July: 3 Simple Tasks to Improve Your Financial Life [VIDEO]

TASK #1: Run a Retirement Plan Projection

Run a retirement plan projection so that you know where you are and what you need to do to get closer to YOUR goals. You should do this once a year to see if you are heading in the right direction. Use our free Retirement Check-Up Wizard here to get a general idea of where you stand with your retirement plans. If you want a more thorough calculation you should work with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. They’ll have access to more sophisticated software and will look at your entire financial life. If you are working with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ you will want to revisit their projections at your annual review to account for changes in your financial life.

TASK #2: Increase Your 401(k) Plan Contributions

For most people, setting a goal to max out your 401(k) or 403(b) plan contributions should be key. If you’re saving in a 401(k) or 403(b) and aren’t already on track to max it out, increase your contributions by 1%. Re-evaluate in 6 months and increase your contributions by another 1% until you ultimately max it out.

TASK #3: Review Your Investment Strategy

Has anything changed over the last 6 months that would cause you to have to make changes? Births? deaths? New goals? If so, review your plan or speak to your CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ to help you make smart choices

For more financial planning tips, download my free report: “8 Steps to Organize and Optimize Your Financial Life”. Thanks for reading!

Sources:

  1. http://www.learnvest.com/knowledge-center/your-january-2016-financial-to-dos/
  2. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/12/02/your-end-of-year-financial-checklist
  3. http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/01/04/your-financial-to-dos-for-every-month-in-2013/#14fe6d3d41d4

 

The 3 Most Important Questions to Answer When Investing [VIDEO]

Every investment decision involves both risk and reward. You invest your money with the hope that you’ll be rewarded with a profitable return over time. But, the fact is there are few guarantees in life. Most Investments are exposed to risk, which is the potential for loss of assets. To reduce risk, most smart investors diversify their portfolio. It’s a strategy to help reduce vulnerability to market changes in one investment category.

Most Investments are exposed to risk, which is the potential for loss of assets.

3 Questions to Answer

An efficient diversification strategy for you depends on:

  1. What are you saving for?
  2. How much time do you have?
  3. How do you feel about handling risk?

An investment approach to pay for a child’s college education may be different than saving for your retirement. The difference in your time horizon often affects your investment decisions and how you feel about assuming risk. To find your risk tolerance profile you can use our free tool here.

How Do You Feel About Risk?

Some investors are risk-averse and prefer a conservative approach while others are willing to invest aggressively to reach their objectives. Over time your investments will grow or decrease along with market conditions.

The Importance of Rebalancing

A portfolio may need to be rebalanced to maintain diversification or adjusted to reflect the change of your investment goals. Your portfolio might have assets spread across a number of investment types matching your risk tolerance and your time horizon. Regardless, your portfolio should be monitored and adjusted along the way. You should create an investment roadmap to help you achieve your personal goals. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance creating a portfolio appropriate for you.

Your portfolio should be monitored and adjusted along the way.

For more financial planning tips, download my free report: “8 Steps to Organize and Optimize Your Financial Life”. Thanks for reading!

3 Helpful Financial Tips For June [VIDEO]

#1 Finish Your FAFSA

If you have kids going to college in September your FAFSA is due by the end of the month. You Should have submitted it already (particularly if you watched the financial planning To-Do’s for March), but if you’ve waited until the last minute make sure you get it in soon.

#2 Meet With Your Planner

Schedule a meeting with your certified financial planner if you didn’t meet at the beginning of the year. The halfway point is a great time to check in and see how you are doing and if your planner has any advice on how to make improvements. If you are going to meet with someone for the first time make sure you meet with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. The CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation is a professional certification mark for financial planners granted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board). To receive authorization to use the designation, the candidate must meet education, examination, experience and ethics requirements.

#3 Check Your Budget

Time to check in on your budget! It’s been a little over six months since the start of the year. How are you doing? Do you need to make any adjustments?

Tools like First Step Cash Management can help you proactively plan and monitor your cash flow.

Organize&OptimizeCoverFor more financial planning tips, download my free report: “8 Steps to Organize and Optimize Your Financial Life”. Thanks for reading!

Sources:
1. http://www.learnvest.com/knowledge-center/your-january-2016-financial-to-dos/
2. http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/12/02/your-end-of-year-financial-checklist
3. http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/01/04/your-financial-to-dos-for-every-month-in-2013/#14fe6d3d41d4

3 Things to Know About Paying For College [VIDEO]

There’s 73 million children Living in America today and the choices they make will impact the future of your family. Unfortunately, there’s no single formula for success. However, there is one proven path that provides lifelong advantages, the path of higher education.

3 Advantages of Having a College Degree:

  1. College graduates have lifetime earnings 84% greater than those without a degree.
  2. College graduates tend to live healthier Lifestyles.
  3. College graduates have increased job satisfaction and stability.

Difficulties Paying for College:

Today most American families face growing problems paying for college. Over the last 30 years College tuition has increased nearly three times the rate of inflation. Access to Grants and scholarships is on the decline and student loan debt has ballooned over 500% in the past 10 years. In fact, student loan debt is now approaching one trillion dollars.

Over the last 30 years College tuition has increased nearly three times the rate of inflation.

While some can fund their children’s entire education most families rely on multiple sources to pay for their college expenses. Still, over 60% of families don’t have a college saving strategy.

3 Things You Need to Know:

  1. How Much Will College Cost?

  2. What Do You Need to Save?

  3. Where to Invest?

It’s never too early to start planning for your children’s education but it can be too late. Learn how much College will cost and what you need to save so you can put your children on the right path to success.

If you need help creating a college savings strategy feel free to send me an email at sweiss@weiss-financial.com.