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Special Edition/May 2010
In This Issue
Events, Places & Spaces ...
Never Too Early ...
How Vulnerable Are YOU?
Think About This ...
Are You A Self-Empowered Banker ...
Events, Places & Spaces ...

19: Rescue Me Webinar
12:00-1:00 pm CDT
Register: Rescue Me

Self- Empowered Banking Roundtables
  • 14-16: Oklahoma City
  • 7-9: N. California
If you are in either of these areas and wish to host or participate in a SEB Roundtable, please send us an email and request details. 

Nashville, TN
14-15: SEB Roundtables
16: Night of Clarity

Please send an email if your are interested in hosting or attending a SEB Roundtable or in attending a Night of Clarity.

About SEB Roundtables

Got friends or colleagues that you want to introduce to Self-Empowered Banking? Host a SEB Roundtable in your area. 

Julie Ann is constantly on the move and if she is coming to your area, ask to host a SEB Roundtable for a small group (6-10) of interested people in your area.  We'll post her travels in this Event area each month for a three month period so you'll know if she's coming your way.

If she's not scheduled for your area and you want her to come your way, and are willing to host at least two SEB Roundtables,  please send us an email request with proposed dates.
Never Too Early ... Never Too Late

    Are you drowning in debt, saving for your childrens' college, needing additional equipment for your business or wanting to add a room to your home or vacation hideaway?

   It's never too early or never to late to set up a Self-Empowered Banking System.  Whether you're 6, 60 or anywhere in between -- NOW is the perfect time to get started building wealth with Self-Empowered Banking.

   To learn more about how Self-Empowered Banking can get you on the road to financial freedom and real wealth creation, contact Julie Ann Hepburnor call 312.957.9400 x 403.
Quick Links

     Well, we were all set to send a completely different May Building Wealth, when the markets took a nose dive on Thursday.  We changed horses in mid-stream so we could show you how Self-Empowered Banking offers you a haven against the volatility of the world's financial crises.  We'll also be holding a special webinar, Rescue Me, next Wednesday, May 19 from 12-1 pm CDT to talk more about this.

     In the meantime, if you haven't already, we invite you to check out our newly designed website at and let us know how you like it.  We'll be adding some additional pages to it in the coming weeks, so be sure to check it out often. 

Look forward to hearing from you.


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PS -- Case Study, which normally appears under the main article, will return in the next regular edition of Building Wealth.
How Vulnerable Are YOU?

     If you didn't hear about the free fall in the markets on Thursday with the Dow plunging below 10,000 as a result of the instability in the Euro caused by the Greece's debt burden, then you must already have a Self-Empowered Bank in place, and didn't need to worry.  

     But, for most people, the events of the past four days have been pretty scary and a reminder that your investments tied to the market are affected not just by what happens here, but, also by what happens in the world wide financial market.


     Thankfully, the EU, the Federal Reserve, the Japanese Bank, the IMF and other banking regulators took strong steps to bring stability back to the markets - at least temporarily.  Why do I say temporarily?  Well, I think Mr. Phillippe Gijsels, the head of research at BNP Paribas in Brussels explains it nicely in the New York Times article.


     ... the central bank action was in some ways the most crucial, because the European Central Bank would be in effect financing government budget deficits by monetizing their debt.


     The trick now would be to ensure that Greece and other countries in similar straits are held to their promises to straighten out their finances.


     The debt is still in the system. Eventually all these problems will rise again.


     Just when you thought is was safe to go back in the waters ...!  Here it comes again, and as Mr. Gijsels points out, it will continue to haunt all of us financially, if these debt-riddled countries don't clean up their mess.


     The other concern is just how much debt can the various regulators like the Fed, the EU, the IMF and others, buy up without causing huge inflation? 

     We're already concerned about the value of the dollar.  The euro is already over-valued against the dollar, and let's face it, the British pound has been up in the rafters for quite some time.  It looks like the printing presses are going full speed ahead to help keep everything stable, but it's only a matter of time before that creates its own set of problems.


     Why, you ask?  Keeping the world financial markets stable requires that every country DO what it says it will do to clean up its debt.  If the four biggies in Europe - Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal don't, as Mr. Gijsels says, "Eventually all these problems will rise again."


     The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, rose to 3.55 percent from 3.43 percent late Friday.  That's a good sign, but who wants to tie up their money for 10 years to get that kind of a return?  And don't forget that yield fluctuates with the world markets.


     We're going to host a special webinar next Wednesday, called Rescue Me, to talk about how you can protect yourself against the volatility of the world financial markets.  By moving your money into a Self-Empowered Bank, you have greater control, flexibility and access to your money plus your return is fixed, usually between 5% to 7% annually. 


    Here are the details on the webinar:


Rescue Me: Cutting Your Exposure to the World Financial Markets Crises

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

12 noon to 1:00 pm CDT


     Sign up via this link: Rescue Me.  You will receive an email with a link to the webinar beginning Monday, May 17 and can sign up all the way until starting time.  We look forward to having you with us.

Something To Think About ...

Average vs. Actual Rate of Return

IN & OUT         RETURN
+  10.              + 100%
-   10.              -  50%
+  10.
              + 100%

-   10.               -  50%
   $10.               + 25%

Average Rate of Return = 25%
ACTUAL Rate of Return = 0

Check out our Wealth Management Tool to see how you're doing.

Are You A Self-Empowered Banker? 

   Are you already a Self-Empowered Banker? 

    Do you know someone who could benefit from learning more about how Self-Empowered Banking works and whether it's right for them?

   We would be delighted to talk with them further, please refer them to NPCG: Julie Ann Hepburn or at 312.957.9400 x 403.

  Thanks in advance for your help!