As I try to change my own views on money, I thought I'd share some of the insights that have helped me create a more positive relationship with it. In my experience so far, it can be as simple as switching your thought patterns, so you see the glass half-full rather than half-empty. Here are a few examples.
When the conversation turns to fraud, investors can sometimes forget that tried-and-tested investment management principles still need to be applied. Even though diversification is one of the most fundamental and enduring investment principles, many investors forget to ensure their assets are diversified widely enough.
In my 20 years working in the financial services industry, I have never heard someone say the less money you have at retirement the better. Some people can and will certainly make do with less, but one thing is sure; the more money you have saved when you retire, the more choices you will have in retirement. Follow these steps to start the ball rolling:
This New Year as you make your resolutions, commit to making one that will get you healthy and fit -- financially. While setting personal resolutions have become second nature, the New Year should also be the time each of us sits down with family. Talk about what your financial goals are in 2014 and what you need to have in place to ensure that your family is protected and aware.
When someone becomes critically ill, it can become very difficult or next to impossible for them to do the day-to-day things they need to in order to run a successful business. However, all is not doom and gloom, there is a solution to this situation but it needs to be in place before someone becomes critically ill not after and it is called critical illness insurance.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. With self-directed investment accounts, discount brokers, free online financial tools and an overabundance of online personal financial advice, it may seem like consumers today are well positioned to manage their own financial path. But access to tools doesn't necessarily mean one has the skills to use them properly.
Is your financial plan just a bunch of numbers crunched to the point of no return? I often wonder if the general public has any idea about what really goes on within the financial services industry. When they take the step towards planning for their financial objectives, are they receiving the best advice available or simply the most available advice?
It is nice to receive a cheque from the government but a tax refund is not good, because you are only receiving your own money back. Your tax refund is money you have overpaid the government during the year. You want to pay the right amount of tax during the year, rather than give the government an interest-free loan.
Filing your tax return may seem like an unnecessary task if you earned little to no income during the year. Or if you are expecting a refund, your attitude may be that there is no rush to file by the April 30 tax deadline. However, there are some very good reasons to file your tax return on time every year.
Within a year, my husband was dead. Thirty-seven years old, father of a two-and-a-half year old. My world shattered. What made all the difference to me was that life insurance policy. When I received my check, I cried with relief. That money was my lifeline and I don't want to think about what would have happened without it. It's a frightening thought.