How to Shield Yourself from Market Volatility, Inflation and Interest Rate Woes

Stock market volatility has returned with a vengeance, as this chart of the Dow over the last 3 months starkly illustrates.

We’re facing a whirlwind of economic challenges we have little or no control over. Here are the top 5 currently contributing to the volatility:

Challenge #1: Inflation has hit a 40-year high

That’s hammering consumers, wiping out pay raises, and reinforcing the Federal Reserve’s decision to rip off the band-aid and raise borrowing rates multiple times this year alone, which some economists fear will trigger a recession.

Challenge #2: The pandemic and rock bottom interest rates pushed home prices up at a head-spinning rate

But now, with mortgage rates up and about to go higher, demand waning, and the average home buyer priced out of the market, experts are predicting the housing market is in for some pain. “A decline of 15%-20% (in single-family home prices) seems likely,” according to real estate market expert Gary Shilling, who has been very accurate in his predictions.

Challenge #3: Meanwhile, household debt has hit a new high

Just as Americans returned to pre-pandemic spending habits and savings rates have plunged.

Challenge #4: This is all happening as interest rates on almost everything have soared… except on savings accounts….

Higher interest rates on debt will only make it more difficult and painful for consumers and our country to pay down debt.

Challenge #5: Russia has waged war on Ukraine

This has roiled markets, raised fears and is likely to have far-ranging repercussions.

Compounding these challenges is the fact that many people were lulled into a false sense of security, believing that the stock market and home prices only go up and interest rates and inflation would stay low forever.

Many have forgotten the lessons learned during the last two market crashes that wiped out 50% or more of the average investors’ life savings and caused unimaginable pain for tens of millions of people…

Lesson #1: There is an enormous difference between “paper wealth” and “real wealth” – the surge in value of your retirement accounts and your home is an illusion – just a bunch of eye-popping numbers on paper. Those numbers repeatedly sucker many of us into believing we have real wealth and financial security when we do not.

Reality: You don’t lock in a profit until you sell an investment. And you shouldn’t have to worry about when the next market crash will come and turn your retirement dreams into a nightmare.

Lesson #2: Having an emergency fund equal to 3 or even 6 months of your expenses won’t come even close to cutting it. Most Americans invest rather than save. As a result, surveys show most people can’t come up with the money to cover even a relatively small, unexpected expense. A major emergency can devastate them.

Reality: The secret to enjoying a financially stress-free life is to have a solid foundation of safe and liquid cash reserves you can use for emergencies and opportunities equal to at least two years of your household expenses.

Lesson #3: Your banker is not your friend (even if you golfed together every week for years). As Mark Twain noted…

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

Reality: Banks and finance companies can (and do) jack up your interest rates and shut down your credit lines with no notice. They charge you outrageous interest rates while paying you so little on your savings accounts and CDs that you need a magnifying glass to see it.

Learn how to fire banks and credit card companies and become your own source of financing here.

How Do You Gain Control of Your Finances and Position Yourself for Success – No Matter What’s Happening in the Markets or the Economy?

Here are 5 ways the Bank On Yourself safe wealth-building strategy is the Swiss Army knife of financial planning strategies…

Benefit #1: Vacations are for people, not for your retirement savings. A Bank On Yourself plan doesn’t skip a beat when the stock or real estate markets crash. Bank On Yourself has a 160-year-plus track record of guaranteed, predictable growth – with no luck, skill, or guesswork required. And your plan is guaranteed to grow by a larger dollar amount every single year.

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Benefit #2: Adding Bank On Yourself to your financial plan lets you fire greedy bankers and finance companies and become your own source of financing, gaining access to money whenever and for whatever you wantno questions asked.

Benefit #3: You don’t have to liquidate your retirement savings or any other asset to get your hands on money for emergencies or opportunities. Plus, you can use that money, and your plan can continue growing as though you never touched a dime of it (if your plan is from one of a handful of companies that offer this feature).

Benefit #4: Bank On Yourself helps protect you from inflation in three ways, as explained here.

Benefit #5: The Bank On Yourself strategy is an unbeatable place for money you need to keep safe and liquid and for money that you can’t afford to lose, whether that be money you’re saving for retirement or for a college education. Your growth is guaranteed and beats savings and money market accounts and CDs by a country mile. Having money safe and liquid doesn’t take away your options – it only gives you more flexibility and control.

Find Out Today How the Bank On Yourself Safe Wealth-Building Strategy Gives You an Unbeatable Combination of Advantages and Guarantees

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Retirement Plan Unpredictability is a Major Wealth Killer

I have written at length about my research into the wealth-killing traps of 401(k)s, IRAs, 403(b)s, and Roth plans… and how to avoid them.

In this post, I’m going to talk about the trap of retirement plan unpredictability, and I’ll start by asking you a critical question:

Do you know what the value of your retirement account(s) will be on the day you plan to tap into them… and in 20 or 30 years?

If your answer to that question is “no,” then you don’t have a plan – you’re gambling.

Yet isn’t the money you’ve earmarked for retirement money you can’t afford to lose? On top of all of life’s stresses, do you really want to have to worry about when the next market crash could wipe out 50% or more of your life’s savings – as has happened twice just since the year 2000?

Market Volatility Has Proven to be a Cause of Health Problems and Even Early Death

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Tax Deferral is a Scam and Here’s Proof

Tax deferral is a con, and I’m going to prove it to you.

Actually, I’m going to let you prove it to yourself, with this 5-second experiment.

The conventional wisdom says, “Maximize your contributions to tax-deferred plans, like 401(k)s, IRAs and 403(b)s. Your money compounds without being reduced by taxes, and you’ll end up with more money during retirement.”

But is it really true?

The Society of Actuaries says that if the tax rates are the same, “It doesn’t make any difference whether [the taxes] are taken away from you at the beginning (tax-exempt) or at the end (tax-deferred). It’s the same fraction of your money that is left to you.”

But most people look at their savings and think it’s all theirs. You may have forgotten you’ll owe the IRS the taxes you deferred all those years – on every penny you’ve put in and every penny of growth.

If the tax rates miraculously manage to be lower during your retirement, you might come out ahead by deferring your taxes. But where do you think tax rates are headed long term? You must consider what tax rates might be during a retirement that could last 30+ years. [Read more…] “Tax Deferral is a Scam and Here’s Proof”

When Does Taxation Become Theft?

In his first 100 days in office, President Biden unveiled three colossal spending packages earning him the nickname, “The Six Trillion Dollar Man.”

Biden and Congress are just getting started with the most massive expansion of government since FDR’s New Deal during the Great Depression. Apparently, it’s desperately needed, even though the pandemic-caused recession is over.

This is a government that is notorious for wasting hundreds of billions of our hard-earned dollars every year. Think $518,000 to study how cocaine affects the mating habits of Japanese quails, $998,798 to ship two 19-cent washers from one state to another… and the list goes on. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried!

And let’s not forget this is a government with a long history of not being able to make much of a dent in controlling fraud and abuse. The government admits that more than $134 billion of improper Medicare and Medicaid payments were made in 2020 alone – and that’s just one government agency. [Read more…] “When Does Taxation Become Theft?”

6 Ways to Protect Yourself from Taxmageddon

Updated March, 2022

Our national debt now exceeds the size of the entire U.S. economy, doubling just in the last decade. And it’s growing at a rate that will make your head spin, as a quick glance at the U.S. Debt Clock reveals:


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says this deserves attention because…

Americans will be paying for this for decades.”

Which Means that Higher Taxes are Inevitable and You Must Take Action TODAY to Protect Yourself from the Coming Tax Tsunami!

And the reality is that they can’t possibly raise enough revenue taxing just the “wealthy.”

Did you know that, according to the most recent data available, if you make $69,007 or more, you’re in the top 25% of wage earners? And if you make $118,400 or more, you’re in the top 10%.

As nice as it may sound to be in the top 10% or even the top 25%, it also means you’ve got a giant target on your back when the government is looking for more revenue to cover its obligations.

There are little-known, but legal ways to protect yourself from this tax tsunami, under current tax law. This article explains what you need to do today to shield yourself from some very unpleasant tax surprises down the road.

(Download a FREE Special Report that Reveals How to Bypass Banks and Wall Street, Gain Control of Your Money and Shield Yourself from the Coming Tax Tsunami) [Read more…] “6 Ways to Protect Yourself from Taxmageddon”

How to Trade In Your 401(k) for an Increasing Guaranteed Income for Life

Jason is 53 years old and just changed jobs. He’s facing two retirement planning dilemmas…

  1. He has $830,000 in his 401(k) from his previous job and wants to move it where it gives him more guarantees that he and his wife, Julie, won’t outlive their money in retirement.
  2. He had been putting $19,000 a year into his old 401(k) and wants to continue socking away that much. But in the last couple of years he experienced several downsides to 401(k)s that have soured him on the idea of continuing down that path.

The Five 401(k) Drawbacks Jason Discovered…

Drawback #1: When the pandemic hit, Jason’s employer stopped doing any matching contributions, which had been a big incentive for him. He’d forgotten the employer match isn’t guaranteed.

Drawback #2: As Jason gets closer to retiring, he has much less of an appetite for risk and volatility. What if the market crashes again shortly before he plans to retire in 14 years at age 67?

He’d been saving diligently in a 401(k) for 29 years already, and his average annual return had been less than 6%! Sheesh! All those sleepless nights and heart-stopping crashes… for less than 6% a year?!? He wondered if a monkey throwing darts couldn’t have done better than that… [Read more…] “How to Trade In Your 401(k) for an Increasing Guaranteed Income for Life”

A Surprising Solution to the 15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgage Dilemma

Jon and Jen have an opportunity to buy their dream home and lock in a historically low interest rate. This is a pretty common scenario in today’s market. In fact, you may be thinking about buying a home or refinancing your mortgage to take advantage of today’s low rates. If so, here’s a powerful option to consider…

Jon and Jen are trying to decide whether a 30-year mortgage or a 15-year mortgage makes the most sense. Their mortgage broker showed them that even with an interest rate just 0.65% lower, the 15-year mortgage would save them almost two-thirds of the interest of a 30-year loan.

They decided the 15-year mortgage made the most sense. Their thinking was, “We’re both 48 now, and we plan to work until we’re 70. The sooner we get the house paid off, the sooner we can save more for the future. Plus, we really like the idea of saving almost $90,000 in interest.” [Read more…] “A Surprising Solution to the 15-Year vs 30-Year Mortgage Dilemma”

New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Now Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck Due to COVID-19 Pandemic… Here’s How to Avoid That

A new survey from Highland Solutions revealed some startling stats about Americans’ spending habits during the pandemic. How many of these describe your situation?

  • 63% are living paycheck to paycheck
  • 47% have run out of their emergency savings
  • More than one-third have opened up a new credit card since the pandemic to help cover expenses
  • 42% have taken on more debt than normal, and nearly a third have racked up over $10,000 in new debt (a recipe for disaster)
  • 82% could not cover a surprise $500 expense
  • 67% regret not having enough savings before the pandemic hit

So How the Heck Did We Dig Ourselves into this Debt Hole?

For starters, you only need to look no further than the conventional advice about emergency funds. [Read more…] “New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Now Live Paycheck-to-Paycheck Due to COVID-19 Pandemic… Here’s How to Avoid That”

Taxmageddon is coming – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

President-elect Joe Biden has repeatedly said he will increase numerous taxes and eliminate the Trump tax cuts on “day one,” which would impose a $2,000 annual tax hike on a median-income family of four.

He has promised to as much as double the capital gains tax rates on your investments.

Biden/Harris have proposed canceling student loan debt and are being encouraged to do that by executive order as soon as possible. It would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our already-skyrocketing national debt.

In reality, there’s no such thing as “canceling” or “forgiving” student debt – they can call it anything they want, but it simply means sending the bill to the taxpayers.

Biden wants to raise the corporate tax rate by 33%. [Read more…] “Taxmageddon is coming – Here’s How to Protect Yourself”

What Fairy Tales and Myths is Your Financial Advisor Feeding You?

I’ve spent the last two decades proving there are many investing and retirement planning myths, lies, and fairy tales that most people and financial representatives blindly accept as fact.

It’s really not their fault. Wall Street spends billions of dollars every year to brainwash us.

As the late President John F. Kennedy observed…

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Here are 3 fairy tales you’ve probably heard from your financial advisor and the facts about each:

Fairy Tale #1: You Must Risk Your Money in Order to Grow an Adequate Nest-Egg

This is undoubtedly Wall Street’s BIGGEST lie. [Read more…] “What Fairy Tales and Myths is Your Financial Advisor Feeding You?”