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Every day on Facebook a Great Young Parent Dies and needlessly leaves their family BROKE!

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Black Family

Every day at least one social media friend post about a person under the age of 50 dying unexpectedly.  It seems that most of the time that person has a spouse and or children. It also seems that within days of the untimely death there are people asking for donations to help the family handle the funeral cost.

If you are reading this chances are you have a family. I am also going to assume that you love your family, and are making big plans for your children. Some of these plans may include a great primary and secondary education. Others may include making opportunities and experiences available to your kids in arts and culture.  Some even plan to make sure their children get a solid financial start once they reach adulthood.

I applaud your plans for your children. Your kids will have opportunities that you never even dreamed about when you were their age. Your hard work and sacrifice is paying for all of these opportunities as well as the basics, food, clothing, shelter, video games, etc. Congrats because you have a plan and the work ethic to get it done for your family.

The sad news is that you most likely have no real plan in place to fully provide the INCOME it will take to carry out those plans if you were to pass away prematurely. Thirty Seven percent of parents with children under the age of 18 have no life insurance. Fifty percent of the parents that are insured have less than 100,000.00 in life insurance.

People are dying every day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and leaving their families broke. Even people who have six figure incomes are leaving their families in horrible financial shape.

The uninsured risk of being a parent is hitting more and more families every day. Many 30 and 40-year-old parents are being stricken with breast cancer, diabetes, stokes, heart attack and sleep apnea. Not to mention simple work and non-work related accidents and car crashes. The ranks of the six figure earners are exploding with women and minorities like never before in the history of the U.S.. The numbers for Blacks owning life insurance are 3% higher than the percentage of whites who own life insurance but the amounts are inadequately low.

The ranks of the properly insured grow smaller every day. Why? Because the idea of what being properly insured is has not advanced in the last two generations and the wealthy are the only ones truly taking advantage of the opportunity to advance their family legacy through the proper use of insurance.

Being properly insured means being able to totally replace your yearly income for the full time your family will need it. How long do your children and/or your spouse NEED your income?  How long does your family need your spouse’s income? Depending on the commitments you have made that could mean 25 to 50 years. 30 year plans for houses, 5 year plans for cars and 20 year plans for credit cards. Do you have a plan that will pay for that long? Do you have total income replacement insurance that you personally own? If not, you are leaving your entire family in peril every day because you refuse to totally cover the risk.

 

A recent survey was done of six figure earning parents and they were asked how much life insurance protection they had. The number than had over $500,000.00 was less than 5%. The number the that had none was over 20%.The number that would have none if they loss or changed their job was over 40%. This is an epidemic problem. Can your family lose over $100,000.00 of yearly income and still operate at the same level?

Life insurance is about replacing your income to protect your legacy and not leaving things to chance. Houses, cars, and other obligations are all gambling if you do not protect your downside risk. Let’s truly be honest about where we are financially because the risk is easily covered if we are determined to do so.

How to replace Income

$500,000.00 can only replace about $20,000.00 in income long term because you can’t really get more than a 4% guaranteed return in any stable financial instrument. That means to replace $100,000.00 you need about $2.5 million in life insurance. Put in the proper instrument it will pay $100,000.00 per year forever. It will pay your spouse, your children, and your childrens’ children, etc.. Learning how to do this properly and for as little cost as possible is an art.

BTW, If you have coverage on your job you need to purchase proper coverage that you own.  Having insurance on a job is like having no coverage at all. If you lose or leave your job that is exactly what you will have only you will be older than you are now and the coverage will cost much more. Don’t fall into the trap that gets so many Americans. There are so many Americans looking for proper coverage that they are simply to old or too sick to qualify for. Insurance favors the young and the healthy and time is not on your side.

The structure of a proper income replacement plan is key. If you don’t have a plan that will replace your income for the next 50 years minimum then call me so I can help refer to an awesome advisor and teacher.

Having no plan is a plan to fail, and today’s parents are failing their children everyday by only considering the possibilities if everything remains perfect. Nothing ever goes perfectly. Plan for the worst and hope for the best and you will never have any regrets. You need a plan that covers you and your family if everything goes wrong. By law you cannot drive a car or own a home without proper coverage. Why can you be a parents without proper coverage. So much is riding on YOU!

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Children Depending on their Parents Income

If you need more information and a referral to a great professional, email me at managerofwealthllc@gmail.com

Wishing you Wealth Wellness and Wisdom

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Mark Fuller

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Mark Fuller Live at The Westin Wealth Breakfast

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Mark Fuller Live at Bowie State University

 

Income is the Goal not simply Cash Accumulation.

Listen to the lecture below and learn just how important income is to a truly happy life and retirement. If you knew what was shared in this lecture when you were beginning your financial life, you would be well on your way to a more secure future.

Check it out Now:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40561422/Voice0008p.aac

On December 5 2013 Bowie State University invited Mark Fuller of Manager of Wealth LLC to speak to their Freshman students in their Freshman Seminar class. The topic was personal money management and financial responsibility. What grew out of this lecture was a historic conversation between a seasoned financial veteran and several hundred beautiful young Black Minds. Few people in America ever know the truth that was shared at this lecture before they ever make, spend, or invest their first dollar.

I hope this conversation will be both informative and instructive for you and your family. Please share this conversation with the young people in your life.

“Freedom is a road seldom traveled by the multitude” – Fredrick Douglass

Listen Now: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40561422/Voice0008p.aac

 

Special Thanks to A. Johnson, and the Bowie State University Career Center and the incredible faculty and  students of BSU

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Watch This – PBS Frontine – The Retirement Gamble

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http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/retirement-gamble/

We have built a retirement system that violates the golden rules of investing. For the last three decades people have been investing in nameless faceless companies with great marketing and poor returns. It is time you understand that’s it’s not at what age you retire but at what income.

Click on the link above and watch what’s really going on in America’s retirement system. Don’t worry we are going to talk solutions in the next blog post.

Wishing you Wealth, Wellness and Wisdom

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If you Wake Me Up Early , Please Know How to Read and be Ready for a Happy Ending!

If you Wake Me Up Early , Please Know How to Read and be Ready for a Happy Ending!

Everyone that knows me, knows that I have two standing house rules. The first is do not ever come by my home unannounced, especially early. The second is don’t ever come to my home with Drama, especially early.
I always wake up early but I never like to communicate early because this is my quiet time to get my thinking and planning done. The last thing I want is someone in a panic busting into my space. Not to mention, that having company requires you to be a good host and put some pants on.

One morning back in 2007 as the financial world was just beginning to show major signs of weakness I received a morning caller ringing my door bell at 7 am. As I answered the door asking who it was all I heard was “hey it’s me I really need to talk to you let me in.” I wanted to be impolite but I could hear the concern in her voice so I hit the buzzer to open the door.

When she came through the door I could see she was extremely upset and angry to put it mildly. When I asked what was the matter she told me that she just realized that her financial planner had lost several hundred thousand dollars of her hard-earned money.

As she began sharing with me that she was coming off the best year of her life she took out her tax returns to show me the four hundred thousand dollar profit she had made which she promptly turned over to her broker for saving. He promptly placed the money in the stock market and it promptly evaporated due to a downturn in the market.

As I read the tax return I was stunned by what I saw in the financials of the company. That year the firm had 1.5 million in gross sales revenue and a net profit of 400 thousand after all salaries and expenses. A great year for any small service business. But then I noticed a jewel on the tax return and despite the hostile mood I got happy.

Immediately she asked what I was so happy about and I pointed to the tax return. What’s so great about that now that my money is gone. I pointed her attention to the marketing expense line which showed 100 thousand in marketing expenses that generated 1.5 million in sales revenue.

I went on to explain that if she had spent 100 grand for 1.5 million dollars in sales and made a 400 thousand dollar profit all that was needed was to double the marketing budget doing the same campaigns that generated the first 1.5 million. The additional million or more that would be generated would be mostly profit because all of the office expenses, salaries, and overhead would have already been paid. If she spent an additional 100k in marketing and generated at least 1 million dollars she would profit 700 thousand on that million.

Of course I told her, as I always had, that her broker wasn’t worth a damn but not because he was a bad guy but because his financial education didn’t allow him to really look at his client and give them the proper advice. Anyone with any financial IQ would have advised this client to invest more heavily in the business because it was clear that this business had a marketing plan that was working and they were still far below their potential.

Most investment advisors can only tell you what they were trained to tell you. “Invest in good markets because its going to get even better and invest in bad markets because the market will turn around.”

If this encounter had taught me anything it was that most business owners don’t know how to read the numbers. The most important numbers in the tax return is the marketing cost and the gross sales. Once you really have a formula for generating money you can figure out how to bring those cost down by generating more sales more inexpensively.

The other thing I learned is the returns are always higher in business than in the market. I know lots of millionaires from many different types of mom and pop businesses but almost no stock investing millionaires. I bet the same is true for you.

Lastly no matter how bad it seems, even when you have lost hundreds of thousands or millions, as I have personally experienced, there is always a happy ending once you get the numbers figured out.

Wishing you Wealth, Wellness, and Wisdom

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The Government Shutdown is the Tip of the Iceberg…It’s all about the MONEY and who controls it!

Today most Americann’s are once again caught up in the farce of the government shutdown. I contend that like many of the issues in the news it is merely a distraction. The problems that are driving this country further into financial peril will continue even after the shutdown is over. Wall street is the same as it ever was and the banks are still running the country. Banking isn’t the enemy but the way we lend and the control of the money supply. Check out this documentary and learn about the history of Money in America from the beginning until this present day. You will learn more than you ever knew about money and why we have the issues we have today.

Wishing you Wealth, Wellness, and Wisdom

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You can Never Replace your Spouse but you better Replace their Income

Earlier today I was organizing my computer files and I found a great piece of video that I never shared publicly. If you and your spouse are working hard to provide a great life for yourselves and your children, this is a message for you. I truly hope you get a lot from this video:

Even if you are a single parent this is something to consider:

 

There is a second part to this video that I will post tomorrow.

If you need help finding the right professional to guide your family please email me at managerofwealthllc@gmail.com

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