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Happy Fathers Day!

Written by Maksim. Posted in Maks FS News

Want to wish everyone a very happy father’s day celebration. Hope you have a chance to fire up your BBQ and enjoy the day with your family…. and watch the Greek Elections of course. =)

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Bloomberg/Aberdeen Investments conference in NYC, with a panel of economists and other experts discussing the Greek and European crisis. Will not bore you with the details, however will leave it with this.

The European crisis is primarily about consumer, private debt. The consumer is now trying to deleverage (pay down their debt), and as a result, is not spending so much in the economy. To a degree, similar to what we faced here in 2008 trying to pay down the home equity debt.

While this crisis in Europe is big, the key thing to keep in mind, crisis will come and go. An easy way to think about the situation is to think of a long dark hallway, where the only thing you can see is a light at the end, however you do not know what obstacles are in the way.

This is where we are right now, we know we will get through this, however we just do not know how long it will take. Europe will not fall apart much like the world did not end here in 2008. Can it get a bit panicky and volatile? Sure, but that is to be expected.

In any case, the elections in Greece tomorrow in most likely case will be good news anyway.

Scenario 1 is, the New Democracy party wins and they support the EU Euro Austerity plans. Euro Central Bank will step in and support as necessary.

Scenario 2 is, the Liberal party wins, and want to leave the Euro Zone, the Euro Central Bank steps in to support the rest of the Euro Zone.

In all seriousness, Greece does not even matter that much in the grand scheme. Rhode Island’s economy is the size of Greece. The US and Emerging Market economies will pick up the slack and help Europe recover. Two countries in particular, China and Russia, sitting on their surpluses can come in handy to raise money for EU economies.

On Tuesday will have a blog post recapping the weekend results and discuss something on everyone’s mind… the measly 1% 10 year CD rate. =)

Make sure your loved ones know about your hidden wealth

Written by Maksim. Posted in Financial Planning

Substantial old coin collections, old baseball cards, lighters, pez dispensers, firearms.  Most everyone at some point will find themselves collecting something.  I happen to have a decent collection of firearms, those that were not lost in that terrible boating accident of course (joke within the gun community).

What is often sad to see, however I have been on the winning end of the deal, the number of pristine and quite valuable firearms that are sold to dealers for pennies on the dollars by widows who do not know any better.   Why?  Because either their spouse did not tell them about his collection or convey his wishes.  Even worse, seeing beautiful and rare collectibles turned in to be destroyed.

You can imagine it now right?  God forbid something happens to you.  Your spouse finds your gun collection and does not know what to do with it.  On the radio, she hears about a gun buyback program and turns in your Colt Python .357 revolver for a $50 gift card to Walmart.

If that is the case, she either hated you, or you did not do a good job educating your loved ones your final wishes for the orderly disposition of your collectibles.

What I have done is put together a form you can use to put together on one form, all the vital information your spouse or family will need, in order to honor your wishes.  The form gathers the basic firearms information, where the firearm is store, the approximate value that you filled in, and your wishes for it, be it you want it to be sold, donated, or given away, and to whom.

The inventory sheet also has information for you to fill in whom your loved ones should contact in case they have firearms related questions, whom your preferred firearms dealer is, as well as most of all, the combination to the safe, or where it can be found.  Lastly, I added a note as to where they can find the most recent gun values, recently sold values, as well as the Blue Book of Gun Values, the same price guide used by firearms dealers.

You can download the sample  PDF here.

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Scared Yet?

Written by Maksim. Posted in Economic

Volatility, Correction, Jobs, Economy, Europe, Elections, Fiscal Cliff.

All words that make you a little nervous reading the headlines or opening those statements. Plenty of it this week. Today’s “market value adjustment” officially signaled a 10% correction is here, and the major indexes have given up all gains for the year.

What looked like a near, short term bottom was taken out by the bad, horrid, less than good employment numbers.  In May, the U.S. economy generated only 69,000 jobs, worse than the lowest estimate among 87 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.  The poor employment data seems to be caused by a few factors, such as foreign weakness.  “Europe seems to be heading for an unavoidable train wreck, and now China’s economy is slowing down. Both are bad news for U.S. exporters. Plus, there’s a chance that the European crisis could also trigger a global financial crisis worse than the one in 2008-09 that led to the first worldwide recession of the post-World War II era. “It’s pretty clear that this is a reaction to what’s going on in the rest of the world,” says Paul Ashworth, the chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics.”

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