Dec 242015
 

It’s a Wonderful Life – Movie

I recently watched a black and white film from 1946 called It’s a Wonderful Life. The story is about a man named George Bailey who becomes overwhelmed with family obligations and a sense of responsibility towards his work and the people in his community of Bedford Falls. Faced with mounting financial challenges George starts to fall into despair. But just when things start to look really grim, an angel appears and tries to help George.👼

The angel shows George how dreadful the town would have been if he had never been born. Through a vision we see that those who are close to George are either ruined, or miserable. George learns to appreciate his family and his happiness. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that he truly has a wonderful life. :)

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The lesson we can take away from this movie is that wealth isn’t only measured by numbers in a bank account. Our character and virtue can mean a lot too. Have a great holiday everyone! 😀

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Dec 142015
 

Achieving More Notoriety

I’ve gone and done it now. 😅 Once again Freedom 35 Blog has become the subject of intriguing discussions across several online news sites and public message boards. :)

This humble little blog is becoming more popular than ever! I’ve found some of these online remarks and wanted to share them with my regular readers here. Below are some examples of what people from all around the web are saying about this site.

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Sweet butter crumpets! 😮 Well guess what, internet? Now it’s my turn! 😁

Wow! Where to even begin? Well first of all, let me just start by pointing out how surprisingly refreshing it is to hear all these unique viewpoints. 😀 As a novice investor who still has a lot to learn I genuinely appreciate any helpful feedback I can get. I don’t know any of these commentators, but I’m sure they’re all friendly people in real life.

But with that said, I can also take a hint. I think the general gist from these comments is clear: If interest rates go up then I’m screwed. :(

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Sep 122015
 

Change the way you look at the world

Albert Einstein once said the biggest decision each person has to make in life is to figure out if they live in a friendly or hostile universe. When you Change the way you look at the world, the world will change around you. 😉

If we see the world as a hostile, angry, and resentful place, then that is what we will create for ourselves in life. Some people spend their time looking for occasions to be offended. They actually want to find something to be upset about. It gives them an excuse to be patronizing and gives them an ego boost. And there’s certainly no shortage of potentially offensive material in the world if we look for them. But it’s easier to change how we think about something than to change the rest of the world.

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On the other hand optimists believe the world is abundant in kindness, resources, and prosperity. The most positive people are generally open minded and not attached to the idea that the world has to constantly revolve around them.

The good news is we can choose how we look at things. If we think the financial markets are going to crash and have a negative outlook on the economy then why would we invest? Why buy a home? Why not wait for the crash before jumping in to buy? Why buy stocks when it’s all just a gamble? It simply wouldn’t make sense to invest if we actually believe we are better off to stash our money under the mattress. But if this is the way we think then we’ll likely miss out on some huge gains in the future. :(

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Aug 172015
 

Donald Trump Reveals His Personal Finances 📈

I watched part of the Republican debate earlier this month. Some Americans warn that if Donald Trump becomes the next President then there will be Hell toupée. 😠 But he also has a lot of dedicated supporters. He’s quite a polarizing political figure. But what’s even bigger than his brash character and bold hairstyle is his impressive portfolio of material wealth. :)

His net worth is not clear as it’s difficult to put an exact value on such intangibles like his brand. Many sources say he is worth about $4.5 billion while Trump himself claims he is worth about $8.7 billion. As a presidential candidate Trump is required by law to disclose his finances to the Federal Election Commission. This opens up his personal finances for the whole world to see. It’s a great opportunity for us to study what makes him so successful in business and how we can possibly do the same. Trump’s financial disclosure documents reveal that over the last 18 months he’s made at least $380 million. This means Donald Trump makes about $250 million a year. Wow! It must be hard for anyone to Trump that kind of income. 😛

If he does somehow over-comb the controversies and become the next U.S. president, I expect he would want to make some changes to the White House. 😉

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🏢 Types of Incomes ⛳ 

Surprisingly only $14,000 of his $380 million income is from a salary, lol. This goes to show that the rich are very tax efficient. Salary and wages are the highest taxed income sources one can earn in both Canada and the U.S. Most of Trump’s income comes from his business and investments. He owns the Trump Tower Chicago, the Trump National Golf Club in N.J. and the Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla, among many other properties. Roughly half of his income, about $200 million during the 18 month filing period, came from golf courses and resorts. He also earned at least $10 million in royalties for licensing his brand to not only luxury hotels, but also to vodka makers and energy drinks companies.

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Jul 132015
 

Minions are cute yellow critters created by the brilliant minds who work at Universal Studios, and they are taking the world by storm. The Minions movie opened last month in Indonesia and then subsequently released in Australia, UK, and other countries. This past weekend was the North American début. Across Canada and the U.S., Minions opened in 4,302 threatres. On average each location sold $26,800 of tickets means the movie made an estimated $115 million domestically. :) That makes it the 2nd biggest opening for an animated film ever! only behind Shrek the Third. But all the Shrek movies are ogre rated if you ask me. 😆

The Minions Are Everywhere

Minions are taking over the world, drawing in consumers globally, and making large profits for its shareholders. Universal is owned by the publicly traded company, Comcast (CMCSA.) It only cost Universal $74 million to make Minions, according to Wikipedia, but the film has already made over $395 million at the box office world wide. Golly. What a terrific return on investment! 😉 It’s rare for the 3rd movie in a franchise to perform this well. The chances of that are probably one in a minion. 😆

Another way to have those Minions work for us is to buy Minion toys from McDonald’s. This investment method requires only $2 to get started so anyone can do it. The popular fast food company has teamed up with Universal to deliver little Minion toys that can talk. They come with every Happy Meal or can be purchased separately. If we manage to collect all 12 different Minions from McDonald’s then decades from now we could sell these toys for potentially hundreds of dollars. Ka-ching, baby. 😉

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Universal’s other summer blockbuster this year, Jurassic World, raked in $1.47 billion at the box office so far and is the 5th highest grossing film of all time, right behind Furious 7, which also happens to be a Universal film, lol. I suppose that’s why Comcast shares are up 9% over the past month. :) What a great start to the summer.

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