A New Way to Calculate Opportunity Cost in Loan Analysis

If you use the Loan Analysis calculator, you’re likely familiar with the “Loan View” provision. This enables you to do a side-by-side comparison of two loans, or view each loan individually. In the latest update of the Truth Concepts software, you’ll now see a third button: “Opportunity Cost.”  The function of this button is to more clearly show what Todd has demonstrated in his comparison of a 15-year vs. 30-year mortgage. That is, you cannot separate the analysis from the time value of money.  In previous demonstrations, Todd has used

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Get the Most from Truth Concepts Tools

Are you getting the most out of your Truth Concepts tools? Let’s take a tour of the tools, and how to use them to optimize the effectiveness of your illustrations. Income Tax Chart The income tax chart can be useful for several reasons. The first and most obvious use of this tool is to know which tax bracket to use for your clients. The second use is to help discuss taxes with your clients. For many, taxes are more abstract than they should be–after all, taxes aren’t in school curriculums.

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Education Calculator Vs. Cash Flow—Which Should You Use?

The Truth Concepts suite is designed to be versatile, and some demonstrations can be done on multiple calculators. One of the primary reasons is because sometimes the work you do behind the scenes isn’t the best way for a client to visualize. For starters, you want to avoid overwhelming clients when you’re building a Prosperity Economics foundation. After all, typical financial planning is a much different approach.  Secondly, some clients are more analytical than others. While a number-heavy chart may be ideal for one client, another client might find the

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Retirement: How 87 is the New 65

How much do you really know about retirement? It’s commonly practiced throughout the world that, at a certain age, it’s time to leave the workforce. Yet do you know why it exists, or how it came to be? And does retirement as we perceive it even work anymore?  The Beginning of Retirement as We Know It The roots of modern retirement can be traced back to 1881, and Otto Von Bismarck. The Prussian prime minister posited an idea—government-backed support for the older members of society. This was a radical idea

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Can Socialism Save Capitalism?

Bill Ackman, chairman of Pershing Square Capital Management, recently proposed an idea to “save” capitalism. Framed as a panacea for growing disillusionment with capitalism, he recommends that every child have a sum of money invested on their behalf. The idea is that an 8% annual return should make them millionaires by retirement. So is this idea viable? Can socialism save capitalism? And is it really the best way to “encourage greater financial literacy”?  Probably not.  Financial literacy is an admirable goal, yet there are a multitude of ways to reach that end.

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