“Strategies for Paying College Tuition” with Beth Probst

Beth is the founder and CEO of the At The Core program for launching High School students into College and helping them prepare for the coming life transition. Determining career aspirations, what courses of study will best support a given career?

  • The cost of college: this could be made a broader conversation within the family, for example, discussions on the broader “cost”  incurred by family. Such an approach can greatly prepare children on matters of money when they enter college and start living on their own.
  • Without discussions about money – from the family level – there are no guards, no guidelines, and the child is not well positioned to handle finances/money at college level, whether in terms of negotiating fees and other axillary costs. As families, we need to guide our children on money and costs and how this interfaces with the choices we make whether in terms of which school, which career or which service(s) to consume.

Practical Tips for Families on Managing Cost of College:

  • Embrace dual enrollment / dual credit program(s): this means doubling up both as a high school student and at the same time taking some college-level courses.
  • A benefit to this approach is that it can reveal if one is ready for college-level coursework. So one earns both college and high school credits. In most cases, they are at a reduced cost or completely free. The only condition: pass the class.
  • For every credit, the student can transfer the same to the college, reducing cost.
  • AP Programs: if the goal is to save money in college, the AP class is an option.
  • Take advantage of community college – which offers continuing education. This is a great option for the student who would like to find out how academically fit they are? It's an opportunity to test that.

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“Have a Strategy for Choosing College” with Beth Probst

We come alongside families with students who are speeding toward a transition to college and career.

Personal Career Path:

  • Beth was in a sales and marketing career, selling tech products when she stumbled on students preparing to transition to high school, interviewing them as possible sales assistants, and realized they had no framework to make solid decisions about their life or career; this was the light bulb in her head moment. She asked herself: can I do something structured to help them make more informed decisions on their journey through High School into college?

The value question: does a college degree guarantee a commensurate high wage or more desirable job?

  • Are there alternatives that are viable and probably less costly?

3 big decisions to make at the end of high school:

  • Pick a college
  • Choose a course of study or major
  • Determine a career path

To help their ability to make the above 3 decisions, families should:

  • Help their students consider who they are – i.e. self-assessment
  • Tie that to careers they like, i.e. what kind of education do I need for the career I aspire to?
  • What major(s) do I need to consider that fit my career and which colleges offer them?

Optimal time to intercept and provide guidance on the 3 matters

  • The pre college prep: we provide free webinars on this; the best time is when a family or Student starts to ask specific questions or considering college visits
  • Guided self-assessment – which actually requires a chunk of time; when the student has adequate experiences to enable a 5-hour interview, and this dovetails with their sophomore year in high school, but could extend to the first 2 years of college.

It is still possible to work with those who never had such guidance and are beyond their 2nd collegiate year and who come to a realization that what they are pursuing isn’t what they are cut out for; we call them career confused; we work with them to help them utilize what their college can offer. We occasionally deal with those who have graduated, started their career, then realize this is not what they cut out for. Our help might lie in helping them dig through the layers of what they don’t want, and assess what things they want to carry into the next career and which to drop.

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“Finding the Relational Fit in Financial Planning” with Jeff Bernier

Find the right partner, the right fit, by considering:

  • Capacity to provide the services the client needs
  • Relationships – are you comfortable with each other?
  • Economic fit – does the client understand the cost benefit?

What belief(s) do you hold? Resources are there to give you what you always want to be, to help you create capacity to enable you to do what you are supposed to do.

  • So we want to know your dreams, your purpose; can that dream be converted into a dollar and deadline?
  • Our role is to help you turn your dream into dollars, through advice, and investment within an acceptable timeline.

3 aspects to building an investment portfolio:

  • Client’s need: what return are you looking at?
  • Client’s appetite for risk: this helps to determine the perfect portfolio
  • Client’s capacity to take risk: do you have debts, your risk is high and vice versa

We become your guide to help you develop strategy and mechanisms to realize your goals. Our approach, advice and intervention is individual-based and relational.

Issues to do with inflation and other market dynamics:

  • We communicate a lot with our clients especially on market volatility
  • You need rising income streams to deal with the reality of inflation; hence you have to accept some short term strategies for long term outcomes.

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“Non-Traditional Investing” with Maxwell Nee

Maxwell Nee is the Managing Partner of OENO Wine & Whisky Investment. He’s a multi-award-winning entrepreneur who earns his investors a recession-proof and market-beating return with wine and whisky alternative investments.

Here are the top tips from Maxwell:

  • Take advantage of alternative investments; for instance, wine and whiskey. Consider 28% of high-net-worth individuals have a connection with wine. They either collect wine, distribute it or maybe they are in the end a consumer. In all facets, wine as an investment is somewhat recession proof.
  • 54% of working individuals invest in alternative investments like wine & whiskey these assets are not correlated to normal investments and cushion against inflation and other market force dynamics. These alternative investments ride the inflation wave because they are in the category of “consumable”.
  • Seek to acquire high value products at their early nascent stage and wait for them to mature. 
  • Spot a gap and leverage it, Example: Acquire a 12-yr aged whiskey at $25 and age it for an extra 6 years to sell it at $125, equivalent to 500% investment growth in only 6 years.
  • Before investing, familiarize yourself with any legislative framework within your trading jurisdiction.

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“Sustain Your Lifestyle Into the Choice Years” with Jason Hamilton

Today’s guest is Jason Hamilton who is a fee-only registered investment advisor with over $40 million in AUM. The Keep It Simple Wealth Academy is a program helping 1st generation wealth builders transform their relationship with money and become robust wealth managers. Jason also heads up Family Financial Coaching at his family's nonprofit IDEAL, a community development corporation located in East Los Angeles.

Here are a few of Jason’s get wealthy hacks:

  • Do not ignore your background - whether or not it favors your career or occupation - it provides certain values, cultural orientation and formation that plays a 'success or failure' factor in your career.
  • "Read, read, read. Read all you can around your career. Enroll in a course and improve your understanding in the area of business or service you are offering. There is so much information about anything one may want to know!"
  • Do not just work for title - whether big or small - find a real solution to a real problem. That way, the world finds you.
  • Believe in your vision; it's not just about providing a solution to a problem. It is also about being passionate about it and staying on it regardless of challenges and setbacks.
  • Get genuinely interested in people - their beliefs, goals and resources - and allow these three to interface as a jigsaw puzzle. This is how you develop and mentor people wholesomely.

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“Get in the Real Estate Game” with Pam Hill

Today’s guest is Pam Hill. She is a Harvard and Dartmouth-educated entrepreneur and CEO of a multi-million dollar real estate company, a business and money expert, a podcaster and a blogger, a former Fortune-500 executive, and the founder of My Smart Cousin. Here are the top tips from Pam.

  • “My Smart Cousin” is a real estate company that was born from the desire to treat clients like family.
  • When buying a home, rather than trying to qualify for as much money as possible for a mortgage, consider buying less. A cheaper fixer-upper might be a better long-term investment.
  • When investing in real estate, especially for houses that you will renovate, consider waiting to see the value of the property increase over time vs. making a quick flip.
  • Rental properties can allow you to earn income while also building long-term investment.
  • Rental properties can break even in 4-5 years, and even economically priced homes often increase in value over time.
  Connect with Pam: www.mysmartcousin.com/ www.facebook.com/MySmartCousin www.twitter.com/MySmartCousin www.instagram.com/mysmartcousin/  

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“Managing Life’s Risks” with Logan Wease

Our guest today is Logan Wease, the founder of an online insurance company called “We Insure Things.” He speaks to us today about the importance of the right insurance plan at the right time. There are two categories of insurance that Logan discusses in this episode, and we dive into both.

  • The first category of insurance includes types that most people know about and probably have, such as car insurance, property insurance, life insurance, final expense insurance, etc.
  • The second category is disability insurance, which protects your income if you are injured and unable to work.
  • Umbrella policies, also known as extended liability coverage, provide protection beyond existing limits and coverage of other policies. Umbrella policies can provide additional coverage for accidents, property damage, certain lawsuits, and some personal liability situations. Once the liability limits of the insurance policy are exhausted, the Umbrella policy kicks in.
  • Logan concludes by discussing different types of insurances that we will need in different stages of our lives. Although the expense of insurance can seem burdensome, when you need it you will be very glad you made the investment.

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“The Power of Self-Directed Retirement Accounts” with Daniel Blue

Our guest today is Daniel Blue, a Forbes contributor, a best-selling author, and owner of a 7-figure business called Quest Education. His company focuses on helping people learn how to make money tax-free, pay off debt, and get capital to grow their businesses.

Show Highlights:

  • While working in real-estate early in his career, Daniel learned about the power of self-directed retirement accounts and how they could allow people to access and direct their own funds for a variety of reasons.
  • Intrigued by the concept, he eventually worked in this unique financial space, helping people to see the benefits of using some of the money in their retirement accounts, penalty, and tax free, to fund their business.
  • A Solo 401K is an IRS approved retirement plan for entrepreneurs that allows you to take out fifty percent of the account value or fifty thousand dollars, whichever number is less. You can then use these funds to build or grow your business. With this approach, you become your own bank, and you pay yourself back principal, plus interest.
  • Solo 401K’s are not for everyone, and you do need to work with a broker to take advantage of this financial product. Make sure you understand the risks to you and your retirement accounts.
  • Today, as owner of Quest Education, Daniel helps people navigate the questions, risks, and opportunities with Solo 401K plans. Go to www.DanielBlue.Me to learn more, as well as access:
    • Free resources
    • Links to his best-selling book “Blueprint to Your Best Retirement”
    • Links to his podcast, “How Winners Win”

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