Saturday, 21 April 2012

AS SEEN ON STEVEN AND CHRIS: My favourite money quotes!

I dissect some of her favourite money quotes into tried-and-true financial lessons we all can use.

Richard Branson, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Douglas, Warren Buffett and George Soros.

"A penny saved is a penny earned."
—Benjamin Franklin, founding father of United States

Translation: Saving small amounts throughout your life is the best way to build wealth. When you're buying anything, consider the cost and see if you can get it for a better price somewhere else. Remember: Every penny you save should go directly back into your bank account.

"What's the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet."
—Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group

Translation: Too many of us are living off borrowed wealth. We fund rich lifestyles through credit cards, huge mortgages and car leases. Focus on building real wealth in your life. Live below your means. No more than 30% of your after-tax income should be spent on your mortgage and taxes, and no more than 25% on the rest of your living expenses. Also, 10% of your income should always go towards savings and investments. If you aren't meeting these basic percentages, you need to cut back on something.

"Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1."
—Warren Buffett, the most famous billionaire of our time

Translation: Don't spend more than you have. Always respect your money and be conscious of how you're spending it. Don't take unnecessary investment risks; avoid losing money.

"If investing is entertaining, if you're having fun, you're probably not making any money. Good investing is boring."
—George Soros, another billionaire and Forbes rich-list regular

Translation: Take a slow and steady approach to investing. Making money is hard work and quick profits are not a reality. If we all had dull investing habits, we would be much wealthier and more financially secure. If it's quick thrills you're after, head to the casino; if you want to build wealth, save early, consistently and intelligently.

"Greed is good."
—Michael Douglas as "Gordon Gekko" in Wall Street (1987)

Translation: We need to be greedy (to an extent) in order to get ahead financially. Gekko was referring more to the hunger and the will behind financial gain—to do and be your best. We always have to serve and guard ourselves first before we can help others.


  1. Great quotes! My favourites are from Dave Ramsey.
    - "Act your wage."
    - "We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like."

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