It is hard to believe one of the most important aspects pertaining to our kids’ future is often overlooked: learning about finances! Since these life-changing concepts are not adequately covered in schools (in my opinion), that job falls on us parents! One great (and fun) way is by playing financial games for kids. These games will expose them to the rules they will encounter during banking and managing money as they grow up. The best part—when playing these money-related games, they can take financial risks and without being penalized. The summer break is a great time to snatch one up and get your kids’ financially simple education started!
The thought of being debt free sounds like a dream come true for most of us. Many folks are wrapped up in credit card debt, car payments, mortgage payments, etc. However, there’s one debt freeing yourself from could do more harm than good, from a mathematical standpoint. That is your mortgage debt. Honestly, it’s often not a good idea to pay it off or even pay extra on it before age 50.
We’ve all heard and seen the “buy gold” advertisements on radio and television. Usually, a paid celebrity will talk about how “bad” the markets can be and then pitch a gold product. The question is, how much attention should we give to these ads? Is gold a good investment? They tell us if the stock market crashes, this is one investment that won’t go belly up. However, gold is always compared to stocks, not fixed incomes like bonds.
Finance is a multifaceted subject. It cuts across various aspects of our lives and at certain times knocks the wind right out of us. For instance, today as I met with a client, we considered how to calculate liquid net worth. Yeah, I know Liquid Net Worth doesn’t garner the attention that Net Worth alone does. However, both calculations have their place in your finances. So I’m going to share a little about why liquid net worth matters and how you can figure yours out.
In a recent meeting with some long-term clients, we began updating their comprehensive wealth plan. I vividly remember their specific goal. They wanted to reach retirement with an annual income of $100,000. Years ago when their journey to their financial independence began, this number was out of reach. Now, due to their hard work and persistence, this goal is actually becoming a reality. If you’re asking yourself this question, “Can I retire with $100,000 per year in income?”, then let’s take a look at how you get there.
I’m in the conference room today and we’re going to have an epic financial battle. Dave Ramsey vs Robert Kiyosaki. Dave Ramsey is famous for his Financial Peace series and Robert Kiyosaki is known for his book Rich Dad Poor Dad. Which strategy is right for you? Is one person right and the other wrong? Let’s look at the differences in how they approach finances! They have completely opposing views when it comes to some aspects of finances. We’re going to take their top seven financial strategies and dissect them.