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Country Specific ETF Investing

Lately, though the emerging market seems to emerge and not and when it does, it does with hesitation and some areas grow quickly.

Generally, I do not recommend products. I personally prefer Vanguard funds as a rule – because of their integrity, low cost products and sufficient variety of funds to portfolio balance, with lower risk and broader – style diversified emerging market mutual funds.

The ETF in specific countries spike up and down or glide up with good growth, you take the risk with the reward. Also, you take the risk with the risk and no promises for reward.

For some watchful investors, country specific investing has its place in a portfolio….with a close watchful eye. Pay attention – using the NY Times and Yahoo finance pages, for examples. I am not taking responsibility here for you but to say these products like Peru did very well as you can see online for yourself. It is a choice based on your risk tolerance to buy into some of these countries.

Peru, Argentina, Brazil, and Austrailia are represented. Also, the more well known funds iShares China and Japan, Belgium, Ireland and Denmark are well performing funds historically, with variations with the market volatility.

Buying these ETF funds is a strategy within a context of an overall portfolio diversification.

I am making people aware of products, should they not know, to keep an eye on and consider. Having some global exposure is recommended by the major funding companies, with care in context of your age, goals, strategy and diversification -risk tolerance and time horizon for when you need the money. It is all a part of an overall architectural portfolio plan is the context.

 

Comments and views are welcome.

Audrey

Pay off credit card debt & Save for tomorrow

UNCERTAINTY IS CERTAIN

Volatility is a constant – to a degree – in this globally interdependent world.

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We are within an era of global volatility in markets and currencies, it is going to remain so. Our world economies are interrelated and dependent.

This era is not going to have the growth and expanse “as a whole” like in years past, but rather in specific locations – in industries and in companies that will emerge and or grow as demand is or increases in various parts of the world.

Individual companies will come and go, due to competition, those will fold those who are holding too much credit debt and while holding inventory (that becomes outdated/obsolete) will take them down for example. Poor management will ruin even a good company through this stormy sea of an economic reality as another variable or factor of company failure.

In cases of companies and countries-those that are not so transparent or ethical, predictions of short or long term future changes are not readily forecastable. 

So with that, I say the rules of diversification are still valid vs. chasing the fastest growing companies as your sole strategy. Banks and billionaires will get there first. Do not lag too far behind good decision making.

One can successfully gain good growth returns-during this bear market but it is good to be in a cash position and to carefully watch and buy when things go further down-you will not time the exact bottom. You can do dollar averaging on the way down or up. I feel and it is my opinion and therefore – I predict a market decline of another 20-30% – as an aggregate from this date forward in the year ahead. I hope not but it is very likely as stocks are over valued. This is because of the natural downward corrective cycles that are historic, debts and an unemployment rate I see as really being worse and not acknowledged. Unemployment will hinder economics and sales.

There will be more jobs lost so we need to follow an age appropriate and risk tolerance appropriate individual-investor plan or small business investment plan. You need to make this for yourself. You need to make a lifestyle for yourself too that is sustainable, and have a savings appropriate for this world and for your age. Make your retirement savings for yourself, employer made and coupled with your own. Know your work place benefits as this is part of your risk management plan.

RECESSION — or not ?

My absolute recommendation, if we go into a recession (or not) is to pay off credit card debt as much as possible-and other debt that is very costly to pay off if held long. My view too is to change habits of using credit card as if it were cash. Use it for not having to carry the cash you have-a short term convenience.

Work and live on a budget, save with liquidity of at least 6 months of non discretionary income of expenses – should you have an emergency need or lose your job. If you lose your job and experience inflation, you will protect yourself some from both and you will also stay with habits of living within a smaller means and in budget.

A slower growth in the world economy will impact on all of us. We need to change our lifestyles appropriately to live financially well today and through our tomorrows.

 

This is an educated and personal view or opinion and for those that read, solely to help you see that it is important to save, invest timely in a bear market when prices of stocks and mutual funds will be lower in price,  to have a cash position in hand to do this, to live on a budget in terms of saving and spending, to invest and pay off “bad debt” credit cards and have a planned financial strategy-see some of the other posts. 

Ask for what you want to see here.

Take care of your finances and be well.

Audrey Lynn

 

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Tax Time 2016 – Examine Financial Goals

Reaching financial independence has nothing to do with luck.

It’s not overly complex but a matter of setting good financial goals and having a plan as to how you will achieve them.

Once that plan working toward those goals becomes part of habit achieving financial independence is possible. Get on track to a sustainable future.

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  • calculator
  • create a diary – of spending
  • websites for reliable information, original source
  • youtube
  • coupons and savings tips for all areas of life

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POSITIVE CHANGES

  • how big is your debt ? get rid of the high interest paying debt !
  • pay for things with cash amounts you can safely afford
  • understand credit dangers of rates and accumulation of greater debt

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  •  debt in relationship to : your cash and other assets 
  • how well do you manage money and where can you start to improve-assess

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  • how responsible are you in helping yourself to achieve your financial freedom
  • tips for change steps
  • making and following a plan

 

  • old habits
  • new habits

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  • taking care of yourself
  • commitment
  • moderation and balance 

 

GOALS

identify and list your financial goals

costs, target date, how much money you need, and budget for these goals

  1. short term goals 6 months or less
  2. long term goals 1 year
  3. long term planning 1 year plus

TIPS

Be realistic about how much time and money it will take to accomplish goal.
Keep your motivation by revisiting your goal list frequently to check on progress.
Setbacks will happen. If something throws you off of your target date, don’t give up

– set a new date, or find a way to catch up.

Realize goals need to be limited, or focused and prioritized

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1. track spending

notebook and a pen you can transfer your handwritten notes to a computer spreadsheet
2.financial reports/statements, bank 
tracking monthly or semi-annually

family budget and a balance sheet

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3. update my personal budget
start budgeting and tracking expenses as soon as they begin their first full time job

revisit as raises, marriage, the birth of children, and divorce or other events come up

 
4. professional

tax advisors, credit counselors, financial planners, and lawyers can help,

also for free librarians, organizations and meetup groups to create good habits
5. personal balance sheet
calculates your net worth (what you own) with liabilities (what you owe).

The difference between the two is your personal net worth ( + or _

once you know your current net worth setting goals is easier !

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expect the unexpected  “unplanned” expenses 
automatically save from your paycheck to a savings account

extra money that you don’t normally rely on, save !

 

Common sense and flexibility are important.

Realistic goals are doable goals-and doing them incrementally.

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balance

Happiness or sustainability is somewhere between too little and too much.

*If you have an area in your life where your spending is a bit over-

you can work on it, you are worth it.

areas of common over spending:

alcohol

dining out

clothes, shoes

vacations

buying a house that is too big

drinking coffee and having work day lunches out

jewelry

~ thanks for visiting the blog~

your comments are welcome

Audrey Lynn

Today, change yourself for the better !

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  • Spend less
  • Eat (fruits and vegetables, grains) low salt foods and good fats
  • Strengthen, stretch, cardio exercises, and drink water
  • Improve credit scores, use the credit card when you have the funds, careful here

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  • Cable, internet and phone – investigate ways to save here
  • Shop carefully and find places to shop online
  • No one store has all the deals-fine new stores and value promotions
  • Piggy bank lose change

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  • Keep a budget and track starting your February 2016 spending
  • Track your spending patterns monthly, weekly
  • Buy with a plan, not on impulse
  • Prevention care in health and dental care
  • Buy the raw ingredients vs. canned, pre-made and frozen, cook instead/freeze
  • Coupons/find the discounts
  • Save for emergencies, for disability, unemployment periods, and for vet bills
  • Buy toilet paper, diapers in bulk, and clearance items that you need or will need
  • Live on less than you make
  • During periods of inflation you are able to maintain your lifestyle 
  • Follow a discipline: make your coffee, bring your lunch and eat out as a treat
  • Make a shopping list and live on a budget
  • Avoid bounced checks, pay off debt use free ATM machines
  • Shop for best insurance rates, have insurance that you need to cover risks
  • Have a house or apartment of the right size, not too big
  • Live near work, save on transportation – car pool for example
  • Refinance when needed and appropriately cost effective
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  • Chose repair contractors that are cost effective
  • Weatherproof your home for summer and wintertimes
  • Shop at thrift stores or other second hand sources
  • Hand wash vs. dry clean, when you can
  • Line dry vs. dryer
  • Use library books and services
  • Buy gifts in advance, on sale
  • Have pot luck parties, lower cost entertainment at home
  • Prepare your taxes carefully
  • Participate in programs advantage for your home, education, business etc.
  • Max out your IRA matching offered from your job

—ideas for you and your family or offer these to friends !

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Financial Planning 2016

What are your financial goals now ?

Where are the areas you need to work on most in your planning ?

  • “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Not having a financial plan is a bad plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
  • Plan through changes, in a timely way, with responsibility to yourself and your family.
  • Form goals and a focus, get good information and advise, commit to the process with persistence and according to your priorities.
  • An investors worst enemy is your own emotions.
  • It is not enough to show up.
  • Keep on with your realistic goals through obstacles and changes, keep on getting there.

financial planning 2016 – make some positive changes

Important documents – including wills, beneficiary on accounts, HCP, DNR

Team work, couple or family work – considering others who are part of the system

Manage and pay off debt – organize a way to pay off 

Investing – diversification based on your age, values and goals, risk manage 

Retirement – start early with consistency

Purchasing over time (mortgage) or expensive items – how to buy, when and which item

-ZEN OF MONEY-MONEY WELLNESS-MONEY BALANCE

 

THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT MONEY

 

LEARN AND RID OF YOUR FEARS AROUND MONEY

 

YOU DESERVE

 

THE POWER IS IN YOU TO CREAT YOUR LIFE

 

ADJUST AND TWEAK YOUR LIFE 

 

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR

 

TRUST IN GOOD SOUND FINANCIAL ADVISE THAT INCLUDES LEARNING ABOUT FINANCE

WHAT YOU NEED, WANT AND HOW TO GET THERE

 

WAKE UP-SHOW UP-DO IT

BE TOUGH-PLAY THE GAME

 

 

2016

  • One of the challenges today is who to listen to as one needs good information and its financial planning application. The source should be considered as people who provide information are biased with political and self motivated interests posing a conflict of interest namely theirs vs. yours.
  • Know what you have, financially and in assets and examine what you need and want continually prioritize your goals.
  • Principles are true in terms of the math and probabilities that apply to financial markets and in terms of time value of money. It is important to understand the world changes and evolves with new factors or variables to consider, customized decisions are important and their application to each persons or family situation and to be modified as situations change internally or externally with markets.

We are hit with information regarding finances and the economy in 2016 with the U.S. markets falling and global growth on the ice, being sold on “truths” of peoples views be careful of reliable information. Beware of who your source of information is if they are political or trying to sell you something. If someone promises and is too sure of the future they are not honest, no one knows but what the past and past patterns reveal and correlations between variables as the past dictates.

You need to make money and manage your money – for any lifestyle, we all do and to not is very costly and risky in itself.

Assess every aspect of your financial life—including saving, investments, insurance, taxes, retirement, and estate planning—and develop a detailed strategy or financial plan for meeting all your financial goals.

Situations

UNEMPLOYED OR DISABLED – disrupted cash flow, short or long term

A period of limited or no income-disability or unemployment periods potentially short term or long term

INVESTING AND PLANNING OVER YOUR LIFE COURSE

Long-term retirement planning, considering cash flow and inflation; 401K, ROTH

Funding goals of mortgage or education primarily, other is for a second home or vacation lifestyle for examples

RISK MANAGEMENT, SAVE AND INSURANCES

Insurance needs and costs is important to mitigate risk and so is a savings if you elect to rely on that, for those that need PLUP there is no adequate substitute

TAX PLANNING, FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES, FOR BUSINESSES

Reducing tax liability to have more cash free for your use-tax now or defer

FINANCIAL PLANNING STEPS – PROCESS

Step 1: Establishing and defining the client and personal financial planner relationship

Step 2: Gathering client data and determining goals and expectations

Step 3: Analysing and evaluating the client’s financial status

Step 4: Developing and presenting the financial plan

Step 5: Implementing the financial planning recommendations

Step 6: Monitoring the financial plan and the financial planning relationship

Audrey Lynn Epstein  M.S. ED Lehman College ; MPA – Baruch College, New York City

Experience:  planning/teaching, licensed teacher and recreation therapists-worked for 25 years with children with special needs and with families – children and adults living in long-term care (nursing home and hospitals)

MPA – focus public policy analysis and evaluation, and nonprofit administration.

I understand the systems and how they work-education, health care, insurance, financial and how the economic and government administrative and legal regulations are an impact through cycles of change.

Completed the CFP planning coursework through Dalton/NYU affiliate

  1. professional – self employed in business DBA NYC in graphics for business advertising design
  2. personal investment experiences 30 years through the many economic cycles
  3. business and corporate structures, real estate, commercial real estate, family businesses
  4. insurance needs, end of life needs – worked 18 years in long-term care, know disability, health and life insurance
  5. planning for college, loans, grants and scholarship

 

AREAS OF GOAL SETTING

  • Estate Planning-inheritance and planning documents
  • Investments
  • Education Funding
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • Senior Issues (including health insurance and long-term care)

 

 

Financial Planning

Written Analysis

Recommendations

Implementation

Provide Ongoing Advice with updates and evaluating based on these updates

Experience/Compensation varies

 

Keep a dialogue opened and please write with any questions or resources you may need.

I’m good at capturing your values, needs and priorities with connecting you to resources.

I am glad to help. I am not charging for services at this time so feel free to write !

 

 

Find your bliss: Work it into A Business

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What are the set of three of your greatest skills ?

Here are some examples of how to use your talents, some talents you can use in a full or part-time job, you can create your own business with one of these skills:

  • sewing and alterations

  • knitting crocheting, quilting

  • pet care: sitting, walking, grooming

  • house cleaning

  • handy man

  • gardening

  • furniture repair

  • computer troubleshooting

  • Bed and Breakfast

  • blogging

  • auto detailing

  • repair and restore antiques

How would you vision selling a product or service online ?

Comment please.

3 things you did not know – Marketing your business ONLINE

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Make yourself known.

Google plus and a blog are free. My web host is about $75.00 for three years plus domain names at about 10$ per year each. This is about the price of business cards over a three years time. It is cost cutting to do together.

 

Did you think of it – in this way ?

Go online/it is is more green – in more than one way.

1. promotion and marketing have the potential for making money GREEN

2. promote yourself online thereby reducing printing costs

3. this is good for the environment GREEN

 

Visit for an example:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/112369573302945751446/about

General info:
http://marketing.about.com/od/socialmediamarketing/a/How-To-Setup-Your-Google-Plus-Account.htm

Where you set it up !
https://accounts.google.com/SignUp

3 Three things you need to know:

  1. You are underemployed, in using their talents, skills and income because you are unknown.
  2. People can market themselves better online starting with a Google Plus account, a simple blog and or a website.
  3. Get started today !

I can help, just ask questions.

 

Good luck !

Audrey

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