What’s Your Most Powerful Money-Making Asset?

What’s Your Most Powerful Money-Making Asset?

What is your most effective money-making asset? The answer is – your inner potential. If you work hard and maximize your abilities, you, and by extension your wealth, have amazing growth potential. When you play chess, there are many different pieces and techniques to choose from. But YOU are the only one who can actually move the pieces around the board. Even if you play an automated chess game, it’s ultimately your decisions that help you win. Without you and the choices you make, there’s no game. Even the queen, arguably the most effective and versatile chess piece, can’t move by herself. You have the power Similarly, the surest way to build your wealth is to maximize your potential. How do you do that? Education Knowledge is power. Even if you were not raised with good financial habits, you can always learn. There is a wealth of online information about the basics of personal finance – such as stocks and bonds, how to budget, and investing techniques such as asset allocation, and much more. Arm yourself with knowledge, and you will have a greater potential to make sound financial choices.  Get good advice Don’t make financial decisions alone. Find an objective, qualified financial advisor to give you clear advice and teach you. Although you ultimately make the choices it’s always good to have help in the form of a qualified professional. Make the most out of yourself More than any other wealth-building tool, your own earning capacity and self-discipline can determine whether you will succeed in becoming as “rich as a king.” In order to maximize your career opportunities,... Click for more
How to Avoid This Surprise Chess Tactic, Which Could Mess up Your Finances

How to Avoid This Surprise Chess Tactic, Which Could Mess up Your Finances

One of the most deadly surprise chess tactics to watch out for in a game is the skewer. (Click here to watch a short video about the tactic.) A skewer targets two of your opponent’s pieces that are lined up. Usually, the more valuable of the two pieces flees, allowing the capture of the other one. Very often, this takes place in the form of a surprise attack. If you are extremely vigilant, however, you may be able to prevent this from happening. The same kind of surprise tactic can derail your finances, throwing them into disarray. Stop and think As an investor, you lack the same vantage point that allows chess players to observe every piece on the board. However, in many situations, if you just stop, think, and assess all the possibilities, you may be able to prevent yourself from falling victim to a surprise attack. Here’s an example: What would happen if you didn’t have an emergency fund? You have some savings, but they are in long-term investments that you can’t access in a hurry. One day, unexpectedly, your car breaks down and needs a very expensive repair. What do you do? Without an emergency fund, this huge expense is hard for you to bear. You can’t take the money out of your long-term savings as you need it as soon as possible, and you don’t have enough cash in your current account to cover it either. If you had built an emergency fund gradually, putting a little money aside over the preceding few months and years, you would have been able to cover this repair... Click for more
Why You Don’t Need a Perfect Plan to be a Successful Investor – Rich As A King Episode 145

Why You Don’t Need a Perfect Plan to be a Successful Investor – Rich As A King Episode 145

Do you need a perfect plan to be a successful investor? You might be surprised to hear the answer is NO! It’s possible to be a successful investor, even without the perfect plan. As a matter of fact, there is no such thing as a “perfect plan” since investors need to be flexible enough to react to market changes. Action is the key to becoming a successful investor. Compare it to a successful chess player who doesn’t spend the whole game dreaming about the best moves. He acts while the clock is ticking. Act now, and listen to this podcast about how to be a successful investor. If you aren’t already signed up to receive our newest blogs by email, sign up... Click for more
How to Find the Best Time to Invest – Rich As A King Episode 144

How to Find the Best Time to Invest – Rich As A King Episode 144

When is the best time to invest? When the markets go up or down? This financial podcast explains why timing the market may not be the best investing strategy. The best chess players don’t let their emotions affect their performance on the board. Learn how to transfer that knowledge to the finance world, and get tips on how to be objective when making financial decisions. If you aren’t already signed up to receive our newest blogs by email, sign up... Click for more
Why Following Market Trends Can Make You Lose Money

Why Following Market Trends Can Make You Lose Money

Some people treat market trends like any other kind of fashion. Just as many people dress in a certain style because it’s popular, some investors choose a particular type of investment or react in a particular way to the markets because “everybody’s doing it.” But is that wise? Don’t follow the crowd Imagine taking this approach when playing a game of chess. Instead of thinking whether your strategy is of any real benefit to your particular situation and if it’s actually helping you win, you blindly follow a specific approach simply because you read about it on a couple of chess blogs. Without questioning it, how do you know if it’s a good strategy for you? In fact, when Susan Polgar and I wrote Rich As A King, she said a common problem she sees with amateur players is that they often memorize openings of world champions, but then get stuck because they don’t really know what to do once the board develops into the mid-game. While a particular strategy may be popular because it really is effective, that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s right for you every time. You need to look at what’s happening on the chessboard, what your opponent is doing, and then determine which strategy can help you win in your specific situation. Blindly following a strategy just because it sometimes works or because it worked for someone else, without stopping to think about its actual effectiveness in your particular situation, can be a huge mistake. As Ralph Charell wrote, “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess... Click for more
What You Need to Beware of When Finding Great Mutual Funds – Rich As A King Episode 142

What You Need to Beware of When Finding Great Mutual Funds – Rich As A King Episode 142

When looking to invest in great mutual funds or make any other investment decisions, understand what “survivorship bias” and “creation bias” are and how these can become potential pitfalls. Biased decision-making can also affect the world of chess. Listen to learn what biases you should look out for both in investing and on the chessboard.   For more about investing in mutual funds, read this. If you aren’t already signed up to receive our newest blogs by email, sign up... Click for more