Your Most Powerful Currency: Positivity Currency

Your Most Powerful Currency: Positivity Currency

Darren Nakos Owner of Recentric in Cabo

As we push hard to get through a challenging year, there is one common thread we all share. We are all trying to be more resilient in our lives whether it’s our personal net worth and investments, or our business vitality and meeting growth expectations. We pour over quantitive and qualitative research and analysis to allow us to make the right decisions and cannot just print more dollars to meet our goals, like a country with a fiat currency.  However, you can print your own Positivity Currency. This is your own personal currency that can be printed and stored as an asset. 

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My wife, Amy and I recently in Cabo, where we are building a second home.

Here are three ways to build your Positivity Currency:

Keep Good Records

When you write down your positive thoughts and moments, they register higher value than non-written forms of positivity, according to research by the founding father of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania.  Record your positive currency transactions and keep a written tally with categories such Family, Friends, Work, etc. 

Create Your Own Bull Market

Financial markets boom when more and more people want in.  Likewise, positivity is socially contagious and can compound.  In the research behind their book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Harvard’s Nicholas Christakis and the University of California, San Diego’s James Fowler explains how happiness depends not just on our own choices and actions, but also on those of people who are two or even three degrees removed from us. Share your Positivity Currency with others. 

Portfolio Perspective

Resilient individuals diversify their risk and their positivity currency.  Try evaluating what provides the highest returns across your entire “life portfolio” and then invest more in those areas.  In a 2015 report entitled “The Happiness Study” from Blackhawk Engagement Solutions, respondents ranked their jobs eighth out of a list of 12 contributors to overall happiness. Ranking in the top spots were their family, friends, health, hobbies, and community. By creating more positivity currency in those areas, you will increase the ability to bring your best self to work.

In order to reinforce your Positivity Currency balance, it is important to consistency review your written notes. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving at a time when gratitude is at the top of the menu, I implore you to start printing your own Positivity Currency. This is a great time to spend quiet time building your portfolio of your own currency that will pay dividends for the rest of your life. 

Maintaining the Value of Commercial Real Estate: The Vital Role of a Property Manager

Maintaining the Value of Commercial Real Estate: The Vital Role of a Property Manager

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Delivering excellent service happens when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes. That’s what our property manager, Eric Rehm does for all our tenants and vendors at each Recentric property. He ultimately considers what experience each practitioner is trying to offer their own patients and seeks to help them deliver that level of service. 

Meet Recentric Property Manager, Eric Rehm

With over 15 years in property management in Aspen/Snowmass, Summit County and the Denver Metro area, Eric knows the value and importance of vendor relationships. He is proactive in seeking out the best vendors to care for our Recentric properties and builds trustworthy relationships with each of them. He magically nails that balance of quality and cost. He finds the best resources at the best price point, in order to keep our own operating costs low for our investors. He gets to know the contractors of each vendor, so that he has a direct line to the resources he needs. He respects the relationship and puts himself in their shoes, never calling out favors unless it is important.

No two days ever look the same for Eric. Between all our properties, he could be managing landscaping updates, checking pressure systems, talking to insurance companies, or getting to know a new tenant. While Recentric makes great efforts to be proactive with preventative maintenance, some issues are just unpredictable – like four feet of snow in one morning in Denver which caused snow plow delays, freezes, and leaks. Eric Rehm went above and beyond that day, after just flying in from LA and independently purchased a shovel from Home Depot to clear the walkways and parking lots himself! 

Keeping High Standards For Vendors and Quality Service

Eric knows that the experience at each property represents the Recentric brand, which is high quality, professional, and authentic. Everything from the curb appeal of the exterior building to the cleanliness of the bathrooms need to show class and thoughtfulness for the tenant and their patients. Because Eric is naturally able to put himself in someone else’s shoes, he delivers the type of experience that he would prefer, while making others feel appreciated and cared for.

 

What’s Your Life Genome?

What’s Your Life Genome?

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With all the serious and perplexing issues going on this world today, I feel compelled to share a positive and constructive message to help you live your best life, physically, emotionally, and financially.   After all, our company’s slogan is “Investing in America’s Health”. Without going into too much detail on the scientific definition of the word “genome” and, for purposes of this article, your life genome can be described as an organisms’ complete set of genetic instructions.  Here are a few ideas to create your own set of life instructions:

Put Yourself First

To stay healthy and fit, your first instruction is to make “you” first. Schedule your week in advance and block out enough times to stay active, biking, hiking, walking, yoga!  Anything to keep moving.

Be a Digitally Engaged Patient

Your second instruction is to be a digitally engaged patient. 

There is a digital health revolution in progress across the globe.  

I recently starting using Welltory, both with my iPhone 12 and my Garmin Fenix watch to record my HRV (heart rate variable) and activities. Welltory uses an AI data approach to help you with your sleep, stress and even help you drink less alcohol. 

These daily instructions and feedback can provide a wealth of health information.

Tune Out the Noise

Here are ten reasons to ditch your social networking.  

Even some younger people are starting to feel the pressure. In March 2018, it was reported that more than a third of Generation Z from a survey of 1,000 individuals stated that they were quitting social media for good as 41 percent stated that social media platforms make them feel anxious, sad or depressed.  

What are my new instructions?  Since quitting Facebook last year, I now have time to visit my bike therapist for a few more hours a week. 

Surround Yourself With Successful People

Did you know that you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with most? According to Jim Rohn, this is true. 

As you start to gravitate towards positive and successful people, your life will in turn become more positive in all areas. While this instruction may be intimidating, you will be forced to step up your game. Plus, I find that successful people drink better wine!

Your life genome is yours and only yours to create, nurture and evolve over time.  Our human body is made up of millions of cells, each with their own set of instructions. It’s your recipe for life. If you apply this concept to important parts of your life, you can define your own set of instructions to a path for an enriched and fulfilled life.   

Uncle Sam’s Deadliest Tax: The Inflation Tax

Uncle Sam’s Deadliest Tax: The Inflation Tax

Deadliest Tax Inflation

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the term Hedge (noun) is defined as: a way of protecting, controlling, or limiting something. As a result of Modern Monetary Theory, investors are now worried about the inflation tax, and what they need to do to protect, control and limit their exposure to this devastating wealth killer.  

The Federal Reserve has unleashed the printing presses causing a tidal wave of liquidity in the US and global economies. In fact, the Federal Reserve is printing $120 billion every month, according to Richard Duncan, author of Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures. As the US post-COVID-19 economy reopens for business, the cost of goods and services will undoubtedly soar.  

You have probably noticed that inflation is already rising so far in 2021, in terms of consumer goods like food, gasoline, lumber and metals. According to Manoj Pradhan, a former Morgan Stanley economist, the real increase will begin next year. “The real challenge will come in 2022, when a lot of spending will have been deployed into goods or into housing, monetary aggregates will still be high with velocity rising.” In simple terms, inflation is a tax on savers, wage earners, and those without hard assets. Any class of US citizen who is not hedging the inflation tax will be crushed under the weight of soaring costs, similar to the 1970’s Carter Administration’s era of loose money policies causing runaway inflation.   

Here are a few “hedges” against inflation you should consider: 

1. Leveraged multi-tenant real estate:  Recentric invests in multi-tenant health care real estate that is conservatively levered with debt. In today’s low interest rate environment, you would be better served to finance the purchase with 10-year fixed rate boosting your internal rate of return and hedging against inflation with the annual increases in rent and ultimate rise in the value of the asset.  

2. “Commodities tend to have outsized returns during times of high inflation,” says Adem Selita, CEO of the Debt Relief Company. Commodities are a type of real asset. They are things like crops, raw materials, or natural resources. Their prices go up with those of other goods or services that use those goods.  Two easy ways to invest in commodities are:

  • Buying shares of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that specialize in commodities. 
  • Buying shares of stock in companies that produce commodities.

3. Stable Foreign Currencies/Foreign Stocks:  Investing in corporations that buy from suppliers using dollars or are paid by customers in foreign currencies is a great hedge against inflation. Corporations that source resources in the United States will have lower costs from an international perspective. Many multinational companies, such as Coca-Cola and Boeing, have benefited from a weaker dollar. As always, discuss your financial decisions with your accountant of financial planner. 

In today’s fiscal runaway train of inflationary “print and spend” policies, and soon to be “tax and spend even more” fiscal policy, hedging against inflation will be the most important financial topic for 2021 and beyond.

Stay tuned for next month’s article on Biden’s Tax Policy and how to legally lower your tax bill in an unfriendly tax climate coming out of the US government. 

“Sleep With One Eye Open” – The Velocity of Money

“Sleep With One Eye Open” – The Velocity of Money

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We are currently witnessing an unprecedented expansion of the US dollar money supply. 

It seems as though each presidential administration is attempting to outperform the other in increasing the money supply as the economic history books are written. Obama increased the US dollar money supply 65% over eight years, Trump increased it by 54% in four years, and in just a few short months, the Biden administration is on track to increase money supply by 10%. 

According to Investopedia, M2 money supply is defined as all elements of M1 as well as “near money.”

M1 includes cash and checking deposits, while near money refers to savings deposits, money market securities, mutual funds, and other time deposits.

In fact, M2 money supply has grown so much over the last several years, that the Federal Reserve website no longer tracks this metric. I am guessing they don’t want the public to really know how fast the US dollar is being destroyed.

Velocity of Money

The Real Threat For Inflation

Contrary to popular belief, the size of US dollar money supply does not entirely dictate whether or not we have inflation. The real threat for inflation this time could be the velocity of money which measures how rapidly the US dollar exchanges hands. As a result of government shutdowns in 2020, the velocity of M2 Money Supply fell by 18% as indicated on the chart above. This basically means that much of the money that is getting pumped into the economy is sitting dormant. 

Inflation and the Velocity of Money

Some may argue there are no correlations between inflation and the velocity of money. However, we have never been in a situation where the growth of money supply has been so steep, combined with a forced closure of the US economy suppressing businesses and the exchange of money.

What will happen when the economy is 100% open? A major spike in the velocity of US money could overload supply chains causing a large spike in the cost of goods and services, also known as inflation.

This is why I am sleeping with one eye open and watching the measure of the velocity of money in the United States. 

Would you like to dialogue more about this? Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour to discuss. We will send you the drinks and snacks and a link to join us on Zoom.

Uncharted Territory – Setting the Tone for 2021

Uncharted Territory – Setting the Tone for 2021

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As we settle in to 2021, a common theme among my peers, mentors and trusted friends is, “We have entered uncharted territory”. 

Now this may seem alarmist, and somewhat cliche, but my sources are non-partisan, fact-based, very intelligent thought leaders. When people speak of “uncharted territory,” this usually means they are taking a defensive position with their daily decisions because they have no idea what is going to happen.

Here are a few trends worth tracking and monitoring for you and your finances:

The Wolf Watching the Hen House

Now that Janet Yellen, (former Federal Reserve Chairwoman) is the Treasury Secretary under the Biden administration, the independence of the Federal Reserve is thrown into question. The Federal Reserve is the independent central bank responsible for setting monetary policy, overseeing banks and protecting consumer rights.

The Fed was created in 1917 to be an independent monetary body whose decisions do not have to be ratified by any government body. In the past four years, the U.S. public debt has increased by $7 trillion dollars to $21 trillion, largely thanks to the Federal Reserve.  

Since switching roles to Treasury Secretary, one of Yellen’s responsibilities is managing the U.S. debt. Quoted in 2020, Janet Yellen made clear her position on increasing the US debt: “To avoid doing what we need to do now to address the pandemic and the economic damage that it’s causing would likely leave us in a worse place economically and with respect to our debt situation than doing what’s necessary.”

This is a clear green light to the Federal Reserve to continue to print U.S. dollars and deficit spend causing the possibility of major inflation, and major asset bubbles in the stock market and real estate. 

In next month’s newsletter, I will go into further detail about M2 money supply velocity, which could be the major inflation trigger affecting our economy.  

GameStop, the Punching Bag

You might have noticed the stock price of GameStop recently?  It is a nearly bankrupt (dinosaur business model) retailer who sells video games and consoles in their retail stores. In 17 days, their stock jumped from $19 to $483/share on nothing but pure stock manipulation on behalf of Robinhood brokerage, Reddit chat groups and individual stock crusaders.

They were on a mission in a coordinated attack to lure hedge funds into shorting the stock (which means an investor borrows someone else’s stock, betting the stock will go down). Instead of the price going down, it kept artificially going up, causing massive losses for many hedge funds including Melvin Hedge fund, according to MarketWatch. 

They lost over $2 billion in this short squeeze bloodbath. Be aware of this “Robin Hood” risk spreading into major stock markets, causing major volatility and even possibly a major correction.  

Hurricane “COVID-19 and the Government’s” Path of Destruction

It’s easy to blame everything on the government for a reason. 

The Federal Reserve and The Federal Government are to blame for every major domestic financial crisis in the history of our country:  The Great Depression, The Dotcom Crash, The Great Recession, Student Debt Crisis, and now the next impending crisis:  COVID-19 Government Shutdown of the Economy. 

While we can argue whether the initial reaction was the correct way to deal with an unknown dangerous virus from China, what is not in dispute are the statistics of the damage that has been done to Main Street businesses and employees forced out of business by local and state health agencies. 

Here are some alarming statistics to follow:

  • As of September 2020, nearly 100,000 small businesses on Yelp have closed permanently.  
  • Monthly number of unemployed persons in the U.S. from December 2019 to December 2020 (in millions, adjusted)

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With the recorded unemployment rate hovering around 10% and the true unemployment rate at ~18%, the Federal Reserve and U.S. policy makers must keep interest rates low and provide stimulus checks for the unemployed in order to keep this economy from crashing.

History has told us that when the Federal Reserve artificially props up the economy, the outcome is predictable. 

Asset bubbles are created and eventually pop. 

Keep an eye out for these alarming trends as we continue to venture into uncharted territory. 

Join me this month for a Virtual Happy Hour to discuss how these trends may impact your investments, and we can discuss strategies to protect our assets.