What’s up! It’s episode 88 of Payne Points of Wealth, and we’ve finished the year’s first half. It’s been the worst start of a year for the S&P 500 since 1970 as markets are down nearly 20%. In the meantime, inflation remains high. The Fed is going to continue to tighten its monetary policy. What does this all mean for the second half of the year? Well, the answer may surprise you and we’re going to break it down for you today. On the Tipping Point today, since we’re just passing the 4th of July weekend, we’re going to talk about financial independence. What do you need to be independent of to be financially independent? We’re going to talk about how to give you your path to financial freedom the right way.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- The downside of cooling off the economy [1:25]
- Don’t wait for opportunity to be gone [3:56]
- Picking on Wall Street [7:42]
- The Tipping Point [10:07]
- Scared money never wins [14:06]
- Hidden Facts of Finance [18:50]
Look for the positives among the negative news
The financial media grabs onto every negative headline. They take everything that’s bad and exacerbated by making it sound even worse. China, for example, is coming out of its COVID shutdown instead of focusing on the fact that it’s going to help the supply chain disruptions which will help the global economy they look for ways to scare people. Saying things like that demand will push oil to $200 a barrel.
They take every bit of news and they spin it negatively and of course, when your portfolio’s down, your statement’s down, you tend to start to view those headlines with a little more attention than you normally would. It forces you to think negatively and that’s where you must be careful. You have to remember the values are better now than they were in the last six months. You have bond yields that are attractive. There’s a lot of opportunity being created but the news media wants you to think that it will never get better.
This week on the tipping point: What do you want to be free FROM?
We just celebrated the 4th of July and in the spirit of the independence weekend, let’s talk about financial freedom and what we want to be free FROM to indeed be financially independent.
One of the biggest things we want to be independent of is the government. You want to maximize your Social Security from them but you want to pay the least amount of tax possible. It blows our minds at how many tax inefficient portfolios we review almost daily. Within the confines of the law, there are so many little tweaks you can make to your portfolio. It’s always little tweaks and not big sweeping changes that have a dramatic impact on your portfolio.
Independence from family is another thing we want to celebrate on the 4th of July. Not that you don’t want your kids around, but you don’t want to be sleeping on your kid’s couch in your golden years. So you want to be certain that you have a plan in place that accounts not just for the income you need, but for the inflation that we’re seeing in this current economy.
This week’s hidden facts of finance
- Paul McCartney’s total reported career growth has now surpassed the billion dollar mark making him one of 11 artists to surpass the mark in box scores 30+ year history.
- TikTok has surged to a billion plus global users. It raked in almost 4 billion last year in 2021, mostly from ads, and has projected to hit 12 billion this year.
- It’s been a dreadful first half of the year for speculative grade debt bond funds, AKA junk bonds. With the popular iShares iBoxx high yield corporate bond exchange traded funds suffering and negative. Total 13% negative return this year through June 22nd.
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