free audio book Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
The best book on personal finance Ive read. Particularly important is the goal setting so you know how much money youre really shooting for.
You have to make the shift from being a consumer in the economy to becoming an owner and you do it by becoming an investor.
Information without execution is poverty. Remember: were drowning in information, but were starving for wisdom.
Step 1: Welcome to the Jungle
What percentage works for you? Is it 10%? Or 15%? Maybe 20%? Theres no right answer here only your answer. What does your gut tell you? What about your heart?
But heres the key to success: you have to make your savings automatic.
Step 2: Become an Insider, Learn the Rules
Mutual funds and institutional investing = bad.
Index funds = good.
Roth = good.
Step 3: Whats the price of your dreams?
You cant manage your health if you cant measure it. And the same goes for your finances.
Dream 1: Financial Security
Mortgage, utilities, insurance, food, transportation, all covered for the rest of your life.Calculate the cost of those things per month, multiply it by 12 to get your annual Secure income. Thats your financial security income, and the first dream is to save enough money to cover that.
Dream 3: Financial Independence (skip 2)
Whats the cost of your complete lifestyle right now? Thats how much you need to be bringing in to be completely financially independent.To get an idea of how much an amount of income needs to be saved for, multiple it by 20. So if you spend $100,000 a year, you need to save 2,000,000.
Dream 4: Financial Freedom
The cost of the lifestyle you want and deserve, above and beyond what youre at right now. Pick three things to start.Figure out whatever else you want and the annual cost of it, and add that amount to your current annual total.
Dream 5: Absolute Financial Freedom
Anything you want any time you want it, never worry about money againYou dont have to own the jet to have the lifestyle. You dont have to own the sports team to sit in the sky box. And you dont have to pay for the whole team to be an owner you can be a partial owner and get all the privileges.Write down everything you would want on this list, and figure out the cost of it.
Speeding it up
Save more and invest the difference. Find big areas of spending you can cut back on to speed up your plan.
Earn more and invest the difference. Make a rule to invest more of your income as it increases.
Just remember four things from this section of the book:
Asset allocation is everything! So you want to diversify between your Security Bucket and your Risk/ Growth Bucket. You want to diversify across asset classes, markets, and time.
You dont want to hesitate to get in the market trying to have perfect timing; instead, use dollar-cost averaging and know that volatility can be your friend, providing opportunities to buy investments cheaply when the market is down. This technique will increase your portfolios value when the markets come back up.
Have a Dream Bucket that gives you emotional juice and excitement so you can experience the benefits of your investing prowess in the short term and midterm instead of just someday far in the future.
Use rebalancing and tax harvesting to maximize your returns and minimize losses.
Step 5: Upside without downside, a lifetime income plan
How to spend money to make yourself happy:
Investing in new experiences
Buying time for yourself
Investing in others