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Getting in Shape Fast

Trying to get in shape is a miserable experience. It never goes as quickly as you’d like which really drags down motivation. In an ideal world they’ll be calling you Big McLarge Huge after a couple of weeks. That’s not our world, unfortunately.

We found an article that gives some practical advice on how to get in shape fast. So whether you’re trying to meet your new years resolution or you just want to look good for your high school reunion, there’s advice for you!

If you are interested in learning more on this topic, read more here: https://gymworkoutroutine.info/getting-in-shape-fast/

Financial Planning Ideas

Most financial planning ideas can be customized to your personal financial goals. Whether your goals are to start a new business, take advantage of some tax benefits or become a business or real estate mogul, there are ideas that you can use to get on the right track. If this is the year you are finally going to get your finances in order, you’ll need to learn some financial planning ideas. Read this article we found to learn more. Read more here: https://financemagazine.co/financial-planning-ideas/

Common Metrics for Valuing Real Estate

Many times, you will see triple net leases, and occasionally double net leases where the tenant is responsible for all the maintenance, tax costs, insurance and utilities. The landlord may have some remaining responsibilities – say the roof and structure, but by and large, the landlord can focus on being a financial owner rather than an operator of the property.

There are a few common metrics we want to explain to a budding real estate investor, or someone interested in evaluating the complexion of REIT portfolios. Learn more…

So you just received an IRS 5071c letter. What do you do?

Could it be a scam? If it’s a phone call, or an email, then absolutely, it’s a scam. However, if it’s a letter, then it may be legitimate. Make sure though that you check the content against the content on the IRS website, and make sure that you are using the IRS website to verify your identity and not a website that looks like the IRS. If you have one, you may want to consult an accountant. Read more:

What do you do when you own bonds or stocks issued by a bankrupt company?

Ok so you own securities in a bankrupt company. If they’re stock, you’re probably going to be wiped out. If you own bonds, you are a creditor in the bankruptcy proceedings. Depending on how the proceedings go, you may get shares or bonds in the company. Or you may get cash as the company sells off their assets. Often times, you will receive a good chunk (but not all) your par value in either new securities or cash. Generally financial companies have paid out less in default but this is not always the case. You may also be able to sell your bonds on the open market, the market offerings will give you an indication of when and how much the bonds are expected to pay off. However, people may lowball you, and you will probably have to vote on some of the deals in bankruptcy so you will want to work with an advisor.

Municipal bonds are a little different, and the paradigms of municipal bankruptcy proceedings are changing so I won’t go through those. However, many municipal bonds are insured, and the insurer will continue making payments on the issuer’s behalf if they do go into bankruptcy. Read more…

Crowdfunding Real Estate?

Kickstarter and GoFundMe have made huge waves and created a new road for projects to take to get funded. A lot of bright individuals have had the idea to create similar sites for investments. Real Estate has been a natural target market for this because the large dollar sums and lack of liquidity in many private real estate investments has made it hard for mass affluent investors to access this asset class while still maintaining liquidity and diversifying their portfolio. Learn more:

Financial Engineering for Small Businesses?

Large companies continually change the composition of their balance sheets to use their capital as efficiently as possible and to maximize their profitability. While small business owners can’t issue billion dollar bonds at 2% interest, there are a few things that small businesses can structure their assets. Read more:

Reverse Mortgages for Retirees – Boon or Bane?

It’s a commonly quoted statistic that nearly half of American families have no retirement savings. For many people facing retirement, their homes may be the only asset they have to help fund their post career living expenses. Over the last few years there have been a lot of stories about reverse mortgages where retirees sell their homes to the bank in exchange for cash or income over the course of their life. There are several ways the homeowners can be paid out – a lump sum, a monthly annuity, or a line of credit.

Are these a good deal? They may be advantageous from an ease of acquisition, interest rate and from a planning perspective when compared with a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit against the homeowner’s house for an elderly individual with no income other than social security. They can be a good deal in a few situations – namely under very specific circumstances, if someone remains in their life for longer than their life expectancy, then they may be able to “beat” the bank, however this is a very rare occurrence. When distributed, the income or advances are generally not treated as taxable income, although they may be treated as assets against Medicare eligibility. Learn more…

Donor Advised Funds and Foundations

Donating money to charities can be a great way for a family to make an impact on their community, and to create a lasting legacy.  Charitable donations can also make sense as a way to eliminate tax liability.

Many times, when a family is considering a donation to charity, the donation they will fund the donation with a gift of appreciated securities – stocks or properties at a low cost basis, which would create a large tax liability if sold normally.  Sometimes a family will make direct donations to a charity, whether its immediate or in the future through a charitable trust.  However, sometimes a family will want to create a general purpose charitable fund to make donations to different charities across many years, potentially even generations.  In these situations when flexibility and long giving lifecycles are desired, there are several vehicles a family can use.  Some of the most common are the donor advised fund (DAF) and the Private Foundation. Learn more…