IM 069: Live the Life You Want Instead of Chasing Someone Else’s Dream | Rachel Cruze

Best-selling author, speaker, and host of The Rachel Cruze Show, Rachel talks about making wise money decisions and using gratitude to resist comparing yourself against your friends' social media feeds.

IM 068: Inspired Living Everyday With a Disability | Win Charles

An inspiring journalist, author, podcaster, artist, and athlete, Win Charles has never let cerebral palsy define her or stop her from doing anything. She is a force!

3 tips to maximize your donations on #GivingTuesday

With the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now turn to #GivingTuesday which is a day of charitable giving. Started back in 2012, this important day has been growing by leaps and bounds. In 2014, non-profits raised $45 million and that figure grew to over $300 million in 2017!!! Now that is some great impact. However, if you consider that online sales from Cyber Monday topped $7.9 billion, we still have a long way to go to catch up. Imagine the positive change, if those numbers were reversed.

IM 067: Creative Entrepreneur Wants to Use YouTube to Teach Millions | Roberto Blake

Creative entrepreneur, YouTuber, and vlogger, Roberto Blake tells us why we need to create video and great content to achieve financial freedom and a strong personal brand in the 21st century.

IM 066: Private Equity to Giving, the Power of Believing, Achieving, and Sharing | Jay Lucas

Accomplished businessman, author, and philanthropist, Jay Lucas talks how positivity, patriotism, and community engagement have influenced his success in management consulting, private equity investing, and giving.

IM 065: How to Sell and Earn More Like a "Million Dollar Listing New York" Star | Ryan Serhant

Ryan Serhant of the popular Bravo series “Million Dollar Listing New York," believes that anyone can sell and shares tips of his success as one of the most successful real estate brokers in the world.

Alibaba sets a new sales record on Singles' Day

Alibaba had another incredible sales day with a reported $30.8 billion in sales in 24 hours, its 10th annual Singles' Day sale. The growth actually slowed to 27% which was the slowest growth for the Chinese internet giant. The sales number dwarfs the revenue from all US retailers during Black Friday ($5 billion in 2017), Cyber Monday ($6.6 billion in 2017) and Amazon Prime Day ($4.7 billion in 2018) combined. That is an incredible feat and shows the power of the Chinese consumers.

Ballooning US debt poses huge risks ahead

Today, Blackrock's CEO Larry Fink warned investors that the US is heading towards a "supply problem" as the widening budget deficit, expected to top $1 trillion annually starting in 2019, requires more borrowing. This is an issue that investors have never seen before. Typically government spending is restrained at the end of an economic expansion; however, this administration is stepping on the accelerator with neither party emphasizing fiscal responsibility. This could pose a huge problem if a recession hits over the next couple of years.

IM 064: Launching to Financial Independence From Brooklyn New York | Jamila Souffrant

Jamila Souffrant, founder of the Journey to Launch podcast and blog, shares her family's story of being debt free (besides the mortgage) and her goal to be financially independent by the age of 40.

Is the Fed triggering the next bear market?

October has been a rough month for the stock market with the recent downdraft wiping out index gains for the entire year. The deterioration has been rapid despite a strong earnings season and overall S&P earnings increasing by nearly 30 percent. It is highly unusual for earnings and stock prices to diverge to this extent. Something is obviously deeply troubling investors, and we wonder if the Fed is triggering the start to the next bear market?

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