Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The End

I’m suspending further publication of this blog due to lack of time. This notice formalizes what has been evident for some time. I intend to concentrate on my favorite blogs History Moments and Literature Daily. While my personal blog may still continue on an irregular basis, my other blogs are hereby discontinued – for the same reason.

Find my complete profile on my LinkedIn Page. Important note on my social media: LinkedIn is my primary place for personal contact. Facebook is mostly for games. My views of Twitter as a social site are negative; I rarely log in to it. My Google+ experience is in its infancy.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Financial Planning and Control

Do you know what are the main purposes of financial planning and control?

Let's try estimating future needs, scoping out sources and uses of money, deciding how to financing, making course corrections on allocating funds. Does that about cover it?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Save $1,000

After you've got into the habit of planning a monthly budget and after you've got current with all your debts, the next step is to save an emergency fund. This savings is just for emergencies.

There's nothing so frustrating as to do all that work with budgets, make progress with bills, and then to get hit with some kind of emergency. You get right back behind on the bills again and you feel, "what's the use?" The emergency fund is for life's little emergencies.

As I said in the past, Dave is okay with his advise, however for many people there may just not be enough income to do all these things. What is needed is discipline and more income. An additional, part-time job to supplement the income may be necessary. Just note, that the Rich Dad crowd doesn't have the corner on financial wisdom, either. Additional income, without the spending discipline steps that Dave Ramsay suggests will only mean more spending. To truly get out of debt, some people may need to do both.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You May Be An Agent And Not Even Know It

People making agreements for another person or company are agents. Agents may have different scope of authority to act but more basic: how are agents created to begin with?

1) By express agreement. That means that the principal and the agent reach an understanding as to what the relationship is. This agreement may be written or oral.

2) By the conduct of the parties. If the two people act like there is a principal/agent relationship, then their conduct create the relationship. In other words, people cannot pretend to have agents in order to cheat others.

3) By ratification of an unauthorized act. This is the same kind of idea as above.

4) By estoppel. If I come home and I see you painting my house and I do nothing to stop you or even find out what is going on, then I’ve got to pay for the paint job, even though there’s no agreement to do so, unless I could satisfy a court that I had good reason not to suspect anything was wrong.

5) By necessity. A child, while away from home, may need to see a doctor on a medical emergency. The doctor has to show that his treatment and his bill was reasonable but if he does so, the parent is liable to pay the bill even though they had no prior knowledge or approval of the action.

However the relationship is established, agents are expected to act in the best interests of the principal.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hedy Lamarr on Success

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.

- Hedy Lamarr

More on Hedy Lamarr.

Monday, March 28, 2011

90/10 Rule

Their rule is that in investing 10% of the players win 90% of the money. This is opposed to the 80/20 rule where 20% of the clients generate 80% of the money.

What they're trying to say in both rules is that one ought to concentrate one's time and energy on those activities that will generate the most rewards.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The 6 Worst Fears

He says that man's worst fears are:

  • Poverty
  • Death
  • Ill Health
  • Loss of Love
  • Old Age
  • Criticism

I'm surprised that he did not list fear of rejection as that's what discourages most salesmen.

Hill believes that these fears come from ignorance and superstition. His remedy is organized knowledge.

- from page 122.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Get Current With Debt

By this he means that you stop having past due bills. He suggests prioritizing bills. Get current with necessities first. Things like your utilities, transportation, and so on. You cannot have your electricity or water cut off, nor your car repossessed. So, concentrate on these things first.

Then the other bills like credit cards and student loans. He does not say this, but I think you ought to negotiate with your creditors on ways to make increased payments to get current. You do not have to make lump sum payments, just increased payments to get current.

Final word: this is different than paying off your debt. This is just about getting over the past-due stage. First big savings are those late fees!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Managing Accounts Receivable

Can your company have too much receivables? Yes! There is a cost for each sale, even if that cost is the labor needed to obtain it. Cash flow has to come in before money can be paid out, else the outgo’s have to be paid for by borrowings, or delayed compensation to sales staff and other employees, or by additional invested capital from owners.

In short, accounts receivable costs your company money. They are like interest free loans to customers covered by costs from the company. Cash flow problems from having too much money tied up in receivables can ruin a company.

Financial managers need to calculate the costs of new credit sales to the availability of cash to cover those sales. Sometimes, a company may need to hunker down and wait for the customers to pay up rather than incur more costs.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dale Carnegie on Success

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

- Dale Carnegie

More on Dale Carnegie.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Doing What You Enjoy

Starting at page 87, they go on for several pages about having fun is essential to investing to win.

While it is important to have fun, many of us have responsibilities. Lots of work has to be done in the world and someone has to do it. That work is not fun. - Though menial jobs can be fun. I remember washing dishes in a resteraunt and thinking that if the pay was enough, I would like to do this forever. It gave me a rush to see how fast I could push them through.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The One-A-Week Club

Hill gives a case study of the application of the "Master Mind".

An auto dealer paired up his salesman and set a quota of 1 sale per week. Those who met the quota got special treatment. The pairings meant that people had partners they could rely on and the quota gave them goals to achieve. People seem to work better when they do not work alone and when they agree on what needs to be done.

- from page 118.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

About Masters of Finance

My vision for this blog is to identify some of the major writers and thinkers in the area of personal and business finance and to give my views on what they wrote. My posts are short. I encourage my readers to get hold of the books themselves and read them.

Then there’s a few extras.

Each week, I give a post on some current finance story in the news. This can be anything from individual tax news to national economics.

Each Saturday, I will review some other finance blog. Occasionally, I shall just talk about this one and what’s going on with it.

This blog’s purpose is to fill a gap. I distrust lengthy articles on individual topics. I think that financial advice ought to be part of a comprehensive philosophy of how to do things. That’s why I wonder if blogs are the best medium to begin with to dispense financial advice. That’s why I take a few important books and go through them, sharing my thoughts with you. The problem with books, though is their inability to keep current. That’s why the news articles.

I learn a lot by doing this blog and I hope my readers do, too.

Friday, March 18, 2011

What's Going On With the National Debt?

Here's a very informative article about an interview the House Budget Chairman gave on the state of the national debt and its impact upon the economy.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Budget Monthly

Budgets need to be practical. That’s why he recommends that you begin fresh each month. Budget what you earn, when the money comes in, and then schedule out what bills to pay.

My parents used a very simple method. They used to cash all checks and then put the money in envelopes. They paid only cash for all their bills and expenses. The system worked for them.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3 Step Direct Forecasting

This fancy term means that forecasts should be analyzed and compared to three kinds of data: national economic, industry, and company.

1) A company can compare its sales projections to economic projections. For example, a 5% increase may be sub-par in boom economy but great in a recession.

2) A company can compare its sales projections to other companies in its own industry.

3) A company can compare its sales projections to its own past sales.

Looking at sales performance from these three perspectives gives management additional information to refine their decisions.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Benchley on Success

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.

- Robert Benchley

More about Robert Benchley.

Picture: from "How to Sleep". The short film became his best-known work, and earned him an Academy Award.

Monday, March 14, 2011


They give 3 types but they really only mean 2: those who invest not to loose and those who invest to win.

Not to loose investors utilize mutual funds and believe in diversifing. This is probably still better than not investing at all. Even if the market falls, and they recover pennies on the dollar, those are still pennies they would not have had had they just spent them.

Investing to win means making informed decisions about a few vehicles. Kiyosaki and Trump both made their piles in real estate but their general idea is to invest in something that one has knowledge of and some degree of control over.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Hill says to avoid them. I'm not so sure. Some projects just are not worth undertaking. (Those bad American Idol contestants come to mind.)

Still, it is better to pursue something than to just drift through life - as long as one can pay the bills!

As for Hill, he recommends ruthlessness in cutting off relations with minds that do not harmonize with your own.

- From page 113.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blogging Away Debt

This is a personal site of a wife who obsesses about the family debt and decided to blog about it. Thus, it is more of a journal rather than an advice blog. It can be read for inspiration as well as for as a case study of how one family is coping.

She mentions Dave Ramsay in a few posts, so I assume she is following his system. She covers purely personal topics as well. Her latest post is about her pregnancy.

As of this writing she’s got their debt down to $8,000 - all of it student loans. Since there’s no amount listed for home mortgages owed, we can assume they re renters.

All in all, this blog occupies a limited niche but it occupies that niche well.