Trump, Republicans, a Party of Chaos

Trump, Republicans, a Party of Chaos

The failure of the healthcare bill vote on Friday by the house speaks volumes about the mess we have in Washington. Let’s break down what the failed vote says about our leadership in Washington.

First, President Trump Blew It

President Trump is all about the optics and results. He is the guy who is going to fix everything. There is some good and bad with that attitude.  First, he is in such a hurry to get a victory he doesn’t take into account this is Washington DC and not corporate America.  He wants to run the country like a business. This is going to be the weakest part of his leadership. You can’t run the country like a business until you get rid of all of the politicians. Politics taints the process. You have to allow for politics. You have to slow down. He rushed it in order to put a notch on his belt in his first 100 days. Can you imagine what that would have looked like?  Instead he might have just set his agenda back.

Second, Paul Ryan Is Not Mature Enough to Be Speaker of the House

How do you have a Republican led Senate, House, and White House and not get something done? That is a failure in leadership. He knows how Washington works. I don’t think that he has the strength in leadership to undertake this position. He demonstrated that during the election. He is just lucky that President Trump is not making him a part of the conversation.

Third, the Democrats Are Not the Only One Concerned About “Draining the Swamp”

It is obvious there is a strong faction in President Trump’s own party that does not want him to succeed. My guess is that they feel threaten by not only his will to get things done but also his threat to clean up Washington politics. What amazes me is that a good percentage of these Republican politicians have mid-year elections and overhauling the healthcare bill could have been a good thing. That is what the Republican base wanted. They could have worked harder to secure the passing of the bill. In addition, if this is the best that they can do when it comes to unity, then there is doubt this Republican control of the house and senate will last.

Fourth, Obamacare Implosion Is Not the Answer

President Trump, in an attempt to control the optics, says he will stand out of the way and let Obamacare implode. That is a horrible answer to fixing healthcare. Guess who gets hurt in that implosion? The voter gets hurt. You pick up the pieces after an implosion. If the system hasn’t imploded, the system is still intact and a little easier to put back together. Although I support President Trump, I don’t care for the thought of continuing high prices and higher prices in healthcare premiums and services.

Finally, Is Obamacare Even Fixable?

Gordan Gekko in the movie Wall Street made a remark to the up and coming broker Bud Fox about some stocks that he was suggesting for Gekko. After rejecting one after another of Fox’s recommendations he said about the final stock recommendation that “it is a dog with different fleas.” That is the same thing about anything the Republicans are bringing to the table. The system is broken. To even come close to fixing it you must start by removing the politics and that is never going to happen.

This might have been a blessing in disguise for President Trump. His healthcare replacement bill appeared to have just as many issues. However, the optics would have been in his favor. Ironically the implosion of Obamacare might be a good thing for him and not for us.

Don’t Make This Huge Retirement Planning Mistake

Don’t Make This Huge Retirement Planning Mistake
The Employee Benefit Research Institute annual survey demonstrates that people are clearly not ready for retirement. It wasn’t necessarily the percentages or statistics. It was conflict in the answers. This is probably the most conflicted survey that I have come across and it demonstrates the one retirement dream killer many are committing.
In the article, they lead with “most Americans are confident they will have enough money to survive after they retire.” They should have led with “most Americans have no idea if they are ready for retirement.”
First here are the results:
6 in 10 of those surveyed that they’ll be ok in retirement – ok that is positive and higher than most surveys show.
3 in 10 working Americans are stressed about saving enough for retirement – That makes sense because 4 in 10 Americans surveyed are not confident.
Those are reasonable results – now the next results shows the conflict.
5 in 10 have less than $25,000 in savings and investments. Some of those 6 in 10 that are confident must be expecting to hit the lotto. You couldn’t even remotely be close enough for retirement with less than 25,000 in savings and retirement.  
Then the most telling……
1 in 10 has come up  with a formal retirement plan
How do you know you are going to be ok in retirement without a plan and road map? Only 1 in 10? At least 9 in 10 really have no idea. This is the retirement dream killer. It is the tendency to replace planning with assumptions. They assume that they will be ok. The 3 in 10 that are stressed that they are not doing enough because they don’t have a formal retirement plan. Why don’t people plan? Well, that is an entire piece in itself. The bottom line is that the majority of Americans are replacing planning with an assumption….a dangerous assumption.
If you have the precious gift of time, don’t waste it by assuming. Assuming robs you from being effective with the time you have to save, invest, manage, and track your progress. Don’t assume….know.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s piece  – I am going to go through the process of how you know.

When Can I Toss Tax Records?

When Can I Toss Tax Records?

I wanted to post a really good article from Kiplinger that they sent over to me. These are common questions that this article answers.

Q: How long do I need to keep my tax records in case I get audited? Are there some records I should keep longer? 

A: It’s a good idea to keep your returns indefinitely. But you can generally toss supporting tax records three years after the tax-filing deadline, which is the time the IRS generally has to initiate an audit. Several states have four years to initiate an audit (you can find out about the rules from your state department of revenue or taxation; see the IRS’s archive of state tax agencies). The federal audit period extends to six years if you underreport your income by 25%, so Jeffrey Schneider, an enrolled agent in Port St. Lucie, Fla., recommends holding on to your records for at least seven years.

Supporting documents you should hold on to for at least three years include your Form W-2s or Form 1099s reporting income; other 1099s reporting capital gains, dividends or interest; Form 1098, if you deducted mortgage interest; canceled checks and receipts for charitable contributions; and records showing expenses for other deductions and credits. Also keep records showing eligible expenses for withdrawals from health savings accounts or 529 college-savings plans. If you have business expenses, keep records of those costs, such as for equipment purchases, phone bills, business travel and marketing expenses. If you claimed a home-office deduction, keep records of your rent or mortgage interest, homeowners or renters insurance, real estate taxes, utilities, and other eligible expenses. Keep receipts showing any tax-deductible retirement-savings contributions, such as to a deductible IRA, simplified employee pension or solo 401(k). Also keep Form 1095 showing that you had eligible health insurance, or records showing that you met the criteria for an exemption.

 

Continue reading Kiplinger’s article by clicking on this link- http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T055-C001-S003-when-to-toss-tax-records.html

 

 

 

New Lending Model – Helps Customers


LendingPoint Partners with FinWise Bank to Give More Credit Access to Customers Nationwide

ATLANTA – March 7, 2017 – LendingPoint, the company working to revolutionize access to credit, today announced a partnership with FinWise Bank which allows the company to offer its full suite of loan products to customers nationwide.

LendingPoint is a balance sheet lender built for the modern world. It uses a unique credit modeling process that looks for more reasons to say “yes” in seconds – helping customers strengthen their credit and improve their financial lives. The company already holds licenses in 26 states and has funded more than $185 million in loans, fulfilling a pressing need for loans to “fair credit” consumers with credit scores in the 600-700 range.

Through its partnership with FinWise Bank, LendingPoint will be able to expand its reach to tens of millions of new potential consumers nationwide, with standardized rates, loan agreements, product portfolios, marketing and services across the U.S. The company expects to complete nationwide rollout during the first half of 2017.

“We founded LendingPoint on the core belief that a person’s credit score is not their complete financial story,” said Tom Burnside, founder and CEO of LendingPoint.  “By partnering with FinWise Bank, we can bring better loans to more people across the U.S., helping them improve their financial story and live better lives.”

“Traditional lending relies too heavily on FICO, which overlooks a lot of creditworthy people who deserve better access to money. And newer lenders often lack the experience to reinterpret creditworthiness,” said Juan E Tavares, Chief Strategy Officer of LendingPoint. “This leaves a lot of good customers with little to no responsible borrowing choices. We’re in the business of unlocking access to affordable loans, and through our partnership with FinWise, we can now provide more financial opportunity for even more people nationwide.”

LendingPoint combines data and technology to create a proprietary model that adds other dimensions to credit analytics. This model allows the company to get a more complete financial story of the customer and approve more people, who otherwise may have been overlooked by traditional FICO results. Loans range from $3,000 to $20,000, with terms from 24 to 48 months. So whether they’re planning a dream vacation or a dream wedding; a home renovation or a cross-country move; or need access to money for debt consolidation or medical expenses — LendingPoint responds to customers in a matter of seconds* with loan offers that meet their needs and transparent terms that take the guesswork out of repayment.

“We are so excited to partner with the LendingPoint team,” said David Tilis, Vice President of Specialty Lending at FinWise Bank. “Their technology and development is seamless and astonishing.”

About FinWise Bank

Based in Sandy, UT, FinWise Bank, subsidiary of All West Bancorp, is a community bank and offers a broad range of services, deposit and loan products to the general public.

About LendingPoint

LendingPoint is a balance sheet lender built for the modern world, with a vision to revolutionize access to credit. The company is creating a better lending environment by looking for more reasons to say “yes” — helping fair-credit consumers unlock access to affordable loans and live better financial lives. Its award-winning leadership team brings unmatched experience in FinTech and credit, having previously built a $1 billion lending company from the ground up, and holds a series of patents in data modeling technology and credit scoring. Founded in September 2014, LendingPoint is a privately-held company with headquarters in Atlanta. For more information, visit https://www.lendingpoint.com.

* If additional identity verification is needed, the loan offer process may take longer.

St. Patrick’s Day Deals – Coupons.com

St. Patrick’s Day Deals – Coupons.com

Coupons.com is a great resource for good deals. Here are the deals for St. Patrick’s day!

St. Patrick’s Day Sales from Coupons.com

  1. Kohls – $10 off $25+ (Ends 3/12)
  2. Kohls – 20% off Sitewide (Ends 3/13)
  3. jcpenney – Extra 25% off $100 or more with your JCP Credit Card or extra 20% off $100 or more with any other method of payment ( Ends 3/15)
  4. Spencers – St. Patrick’s Day! 20% Off 1 Item (Ends 3/17)
  5. Cheryl’s – 15% Off St. Patricks Day Cookies (Ends 3/17)
  6. LightInTheBox – St. Patrick’s Day! $7 Off $70+ Orders (Ends 3/18)
  7. Macys – 30% Off VIP Sale (Ends 3/20)
  8. Kohls – $10 off $75 Women’s Apparel, Jewelry, Accessories, Beauty, and Shoes Purchase (Ends 3/26)
  9. Lord and Taylor – Up To 50% Off Kids’ Spring Dresswear (Ends 3/26)
  10. Spa Week – St. Patrick’s Day! $10 Off $100+ Gift Cards (Ends 3/30)
  11. Kohls – $10 off $40 Kid’s Apparel and Footwear Purchase (Ends 4/2)

How to Build an Effective Emergency Fund – Prudent Money Show – March 9, 2017

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How to Build an Effective Emergency Fund

Part 2 of a 2 part series  – Bob explains in detail how to create an emergency fund that fits your financial life.

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