The Big Show
You’ll want to mark your calendars for the Million Dollar Trade Show and Educational Conference next month. Come help us celebrate AOA’s 30th anniversary where we’ll be giving away iPads, 5-day cruises and even a flat screen TV. The big show will be held on Thursday, May 17th at the Long Beach Convention Center in Hall C, 300 East Ocean!
You’ll meet vendors galore with new products and services; you can attend FREE landlording seminars and have many chances to win some great prizes. Who knows, you may even go home with a brand new iPad, flat screen TV, or a 5-day cruise for two!
FREE ADMISSION? All we ask is that you please bring a couple of CANNED goods for the Union Rescue Mission food drive.)
Our main goal is that you walk away with just one idea to help you make and/or keep more money than ever before. You’ll want to attend our FREE landlording seminars where YOU may win one of the above prizes at EVERY seminar! Seminars titles are:
¢ The 7 Step Success System on How to Make and Keep Millions, (Been There, Done That), by Dan Faller, AOA’s President
¢ How to Properly Screen Your Tenants “ by Stephen Duringer, Attorney
¢ Discover How to Make 16% Interest With Tax Liens by Wayne Grey, Tax Lien Specialist –
¢ The Secrets to an Effective Eviction and New Developments in Landlord/Tenant Law by Attorney Dennis P. Block
¢ Real Estate Investor Rewind “ Examining the Past to Prepare for the Future by Bruce Norris, Foreclosure Specialist
¢ The IRS Assault on Real Estate Investors “ How You Can Fight Back by Phil Panitz, Tax Attorney
¢ How to Maximize Your Rental Income by Jeff Taylor, Mr. Landlord
¢ How to Fill Your Vacancies and Keep Residents Longer by Drew DeMasters, Mr. Marketing
¢ How to Make Money Buying Foreclosures in Today’s Down Market by Lynn Alder, Real Estate Specialist
Be sure to check out the times of each of our FREE LANDLORDING SEMINARS listed in next month’s issue. It is going to be AOA Show Time and you’ll need and want to be there. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 17th! See you at the big show!
Are You the 1% or Who Are They?
The below article was written by Gary Halbert. Gary D. Halbert is the president and chairman of Profutures, Inc. Subscription rates for Forecasts & Trends is $197 for 12 issues and may be obtained by visiting his website at www.profutures.com.
Given the large response to a previous article that focused on members of Congress and how they fare so much better than the rest of us financially speaking, I did some digging to discover some fascinating information about the so-called Top 1%. The question is who are those Top 1% of wealthiest Americans we’re all supposed to despise?
If you listen to President Obama, the Occupy Wall Street protesters and much of the media, most of the wealthiest 1% are either trust-fund babies who inherited their money, or greedy bankers and hedge-fund managers. Certainly, they haven’t worked especially hard, if at all, for their money, critics say.
While the recession has thrown millions of Americans out of work, the Top 1% have been getting even richer. Worse, they don’t even pay their fair share in taxes, according to Obama and the critics. Most millionaires and billionaires “ as Warren Buffet claims “ are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries, the critics say. But this is not true as I will explain below.
In reality, each of these stereotypes is largely misleading. Sure, there are some undeserving bad apples among America’s Top 1%, but there are some bad apples in every demographic group. Consider this: Roughly 80% of millionaires in America are the first generation of their family to be rich according to the Cato Institute. They didn’t inherit their wealth; they earned it. For the most part, the wealthy have worked hard for their money. New York University sociologist Dalton Conley says that higher-income folks work more hours than lower-wage earners do, based on several studies.
So who are the Top 1%? According to a recent survey of the Top 1% of wealthiest Americans, less than 14% were involved in banking or finance (including hedge fund managers). Roughly a third were entrepreneurs or managers of non-financial businesses. Nearly 16% were doctors or other medical professionals. Lawyers made up slightly more than 8%, and engineers, scientists and computer professionals another 6.6%. Sports and entertainment figures in the Top 1% composed almost 2%.
The career categories noted above alone represent almost 80% of the Top 1%. And there are members of the Top 1% in other demanding career fields. So much for the notion that most of the Top 1% are trust fund babies, bankers or hedge fund managers!
Much attention has been paid recently to a Congressional Budget Office study that showed incomes for the Top 1% rose far faster from 1980 until 2007 than for the rest of us. Yet because so much of their income is held in investments, the recession and the bear market have hit the rich especially hard. The nonpartisan Tax Foundation has found that since 2007, there has been a 39% decline in the number of American millionaires.
The number of super-rich “ those earning over $10 million a year “ has plunged by 55% since 2007. In 2008, the Top 1% earned 20% of all income in this country, but by 2010, that number declined to 16%. As for not paying their fair share, the Top 1% pays 36.7% of all federal income taxes. Because they earn just 16% of all income, that certainly seems like more than a fair share.
Maybe Warren Buffett is paying a lower tax rate than his secretary, as he claims. But the comparison is misleading because Buffett’s income comes mostly from capital gains, which were already taxed at their origin through the corporate-income tax, and are currently taxed at a rate of 15% at the individual level. Moreover, the Buffetts of the world are clearly an exception. Overall, the rich pay an effective tax rate (after all deductions and exemptions) of roughly 24%. For all taxpayers as a group, the average effective tax rate is only about 11%.
Beyond taxes, the rich also pay in terms of private charity. Households with more than $1 million in income donated more than $150 billion to charity in 2010, roughly half of all US charitable donations. Greedy? It hardly seems so.
And let us not forget the fact that the rich provide the investment capital that funds ventures, creates jobs and spurs innovation. The money that the rich save and invest is a big part of the money that companies use to start or expand businesses, buy machinery and other physical capital and hire workers.
It has become fashionable to ridicule the idea of the rich as job creators, but if the rich don’t create jobs, who will? How many workers have been hired recently by the poor?
No doubt dishonest or unscrupulous businessmen have gotten rich by taking advantage of others. No doubt there are trust fund babies, some of which have never worked or worked very little. But the vast majority of the Top 1% worked hard and in the process created jobs for millions of Americans.
Remember this the next time you hear President Obama criticize the wealthy for not paying their fair share. And feel free to share the above with others.
[Dan’s Comment: Ask yourself how many poor folks provide housing for others? This 1% thing is nothing but a misleading marketing campaign. A campaign to convince voters into believing that it is fair to take money away from people who earn it and give it to those who do not earn it and then convince us that it’s fair. Please consider that if you provide housing for more than just your own family, you are part of the 1%! By our President’s definition of fair, how could it be fair for you to have housing for more than just yourself when some of the 99% do not even have housing for themselves? We’ll just take some of your extra housing and give it to those who are without.
And if you don’t think you look rich to the 99%, then you are in for a big shock. The definition of that 1% will soon include an income of $250,000 or excessive assets such as ownership of more real estate than you can personally use. Remember, you are dealing with dishonest people who are already distorting the true meaning of what’s fair “ they call themselves progressives. And even that word is misleading!
Keep in mind that progressives believe in harsh rent control that is nothing but tenant welfare paid only by property owners. Oh, but they prefer to call it rent stabilization. They love to force government inspections of your property. As a result of these inspections, they have been able to confiscate over 1,700 apartment buildings in the city of Los Angeles alone AND bribe the tenants by making them a deal that cuts their rents in half. And they call this progressive? They consider it fair because those dirty, capitalist landlords represent the 1% while those poor tenants represent the 99%.
You decide. Will you stand up and fight for our old American economic system of free enterprise (capitalism) or will you give in to these progressive ideas of redistributing wealth and lowering everybody’s standard of living!
Please email or write us and express your opinion of these old and tired progressive ideas. Don’t be too harsh, remember, our President proudly calls himself a progressive!!]