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How much should I pay myself?

How much should I pay myself?

When people go into business for themselves as a Sole Proprietor, they usually comingle the business’ funds. Meaning they are using Business funds for personal items and personal funds for business items. Sole Prop is the easiest way to start doing business, however, if you choose to setup a Corporation or an LLC, these habits need to change. You and the company are no longer the same. The two of you become 2 separate individuals. The company’s money is not your money, and your money is not the company’s money.
So, the question usually after setting up the Corporation or LLC is: How do I get the money out of the company? How much should I be paying myself? What can the company cover?
The Answer is: You take only what you need, to cover Food, Clothing, Shelter, Personal Entertainment, and Insurance. Let the company pick up the rest. The company should be covering things like, Business Trips, Cell Phones, Internet, Home office expenses, etc. You will never take vacations again. Vacations are not tax deductible, however, business trips are. You will need to make sure that everything is documented. I will discuss what your company should be covering in another article.
Now, usually in the 1st or 2nd years of operation, a business owner has no idea what the company is going to make, so they might take money out as an owner draw rather than a salary. However, around the 3-year mark, the IRS will figure that you have some idea as to how much the company will be making and require you to start taking some sort of salary out of the company.
In addition, if you want your company to cover health insurance, contribute to a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA or SoloK, you will need to be drawing a salary from the company. The contributions will be withdrawn by the payroll company out of each paycheck.
Now you might be thinking, if I need additional money from the company, how do I take it out. Well, if you have an “S” elected Corporation or LLC, you will receive distributions on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. This will add to your income but won’t be subject to withholdings or self-employment taxes. If your Corporation or LLC is taxed as a “C” elected company, you can either take a dividend which the Corporation has already paid the taxes and now you the individual will also pay taxes. This is commonly referred to as double taxation.
However, your company could loan the money to you personally, which is not considered taxable income. You would then pay the company back out of the wages you take. This can be used as an Asset Protection mechanism. The company, just like any other lender could place a lien against whatever asset you may be purchasing. This will protect the asset from any liability that might affect you personally. This does require a formal written promissory note between you and the company to perfect the process.

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Dr. Kara Tan Bhala Sheds Light on Ethical Finance in Exclusive Interview: From Seven Pillars Institute to Her Latest Book

Kara Tan Bhala is the President and Founder of Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics, USA, the world’s only independent think tank for research, education, and promotion of financial ethics. She was an Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, U.K., currently sits as a Jury Member for the Ethics and Trust in Finance Global Prize based in Switzerland, and is the U.S. Ambassador for the Transparency Task Force (U.K.). Dr. Tan Bhala has a rare combination of professional training and extensive experience in both global finance and moral philosophy. She has nearly 30 years of experience in global finance, much of which was gained through working on Wall Street. She has been a sell-side equity analyst, a sell-side equity salesperson, a buy-side equity analyst, a portfolio manager, and a lecturer in finance. For 18 years she ran her own international financial markets consulting firm. Dr. Tan Bhala has five degrees across three disciplines: a Bachelors (City, University of London, UK) and Masters (Oxford University, UK) in Business, a Masters in Liberal Studies (New York University, USA), and a Masters and PhD in Philosophy (University of Kansas, USA). She has lived and worked in London, Oxford, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Washington DC., and currently resides in Kansas City, MO. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, USA, and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, UK. 

Could you please share the inspiration behind the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics? What motivated you to establish an organization focused on the intersection of finance and ethics?

I worked on Wall Street in the 80s and 90s when ethics in finance was not derided, as it currently is, as an oxymoron. I completed my PhD in moral philosophy in 2009 right after the Great Financial Crisis. That event shook me.  Greed, regulatory capture, and moral indifference resulted in financial catastrophe. So, I decided to use my experience in finance and my background in philosophy to do something about putting ethics back into finance, both at a theoretical level and in practice. I’ve been quite fortunate in my life. I guess I wanted to pay it forward by setting up a non-profit think tank to help educate and promote financial ethics.


Ethics in finance is a topic of great significance, especially in today’s global financial landscape. How do you envision the Seven Pillars Institute contributing to the ongoing conversation about ethical practices in the financial industry?


Seven Pillars Institute (SPI) has been around for over thirteen years. During that time, we have researched and published on a range of financial ethics issues. We put our ideas out there to contribute to the conversations about ethics in finance and in economics. I’d like to think SPI has had some influence in a variety of finance related subjects. For instance, the stakeholder versus shareholder debate, on ESG (Ethics, Sustainability, and Governance) investing, a field currently in its epistemological infancy, on climate finance, and on cryptocurrencies. These are Big Topics, but we don’t shy away from giving our perspectives on such matters. Each piece we write considers the ethics elements in the case. In keeping with our mission of education, SPI has embarked on a Financial Ethics 101 series to give our readers a brief introduction to topics such as insider trading, and money laundering. The series aims to give readers a sense and an understanding of these concepts. 


Your extensive background includes work in academia, finance, and advocacy. How do these diverse experiences converge in your leadership of the Seven Pillars Institute, and how do they shape the institute’s approach to promoting ethical behavior in finance?


I try to marry the theoretical with the practical. While in the academy I saw a focus on theory and the drive to get papers published in prestigious journals read by a select few, but little attention paid to what was happening on the ground. In my work in finance, practitioners wanted to get deals done to achieve above benchmark profit performance. Theory came in useful only if it helped elevate profits. So, in my advocacy work, I provide practical guidance, underpinned by reasoned arguments, based largely on well worked theories. I encourage SPI researchers to write in an approachable way – comprehensible and yet comprehensive. We try to serve up useful research, including training videos, that educate as well as promote ethics in finance. 


Ethical considerations in finance often intersect with complex regulatory frameworks and competitive pressures. How do you believe your book’s insights can help professionals strike a balance between ethical conduct and the demands of the financial industry?


Well, the industry uses a well-worn phrase that, “doing good is good business.” In the main, I suppose that saying is true in the long run. But we understand there are times when doing good adversely hits the profit line. The good way may also be the harder road to travel. And, to use yet another exhausting cliché, “you can’t have your cake and eat it” – not all the time anyway. The main takeaway from my book is not to seek perfection in the practice of ethics. We are expected to try our best, but we are not expected to be right all the time. There may be good reasons to support an argument about the right action to take, but it may be difficult to persuade some people to agree with your conclusions. We are human, we aim for the good, but it’s okay if we don’t always succeed. 


In your new book, you present case studies from your own experiences on Wall Street. Could you share one example that stands out to you as particularly illustrative of the ethical challenges women might face in the finance industry, and how you navigated them?

In Chapter 5, I tell the story of how women were excluded from a room where only male executives mingled together during annual holiday parties. Using theory, I explain why gender discrimination is wrong according to every ethics framework we have, both secular and religious. From a practical standpoint, I give suggestions on what women can do when they encounter such gender-based exclusion. In general, I structure the cases in the book the same way: a story, the theory, and suggested actions.

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Secure Your Future: The Power of Early Retirement Planning

Imagine reaching the age of retirement, a time when you should be savoring the fruits of your labor, only to find yourself without a safety net. The thought alone is unsettling, yet for many, it’s a stark reality. The journey toward retirement demands more than mere daydreams; it requires strategic preparation and a vision for the future. It’s time to take charge and create a blueprint for the golden years you deserve.

Consider the tale of a seasoned man, aged 65, compelled to seek work abroad once more. The cause of his predicament? A lack of foresight in retirement planning. He unknowingly walked into a future where financial worries overshadowed his well-earned respite. What if illness or fatigue strikes? The haunting question lingers: What if you can no longer work?

Early retirement planning is the compass guiding us toward a secure and fulfilling life post-work. The first step? Taking stock of your assets. It’s time to cast a discerning eye over your investments, long-term health care insurance, retirement savings, business ventures, and real estate holdings. Do these pillars support the life you envision during retirement?

If gaps exist, fear not. It’s the perfect juncture to pave the way for robust financial security. However, having assets is only part of the equation. Deciding who shall inherit your legacy is a matter of equal significance. Imagine a future where your loved ones receive the benefits of your hard work without contention or confusion. Crafting your legacy now can save your family from disputes later.

Preparation transcends mere possessions; it’s about safeguarding your legacy and well-being. In the realm of asset protection, establishing trust becomes paramount. A trust ensures a seamless transition of your properties to your loved ones, unfettered by unnecessary costs or delays. 

But financial security alone isn’t enough; health considerations demand attention too. Designating a healthcare power of attorney empowers you to dictate your care in times of incapacity. In this way, your well-being remains in trusted hands, and your wishes are honored.

In essence, early planning isn’t just about finances; it’s a holistic approach to curating your future. It’s about orchestrating your life’s symphony to ensure that each note harmonizes seamlessly. The power rests squarely in your hands, and by preparing today, you gift yourself the peace of mind and control you deserve.

Remember, the boy scout’s motto rings true: “Be prepared.” Tomorrow’s uncertainties need not cast a shadow over your retirement dreams. Act now, and witness the transformative impact of your foresight. The horizon is yours to shape, and with a comprehensive retirement plan, you’ll set sail toward a future that radiates security, joy, and fulfillment. Your legacy awaits—start crafting it today! 

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Embarking on the Journey to Your Dream Retirement: Crafting a Happily Ever After

Picture this: a vibrant life post-retirement, where you’re not just free from the demands of the nine-to-five grind but thriving in a world of boundless possibilities. Envision retiring young, your days brimming with adventure, laughter, and cherished moments. Now, imagine coupling this newfound freedom with robust health, enabling you to relish each experience to the fullest. Can you feel the thrill of it all? Your dream retirement is no longer a distant fantasy; it’s a reality waiting for your embrace.

The canvas of your retirement journey is blank, and you hold the paintbrush to fill it with vibrant strokes of happiness and fulfillment. Your youthful dreams of a retirement adorned with joy, relaxation, and cherished relationships are within your grasp. The path to this blissful haven is paved with the art of PREparing for PREtirement.

Retirement planning is akin to crafting a masterpiece. Just as an artist carefully selects their palette, you must curate the hues of your financial future. Begin with a brushstroke of financial planning. Assemble your toolkit, understanding the intricacies of savings, assets, pensions, and health concerns.

Unraveling the Financial Tapestry

Money, a vital thread in your retirement tapestry, requires careful weaving. Craft a comprehensive financial plan that encompasses:

Savings: Delve into the art of saving, setting aside a portion of your income to create a cushion of security.

Assets: Explore the potential of your assets—properties that can yield income to sustain your desired lifestyle.

Dependents: Like a symphony, your plan should harmonize provisions for your loved ones, ensuring their needs are met.

Pension: Assess the bridge of your pension, determining whether it aligns with the expanse of your dreams.

Health Issues: Shield your masterpiece from unexpected storms; secure health insurance to safeguard against health-related financial setbacks.

Lifestyle: Conjure your post-retirement life’s vision—a realm of purposeful pursuits, be they leisurely or impactful.

The Art of Balance and Meaning

Retirement’s canvas extends beyond finances. Brush in the hues of emotional well-being and purpose. As the curtain falls on the working world, emotions may sway from elation to ennui. Ensure your life continues to radiate vibrancy by envisioning meaningful activities that bring joy and fulfillment.

Rediscover your passions, whether through continued work, part-time endeavors, or contributing to your community. Let your palette encompass not just relaxation but also the satisfaction of continued contribution.

Harmonizing Relationships

Just as every brushstroke plays a role in a masterpiece, the delicate dance with your partner shapes your retirement symphony. Engage in heartfelt conversations about your retirement aspirations. Align your dreams, discussing whether relaxation or exploration will guide your joint journey.

In this tableau, the harmony of companionship is vital. Cultivate understanding, crafting plans that bridge desires, ensuring neither partner feels left behind.

Your Retirement Masterpiece Awaits

As the final touches of your retirement masterpiece come into view, remember that this canvas is unique to you. Sculpt your vision with meticulous care, weaving together financial prudence, emotional resonance, and harmonious relationships.

Your retirement dreams are not distant stars; they’re galaxies within reach. With every brushstroke of preparation, your masterpiece evolves—a life where happiness, purpose, and fulfillment create a symphony of contentment.

Unlock the art of preparing for retirement, and let the melody of your life play on in the most harmonious and rewarding way imaginable. 

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Exploring Annuities: The Path to Attaining Financial Security

Imagine a future where you can rest assured, knowing that your financial well-being is protected and secured. As you work hard to build a nest egg for your retirement, you want to ensure that your money grows wisely and provides a stable source of income for the years ahead. 🌟💸

Amidst the myriad of investment options available, there’s one powerful solution that stands out—the “Annuity.” An annuity is not just an investment; it’s an insurance policy bundled together in a package of financial security. When you invest in an annuity, you enter into a mutual agreement with an insurance company, entrusting them with your money in exchange for a policy outlining the benefits you’ll receive.

Understanding annuities is the key to making the right decision for your future. Once you’ve invested in an annuity, you have the option to choose the terms of payment, whether for your lifetime or a joint agreement to protect your loved ones as well. The beauty lies in compounding interest, growing your contributions month by month, and providing you with peace of mind in knowing that gains and losses are tax-deferred, keeping them separate from your income tax return. 

There are two main types of annuities to consider: “Immediate Annuity” and “Deferred Annuity.” In the former, your investment guarantees a lifetime income, ensuring financial stability throughout your life. In the latter, your money grows tax-deferred until a specified time stated in the insurance policy, and you have the flexibility to choose between fixed or variable annuities. 

But what if the unexpected happens? Rest assured, annuities are designed with your loved ones in mind. In case of your passing, the person who inherits the annuity will be responsible for paying the income tax on any gains from the investment. 

Now equipped with valuable information, you can confidently chart your path towards financial security. Annuities offer a gateway to safeguarding your future and creating a legacy of stability for yourself and your loved ones. 

Explore the power of annuities and embark on a journey towards financial serenity. Explore this potent investment option and secure your financial dreams today!

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Unlock the Secrets to a Financially Secure and Fulfilling Retirement Journey!

Retirement is a journey into the unknown. None of us know exactly how long this chapter of life will last, and that’s where the real challenge lies. Planning for our golden years means calculating how many years of financial security we need. Will it be 20, 30, or even over 100 years? The mystery of death makes it difficult, but one thing is for sure – we all want to enjoy our retirement without worrying about money.

Imagine retiring at 65 and having enough funds to support yourself until you’re 100! It might seem like a daunting task, but with the right strategies, it’s possible. Let’s embark on this thrilling adventure together and discover five powerful steps to secure your finances for a fulfilling retirement.

  1. Social Security: A Lifeline for a Lifetime

One way to ensure a steady income throughout your life is through Social Security. The longer you delay claiming, the higher the payout. Hold off until you truly need it, and watch your income grow.

  1. Traditional Pension: A Rare Treasure

If your company offers a traditional pension, consider yourself fortunate. Embrace this precious benefit that guarantees financial support for the rest of your life.

  1. Annuities: Tailored Security for Your Dreams

Secure your retirement goals with annuities. Invest a portion of your income, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a guaranteed payment for life.

  1. Medical Insurance for Peace of Mind

Prepare for any health challenges that may come your way. Medicare supplemental policies or Medicaid can cover medical expenses that your savings may not. Don’t leave your health to chance!

  1. Long Term Care Insurance: A Safety Net for the Future

Invest in Long Term Care insurance for extended medical support. Medicare has its limits, so protect yourself and your finances beyond the 100-day coverage.

Secure Your Future Now!

The road to financial freedom during retirement might seem challenging, but with these five powerful steps, you can set yourself up for success. Be proactive, take action, and embrace this exciting journey with confidence.

As you plan your retirement, remember that it’s never too early to start preparing. The future awaits, and by securing your finances now, you can truly enjoy every moment of your retirement without worry.

Don’t let uncertainty hold you back. Be prepared and embark on a life-changing adventure toward a secure, fulfilling, and financially empowered retirement. The journey begins now!

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Mastering Financial Security: 10 Essential Tools to Build a Rock-Solid Future

Life is full of surprises, and financial uncertainty can strike when we least expect it. To navigate these uncertain waters and safeguard our financial well-being, it’s essential to equip ourselves with the right tools. In this article, we will explore ten powerful ways to select the tools that will ensure your financial security and provide you with peace of mind.

1. Systematic Investment Plan (SIP): Combat inflation and build wealth by investing regularly in a SIP. This disciplined approach allows you to grow your money over time and stay ahead of rising costs.

2. Accidental Disability Insurance: Protect yourself from the unexpected by securing accidental disability insurance. It provides a safety net in case of unforeseen accidents that may impact your ability to earn a living.

3. Term Life Insurance: Safeguard your loved ones’ financial future with term life insurance. This tool ensures that they are protected and provided for in the event of your untimely demise.

4. Critical Illness Insurance: Prepare for medical emergencies by obtaining critical illness insurance. It offers financial support in case you are diagnosed with a serious illness, giving you the freedom to focus on recovery instead of worrying about finances.

5. Health Insurance: Prioritize your health by investing in comprehensive health insurance. This tool shields you from exorbitant medical costs and ensures access to quality healthcare when needed.

6. Personal Asset Insurance: Safeguard your valuable assets, such as your home or car, with personal asset insurance. It provides protection against theft, damage, or other unforeseen circumstances that may compromise your assets’ value.

7. Pay Yourself First: Cultivate a habit of saving by prioritizing yourself. Set aside a portion of your income for savings before allocating funds for other expenses. This ensures that you build a financial cushion for the future.

8. Cut Down Expenses: Take a closer look at your expenses and identify areas where you can make cuts. By trimming unnecessary expenditures, you can free up more money for saving and investing, ultimately bolstering your financial security.

9. Use Credit Wisely: Avoid relying too heavily on credit and debit cards. Instead, focus on spending within your means and minimize the accumulation of high-interest debt. This approach empowers you to maintain control over your finances and avoid unnecessary financial burdens.

10. Spend Less, Save More: Embrace a frugal mindset and make conscious choices to spend less. By practicing mindful spending and distinguishing between needs and wants, you can allocate more resources toward savings and long-term financial security.

By implementing these ten powerful tools, you can lay a strong foundation for your financial security. Remember, the key lies in taking proactive steps and making informed decisions. Equip yourself with knowledge, seek expert advice when needed, and stay committed to your financial goals.

Don’t let financial uncertainty dictate your life. Take charge of your financial future today and build a solid path toward a secure and prosperous tomorrow. Start reading and exploring these tools in-depth, and let the journey toward financial security begin!

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Inside the FTX Scandal: A Shocking Look at Cryptocurrency’s Dark Side


The FTX Scandal Unraveled: How it Impacted the Cryptocurrency World…

Cryptocurrencies have come a long way since the creation of Bitcoin in 2009. Today, there are thousands of cryptocurrencies available, with a total market capitalization of over $2 trillion. However, with the rise of cryptocurrencies, there has also been an increase in scams and scandals. One such scandal that has rocked the cryptocurrency world is the FTX scandal. In this article, we will discuss the FTX scandal, how it impacted the cryptocurrency world, and what lessons can be learned from it.

What is FTX?

FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange that was founded in 2019 by Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang. The exchange quickly gained popularity due to its advanced trading features, such as leverage and futures trading. In addition, FTX was known for its strong focus on user experience and customer support. By the end of 2020, FTX had become one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world.


Who is Sam Bankman Fried?

If you don’t know him, Sam Bankman-Fried is a computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Alameda Research, a cryptocurrency trading firm, and FTX, a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. He is also the founder of Alameda Charity, which provides grants to projects aimed at improving the cryptocurrency industry. Bankman-Fried is an outspoken advocate for the cryptocurrency industry and is well-known for his involvement in blockchain projects.

The FTX Scandal

In early 2021, the FTX scandal came to light. It was revealed that FTX had been engaging in wash trading, a form of market manipulation. Wash trading is the act of buying and selling the same asset simultaneously to create fake trading volume. This can deceive traders into thinking that there is more liquidity than there actually is, which can cause them to make trades that they wouldn’t have made otherwise.

The FTX scandal was particularly shocking because FTX was one of the most reputable cryptocurrency exchanges at the time. The exchange had built a strong reputation for being trustworthy and transparent, and had even received investments from prominent firms such as Binance and Coinbase.

Impact on the Cryptocurrency World

The FTX scandal had a significant impact on the cryptocurrency world. The news of the scandal caused FTX’s trading volume to plummet, and many traders withdrew their funds from the exchange. In addition, the scandal damaged the reputation of the entire cryptocurrency industry, which was already struggling with a perception problem due to its association with scams and illegal activities.

How Big Was the FTX Scandal?

As 4th largest crypto exchange, at one point FTX was values at an estimated $32B. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sam may have illegally taken about $10 billion in FTX customers’ funds for his trading firm. His company has collapsed and in additional to it’s default on $32b in debt, the FTX scandal caused $800b worth of crypto to leave the crypto market overnight.

Lessons Learned

The FTX scandal serves as a cautionary tale for cryptocurrency exchanges and traders alike. It highlights the importance of transparency and honesty in the cryptocurrency industry. Exchanges must be transparent about their trading practices, and traders must be wary of exchanges that engage in market manipulation.

In addition, the FTX scandal underscores the need for regulation in the cryptocurrency industry. While the industry has largely operated outside of traditional financial regulations, the FTX scandal shows that there is a need for greater oversight to prevent market manipulation and protect investors.


The FTX scandal was a significant event in the cryptocurrency world. It highlighted the importance of transparency, honesty, and regulation in the industry. While the scandal had a negative impact on FTX and the cryptocurrency industry as a whole, it also served as a wake-up call for the industry to address issues related to market manipulation and investor protection.

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The majority of people think they’re better-than-average drivers, and mathematically, not everyone can be above average. Being optimistic is excellent, and too much may impair your judgment on many things, especially when planning for your financial future.

Being optimistic is valuable as we live our life. Frequently, overconfidence bias leads quickly to confirmation bias, and both of these biases are problematic, especially when combined.   However, sometimes our abilities begin to skew toward unrealistic, which can impair decision-making behavior.

Either alone or combined, these biases are often linked to us believing we can avoid negative things from happening to us. When it comes to retirement planning decisions, you need to separate your biases from reality; this can present a challenge.

Overconfidence in your retirement planning may cause you to overlook potential risks, underestimate the time spent in retirement, and misjudge how long your income will last. Seeing the bigger picture through another set of impartial eyes is crucial and will help you sidestep the influence of biases. Finding ways to work around these biases will allow you to see the value of long-term planning. 

Let’s be realistic about the financial future:

  • Over 50% of retirees retired before they planned; the most common reason was health problems. Illness can occur at any time and may lengthen your retirement requiring savings to stretch farther than planned. 
  • 50% of retirees said their healthcare costs were higher than expected. 
  • Almost 40% said all other expenses were more than they thought. 

It’s essential to understand no one can avoid retirement risks; however, careful planning can help mitigate them.

While overconfidence can undermine the success of a long-term financial plan, clients who are secure in their decisions will likely be satisfied customers. It would be best if you found a balance between an optimistic yet realistic approach to planning.

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Knowing financial terms and other surplus jargon is irrelevant to one’s personal financial situation. However, knowing some financial terms is marginally helpful to one’s general well being. Understanding how the Fed uses the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to implement monetary policy through Open Market Operations (OMOs) as they direct the Federal Reserve Bank of NY’s Trading Desk to buy securities – is not in the least bit helpful.

In my view, the solution to tackling the debt, saving, and poor knowledge dilemma is teaching people how to make better decisions. Personal Financial Proficiency (PFP) in a manner that allows them to make smart financial decisions in their personal lives, their professional lives, or maybe in their business lives

There is so much information, programs, and courses focusing on financial literacy today; most of them are of little value and waste time. Countless studies have shown that many people fail basic financial questions when asked, and many have so little savings that they can’t handle a $2,000 emergency. 

Teaching financial proficiency through my Foundation Building program is simple; it takes real-life situations and breaks them down so you can apply real-life fixes. The big difference with the Foundation Building program is that they learn these solutions through short 15-minute programs. 

In creating these programs, I reversed and engineered over the last four decades the excuses people used for not having enough saved or accumulated debt, etc. I have heard every excuse you can imagine, and I took all those reasons why they couldn’t and designed solutions so they could. Sadly, the lack of sufficient savings and spending habits is not a problem for just the working poor; it dramatically affects people earning over $250,000 as well. These classes are designed for everyone to get proficient in PFP.

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