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Review Category : Entrepreneur Series

Why Your Parents Financial Advice Might Be Wrong (Sort Of……..)

A recent study that came out on CNBC showed that when it comes to debt, Gen Xers are now at the top of the class.  Especially in the category of personal debt where the average Generation X individual (ages 39 to 54) has racked up $36,000 of personal debt.  This is on top of the student debt that is still lagging in the background and potentially taking on new college debt for their children. I think about the advice I got from my parents and the advice that I am giving today.  We all need to consider that as life evolves, so may some of the traditional financial advice that we give when it comes to money decisions.  Here are four areas where parents’ financial advice may be (kind of) wrong: Go To College And Get A Degree:  Let me say up front, I’m not advocating that a college degree is a bad idea.  But we need to consider what’s ...

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The October 1st Deadline For Small Businesses

After an owner makes heads or tails at the end of the year, they will usually determine whether or not money is left behind for setting up some sort of long-term retirement plan within their business.   Since there are so many people setting up individual LLC’s or home-based side businesses, you need to keep a close eye out this time of year for setting up one kind of retirement plan, a SIMPLE IRA.   The deadlines are just around the corner in the next few weeks, so could this be the right type of retirement plan for you? A SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan For Employees) was first available to small business owners in 2001. A SIMPLE IRA plan is an IRA-based plan that gives small employers a simplified method to make contributions toward their employees’ retirement and their own retirement. Under a SIMPLE IRA plan, employees may choose to make salary reduction contributions and the employer makes matching or ...

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Here’s The #1 Reason People Cheat On Their Taxes

Cheating.  It’s a morality question we talk about with our kids, our work colleagues, and even with ourselves.  It is OK to cheat.  In a recent poll, 10% of Americans say it’s OK to cheat here and there on your taxes and the number of people that say it’s OK to cheat is up 3.5% versus one year ago.  In fact, in a Credit Karma survey that interviewed 2,000 people, only 6% of the people actually confessed to the fact that they have cheated on their taxes in the past.  So, what’s the number one reason that people cheat on their taxes? Let’s talk first about what cheating really means.  There is a big difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion.  Tax avoidance is perfectly legal.  These are strategies such as using your 401(k), tax deductible IRA’s, pension plans, health savings accounts, and many other legitimate legal tax strategies that you can use under the current tax code.  Tax evasion ...

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Could E-Sports Earn Your Child A Scholarship?

There has probably been an afternoon or evening where your child was playing Fortnite with their friends and you could hear screams and yells, thinking to yourself, “what in the heck is going on in there?” You’ve probably had to yell once or twice before dinner or bedtime to get off the gaming system, and it’s likely you’ve had a family discussion about how to stop your child from playing the gaming system as much as they do today. WAIT! Maybe it’s time to switch gears and start thinking about how this could provide a FREE RIDE for your child to college! 30 million dollars.  That was the prize money for the Fortnite World Cup that took place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York last weekend.   And yes, the stadium they chose to host the finale was actually larger seating-capacity wise than Madison Square Garden.  E-Sports is now a $900 million-dollar industry with nearly 400 million viewers worldwide.   Gamers ...

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Why Facebook and Instagram Will Make You Spend Money…And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It!

A few weeks ago, my family was walking through the food hall in Ponce City Market on a Saturday morning.  It was about 30 minutes before everything actually opened up, but the place was buzzing with walkers and talkers already.  What was most interesting more than the strollers, were the dozens of Instagrammer teams that were out and about with their snazzy outfits, portable lighting kits, and super high def digital cameras, snapping shots that were sure to hit Instagram with the latest and greatest of what you need to know. Our imagination is the most powerful thing that we all have in our possession.  Seventy-nine percent of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up, and the most popular time for using Facebook and Instagram is in the evening. About half the time we spend is on our news feed or checking the Instagram stories for the day. (source bizjournals.com).  Every time we look at these ...

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Slip The Maître D a $50 Bill

What’s your worst nightmare on a Saturday night?  We live near a massive outdoor shopping and eating complex called Avalon.   Filled with 20 or so restaurants, it’s generally buzzing on the weekends with couples and families walking around, spending money in the stores and grabbing a bit of the cuisine of their choice.   My worst nightmare on a Saturday night is taking the family out or meeting some friends and stepping up to the hostess who tells me it is going to be an hour and a half wait to get a table, and puts our name into the software so we can track how far back we are in the line to eat.   Nightmare, nightmare, nightmare!! A few weeks ago, a friend of mine flew into town and we went to grab dinner at a hot spot in Buckhead, where they told us our wait was going to one hour and fifteen minutes.   When I heard the hostess shout ...

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Why Do We Give Names To Our Cars?

Our oldest daughter recently graduated college from the University of Georgia.  When she turned 16, we were fortunate enough to buy a beat up 2009 Hyundai Tucson from my mother and that’s pretty much what my daughter has driven since she became a driver.  As we finally made a change for her to get a new car (we stuck with Hyundai), my daughter told me how sad she was to see Sage go.  I thought to myself, “What in the world is a Sage?” so I asked my daughter.  Unbeknownst to me, my daughter had a name for her car and already had a name ready to go for the new car.  I’ve heard people give their cars names before, but always wondered when did this start becoming a common practice? Apparently, naming cars isn’t a new tradition at all.  For centuries before us, human beings have been giving names to vehicles and boats for centuries.  Think about shows like ...

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Opportunity Investing

There are many successful investing strategies.  Warren Buffett likes to buy-and-hold.  For Jimmy Buffett, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.  Some people say diversify (don’t put all your eggs in one basket) to reduce risk.  Others look for opportunities that lead to tremendous growth. Let’s take a closer look at “opportunity investing”.  There are always Investment opportunities.  They come and go, some are good and some are bad.  If you’re old enough to be reading this while drinking your morning Starbucks Green Tea Crème Frappuccino®, then you probably remember the dotcom boom in the late 1990s, or the real estate boom in the mid-2000s.  Presently, there are several investing themes that have people excited, including:  cannabis, genomic revolution, blockchain (bitcoin), eSports, sports betting, and 5G. One opportunity we believe will have a tremendous and long-lasting impact is 5G.  PC Magazine says “5G is an investment for the next decade”.  So, “What is 5G” you may ask?  Let’s take a look. 1G ...

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Are Mothers Losing Income Equality When They Have Kids?

Request a FREE no obligation consultation: www.oxygenfinancial.net The pay gap between men and women is still not close to equal, but there are more signs when it comes to motherhood that the gap is widening even more. For example, one study showed that for women, incomes drop 30% after giving birth for the first time and never catch up. That’s according to a working paper by Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais and Jakob Egholt Sogaard published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in January 2018. The study used Danish administrative data from 1980-2013. (source: CNBC) Also called the “motherhood penalty,” women start falling behind men in terms of their rank and their probability of being promoted just after the birth of the first child, the researchers found. About a decade later, women’s earnings plateau around 20% below the level just before becoming a parent. (source: CNBC) So, is this motherhood penalty something that will continue, and just what can be done to ...

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If you build it, will they REALLY come

We all know the iconic line from Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams “If you build it, they will come”.  It was actually “…he will come”, but the business world has taken that line and transformed it to mean that no matter what you build, people will use it or pay for it.  As James Earl Jones said “…they most certainly will come”.  But will they REALLY. This business advice can be disastrous for entrepreneurs, as they cannot just create a product and hope it sells.   It is still very important to engage your customers for feedback.  The more important statement should be “who are we building this for?”. Here are a few things to think about for your next startup. Your idea is not a secret:  The secret formula to Coke is one thing, but ideas are different.  Don’t guard the idea like a national secret.  Circulate it to see if it is valuable and get some validation to ...

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