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Amazing Facts on The Major Credit Card Companies and Amazon.com: As You Shop This Holiday Season 2015

As you spend money this month on holiday shopping, here are some amazing facts on the most popular credit and debit cards that I am 99.99% sure are in your, pockets, purses, wallets and handbags: Bonus Amazon.com

Holiday Shopping 2015
1. Nine years ago, a person charged $5,000* on his/her MasterCard and today she/he still trying to pay off the balance if they only pay the minimum required monthly payment

2. Nine years ago, another person invested $5,000 in MasterCard Stock (bought shares). Today that $5,000 is worth $106,203

3. Now, which person will you be 10, 20 or even 40 years from now?

Please click on the link below if you want to see how well you would have done with shares of Visa and American Express and, even, astonishingly Amazon.com

(MA) Starting trading as public in 2006: Today’s Value of $5,000 invested is now worth $106,203
June 08 of 2006 $5,000 divided by $ 4.61 = 1 084.59 x 97.92 current (current price 12/07/2015) = $106,203

Visa (V): Starting trading as public in 2008: Today’s Value of $5,000 invested is now worth $29,749.00
Visa : May 19 of 2008 $5,000 divided by $ 13.37 = 383.97 shares 79.55 x current (12/07/2015) = $29,749

American Express (AXP): Has been publicly trading for over 43 years. Starting trading as public in 2006: Today’s Value of $5,000 invested is now worth $106,203.

June 01 1972: $5,000 divided by $ 1.42 = 3,521.12 shares x 70.61.55 (current price 12/07/2015) = $248,627)

And now for an, even more, Amazing facts on a company that you must use credit or debit cards to pay; Amazon.com!

I am very sure you someone you know is doing some shopping on Amazon.com. Now, let see how well you would have done if you invested the same $5,000 when AMZ first became a publicly traded company on May 16, 1997, as of 12/07/2015.

$1,935,924.85!! Yes, your $5,000 would be now worth almost $2 Million USD.

Oh, Amazon is the one stock that does not pay any dividends that I wrote in my book, “: How NOT to Lose Money, Over 110 Years of Investing History Cannot Be Wrong”, a book you must buy.

And, if you had just bought just one share when my book was published last year November 24, 2014, it would have cost you $335.64 but that one share would be worth as of today $677.33, over 100% in return–compare that to your savings and checking account that is only paying less than one percent.

* Very Important fact when you charged and owed money on your credit cards; that money is not owed to MasterCard or Visa, it is owed to the bank or firm where you make the monthly payment.

If you want to learn a lot more, please check out my blogs posting and my books

powerful personal finance books which are sold everywhere, where e-books or paperbacks books are available.

Or you can just simply click this link

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Why I Changed My Mind on Amazon

Three quick questions?

1) Are you one of the millions that shop on Amazon and just love getting that package delivered exactly on time?
2) Do You want to have more money in the future?
3) Do you own share of Amazon (AMZN)?

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When it comes to companies as large and life-altering as Amazon.com, you have to make an exception to the Safe Investing Rules. The reason I always avoided buying Amazon stock for years is that they do not pay cash dividends (even though I’ve been watching and hoping it would have a huge correction almost every business day). I even sell amazon books on stock investing!

My strict rules when I buy a stock are as follows:

1) The companies must be profitable and since my background is accounting, I am an expert at reading, understanding, and knowing financial statements. A lot of people just look at the bottom line or listen to a financial news blip. However, a company may show a net loss on its income statements, but a closer look at their cash flow statements will show that they have very good cash flow from operating activities and are very profitable. And they know how to legally NOT pay any taxes by growing the company (by the way, Amazon is an expert at doing this).

2) The companies must produce goods or services that millions of people use in their daily lives. For example, hundreds of millions of people in America have a Visa (V) or a MasterCard (MA) in their purse or wallet and they use them to purchase goods and services. WShoes

3) The companies I endorse must pay, at the very least, annual dividends that you can reinvest in the form of additional shares of the same company stock at zero cost (that means no commission). Quarterly dividends are even better, but very few companies do this. My very favorite is a company that pays monthly cash dividends, such as Reality Income (O) .

4) They must be companies that have understandable “how and what” in what they do in

their business—the more basic, the better. For example: a shipping company, Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NMM), brings huge bulk goods to and from countries around the world. Another company that has an important but simple mission is a freight train line, like Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC),  and CSX Corporation (CSX)  which moves huge quantities of goods from the Midwest to Florida.

5) And most importantly, I have to believe that the companies will be around, at a minimum, for another twenty-five-plus years—Wal-Mart or Coca-Cola, for example.

Amazon surely fits all the above-mentioned safer investing rules, except they do not pay dividends as of yet. However, they have a unique CEO/leader in Jeff Bezos, who is a true visionary and has a very long-term view. Bottom line/net income is not his main concern; he is mainly concerned about having happy repeat customers and capitalizing on niche markets, such as now striking a deal with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to deliver goods on Sundays when most people are at home. This is the kind of creative, out-of-the-box thinking that keeps a company ahead of the competition and moving forward. They have dominated in book sales online including my amazon books on stock investing.

Here are some financial numbers on Amazon you simply cannot ignore:

Top line Revenue:      Year 2009: $24.5 billion

Year 2010: $34.2 billion

Year 2011: $48 billion

Year 2012: $61 billion

Year 2013: $74.4 billion

Year 2014: $88.9 billion

That kind of growth rate is simply hard to be maintained, but if they can grow that well in a recessionary period, they have a very good chance to improve as the U.S. and world economies get better. It’s just a matter of time before the board of directors starts paying cash dividends.

In summary, Amazon is one of those stocks you have to hold in the very long-term part of your investment portfolio. The grandkids or your much younger relatives will be very happy you did.

More Dividend Investing 101:

Here is a very good video on dividend dates:

Ex-Dividend Date – Video | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/video/play/ex-dividend-date/

 

Two Financial Headlines That Will Shock You

Here are two money news headlines that will have you shaking your head

Breaking News

1) Per CNN Money.com: Only 48% of Americans have invested in the Stock Markets, this includes 401(k) money. That means 52% are missing out on the over 200% return in the past six years. There will be a lot of broke retired people in the future.

2) Per NPR.org:  So much money is going into Swiss Banks that the Swiss government is paying a negative rate of return, in other words, people are paying the Swiss Government to hold their own money … that is stupid.

Here is the great news; sooner than later, they have to come back in the stock market, and this will push the markets higher. I will make a prediction that within less than 18 months, the DOW (the 30 industrial stocks) will move from 18,000 to over 20,000!

In addition, these people are who work for a company that matches their employees’ contributions are actually saying to their employer, “That extra money that you are paying me so I do not have to work for forever and will have better much better financial life when I retire? Keep you money I do not want it, I want to be a worker bee for the rest of my life.”

Per CNBC .com:  Seventy-three percent of employers who have a 401(k) Plans for their employees match their employees contributions. Companies such as Wal-Mart Google, Medtronic, Starbucks will match 100% of your first 4-6% contribution.

So simple math: if you are earning $50,000 and you contribute 10% each year ($5,000), then your employer will contribute a matching amount the first 6% that is $3,000. So now you have a total of $8,000 starting to work for you each year.

But, say you work there 20 years and do not contribute a dime, then you gave up over $60,000! And if that $3,000 only compounded at 7% per year with dividends plus growth, you are missing out on $122,986, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollar of taxes savings that will be working for you if you are an intelligent investor.

And keep you money in a traditional 401(k) Plan and not a Roth.

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Please do note: Each company has different vesting periods on the money they match, for example the first year is 20% vested, second year is 60% vested then, after three years you are 100% vested. However, there are no vesting periods on the money you contributed for yourself–you are 100% immediately vested, and you can rollover/take this money with you any time you leave the company. In addition, the IRS and sometimes your employer set the limits each year on how much you can contribute each year.

 As of 2015, the limited by the IRS is $18,000 if you are under age 50, but if you are 50 or older (up to age 71-and-a-half), you can do an additional $6,000 for a total of $24,000 per year.

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Last Minute Tax Tip To Get A Bigger Refund!

Here is a quick and very easy way to get a bigger refund (or owe fewer taxes) while saving for your retirement at the same time!

1) Contribute $5,500 ($6,500 if you are 50 or older) to a traditional IRA … do not do a ROTH

2) Invest the money in FIVE different dividend paying companies for at least the next TWENTY years

Make sure these companies are companies that you and millions of other people must use their products and services every day. Here are some great examples of stocks & companies I’m talking about:

  • Your utilities company (Gas and Electric) you pay every month
  • a freight train companies such as CSX
  • Visa or Master if you use those cards daily or weekly
  • Food companies such as Sysco Corp.
  • The very company you pay for mobile phone service every month such as AT&T or Verizon
  • And last but not least, the gas company where you fill up your car bi-weekly, such as Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Marathon Oil, etc. (please read this very short blog)

Stop Paying your Electric Bill

3) Make sure that your quarterly (or monthly) dividends are enrolled in a Dividend Reinvestment Plan, also known as a DRIP.

4) Do not invest your money in Mutual Funds–over the long run, you will just get an average return and will not do as well as the top 5% of intelligent investors.

5) Here is how you will benefit; you pay fewer taxes now, and you should have a lot more money in 20 years from now because the taxes you did not pay are working for you!

6 You can thank me by downloading a copy of my book far as low as $4.99 at www.sherwinpbrown.com

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