Freedom Through Passive Income

Ep 348 - How News Can Wreck your Retirement

December 14, 2022 Flip & Dani Robison Season 1 Episode 348
Freedom Through Passive Income
Ep 348 - How News Can Wreck your Retirement
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There's a theme going on this week where we're talking a lot of the same things because we're planning for this new year. We know the types of funds that we're creating, in order to help people diversify and put their money into certain buckets. We will talk about this news thing that came up because of the environment that we're in and the conversations that we're having with investors right now.

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During turbulent times, investors are uncertain and even fearful about placing their money. To help educate our less experienced investors, our team is reaching out to our more seasoned investors for guidance and advice that we can share with our newer clients. One thing that drives our fear and can paralyze us from making sound financial decisions is the news. In the past, the news was about sharing meaningful information whereas today, the news seems to be about sound bytes that elicit emotion and feed ratings. The news can negatively impact our investments when the full story is not shared. If a C.E.O. change occurs, it may be reported but the reason behind the change and the positive trajectory the company might take with a new chief executive is omitted. This can cause the price of a stock to rise or fall because we are not fully informed. This volatility can cause us to move our money in and out of investments and constantly try to catch-up. Whereas we would have been better served had invested in real estate for the long haul.

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Hey everybody! Flip and Dani here, founders of the Freedom Real Estate Group Family of Companies and welcome to another episode of our podcast, which is called Freedom Through Passive Income. That's right, and welcome to another episode and this episode is entitled "How News Can Wreck Your Retirement?". Dun dun dun! That's right. This is a good one. So there's a theme going on this week that 's like just a variation on a theme, we're talking a lot of the same things because we're planning for this new year. We know the types of funds that we're creating, in order to help people diversify and put their money into certain buckets. 

And so this news thing came up because of the environment that we're in, right? And the conversations that we're having with investors right now of, I don't know what's going on in this market. I don't know what I should do, I don't know if I should sit on my money. We've actually talked as a team about for all the investors that are investing with us right now, we're gonna do like, you know, get them on a call, just like you and I are right now. And we're gonna say, hey, Flip, so you just invested in this, you know, deal that we are doing and understanding the market conditions and what we're going into? Why did you feel strongly about investing during this time? And letting them answer the question, because there's a lot of investors without the fear of investing during this time. And it's because they've experienced the ups and downs of the cycles. And they understand their investment is for the long term. And they've done the research. And they've done all the work to know the types of assets that they want to be investing in. So there's this group of people that are like, no problem, I'm investing. And then there's this other group of people that we're trying to educate. They're like, ah, the sky is falling. And we want to help the people where the sky is falling, right? And I think news is a big part of that. And so, Flip, I'm gonna let you kind of talk about us and our viewpoint of news and you know, your feeling about the emotions and the mindset that creates when you hear things that, you know, is talked about on TV.

Yeah, it's, I mean, well, we don't watch the news. We stopped watching the news. Excuse me, we stopped watching the news a long time ago. You know, because it's, oh well, it's negative and fear drives ratings. Yup. You know, and so everything could be going great in the world, but the news is gonna be a half an hour of all the crap that's gone wrong. Yeah. And you're gonna be like, Oh, no, all that's going wrong. Well, I need to do this. And I need to change everything, because they're saying all this over here. And meanwhile, everything's going great. Yeah. You know, and then sorry, that's a very broad brushstroke. It's the you know, this, I just, it got comical after a while of watching the news, you know, it's just like, it's not even I laugh about it, because I'll go on Facebook on my phone. And there's a little news button. 

And I don't click on that news button to get the news. I actually click on the news button to actually seek for comedy, because the titles or the headlines of these news articles are so misleading, that it's comical. Yeah. Probably more humor in that than actually Facebook thread. So, but I don't even use it for news. I mean, there was a couple of times where I actually got some valuable information of it, but that stopped a long time ago. So it's horrible. It's just horrible. That they will write whatever they need to write, to get you to listen and to get you to read their articles. Yes.

And the interesting thing to me the more and more I have, we have stopped watching the news. And I personally have stopped, like consuming so much social media. Because there's two, you can be on social media, you can be a creator or consumer and I have been both a lot between creator and consumer. I think you've been a wee creator and a wee consumer like you're just not big on social media. But we will both find ourselves scrolling at certain times of the day when we say we need a mind break and it's just crazy how that's not really a mind break, but when you are consuming that type of information. If you go out in the world and you actually just pay attention. It is interesting to see the exact opposite, you know of the doom and gloom of the fear, the everything that they are portraying. You go out there's people with just the biggest hearts and they're trying to help others. They're giving money to you know, causes. They're being polite and respectful in terms of, hey, you can go here, hey, you know, they're not in this big rush. And they're not big mean jerks. And they're like that the world is a really great place to live in. 

And there's really great people in the world doing good things, more so than probably people even realize if they're not getting out and paying attention. And you could be getting out and just not paying attention. But if you start paying attention, you start seeing way more good than you do bad. But if you're allowing the news to consume you, that's one part of this topic, right?

The other part of this topic is that news can drive investments down. If you're an investor in the stock market, you have probably experienced something happening within a company that drove the stock down, right? It just freaking crash. And it's because you don't even have the inside details. You just heard the CEO got fired, you know? Or let's just take Disney for example, right? The CEO just got replaced. And so when people heard that, if there was fear, it might have, you know, driven stocks down. I think for the most part, people who know that CEO change was for the better. So it might, I didn't watch it, but it might have like, you know, it might have like, actually let stocks rise. But my point is that stocks is one of those things that is very highly affected by news. And news can totally wipe you out. Right? 

2008, when all of that happened, everybody got fearful and everybody started. And it was the market, right? Something happened in the market. And they started pulling their money out of every liquid investment that they possibly could, and things started crashing. Compare that to real estate, right? And when you have illiquidity, right when you put your money in something for the long term, and you know that that's the right thing to do. And to leave it alone, in times of crisis, no matter what's going on in the world, you just leave it and you let it grow, and you let it ride through the downfall, because you know that you put that money in because you didn't need it, right? It wasn't an investment and it was for the long term. And even if things go crazy, and suddenly you do need it, you can always find more money, right? You can always find another solution. And it's always better to find that secondary solution, there is always another way to go, I can gain more money this way. And I don't have to take it out of my long term bucket of that I'm building for retirement, because the last thing I want to do is be one of those people that doesn't have enough money to live through retirement, and has to work at Walmart as a greeter because I've got nothing else to do and I need a paycheck to be able to feed myself, or I have to move in with my family, we've had these discussions, lots and lots of times. 

So really, what this episode was about is the consumption of news and how bad it is for you. The reality that the world is a really good place. It's full of good people and full of great opportunities. And it's finding that your tribe that you want to be beside, and you want to invest and grow with through your lifetime. And that if you invest in things like the stock market, and things that are illiquid just know that something completely and totally out of your control, can, you know, make the stock market dive and completely ruin, you know, if it wipe out your savings for retirement, as opposed to other investments who may be safer and not fluctuate. Because a CEO is replaced, right? Like property value is a standalone measure. And it has the added value of providing shelter. It's not like we're going to not need shelter in the future, that's always going to be a thing. 

And as generations continue to change, the current generation doesn't find value in owning a home. What does that do for us? Who owns properties that rent it out to other people, it makes our properties more valuable, right? Because there's more people seeking our shelter. So I just think it's really important that you think about that when it comes to investing, about your portfolios that you don't leave your retirement accounts left to emotion. And you just go to bed with that peace of mind that your investments are not exposed to these kinds of discussions. Right? And that you're not worried about a piece of news, completely wiping you out. That's yeah, that's really what I wanted to kind of talk about today. Yeah, that's, that's all I got Flippy.

Yeah, the other thing is that one of the notes that I know that you have, and you talked about it just briefly, but the news can make people nervous and stock prices down, but that never affects rents. Yeah. Because even during COVID, you know, that was new to everybody. Nobody's gone preparing for a pandemic. At least not that I know of. You know, and so, it was but still, you know, we were fearful that the 500 doors that IPM has, nobody would pay their rent. Whereas it was a very small percentage that actually didn't pay their rent. Everybody's still paid their rent, you know, and so, talk about it, you know, here's the pandemic where everything just went to hell in a handbasket. But still people are paying their rents, you know, and so to talk about a great investment. That's why we always talked about that, because that was the eye opener for me. Yeah. Yeah, for sure. Love it. Yeah. 

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Welcome to our Podcast!
On today’s episode, How News Can Wreck your Retirement
What’s going on in this market?
We stopped watching the news
Creator & Consumer
Start paying attention
News can drive investments down
Market during 2008
The reality that the world is a really good place
As generations continue to change
Market during the pandemic
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