You’ve heard both extremes: “debt is a tool” and “debt is pure evil”.
I’m not that extreme, but I do lean towards the second option.
It’s often believed that debt can be used as leverage, and that it can get you where you want to go faster than living debt-free. That can be true, but living with debt can also get you bankrupt faster than living without debt.
Yes, all reward has risk, but this one may not be worth it.
Let me clarify. Here’s why I think debt is a bad idea and how it’s possible to live without debt…
The internet and online accounts have made it easier than ever to keep your accounts in check and make immediate adjustments to your investing strategy. Yet cybercriminals know about the vulnerabilities that exist online for investors. They also know the rewards of a sustained hacking or scamming effort. While banks and other financial institutions have done a great job to protect their customers online in recent years, their methods aren’t perfect just yet.
Additionally, you can be endangering your retirement by doing (or not doing) things online that reveal your personal or account data. A hacker doesn’t need to work too hard to link all of your online activities together or spot an opportunity, and identity theft remains one of the major problems of our time. Once your assets or identity are stolen, it might not be simple to get them back.
Here are a few of the things you need to know and do to keep your savings safe online:
We all have loose change; jangling around in our pockets, in our cars, in drawers, and often just jangling around in the washing machine; we’re often a little too quick to dismiss our change. But if we have our smart head on there’s actually plenty of money to be made, so long as we have the foresight and patience to view it in the long term.
In 2014, it was estimated that the daily volume of foreign exchange trading stood at an impressive $5.3 trillion. This has increased further since, especially as the global economy has continued its recovery and driven greater interest in the financial marketplace.
Currency trading is an extremely difficult exercise, however, and one that is fraught with numerous challenges. Without a clear understanding or comprehension of the marketplace and the underlying laws that govern change, it is almost impossible to profit and easy to incur losses.
Consumerism has turned into an addiction.
As a society, we are addicted to consumption. We consume products, food, things…at an alarming rate.
I’m starting this “Understanding Series” with consumerism for a reason. I’m going to go in-depth with every area of your finances throughout this series, but it all starts right here.
If you don’t understand consumerism and how to get out of the trap, you will lack in every other area of your finances.
Here it is: how to set yourself apart from the average consumer. How to be a savvy consumer…
Perspective is a curious thing. Did you know that today’s average smartphone has more computing power than the entire NASA program which successfully landed men on the moon, back in 1969? Of course, it wasn’t much of the computing but instead all the brilliant minds at work, but still. Perspective allows us to appreciate things we wouldn’t otherwise.
We make this analogy because it’s that much impressive how technology has evolved over the past few decades, and today it is a tool at the service of the global community, rather than just for selected governments and multi-million dollar companies, as it was in the wake of the 20th century. The market is constantly evolving and technology can help us to not only keep track of it but also to benefit from all these changes.
A lot of people typically look for a job first BEFORE moving somewhere else – especially to a different state. But for some folks, the pull of the unknown is stronger. After all, you’re young, independent, and ready to take on the world. Why wait?
Even if friends and family are willing to help out though, don’t just throw your cares to the wind. Yes, you can move without a job waiting for you. However, it’s still going to take some preparation, careful planning, and an exit strategy. Here are ten valuable tips to get you started.
How many productivity tips have you read in your life?
I know I lost count years ago, but I’m always interested to learn more.
A good productivity tip is easy to follow and easy to implement. It shouldn’t take 1,000 words to explain.
That’s why this infographic is so awesome. 50 quick productivity tips that you can use. Today. Here it is…