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We Caught “The Whole Truth” on VIDEO!

We Caught “The Whole Truth” on VIDEO!
On February 10, 2016, we put on a special full-day event in Birmingham, AL for advisors and their guests, “The Whole Truth About Money.” Over several hours, we analyzed popular financial vehicles with Truth Concepts software to show some of the myths and misinformation which common in “typical” financial advice. These presentations were Continue Reading

The Truth About Whole Life Insurance Rates of Return

The Truth About Whole Life Insurance Rates of Return
“Is Whole Life Insurance a Good Investment?” Perhaps no question has generated as much controversy on financial blogs and forums as this one. “Typical” advisors and the media-hyped financial gurus say, “Stay away from whole life insurance!” Meanwhile, many passionate agents and advisors try in vain to correct the misconce… Continue Reading

Truth Concepts is Busting the Retirement Lies!

Truth Concepts is Busting the Retirement Lies!
When you think about it, isn’t the concept of retirement just ABSURD!? It’s absurd to think that making a growing segment of our population LESS productive (through forced or expected retirements), that there will somehow be more for everyone. It’s absurd for 95% of Americans to believe they can work and save for 40 years, then expect to live off of t… Continue Reading

Average Does Not Equal Actual

Average Rates of Return are often touted by financial experts, and yet simple math can show us that Average does not equal Actual. Pretend that you invested $100,000 into a mutual fund that had promised an average rate of return of 25% if you left the money alone for 2 years. In the first year it earned 100%. After the first year, the investment would look like this: In the s… Continue Reading

Truth Tip on Borrowing Calculator

On the Borrowing Calculator, just left of the first loan, there is a blank white space where you can place your mouse and it will switch to a hand.  If you click on this, you’ll see the IRR on the entire deal you are looking at on that calculator.… Continue Reading

Borrowing Strategy Calculator Tutorial

This Todd Langford  going  over the Truth Concepts calculator called the borrowing strategy.   What we are going to be showing today is the power of having the client pay themselves, just like they would the bank.  We’ll use a car loan as an example that is borrowed against the savings account and take a look at that versus marketplace loans like you’d receive from a… Continue Reading

How do I tell about the Dow in 100 years?

How do I tell about the Dow in 100 years? In the year 1900 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 65.29. One hundred years later it was 11,600. Using a Rate Calculator from Truth Concepts we can see that 65 (the calculator doesn’t round internally but it prints that way) growing to 11,600 over 100 years is 5.32%. So the Dow has averaged 5.32% over those 100 years.   What if we looContinue Reading

Steps for the First Truth Concepts Meeting with a Client

Bold italics are the client’s answers I’m glad we get some time together today.  We are going to be using software to numerically prove the truth about how money works as it grows and to discover the most efficient way to get your money to work as hard as it can.  Before we begin I have a few questions. If we were meeting here 3 years from today, what has to have happened fo… Continue Reading

Truth Tip Borrowing Strategy

The Truth Concepts Borrowing Strategy Calculator illustrates the principles of banking with varying interest rates strategies and money sources.  Here’s a tip for that calculator: Toggle off or on the “Future Account Value with NO Loans” by clicking on it.  Top middle also has an ROR feature that is OFF but can be turned on by clicking in the grey space to t… Continue Reading

How do I figure out if I can get ahead by earning 6% if I have an 8% cost?

How do I figure out if I can get ahead by earning 6% if I have an 8% loan? At first glance, the answer is obvious, you don’t get ahead.  However, sometimes we get confused and think that since an account (say at 6%) has an increasing balance while a loan (say at 8%) has a decreasing balance, we might be able to get ahead.  Let’s look at it to see the whole truth of the matter. T… Continue Reading

How Can We Prove a 15% Flat Tax is the Most Efficient?

Let’s use a Cash Flow Calculator from www.truthconcepts.com to tell the whole truth about what happens to an account when it gets taxed. We’ll put in $20 in 1913, the year the tax system started. We’ll show the account earning 20% per year. We can see below that the account has $798,784,476 (that’s $798 million) in it.   This assumes no taxes or management fees were Continue Reading

How to Calculate the Lost Opportunity Cost of the Typical way to Educate Kids.

How to Calculate the Lost Opportunity Cost of the Typical way to Educate Kids. A college education that cost $30,000 per year in today’s dollars with a  6% inflation for a 4 and a 6 year old will remove $2,187,493 from the parents wealth by the time they are 68 years old. How? The actual cost of the school plus the opportunity cost of the money removed from the parents’ e… Continue Reading

How To Get One Dollar To Do Many Jobs

First let’s define what a job is.  Any time a dollar buys an asset, pays an insurance premium, reduces tax, increases cash flow, leverages itself, improves protection, recaptures opportunity cost, improves liquidity, recovers control, enables tax benefits, builds confidence, gains movement or lowers restrictions, that dollar is doing one job.  And in many pro… Continue Reading

Calculating Internal Rate of Return

How do you calculate the internal rate of return on an investment when the cash flows vary and you can’t use a typical financial calculator that only functions with the same stream of payments, not a varying stream?  For example, you invest in an oil well where you contribute $100,000 the first year and the second year there is a $20,000 capital call (meaning you co… Continue Reading

How To Figure Out If 12% Annually Is The Same As 1% Monthly?

How do you figure out if 12% annually is the same as 1% monthly? First take a Future Value Calculator on “annual” and put in $100,000 at 12% for 1 year, and it shows the FV to be $112,000.        Then take another Future Value Calculator set on “monthly” and put in $100,000 at 12% for 12 months, and it shows the FV to be $112,683.        Most banks compouContinue Reading

How Much Interest Do I Save By Paying My Life Insurance Premium Annually?

How do you calculate the cost of paying a life insurance premium monthly instead of annually?  Get a Rate Calculator from www.truthconcepts.com.  Put the annual premium in the Present Value as a negative number (which changes it to Loan Balance) since the insurance company is loaning you the annual premium and you pay them back monthly.  Then make the mode “mon… Continue Reading

How Do You Know Which Is More Important In Building Wealth, Money Saved Or The Rate Of Return?

How do you know which is more important in building wealth, money saved or the rate of return?  From www.truthconcepts.com  in the calculator called Maximum Potential we can see that it is the money you save and the reduction of costs that matter, not the rate of return. We’ll look at a Period of 35 years with a personal example where you said your income was $100,000.  I… Continue Reading

Financial Planning vs. Prosperity Economics

Financial Planning vs. Prosperity Economics   Meets needs and goals only   Maximizes every dollar Retirement oriented   Abundant/Freedom oriented Product oriented (only what you buy)   Strategy oriented (what you do) Accumulate money   Accelerate money Rate of return focuses   Opportunity cost recovery focused Institutions control your money   You c… Continue Reading

How 0% Financing On A Car Isn’t Always 0%!

Since we are writing this in 2009, there are some true 0% car loans in the market place due to the economy in general and the condition of the automobile industry in particular.  However, knowing the whole truth about your money is critical in knowing how best to finance a car and there is much misinformation around this area.  Don’t be sucked into making higher pa… Continue Reading

Human Life Value And The Fallacy Of “Needs Analysis”

Would you buy a $50,000 car yet only insure it for $30,000 because you only NEEDED a $30,000 car? NO! and yet the life insurance industry does this all the time with people by completing a “needs analysis” to determine how much life insurance you “need”.  YOU don’t “need” any, but you family may.  However, trying to figur… Continue Reading