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What Does 2011 Have In Store For You?

One year ago we were starting 2010.  Did you have goals or things you wanted to accomplish?  How did it turn out?  Hopefully, the results are encouraging and not discouraging.
Regardless, 2011 is underway and it is a new year.  Where do you want to be a year from now?
I’ll tell you one thing, nothing is automatic and nothing is easy.  If you want to get to a certain place this year, you’re going to have to work for it.
Times are tough which means nothing is easy.  The good thing is …

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What is your income number for achieving the freedom and flexibility you want? Think big here. I’m talking total freedom. Freedom from a 9-5 job. Freedom from slaving for retirement savings. Freedom of location.

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[20 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | ]

I couldn’t help but think the only way to be independent of such a system that is in place simply to keep the elite in power at the expense of the common people is to invest some of our wealth in precious metals.

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The world of freelance writing is open to anyone with enough writing experience to put a few sentences together in a coherent fashion. For students or people that are unemployed, the prospect of making a few extra dollars every day is very appealing, considering how easy it is to get started with a freelance writing career.

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This is a continuation from a previous article.   Read Part 1.
In yesterday’s article, I went through the three factors that I believe have contributed to Americans preferring security over freedom & opportunity.  These factors were generational, the education system and the political scene.  Today, I want to continue the discussion.
Entitlement Society
For decades, America has been slowly moving towards an entitlement society.  Even the Republicans or conservatives are a far cry from the Founding Fathers’ vision of strictly limited government.  The Founding Fathers were terrified of a growing government.  They did …

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The recent political / legislative moves in our country give a glimpse into the reality of America and Americans.  The reality is that more people prefer security over freedom these days, and freedom over opportunity.  I believe there are many factors that have contributed to this pursuit of security.  Let’s look at a few of them.
Education System
First up, the education system, or what Neal Boortz likes to call “government schools”.  I believe that the education system, whether intentionally or not, develops employees.  Secure jobs, secure employment, these are the pursuits …

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Everybody believes in an emergency fund, but what if you couldn’t get access to such funds in an emergency?  There are many possible scenarios that could occur and prevent you from having funds needed in an emergency.  As such, I believe you should keep some cash hidden at home for use in an emergency.
In the event of a major disaster or blow to “the system”, you could easily see one or more of the following situations occur:

Bank failures which could delay withdrawal of your money while the FDIC sorts out …

Gold, Independence, Inflation »

I’ve looked into buying physical gold and silver recently, and have come to two realizations:

Finding physical gold and silver is not easy, which shows the demand is high – take that for what it’s worth
Owning physical gold is about security, not speculating or trading

I’m not going to comment on the first realization even though I think it is an important thing to take notice of.  Today, I’m going to focus on why owning gold and silver is for security.
First off, gold and silver prices are very volatile.  Trying to speculate …