Tony Robbins: Goldman Sachs + What To Do Next: Hidden Fees and Halfway Truths

Foreword about Goldman Sachs – By Jiun Ting Yong

Do you know what is Goldman Sachs? A very well – known investment bank in Manhattan, Wall Street in New York, the USA. An investment bank that was well – known for their job in analysing economics and financial markets for investors and potential investors to invest their money in the stock markets, bonds and emerging markets. They are so good with their jobs in underwriting bonds for potential investors to buy their clients’ bonds and some even involved government backed bond funds. Goldman Sachs started back in the 19th century by Marcus Goldman where he was joined by his son – in – law Marcus Sachs that became today well – known name.

As a typical investment bank normally they underwrite bonds and writing financial reports for investors who are looking at doubling their assets; mostly would read their report to make themselves rich. However, some of their trade can be very controversial. Remember the 2008 Global Recession which was the cause of excessive spending through mortgages where the middle class signed  mortgage deals with low – level interest rates?  Be careful — it isn’t that a huge sums — but if you were unable to serve the interest, then you needed to pay for ‘additional interest’ known as the penalty. That’s the root of all problems when you are unable to serve your loan, the investment bank and commercial bank would just forfeit your home by repossessing it, except for the Obama piece of legislation that managed to fight against these huge sums of forfeiture where people lost their home.

Yikes! So now you guys got the rundown of what Goldman Sachs is about, unfortunately.  I saw it recently in a movie where an ego-maniacal character played a banker from Goldman, rudely telling commuters to get away from him and demeaning the lower-middle class individuals on this train.

I then did some research and it says that Goldman is the main reason to why the financial crisis happened to begin with.

So, when I started reading about all this, I got even more scared about investing because that particular individual worked for Goldman, who’s a banker/investor, who handles our money and looks to make themselves rich by hitting us with massive penalties.

“I often ask people “What are you investing for?” I get a variety of answers: from “high returns,” to “financial security,” to “retirement,” to “a beach house in Hawaii.” But before long, nearly everyone’s answers begin to rhyme. What most people really want, regardless of how much money they have today, is freedom. Freedom to do more of what they want, whenever they want, with whomever they want. It’s a beautiful dream, and an achievable one. But how can you sail off into the sunset if your boat has a hole in it? What if it’s slowly but surely taking on so much water that it’ll sink long before it reaches its destination?”

“I hate to tell you this, but most people are in exactly this position. They don’t realize that they’re doomed to disappointment because of the gradual—but ultimately devastating—impact of excessive fees on their financial well-being. What kills me is that they have no idea this is even happening to them. They have no idea that they are victims of a financial industry that is surreptitiously but systematically overcharging them.
Don’t just take my word for it. The nonprofit organization AARP published a report in which it found that 71% of Americans believe that they pay no fees at all to have a 401(k) plan. That’s right: 7 out of 10 people are entirely unaware that they’re even being charged a fee! This is the equivalent of believing that fast food contains no calories. Meanwhile, 92% admit that they have no idea how much they’re actually paying. In other words, they’re blindly trusting the financial industry to look out for their best interests! Yup, that’s the very same industry that brought about the global financial crisis! You might as well just hand over your wallet and the password to your debit card.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Since this is going to be a hell of a long story, I do suggest that all of you tune into the podcast down below.

 

Tony Robbins: Unshakeable – Financial Freedom Facts: 1 & 2 + Story of Refugee

We’re back at it with finance!

Freedom Fact 1

“Have you ever listened to the pundits on CNBC or MSNBC talking about the stock market? Isn’t it amazing how dramatic they can make it sound? They love talking about volatility and turmoil because fear draws you into their programming.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

OH! The nail on the head! Of course! We call these people “fear mongers.”  All news anchors and outlets are the bottom of the barrel.  They’re the bain of all human existence.  This could be the Trump-North Korean war, or the fear of global warming, rising sea levels, and volcanic eruptions.  It draws silly ass people into their programs who end up pumping out that negativity to the rest of the world.

Yes, this is a bit off track, but it is the truth.

How about that foolish ass anchor (forgot his name) who kept saying, “Tesla is a cold stock!”  He was so anti-tesla, as so many other people were, but they all ended up eating their words.

How about Warren Buffet and the other supposed “billionaires” who berate bitcoin and other crypto because they don’t know what technology is?

The upcoming stock market crashes and what’s “happening” in the world is to draw your attention.  That’s all!

“Instead of getting distracted by all this noise, it helps to focus on a few key facts that truly matter. For example, on average, there’s been a market correction every year since 1900. When I first heard this, I was floored. Just think about it: if you’re 50 years old today and have a life expectancy of 85, you can expect to live through another 35 corrections. To put it another way, you’ll experience the same number of corrections as birthdays!
Why does this matter? Because it shows you that corrections are just a routine part of the game. Instead of living in fear of them, you and I have to accept them as regular occurrences—like spring, summer, fall, and winter. And you know what else? Historically, the average correction has lasted only 54 days—less than two months! In other words, most corrections are over almost before you know it. Not that scary, right?”

“Still, when you’re in the midst of a correction, you might find yourself becoming emotional and wanting to sell because you’re anxious to avert the possibility of more pain. You’re certainly not alone. These widespread emotions create a crisis mentality. But it’s important to note that, in the average correction over the last 100 years, the market has fallen only 13.5%. From 1980 through the end of 2015, the average drop was 14.2%.
It can feel pretty uncomfortable when your assets are taking that kind of a hit—and the uncertainty leads many people to make big mistakes. But here’s what you have to remember: if you hold tight, it’s highly likely that the storm will soon pass.”

 

Freedom Fact 2: Less Than 20% of All Corrections Turn Into a Bear Market

 

“When the market starts tumbling—especially when it’s down more than 10%—many people hit their pain threshold and start to sell because they’re scared that this drop could turn into a death spiral. Aren’t they just being sensible and prudent? Actually, not so much. It turns out that fewer than one in five corrections escalate to the point where they become a bear market. To put it another way, 80% of corrections don’t turn into bear markets.
If you panic and move into cash during a correction, you may well be doing so right before the market rebounds. Once you understand that the vast majority of corrections aren’t that bad, it’s easier to keep calm and resist the temptation to hit the eject button at the first sign of turbulence.”

Story of Refugee

I was sitting comfortably on the BTS skytrain in the heart of Bangkok, waiting for my stop to come so I can go about my day.  I looked up and I saw a lady walk past me with a smile on her face.  Opposite of me was an entire row of empty seats, but she decided to sit next to me.  I said, “oh boy.  Here we go! Arsenio, you attracted another one!”  She then started speaking to me, and of course, she asked me for food and money.

Her story was that she was laid off as a teacher while working as a refugee and her children are in school.  Sounds like a fabricated story, right? If you’re an undocumented refugee, there’s no way you can get into the country.  On top of that, your “children” are also undocumented.  So, how are they at school? Why are you on public transportation asking for money? One being because that’s dangerous for you — given the fact that immigration can ultimately find you and throw you in immigration jail for the rest of your life (and that’s all seriousness because that’s what they do in Thailand).

You mean to tell me your system is so broken that you have been reduced to begging for money on trains? In all realness, it looks like she was eating quite well.  Refugees are often emaciated. She seemed perfectly fine….so which brings to me that not only she’s a scammer, but she’s lost her will to survive and be the lioness for her children.

 

Tony Robbins: Chapter 2 – Winter Is Coming…..But When?

What makes a person powerful?

What creates power in your own life?

These were the first two questions of Chapter 2, and sadly, I believe the wealth is power…although it shouldn’t be.  If we look into the deeply entrenched roots of Thailand, everything revolves around money and power.  The super wealthy get away with killing, literally, and they can just walk up and down the streets like nothing ever happened.

If we can go back to the ages when human beings and sabretooth tigers coexisted, how could we survive against these predators whose canines were longer than our femur? We were ferocious predators and we can get through some of the coldest winters EVER in human history.  But gradually we’ve been able to utilize and extrapolate.

We’ve recognized pattern recognition.  According to a lot of articles online, we can predict the world population for the next several years.

Now let’s move on to why this pertains to money and achieving financial success.

“Once you recognize the patterns in the financial markets, you can adapt to them, utilize them, and profit from them.” – Tony Robbins

The most powerful way to build wealth is by COMPOUNDING!

“Let’s illustrate the tremendous impact of compounding with just one simple but mind-blowing example. Two friends, Joe and Bob, decide to invest $300 a month. Joe gets started at age 19, keeps going for eight years, and then stops adding to this pot at age 27. In all, he’s saved a total of $28,800.
Joe’s money then compounds at a rate of 10% a year (which is roughly the historic return of the US stock market over the last century). By the time he retires at 65, how much does he have? The answer: $1,863,287. In other words, that modest investment of $28,800 has grown to nearly two million bucks! Pretty stunning, huh?
His friend Bob gets off to a slower start. He begins investing exactly the same amount—$300 a month—but doesn’t get started until age 27. Still, he’s a disciplined guy, and he keeps investing $300 every month until he’s 65—a period of 39 years. His money also compounds at 10% a year. The result? When he retires at 65, he’s sitting on a nest egg of $1,589,733. Let’s think about this for a moment. Bob invested a total of $140,000, almost five times more than the $28,800 that Joe invested. Yet Joe has ended up with an extra $273,554. That’s right: Joe ends up richer than Bob, despite the fact that he never invested a dime after the age of 27!
What explains Joe’s incredible success? Simple. By starting earlier, the compound interest he earns on his investment adds more value to his account than he could ever add on his own. By the time he reaches age 53, the compound interest on his account adds over $60,000 per year to his balance. By the time he’s 60, his account is growing by more than $100,000 per year! All without adding another dime. Bob’s total return on the money he invested is 1,032%, whereas Joe’s return is a spectacular 6,370%.
Now let’s imagine for a moment that Joe didn’t stop investing at age 27. Instead, like Bob, he kept adding $300 a month until he was 65. The result: he ends up with a nest egg of $3,453,020! In other words, he has $1.86 million more than Bob because he started investing 8 years earlier.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

Here’s my problem.  Tony doesn’t specific that if this is a mutual fund or index fund though? This all sounds so enticing, but does this work in every country? Maybe the answer will lie somewhere in this book, or maybe it won’t. This is what I’m trying to breakdown.

Tony Robbins: Understanding Compounding & Your Financial Question

One smart thing Warren Buffet has said, “indexing is the smartest strategy for both you and me” (referring to Tony Robbins and the average, everyday human being).

“Dalbar revealed the gigantic discrepancy between the market’s returns and the returns that people actually achieve. For instance, the S&P 500 returned an average of 10.28% a year from 1985 to 2015. At this rate, your money doubles every seven years. Thanks to the power of compounding, you’d have made a killing just by owning an index fund that tracked the S&P 500 over those 30 years. Let’s say you’d invested $50,000 in 1985. How much would it have been worth by 2015? The answer: $941,613.61. That’s right. Almost a million bucks!”

But while the market returned 10.28% per year, Dalbar found that the average investor made only 3.66% a year over those three decades! At that rate, your money doubles only every 20 years. The result? Instead of that million-dollar windfall, you ended up with only $146,996.
What explains this massive performance gap? In part, it’s the disastrous effect of excessive management fees, outrageous brokerage commissions, and other hidden costs that we’ll discuss in chapter 3. These expenses are a constant drain on your returns—the equivalent of a merciless vampire sucking your blood each night while you’re asleep.”

When everything hit in 2008, most people probably withdrew all of their stocks, only to see that the next year was a monumental rebound.

But even saying everything above, what are you really after?

Is it really money you’re chasing or is it the feelings you think money can create?

“Many of us believe—or fantasize—that money will bring us to a point where we finally feel free, secure, excited, empowered, alive, and joyful. But the truth is, you can achieve that beautiful state right now, regardless of your level of material wealth. So why wait to be happy?” – Tony Robbins

He made an excellent point here.  Feeling free and secured is one of the best joys in life.  Yes, looking at my bank account I feel very secured at the moment, but I know this month is a potential rainy one.  However, I’ve already gotten myself a new place of work with other side jobs coming up, so I’m frankly secured.

However, is this longevity? No.  This is the NOW…and this is why more than 7 billion people on planet earth (and possibly more) are failing because we’re too worried about the now.

Even with the fools who buy expensive cars in traffic-induced cities.  Why buy a Lambo? A Ferrari? A Bentley? What’s the point of it? Like when I start making millions, will I buy one? Absolutely NOT! They’re a hassle to take care of and I don’t need to prove ANYONE wrong in this country.  I’m certainly not trying to impress anyone here and I’d much rather keep a super low-profile.

So, just ask yourself this question. Please.

Podcast

 

 

Tony Robbins: Money – The Road Ahead & The Complexity of Stocks

“There are more than 40,000 stocks to choose from in the world today, including 3,700 on various US stock exchanges. By the end of 2015, there were more than 9,500 mutual funds in America alone, which means there are far more funds here than stocks! How ridiculous is that? Add to that nearly 1,600 exchange-traded funds, and you’re faced with so many different investment choices that your head starts to spin. Can you imagine standing at an ice-cream counter and having to choose from 50,000 flavors?”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

Hmmmm, now you guys understand why I was so apprehensive and defensive in talking about Warren Buffet on my last blog.  You get it now, don’t you?

Have you ever been entangled in a menus madness before? I’m talking about going to a restaurant and seeing such an extensive menu that drives you insane? You want to pick something off page 3, 5, and 32.  Simplification is where it’s at, and there’s no simplifying when it comes to WallStreet.

So basically you get a lot of these financial managers who try throwing money down at specific times while saying, “we’ll beat the market.”  Most mutual funds charge high fees but have poor investing capabilities.  So what happens? 96% of them fail to beat the market and you end up overpaying for under-performance. It’s like paying for a Porsche and you end up driving home in a damn wagon.

Nonetheless, let’s break down these different types of funds.

“HEDGE FUNDS VS. MUTUAL FUNDS VS. INDEX FUNDS

For those unfamiliar, a hedge fund is a private fund available only to high-net-worth investors. The managers have complete flexibility to bet on both directions of the market (up or down). They charge hefty management fees (typically 2%) and share in the profits (typically 20% of profits go to the manager). A mutual fund is a public fund available to anyone. In most cases, they are actively managed by a team who assembles a portfolio of stocks, bonds, or other assets and continually trades their holdings in hopes to beat the “market.” An index fund is also a public fund but requires no “active” managers. The fund simply owns all the stocks in the index (for example, they would own all 500 stocks in the S&P 500 index).”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

In other words, we’re going after index funds.

It’s like the saying goes, guys.  “When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience ends up with the money; and the person with money ends up with an experience.” We’ll show you how to navigate this game so you’ll never get taken again.” – Tony Robbins

Podcast

New Book Series: Tony Robbins – Unshakeable

Oh, again! A lot of you are probably thinking, “weren’t you dissecting “Money: Master The Game two years ago? What happened?” Well, the information seemed to be all over the place, and then Cryptocurrency happened.  I want to really know if stocks are safe.  I’ve been asking myself over and over, without any answers, about mutual funds and “should” I invest into them?  Vanguard, S&P – the majority of stocks that are out there for grabs.  I decided to buy this book.  1) I thought I did a disservice by stopping and not reading more, so with his new book that was just launched at the beginning of last year, it’s time to see if this really does work.

“So never forget about these two ferocious foes of stock market success: fear and fees.” – Tony Robbins

Between 1929-1932, the Great Depression swept away DOW, plunging to something equivalent to about 17,000 pts!  However, after WWII, America entered a great age of prosperity, yet most Americans were still apprehensive because of what happened in the past.  Good saying, Mr. Robbins.

“Index funds are simple. Rather than try to time the market or outguess other professional money managers about the prospects of individual stocks, index funds simply buy and hold all of the stocks in a broad market index such as the S&P 500. Index funds work by paring the costs of investing to the bare-bones minimum. They pay no fees to expensive money managers and have minimal trading costs, as they follow the ultimate buy-and-hold strategy. We can’t control what the markets will do, but we can control how much we pay for our investments. Index funds allow you to invest, at minimal cost, in a portfolio diversified to the nth degree.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks.

“This “cost matters hypothesis” is all you need to know to understand the benefits of index investing. Over an investment lifetime, this annual difference really adds up. Most young people just starting their careers will be investing for 60 years or more. Compounded over that time frame, the high costs of investing can confiscate an astounding 70% of your lifetime returns!” – Tony Robbins

YIKES!

“We live in an uncertain world, and face not only the risks of the known unknowns but also the unknown unknowns: the ones that “we don’t know we don’t know.” Despite these risks, if we are to have any chance for meeting our long-term financial goals, invest we must. Otherwise we’re certain to fall short. But we don’t have to put up 100% of the capital and take 100% of the risk only to receive 30% of the reward (often far less). By buying low-cost, broad-market index funds (and holding them “forever”), you can guarantee that you will receive your fair share of whatever returns the financial markets provide over the long term.”

Excerpt From: Tony Robbins. “Unshakeable.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/unshakeable/id1146849403?mt=11

This is just the introduction, and you’ve been provided some unbelievably valuable information that’s nowhere on blogs or the internet.  Thursday & Friday = Money Talk!

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Travel Tips + Not Learning From Mistakes

I was chatting yesterday with one of students and she was completely dumbfounded at the fact that I don’t get currency before traveling.  I realized that the third time it happened, which recently came in Maldives, could’ve been the disaster of a lifetime.

Yes, maybe some of you already do so, but I’ll do a small breakdown, plus a podcast on the basic necessities in preparation for travel.

Travel Tip: 1 – Get Currency In Your Respective Country

I’m not talking bank currency with high interest rates, I’m talking about the underground places that aren’t well known.  For example, SuperRich in Thailand has the best rates in Thailand while banks such as KTB, SCB, and others are horrific in buying and selling.

Travel Tip 2: PLASTIC!

I’m not a big fan of credit cards, but in case of disasters, such as the one I experienced in Maldives a week ago, you will be saved by the bell.  I literally had to make two final purchases before my car was completely shutdown by my bank in America due to “suspicion of fraudulent charges.”

In the real world, having something marked “Visa” or “MasterCard” is your I’m-Not-Going-To-Die-Card out of any situation, but because I don’t have one, I was literally doomed.

After an array of conversations with my students yesterday, apparently going with UoB or HSBC (Hong Kong banks if I’m not mistaken), would save me a great deal of trouble.   Oh, and to throw out another example, I wouldn’t have gone through hell with Sheraton Hotels because if I had a credit card at the time of check-in, they would’ve froze my credit card’s funds which ultimately would’ve been released (compared to my debit).

Here’s the podcast from my not-learning experiences and more!

Express Inn at Hulhumale, Maldives – The Lady That Changed My Life Forever!

Buckle up — because this is going to be a life-changing blog.

Man, oh man.  I’m still trying to figure out exactly what took place yesterday.  Here, if you guys don’t want to read, here’s the podcast….and I’ll write what happened, on top of some things you need to know if you travel to Male, Maldives.

Let’s just say that when I came here, I was unable to obtain any currency.  No Maldivian Rupiah is made available for anyone.  I tried selling my Thai baht at the airport and they simply said, “we don’t accept it.”

I replied, “guys, I have no other money. I tried using my US bank card at the ATM and it didn’t work!  He said, “I’m sorry.  That’s the only way you can get money.”

After following that, my bank got 3 suspicious transactions and restricted my card immediately, so I had to use an app to call back to America and explain the situation.  20 minute conversation lead to a wonderful assistant telling me, “listen, you have only two transactions left that you can use.  We will block your card and send you a new one.”

I said, “omg, could you stay on the line so I can buy an Air Asia ticket for tomorrow to head back home?”  She followed suit, along with me paying for my hotel and that was the end.  My what was suppose to be three day trip to the ultra-gorgeous island named Maldives was coming to a horrific stop in just 24 hours –  all because I couldn’t get Maldivian currency with my Thai Baht or USD.

After buying and sorting everything out, I sat seaside watching kids run around and play; jet skis flying at high-speeds in the distance, wonderful people swimming out to a platform 50 meters off the shore so they can run around on the platform.  Myself? Wound on my leg that was continuing to fester, developing into something much scarier, drowned in my sorrows while putting my hands atop my head thinking, “why me?”  All I wanted to do was come here and have an incredible holiday.

The Turning Point

A Bangladeshi gentleman who works at the front desk invited me for dinner…on him.  It was 7pm and I fell asleep because I wasn’t hungry.  I was in REM when I heard some door knocks and a man speaking outside.  I knew it was him, so I jumped out of bed, opened the door and he was heading downstairs saying, “don’t worry, food and everything is paid for.”

I said, “huh?”

He said, “we’re taking care of you. Come downstairs.”

I said, “man, I’m just going to get some sleep.”

He insisted, “come downstairs.”

And so I did.  I went outside and there was the woman who I first shook hands with at the airport.  The events that followed are events that I’ll be telling for the rest of my life.  Podcast down below.