I saw this article yesterday on MSN. Good read. I agree w/ that you have to take out the religious aspects of it (although I still tithe and give to charity - about 5% of my income total, which is less than the 10% Ramsey suggests; per the bible). Glad to see so many young people getting their sh*t together. I always kick myself for being a financial retard in my early/mid 20's.
I can honestly say, Dave Ramsey turned my life around financially (also w/ a little bit from Clarke Howard). I was working a 3rd job in the late 90's as a transport paramedic and was in the ambulance 12+ hours a day listening to AM radio (usually sports, financial, or political stuff). I got turned on to Ramsey and it financially turned my life around.
I haven't had a car payment since the year 2000. I bought my house in Arlington for over $400K and put 20% down (plus closing costs), I built a vacation/rental cabin and paid cash for it, and I have a healthy savings/investment/brokerage account. It's taken 20 years, but I look back on it and it all started w/ the part-time job and listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio.
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- Thread: Mortgage rates
- Thread: What if you made $500,000 year?
I would relax on the vacation budget. I would have not put myself in a 1.5M mortgage. I would have done something different with the vehicles. It's great they are saving $36,000 a year in a 401k... but I would make every attempt possible to put away WAY more than "just" that.
My 19-year old daughter, a college student who started her first job early this year making $80 gross/week,asked me "what percentage should I start saving for retirement, and how much toward an emergency fund?" just after her first paycheck. You couldn't have knocked the smile off of my face with a baseball bat.
- Thread: Inverted Yield
An inverted yield curve is based on the U.S Treasury rates. U.S Treasury rates go from anywhere from 1 day (the shortest) to 30 yr. bonds (the longest). Generally speaking when you loan your money to the U.S. Gov't (which is what you do if you buy a treasury) the longer the term usually gives you a higher rate, which makes sense b/c the longer you tie up your money the better rate you should get. This is basically how old school banks make money. You having a savings account and they pay you an overnight rate. They then take that money and lend it long term, say for a morgtage. But if they have to pay more to you than they can loan it out for, they can't make money. This won;t happen in reality, but it is one of the things that was happening in 2003-2008 and was part of the credit crisis that caused the modern day depression. So when the shortest rate is the lowest and progressively gets higher the longer in time, this is called a normal yield curve. An inverted yield curve is when any of the shorter duration rates is higher than any longer term rate. For example the 3 month T-Bill has had a much higher yield than the 2, 5, and 10 year T-notes for quite a while now, thus the yield curve has been inverted for a long time now. However today for a brief moment, the 10 year T-Note had a rate lower than the 2 year T-note, thus an inversion in the 2-10 spread. The reason it is all over the papers is that this particular inversion is closely followed by many and often seen as a good indicator of a recession to come. I personally think that the 3 month to 10 year is a better tell, but that is another topic. So in short an inverted yield curve is when a shorter term maturity instrument carries a higher interest rate than a longer term maturity instrument in that same family.
Oh and the simple answer as to why the panic is that it has been that recession indicator 6-24 months down the road.
- Thread: Mortgage rates
This is exactly why Yellen should NOT have been made Treasury Secretary. As Fed Chair, she was the head of an independent, non political (supposedly) group whose job was stable prices and full employment (control overnight rates). How many times did she and other Fed Heads go in front of Congress twice a year and say you have to stop the stupid spending. So now she is in a 100% political position serving at the behest of the Prez (or whoever) and now she is saying she has never met any spending that she did not like. As Treasury Sec. do NOT comment on any FED matters. I do not give a shyt your experience. Shut your pie hole or if not, then resign!
- Thread: Crypto currency
At some point your goal should switch from looking for moon shots to wealth preservation. Stocks, bonds , real estate, side hustles and crypto.
I think people just forgot what crypto bear market looks like. It is brutal. Makes the dot com bubble look like a minor correction.
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