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June, 2012
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Think About It ...
Don't Keep Us A Secret ...
Let Uncle Sam Pay ...
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Think About It ...*


Percent of taxpayers with a net worth between $100,000 and $1 million who have IRAs:83%

Average value of IRAs and 401Ks, for taxpayers with net worth between $100,000 and $1 million: $115,070 (IRAs); $130,120 (401Ks)  
For those with a net worth of $1 million to $5 million:  $506,190 (IRAs); $470,080 (401Ks)

   We've often talked about the 'retirement account con game' -- here's proof. Now that's 'something to think about ...'

* Source: Chief Executive, November/December 2011, InFact, page 18.

Spaces & Places


    Julie Ann will be in these areas - consider hosting a SEB Roundtable if you live in one of these areas.



21-24: Wilmington NC

25-28: Greensboro NC



3-13: London, UK  


Host A Roundtable  

    Do you have a group of colleagues, friends or family who you want to introduce to our brand of privatized banking, 

Self-Empowered Banking 


   If so, then consider hosting a SEB Roundtable in your area. For more information, contact Julie Ann via email or at 312.957.9400 x 403.  

 Plan NOW to Build Real Wealth in 2012 ...

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

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

Don't Keep Us a Secret! 

Are you reaping the rewards of Self-Empowered BankingDo you know someone else who could benefit from learning more about how Self-Empowered Banking works and whether it's right for them?

   Please don't keep us a secret! We would be delighted to talk with them further, please refer them to NPCG: Julie Ann Hepburn or at 312.957.9400 x 403.
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     We're getting back on track after a few months hiatus and wanted to first thank everyone who attended the Your Financial Destiny Roundtable on April 20th. This smaller, more intimate event turned out to be a wonderful learning experience for both novices and veterans of Self-Empowered Banking.   


     In addition to reviewing the basics with everyone, several of our long-time clients shared their various financial situations and the

Participants April 20 2012 
Some of the participants listening intently
 at the YFD Roundtable, April 20, 2012. 

ways in which they have used their banking systems to eliminate their debt, build savings, and make investments in their own or other people's business.  


     In general, these folks have put themselves on solid financial footing for now, and in the future, and have done it in many creative and productive ways using their privatized banking system as the means to do so. They are truly 'self-empowered banking' students who have taken control over their financial lives and are building wealth on a daily basis.   


     Again, our thanks to all who attended and to our clients who were willing to share their information with the group.


     In this issue, we're going to explore one idea for saving for college - whether it's for your children or for you to get an advanced degree. It's never too early to start thinking about this major investment and a Self-Empowered Banking System is an amazing financial vehicle to put in place now.  


     But, suppose you're behind the 8-ball and haven't saved enough. We're going to show you something that one of our clients and a group of his students came up with, which we know will give you some great ideas for climbing this financial mountain.


     Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Happy Summer to all! 


Warm regards,

Julie Ann 
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Julie Ann Hepburn

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Let Uncle Sam Pay ...


     For those who have heard the Self-Empowered Banking introductory presentation, you may remember that there's a question asked: Would someone make money by borrowing $10,000 for two years at 6%, and then putting it in a CD at 4% compounded for two years?  Is this a good deal?

    To most people, it seems a bad deal -- it appears they would lose money, or would they?  For those who understand the power of compound interest -- they would take the deal. And, they would be absolutely right to do so. In this scenario, if they paid off the loan in two years, the cost of that loan is $637 (rounded  off). The amount of interest earned on the 4% compounded savings is $832 -- they make a profit of $195.

    Now, let's apply the same thinking to financing a college education -- whether it's the first 4 years or an advanced degree. As we all know, the cost of a college education has skyrocketed -- inflation on tuition is almost double that of the general inflation rate -- that's almost 8%. Learn more here: TUITION INFLATION

    Only the very wealthy can afford to pay cash, while the rest of us are borrowing from Uncle Sam through the student loan program or some other supplementary financial aid. BUT -- even if you can pay CASH - it's better to finance your or your children's college education. Why you may ask?

     You do not have to make a payment on these loans for 4-8 years depending how long you or your children are in school -- they only come due when the student quits or graduates. During that time, your wealth will continue to accumulate. As a result, you will be in a better position to pay off these loans if you keep your cash and let it work for you in a Self-Empowered Banking System (SEBS).

   Besides the typical benefits of a SEBS, in this case, a SEBS has another advantage, especially if you already have a high net worth, which might prevent you from getting a tuition loan. In most cases, your net worth is visible to all potential lenders when it resides in typical investment vehicles - banks, CDs, 401Ks, etc. Because of the financial instrument your SEBS uses, the money held there is not visible to anyone unless you tell them about it. 
    Here's a story from one of our clients who teaches economics in New Mexico, mainly to disadvantaged students. Our client is an intense student of Self-Empowered Banking (SEB) and knows what a difference it has made in his life. Here's how he's changing others lives. Please note: where we felt that terminology needed clarification, we did so, and these words appear in this article without italics and underlined.

I have about 120 high school economics students who for the most part could care less about their futures, but out of the masses there are 8 students interested in working hard to exceed expectations.

We have started an informal group that discusses politics and economics during lunch. After sharing a small fraction of how privatized banking works, the students eyes brightened.  


After several more discussions and giving them printed copies of some recent Lara-Murphy Reports (LMRs), one student asked me about his idea today to make money while he is in college and law school.  


Share this scenario with some of your expert friends to see what they think of his idea.


1. Take out the maximum allowable SUBSIDIZED loan each and every semester.  


2. Pay only school expenses with the loan. Everything else goes into a SEB system.  Let's also be realistic here -- most students will supplement this with a part- or full-time job. 


3. Because you are essentially getting 7+ years of interest free loans that are growing in secret [in your SEB], you are getting Uncle Sam to capitalize your banking system.  


4. Towards the end of your school years you evaluate the return from your SEB and the impending monthly bill for loans and you make the decision to repay your loans in a lump sum or to pay them gradually from the dividends and interest your policy earns. (We say, pay them off and then pay yourself back!) 


5. Whichever method you decide to use you have a capitalized banking system for when you are ready. 


Also, I have been sharing with students the tool from the Privatized Banking Center about how investing early yields a greater opportunity to build wealth. It is a slow process with most of them, but it is exciting to see them grasp these concepts.


Working with a population of students considered to be 100% economically disadvantaged is encouraging me that it is never too early to start changing your life. There is hope for the future.

    By using the principles of privatized banking, our client and his student have arrived at a potential solution for financing college. Think back to the above example of the $10,000 loan -- borrow with simple interest, save with compound interest and guess who's laughing all the way to the bank -- your bank, that is!

   If you want to put the power of privatized banking to work for you or your children's college education or other 'big ticket' items, let's create your own  Self-Empowered Banking System right now.  For more information contact Julie Ann Hepburn or at 312.957.9400 x 403.