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Good morning,

A quick breakdown — in case you just don’t have the time.

  1. Real estate remains a high growth opportunity.

  2. Saving $2K / year is easier than you think.

  3. We spend more on interest than national defense.

  4. Cava (the salad company) is worth $10 Billion.

  5. Ethereum ETFs are apparently moving along nicely.

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Market Overview

As of market close 6/26/2024

Chart of the Week

Source: Bank of America

Millennials believe US stocks have the least amount of growth potential.

Read that sentence again — when asked “What asset class has the greatest opportunity for growth during your lifetime?” only 14% of American millennials answered “US stocks.”

Compare that to the 41% of Gen X’ers (born between 1965 — 1980) who believe US stocks are the #1 greatest opportunity for growth.

This chart tells us three things:

  • The disparity of perceived opportunity between wealthy Americans and younger Americans (US stocks).

  • Real estate is universally acknowledged as a great investment, likely because the median sales price of a single family home in the US is hitting all-time-highs.

  • Despite investing toward a good cause (companies focused on a positive impact) — both wealthy Americans and younger Americans believe this investment strategy isn’t correlated to better returns.

Where do you lie in this chart? Would you agree with these answers yourself? How do these answers fit inside of your own investment portfolio?

It’s our humble opinion that US stocks, real estate, and cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) remain the best opportunities for growth inside of the average American’s portfolio in 2024.

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In Case You Missed It…

In this week’s episode of the Rich Habits podcast (linked here) — Robert and Austin touched on the following:

  1. Switch Wireless Carriers — if you’re someone who’s working hard to make ends meet, maybe it’s time to switch from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile to a budget wireless carrier like Visible (not sponsored). They use the same towers as Verizon, while only charging you $25 / month.

  2. Count Your Subscriptions — no matter where you are in your wealth building journey, you need to know what you’re paying for every single month. Sometimes those Uber or DoorDash subscriptions sneak up on us! Cut the ones you don’t use on a monthly basis and move on.

  3. Shop Your Insurance — while we believe this is very important, it can be tedious and time consuming. Every two or three years take the time to compare auto, boat, home, and other insurance policies. You might find yourself saving hundreds per year!

Not only did Robert and Austin hopefully talk someone off the ledge of cashing out their hard-earned 401(k) to invest in real estate, but someone also asked about co-signing $200K of debt to help their cousin pay for dental school.

You won’t want to miss this episode! New Q&A episodes are posted every Thursday morning (listen here).

We answer questions asked via Instagram DMs, so if you’re not yet following us — be sure to follow here! Thanks to all of you that are constantly sending messages! We promise that we’re doing the best we can to get back to you.

Robert’s Callout

Interest paid on federal debt is hitting all-time-highs.

As you all might remember, the Federal Reserve printed $7 trillion dollars (out of thin air) over the course of 24 short months between 2020 and 2022. The first $2 trillion dollars were out of desperation — trying to keep our economy from falling into a Great Depression scenario at the height of Covid-19.

The other $5 trillion… not so much.

Despite the argument for or against the printing of trillions of dollars — causing +35-50% inflation across all spending categories — it happened.

This money printing accelerated the annual deficit, therefor increasing the amount of debt the United States had. At the moment, the US is accumulating $1 trillion of debt every 100 days — that’s over $3 trillion of debt per year!

For perspective, it took our country 200 years (since the creation of the Department of Finance in 1781) to rack up $1 trillion in debt (as reported in 1981). And in only 43 years after surpassing the $1 trillion mark we have now accumulated over $34 trillion of debt.

The worst part about this debt is the interest payments. We’re not paying back any of the principle — only the interest. As a country we now spend more money servicing our interest than we do on all military and defense spending combined!

We don’t have the answers — but we do hope, for the next generation, that this debt can be sorted out quickly and responsibly.

Austin’s Callout

Everyone’s favorite fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, Cava, has experienced increased momentum over the last 12-months as their revenue is now expected to surpass $1B in 2025.

The company began trading on the stock market June of 2023, and in only one year since making their public debut their stock price has climbed by +144%. This quick rise was catalyzed by the opening of +60 new locations while maintaining 25% profit margins at the restaurant level.

Today, the company’s market capitalization hovers around $10B — and with 323 locations around the country, each restaurant location is “worth” over $30M. Wall Street argues that’s a bit frothy, while other investors continue to pile in.

As an investor myself, I continue to keep an eye on the company’s free cash flow metric.

The Rich Habits Radar

  • 👉 Microsoft is facing serious antitrust violations in Europe.

  • 👉 Alphabet's Waymo rolls out ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

  • 👉 Rivian will get up to $5B from Volkswagen.

  • 👉 Ethereum’s ETF process is “going smoothly,” according to the SEC.

  • 👉 Tesla issued its third and fourth recalls for the Cybertruck.

  • 👉 FedEx shares jumped +14% after crushing earnings.

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