Financial Planning
Financial Planning

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. The compounding of earnings can be substantial. The longer your investment period, the greater the beneficial effect of compounding. Click here to calculate how fast your savings can grow.
Invest in what you know. The better informed you are, the better your investment decisions will be. If you don't want to learn about investments, consider hiring a money manager and paying him or her to do your investing for you.
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 your assets minus all your debts) 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 financially 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 which decrease in value. Borrowing money to purchase a home is usually a sound idea. Using credit to purchase household furnishings is not.
Pay off your 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 to determine that you are neither under- nor over-insured. Be sure to contact your agent when you buy or sell any property.

For assistance in your financial planning, contact us.

Handy Calculators

Discover the magic of compounding!

If you could have one of the following as your pay for thirty days' work, which would you choose? (A) $10,000, or (B) a penny the first day, two cents the second day, four cents the third day, eight cents the fourth day, and so on, with each day doubling on out to thirty days.

The $10,000 sounds very attractive, but the fact is that the penny doubled each day for thirty days adds up to over five million dollars. Of course, that is 100% interest compounded daily, a rate not available to most of us working folk. Nevertheless, this example shows you the power of compounding on your investment earnings.

Here are some easy-to-use calculators.

You can get rough answers to your financial questions by using the following calculators and making a few estimates on your part. If we can be of assistance or answer questions for you, please call us.

College Funding: Do you know how much you need to set aside to fund a college education for your child? Education Funding Calculator
Retirement: How much must you save each month for your retirement? Retirement Calculator
Your IRA: What will your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) be worth when you get ready to start drawing on it? IRA Calculator
Roth IRA: How does a Roth IRA compare to a traditional IRA? Roth Calculator
Home Purchase: How much house can you afford? Home Loan Calculator
Mortgage: What will your mortgage payment be? Mortgage Calculator
Mortgage or Investments: Should you prepay your mortgage or invest the extra money? Financial Calculator
Mortgage Interest: What is the actual interest rate on a mortgage? Interest Calculator
Savings: What will your savings grow to? Savings Calculator
Loans: How do you calculate loan repayment? Loan Calculator
Prepayment: How do you calculate prepaying a loan, paying off credit card balances, etc? Prepayment Calculator
Loan Payment: What payment is needed for different loan amounts or different interest rates? Loan Comparison Calculator

 

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