Personal Financial Strategy the podcast

A podcast focused on you and your money. Hello, I‘m Tony King and each week I will be your guide on a journey to help you discover your best personal financial strategy.

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Grew up in a single household – at times with mother and at times with father, quite a poor background.
I ended up going to a seminary, became a pastor, planted a church but took a break give full attention to entrepreneurship.
I learned financial management but not financial strategies.
I’ve had a window washing company, a pressure washing company, wedding venue business, among others.
I started searching the market on crypto currency in the 2017-2018, and that’s where I am.
When you are pastoring, you are not looking for money; but I was entrepreneurial even while a pastor to supplement my income, leading to a learning about self-directed IRAs.
Collective Influence Group
Started by 2 men I was in (Bible) college with
Within 2 years, they started the company, “Impacting others”, hence initiatives such as clean water initiatives. orphanages, Christian media radio. They buy companies, build them, and sell them.
Collective Influence is a private equity firm that has 15 -16 different companies in it. But the main goal is self-directed investment especially as people become more educated on their personal finances. Self-directed investment frees people from investing through institutionalized processes. If we can release people from this “institutionalism”, we will have succeeded.
Tax Free Crypto – one of the companies that Collective Influence has acquired.
Talk about two phrases: Tax Free and Retirement Accounts
Great question: I started with Roth IRAs while a pastor. I chose the fund. I thought this was self-directing but realized it was self-managing.
Analogy: we are good when it comes to self-directing our consumption, but it’s not the case when it comes to investment. One needs full control of where their money goes.
So instead of being given choices by someone else, I make a choice of where to invest and how.
Consider the case of the bank, who takes my money and makes money from of my money, and I do not get a dime from the money they make from my money. They hand over a circa!!
But I want to self-direct my money; so, if I had accumulated some money, rolled it over to a self-directed IRA, got a deal, gave a company some credit and got an 18% return over a 6-months period! I thought, this is fantastic.
This is the kind of a thing that Mitt Romney did: he made about 13 different moves out of his Roth IRA and accumulated about $100M; How the hell did he achieve this? What is good about a tax-free IRA is that there is no limit to your gain.
If you self-direct on the promissory note, then you can gain as much. He gave a high debt to private equity.
Crypto currency is an asset.
So, if one gets a paycheck and contributes to their retirement benefit, they can’t do anything with their contribution until they are old enough to withdraw the money. But if this was released to a private equity, it is possible to buy real estate or other investments, or a rental property.
Crypto and risk
People make a mistake by equating volatility to risk, which are probably within the same meaning range but different concepts.
The same number of people buying and selling crypto currency presently is the same number of people who were using internet in 1997, i.e., 130mil people globally. Today, internet is the main thing.
Bitcoin was invented in 2009, 14 years ago. The adoption rate trajectory is exactly the same with the internet in 1997.
Many people did not understand the internet those early days, so they abandoned it, but there are others who jumped in and they are the market leaders today. So, it pays not to make same mistakes of ignoring an opportunity simply because one does not understand the crypto world.
Crypto currency is an opportunity. It is an asset. The block chain which was started for the purpose of mining bitcoin now has a “utility” behind it being used by other businesses. This is how they track damaged goods. What was invented for crypto is now a utility that is used publicly.
Pay pal is creating a new stable coin, which is attached to a reserve, always equivalent to the dollar.
Look at crypto currency from the same way you look at internet; it’s a free resource for sharing.
The crypto currency is taking 3rd world countries from poverty, e.g., El Salvador.
Today 300 of the many companies in the US are taking crypto currency.
Make sure when you invest, you are investing money designated for investment, not your utility money – food, bills, rent, etc.
Let’s address investment “volatility”, Warren Buffet; 46% of his portfolio is Apple. (the most valuable company in the world) So, diversity is not really a panacea for volatility in Buffet’s opinion.
Crypto does not move the same way as a stock does.
Investing USD 5000 in crypto is really a low investment but will always have great returns; you will never go wrong with it. (Eric’s opinion)
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Friday Aug 25, 2023

Adam Carroll – Host of build a bigger life podcast; curator of master of and founder of the shred method
Personal Background – pathway leading to him doing what he doesFamily appeared affluent or middle class but money wasn’t really there.
Family was loving and considerate
I used to use my credit card in college and so became part of the debt stats; 
An entrepreneur in college, hence borrowed loans from students to build this business 
Studied books about personal finance and started applying the principles, and was able to pay off all my debts at age 26, except the mortgage, 
This enabled me to save between 3,000-4,00 USD per month, and made me feel like a millionaire, something I started sharing with other people
Making this my careerMet a personal financial guide and mentor, who gave me a couple of books
I became intrigued by the concept of passive income, and how to create it, especially as an educator, speaker and creative
I wanted to make money speaking, writing and creating content; so I describe myself as a mediapreneur – meaning I like creating media in all its facets and then figure out how to turn around and sell it.
The Shred MethodOne of the big things the podcast is dedicated to is retiring debts, hence the need to know every new dynamic, principle and practice to achieve that.
Shred Method is a tactic and is about optimizing people’s income
Most people don’t have an income problem, they have a liquidity problem; they make enough money to afford what they are doing, but they are not able to go beyond that like to save because money is tied up in their lifestyles
Shred Method tries to help people manage their finances by helping to knock off the debts one by one, maximizing how much money you have remained with at the end of the month, and then figuring out what one should do with the money that is left over; what is the most efficient use of that money that is humanly possible!
Our goal is to create certainty around retirement, to guarantee the working class that they can retire comfortably and never worry about debts and sustainability.
We rephrase words differently, for instance, we call retirement choice-age, because we want people at retirement to have many choices, not limited by money in any way
The Shred concept:I was a mortgage broker for a number of years; I started a company that I branded and packaged as the first socially responsible mortgage company in our State..
I witnessed the exploitation that was happening in the mortgage sector. This was underhanded and morally reprehensible
I wanted to start a company that didn’t function that way; we would receive people who wanted to refinance their mortgage, and we would do the math and show them they could save between $50-$200 per month; but I would be left with this feeling that you have just paid $2000 or $4000 to refinance your mortgage, which essentially would send the client to the same square they were before.
I started digging deeper into this mortgage issue at the decision table, I realized that you pay interest for the first 36-40 months, and this is when most people would refinance before they got their hands on the mortgage game itself.
So Shred happens in the first 36-40 months of payment is where you can make the biggest difference in how much principal you can pay down on a mortgage
When you do that, you are paying in advance your mortgage, you are accelerating your decision table
So we started realizing that one of our goals was to help people have more equity in their homes, reduce the amount of interest that they pay and then figure out what to do with that extra equity and strategically deploy it in the right places to  start building your own wealth.
What do you think about *HELOCs?, a sort of establishing an emergency fund or capital?A broad brush statement: Anyone who has equity at home, must have a HELOC as an emergency fund – in addition to money saved which is liquid and readily available.
We use a HELOC very differently at Shred; it is not a spending account. For people who are disciplined in their expenditures and have a predictable income projection, this works well provided you have money at the end of the month
MasteryofMoney.Com This is a financial literacy resource
We should all pursue mastery; mastery has no peak; you are forever climbing higher, and getting better and better at what you do.
Mastery of Money.Com is built on this premise.
I also have books on Mastery of Money.Com for students, and others on Amazon; we are gearing to launch a podcast by the same name.
We will be doing deep dives into a variety of topics from insurance, to mortgages, to investment in real estates, and people who are on their path to mastery can listen in.
How Mastery of Money.Com podcast differs or dovetails with Building a Bigger life podcast:Build-A-Bigger-Life was started in 2015 and it was born out of interaction with people who were asking, what do I do with my life if I am not satisfied with my current life?
I bounced this by the group I was coaching, and for instance, one of the ladies in the group just wanted to travel; when I asked her why she isn’t traveling she responded that she had just bought a new car, and new furniture, which she was presently financing and she had a couple of gym memberships which she was paying every month
I said to her, I think you have built a really big lifestyle but you don’t really have a big life. That became the show. I interviewed people who were building a bigger life, people who were doing what they were doing versus what they were supposed to be doing; this was an awesome conversation with people who were inspired to change their life in a better way.
Major Takeaways from the 170+ shows of the Build-A-Bigger-Life podcastWe are the architects of our own life, and we’ve got to decide what that life looks like
The way to do this is to identify what your core values are, and then live by those core values on a day to day basis.
My interviews revealed that people who live by their core values are generally very fulfilled; and those who are missing out on some of their core values are always feeling unfulfilled, wanting to change some things, which they probably also do not know
For such, we do a self assessment, and help them ask the foundational and bigger questions, that help them think through why they are not building a bigger life.
Aiming for something for a lot of people requires permission – probably by family, employer, significant others, etc.

Friday Jul 21, 2023

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.
To connect with Beth:

Tuesday Jul 18, 2023

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.
To connect with Beth:

Tuesday Jun 20, 2023

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.
Connect with Jeff:

Friday Apr 28, 2023

Maxwell Nee, 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. 
Connect with Maxwell:
As always, if you are interested in complete “peace of mind and confidence” about your personal finances, visit us at:

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

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. 
Connect with Jason:
As always, if you are interested in complete “peace of mind and confidence” about your personal finances, visit us at:

Tuesday Mar 14, 2023

"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:
As always, if you are interested in complete “peace of mind and confidence” about your personal finances, visit us at:

Friday Feb 24, 2023

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.
Learn more about Logan Wease and his company “We Insure Things” at: 
You can connect with our host Tony King on: 

Monday Feb 13, 2023

"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”
For more information about Personal Financial Strategy and gaining peace of mind regarding all your finances, contact Tony King: 
For more information about our Guest Daniel Blue: 



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