The Real Cost of Credit

2017 was a challenging year for the credit industry. From the data breach at Equifax and multiple lawsuits that follow, it has been a tumultuous time for consumers to have faith in the world of credit. Unfortunately, it’s becoming apparent that for Americans overall, it’s not going to get any better in 2018 as the trend of acquiring more debt increases.

Aside from having to shell out money for damages caused in 2017, the credit industry will have a very lucrative 2018 even after paying fines and settlements thanks in part to the American consumer.

According to MarketWatch, U.S. households owe more than $1 trillion in credit-card debt, and the numbers are only rising. Your typical culprits of irresponsible spending that contribute to increasing credit card debt among Americans includes more access by those considered ‘subprime borrowers,’ increased costs for food and housing and continuous spending on unnecessary items. As the average household holds a balance of $15,983 on credit. The cost of maintaining a lifestyle beyond their means can cost a lot more than anticipated with interest rates on the rise.

Legacy Planning as Part of Life Planning

Leaving a legacy through the passing assets today and after your death is a process that requires correct planning and execution. With the recent Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, updated tax codes, and an ever-changing political environment, legacy planning requires consulting with multiple professionals in order to pass assets without financial consequences.

Legacy planning should always be a team effort involving an attorney, tax specialist, and your financial advisor if planning involves securities assets, or will benefit more than one generation, non-profit, or other entity. Transferring wealth has no ‘right or wrong’ way but is best the way that you prefer.

Fear, Greed, and Your Portfolio

We like to think there are times when humans can be 100 percent rational, but in reality, our emotions are always influencing our decisions whether we want to acknowledge that fact or not.

In fact, one of the most famous mathematicians of all time, Godel, based his foundational incompleteness theorem partially on that point. The universe is likely objective, but humans cannot always objectively measure, observe, or even understand it.

So stop fighting your irrationality. You’re officially off the hook.

Fear plus greed and your finances

SmartVestor Investment Seminars with Jeff Junior.

 

Empower yourself with knowledge and avoid life-changing mistakes – Be confident in your financial decisions in 2018! Join local radio host, TV personality and Dave Ramsey advisor, Jeff Junior for a complimentary meal and educational seminar at Flemings Steakhouse and learn: 

What does it mean to be a Dave Ramsey Smartvestor advisor and how does that benefit you? 

What is a “trusted fiduciary” and why is he or she bound and focused, solely on your best interest.

Why a first or even second financial opinion is critical to surviving 20-40 years of retirement.

How to be confident you’re making the best choices with your life altering decisions

What makes Trajan Wealth different and better than others.
– and much more!

Seating is limited and the event will fill quickly.  Please call 480-990-3300 for more information and to reserve your seat. 

Financial Advisor or Broker? Key Differences You Should Know.

* This original article was published on KTAR.com 

Volatile market swings create emotional minefields for many. Investors aren’t sure what to do to safeguard their money and often the people they assume can be trusted don’t have the customer’s best interest in mind.

In the financial arena, most professionals carry one of two designations: broker or registered investment adviser. Both deal with financial and investment products and it’s a safe bet that most people assume they do essentially the same job.

There is, however, a significant difference. Registered investment advisers are held to a fiduciary standard while brokers must comply with a suitability standard.

The suitability standard gives advisers the most wiggle room: It simply requires that investments must fit clients’ investing objectives, time horizon and experience.

Features of Annuities That Are Better Than Ever Before

You may have heard the saying, “It’s not your father’s annuity. That’s because annuity products have evolved significantly throughout the past decade. This has also contributed to an environment full of mixed messages regarding the pros and cons of annuities.

We recently wrote a blog on ‘Why People Hate Annuities’ but the truth is, there are plenty of reasons why to love them too. Joint policies for married couples, death benefits and guaranteed income for the rest of your retirement are just a few. Read the full article on KTAR News  and call us to see if Annuities make a good match for your portfolio.

 

Trajan Wealth Fee-Only Financial Advisors

There are two ways a financial advisor is compensated. ”fee-only” or “fee-based. The names sound very similar, but the differences can be like night and day.

Many investments are riddled with hidden fees. As an example, do you know what a 12b-1 fee is? A 12b-1 is an additional fee mutual funds charge for advertising, or paid out as kick-backs to help acquire new clients. What’s worse, is it’s not transparent!

Welcome to Trajan Wealth.

We use no-load investments that do not charge upfront or back end sales charges and we will never use investments with 12b-1 fees. As Fee-Only, we have a fiduciary duty to put your best interest first meaning low- cost and low-fee saving programs. As a fiduciary, We are paid a flat advisory fee and have incentive to grow your portfolio. The more you make, the more we make. We are dedicated to developing unique investment strategies and helping you navigate your present and future financial life, paving a clear path for you and your financial goals.

 

Top Three Mistakes Veterans Make With Their Retirement

Serving in the United States Armed Forces is a career choice that often requires years of sacrifice, dangerous assignments with sometimes not a lot left over when it comes time to retire.

As Desert Storm veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I have experienced many benefits associated with the military. However, I have also witnessed many mistakes veterans (and civilians) make with their pensions and retirement plans. 

Assessing risk shouldn’t be scary.

Risk comes in many shapes and sizes. It is important to understand each of them as well as possible so that you can avoid negative results and feelings. For example, selecting investments outside of the risk you can emotionally tolerate can lead to stress and poor investment decisions; not properly assessing the risk that a fixed asset presents could mean inadvertently hurting your savings’ potential for growth and can impact your access to the funds when you need them. Worst of all, not realizing the inherent risks in the investments you choose completely removes your ability to hedge against them.

What Does Being a Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro Really Mean?

Dave Ramsey is one of America’s most trusted voice on money and business matters.  He is a personal money-management expert, radio personality, and author of numerous books. We are excited to be part of the SmartVestor program because Dave’s beliefs about financial education and retirement planning are rooted in the same beliefs as Trajan Wealth. By having the heart of a teacher, and not of a salesman, we dedicate the time needed to listen to your goals and educate you on your investment options. 

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Trajan Wealth helps our clients prepare for a successful future through financial options that are best for your lifestyle. Speak to our financial team today about your future goals and how we can help.

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