How can Professional Athletes going broke help me?
It’s no big secret that the majority of professional athletes are terrible at maintaining their wealth. There has been plenty of coverage on it in the media over the last few years. In April 2012 ESPN aired a documentary called Broke. The documentary interviewed multiple athletes, managers, analysts and numerous others from a variety of pro sports about the financial difficulties athletes face throughout their lives. Sports Illustrated also posted a popular article in 2009, How (and Why) Athletes go broke and more recently this topic was revisited by NPR.org and The Players Tribune. All of these provide reasons on how and why athletes go broke.
That’s definitely interesting information, how can this help me?
Well that’s what I’m here to help you out with. There’s tons of information (linked above) and the documentary is interesting as well, but they’ll all take time to read and watch. So here’s my take on five things we can learn from pro athletes going broke. Read more
As you may have noticed in my Q1 2015 Net worth summary, I had a lot of cash sitting around not working for me. With the Alberta housing market looking like it was on a downward spiral, I didn’t want to buy there just yet. So I decided to look into a rental property.
In February 2015 I was looking at mls.ca like I normally do. I have the tendency to surf MLS at least once a month looking at the prices of homes in all of the areas I’ve lived in. It’s only 4 different areas so it doesn’t take that much time. I don’t know why exactly I do this, mostly just from to feed my interest in homes I think.
This one particular time I was looking at places in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It’s where I’m from and where a lot of friends and family still live. If there were opportunities like there are in Alberta, I would think about moving back, but until that time, it doesn’t fit into my financial plans. Or at least that’s what I thought.
This article “A house-poor couple confronts a looming cash crunch” was posted in the Globe and Mail on May 11, 2015. It got a lot of attention on their facebook page and /r/personalfinancecanada on reddit. A lot of redditors and Globe readers feel no sympathy for this couple and think it’s nothing but greed that has gotten them to this point.
It’s extremely hard to feel sorry for this couple even as you start to read the article. Sure maybe by the end of the first paragraph you might be thinking Oh no, a new baby on the way and they won’t be able to afford it! Until you get to the second paragraph and realize that they have a combined income of 128,000 dollars a year and that they purchased a 747,000 dollar home just four years earlier. That’s 5.83 times their gross salary!
Should you invest in your employer? They’re already paying your salary in return for your hard work and time. Why would you invest in your employer with your own money that they just paid you? What are the advantages or disadvantages of investing in your employer?
Whoa, let’s slow this down for a minute and maybe start somewhere else…
How can you start investing in your employer?
There are a few different ways you can get started investing in your employer. Below I’ll discuss a few options I’m familiar with and how they work:
If you haven’t heard already, the new 2015 budget was released last Tuesday April 21st, 2015 and it has a HUGE contribution increase to TFSAs (or Tax Free Savings Accounts, for those not aware of them). We’re talking a 82% increase to our 2015 contribution room. This brings the 2015 contribution room to 10,000 dollars, which is effective immediately!
Financial freedom or financial independence, it goes by many names but I think the one that people think they know it best by is Retirement. Retirement by definition is the act of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work. Most people tend to retire in their later years around 65. This is usually when their pensions mature and old age security or whatever financial programs they have in place are able to be taken advantage of. But is retirement financial freedom? If you could retire earlier, would you?
In my opinion financial freedom is not retirement, it’s the ability to not depend on the pay cheque from a regular job to maintain your desired lifestyle. People seem to want to make Financial Freedom and retirement the same, but they are two different things.
If you haven’t read how about my journey to buy this house, you can check it out here – My first house – Buying in a Boomtown
Towards the end of March in 2014 I received some great news at work in the form of a promotion. Fantastic! It came with a nice pay bump, new responsibilities and it also came with a transfer to a different site for a new project. This was a camp only fly-in and fly-out site. Not so fantastic! As you know I had just taken possession of my house just five short months earlier. Now I need to rent it completely, not just the one room.
This transfer took effect immediately. I would be in a camp an hour north of town and would be flying out of an airstrip on one of the work sites. I wouldn’t even have the chance to drop by on my way to the airport to show the house to prospective renters, nor would I be available to deal with any issues that may arise from the renters. My only option was to find a Rental Management company ASAP! Read more
Here’s my starting point for tracking my financial journey of increasing my net worth to a point where I can say I’m financially free. I’m actually many years into the journey already, but there are a lot of improvements to make over the next few years. I’m going make quarterly updates for us to see and discuss my progress on becoming financially independent.