Unshakeable by Tony Robbins [Book Summary – Review]

When you are in your twenties, if you can pay your rent, have something to eat, and make ends with the bills, it is common to feel like you are doing a decent job about money and finances. But what if there’s more you want to accomplish than just stay alive? 

You are not going to be able to make a living by combining part-time jobs forever, nor would you want to. And what will you do to make sure you can afford a home to buy, send your kids to college and live a peaceful retirement? Even if these issues sound far ahead, beginning to save and save a little bit right now would be smart. You will thank yourself in the future. 

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Chapter 1 – Compound interest means it is never too soon to invest. 

It can seem so daunting and overwhelming to capital markets that one still cringes at the prospect of making an investment. So let’s look at some specific things first, which will make investing more reachable. 

It is necessary to learn to understand trends to manage the markets.

Humans have an inherent capacity to pick up on habits and timing their acts based on this. We noticed the daily shift of climates long ago, which helped us to grow the right plants efficiently at the appropriate times. 

A stock market is comparable: you can understand trends by observations and find the correct time to make an investment.

One simple trend has to do with compound interest, the capital that is applied to your savings’ original amount and which tends to bring value to investment throughout the period. You can consider taking a percentage of your salary and saving it as soon as you can because of compound interest; the more years that go by, the greater the appreciation would be. 

For starters, let’s assume you’ve taken a total of $3,600 out of your income and spent it each year since your nineteenth birthday. That ensures that your investment will rise by 10 percent per year, compared to the average return of the US stock market over the past century. So you are going to be staring at an investment worth $106,782 on your 35th birthday. 

Now, let’s imagine that you plan to postpone until you are 27 to make this investment; the total will only add up to $53,775 by the time you’re 35. 

That is about exactly half what you would have had eight years ago to begin with. As quickly as possible, it is important to get started. 

Chapter 2 – Instead of earning major profits, concentrate on preventing losses, and know that the economy is volatile. 

So beginning early is fine, but how do you identify a wise buy from a poor one? Professional investors have what they call the Core Four values to support them with this challenge. 

The first is to reflect on how not to waste it instead of how to create it. Nobody wants to waste money. Yet you’re going to have to risk a loss if you’re going to buy, and that means you have to realize how hard it will be to win back the cash that was spent on investment. 

Let’s presume you’re spending 1,000 dollars and losing 50 percent, leaving $500 for you. You can think turning around and having a benefit of 50 percent would get you back to the starting point. But that 50 percent will only really get you midway there, as you will receive $250 for a 50 percent return on the leftover $500, making you a total of $750.

You would have to gain 100 percent of your remaining investment to get back to the starting point.

This is why better investment options with a small risk should be chosen. 

Knowing that no one can foresee the capital markets is yet another strategy for preventing losses. Mistakes are made by even the most accomplished and respected investors.

The founder of the famous investment company Bridgewater Associates, Ray Dalio, is known to be a stock-market legend. Yet he discovered back in 1971 that no one will tell for sure what the future has in store. 

President Nixon moved the United States off the gold standard that year, a change that resulted in the dollar’s worth declining. All anticipated the stock market to dive, even Dalio, but it did not. It skyrocketed. And Dalio realized from that point on that it was impossible with utter confidence to ever foresee anything. 

That’s why all the analysts know that they still need to make purchases that are stable in the face of unpredictable business occurrences to prevent losses. 

Chapter 3 – Strike a balance between low risk and high profit when saving, and use declining costs to your benefit.

There’s always a person in every film about Wall Street that claims something such as, “If you want to make big bucks, you have to take big risks.” Yeah, this is a huge lie. 

It is better to consider the second central concept to search at assets that are fairly safe and offer significantly higher returns to concentrate on not going bankrupt. 

This partnership is referred to as an antisymmetric risk/reward, and a lot of smart investors are looking for it.

The well-regarded trader, Paul Tudor Jones, is one of those investors. He uses a five-to-one law to better make choices. In other terms, he spends only if he would hope to gain a minimum of five times his upfront outlay. But if he puts $100 in he’ll expect $500 to be won. 

Jones can lose 80 percent of the time by implementing this rule and yet come out even. 

If he makes five $1,000 investments, he wants just one investment to satisfy his aspirations and give him his $5,000 to be back where he was. If he’s successful with three of his five-to-one savings, though, he’s going to gain $15,000 and lose just $2,000. 

Jones achieves success, as we can see by upholding the first and second basic values. He takes the dynamic competition into account and receives incentives without taking big risks.

Investing in underpriced assets is another way to safely improve the odds of gains, particularly after the economy has taken a downward turn and represents the negative mindset of people about the potential. 

The economy was in poor condition after the 2008 financial crash, which is why it was the best time to invest in the many stable assets that had fallen in value. 

Taking the financial company, Citigroup. Their shares had dropped from $57 to 97 cents per share in March of 2009.  Yet the price returned to $5 in just five months, which is a 500 percent jump! 

Chapter 4 – To make informed choices, a wise investor uses awareness of taxation. 

It helps to be careful with your taxes if you’re inclined to make investments because they can take up a large portion of your earnings. That is why learning taxes is the third aspect of the Core Four!

The short-term and long-term capital gains tax, for instance, which is the revenue received on assets less than or more than one-year-old, depends on the state. So it’s worth understanding what the state costs and if by cashing out an investment before one year has passed, you could save money. 

It’s also useful to note that mutual funds, a form of investment instrument composed of stocks, bonds, and other securities, are a mix of multi-investor portfolios.

If you are considering investing in a mutual fund, you should realize that all such investors are deemed to be shareholders for tax purposes and are expected to be taxed on short-term income. And since mutual funds also exchange their shares, these profits will nearly always be charged at the higher tax rate on short-term gains. 

Knowing the gap between the net and gross amounts also means being wise about taxes.

You should comfortably inquire whether the figure is the net sum, which is the balance after taxes and penalties, or the gross amount, the amount before particular adjustments had been made if anyone tells you that a certain investment has given a high return. The former is a greater predictor of the investment’s real quality. 

Searching for investment options that would result in the lowest amount of investment fees and taxes is also wise. This could encourage you to consider mutual funds over index funds. 

Index funds do not have executives who demand costly management fees. They are rather made of stocks from a benchmark such as the S&P 500, which contains profitable firms such as Apple and Microsoft. These shares are only exchanged to incorporate changes in the structure of the S&P 500, which ensures that the shares are kept for longer periods, thus causing the higher short-term tax rate on earnings to be avoided. 

It can help you make smarter investment choices by getting a better idea of the taxes and fees you encounter. 

Chapter 5 – A balanced portfolio will help shield you from evolving patterns and market collapses.  

Now we arrive at the Core Four’s fourth concept, which is probably the most known: diversify! 

Since broadening your investments is a conventional and effective method of preserving your investment, this is a significant and well-known law. It is the financial version of not throwing all the eggs in one bag. 

You will guarantee that you can always have stable savings by maintaining a balanced portfolio, particularly as markets evolve and those unavoidable yet volatile market changes arise. 

So don’t bring all your resources into a single class of properties, including property investment. If you do, you can find out how easily anything will collapse when the economy collapses, as it did in 2008.

You can diversify in four ways: through different asset classes; within asset classes; across multiple sectors, nations, and currencies; and across periods. 

Various asset types include securities that are a company’s shares; property investment; or securities that allow you to borrow between two parties through an interest-bearing loan. 

A better way to diversify is to introduce more than one asset class to your investments, as is to make different investments of the same asset class. Therefore, you should also purchase some Apple and Hewlett-Packard shares instead of investing just in Microsoft stock, in case Microsoft runs into a problem. 

Also, note that the capital markets are worldwide and you should be free to look beyond the boundaries of your world. 

Finally, diversifying your portfolio over time means that, if you do this weekly or annually, you can still add money to your portfolio. The market is still growing, and by introducing new investments daily, you can increase the odds of latching on to a new pattern. 

Chapter 6 – It will result in poor choices to obey your intuition, so remain vigilant and use a list. 

The way our minds are designed is one of the reasons why we need laws and standards to help direct our economic choices.

Our capacity to make logical financial decisions is compromised by the human brain because we naturally react to losing capital the same way we react to life-threatening circumstances. 

The same way your brain responds to the stock market collapsing and taking all the money with it is the way your prehistoric people responded to the threat of an incoming saber-toothed tiger. All of these occurrences are viewed as hazardous risks to your life, and the normal instinct is to flee and evacuate instantly. 

This is an unpleasant response when it comes to investments when the only solution to collapsing stock values is always to spend more. Know that it’s the best time to invest in an underpriced stock that is likely to recover in no time at all when prices are poor. 

This is why rules and lists are so useful. You should adhere to a list of guidelines before you make an error by being reactive, and thereby find the most reasonable judgment. 

It’s kind of like a plane flying. Pilots have lengthy and thorough checklists to go over at takeoffs, landings, and emergencies before making any major call. And this is just what any successful investor is going to do. 

A strong checklist is a way to shield you from yourself; it transforms a rigid and consistent discipline into the decision-making procedure.

Do you recall the admired Paul Tudor Jones and his law of five-to-one? Without first sticking to his checklist, he will never invest money or exchange, which contains considerations such as, ‘Does the transaction have a desirable balance of risk-to-reward?’ and ‘Can I expect a five-to-one return ratio or just a four-to-one ratio for this investment?’

Alright, it’s time to end slacking and start saving now that you know some of the simple questions to pose, and some of the basic potholes to watch out for!

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins Book Review

No matter what work you have or how meager your salary is, economic success and protection are beyond your control. Anyone will make successful, profitable investments with the right expertise and an action plan in motion. And you can succeed in even the most unpredictable and unpredictable of times with a little knowledge and smarts. 

Look out for payments for investments. 

Investment fees can be risky. If you’re not patient, two-thirds of your profits can end up being consumed. For example, consider an ordinary investment fund that charges its customers a 2-percent annual fee. Today, assume that the fund provides a 7 percent return on your savings for 50 years on average. This implies that any dollar will be worth nearly 30 dollars after 50 years. However, with an average premium of 2 percent, the return is not 7 percent, but 5, and fifty years down the road, per dollar, will be worth just over $10, rather than $30. This shows how the effect of investment fees can be unfair!

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