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In the anal of investment, there are two kinds of possessions that entail great discussion. One is the worth of what you own and the other is the stream of worth that your possession will generate with the passage of time. These two worthiness are the different parts of the same thing. For instance, when you own something that is worth 1 dollar, it will be worth less with time if it does not generate income to compensate losses due to "erosion" of worth due to the natural tendency of fiat money to lose worth. On the other hand, if the 1 dollar can generate more income then it loses, then its worth will be enhanced. This is the part where the future value of ownership comes in. If your 1 dollar can make 20 cents every year, then technically speaking your 1 dollar is "priceless", there is no possible valuation model to put a price in your 1 dollar. This is where the "two great possession coalesce into a single model call "price of ownership". Whenever you pay for something, anything, you are paying that price of ownership, be it a piece of KFC chicken or an apartment in downtown. In summary, all must pay for ownership of things that are productive and non-productive. However, it is this total ownership matrix that determine your worth as time pass. Even if you decide to pay for productive assets to increase the mix of productive assets in your stable, it does not mean you will sum up better, because all highly productive assets are expensive, meaning you are are not able to buy more of it. So even if you are willing to make productive assets higher proportion in you stable, it does not mean you will do better if you pay dearly for it, while cutting consumption in non productive ones to improve the quality of your stable. Therefore, as time pass you get fustrated and decided enough is enough! How do i get out of this valuation trap! The answer is you cannot and you will not be able to, as long as there are limited resources in a World where everyone thinks they are entitled to those resources more than their neighbour. So as i sum it up there are only two ways to get out of this "valuation trap", one is to focus your livelihood on stict diet of disciplined consumption pattern of non productive assets and allowing savings to buildup and accepting the facts of erosion of value, and deciding not to get involve in competition for productive assets which may impoverish you. Two, is to understand the true dynamic of modern competition for ownership and be involved in its process at all time, so that you can become capable of understanding its operation.

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