Money - Master The Game : "Why & How to" make Money

**Money : Master the Game, **a tome that goes beyond just making money. It is a “How to” for real. Rich dad Poor Dad in comparison is just a primer. It answers the “Why” part of “Making Money”. It is truly motivating and doesn’t stop there. A must read for any one who has lost is bearing on life.

Telling that fellow ValuePickrs are more grounded in reality than majority in the world will be an under statement. Then Why am I presenting this book here? Let me present my views,

++ Book Imparts tremendous motivation and shares the joy of Giving and Growing.

++ Gives in-depth rationality on we Owning Money rather than Money owning us. The real Freedom.

++ Buffett’s Warning: Don’t Fool Yourself, you are the easiest to Fool. This Book shatters the various ways the present Brokers, Investment Banks, Mutual Funds take money away from lay investors. What the Fees of Mutual Fund does to our Retirement is elaborated.

++ It presents the purpose of earning a Constant Income via Saving.presented very expressively in 7 steps.

++ Insights on various investment products out there in the wild. Commodities, Arbitrage, Currencies, Mutual Funds, Index funds, etc.

++ Introduction to Investment methods like Dollar cost Averaging, Portfolio Balancing and Tax loss saving.

++ Introduction to Market Seasons as Ray Dalio observes. His Economic, management and personal principles are equally interesting like that of Munger’s. Please Visit

++ **Insights, principles and portfolios **that the **12 best Investors **of the World would like to leave to world, starting from Carl Icann to Franklin Templeton (Including Buffett)

Objective of introducing this book here is to **shine light on a GEM of Gift that can be shared **to any one we care. Anyone who is wasting a lot of time wrestling with reality. I came to terms with Reality after reading this book. I feel the author has the **Intent and Charisma **to do the same to many more.

Happy Sharing.

** Just pasting a review which I had read aboutMoney

Game By Tony Robbins.

While I am a big fan of Tony Robbins and his motivational products, this book on money is not what it was claimed to be… " The Secret investing style of Super Investors". Though the book goes a step ahead of what Rich Dad Poor Dad teaches, but still it is something very basic. I have copied and pasted a review of the book, which sums up what the book has to say.

While a lot of it is useful, the self-help guru contradicts himself and confuses readers



I donat usually review books, but when a book about money hits No. 1 on Amazon,itas worth taking a look.

aMoney: Master the Gamea byself-help guru Tony Robbins Link: is a 600-page book that purports to provide the reader with the tools and understanding needed to become financially independent by following seven simple steps. This is a bold topic for Robbins, considering itas not his area of expertise. Thereas a lot to like about the book, but I came away feeling conflicted.

First, I am excited that someone of Robbinsa stature and reach is taking this topic seriously. The general public is so badly misinformed about money, any little bit of added education is a positive. The more we can turn the spotlight on this topic, the more informed weall all get. So, before I point out some criticisms of the book, I should note that the mere fact that Robbins wrote it is a good thing.

At the same time, money isnat a agame,a and people like me who are professionals in this industry think itas important to not only take this stuff seriously, but to get the details right in a fully transparent manner. So letas explore the text:

Unfortunately, this is the problem with someone whoas an expert in something (life strategies, in this case) who suddenly tries to conquer a huge topic like money.

The first step in achieving financial success is getting in the game. Robbins is making a hugely important point here. Most Americans donat even own stocks or bonds, so the decision to invest in the first place is the most important one. Robbins and his motivational style get the reader excited about getting involved in the markets and making smart decisions with your money. So bravo for step 1.

Robbins cites the importance of investing in yourself. Regular readers know that I think this is the most important investment youall ever make. So, again, Robbins makes a crucially important point here that everyone should digest.

Robbins stresses the importance of becoming an ainsidera and steers the reader toward many of his own companies or companies heas partnered with. This left me conflicted and feeling as though I was reading a commercial for a few firms that Robbins may or may not have a financial relationship with. I wish head spent less time promoting certain firms and more time providing unbiased and objective advice.

He regularly demonizes high fees, but goes on to recommend working with firms like Lifetime Income and Stronghold Financial. I called Lifetime Income to inquire about its products, and someone referred me to a California partner, who informed me that the fee structure starts at 1.5% and is often higher depending on the product. So the book promotes a low-fee approach, yet it recommends working with companies that will outsource you to high-fee firms. This is a contradiction that is difficult to reconcile, and it seriously undermines the credibility of the text.

The book is filled with contradictory strategic investment commentary. Robbins stresses the importance of using passive index funds, but also explains the importance of asymmetric returns and active strategies. He interviews supposed ainsidersa who have totally contradictory approaches (stock traders, activists and indexers), while putting many high-fee hedge fund managers on a pedestal. He even cites his own market-timing calls over the years as if that adds any value to the text without mentioning that he has made some horrible stock market calls (see here for instance Link: ). You come away thinking that these high-fee active managers are geniuses, but then youare told at points that high-fee active managers are useless. Again, the commentary seemed to contradict itself consistently.

He does discuss one specific investment-allocation approach in great detail. He holds the Ray Dalio aAll Weathera strategy up as if itas some sort of genius asset allocation, butas I previously noted Link: , the Tony Robbins aAll Weathera is not really Dalioas All Weather approach. In fact, it is nothing more than a cookie-cutter bond-heavy asset allocation. Robbins refers to it as a anever-before-revealeda strategy, but the All Weather strategy has been well-documented and is even replicated by many fund companies. But the Tony Robbins portfolio, which Dalio himself says is vastly oversimplified, bond-heavy allocation that performed well over the 30-year period when bonds were in a bull market. Granted, you could do worse than this approach, but the way Robbins presents the strategy, youad think Dalio has offered up some Holy Grail for investing or a secret that he has never disclosed. But thatas not the case.

Robbins promotes structured notes, annuities and market-linked CDs throughout the book, stressing aguaranteesa in the products. Well, you pay for those guarantees. There is no free lunch here.

At one point he goes on about the dangers of the national debt. Itas not the first time heas done this. I wrote apost that was critical of a video Link: he produced in 2012 talking about how the U.S. was on the verge of a fiscal crisis. Unfortunately, this is the problem with someone whoas an expert in something (life strategies, in this case) who suddenly tries to conquer a huge topic like money. You have a tendency to oversimplify and misunderstand macroeconomic concepts. People who say the U.S. government is bankrupt or running out of money lack the most basic understanding of macroeconomics. Iave been writingpapers Link: ,books Link: andposts Link: about this topic for years trying to educate people about the solvency risk of the U.S. government. But the message clearly isnat getting out to ainsidersa like Tony Robbins.

There are more minor issues with the text that bother only a nerd like me. For instance, he doesnat ever define money or talk about where it comes from. I find it odd to write a book about money without defining what money is or describing the system in which it exists. He also stresses the idea of saving, but makes the classic fallacy bymisunderstanding that aggregate saving cannot lead to more saving Link: . Things like this make me seriously wonder if Robbins really has a good grasp on these topics.

Iam being hypercritical, but this is a very important topic, and Robbins is influencing a lot of people. And while he certainly moves the ball in the right direction, I think the book comes up a bit short. I hate to sound negative because I am certain that Robbins has good intentions, but in order to understand money, we need to have a really honest discussion about it. After all, thatas what money is in a modern monetary system: credit, from the Latin word acrederea meaning ato believe.a Unfortunately, for me, the contradictions on fees, products, gurus, strategies and basic misunderstandings donat add up, thereby reducing the credibility of many of the core concepts.

Cullen Roche is the founder ofOrcam Financial Group LLC Link: , a financial-services firm offering research, private advisory, institutional consulting and educational services. He is the author of aPragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance Link: a and aUnderstanding the Modern Monetary System Link: .a