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Million-Dollar Poverty

Million-Dollar Poverty

Why a cool $1 million no longer covers retirement

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The Importance Of Knowing

Without insight, action is useless
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:20 AM

At Peak Prosperity, we strive to help people advance in three key areas: KnowingDoing and Being.

Doing and Being are the resilience-building steps we recommend. Helping folks develop their own personal action plans in these areas is the main focus of the seminars we run.

But Knowing? That's the essential first part to master. Without sufficient understanding and insight to guide you, any action you take is merely groping in the dark. » Read more

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Gene Guarino: Investing In Residential Assisted Living

An opportunity that can help millions of aging seniors
Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 9:03 PM

Demographically speaking, the tremendous wave of aging Baby Boomers is an unprecedented event in our country's history. The sheer size of this age cohort, plus the concerningly-high level of financial unpreparedness for many of its members (which we wrote about at length last week in this report), will demand all sorts of new solutions be pioneered to address the needs of a massive number of aging seniors no longer in the workforce.

Gene Guarino, founder of Residential Assisted Living Academy, joins the podcast this week to explain the model to Chris, as well as the ways that investors can get involved in this growing movement. Those with capital interested in "doing well by doing good" can participate in syndicates that own the residences, creating more inventory to expand this model to. The investment returns are attractive, as is being a part of a movement to offer more housing options to the fast-growing ranks of seniors looking to live with dignity. » Read more

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Success Strategies For Retirement

How to afford retirement, enjoyably
Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:26 PM

Executive Summary

  • The Importance of Adding New Income Streams
  • Income-Producing Assets
  • Taking Advantage of Subsidies
  • Hedges, Cost-Controls & Other Strategies
  • The 14 Steps to Prosperity

If you have not yet read Part 1: The Great Retirement Con, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we revealed the woefully insufficient level of retirement savings -- across IRAs, 401ks, and public pensions --- America faces as it's largest demographic cohort, the Baby Boomers, now reaches retirement age. And eating quickly away at the scant savings that exist is the soaring cost of big-ticket essentials such as rent, higher education and healthcare that retirees can't avoid paying.

So what can we do about it?

There are only a few strategies that can make a real difference:  own assets and income streams that keep up with real-world inflation, radically reduce the cost structure of big-ticket household expenses, qualify for subsidies (i.e. lower household income), and/or adopt a healthier view of what prosperity in retirement means.

Owning Income-Producing Enterprises and Assets

This chart says volumes about the difference between wealthy households and middle-class households: the middle-class households’ primary asset is the family home, while the wealthy households’ primary asset is business equity: ownership of an enterprise or shares in enterprises.

Developing a profitable enterprise is easier said than done (it helps to inherit a family business), and there is no guarantee a business that’s successful today will still be successful next year.

Nonetheless, it’s striking that the middle class is... » Read more

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The Great Retirement Con

Frankly put: retirement is now a myth for the majority
Friday, November 17, 2017, 8:25 PM

40 years ago, a grand experiment was embarked upon. One that promised US workers: using new 'defined contribution' retirement savings vehicles such as IRAs and 401k,, they'd be better off when they reached retirement age.

Which raises a simple but very important question: How have things worked out? » Read more

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The View From Under The Bus

A visualization of the extreme plight of the saver
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:20 PM

Through borrowing way too much, bailing out rather than prosecuting bad actors, printing trillions of "thin air" dollars, a deliberate pursuit of financial repression and other schemes -- the future prosperity of the "everyday American" has been stolen by those in power and those positioned closest to the trough. Mathematically, this orgy of excess needs to be balanced by severe austerity; an austerity the elites are forcing onto everybody else. No wonder the masses are pissed.

Few visuals drive this injustice home better than this one of historical bank CD interest rates. Note how they've been in steady collapse since the mid-1980s. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Great Retirement Con

Why long-term investment returns will be elusive from here
Friday, March 25, 2016, 9:48 AM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Dan Amerman discuss:

  • Over-Complacency
    • The market has basically ignored the Brussels attacks
  • The Great Retirement Con
    • Why long-term investment returns will be elusive from here
  • Good-bye Future Gains
    • Future profits have already been pulled into today's stock prices
  • Disappearing Dividends
    • The largest source of wealth creation is nowhere to be found

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today. » Read more

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Future Shock - Crash Course Chapter 25

The unsustainable often ends abruptly
Friday, December 26, 2014, 11:24 PM

Chapter 25 of the Crash Course is now publicly available and ready for watching below.

Here at the penultimate chapter of The Crash Course, everything we've learned comes together into a single narrow range of time we'll call the twenty-teens. 

What this chapter offers is a comprehensive view of how all of our problems are actually interrelated and need to be viewed as such, or solutions will continue to elude us. » Read more

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2014 Year in Review

The year we piled up risks like a global game of Tetris
Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:27 PM

I have not seen a year in which so many risks—some truly existential—piled up so quickly. Each risk has its own, often unknown, probability of morphing into a destructive force. Groping for a metaphor—I love metaphors and similes—I feel like we’re in the final throes of a geopolitical Game of Tetris as financial and political authorities race to place the pieces correctly. But the acceleration is palpable. The proximate trigger for pain and ultimately a collapse can be small, as anyone who’s ever stepped barefoot on a Lego knows. » Read more

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This chapter of the new Crash Course series has not yet been made available to the public.

Each week over the rest of 2014, in sequential order, a new chapter will be made publicly available (we've currently published up to Chapter 2)

If you don't want to wait, you can: