Stop winging it. Why you should start your financial plan now

As our friends at Charles Schwab post their 2018 Modern Wealth Index data[1], their research findings are eye-opening:   

  1. Sixty percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck
  2. Only twenty-five percent have a written financial plan. 

Ultimately, the Schwab findings point to a challenging financial future for most American.  About one-half of all American households with residents age 55 and older have no savings such as a 401(k) plan or IRA.  The latest GAO report findings make sense given the number of workers living paycheck to paycheck.

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Money isn’t something a whole lot of people enjoy talking about, but at some point, the tone should change so that we can put these glaring facts on the table and work towards a flexible solution.  It seems the findings are explicit (at least with the 2018 Modern Wealth Index): if you have a written plan, you’ll be in the top decile of financial performers.  In other words, you’ll put yourself in an optimal position to have both financial peace and wellness.

[1] www.aboutschwab.come/modern-wealth-index-2018

 

Peter Fisher