When I became a Renegade

I have always known that something wasn’t right about what I was learning in school and even much of what my parents were teaching me financially. I studied and worked hard to learn it anyway and was diligent like a good boy should. All the while I knew it wasn’t right. I didn’t know what wasn’t right; kind of like Neo in the movie, The Matrix.

Some of you may laugh at the comparison and I know that many of you know exactly how I feel and can identify with the feeling. This didn’t stop me from doing exactly what I was taught to do and doing it well! I got all A’s, I worked really long and hard hours, and even enrolled in college at one point. I did all of this in an effort to be financially free and independent. Of course it didn’t work.

In the mean time I met my wife Jeanna and the thought of financial independence started to become an obsession. Luckily for me, my best friend Jason found an answer, real estate investing. While in Iraq Jason read some books on real estate investing and getting out of the rat race. He came back fired up about investing in real estate and his enthusiasm infected me as well. That was the exact moment I became a Renegade.

That was a little over 4 years ago and it seems like a life time. I have learned so much and an entire new world with different rules has been opened up to me. Rules that make sense, build wealth, and feel right; these are the rules that make me a Renegade. As a Renegade I also understand that building wealth is a long term strategy and not a get rich quick scheme. I was brainwashed for 25 years before I decided to head down the Renegade path and I have no regrets. Most importantly, I have learned to have patience with myself as I continue to unlearn years of bad programming.

For those of you wondering if you have the Renegade mentality, let me be specific. A Renegade Detroit Investor doesn’t care if the economy is good or bad, he just makes money. A Renegade doesn’t trust the government with his health, retirement, or progress; to hell with social security. Last but not least, a Renegade Detroit Investor immediately distrusts what the majority sees as safe and practical and knows instinctively that the opposite is most likely true.

For those of you who feel the same, you are not alone. Come join 50 Renegade Detroit Investors at our next meeting. The path to being a Renegade Detroit Investor is a path that starts scary and ends up feeling like you are walking home.

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Jeremy Burgess
The Detroit Market Expert

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Time for Change… Renegade Style!

Yesterday we inaugurated the first Black American as President of the United States. Considering that 60 years ago Obama would have to drink out of a different water fountain than me, I find this historic event inspiring and it gives me hope for the future of America. Regardless of your political beliefs, President Obama’s inauguration speech calling for a new era of change was an eye opener. While I’m far from the world’s biggest Obama supporter (I’m a Ron Paul supporter), I found much of the President’s speech exciting and motivating at this particular juncture in our history.

As Americans we have one foot in the industrial age and one in the information age and neither foot knows what the other is doing! It seems at times that America is confused about what must be done moving forward.

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.”

While I agree that we are in a crisis, I believe that we have been in a financial crisis for a long time. The crisis I’m blogging about is the personal retirement crisis. Our parents and grandparents have prepared us for the world with tools that are no longer useful and practical. Without over simplifying the issue, we were raised to go to college and get a good job with benefits. While it is obvious to most now that a college education and a job just won’t cut it, we are still confused as a nation and people.

“But our time of standing pat, or protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions- that time has surely past. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

The time of the defined benefit plan and employer sponsored retirement is OVER. The writing was on the wall in 1963 when the Studebaker automobile company terminated its employee pension program. Since then ERISA was passed in 1974 to enforce and regulate to some degree employee pension programs. As Americans we have seen this fail as well with ENRON, Adelphia Communications, World Com, TYCO, and Quest to mention just a few! The loss to defined benefit and defined contributions plans, YOUR RETIREMENT, was in the BILLIONS! Of course that pales in comparison to the Trillions lost in the recent mortgage crisis. This was real money from your retirement funds.

Now is the time to remake your retirement plan and take control over your future. While the switch from having someone else manage your retirement to you managing it can be a challenge, it is not as difficult as you think. If you don’t already have one, you need to start or convert your retirement into a Self Directed Roth IRA. I recommend Equity Trust Company because of their customer service and how easy they make every transaction for the new and seasoned investor. With a Self Directed Roth IRA you can invest your money in anything you want and all of your future gains and profit are tax free!

This does mean that you will have to analyze that stock, real estate deal, IPO offering, bonds, businesses, CDS and other investment opportunities but isn’t that the entire point? The evidence has shown that when your retirement is left up to the government or corporations, you lose.

What it means to be a Renegade Detroit Investor is personal responsibility for our investments and an aversion to mainstream thoughts and antiquated advice from so called financial advisers.

“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them…. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.”

This is the Renegade Detroit Investors battle cry! You can whine and complain all you want but that is like trying to swim upstream. You cannot fight the change. The change is already here… and what are you going to do about it? Are you going to lie down and let corporate America swindle your retirement or submit to bigger government taxes in the allusion that social security will cover your needs?

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves….”

You have a responsibility to yourself, your country, and ultimately to your children and grandchildren to embrace the change and prepare future generations to be financially independent of government and corporations.

“This is the price and the promise of citizenship.”

Make your life uncomfortable,
Jeremy Burgess
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