Try an online search for financial investing. You'll find myriad pages offering specific services from stock brokers, mortgage lenders and financial planners. If you continue to scroll down those searches, you'll see some pages offering definitions of terms and some theory.
This subject is so broad that confusion is often the end result. Unfortunately that leads to emotional decision making or even worse, "paralysis from analysis." We might just do nothing and hope it gets better somehow. It probably won't.
The beginners guide t0 investing offers some ideas to help young people get off to the correct start. The focus of that page is exactly where focus on any new project should begin. It all starts with knowledge. Without that foundation, the end goal cannot be reached.
People struggle with financial investing for one reason. They do not understand the history of money. It isn't taught in our schools, so we must take on the personal responsibility to become more financially literate and to teach the next generation to do the same.
We've offered some pages within the financial literacy curriculum to help you with this learning curve. If you understand how money works in the world, you can work within the system. As you gain more knowledge of the workings of currency around the globe, you'll have the two most important arrows in your protective quiver.
1.) You'll know how to succeed within the current system, even though part of it is inherently corrupt.
2.) You'll become part of the group that can help to clean up an ingeniously built system that has made billions of dollars off the efforts of an unknowing working class.
The chart below offers a view into the path of currency. If you understand this one thing, your financial investing efforts will grow exponentially. If this chart was accurately taught in our schools right now, we would be giving our students a real boost as they enter the work force.
Knowledge is the new money. Your knowledge base growth continues right here. Your financial investing will improve as your knowledge base grows.
The page about fiat currency gave you a glimpse into the workings of this currency system. The accompanying video gave you an excellent thirty minute look into how this intricate shell game creates fortunes for big banks, all based on a check created from nothing. It explains this vital chart.
Sadly, too many people consider this simple first step as boring or too involved. This is how the current system was allowed to grow. Indifference, fear or maybe just a long held entitlement mentality that has been covertly encouraged has fed this growth. The only threat to this currency manipulation is financial literacy.
So you can decide first of all to "be the FED." The federal reserve creates currency. You can do the same thing legally. If you understand the basics of the income tax code, you'll see how to do this very thing. You don't need to know the entire code. Similar to Obamacare, no one really understands the entire tax code.
But if you understand that the tax code was written to reward those who do what the government doesn't want to do and is a complete failure in trying to accomplish themselves, you can "be the Fed." Robert Kiyosaki explains this so well in his latest book, "Why "A" Students Work For "C" Students And "B" Students Work For The Government."
I hope we don't lose readers based solely on that title. The book isn't an indictment on government workers or valedictorians. It is a step by step guide to financial investing.
You'll be seeing plenty of talk soon about the gap between rich and poor. Politicians will vow to do something about it. The fact is they don't know how. The gap between rich and poor is a result of this very entrenched system. "Tax the rich" is a great rallying cry, but the reality is that the rich, other than those who inherited fortunes, took the time to understand how the game is played. Their financial investing plans started with knowledge. And work ethic.
Taxing the rich always has the same effect. It hurts the poorer people. Which causes more to join the entitlement generation, which takes the focus off the system that created the whole mess.
The next thirty minute video offers some historical perspective into the history of currency. You'll see how governments try to avoid deflation at all costs. You'll also see how that tinkering often leads to hyperinflation. The reichsmark era is an important historical event. Enough time has elapsed however, that few people understand the importance of this event. They'll be stunned if they actually have to experience it. All because they chose to ignore history.
The big banks are also experts at manipulating various specific markets. If they want to increase commissions on gold sales, they sell off large chunks of gold. The price goes down. People and even better, governments buy large volumes of the yellow metal at a lower cost. People sell off stocks, at a commission to the big banks, to buy gold, at a commission to the big banks.
The banks also get back in at a lower price. This drives the price up again, so their balance sheet grows. And then just like shampoo, they rinse and repeat.
The federal reserve bank is a private institution. It is not federal, it has no reserves and it really isn't a bank. It is a product of the secret meeting at Jekyll Island, held in 1913. The same year as the installment of a national income tax in America. Do you remember from that video on the page about fiat currency?
It's stock holders make massive fortunes due to their stranglehold on the world's largest economy.
Our free market capitalism ideal is based on equal reward for equal effort. Politicians promising to raise minimum wages and tax the rich have no real concept of history or how the system is set up. They were placed there to keep throwing up distractions and continue the confusion.
Here is an old joke. I cleaned it up for this page and deleted any personal reference. It has been used to describe members of both political parties.
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas
rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working
cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old
Eventually the topic got around to (enter name here) and his or her bid to
be president, ( or congress person.).
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, he is a
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what
a post turtle was. The old rancher said,
"When you're driving down a country road and you
come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top,
that's a post turtle."
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's
face, so he continued to explain.
"You know he didn't get
up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he
doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you
just wonder what kind of group put him up there in the
Minimum wage jobs were never designed to be living wage positions. They are stepping stones as we grow our financial literacy and work to move up the ladder. Lack of desire to do those things is no excuse for bypassing the steps. If a part time, minimum wage job won't provide for your lifestyle, you may need a second part time, minimum wage job. And in your spare time, turn off the television and grab one of the books highlighted here at books-empower.com. Your financial investing savvy will help lift you up that ladder.
Or go down to your local library. It will be filled with editions written by people who started with those same minimum wage opportunities. The difference is they saw the job as an early opportunity and not a demeaning workplace beneath their dignity. They worked hard and in their equally limited free time, invested in some financial education and became success stories. Everyone is equal in a free market system. That sword cuts both ways.
You have two basic choices. You can leave it in the hands of another generation of elected officials with no concept of how money works. The process will continue until it collapses under it's own weight. Maybe you'll be alright. Maybe not.
Or you can increase your knowledge, thereby increasing your leverage in your financial investing plan. You can use that knowledge to work with the system we're stuck with right now. And you can spread the word about the truth you now realize.
Please pass along the video on this page. Show people the chart of the big bank exploitation. Lead them to the page about fiat currency so they can watch that video as well.
Financial investing risk levels are directly proportional to knowledge levels. You get to choose. Such is the free market economy that inspired the greatest growth in history. Reward appears for diligence in self-directed learning and hard work. Not for short cuts.