Category Archives: Time Value of Money

Topics about the time value of money (TVM).

My thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin (BTC) has been hacked several times, mostly for “proof of concept” and not for nefarious intent. The algorithms for creating new BTC are now so difficult to compute that most BTC farmers are out of that business. The processing power to break the global BTC ciphering ledger is well within the reach of organized […]

Discounted Present Value of Social Security Benefits

I just heard yet another “personal finance expert” offering some stupid advice on Social Security benefits. Social Security benefits generally become entitled at age 62. If the beneficiary defers receiving benefits for a few years, then higher monthly benefits are entitled. The so-called expert recommended NOT to elect to receive benefits at age 62, and […]

Only Cash Flow Matters

2014 Q1 is almost over. The lamestream media says everything is rosy (yeah, right). The problem with a cliff, even a demographic cliff, is that it is such a sharp drop-off that most folks can’t see the cliff until they are teetering the brink, especially when they are moving fast and thinking about something else. […]

Guru Interest Rates

I am often astonished at the real estate “Guru” who charge outrageous (unpublished) interest rates for their products. As if their astronomical pricing isn’t bad enough, they offer time payment plans that are nothing short of usurious, making high credit card interest rates seem reasonable in comparison. I recently sat through a yet another long-winded video […]

Low Interest Rates

Low interest rates are very enticing. I want to suggest caution, because an increase in interest rates will dramatically affect the value of real property. Real estate is a “borrowed money” business. The cost and structure of financing determines the income valuation of the property. Similar to bonds, the value varies inversely to the yield […]

The Infamous Reverse Mortgage

I just added a free PDF special report about the infamous “Reverse Mortgage”. There are finance companies that are offering the “Reverse Mortgage” to seniors (at least age 62). Seniors with a substantial amount of equity in their residence are targets of this aggressive predatory loan. There are many “celebrities” who claim a reputation for […]

Guru Tips on Refinancing

I just posted a new article on the Time Value of Money (TVM) principles for refinancing your home. I just heard some ridiculous financial advice from a “personal finance guru” regarding refinancing your home mortgage. Refinance to a lower interest rate. Refinance to a shorter amortization term (number of payments to pay off). Refinance only […]

Are You Ethical?

Most folks like to think that they are acting ethically and with integrity. The real test of whether you are ethically conducting your affairs is by looking from the other person’s point of view, as if what you are doing is being published on the front page of a major newspaper. I am not saying […]

Product Update: Property Analysis Worksheet Short Form

I just updated my Property Analysis Worksheet Short Form product. I added more detail lines to the RepairEstimates worksheet. If you purchased this product within the last 12 months, then you will receive an email with your free download link for the update. If you want to learn more about analyzing properties for quick-turning (fix-and-sell […]

Should I Pay Off This Mortgage Loan?

I just heard a personal finance expert recommend paying off a mortgage that has 14 years remaining. Here are the parameters of the 30-year fixed rate loan: Debt Present Value:   229,880Remaining Term:           168  (16 years paid, 14 years left)Annual Interest Rate:     6.6% (fixed over 30 years)Monthly Debt Service:  -2,100  (principal + interest)Annual Debt Service:  -25,200 […]