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Wisdom on Wealth

Podcast - Contentment – the secret to financial success (3:06)

By Byron Moore, posted October 12, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

The secret to financial security is not financial. It is contentment. 

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Cash is oxygen

By Byron Moore, posted October 9, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
 

drowning_sm.jpgQ: I was always taught to pay my bills on time and avoid debt like the plague. As a business owner I try to practice these values. When I started my own business, I took out a large loan amortized over 15 years, but I am trying to pay it down as fast as I can – maybe a soon as five years. The business is profitable, but sometimes the rate at which I am paying down debt can create cash flow issues for me. What’s the balance?

A: How long could you last without oxygen? When it comes to breathing, do you think in terms of balance or unlimited access?

In business, cash is oxygen. Other than that, it’s no big deal.

Podcast - Financial organization (3:23)

By Byron Moore, posted October 5, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Hoping to organize your finances? Let’s not do this: straighten up all the unopened bank statements and investment account reports on your desk and call that financial organization. That’s just making your mess look neater.

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Replace financial cynicism with careful trust

By Byron Moore, posted October 2, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
 

trust but verify_sm.jpgQ: I had a really bad experience with a so-called financial advisor several years ago. Since then I’ve kept my affairs pretty simple and done everything I could for myself. Because of that man I really don’t trust anyone any more. The problem is that things are getting complicated enough where I do need some help. What’s the balance between being gullible and getting the help I need.

A: The word you are searching for is trust, and it’s something a bad person caused you to discard as too dangerous to handle when it comes to money.

When I was about five years old, I stuck a safety pin in an electrical socket and quickly discovered the conductivity of metal and the shocking power of electricity. I thought I would never go near a light socket again!

Podcast - When is it time to invest? (3:44)

By Byron Moore, posted September 28, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Most people who try to time their investments to the ups and downs of the market rarely make progress. So how do you know it’s the right time for YOU to invest?

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Stages of an entrepreneur’s life

By Byron Moore, posted September 25, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 24, 2017.
 

Open_neon sign_sm.jpgQ: We started a business a few years ago. It was rough at first, but we finally got our act together. We’re making plenty of money now, but I’m feeling restless. I can’t imagine walking away from what I’ve built, but frankly I’m a little bored. What have you seen others do in this situation?

A: Sometimes I’ve seen them to some really stupid things. Other times, I’ve seen them just continue to do the same things.

But I’ve seen a few do some significant things, and I think they are the happiest with their choices.

Owner’s exit – good plan or “good grief!”

By Byron Moore, posted September 18, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 

Q: My business partner and I bought insurance on each other years ago in case something happens to one of us. Somebody told me we need a buy-sell agreement to go along with that. If it’s just the two of us, do we have to get that formal?

A: When was the last time your sister-in-law had access to your bank account?

If the answer is “never,” you might want to re-think your affinity for informality in this instance.

Podcast - Stop trying to do everything (3:52)

By Byron Moore, posted September 14, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

It’s amazing what you can get done if you stop trying to do everything…and just do one thing…at a time.

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When things go wrong, it’s good to know a pro

By Byron Moore, posted September 11, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
 

Suit in storm_sm.jpgQ: I have a friend who really likes to talk about his investments. He has an account he manages on his own, and he also has an account managed by a professional. He’s always saying he can beat the pro, but he never fires the guy. I think my buddy may be full of hot air. But shouldn’t a pro be able to beat an amateur? Otherwise, what’s the point?

A: A professional should always add value. Otherwise, as you say, what’s the point?

But whenever I hear someone speaking of investment returns using competitive terminology (so-and-so “beat the market”), I’m most often hearing the opinions of the inexperienced.

Podcast - Moment of truth (2:20)

By Byron Moore, posted September 7, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

The moment of truth... every financial planning engagement has one.

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