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How much money is enough?

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

Handful of money.jpegQuestion: How much money is enough? And can you ever have too much? I know people who have more money than they’ll ever spend and yet they are still not happy. So what is the right amount?

Answer: How much money is enough money?

For John D. Rockefeller the answer was “just a little bit more.” At the peak of his wealth, Rockefeller had a net worth of about 1% of the entire US economy. He owned 90% of all the oil & gas industry of his time. Compared to today’s rich guys, Rockefeller makes Bill Gates and Warren Buffett look like paupers.

Preparing the path for your own long-term care

By Byron Moore, posted December 4, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, December 3, 2017.
 

Outliving heirs_sw.jpgQuestion: My mom just passed. Her final years were so hard. Even though she was getting sicker and sicker, she fought us every step along the way as we had to make difficult decisions about her care. I don’t want to make things that hard for my kids. What can I do now to prevent that?

Answer: It sounds like you’re off to a good start by simply acknowledging the difficulty of the situation and seeking to deal with it before it reaches crisis time.

When seeking advice follow the money, but focus on trust

By Byron Moore, posted November 27, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
 

follow the money_sm.jpgQuestion: Someone told me that when I look for a financial planner always look for a fee-based financial planner because they are unbiased. Is that true?

Answer: When it comes to money, no one is unbiased.

But the person who gave you that advice is on to something.

Should I wait for the market to pull back to invest?

By Byron Moore, posted November 20, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
 

probability chart dice_sm.jpgQuestion: I have recently come into some money that I want to invest. With the market at an all time high, should I wait to invest this money?

Answer: It sounds as if you know where the stock market is.

But do you know where you are?

Am I crazy to hate money?

By Byron Moore, posted November 13, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
 

cash stack_0.jpgQuestion: If someone said they would give me $1,000,000, but I had to be responsible for managing it, I would turn it down. I used to own a business that was making good money, but I sold it because I hated handling all the details. Am I crazy to hate money?

Answer: You don’t sound crazy at all.

You sound like a human being. Probably a pretty nice one, too.

By the way, it doesn’t sound like you hate money so much as the details and decisions that surround its care and feeding.

The value is in the plan, not the products

By Byron Moore, posted November 6, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
 

Trophy_sm.jpgQuestion: How do I pick the best mutual fund amongst all those available? I read about so-called actively managed mutual funds and some people like them. Others think passively managed funds are best. I’m afraid I’m a bit confused by the whole discussion. Which is the best kind of fund to choose?

Answer: Have you ever watched an all star game?

The concept sounds great. You get the best players on each team in the league, split them into two teams made up of these all-star players and let them compete. Every major sport has an all-star game of one sort or another. It’s a great idea.

Unless you’ve ever watched one.

Exchange your savings account for a spending account

By Byron Moore, posted October 30, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
 

piggy banks_sm.jpgQuestion: I just got a significant raise in my income at work. My wife and I are not budget people. We’ve tried and failed every time. But we don’t want my extra income to just go to frivolous stuff. What’s the best way to make sure we save my increases in income?

Answer: Reverse the way you do your banking.

Regardless of tax news, don't put off estate planning

By Byron Moore, posted October 23, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
 
 

Ben Franklin_sm.jpgQuestion: What do you think they will do with the estate tax law? I have put off estate planning since I keep hearing about changing they are considering, including elimination of it.

Answer: The current estate tax law is in a fog with visibility limited to about two to three years out. In fact, that’s the way its been for most of my career. I’m not looking for that to change any time soon.

Motivating the all-star players on your business team

By Byron Moore, posted October 17, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
 

Talent_sm.jpgQ: I have an employee that is key to the success of my business. I pay him very well so that he doesn’t have any incentive to leave. But if we lost him, we would be up a creek. Beyond just more money, what other things can I do to tie him to us?

A: In George Orwell’s political satire Animal Farm, one of the characters quips, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

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.

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