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Subject:  Ordinary People...Extraordinary Wealth Date:  2/28/2001  4:16 PM
Author:  CassandraP Number:  15 of 220

Speaking of all this Millionaire stuff...

Has anyone watched or planning to watch Oprah today?

There is a guy on there that has 8 "secrets" to amass extraordinary wealth.

I agree with most of them:

Eight Secrets of the Wealthy

Finance expert Ric Edelman reveals the secrets of the rich — and how you can find extraordinary wealth.

1. They carry a mortgage on their homes even though they can afford to pay it off.
Keep your money working for you. Every dollar paid to the bank is one less that you have to invest.
Your house will grow in value no matter what.

2. They don't diversify the money they contribute to their employer retirement plans.
Contribute the maximum allowed to your employer retirement plan.
Put all of your 401(k) in stocks, and don't touch this until retirement.

3. Most of their wealth came from investments that were purchased for less than $1,000.
It does not take a lot of money to make money.
A small amount of money (even a dollar a day!) invested over a long time will yield large returns.

4. They rarely move from one investment to another.
Buy quality investments and hold on to them for the long term (longer than five years).
Don't check your investments obsessively; in fact, Ric says you shouldn't even open the brokerage statements!

5. They don't measure their success against the Dow or S&P 500.
These indices are meaningless. Do you truly know what they stand for?
Track your own goals.

6. They devote fewer than three hours per month to their personal finances.
Making money shouldn't take a lot of time studying and planning.
Once you've done your initial research, don't look!

7. Money management is a family affair.
Don't make money a taboo topic. The earlier you start talking about finance with your kids, the better.
Tax your child's allowance; he or she will learn to appreciate how money is earned. Set the "taxed" portion aside in a mutual fund that will mature when he or she is 18.

8. They don't pay attention to the media.
You don't need lots of information to be successful.
The media have to sell magazines and gain readership, so they must continually present new stock tips. They're not in the business of giving you the same financial advice each day.
The media focus on the moment; you don't need to hear that.

I have a real problem with #1. Keeping a huge debt like a mortgage for 30 years just so you can invest the tiny amount (equivalent of 1 payment per year...his own words) makes NO sense to me. In my case that only works out to about $83 per month. I much prefer to pay off my mortgage within a couple years (say 10), keep investing the "extra" money I have from saving in other areas and then have a full $1000 to invest every month!! Imagine the hundreds of thousands in interest one could save over 30 years!! That alone adds to your bottom line when you retire!

Let me know if you agree


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