on the street. Also, I can capture attention. Why protest when I can speak more clearly through my mac sitting in my bedroom. I don’t oppose the Wall Street crashers. They are frustrated. They feel that the system has hijacked the way of life their parents had and that they planed to continue, and they are right.

The solution is that we need to reclaim our own money. If America acts now, we still have the financial and political power globally to reclaim our position. China will fight us hard, but we really need not compete directly. We don’t have to buy Chinese. If we open back up the factories we can put millions back to work and produce value back into our society. My God, can you imagine what stuff we would have cooking right now if everyone was working hard to better society? We are geniuses. I don’t really know why, but for some reason us Americans kick ass. In all actuality, I don’t think we have anything that any people don’t have. It’s just the timing and in my honest to God opinion, it’s God’s plan for this time.

So how did we really get where we are now? The world has turned upside down in the past 3 years!!

Well..Life happens. The only thing constant in this world aside from God’s love is change. Because of this thing called time, everything constantly evolves.

So what happened?

1700′s – USA is founded. We say F U to Britain because we do not want to use their currency and pay their taxes anymore. We draft a constitution that we will never let another entity print our currency and we will never have an income tax. We kick their butt and start our own country on free market using gold to back our currency. As an interesting sidenote..The South made their own currency during the Civil War, but with no gold backing it inflated to zero value..

We go from Wild West to Industrial Revolution. Life is changing rapidly with new mechanics. Lots of production is created, in fact, it is exponentially created because of leverage and tools.

Let’s face it..The media is about as honest with us as a politician. So when you think about it, how do you really know what you learned in school was even truth? I know I hear you already, “Oh here we go, another conspiracy article..” NO – Listen to this: John D. Rockefeller founded the US Board of Education in 1903. What did  that guy want with the school system? And since he did buy it..Why didn’t he add education on money into the school system? Why do we still have a school system that is hundreds of years old and was created to manufacture military? Now here is my point, we have no idea if the things we read in our history books are true. History is not math, gramar, or science. History is one of the biggest tools used for manipulation and deception.

Moving on…

10 years later, John D Rockefeller, along with other ultra rich men such as JP Morgan, and Paul Warburg, founded a company and called it the Federal Reserve. This company would issue currency to countries. The trade off that they could offer to the Congress was that if they printed the money, they could give it to the government. Scandals in the Congress are nothing new, and the Federal Reserve Act passed.

Time for an income tax!!

The income tax was supposed to be to fund WWI, but we still pay it today, 100 years later…

20′s…HUGE recession, but it was removed from Rockefeller’s history curriculum in our education system that he hijacked.

GREAT DEPRESSION: Debt from WWI is too much to pay. we need more currency. The government confiscates gold and then raises the dollar-associated value to it by over 50%, hijacking over 50% of the real money in circulation and jeopardizing our whole system.

WWII – America wins. Bretton Woods Act is passed, making the United States’ currency known as the Dollar, the Reserve Currency of the World. Oil is now traded in dollars, making it so that other countries must exchange their currency for dollars and then purchase oil. This causes the value of the dollar to increase drastically and therefore makes it easier for the United States to get credit from foreign investors who are eager to invest in the luxurious American economy. After all, their debt is backed by the good faith of their tax payers.. Remember too, the Congress can now go the Federal Reserve whenever they want, increase their “debt ceiling,” and borrow more money.

America rocks like rock stars for 27 years, get involved in some turmoil overseas, increased the debt more. Then Nixon said let’s have a REALLY big money supply, since everyone in the world treats our dollar like gold! He totally cuts the link between the Dollar and gold. Expanding the money supply to infinity.

A few years later, the “Employee Retirement Income Security Act” is passed, making it so that the tax payers are responsibly for their own retirement, and the burden is lifted from corporations. Birth is given to the IRA and 401K. This makes it so that retirement money flows to Wall Street and they can operate the money as a ponzi scheme, with money from new investors paying out the old people as they retire. *Another sidenote:  Social Security(Which was enacted during the great depression), also operates as a ponzi scheme, with the money flowing into the system from young workers’ paychecks and out to the retired older folks. The money retirees paid into the system has been spent.

For nearly 40 years, we lived out of our minds!!! There were recessions and expansions, but the reality is that no matter what, we could always get more money because we had a credit card with no credit limit. The credit card company was the rest of the world buying our debt, and the Federal Reserve company selling it.

Our economy boomed and we just kept continuing to kick ass. We got fat, lazy, and greedy, but we stayed smart. We powered through at the front of the line with our advances in technology, especially with computers and the internet. We created several huge bubbles with the stock market, precious metals, dot com, and real estate, but we never thought about the larger bubble that was emerging around all of the other bubbles. The credit balance that we had…The biggest bubble of all, debt!

In all reality each bubble helped us. Because off of each bubble, we could sell more debt, increasing our limit. The last one we benefited from was real estate. When we all could buy a house or re-finance one and get a rediculous amount of money for, with nothing down but a signature. How bitchin is that!? You could make $30,000 a year, live in a $300,000 house, drive a $30,000 car and have mad toys. All you had to do was refinance your house when you needed more money to cover your bills.

Then it popped. It popped because people could not afford the minimum debt payments on their mortgage payments anymore. Even with interest only loans and low interest short term adjustable loans, the mimimum monthly debt was just too much. The world quickly realized that the actual real estate was never truly worth what we sold the debt for. Values plummeted, but so did families losing their homes.

The government tried to keep the bubble going(and still is) by lowering interest rates, again and again and again. The Federal Reserve is happy to do so because it preserves the system of debt. If we stop selling our debt, they cannot continue to gain power over us for our indebtedness. Also, with all of the other countries attached to our debt system, known as the dollar, it keeps it easier for them to have a leash on the entire planet.

With mortgage payments stopping, lending stopped. Now, even with super low interest rates, the people are simply not allowed to take on anymore debt, unless they still have some collateral left that they are willing to put up, and most don’t..

With a country that’s whole currency system operating on debt, not getting any more loans, the economy dried up.

2007 – The banks failed because nobody could afford their loans. They sold a product that was risky, and they lost. The collateral from the loans was not sufficient to cover the exposure they had. Congress decided that if the banks failed, lending would stop, people could run to the banks to withdraw their money, and the economy would die, so they took on more debt from the federal reserve, pinning the tax on the US taxpayers back still(but now getting exponentially larger) and marched on with the debt system, even tho it was by all means bankrupt. They gave it to the banks, “to lend to the people.”

The banks didn’t loan shit to the people. The rest of the world gets mad(particularly China), because we are now exponentially increasing our money supply, and thus devaluing our debt to them.

With no buyers left outside of our country to buy our debt, and no assets to pledge them, the company knows as the Federal Reserve decides that they will just buy our debt themselves. This keeps the cash flowing into the United States, and stays off a collapse for the short term. The money supply keeps exponentially increasing, as prices rise on exports to combat the artificial expansion of our money supply.This is what is known as “quantitative easing.”

Meanwhile, people keeping losing their houses, their jobs, their businesses. Everyone keeps waiting for life to go back to normal. But it doesn’t happen…

The stock market goes up and down, but it doesn’t have any effect on anyone. The people that have money seem to keep getting bigger. But everyone you know is broke and jobless. People hear what the banks did with the money that they were given that was supposed to be for lending. They hear about the bonuses to all of the CEO’s that took their house.

Student loans never stop, but everyone is starting to figure out that the debt created by going to school is huge and they aren’t making nearly enough to make it manageable, if they are making anything at all.

Let’s face it…The debt system is broken. We still have some HUGE values that we contribute to the world. I like all of our professional sports, Google, Aaple, Nike, I could name many many more. But, we don’t have anything left to pledge as collateral to keep receiving debt to live on. We already pledged it up….

Present Day:

We go to Wall Street. We protest about the greed and corruption. We don’t go the the corporation the Federal Reserve who created the system, instead we go to the investors on Wall Street who’s job is to keep money flowing into the market to satisfy the system and pay our people’s retirement’s through pensions. Without Wall Street, many retirees would lose their retirement. Retirees like teachers, firemen, and police officers.

We need to take back over our systems. It’s sad to say, our currency is falling to zero like a slowly bleeding cow. And there is nothing anyone can do to stop the bleeding. We try to stop it with band aids such as expanding the money. But expanding the money without expanding the demand for the debt can’t create real value. So the dollar will die.

Value is coming back. Value is king. If you have a trade, great. If you don’t, learn one. What do you love? How can you do that so as to benefit society? If we can get back to creating real value, they’ll keep buying our debt. But we should not let Congress give away our value to the Federal Reserve. We can sell our debt directly if we are going to sell it at all.

What will happen next?

I don’t know.

I suspect that to preserve the system of debt, the central banks will create a globally currency. The world will buy into it because they won’t have a choice. The debt bubble in Europe popped too. Asia is next. The Chinese have been devaluing their currency to try and combat the inflation of the Dollar. The global currency will be digital, as in all actuality the Dollar is now digital itself. I don’t know which part of the world will receive the biggest inflow of the global currency, but I suspect that it will be the gographic location which produces the most value. Competition is inevitable.

No matter what, we aren’t here for a long time, we’re here for a good time…

Peace and love,

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Happy 40th Birthday to a gold free dollar! – A comparison between 1971 and 2011.

By: Joshua Gayman

In 1970 the US Government was running a spending deficit and a trade deficit(just like today) and so they were depleting their gold reserves because at the time the dollar was attached to gold to give it a hard asset-backed value.

This deficit spending caused inflation, which meant that other countries’ currencies would be devalued because all of the currencies of the developed nations in the world have been attached to the dollar since Bretton Woods in 1944(right after World War 2)

In 1971, Germany did not like that their currency was being devalued to keep the US dollar propped up, and so they unilaterally left the Bretton Woods system. This move by Germany strengthened their economy and simultaneously, the dollar dropped 7.5% against the Deutsche Mark.

Other countries started demanding payment from the United States in Gold due to the execessive printing of dollars and the negative trade imbalance of America.

On August 9th, 1971, France unilaterally withdrew from the Bretton Woods system, leaving their tie to the US dollar. As the dollar plunged again and to prevent a total collapse, President Nixon cut the link with the US Dollar from the gold standard less than one week later on August 15th, 1971-immediately and without the approval from Congress. Since that day, the dollar has been a fiat currency, a debt, and the United States has been the only country in the world to literally have the ability to print as much of it as they want.

Fast forward 40 years…

The dollar has lost 97.5% of it’s purchasing power. We have gone through the biggest booms in the history of the world. We have seen the biggest bust in the history of the world.

Today..

Unemployment is at records highs. The trade deficit and budget deficit are both at record highs. Foreclosure is at record highs. The money supply is rapidly setting new records. Again, like 1971, other countries are wanting out of their tie from their currency to the US dollar, and for the same reasons they did 40 years ago..That is, execessive printing and a trade deficit. This time, there is also a record budget deficit, and the US credit rating has been downgraded.

What major actions are left to be taken? Interest rates are already near zero, they are pumping as many dollars into circulation as possible, and they cannot cut spending enough to balance the budget, no matter what they cut.

There is no way gold can drop in value until the dollar dies and a new currency is set. Look at the pictures below to see why:

Competition Towards Disaster

By Joshua Gamen

An article in the Wall Street Journal this last week titled “Fed Officials Mull Inflation as a Fix,” talks about the Fed reversing over 3 decades worth of monetary policy to fix this fragile economy and contribute to a recovery that is not happening like they had hoped for.

*(Monetary Policy is simply the regulation of the money supply and interest rates to control inflation and stabilize interest rates.)

The Fed is hoping that by lifting inflation, they will push “real” interest rates(nominal rates minus inflation) down. This would encourage consumers and businesses to save less and spend or invest more.

SAVING SUCKS

Robert Kiyosaki claims that savers are losers, and what is going on strongly supports his stand on the issue. It is absolutely insane to think that you can get ahead by simply saving dollars when the Fed is willing to speed up the printing presses to get more dollars into circulation, purposefully causing more inflation. As many know, President Nixon took the US off of the gold standard in 1971, severing the tie of our dollar to the gold standard. So for over 3 decades, the Fed has tried to keep inflation low. More dollars in circulation means the value per dollar in the existing supply goes down.

The point that the Fed is even considering inflation as an economic fix shows that they have given up on the dollar. And the world is catching on.(See value of precious metals vs value of US dollar.)

Last week, the dollar dropped to a 15-year low against the Yen. Investors on Wall Street are betting on the Yen, believing that the Fed will sacrifice our dollar to help economic growth.(Shown by a 72% increase on pro-yen votes.)

WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS?!?!?!

By weakening our dollar through inflation, US exports would become cheaper, creating export-lead growth. The dilemma with this is that EVERY nation is looking for export-lead growth, and they too, are willing to sacrifice their currencies to make it happen. China is keeping theirs artificially depressed to try and stay ahead in export wars. Thus, the US is trying to get China to let their currency appreciate, and trying to get the IMF(International Monetary Fund) to rally behind them on this. This competition is causing a race by the currencies towards disaster.

SO…????

My point is that the dollar is EXTREMELY dangerous now. All I hear is people talking about ways to cut back to save more. This is touted as a “responsible” economic strategy. The known financial voices are cheering that the people are being “wise with their money again.”(How’s that working out for anyone?…. :\ ..

I am saying this – Saving dollars is not smart. Financially, it’s actually quite ignorant. If you think saving dollars is a good idea, you are ignoring the fact that the Fed is doing everything they can to make the dollar weaker – by raising inflation in hopes of stimulating growth to the economy, and push us all into more debt.

(I know I am getting to get a lot of arguments on this here, so do your research and verify with facts what I am saying.)

GOOD DEBT VS BAD DEBT

Debt is money’s reality these days. Our economy only grows now if you and I are spending more, and more, and more. It is actually the interest on our loans that the ultra-rich are now after. (They already have everything else from us.)

Debt can, however, be good OR bad.  Good debt puts money in your pocket, bad debt is money that takes more money out of your pocket. (IE: Going into debt using leverage to buy an asset like rental property which puts money in your pocket after paying the mortgage, taxes, management, and maintenance is good debt. The tenant pays the debt down, and you get the asset, plus a little(or a lot) of spending money each month. Plus, you get the appreciation(If there is any). Bad debt would be taking out a credit card to take a vacation. This only takes money out of your pocket, and for a long time.(Thanks to interest payments.)

GOOD NEWS

There is always a good perspective that can be sought out. With all of this stuff going on, there is an abundance of opportunity. With all of the depreciation that is going on, there is a huge opportunity to acquire assets(something that puts money in your pocket) at rock bottom prices. This won’t last forever. The Fed will find a way to create inflation(sounds like they’re already working on this). When inflation hits(and it’s inevitable), savers will become losers and debtors will win.

Blowing Bubbles

by: Joshua Gamen

WOW!

Have you seen the price of gold or silver lately? If this is not something you track, change that. Here is why: As gold and silver go up in value, the cash in your wallet goes down in value. Literally speaking, the value is transferring from the paper dollar to precious medals. And FAST!

Gold went up roughly $60 in the month of September. As of today, in the past year gold has gone up $300. In the last 2 years it has gone up roughly $430.  PAST 5 YEARS = up $845 dollars, nearly tripling it’s value in dollars.

In October 2005, gold was worth a spot price of $466 dollars. Right now, I am currently looking at the up to minute price of gold at $1,314. Gold has nearly tripled in value. Conversely, the dollar is worth roughly 1/3 of what it used to be worth versus gold.

PARADIGM SHIFT

At first it is a bit tricky to think about the economics of financial value. But let me attempt to break it down for you.

Everything has value. A gallon of milk is worth something, a question answered is worth something, gold is worth something, a stake in something is worth something, clothes, automobiles, paper, everything has a value. Part of the reason we are in the mess we are in right now economically, both nationally and globally, is that the government has manipulated the value of the US dollar so that it had more value than it should.

This started when President Nixon took the dollar off of the Gold standard in 1971, in an attempt to CREATE more money for circulation to make everybody do and have more, and thereby get people doing more and making more happen(a good economy). The US dollar is the reserve currency for the world, and so as it corrects itself to being back to what it was originally worth(about the same as a napkin), the world suffers economically.

Going back to the beginning of time, gold and silver have always been used as money. Every civilization that has ever printed or made some kind of currency, and not had anything tangible backing that currency, has ended up with a worthless currency. Currency is only worth as much as people think it is worth. If people don’t think paper bills will be worth as much as other items in compared to trading(ie: gold, silver, diamonds, oil, clothes), then paper bills will become worth less and less. Google: Hyperinflation, Germany.

VALUE

Value is always value, and it shifts to things of which men(and ladies ;) perceive to have it. 5 Years ago real estate was believed to have a lot of value. The thing is, a house is a house just like it was 5 years ago. The difference is 5 years ago people thought that a house had a high amount of financial value strung to it, now people are seeing it for what it is, a shelter from the weather, warmth, etc.

For most of our known lives, we have thought of the US dollar to carry extreme value. I was in my early 20′s before I every grasped the concept of currency as opposed to money.

MY TAKE

The dollar is crashing, hard and fast! Since the early 70′s, the government has been printing more and more money, in an attempt to keep everyone engaged in more commerce. As the government prints more money, the money in circulation is worth less. The government is now pumping more US dollars into the economy than ever before, and at a more rapid pace than ever before as well! US trade is down, we export significantly less than we import. So where is our value? It’s leaving fast! The good news is now is the time to position yourself to get as much things that have value to you as possible, with a declining dollar. If you can invest in a few pieces of gold or silver here or there, do it. You will get more and more for your gold and silver in the future.

The population is gradually having a paradigm shift themselves, from value being in the dollar, to value being in precious medals. As the people catch on to the idea that their money(US currency) is becoming worth less and less, they will flock to precious medals in an attempt to keep any tangible belongings they have.

The currency bubble that has been inflated for the past 4 decades is popping fast, while the precious medals bubble is just blowing up. Expect gold and silver to rapidly gain against the dollar in the next couple years, as the value of the slutty dollar shrinks, and the value of real estate continues to fall do to the number of bad mortgages adjusting, and rapidly increasing payments along with foreclosures.

Most importantly, get and stay financially educated. Knowledge is the new money :)

Silver/Gold looking mighty fine as dollar keeps slipping

I only see gold/silver rising.

With the amount of dollars that have been printed out of thin air in the past few years, there is no way that the only true money(silver and gold) can’t rise in value.

What a shame, President Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971, and now our currency is worth nothing. Now that the world is buying bonds which are derivatives of US real estate, what is going to save us? The money isn’t dissapearing, it’s moving, and I think it’s flowing into gold/silver.

Buy some!