One of the great things about coming from a Latino family is that you learn there’s more than one way to make an honest buck. While there’s nothing wrong with a simple 9 to 5 job, it’s the art of the hustle that highlights Latino ingenuity. Where some people see nothing, we see an opportunity. Every investment scheme plan is a chance to show off how brilliant your entrepreneur skills actually are. Let’s look at a few of the investment opportunities you and your family probably picked up along the way.
That broken car your dad bought and plans to fix up one day.
The Pokémon franchise is one of the biggest and most important ones in the world. Including video games, TV series, movies, card games, collectible cuddly toys and even clothing, the Pokémon empire’s profits amount to billions of dollars annually. With more than 800 species of Pokémon, the work for Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri has taken inspiration from various cultures around the world to invent each of the “pocket monsters,” and some were inspired by Latin America.
Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have published well over 50 different Pokémon games.
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In the two decades since Pokémon first came to be, Nintendo has released over 50 games set in different worlds —featuring hundreds of unique monsters.
Currently, there are 722 official Pokémon that have been confirmed by Nintendo.
The nearly 800 monsters, draw upon the folklore from various cultures. Mawile, a fairy/steele-type monster, is loosely based on the Japanse legend of the Futakuchi-onna, a demon woman with a second mouth hidden in the back of her head, for example.
While some Pokémon are tied to myths, others are grounded in real-world cultures.
In particular, there just so happen to be a handful of pocket monsters with direct links to Latin America. Some of them are super cool and some of them are…well, pretty racist. But they’re all a part of the Pokémon legacy and you should know all about them.
In typical Pokémon fashion, it’s difficult to tell what Ludicolo’s supposed to be exactly. It’s a pineapple. It’s a duck. It’s a man wearing a poncho and a sombrero who likes to sing and dance? At best, Ludicolo’s supposed to be a tribute to Mexican Mariachi. At worst, it’s just offensive. You decide.
Sigilyph is a flying/psychic Pokémon first introduced in the Black and White games. Unlike most Pokémon, Sigilyph isn’t based on a specific animal, but rather a drawing of one. The monster’s design is inspired by the Nazca Lines, a set of artistic geoglyphs etched into the earth of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.
Hawlucha is definitely part of the Pokémon wall of fame. It’s a fighting/flying hawk-esque creature with an affinity for airborne wrestling moves inspired by lucha libre. Whereas Ludicolo came across as a slightly-racist reading of a cultural tradition, Hawlucha’s characterization tends to be much more respectful and celebratory. Also it’s just cool.
This Pokémon is inspired by the axolotl, the amphibian endemic to the Mexican Basin, who can regenerate its own body. The Mexican-inspired monster is blue, and has a pair of antennae on its head —which are a clear reference to the gills of Axolotls.
Rayquaza is a mixture of several mythological beings, but we gotta say that its resemblance to Quetzalcoatl is pretty evident. This is one of the most powerful Pokémon of the franchise’s universe, and there’s a colorful version in the Pokémon Go video game.
For foreigners, the cactus is a very Mexican element, and Maractus is a Pokémon-cactus, its bright colors are reminiscent of Mexican culture. In addition, it shakes what would be its hands as if they were maracas, another very “Mexican” element for people —hence the name mar(acas)(ca)ctus.
When the first Pokémon games were released, Mew was something of an urban legend. When Mew’s existence was finally confirmed and the Pokémon was made available to the public, we learned that Mew was the original Pokémon from which all others descended.
In the first Pokémon movie, Mew’s described as being a psychic capable of learning all moves and transforming into other Pokémon. It’s also explained that researchers looking for the elusive monster eventually (and unknowingly) discover it in the jungles of Guyana. Ancient Guyanese cultures, it’s implied, encountered Mew often enough that they incorporated it into their local mythology, a concept that’s worth pointing out considering that Mew’s known for rendering itself invisible.
The other day I was talking with a client and she told me “Brittney, I finally feel like I understand investing because you explain it as if we are just two girlfriends talking over lunch. You make it so easy to learn and I feel like I finally know what I’m investing my money in!”
I’ve been a financial planner for over 13 years and one of the biggest reasons I started my own financial company was to help smart, savvy women understand money and finally feel like they could come to a financial planner without feeling judged, talked down to or ashamed for not knowing personal finance and investing principles.
I know how overwhelming investing can be, but the truth is once you dive into this new subject, you will find it isn’t as scary after all and a few smart investment strategies can go a long way in your overall financial plan and success.
Regardless of where you stand in your investing career, just starting out or a seasoned investor, here are three tips to get started in investing.
1. Understand Compounding Interest
To me, this is like the 8th wonder of the world as it really does work like magic when it comes to growing your money for the long term. The simple way to understand the power of compounding interest is by the rule of 72. Basically, the rule of 72 tells us how many years it will take to double your money given a specific interest rate.
For example, let’s say you have $5,000 that you can invest in a lump sum today into an investment that returns on average 4% per year. By using this rule, 72 divided by 4 is 18, so every 18 years your $5,000 will double.
$5,000 today, 18 years from now $10,000, another 18 years from then, $20,000 and so forth.
What if you took that same original $5,000 investment and instead got an average annual return of 8%? Now your money will double every 9 years.
So after the same 36 years instead of $20,000 from the 4% investment, you can potentially have $80,000. That is how compounding interest will help you build wealth over time. It helps your money make money which of course is a very wise financial move.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I know this sounds easy, but yet so many people still don’t understand the importance of having a diversified portfolio. Basically, it means to have a little bit of everything in your portfolio. So a mix of different types of mutual funds whether they are stock mutual funds or bond mutual funds, real estate and possibly business equity in your overall investment portfolio.
Think of it like a pie, if one slice of the pie is eaten and no longer has value then it’s okay because you still have the rest of the pie remaining. Diversification helps minimize your risk over time as you never have all your eggs in one basket, i.e. one investment category, one company, etc.
I know investing can be confusing, so start by reading and learning more about the differences between a stock, bond, mutual fund, real estate. This will help you have a better understanding of what is most appropriate to hold within your own investment portfolio.
Remember everyone is different so your mix of investments may be different from your neighbors and that is okay as you may have different goals, timeframe, risk tolerance, etc. Find the mix that is right for you and keep that diversification going!
3. Focus On The Longterm And Keep Emotions Separate
One of my favorite investing quotes is from the successful investor Warren Buffett who says, “be greedy when everyone else is fearful and fearful when everyone else is greedy.”
Basically what this means, is you have to be clear-headed when it comes to your longterm investment strategy and not let your emotions get the best of you when the stock market fluctuates up and down. Most people react to the swings in the stock market and panic when Chicken Little on TV is telling them the sky is falling so they make irrational decisions regarding their investment portfolio.
If you can remember Warren’s quote, then during those times of stock market dips, if you were in control of your emotions, you might be able to see that there are investment opportunities to take advantage of, for example buying more of a position if you found it a value in the market, versus being fearful and panicking and perhaps selling at a loss like most people end up doing.
Again, investing is complex and what I am saying may not apply to everyone so please do your homework and work with a financial professional you trust to help you build the right investment game plan so you can stay the course for the long-term.