The VIJ Financial Literacy Program For Teens Is Seeking Your Help

The VIJ Financial Literacy Program For Teens Is Seeking Your Help


Out of 13 years of formal schooling – I wasn’t able to go to college due to severe health issues – I learned about investing and basic financial literacy for only 3 or 4 months of that time.

And even then, it was the very basics of everything.

This is a disgrace.

And I’ve always thought this made zero sense.

Lack of financial literacy is a huge reason people get into massive debt, make unwise financial and life decisions, and just get by on a month to month basis.

After more than a decade of being in the financial realm I have many thoughts on why financial literacy isn’t taught in schools. But this is a different post…

Plus, I don’t believe in making excuses when you can make a difference.

Today I’m announcing that my team and I are putting together a new program to do our part in educating people about basic financial literacy.

This new program focuses on teaching disadvantaged teens in my local, Tampa, Florida area, financial literacy and is called our VIJ Financial Literacy Program For Teens.

We’re teaching these kids not only basic financial literacy skills to help them now, but also to help them over their entire lives get out of and stay out of poverty.

I’ve partnered with my local library to put this program on to teach these at-risk kids about the following things…

  • Credit Cards
  • Debit Cards
  • Good and bad debt
  • How to budget
  • Should they go to college?
  • If not, what other options are there?
  • How to make money
  • How to save money
  • How to multiply money and how to get work towards getting rich
  • The power of self-belief and how to get more self-confidence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • And much more…

But I need your help…

These Kids Need Your Help

With 11+ years of experience in finance and investing, I know a lot about this area. And I think we’re putting together a fantastic program that will help these kids.

But, this is my first time putting together a program for and teaching teens so I’m sure I’m missing some important lessons that you know.

I talk about this more in the 6-minute video below…

I’m looking for your recommendations for lessons to teach these kids so we can help change their lives and help them get out of and stay out of poverty.

So I’ve got two questions for you that will help me shape this program for the better…

  • If you have teens what would you like your kids to learn about in a financial literacy program like this?
  • What would you have liked to learn in your teens about these kinds of topics that you now know?

Please let me know in the comments below so we can change these kids lives for the better.

I’ll keep you updated on this program as it nears in late April.

P.S. If you’d like to become a sponsor and / or partner in this kind of program please email me directly at jasonrivera@valueinvestingjourney.com, with the subject VIJ Financial Literacy Program.

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What To Do When The Market – Or Your Stock – Crashes?

What To Do When The Market – Or Your Stock – Crashes?

Sooooo…

Not sure if you noticed but the stock market dropped by more than 1,000 points twice last week – two of the market’s single day point drops ever – and a lot of people are freaking out.

Should you be?

No.

If you have disciplined investment processes you stick to, If you know what you’re doing, and if you own mostly good to great businesses, no you shouldn’t panic.

Or in many cases even do anything.

I answer the original question above in multiple different ways in the 13-minute video below. And I elaborate on these thoughts below the video.

In the video above, you learned why you should almost never panic in these kinds of situations.

Markets rise, markets fall, and in general, the market will continue to rise over time, barring a worldwide economic collapse. And if this happens, we will all have a lot more to worry about than our portfolios.

If you can ignore the market and continue doing disciplined research and you follow your processes for what worked for you in the past, you’ll do fine no matter what the market is doing.

That is, if you can keep your emotions in check.

This is the major potential problem every investor faces when a crash of any kind happens.

Why?

Because if you can’t keep your emotions in check, it doesn’t matter how much knowledge or skill you have as a value investor… If you can’t keep your emotions in check you will fail.

So what can you do about this?

Ignore the news, ignore the panic, stick to your processes, and learn how to control your emotions.

And keep in mind…

Even though most of the headlines said something like “Biggest One Day Crash In The Market’s History”, on a percentage basis these falls aren’t even in the top 20 biggest daily percentage losses. But the media doesn’t say that because it’s not as juicy of a headline.

Largest Percentage Daily Declines In US Stock Market History – The two ~4% Drops From Last Week Aren’t Even In The Top 20 Above

Am I saying you don’t need to be careful and reassess your portfolio to see if you should sell something or possibly to get more into cash? No.

I’ve said the market is overvalued for the last 5 years and it’s continued to go straight up. And it could continue to go straight up.

Or it could continue to crash…

No one knows when the next crash is going to happen.

If someone tries to tell you they know when the market or stock is going to crash, they’re full of shit and you need to run from them.

All I can tell you is the above…

If you continue to follow your disciplined processes and keep your emotions in check, long-term you’ll be fine.

In the short-term, your portfolio may get hammered in a crash, but if you’re concentrated on the long-term and are in mostly good to great businesses or cash you’ll be fine.

Get ready, learn as much as possible, continue to improve every day, and go with the flow like I talk about in the video above.

These are the best things you can do in these kinds of situations.

The WORST thing you can do is panic like the media, make emotional decisions, and watch the news on a minute by minute basis which will make your emotions go even crazier.

In the video above I mentioned many things I’ve done to get my mind out of the market. Things like learning and improving myself, my businesses, and my team.

What are some things you do to get rid of your emotions when the stock market or a stock you own crashes?

I’d love to hear some of them in the comments below.

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Value Investing In Your Car Episode 7 – Mini Book Review Of Total Recall

Value Investing In Your Car Episode 7 – Mini Book Review Of Total Recall

In Episode 1 of Value Investing In Your Car, I answered the question Does Value Investing Work Anywhere In The World?

In Episode 2I answered the question When Does Value Investing Work Best?

In Episode 3, I told you about the best book I read in 2017, and recommended some other great books that I read in the same year.

In Episode 4, I talked about how my family inspires me to become great and how having someone or something inspire you can change your entire life.

In Episode 5, I talked about how I may have found a new investment for the first time in almost 3 years.

In Episode 6, we talked about Anchoring Bias, its immense power, and how this relates to value investing.

And today in Episode 7, I’m doing a mini book review of Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography.

Let’s get to it…

Mini Book Review of Total Recall

Probably The Best Autobiography I’ve Ever Read

This is a value investing blog so why the hell are you seeing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger above?

To almost anyone on Earth, Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely thought of as a movie star, icon, bodybuilder, Governor of California or some combination of those four things.

But did you know he was wealthy before he became a worldwide movie star?

If you didn’t, you’re not alone…

This biography had been on my radar for years but I didn’t actually buy it until I heard Tim Ferriss interview Arnold about the book and get into how he’s a successful business person and entrepreneur.

I mostly read finance and finance – related information so why would this biography even be on my radar to read at all?

Because for people of my age – I’m 31 – Arnold Schwarzenegger is a bit of an icon.

I grew up with his movies, his fitness programs where in my schools all the way up to middle school, I won several of his Presidential Physical Fitness Awards in elementary and middle school, and after listening to this fantastic book, I learned he was an even bigger influence than I first knew for people of my generation.

For example, I didn’t know he was a huge force in bringing back the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards mentioned above until listening to this book. And I didn’t know he was a huge partner in building the restaurant chain Planet Hollywood that was big in the 90’s.

In short, if you are in my generation in the US, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a force and he had a massive influence on society.

But again, even with this, I didn’t buy the book until he and Tim Ferriss talked about his entrepreneurship and various business ventures. This is what hooked the business nerd in me to finally buy it.

And I’m glad I did…

It’s one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read. And it’s going into the Recommended Reading and Viewing Page as a MUST READ!!!

Here is a brief video talking about why I loved this book so much.

Some of the stuff you’ll learn in this fantastic book are…

  • How he came from nothing in Austria to become a worldwide icon
  • ALL the business ventures that led him to become wealthy well before he even stepped on a movie set
  • How fantastic his work ethic is
  • How optimistic he is about almost everything
  • How varied his interests outside of movies, bodybuilding, fitness, etc. are
  • How he helped build organizations like the ones above and the Special Olympics
  • How and why he got into politics
  • How he built not only several business empires but also a real estate investing empire
  • And much much more…

After I finished the book, I did some research and found a couple of articles that estimated JUST his real estate investments to be worth north of $300 million.

And this doesn’t include any value from his movies or other business ventures.

So not only is Arnold Schwarzenegger a cultural icon to so many in my generation but he’s also become one of my business icons after listening to this fantastic audiobook.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Total Recall in the comments below if you’ve read it.

Before you go, here is another great article about Arnold’s real estate empire and the mindset that led him to reach this status.

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Value Investing In Your Car Episode 6 – The Power Of Anchoring Bias

Value Investing In Your Car Episode 6 – The Power Of Anchoring Bias

In Episode 1 of Value Investing In Your Car, I answered the question Does Value Investing Work Anywhere In The World?

In Episode 2I answered the question When Does Value Investing Work Best?

In Episode 3, I told you about the best book I read in 2017, and recommended some other great books that I read in 2017.

And in Episode 4, I talked about how my family inspires me to become great and how having someone or something inspire you can change your entire life.

In Episode 5, I talked about how I may have found a new investment for the first time in almost 3 years.

And today in Episode 6, we’re talking about Anchoring Bias, its immense power, and how this relates to value investing.

So what is anchoring bias?

Anchoring Bias – A Major Cognitive Bias And Mental Model

Anchoring bias is an incredibly powerful cognitive bias.

Above is the generally known definition for anchoring bias… I would change one minor thing about the above – this change is in bold.

I would change it to this – “Anchoring or focalism is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered or the piece of information that best fits what they want.  Even if it’s not reality.

Why?

In the 10 minute video below, I describe a real-world example about how I struggle with anchoring bias and gas. What I do about this bias, and how understanding the mental model of anchoring bias and what to do about it can help you become a better value investor.

I talk about a real – world example in the video above but a value investment example would be…

Let’s say you found a small cap investment that is undervalued and that it’s worth $25 per share, so you decide to buy its shares at $20 while you can.

Instead of going up though, the stock price drops to $10 a share – or a 50% drop – 6 months later based on some very short – term problems for the company.

After reanalyzing the company to see if you made a mistake, you find out that these problems haven’t changed the economics or profitability of the company at all. And have done nothing to harm the long – term health of the company’s operations or balance sheet.

Should you buy more, do nothing, or sell your stock?

If you let anchoring bias get in the way – and your emotions take over – you may make the decision to sell because of these short – term problems.

Even if you should hold on – or even maybe buy more shares – since the company is the same or better off now, than it was when you first bought.

Knowing what anchoring bias is and how to potentially deal with these emotions and cognitive biases are part of the battle when you come across this example yourself after you buy an investment.

Some of the other stuff talked about in this video…

  • Why understanding Anchoring Bias is so important for value investing
  • Why understanding other cognitive biases and mental models are important to become a great value investor as well
  • How I still struggle with anchoring bias every time I gas up my truck
  • What I do about this
  • How I fight against this and other biases
  • And more

I’d love to hear your thoughts on anchoring bias in the comments below.

Here’s another post on Medium about anchoring bias if you want to learn more.

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You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To Part 2

You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To Part 2

I wrote the original You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To post in 2015, with the hopes to inspire you.

To help you see that if you’re willing to work hard enough, you can do anything you dream of…

Even if you only have literally half a brain like one of the little girls I highlighted in the post linked above.

Today’s post is an elaboration of these thoughts.

Last week I announced the launch of our new Value Investing Journey Masterclass.

In this 6 – week course, you’ll learn everything you need to know to become a great value investor.

You’ll learn the terms, to what they mean and why they’re important, to multiple different valuations and how to use them, how to read and take notes from financial statements and more.

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to evaluate businesses BY YOURSELF, and you’ll have all the necessary tools to become a great value investor and business analyst.

But you won’t just learn about value investing and finance.

You’ll also learn about how you can get better in many aspects of your life since you can use almost everything in this course every day.

For example; patience, discipline, and emotional stability – the majority of what I talk about in this first week of the program and throughout the entire course at length – are ultra-valuable life skills.

And you can use the skill of value investing every day if you’re a business person or entrepreneur.

Why do I put this kind of stuff in a value investing course?

Because learning how to become better in ALL aspects of your life EVERY SINGLE DAY will help you become great.

Continuing from the example above, we could all use a little more patience, discipline, and emotional stability.

To me, a huge part of becoming your best self is first believing in yourself and believing that You Can Do Anything You Put Your Mind To.

At the beginning of this post is part one of my thoughts on this.

Below is a brand new video I recorded for members of the Value Investing Journey Masterclass where I elaborated on these thoughts.

I’m sharing this exclusive video from the course with you today for FREE because I want to prove to you that you can do the same in your life. You just have to be willing to do the work.

Highlights of the 22-minute video are…

  • I go in-depth on my life story on what led me to where I am today
  • Overcoming severe health issues that have taken 42% of my life thus far and still counting
  • That’s not a typo
  • I’d never thought about or calculated this number before doing this video so I almost break down on camera while talking about this and coming to this realization
  • How you can do anything you put your mind to if you’re willing to work towards your goals and dreams every day
  • Even if for only 30 minutes a day
  • And more…

This is just one of the dozens of videos I recorded for this course. Just one of the 85 lessons – I put about because we’re still tweaking the final number – in this course for you to learn from.

And it’s just one of the dozens of hours of videos, articles, PDFs, book recommendations and more from this program that will help you reach your life’s goals.

To invest in yourself and this Value Investing Masterclassclick here .

I hope this post helps you realize you can do anything you want in life because I believe in you.

Jason

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