You might have heard the alarm bells going off with interest rates increasing. Yes, they’ve been historically low since the 2008 economic crash. Most people seem to have forgotten that we have an interest rate at all. Mainly because savings-type accounts earn pennies. Interest rates do not make for the most exciting chat topic. I have a friend that rolls her eyes every time I talk about the economy. Little does she realize that the interest rate has many tentacles.
We’ve been on an interest holiday since the Great Recession. Mesopotamians paid higher rates in 3,000 BC.
Ten years ago, back in October, 2008, the stock market tanked. The uncertainty from the big bank bailouts and near-collapse of the economy was reflected in the wild volatility of the stock market.
The Dow Jones Average, at over 11,000 in the third quarter of 2008 was now below 8,500, resulting in year-to-date stock losses of over $8.3 trillion. The news of government bailouts rocked the markets and no one wanted to be in equities. It was a scary and dismal time and the instability was not to be contained.
Imagine losing your job or worrying about your job security at the same time knowing that your investment portfolio was evaporating. Not a fun time.
On today’s vlog session, I’ll be discussing the following topics:
Being the CEO of your personal finances and visualizing your financial future.
A business functions under the following formula: Revenue – expenses = profits
A good CEO works with each component to generate profits for the business.
Let’s take the first component. Revenue – this is the income of the business. It involves monitoring revenue streams of the business and projecting income growth.
You should be doing the same, because without income, there wouldn’t be a formula to work with. Project out your earnings, decide how to manage your current income more effectively or how to increase your current income.
On today’s vlog session, I’ve gathered the following topics – all related to debt:
Flashback to 2008 – Bear Stearns: the precursor of the Great Recession
Assessing stocks – the most important company metric is debt and risk level
Book review: Squeezed. What the author describes as new for our economy is actually not new at all. And by maintaining low levels of debt, you can maintain a high level of resiliency when responding to changes in the financial environment.
How are you managing your debt or is your debt managing you?
On a typical lazy weekend, I came across an Amazon Prime flick called The Joneses. All I saw from the description was “a perfect family…” and stopped reading. I don’t like spoilers and I also know that there are no perfect families, so it intrigued me.
I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my factor actors, Demi Moore, David Duchovny, and Lauren Hutton, and as the story progressed, it sent my money-brain thoughts into motion.
The movie opens with the Joneses moving into a new home. It’s in a polished, upscale neighborhood where the possibilities of a charmed life await. With their stately peaks, each house’s exterior represents the image of suburban nirvana.
When it comes to saving money, there are many ways to economize. Taking your lunch to work is a great way to avoid overspending. Then, there’s finding better alternatives. A generic store brand is worth a try and may be just as good as a name-brand item. Ultimately, there’s doing without. However, the habit of doing without may offer diminishing or detrimental returns.
Frugal, froogal, froot-gle. Nothing good can come of acting out a word that sounds way goofy. I’m reminded of 18th-century farm living where vocabulary was as limited as the society’s vocational opportunities. No one’s saying that you can’t adjust some habits downward, but developing an austerity habit may not help your future as much as you think it will. Frugalizing to the nth degree can be harmful to your well-being.