Joshua J Sheats, MSFS, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CAP, RHU, REBC is a financial planner who teaches people how to live a rich life now while building a plan for financial freedom in 10 years or less. He mixes creative approaches to lifestyle design, deep-dive financial planning techniques, and hard-core business strategy to equip you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to build financial independence.
Today, we finish out the 3-part series on preparing for layoffs in the coming recession. Today's show will be useful to you, even if you just got notice of your layoff and didn't do anything to prepare for it beforehand. The major theme of today's show is that you need to take appropriate action with appropriate speed. If you're stuck with little savings and no preparation, that means take massive action, now! If you've planned a bit better in advance, it means be strategic and thoughtful. We discuss: The impact of self-confidence on your job hunt. The importance of having work now and not being unemployed for a long time. How to take massive action on your job hunt for quicker results. What types of approaches are most successful for job hunters. Some radical strategies you can plan for that will enable you to simply wait out and enjoy the recession instead of being stressed by it! Enjoy! Joshua Many If Not Most Employers Hunt for Job-Hunters in the Exact Opposite Way from How Most Job-Hunters Hunt for Them http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/jobs/view/what-to-beware-of-in-searching-for-job-vacan-2
Yesterday, we talked about ways to avoid losing your job in the coming recession. But obviously there are factors beyond your control which might result in your being laid off, even though you've done everything "right." So, you need a backup plan. Don't wait and wonder what you'll do. Make a simple plan now for what you'll do. Think about some different scenarios and play some mental games with yourself. That way, you'll be able to better respond to events instead of being shell-shocked by them. Today's show covers: The importance of planning to avoid emotional stress when you get laid off. The direct impact of losing your income and how to plan for it. The impact that losing your group benefits can have on your financial life. Why you should consider establishing lines of credit before you need them. How you can stockpile both money and the simple necessities of life. The simple things you can do that will make it much easier to get your next job. The importance of proactively building and maintaining a network. How thinking like a consultant will help you now and help you later. Enjoy! Joshua The Queen of Versailles Living On Our Food Storage: One Family's Experience Of Living Without Income For A Year
Originally released May 13, 2015. And just as important today. ------------------------------------------- For most of us, our jobs are the economic engine that drive every aspect of our financial plan. One of the worst things that can happen is to lose a job. If the engine on your car dies, you're going to be stuck by the side of the road for a while. That's not pleasant for anyone, even if you're stuck in a safe area. But, if you're driving up a mountain (paying off debt and digging yourself out of a hole), having your engine die can be disastrous. And, if you have a destination in mind (financial independence), losing the engine in your car will at least delay you from reaching your destination. So, the key is plan in advance to not lose the engine. Make sure you're doing the things you need to be doing now to avoid being laid off. Obviously, you can't guarantee that you'll never be laid off, but you can do a lot to improve your possibilities! On today's show, we cover: The need to proactively improve your position within your company, your company's position within the industry, and your industry's overall prospects in advance. Some ways to know if you've got a big target on your back or a small target on your back with the HR people are figuring out who to cut. The importance of competing with your fellow employees and of collaborating and cooperating with them and why both are valuable. Ways to stand out and produce up to 4x the output of your fellow employees. Enjoy the show! Joshua Business Insider: 13 Things Everyone Does At Work That They Don't Want Bosses To Know About Federal Reserve: Average Annual Hours Worked by Persons Engaged for United States
It's official: the Yield Curve on US Debt is inverted. That's a pretty good indicator that recession is in our future. So, today I want to tell you how to prepare for the coming recession. Enjoy! And do. Joshua
1:30 How does Joshua use YNAB on a daily basis?
17:30 How has the pursuit of privacy cost you?
30:30 Should I have kept my inherited property as separate property instead of community property?
43:00 How can I get started prepping?
I'd like to invite you to meet up with me on Tuesday, September 3 in Washington, DC, USA. If you'd like to connect, please email me and I'll give you all the details. Email me: joshua at radical personal finance dot com. Joshua
It seems like many of the prominent voices in the FIRE movement are single individuals or childless couples. But many of us have children or want to have children. Does that mean that we will fail in our attempts to become Financially Independent? Are you doomed to choose between FIRE or children?
Today, I'll give you my answers. (Spoiler: you can FIRE and have children too!)
We live in interesting times. It seems that most of us could list off several things that our government does with our tax money that we find offensive. But how should Christians deal with the morality of having their tax money used to support immoral activity? Should Christians participate in tax strikes and tax protests?
I'd like to invite you to a public Radical Personal Finance meetup that I'm hosting this Thursday evening, August 22, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Instructions: email me using the address Joshua at Radical Personal Finance dot com and I will respond with the specific details of where and when. Hope to see you soon! Joshua
I've talked a lot about education over the years...in this episode I'll tell you what we're doing with our children and talk about some philosophies that have been influential on me. And I'll tell you what I got wrong in the past.
Ask your average financial advisor how to invest for your children's future and he'll likely start pulling out brochures for a 529 plan.
Is there anything wrong with a 529 plan? No.
But is that really the most effective use of your money?
Only if you don't have any better ideas.
So let me give you some to ponder! Here are 12 Much More Interesting™️ Ways to Invest In Your Children!
Today we discuss Qualified Opportunity Zones, a legitimately new way for you to potentially save on capital gains taxes.
Map of designated opportunity zones:https://www.enterprisecommunity.org/opportunity360/opportunity-zone-eligibility-tool
There is an important piece of legislation that has passed the House of Representatives and is being considered in the Senate. It's technically known as H.R. 1994 "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019."
It has some changes that are potentially helpful to you; and some that may destroy the value of your qualified accounts.
In order to build wealth over your lifetime you need to #InvestWisely. But, how? How do you do it? What should you invest in?
Today, we discuss that question with an active hedge fund manager named John Medford. He and his team manage a large fund with an impressive record.
And, in this episode, we discuss why you probably shouldn't bother to try competing with him.
1:30 What is the fiscal future of the USA in light of the Democratic candidates' debate this week?
19:12 How could I do financial coaching for the not-yet-wealthy?
35:20 What are the benefits of international living?
41:15 Should I be a dividend investor or index fund investor? And how can I simultaneously be a moral investor?
1:15:45 Should I quit my job because I can?
1:33:30 How could I invest differently than just real estate and mutual funds?
A month or so ago, I raised money from the listeners of RPF with the goal of helping with the crisis in Venezuela. We ended up raising about $11,000 from the audience, which I converted to cash and sent it in to help.
In this audio, we give you a report of what we did with the money and talk a bit about the current situation in Venezuela.
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Friday Q&A today!
1:54 Should I sell my cryptocurrency to pay off my IRS debt?
10:30 How should I readjust my investments to plan for future economic uncertainty?
26:09 How should I think through my finances in the midst of possible divorce?
59:46 What do I need to do with my US-based investments while I move to Spain?
1:08:00 My wife and I are having a baby and are interested in birth tourism. How should we analyze the possibilities?
If you care about asset protection planning, there's hardly any reason for you to own an asset in your own name. So, you'll have to get used to titling asset in slightly different ways.
Today, I teach you why and how.
When I ask people about their goals, about 80% of people tell me they want to travel when they retire. And yet, very few people actually follow through and travel!
Of course there could be many reasons. But if the cost of traveling is keeping you at home, I want to help you.
In today's show, I'll share with you some ideas and strategies to travel the world on the cheap.
In today's show, I'm going to teach you how an average guy can build a $165,000,000 estate by choosing not to retire. And I'll tell you a bunch of reasons why that would be great for you to plan for (even though you're simultaneously working towards financial independence in 10 years or less).
Wages provide you with the financial fuel you need to build wealth. So it absolutely stinks when those wages are sucked up by your creditors in wage garnishments. So how can you protect your wages and keep them for yourself?
That's what we discuss today!
Marriage can be one of the biggest blessings to your life, resulting in greater happiness, better health, a higher income, and more wealth.
Marriage can also be one of the greatest curses you can experience and it can devastate your emotional state, your physical health, your career, and your wealth.
So, you need to choose wisely.
If you're a US citizen who earns $500,000 or more, who is not willing to renounce your US citizenship, and who is involved in business and investing, you should seriously consider moving to Puerto Rico.
1:20 How can I effectively move from New York to Florida in order to end my tax residency?
17:20 What should I do with the life insurance I'm offered at work?
23:00 How do you advise someone to develop an overarching investment philosophy?
48:05 Should I put money into a 529 plan for my not-yet-conceived children?
One of the most effective things you can do when trying to figure out how to build wealth is to find ways to save big money. Fast. And since Americans collectively spend more on taxes than housing, food, and clothing—combined—you should start by trying to save money on taxes.
Today, I give you my case for why you should consider moving to a No-Income-Tax state.
As I recently finished my course on "How to Survive and Thrive During the Coming Economic Crisis," I was struck with how simple and feasible the individual solutions are, while how utterly impossible and difficult the collective solutions are.
Choose success and happiness by focusing on the individual solutions you can put in place in your own life.
p.s., If you haven't yet, go check out my newest course!
1:20 Should I change my whole life insurance policy because my income is going down?
18:40 Why do you think Walmart has done more good for poor people than any non-profit organization?
30:00 How should I adjust my asset allocation now that I'm retiring?
42:40 Should I pay off my mortgage on my retirement house?
49:15 Where should I keep my medium-term savings?
52:00 How can I include real estate in my Permanent Portfolio?
58:00 How can I invest in the people in my community?
Yesterday, I released to you a discussion on the Federal Debt in the United States. That show should be your introduction to this problem.
But in thinking about it, I felt like it was incomplete. I wanted to present some useful materials, in audio format, for listeners who don't have a firm background in the fundamentals of the problem.
So I decided to go in-depth.
This show is deep and difficult. If you're trying to understand the underlying, structural problems more clearly, listen to the show.
We face a massive problem in the United States right now. Put simply:
-We are borrowing more money than ever before.
-There's no plan for us to borrow less money in the future.
-There's no plan that can be created to have us borrow less money in the future.
-No major, national politician is loudly, consistently talking about how we can spend/borrow less money.
-Rather, there are loud, vigorous, and strengthening forces moving in the direction of borrowing even more money.
Today, we continue the Asset Protection series with an in-depth look at health and education accounts. Specifically, we cover:
Health Savings Accounts / Medical Savings Accounts
Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Reimbursement Arrangements
Qualified Tuition Programs (529 Plans)
Coverdell Educational Savings Accounts
UTMA / UGMA accounts
1:45 - Is it moral to support the current capitalist system of economics?
32:20 - How can I figure out how much umbrella liability insurance to purchase?
39:00 - Does having a higher umbrella liability insurance policy make you the target of a lawsuit?
46:05 - I want to buy a house but I'm in the middle of paying off debt (on Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps plan). Should I pay off the debt first?
1:00 - Should I roll my 401(k) over to my new job or into an IRA?
11:30 - How should I prepare for a meeting with an estate planning attorney?
17:55 - How should I decide to indulge myself with a luxury expense?
35:45 - Life insurance advice for a newlywed couple.
48:05 - How can I maximize the value of my business for sale?
The future will be one of the following:
1. Same as now or better
2. Similar to a recession
3. Similar to a depression
4. Similar to mad max
5. Void of humans due to asteroid hitting earth or similar calamity
2:00 - Life insurance advice for a recently married husband
11:35 - How can I protect the money in my taxable brokerage accounts?
20:50 - How can I optimize my tax situation as an expat living in Bermuda?
47:20 - I live in China and am returning to the USA. What should I do with my money?
50:25 - How should I balance paying off debt with real estate investment?
1:03:05 - How can I invest for my 15-month old daughter?
1:20 - How Can I Invest in Distressed Mortgage Notes Inside my Roth IRA? 8:05 - Should I Pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst Credential for My Own Investment Knowledge? 17:00 - Should I Contribute More Money to a Roth 401(k) than a Traditional 401(k)? 38:15 - How can I Balance Personal Privacy and Functionality in Building My Business? For reference to any time-dated commentary, this show was recorded on 12/21/2018.
1:25 - I just got married. What financial planning should I do now? 39:35 - My employer offers a 401(k) with no match. Should I participate? 55:35 - How can I save for my child's college education with a 529 plan or with a Roth IRA? For reference to any time-dated commentary, this show was recorded on 12/20/2018.
In Episode 616, I argued the point that if missing one paycheck is a problem for you, you're behaving stupidly. My guest on today's show took umbrage with my commentary on Twitter. So invited her on to discuss!
Here's @CheapBohemian's Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/cheapbohemian/status/1084581032375001089
Chris Moody and I have both spent the last 6 months traveling the width and breadth of the United States with an eye toward understanding the current moment. In this podcast, we discuss our findings. Life Opted Out www.instagram.com/lifeoptedout
1:45 - How can I give nice gift to people who are poorer than I am without creating a power imbalance?
15:20 - Can I contribute my salary into a 401(k) plan for my wife in order to maximize our retirement account contributions?
28:05 - How can I protect my non-qualified investment accounts that are exposed to the claims of creditors?
44:30 - I don't "need" term life insurance because I'm financially independent. Should I still buy some?
Just a few thoughts to encourage you as we shut down for the Christmas break. May you have an opportunity to be encouraged and to encourage another person who is close to you. Your voice matters. Love you, Joshua
2:00 - Should we pay off our mortgage or invest? 9:50 - Should I put more money into one of my child's 529 plans in order to help them on their financial aid calculations? 18:30 - Should a retiree in her 60s pay 1.7% as a financial planning fee? 47:20 - How should we unravel the tax situation for a house that I live in but don't own? 1:13:00 - What college financial planning organization should I choose?
1:30-Should I dollar cost average into my Roth IRA or wait for a market downturn? 6:00-How can I get money to my child so they can make a Roth IRA contribution? 21:30-Can I do good asset protection by transferring all my money into a secret Bitcoin wallet that's kept completely offline? 34:00-Can I become a financial planner without pursuing it full-time?
2:45 - If you move from one state to another, do you have to start all over with your asset protection plan? 15:30 - How frequently does a state change its laws that relate to asset protection planning? 21:30 - What is the interplay between Federal regulations and State regulations? 23:35 - Is a 403(b) protected the same as a 401(k)? 25:30 - How have Joshua’s views on education changed in the last four years? 36:30 - What specific inspirational resources would Joshua recommend on the topic of education? 43:20 - How do you set financial priorities when you’re expecting a baby? 51:15 - How do you plan when you have a highly fluctuating income? 1:00:15 - How do you balance having a stockpile of cash while looking at big personal lifestyle expenses? 1:04:35 - Is Patreon a good option to monetize your website? 1:24:00 - Should our company add a Health Savings Account or Christian Healthcare Sharing Ministry option to our health plan?
In this episode of the podcast we tackle these two questions: Is it legal to engage in asset protection planning? Is it moral to engage in asset protection planning? Short answer? Yes and yes. If that's enough for you, just skip listening to this episode. But if you'd like a bit more texture to the discussion, enjoy the podcast for a discussion of the legality and morality of asset protection planning. Joshua
I love the topic of asset protection planning. It's super interesting to me. But my observation is, like most topics, people involved in the business talk about what they can sell. The lawyers talk about corporations and trusts because they sell them. The insurance agents talk about life insurance and annuities because they sell them. Since I don't sell that stuff, I think about you and what I think can help you. And in today's show, I want to give you a simple starting place: think about your assets and think about the risk you're trying to protect them from. Then make your plans. Details in the show. Joshua Learn how to borrow money that's unsecured by any collateral. (This is good for you if you ever default.) Sign up for my course: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse
Here's the complete answer that you need to know if you should pay off debt or invest. Sign up for my Credit Card Course: How to Borrow Money Safely and Never Pay Interest Using Credit Cards www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse
As many U.S. Americans engage in vigorous political debate today and follow with their vote, I want to share a story with you that I hope will help you to appreciate the richness of political peace. Not everyone in the world has it as good as you and I have it. But, as we vigorously debate political issues, it's easy to miss the blessing of the underlying framework of peace and prosperity that we enjoy. Enjoy this personal story. Joshua
John Taylor Gatto has died. My voice has also died. So rather than leaving you bereft of new shows, I decided to share a few Gatto files to encourage you to invest your education dollars well. https://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/i-quit-i-think/ https://fee.org/articles/john-taylor-gatto-1935-1918-remembering-americas-most-courageous-teacher/ http://www.stopthecrime.net/docs/John%20Taylor%20Gatto.pdf
On this episode we welcome Matt Miner back to the show. Matt previously came on the show to discuss whether going back to graduate school is a good financial move. Since that interview, Matt left his corporate job and became a financial advisor! In this interview we explore two themes: How good financial planning and preparation enables a move to a better career fit. This is an important component of a progressive plan towards financial freedom. How a personal finance aficionado can make a move towards working as a financial advisor without sacrificing their integrity. Enjoy! Joshua Matt's first interview on RPF: https://radicalpersonalfinance.com/grad-school-to-increase-income/ Matt's PF blog: https://www.designindependence.com/ Matt's financial advisor site: https://www.plcwealth.com/
It's Friday! That means it's Q&A time. Today we cover: If I have no credit (because I haven't borrowed money in >25 years) should I work on building my credit score? What has traveling like for Joshua and what are his plans for Radical Personal Finance. Joshua If you'd like to be on next week's Q&A call, sign up here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/patron
The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous might make good TV but it's the Lifestyles of the Frugal and Obscure that makes for wealthy people who keep their money. Joshua If you're interested in learning how to borrow money safely and never paying interest with credit cards, go buy my new course! www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse
What do you think would happen to a mother of 12 who was widowed at a fairly young age and whose husband didn't have any life insurance? Could she survive? If so, how? Today, I want to share with you the story of a friend of mine who went through that precise circumstance. I hope you enjoy it! Joshua
Today we tackle: How do I get new credit cards when I've already maxed out my limits? Should I refinance my mortgage over onto my credit cards so I can drop Private Mortgage Insurance? How should I handle a credit freeze on my accounts? Remember, go buy the credit card course this weekend. It's at www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse and you can save $10 with promo code CREDITCARDTEN. Joshua
There are people who should never, ever, have a credit card. And of course they shouldn't buy my new course "How to Borrow Money Safely and Never Pay Interest Using Credit Cards." But, everyone else should buy it. Go here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse Save $10 with promo code: CREDITCARDTEN Joshua
Credit Cards can be really useful. But contrary to popular opinion, they're not the most useful when you're broke. They're more useful when you have a little cash. Enjoy this excerpt from my new course "How to Borrow Money Safely and Never Pay Interest Using Credit Cards." And then go buy it here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse Use "CREDITCARDTEN" to save $10. Until Monday only. Joshua
One of the most under-appreciated aspects of credit cards is the significant privacy they can afford you. Listen to the show for details. Remember, please sign up for my new credit card course: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse Use coupon code "CREDITCARDTEN" to save $10 off the price. (Good until 10/15/18.) Thank you! Joshua
One of the most useful aspects of credit cards is how safe the debt is when compared to other forms of debt. Enjoy this excerpt from my brand new course called "How to Borrow Money Safely and Never Pay Interest Using Credit Cards." The course is now available for you to buy. Go here: www.radicalpersonalfinance.com/creditcardcourse Use the coupon code "CREDITCARDTEN" to save $10 off the price. (Valid until 10/15/18.) Thank you! Joshua
Today, we do a special (and really good) live Q&A exclusively on the topic of credit cards. We cover: Should I Close My Old Credit Cards Before Applying for a Mortgage? How Should I Refinance my Business Credit Card? How Can I Use My Credit Cards Privately? How Do I Pay Off My Credit Card Debt as a Newlywed?
Today we have a mega, 2-hour Q&A show. We cover a bunch of really interesting questions: How Do We Follow the Guidelines from The Richest Man in Babylon? I've Reached F.I. Now How Can I Help Children Do the Same? Should I Invest My Cash All At Once or Over Time? How Do I Prepare My Finances for Marriage? We're Out of Debt and Have Money In the Bank. What Now? I'm F.I. and Sold My House. What Should I Do With the Cash? How Can I Help Young Men? I'm Now an Empty Nester. Should I Buy a House for Security? I'm In Graduate School. Should I Get Life Insurance? What Should I Do With an Old Life Insurance Policy?