Depending on the “money culture” of the home you grew up in, it’s likely that you’ve encountered one of two attitudes toward debt: either you view it as a “slush fund” to be tapped when there’s something you want that you don’t have enough cash to buy; or you think of debt as an evil that must be avoided at all costs.
As financial advisors, we often talk about different tools investors can use to earn money, save money, and even protect their money. Some of these tools include access to alternative investment options, some are tax saving strategies, others are legacy protection techniques. But of all the tools we talk about, and of all the benefits different tools can offer, there is one that trumps them all.
Being a first-time homebuyer isn’t quite as easy as it looks—especially if you’re a young professional with a budding family, an emerging career, perhaps some student loans or consumer debt to tackle, and an ever-growing list of financial priorities vying for your paycheck.
We may all be guilty of putting our finances on the backburner from time to time, especially when life gets hurried and there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to, well… breathe! Between career responsibilities, family duties, and trying to remember to drink enough water (does coffee count as water?), your finances may deserve a little more love.
Happy 40th birthday to the IRA! IRAs first became available to most of us in 1981, back when many retirees still had access to traditional pension plans. In those ensuing years, however, traditional pensions have become ever less common while so-called “defined contribution plans” (e.g., IRAs and 401(k)s) have taken their place as the predominant retirement savings vehicles.
Remember being a kid and thinking, “I can’t wait to grow up and do whatever I want?” Well, it’s safe to say if you’re reading this, you’ve arrived. Now you are the personal CEO of your own life. You get to call the shots. You decide what’s important, what happens next, when, in what order, and why. But, naturally, many of your decisions will be dependent upon available cash flow, which is why cash flow planning should really be at the heart of all the important decisions you make.