Unexpected events in life often come with a hefty price tag. In fact, the average emergency expense was about $1,400, according to one study. Which highlights the importance of having an emergency fund.
There’s no getting around the fact this year has been challenging for most investors. But that doesn’t mean it’s a total wash. Even though the year is quickly coming to a close, you can still take advantage of valuable opportunities and take proactive steps to set yourself up for the future. With that goal in mind, here is a year-end financial checklist to help you get ahead.
Building wealth starts with having the right goals in place. But your financial needs and goals in your 20s will look vastly different from those in your 40s. Hence, your financial priorities change as your life changes. With that in mind, here is a list of financial priorities in your 20s, 30s and 40s that can help you stay on track.
Financial goals are never-ending. No matter your age or level of happiness, there’s always something you would like to use your hard-earned money for.
Here’s something that’s painfully obvious to all parents: college is expensive. The total average cost of a four-year, in-state public college is $90,760, according to the College Board. And, that cost is expected to only grow larger as college tuition and fees outpace inflation.
It’s a question often asked by parents, from new parents to grandparents: how much should I be saving for college?
Today much of our financial lives exist in cyber space, which means protecting your identity from hackers is now an important part of managing your money.
Let’s be honest: bonds are boring. Their relatively consistent and modest returns lack the daily excitement of erratic stock prices. So, when bonds do make headlines, it may be time to pay attention.
One important factor you can’t control in your financial life is government policy. And, recently, the Federal Reserve raised its policy interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point.
It doesn’t take a government report to know that prices are higher now than a year ago.
If you’ve filled up the gas tank, ordered a cheeseburger or tried to buy a new couch in the past year, then you’ve probably felt a little sticker shock due to rising inflation.