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Investing in Financial Counseling

Investing in Financial Counseling

By Rick Kahker MSFS CFP

As a long-time advocate of blending financial planning with counseling, I’ve had years of seeing the benefit for clients. I have come to see financial counseling as an investment: one that can pay greater dividends than investments in a home, retirement account, or college education.

How can this be the case?

Mostly because making good financial decisions is the foundation of financial and emotional well-being. Most financial and many emotional problems result from disordered and dysfunctional money beliefs and behaviors. Money disorders can impair people’s functioning and disrupt their well-being just as significantly as disorders like alcoholism or other addictions.

Some common disordered money behaviors include the following:

• Compulsive Spending is a consuming focus on buying. It can include buying things you can’t afford as well as “retail therapy” shopping where no money is actually spent. It can mean you underfund emergency reserves and don’t adequately set aside enough for retirement.

• Financial Enabling is an attempt to meet your emotional needs by “helping” others, which usually does more harm than good. A pattern of bailing kids out financially is a good example. Enabling can financially harm the parent by diverting resources from other needs and sabotage the child by rewarding dependency and entitlement thinking.

• Hoarding is compulsively buying and storing things that you don’t need or will never use.

• Financial Infidelity is keeping money secrets (such as spending, saving, or investment mistakes) from your partner because you would be ashamed to have them find out.

• Inappropriate Financial Boundaries is sharing of worries or financial details in ways that violate the boundaries between children and adults.

• Workaholism is a consuming focus on work or earning to a point of damaging your relationships.

• Underspending is frugality taken to extremes, such as inadequate spending on health care, nutrition, shelter, or clothing even when you can afford them.

All these disordered financial behaviors have one thing in common: fundamentally, they aren’t about the money. They are often an unconscious response to emotional pain, in the same way addiction or anger might be. The disordered financial behavior may be a medicator that works to deaden deep emotional stress and painful emotions. While one person may find relief in alcohol or drugs and another may find it in work, someone else might use shopping, saving, or financial enabling as a way to feel better and function in the world.

Just like addictions, however, disordered financial behaviors only relieve pain for a short time. Eventually, the pain returns, sometimes even stronger. The result is an escalating cycle of destructive behavior that has many negative consequences, including financial.

To see the link between emotional health and financial health, just read a celebrity magazine or observe people you know. I’ve seen high-earning professionals who have a negative net worth because they can’t control their spending. You probably know people who bounce from one financial mess to another, never seeming to learn from their money mistakes. Some very capable and intelligent people struggle financially and in their careers because of emotional issues.

For most people experiencing financial problems, financial counseling to resolve emotional issues is a low-priority expense that comes far down the list after basic needs like housing, food, and transportation. Yet for anyone who struggles to overcome destructive patterns of behavior—even those that aren’t directly about money—counseling can pay off in very real monetary ways.

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Assessment

Emotionally healthy and confident people make better choices about relationships, careers, and other major aspects of their lives. They also make better choices about money. This is why financial counseling is more than an investment in your emotional health. It can also make a measurable difference in your financial wealth.

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What is the PROPINQUITY Effect and FELICIFIC Calculus?

The MIT Westgate Studies

By Prasad Nilanth

The “P” theory was first crafted by psychologists Leon Festinger, Stanley Schachter, and Kurt Back in what came to be called the Westgate Studies conducted at MIT.

The study investigated how friendships developed among students at the new Westgate Complex at MIT. The results clearly showed the role of proximity in the formation of friendships. The strongest friendships developed between students who lived next to each other on the same floor. Where friendships developed between students who lived on different floors, one of those students tended to live near the stairways.

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In social psychology, propinquity (/prəˈpɪŋkwɪtiː/; from Latin propinquitas, “nearness”) is one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people. Propinquity can mean physical proximity, a kinship between people, or a similarity in nature between things (“like-attracts-like”).

Two people living on the same floor of a building, for example, have a higher propinquity than those living on different floors, just as two people with similar political beliefs possess a higher propinquity than those whose beliefs strongly differ.

Propinquity is also one of the factors, set out by Jeremy Bentham, used to measure the amount of (utilitarian) pleasure in a method known as felicific calculus.

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An Entrepreneurial Mindset Can Hinder Wealth Building

“Help Wanted: Entrepreneur”

By RICK KAHLER, CFP

You have probably never seen an ad like this, because entrepreneurs are not hired. They hire themselves. Merriam-Webster defines an entrepreneur as “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money” or “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.”

God bless entrepreneurs. Without them our world would look much different. We would probably still be living in caves, hunting with clubs, and eating raw meat. They create companies from scratch. In so doing, they create jobs and take significant monetary risks of a business failure.

They also stand to gain substantial rewards for success, but that success is far from guaranteed. Few people realize that most entrepreneurs fail in their attempts in business. According to Investopedia, 50% of all new businesses fail in 5 years, 66% in 10 years, and 75%  in 15 years.

Given those statistics, the entrepreneurs who succeed must be rich, right? A study by Career Explorer found that the average full-time salary of an entrepreneur is $43,240 a year. To put this into perspective, the average starting salary for a graduating four-year degree student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is $63,354. Maybe there should be a song, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be entrepreneurs.”

My experience, however, is that it really doesn’t matter what Mama says. The entrepreneurial mindset is somewhat inextinguishable. While there have been some attempts at teaching entrepreneurial skills, it’s hard to teach grit, determination, and perseverance, coupled with a good dose of fantasy thinking and denial. It’s really hard to “tell” an entrepreneur anything.

Fittingly, entrepreneurs love to invest in their own companies. Investment advisors call such holdings “tangible” investments, ones you can see and touch. Tangible investments include start-up businesses, family-owned businesses, and all types of directly owned real estate. They are inherently non-diversified and illiquid. Typically, entrepreneurs have the vast portion of their net worth tied up in their businesses. It’s incredibly rare to find one with a stash of cash or any type of liquid portfolio or retirement plan.

Why? The entrepreneurial mindset. First, entrepreneurs don’t believe in traditional diversification. Why settle for earning an average of 5% a year when you can earn ten times that in your business? Never mind that the chance of losing it all is three to one. Most entrepreneurs firmly believe they are the one guaranteed to succeed even though the deck is stacked against them.

Second is that since 75% of businesses ultimately fail, most entrepreneurs are losing, not making, money. They are perennially cash-poor and need every dollar they can find to fund their negative cash flows. Even those who are making money rarely have any liquid investments because entrepreneurs are always looking for new ventures, which of course, need funding.

One of the most difficult tasks I face is persuading a successful entrepreneur to take some hard-earned “chips” off the table and sock away a low-risk, diversified nest egg to assure a comfortable retirement. The only ones I’ve convinced to do that were older entrepreneurs who had owned their companies for well over 15 years and were under five years from retirement. All the younger entrepreneurs to whom I have given that advice have refused the notion. All have eventually lost 75% to 90% of their net worth and, sadly, the opportunity to secure their future.

The entrepreneurial mindset of determination and perseverance can bring significant financial rewards. Expanding that mindset to include a broader, more diversified view of investing for the future can turn those rewards into long-term financial independence.

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On Business Ownership

No Self-Indulgent Path to Success

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By Rick Kahler CFP® 

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“Most of my friends assume that business owners spend their money and time on cocaine and hookers.”

This jaw-dropping quote came from a young man I was talking with recently about money, investing, and running a business. I was shocked; this was a money script I had never heard.I asked if he was serious. He was. I asked if any of the friends with this belief were raised by a parent who owned a business. He thought for a moment and said, “No, not one.”

This conversation reminded me of a government employee who once told me, “Any person who succeeds in business had to do so illegally by embracing corruption and dishonesty.” He, too, was serious.

I was dumbfounded by both of these encounters. My experience of being raised by parents who owned a small business, and then going into business for myself, was quite different from these perceptions.

My father started his own business when I was four years old. I witnessed him working long hours. I remember the times when business was so bad he would have to borrow money to pay the bills and keep the doors open. Later in life I learned his business rarely made a profit and was just able to pay his salary.

He never shared with his employees how tight money was. When I went to work for him as a teenager, I remember listening to the talk around the water cooler. They all assumed he made far more money than what I knew was true.

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In the years since, I have discovered many misperceptions about people who own real estate, are in business, or who have accumulated wealth.

The first misperception is that someone who owns real estate or a business has actually accumulated wealth. My 40 years of experience in financial planning has taught me that many, if not most, business owners would make more money working for someone else. And real estate owners accumulate wealth slowly. Most of them, myself included, struggle through some lean years with short or even negative cash flow until they finally pay off their mortgages.

Certainly, real estate or business owners who  persevere over the long term can become wealthy. Being wealthy, according to various studies, is defined as having a minimum net worth of somewhere between five million and twenty million dollars.

About 80% of millionaires own their own businesses. They put in long hours, often in careers they love enough so that work becomes play. The average business owner puts in about 70 hours a week. They are five times more likely than non-business owners to be “always available” via e-mail, four times more likely to work nights, and three times more likely to be in the office or store on weekends.

This is the way one successful business owner described it: “Our company will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Probably the first 30 years were spent working 70-100 hour weeks at below minimum wage and dumping every extra penny back into the business. I would say it’s only been the last 10 years that we have begun to reap the financial rewards that we spent 40 years striving to attain, still working 60-70 hour weeks. I acknowledge our work habits may in part be a result of being stubborn Norwegians that don’t think anyone else can do things right, but most successful small business owners I know have pretty much dedicated their life to become successful.”

Assessment

This focus and work ethic are what it takes to succeed at business ownership. It’s not a mindset that includes blowing money and time on cocaine and hookers.

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A BLACK MARKET PODCAST VIEW OF THE OPIOID CRISIS

A BLACK MARKET PODCAST VIEW OF THE OPIOID CRISIS

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Opioid Overdose Crisis

Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl used to help relieve severe ongoing pain —is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

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The Podcast

And so, I was fascinated with this podcast because I often encountered narcotic seeking patients while in city center and urban practice. It was recorded by my neighbor and Austrian economist Peter Raymond over at “The Free Man Beyond the Wall” website.

Colleague Dr. Mark Thornton recently gave this talk at the Mises Institute Supporters Summit on the opioid crisis that is plaguing the US. Dr. Thornton lays out a short history of this tragic epidemic that is taking lives every day. He addresses how doctors prescribe these drugs, how government regulates them and explains what happens when people are forced into the “black market” to sustain their addiction.

PODCAST: http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-169-the-opioid-crisis

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On Injecting Elemental Mercury

Please – Do Not Do This!

By Francisco Gutiérrez, MD., Lucio Leon, M.D. at: nejm.org

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Submitted for your consideration.  Just In case you ever wondered what injecting 10 ml of elemental mercury would do to you?

Case report: A 21 yo woman attempted suicide by injecting 10 ml (135 g) of elemental mercury (quicksilver) intravenously.

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Case: She presented to the emergency room with tachypnea, a dry cough, and bloody sputum. While breathing room air, she had a partial pressure of oxygen of 86 mm Hg.

A chest radiograph showed that the mercury was distributed in the lungs in a vascular pattern that was more pronounced at the bases.

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Assessment

The patient was discharged after one week, with improvement in her pulmonary symptoms. Oral chelation therapy with dimercaprol was given for nine months. At follow-up at 10 months she was healthy, with no serious consequences. The abnormalities on the chest radiograph were still apparent.

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On Prioriting Money Beliefs

“Money is supposed to be spent!” “Money is supposed to be saved!”

By Rick Kahler CFP®

We may not hear talk-show participants shouting these opposing views at each other with the same level of anger that characterizes some of our political rhetoric. Yet the core polarization that pervades so much of today’s society also shows up in people’s beliefs about money.

I saw this polarization recently in a conversation with a group of friends in Europe. The topic of money came up, as it usually does when people find out one of my specialties as a financial advisor is financial therapy. The thinking of my friends was that money is meant to be spent, not saved. They felt that people who saved money were faithless and greedy hoarders who by their saving threatened the economic system.

At the other extreme, I know other people who strongly believe a person’s first duty is to save and invest. According to them, those who don’t save as much as possible for emergencies and retirement are foolish, deluded, irresponsible, and destined to live out their last days in poverty.

My friends who embrace the money script that “money is to be spent, not saved” are likely to also hold a money script that “the universe will provide.” They tend to fall into a category we label Money Avoiders. Those who embrace the money scripts that “money is to be saved and not spent,” who also believe “one can never really have enough money,” are in the category of Money Worshipers.

Like most other forms of polarized thinking, neither of these extremes is right. Nor is either belief wrong.

Money does need to be spent. The health of our economic system depends on transactions. It’s important that money flows through the selling and buying of goods and services. When a significant number of consumers stop spending, economic activity grinds to a halt. We saw the effect of this in the financial crises of 2008. It’s also important to spend money to take care of ourselves and our families. Saving or investing money to a point that we go without adequate food, shelter, health care, or similar necessities is not healthy.

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Money also needs to be saved to provide a cushion against emergencies and to provide for our needs in retirement. My European friends enjoy a higher certainty of adequate income in retirement. For them, this is the universe providing, a strong government security net. However, those that live in many Asian countries are assured very little, if anything, in the way of retirement income. For them, the universe comes up short and depends upon the generosity of family to provide. Saving in an Asian culture is therefore much more important than if you live in a Scandinavian country.

Saving and investing for retirement is important for those of us in the US, as well. Without it, we face two dubious prospects: we can depend on family to provide or we can eke out a meager living on a Social Security payment of around $2,000 a month in retirement.

Those who are not polarized around money understand that both spending and saving are important for financial health. They can balance their spending and saving, applying both when necessary in their own lives.

Assessment

Ideally, from this balanced middle ground, someone can also see past the limitations of others who are polarized. Those who believe “Money is meant to be spent” or “Money is meant to be saved” have a world view that results in such an extreme position. Labeling them as “wrong” is not a useful way to try to shift anyone’s polarized beliefs.

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