Keep Profit Margins High

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As the team's Capital Markets Analyst, Jacob conducts market and investment research and assists in the development of business strategy to serve our clients more effectively.
April 5, 2023

On this week’s show Tom, Jacob, and Noah mix it up by leaning into a new show structure. We talk about how high fixed costs can lead to the death of your financial life, why the stock market makes you feel bad, home prices across the US, Apple’s buy now pay later product launch, the dying metaverse, and what to pack when the weather turns bad.

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Fixed Costs, tech valuations, and the death of your future financial self.

We spend a lot of time talking about investing, and we do it even more. Our team, at any given time, is working with clients starting businesses, selling businesses, buying real estate, and/or building liquid portfolios needed. But I want to take a moment and talk about fixed costs, and why they should be the enemy of your financial lives.

First of all, what are fixed costs? Fixed costs are things that happen every month that limit your ability to transfer cash to your investment account. The main ones are debt, habits, and subscriptions. Probably never heard of them this way but that’s what they are. Debt is paid to someone else for something. Habits, good or bad, are paid experiences. And subscriptions aren’t debt per se, but they act like debt as they happen monthly and limit your ability to invest. Ok, so we understand what fixed costs. Why are they the death of your future self and how does that tie into software valuations?

Let’s visit software. It is wildly known that software companies are the most valuable companies in the world. Why? Well aside from their utility, they typically have low operating costs. They have a few employees, an internet connection, a product and there you have it, you can make a million a year doing that. Low fixed costs. Not convinced? Look at META, they will have 25% less workers than they did a year ago and watch their revenue continue to grow. Software companies have low fixed costs and high margins, that equals value.

So now to why high fixed costs will be the death of your future financial self. When you have obligations to someone else, particularly when they can bankrupt you if you do not pay (banks), people pay them. And what happens when people spend decades paying for bad habits, bad debt, and too many subscriptions? They look in the mirror, realize they ran out of time and see the death of their future financial life.

Here's a simple solution for you. Pay off debt you know is stupid, cancel subscriptions that add value to your life, and fix your bad habits.

Treat your financial life like a tech company. Low fixed costs, lots of margin, which will lead to significantly better financial conditions.

Take the initiative today and save your future self.

What Went On

Why the Stock Market Makes You Feel Bad All the Time - A Wealth of Common Sense

The housing market is rising in the east and setting in the west, just like the sun

Apple Pay Later and AI’s potential effect on marketing, will you be spending more money involuntarily.

The Metaverse goes dark

Donald Trump gets indicted on 30 some accounts of document fraud

There will be losers, the first to feel the tension are using the first to fall

Quote of the Week

“When the weathermen pack umbrellas, the forecast is for rain.” -Will Robbins, Equity Portfolio Manager at Capital Group

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