The 5 Worst Mistakes You Make with Your Personal Finances

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  • 1.The 5 Worst Mistakes You Make with Your Personal Finances How to overcome fear, uncertainty and doubt about your present and future finances

2. Personal Financial Problems In America Today Time & Money, LLC - 2010 In 1980, household debt amounted to $1.6 billion By 2009, that amount had increased to $14 billion Then in 2010, despite the recession, it only dropped by $500 million to $13.5 billion Source: Household Sector: Liabilites: Household Credit Market Debt Outstanding, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, accessed August 26, 2010 2 3. Whats your financial IQ? Time & Money, LLC - 2010 3 In a recent financial IQ quiz, the average score earned by those tested was D+ Areas of lowest scoring: Credit management Cash flow management Source: Household Financial Management: The Connection between Knowledge and Behavior, Federal Reserve Bulletin, July 2003 4. Lack of personal savings Time & Money, LLC - 2010 4 In 1982, the personal savings rate was nearly 11% of disposable income In contrast, by 2005 personal savings dropped to 1.4% of disposable income Then in 2009, personal savings had inched up to only 4.3% Source: Personal Savings Up, National Savings Down, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, March 19, 2010 5. Are you ready to retire? Time & Money, LLC - 2010 A study revealed that two out of three boomer households are financially unprepared for retirement The percentage of workers planning to work after they retire has increased to 72% in 2009 (up from 66% in 2007) The average 401(k) retirement account fell 24.3% in 2008 Sources: Not Ready to Retire?, Entrepreneur Magazine, March 2009; The 2009 Retirement Confidence Survey: Economy Drives Confidence to Record Lows; Many Looking to Work Longer, EBRI Issue Brief, no. 328, April 2009; 401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2008, Investment Company Institute via Business Exchange, October 2009 5 6. Mistake #1: Habitual Spending & Borrowing Time & Money, LLC - 2010 6 Excessive spending and borrowing leads to living paycheck to paycheck 61% of workers say they live paycheck to paycheck 20% save nothing each month 42% of workers believe if they had $500 more per month, they would live comfortably HOWEVER, 30% of those making over $100,000 say they live paycheck to paycheck Sources: More Upper-Income Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck, CNBC, September 16, 2009; Living paycheck to paycheck, CNN, October 8, 2008 7. Living in denial Time & Money, LLC - 2010 7 The rude reality of being so far behind on bills coupled with our inability to purchase necessities can together create denial we continue racking up debt despite our hopeless financial predicament In a recent survey, 7 in 10 respondents found their investment statements incomplete or hard to understand Many Americans live in a constant state of financial ignorance and denial Sources: 2008-2009 Winter Issue: Dealing With Debt, Consumer Action News, January 30, 2009; Understanding Your Account Statement, investorED survey cited by The Globe and Mail, 4/16/09 8. Mistake #2: Incomplete Solutions Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Poor economic conditions have prompted more people to limit their use of credit as of June 2010, Americans had cut credit card use for 21 straight months However, spending is only one piece of the puzzle Other important aspects of the financial puzzle that are tied with how we spend are: Debt Savings/retirement Taxes Source: Credit-Card Delinquencies Slump In 2Q; Balances At 8-Year Low, The Wall Street Journal, AUGUST 25, 2010 8 9. Throw in the towel? Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Will filing bankruptcy really solve your problem and change your behavior? Many Americans think this is the solution From 2007 to 2010, the number of personal bankruptcies more than doubled from 751,056 to over 1.5 million Source: Bankruptcy Statistics 1980-2010,, August 17, 2010 9 10. Mistake #3: Doing It Yourself Time & Money, LLC - 2010 10 A report recently stated that the majority of Americans today lack critical knowledge of important financial concepts such as: How inflation works Financial risk Investing for the future Source: Americans Financial Capability, Report Prepared for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, February 26, 2010 11. Results of our lack of knowledge Time & Money, LLC - 2010 The report further stated that one in five Americans have used alternative and costly borrowing methods (payday loans, advances on tax refunds, pawn shops, etc.) in the past five years Because of our lack of knowledge, too many Americans will have to work past retirement age, are overpaying taxes, paying too much interest or earning too little interest on their investments Source: Americans Financial Capability, Report Prepared for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, February 26, 2010 11 12. Mistake #4: Looking For A Quick Fix Time & Money, LLC - 2010 12 Many Americans want to pick up a book and fix their financial problems in an instant In 2008, the self-help book industry made an estimated $8 billion in the U.S. alone Source: Is Modern Self-Help Just a Massive Money-Making Scam?, PsyBlog, January 9, 2008 13. Paying someone else to make your problems go away Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Maybe you or someone you know has paid someone to provide debt relief? Those who sign on with debt relief or debt settlement companies often end up with more debt than when they started Desperate consumers are paying thousands of dollars with no guarantee that even one penny of their debts will ever be settled Source: Be wary of promises from debt relief companies, MSNBC, July 8, 2010 13 14. Mistake #5: Going With The Crowd Time & Money, LLC - 2010 14 A study has shown that heads of households primarily obtain their financial knowledge from experience, friends, family and media rather than from financial experts Source: Household Financial Management: The Connection between Knowledge and Behavior, Federal Reserve Bulletin, July 2003 15. But do all advisors have YOUR best interests in mind? Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Reports show that most people get financial advice from many different types of professionals: Real estate agents Mortgage brokers Sellers of financial products High sales quotas tend to cause providers to promote products that can exploit a consumers tendency to behave irrationally Source: How About a Stimulus for Financial Advice?, The New York Times, January 17, 2009 15 16. Five Ways To Combat Your Financial Mistakes And Change Your Future 1. Decide to change your financial cycle for good 2. Realize this process may take time 3. Fix the whole problem 4. Create a solution that fits your unique needs 5. Find the best financial program and coach for you 17. Step #1: Decide To Change For Good Time & Money, LLC - 2010 17 Recognize that money matters are emotional Resist going with the status quo or choosing to do nothing at all Resolve that this time will be different take action now! Source: Why Habits Are Hard to Change (And Printers Hard to Buy), Psychology Today, March 18, 2010 18. Difficult decisions require self- efficacy Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Self-efficacy the belief that you can make a change and overcome obstacles is one of the best indicators of successful change What is the source of your motivation to succeed? What will give you the confidence that you will need to see you through? Source: Why Habits Are Hard to Change (And Printers Hard to Buy), Psychology Today, March 18, 2010 18 19. Step #2: Take The Time To Do It Right Time & Money, LLC - 2010 19 You cant always go on a crash budget to solve your financial troubles A daily action like eating fruit at lunch or running for fifteen minutes takes an average of sixty-six days to become a solid habit Spending and saving are daily habits that take time to change and develop Source: Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days, Psychology Today, October 21, 2009 20. You can learn from your mistakes Time & Money, LLC - 2010 73% of people with the highest scores on a recent cash-flow and credit management survey reported having learned better habits from personal experience Source: Household Financial Management: The Connection between Knowledge and Behavior, Federal Reserve Bulletin, July 2003 20 21. Step #3: Fix The Whole Problem Time & Money, LLC - 2010 21 See your finances as one large picture, not as individual pieces of a puzzle: Debt Spending Savings/retirement Taxes Understand that everything a person needs to know to be successful financially is contained within these four areas 22. How to put the puzzle back together Time & Money, LLC - 2010 22 Regain control of these four areas Understand that they are interrelated Cause these areas to work together in harmony 23. Step #4: Tailor A Solution For You Time & Money, LLC - 2010 23 You might consider financial programs containing books, workbooks, CDs, DVDs, and seminars with live speakers which can reach out to various types of learners: those who learn from reading those who learn from watching those who learn from listening to speakers and asking questions Source: Some Thoughts on Personal Finance Coaching, The Simple Dollar, November 14, 2008 24. Coaching can be an effective tool Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Many simply thrive on having someone motivate them to make better choices, such as dietitians and personal trainers In a recent study, households that had participated in just one personalized financial counseling session Were less likely to be late with payments Had higher credit scores Had better credit management Sources: Some Thoughts on Personal Finance Coaching, The Simple Dollar, November 14, 2008; Household Financial Management: The Connection between Knowledge and Behavior, Federal Reserve Bulletin, July 2003 24 25. Step #5: Find The Optimal Program And Coach For YOU Time & Money, LLC - 2010 25 Look for a financial program that 1. Has the tools and techniques to help you to permanently change your behavior for the better 2. Has a time-tested, well-proven program for success 3. Uses a holistic solution 4. Treats the root of the problem, not just the symptoms 26. The right tools Time & Money, LLC - 2010 26 To leapfrog you over any learning roadblocks, consider a program with varied tools such as: Books and guides Software Audio CDs Planners and organizers Diaries and tracking tools 27. Well-balanced approach Time & Money, LLC - 2010 27 Make sure the program you select addresses all aspects of finance: How to spend money How to save money How to pay off debt How to not overpay taxes And most importantly, how to do all these in the right order 28. Todays educational insights were brought to you by: 28 Time & Money, LLC - 2010 Time & Money, LLC 29. Time & Money, LLC - 2010 29 Our purpose is to educate, inspire, and motivate people to make significant changes in their lives through the application of ten proven financial principles the Money Mastery principles! Our Mission 30. 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