Financial Regrets

Financial Regrets

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2017-08-02

 

A recent survey revealed that 4 out of 5 Americans have financial regrets and wish they could turn the clock back so that they could make smarter decisions with their finances. A common regret is not saving early enough or at all for that matter. According to current statistics, there are 1 in 3 Americans who have saved $0 for retirement. 

Retirement savings was top of the list that people wished they had done more of followed by saving for emergency expenses, taking on too much debt, and not saving for children’s education. 

If you are still relatively young, now is the time to avoid regrets later in life by putting together a smart financial strategy now. Here are some things you can do:

Retirement 

The longer you save, the better off you will be. Compound interest over time is what does the trick, and the more time you have to let it work, the better. If you are already in your 50s, make this a financial priority. Start right now. Delay spending on non-essential items, and put away as much as you possibly can. If you are employed, contribute to your employer’s retirement plan.  If you are self-employed, set up an IRA.

Emergency Fund

Emergency funds are a very important component to a healthy financial life, and having that safety net sitting in an account somewhere will give you peace of mind, knowing that should something unexpected happen requiring the use of savings to get you through a number of months, you have it at your fingertips. 

If and when an emergency does happen, you’ll be able to sleep at night, knowing that you planned ahead and can continue living your life undisrupted. 

Debt

In 2016, American Credit Card Debt Statistics show that the average American household debt is over $5,500. The average for balance-carrying households is over $16,000, with a total outstanding U.S. consumer debt of $3.4 trillion. 

Good credit card management boils down to:

  1. Making payments on time
  2. Paying more than the minimum payment due
  3. Keeping balances low
  4. Having a portfolio of cards with good rates

While it may seem to be the wisest course of action to make every effort to pay down your credit cards, it’s not a good idea to do so at the expense of other financial goals. Experts advise that you focus on increasing emergency savings, taking advantage of the employer match in a 401(k) plan, and investing while paying down debt.

College Savings

Whether you want to start saving for your children's future or have grandkids that will need help paying for college, a 529 plan is a great investment tool. Earnings on your contributions to these plans are tax-deferred. Withdrawals used to pay for tuition and other qualified expenses are generally tax free.

 

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Material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be used in connection with the evaluation of any investments offered by David Lerner Associates, Inc. This material does not constitute an offer or recommendation to buy or sell securities and should not be considered in connection with the purchase or sale of securities.

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Each taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax professional based on his or her individual circumstances.

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David Lerner Associates does not provide tax or legal advice. The information presented here is not specific to any individual's personal circumstances. Member FINRA & SIPC

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