How much cash should you keep on hand? That’s a question that comes up with every client, and rightfully so: too little and you’ll be unprepared for emergencies or unexpected expenses, but too much and you won’t be investing your money wisely. While the answer depends on your goals and personal circumstances, here are some rules of thumb that apply to just about everyone.
Spending your money in the right way starts with understanding how you’re spending your money. Reviewing credit card and bank statements or using an online expense-tracking tool will help bring awareness to how you’re spending your money. If you don’t currently have a system in place, I recommend you give Mint a try. Check out my recommendations for best practices with Mint.
There’s a wide spectrum of professionals who call themselves financial advisors. You need to know how to tell the difference between pure salespeople selling products and advisors committed to providing quality advice and acting in your best interest. Also, if you or a loved one works in public service, don’t miss the New York Times article below highlighting the pitfalls of some 403(b) retirement plans.
This is Part 2 of our series on post-graduation financial wellness. In Part 1 we tackled goal-setting and understanding your debt and cash flow. Now we can move on to budgeting and organization. When you set goals, understand your cash flow, and prioritize your spending so that you take care of your most important goals and responsibilities first, you are in control of your money and not the other way around.
College graduates, allow me an older sister moment to impart some financial wisdom as you step off campus. Your wealth, regardless of how much or how little you have, should create opportunity and help you achieve whatever you’ve been dreaming up for yourself over the last four (or more) years. This takes a plan for how you’re going to spend and save your money. Here’s a simple road map to set you off in the right direction. I’m keeping it brief to accommodate your post-finals attention span.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, here's everything you need to know about the ABLE Act. This is big news in the disability community as ABLE provides a way for people with disabilities to grow tax-deferred savings.