Monthly Archive: September 2019

Debt Phobia And How To Deal With It

debt fobia

I was once asked if I minded debt. I suppose nobody who has read any of my frugality writings will be surprised by my answer, but yes. I do mind having debt. I mind it to the point that the idea of taking out a loan on a house scares me to death.

While I want a house, and while I know that there are few options besides taking out a loan, the idea of owing anybody that much money freaks me out. The only type of loans I use is unsecured payday loans without credit check. If you take them from trustworthy direct lender, there is literally no risk involved.

I can attribute this phobia to my parents. They drilled it into me that DEBT IS BAD. I now know that they were referring to consumer debt, like credit cards and the like, when they drilled me on this, but at the time they did not really specify. The debt was bad, and my parents lived (and live) a debt-free life.

On my dad’s salary as a military officer and my mother’s occasional part-time work, they paid off their 30-year mortgage in 12 years, they have never taken out a car loan, they don’t have credit card debt, and they paid for our educations without taking out a loan.

Like them, my husband and I are doing everything we possibly can to stay out of debt and pay down the debt we do have very quickly. Logically, we know that there is good debt and bad debt.

The student loans my husband took are going to be paid back in a reasonable amount of time, and he will earn far more than he ever took out. He is in a decently paid field, and now, on his salary alone, we have paid down about a third of it in five months. Not bad. Neither my husband nor I have ever carried credit card debt. Ever. Both my husband and I are still driving the cars we bought in cash in high school. So far *knock wood* they’re holding up, and if something did happen to one of them, I think we could buy a reasonably-priced used car in cash.

However, if we want a house, we’re going to have to do into (nonschool) debt sometime. And I know that a mortgage is “good debt” and we’ll get tax breaks and blah blah blah, but it still scares me! I worry that we will buy a house, and everything in it will break, and we’ll blow through our savings, and then we’ll start depending on credit cards, and the next thing I know we will have all the consumer debt that we so carefully avoided, and will be stuck in it because we have to pay the mortgage, and there’s hardly any money left over for the credit cards. Despite the fact I am credit card debt-free, I can see how people get stuck in it.

I don’t think it’s the specific debt of a mortgage that I fear. I think it’s the snowball effect; the what-ifs that may or may not happen. And I can snowball no matter what situation I am in- renting, owning a home, living in a box. I also think I need to become more comfortable with “good debt.” It seems a lot of people don’t count good debt with debt. I do, but maybe I need to relax a little. Perhaps it’s not a debt I fear, but lack of security.

Incidentally, though I wish my mom and dad would have clarified earlier about ‘good’ debt and ‘bad’ debt, I am eternally grateful for the financial lessons that they taught me. Not only for what they said, but for how they showed me that debt-free living was possible, and for showing me the sacrifices they made that made this possible.

Things An Investor Must Consider Before Investing In Capital Investment Schemes

As you are establishing your industry, there will come a point in time when you will require to commence investing in it. Although it is exciting to expand your facility and accrue the resources needed for the facility, yet it is crucial to level up the business at some point in time to enjoy its returns. Apparently, this cannot be achieved unless you make the right investment. Every business truly believes in investment and probably realize the importance of money management.

However, investing in private organizations are pretty tricky. These businesses are volatile and when you are looking for long term investments with these companies there are chances that you have fewer odds of success. Therefore there are few things to consider before investing funds with capital investment schemes.

Factors To Consider Before Attempting To Invest

When management runs into growth impediments they can easily find themselves faced with decisions that directly involve the possible procurement of long-term resources with a variation of funding preferences.

The resources can be of any form that typically ranges from equipment to technology. Generally main forms of investments like ownership investments (also called as contributed capital is the amount of resources the owner invests in the organization), lending investment (a low risk investment with lesser returns) and cash equivalents that have no impact on the cash flows.  Similarly, there are few other aspects you need to overlook to avoid failures and other common pitfalls

Analyze Working Capital-

Measuring human capital is very essential when you are intended to make an investment. An investment in human capital means that the investor is investing in education or some form of work guidance to enhance employee quality. This type of investments not only provide returns to the investors rather they are a great source of income for the economy as well. There are few benefits in investing in working capital

  • Enhance employee satisfaction- Workers satisfaction can be improved by adopting certain strategies such as providing positive working environment, appreciate the efforts with rewards and recognition, evaluate and measure job satisfaction
  • Improve retention rates- Workforce retention is the most challenging problem as companies compete for talent in a tight economy. This can be achieved in certain ways like hiring selectively, pay them with the right salary, provide flexible work hours and provide a career road map for their development.
  • Grow Workforce engagement- When you want to increase the workforce engagement strategy, you probably need to establish a positive emotional commotion with your organization.
  • Foster increased return on invested capital- This can be certainly attained by increasing profits margins and asset turnovers which can apparently reflect on the increased return on investment.

Working capital is very essential for the success of the business however unless you understand the buzzword correctly, it is difficult to implement

Determine The Calculating And Forecasting Payoff-

This is one of the most important aspects while consider investing funds with capital investment schemes because determining the payoff will help to come to a well-informed decision whether you can take a big step or consider reviewing the plan again.

The payback period will conclude how much time it will consume to recover the cost of the investment.  On the other hand, the rate of return can become productive to filter through investment opportunities and forecast the essential effects on the financial ratio that measure the extent of a company’s leverage. Calculating and forecasting the payoffs often impacts the business model in the positive sense and it sizes up the market opportunities.

Evaluate Your Comfort Zone While Taking Risk-

All forms of investments involves a certain amount of risk, especially when you have plans to buy securities like stocks or bonds, there are probabilities that either you can double your money or lose your complete investment.  Some of the prominent risks are interest rate risk when the interest rate rises; inflation risk when the stock or bond decrease/grow in value and doesn’t keep pace with inflation, market risk, and credit risk.

However, if you are comfortable in taking those risks then you can have a potential gain on return. Apparently, this is quite appropriate only for short term financial goals and you shouldn’t consider taking a risk that involves long term plans.

Have A Diversification Strategy-

Always don’t make an investment on one particular strategy that involves risk rather having a diversification principle, that is a mixture of investments to help protect yourself from significant losses. For instance, when you lost your investment in one strategy, a poor returns in stock, you can compensate for the gain in another asset category.

When you put these things into consideration, you can obviously realize how well your decision has paid off and provided a positive light for your investment.