Start Planning and Stop Worrying!
A Gallup poll showed that 60% of those surveyed worried about their financial future.
There are a few simple steps you can take to help reduce your worries:
Put aside a set amount regularly in savings or other investments.
Invest in what you know.
Diversify your investments.
Have some of your money in an investment that is easily converted to cash in case of emergencies. the old adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is excellent investment advice.
Prepare an annual balance sheet.
A list of all our assets minus all your debt, to determine your net worth. A comparison of your annual balance sheets will show you whether you’re meeting your financial goals.
Plan where you want to be financial by retirement age.
Over 90% of Americans must rely on the government or others for assistance during retirement. With proper planning and diligence, you can be among those who can retire in comfort. Click here to calculate how much you need to save for retirement.
Update your plan regularly.
Review your financial plan often and adjust investment choices when necessary to keep your plan on track with your financial goals.
Don’t use credit to purchase consumption items.
Wait until you can pay cash for things that decrease in value. Borrowing money to purchase a home is usually a sound idea. Using credit to purchase household furnishings is not.
Pay off credit card balance every month.
Your credit card should be used for convenience, not as a source of long-term financing. Credit card interest rates are much too high.
Monitor your investments to maximize your after-tax return.
The difference that a 2% greater return can make in the growth of your investments is dramatic. Click here to calculate the monthly yield required to reach your savings goal.
Have your insurance agent do at least an annual review of your insurance needs.
This will help to determine if you are under, or overinsured. Be sure to contact your agent when you buy or sell any property.
For assistance in your financial planning, contact us.