Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots: The Simplest Personal Finance Strategy Ever

Duration: Full day
Level: Introductory
Subject Area: Wealth Management
Instructor: David Trahair
The previously accepted method of building wealth doesn’t work anymore. The truth when it comes to personal finances is simple: People’s quest to secure a comfortable retirement often ends up making them poor and others rich.
The old way to get wealthy was to acquire assets like real estate, stocks and mutual funds, often using debt, and then sit back and let time grow your net worth.
But that strategy is deeply flawed and is sending many people to the poor house. That’s because it ignores the one basic principle that overrides any wealth-building strategy that anyone who is truly rich knows: What we should really be focused on is not getting rich, but plain old cash flow.
The Cash Cow Strategy. How to employ this simple strategy in your daily life including how to identify your greatest source(s) of cash and make sure it keeps on giving. You'll learn how to employ the strategy for retirement planning purposes including whether to convert your RRSP to a RRIF or an annuity. 
Does money buy happiness? We’ll delve into the relationship. Does a higher income make you happier? We’ll also look at something anyone can do –  changing your spending habits to improve your satisfaction level with your life.
Owning versus Renting. You’ll also get assistance making one of the biggest decisions affecting cash flow in most people's life – renting versus owning – using the “House Rent versus Buy Analyzer” spreadsheet. We'll also look at the condominium conundrum, a primer on buying a condo as a first home or rental property and the extreme risks that exist.​
Mutual Funds.  You'll learn how the sellers of mutual funds employ the Cash Cow Strategy to make themselves rich – at your expense.
CPP. You’ll learn how to calculate how much CPP pension you will receive, when to elect to start and what rate of return it provides using spreadsheets you will get during the course. We’ll also review the rocky history of the CPPIB,  the current CPP plan surplus, the CPPIB investment strategy and new enhancements to the CPP.

Inflation. How the CPI index is measured, explanations of inflation, deflation and the real monster – stagflation.

Those interested in helping their family, friends and clients focus on what really matters, not building wealth the traditional way, but ensuring cash flow.
Special Instructions/Notes:
This is a hands-on workshop. Although not mandatory, you are encouraged to bring a laptop to work along during the course on spreadsheets including the “House Rent versus Buy Analyzer,” the "RRIF vs Annuity Calculator", the “CPP Retirement Pension Calculator,” the “CPP Return Calculator” and the “CPP Elect Age Calculator.” All spreadsheets are FREE with the course. 

Each attendee will get a FREE copy of David Trahair’s book Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots.

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