Archive for October 2018

Is This Mutual Fund A Good Investment?

Many people are hesitant to begin investing because they think that it is some incredibly complicated venture that is only for the uber wealthy. I am here to tell you that it is not that difficult and you can (and should!) get started today at some level.

Most people feel this apprehension towards investing because they do not really know how to tell if they are making a sound investment. There is some research that you can do to make this decision. In fact, I have a process that I go through when deciding if a mutual fund, specifically, is a good investment. Here are the questions I ask when I get ready to make an investment:

  1. Do I like the product or service they are delivering? Do my children like it? I want to like a product that I am going to invest in first and foremost. If I like a product there is a good chance other people will like it as well. The same holds true for if I dislike a product or service.  
  2. Is the company profitable? Does the company share those profits with shareholders in the form of dividends? I do not typically invest in companies that are not profitable although there are a lot of people that have made a lot of money off of their stock. When I invest in a company I want to see that they can move an idea towards profitability.
  3. What is the P/E? Once I know if a company is profitable, I next look at the P/E or the price to earnings ratio. This is calculated by finding the earnings per share (the total profits of the company divided by the total number of shares) and the current price of the stock. The P/E is calculated by dividing the price by the current earnings per share. I want to see a P/E that is less than 20 and ideally less than 10. Now, do not freak out about having to calculate this number every time you want to invest. You can simply google the company name followed by P/E ratio and easily find out.
  4. What is the vision of the company? Do I like the leadership and the direction they are headed?

To find this information, I typically utilize several different websites including,, and

As you can see, investing does not have to be super complicated or involve a lot of intense research. When picking mutual funds it can be as simple as checking out their products, leadership and vision and then doing a quick check to make sure they are profitable. If you can put a check mark next to those four boxes, you can probably say that you are making a good investment.


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MONDAY MONEY TIP PODCAST: Making a Good Investment

The Monday Money Tip Podcast is back! Investing can be such a complicated venture so this week, Joe is sharing how he determines if an investment is a good deal or not. For those who are new to investing, Joe has some helpful mobile apps that you can download to learn more of the basics of investing. In addition, Megan shares a success story from someone who went from hopeless on her money journey to hopeful.

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Show Notes

About the Episode:

  • Hear Joe answer the question, “What things do you look at when investing to determine if it looks like a good deal or not?” He explains his process in looking at things such as the companies profitability and price to earnings ratio.
  • Get some important information about mortgage rates and bank savings rates.
  • Megan shares a success story about a person that found hope in their money journey.
  • Joe shares some helpful tools that you can use if you are new to investing and want to learn more before diving in head first.

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“There is no harvest if you do not invest.” – Joe Sangl

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The Basics of Oxen

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest. Proverbs 14:4

This verse had a profound impact on me as I went through my financial freedom journey. From this verse, I realized that I could either live a life with an empty manger or with an abundant harvest and the choice was up to me. In the pursuit of financial abundance, I could choose to rely on myself and my own abilities, or I could acquire oxen to help me. Which do you think I chose?

In my book, Oxen, I have outlined the different types of oxen, how to acquire oxen and how to lead oxen. These principles will help you maximize your financial resources and experience an abundant harvest, just as I did, so that you can fund your biggest and wildest dreams.

Most people earn money by showing up to work and in turn they get paid. If you do not show up to work, you do not get paid. Oxen can allow you to earn money whether you are working or not! There is only so much time in a day and therefore there is only so much work that one person can physically put in. This is why oxen are so important: they allow you to eliminate the time barrier.

Oxen can do things you cannot do. They have the ability to carry a load that you cannot carry and can endure more than you can endure. Oxen can be trained and can work together and accomplish even more. They work rain or shine, night and day so that you do not have to. They can multiply and take you places you may have only dreamed about. Oxen can provide.


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Investment Value Calculator Tool

Are you ever tempted to pull money out of your investment accounts? Sometimes it can sound like a good idea to withdraw money from retirement funds or other accounts to pay a debt or even go on a vacation. However, most of the time taking money out of the market is not a good idea! The one thing you will never be able to get back is TIME! If you take money out of an account or wait to start investing, it could be a decision that you really regret in the future when you see the value of your accounts. In most cases, people wish they had started investing sooner. I have never heard anyone say, “I should’ve waited ten more years before I started saving for retirement”.

It can be encouraging to get an idea of what your investments will be worth five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years down the road. I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. has a tool that can help you illustrate just that! The Investment Value Calculator Tool takes the current amount of the investment, the annual rate of return, the amount of time you plan to invest, and your monthly contribution and calculates the value of the investment. It also shows a range of your investment value from five years all the way to sixty years! While, of course, these returns cannot be guaranteed, the tool can allow you to imagine what these accounts have the potential to grow to. This can keep you from making an unwise decision to withdraw funds and can even tempt you to add more money to your accounts! Check it out today!


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5 Year Buckets For Investing

What is the most important thing to do when it comes to investing? START! Often when you are looking at making an investment, it can seem like a daunting task so taking that first leap is the most essential. Once you have taken that crucial first step, it does not have to be a confusing road to making smart investment decisions. It can be as simple as looking at your life (and investments) in five year increments.

The concept of five year buckets is so simple but it is a great way to look at your investments and deciding when to put your money in the market. The principle is this: if you are going to need the money within the next five years, it should not be attached to any investment. This is important because you cannot risk losing the money in the short term because you simply will not have enough time to recover it before you need it. That can put you at the risk of incurring debt when you could have paid for the expense in cash.

If you are looking into the future and decide you will not need the money within the next five years, you should definitely tie it to some sort of investment vehicle, that suits your risk tolerance, or else you will face the next obstacle of inflation. Make sure your money is working for you to at least outpace inflation.

Investing is as simple as deciding to start and then figuring out when you will need the money. If you need it in the short term, now is not the best time to put it in the market. But if you can put the money away for longer than five years, investing is the way to go. There is always a risk associated with investing and the short term can be particularly volatile but, if you make wise decisions, starting to invest will be a decision you will not regret.  


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