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2020: Stock Markets Party Like It’s 1999?

2020: Party Like It’s 1999?

By Vitaliy Katsenelson CFA

The stock market marched higher for the year even though US companies as a whole did not become more valuable, just more expensive, as earnings failed to grow from 2018 to 2019. Earnings are estimated to be up about 5% for 2020 (though these estimates are usually revised down as the year progresses).

If you look at the quality of this non-growth, then the rose-tinted glasses of the average stock market investor quickly prove inadequate. Corporate debt is up 5% in 2019, and a good chunk of the increase went into stock buybacks. As stocks become  expensive their benefit from earnings per share growth diminishes.

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On Finding Physician-Focused Financial Advice

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[On Finding Physician-Focused Financial Advice]

The financial planner is a like juggler, trying to keep a variety of balls simultaneously in the air.  Each aspect of practice becomes critical, just as action is needed. 

Some of the activities of operating a successful financial planning practice generally attract more attention than others, such as marketing and advertising, closing engagements, and office administration.  Because product review, selection and implementation are often related to advisor compensation, they attract a great deal of the financial juggler’s concentration. 

But, the heart of financial planning, niche advice, often receives little attention.  Not because it is unimportant, it just doesn’t seem immediately and predictably urgent.  Here, that ball does not seem to be dropping so rapidly. 

However, retaining clients and receiving referrals from other professionals is very dependent on the quality of the advice delivered.  And, the first line of protection from practitioner liability exposure is to not deliver incorrect or incomplete advice. 

But, where does the financial advisor turn for ideas and organized research in the healthcare sector?” 

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Self-Ownership Doesn’t Exist?

Responding to an ‘Objectivist’s’ Claim That Self-Ownership Doesn’t Exist

By Dr. David E. Marcink MBA

I was fascinated with this podcast.

It was recorded by my neighbor and Austrian economist Peter Raymond over at “The Free Man Beyond the Wall” website.

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Who Owns Your Credit Card Reward Points?

Do your credit card reward points belong to you?

By Rick Kahler CFP®

For frequent travelers, who often choose credit cards based on reward programs, accumulated points can be worth thousands of dollars. Whether points are an asset that can be transferred to an heir is another matter.

I recently received this question: “Our friend whose husband recently passed away lost over a million points with Capital One because her husband was the primary on the account and she was just an authorized user, not a joint owner. Capital One closed the credit card since he passed and all the points were forfeited. Do you have any ideas on how to get the points back?”

Unfortunately, not much can be done after the fact. Most credit cards offering points that can be redeemed for travel expense say that points have no cash value and are not actually the property of the account owner but rather belong to the reward’s program. Most card programs’ terms and conditions say that points outstanding upon the card holder’s death are permanently forfeited.

An appeal to the issuing bank would be worth trying. Surprisingly, some will show compassion and allow the points to transfer to another account or credit their value against any outstanding balances on the card, usually at one cent per point.

Considering this issue ahead of time, however, might allow surviving spouses to avoid losing all of a loved one’s hard-earned points.

First, try to find a rewards card that will allow you to own the account jointly with your spouse rather than being an authorized user. If one spouse passes away, the points will remain in the account and the other joint owner will have full access to them. An authorized user has no risk or obligation to pay any debt, and therefore has no claim on any points that remain in the account after the death of the primary cardholder.

The downside of a joint account is that each cardholder is equally liable for any amounts the other charges to the account. If your marriage is transparent and without any financial infidelity going on, this shouldn’t be a problem. If the card is a business card, joint ownership could be more problematic.

Banks that I found that will allow joint accounts are US Bank and PNC Bank. Specific rewards cards that allow joint ownership are Bank of America Cash Rewards, Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa, and Discover it Cash Back. Obviously, with only three rewards cards allowing joint ownership, that option isn’t widely available.

The next best choice is to be sure both partners have the login information for the account. This would allow a survivor to log on and redeem or transfer points. Many cards will allow transferring points to an airline or hotel rewards programs for 1.5 to 2.3 cents per point. Of course, both partners need to have access to those accounts as well, which generally isn’t a problem with most programs.


This is also the recommended method of accessing points with a specific airline. According to a September 19, 2019, article by Richard Kerr at thepointsguy.com, giving your next of kin access to all your airline and hotel awards accounts gives them “all the information needed to continue using the points and miles without alerting the airline.”

Including airline reward points in a will may be worthwhile. It might not make a difference with every airline or bank, but some programs will transfer such designated points without a fee.

Assessment:

Travel reward points may be a relatively minor asset. Still, a little planning can make them readily available without adding stress for a surviving spouse during a difficult time.

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Understanding Leases

 An Important Money Skill

By Rick Kahler CFP

“Some days adulting is a pain.” What parent of college-age children hasn’t heard something similar from their kids? The transition from kid to adult is a necessary process toward living a fulfilled and meaningful life, but it isn’t easy or smooth.

This is especially true when it comes to money. Mastering money skills can be a challenge even for older adults.

One of the earliest opportunities to learn adult financial skills comes with renting an apartment. Before you sign that first lease—or any lease—it’s important to understand it. A lease is a legal document that sets out obligations and rights for both landlord and tenant.

One of the most important features of a lease is the length of the agreement. Your lease could be “month-to-month” or for a specific period like a few months or even several years. The most common residential lease terms are six months to one year.

There are pluses and minuses to both types. A month-to-month lease gives the renter the minimum commitment and maximum flexibility. Usually, if you want to move out for whatever reason, you just need to give the landlord a 30-day notice. Unlike a longer-term lease, there is no penalty for “breaking” the lease unless you fail to give even a 30-day notice.

So why wouldn’t a tenant always want a month-to-month lease? Many tenants don’t understand that the flexibility goes both ways. If a landlord chooses to stop leasing the property, finds a tenant willing to pay higher rent, or decides to sell the property, all the lease requires is a 30-day notice for the current tenant to move out. A tenant must accept that risk.

A recent local example concerned 11 house renters who lived on the campus of the Star Academy, a former state-owned property near Custer, SD.  Some of the tenants had rented for 14 years with month-to-month leases. When the state foreclosed on the property it gave the tenants 30-day notices to move. This was not received well by the renters, who faced the prospect of immediately having to find new places to live in a town with a limited supply of housing. Fortunately, the governor reversed the decision and gave the renters six months to find new housing.

As shocking and heartless as this move might have seemed to the renters, it was completely within the rights of the landlord, just as it would have been completely within the rights of any of the tenants to do the same.

It’s easy to get lulled to sleep by a month-to-month lease, especially when a tenant has lived in the property for year after year. However, if the prospect of having to vacate your home in 30 days is not appealing, it would be a really good idea to ask the landlord for a longer lease.

Assessment:

Before signing a lease, consider how long you are willing to commit to living in the property. What will best serve your situation? For some, it may be a lease that expires at the end of a school year, or in a year, or even in three to five years if you see no reason that you will need to move anytime soon. Be aware that by signing the lease, you agree to stay and to pay rent until the time is up.

Also understand that, unless the lease specifically states otherwise, neither you nor the landlord are bound to renew when the lease expires. So it’s important to renegotiate a new lease well before the current lease expires.

Before signing any lease, read it carefully. Ask clarifying questions. Be sure you understand the legal commitment you are making.

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FROM: The Ludwig Von Mises Institute

By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

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I was fascinated with this podcast as a rewind episode. Pete talks about a host of Liberty related topics with Ludwig Von Mises Institute President, Jeff Deist.

It was recorded by my neighbor and Austrian economist Peter Raymond over at “The Free Man Beyond the Wall” website.

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