Many of us have thought about financial freedom at some point.
What is it?
It’s a concept that seems almost too good to be true for some people-
The United States of America is a land of vast opportunities. With each dawning day, many individuals travel to America to make their dreams a reality. However, it’s quite unfortunate that these USA immigrants face a challenging financial situation.
It’s often a result of a lack of credit history. It becomes hard to build an identity in a country where they want to meet their goals. Its why building a credible credit history is essential for setting up a life in the USA.
When I was younger I was in the Boy Scouts. Like many, I started in grade school with the Cub Scouts and moved up the ranks. Ultimately, I fell short of the Eagle rank by one level, but the lessons learned over my scouting career have stuck with me through the years. Looking back on it now through the eyes of someone who must manage bills, work and family, I think the scouts helped me build a solid framework for future money management skills.
I’d like to take you on a journey through my five favorite parts of the Boy Scout Law and demonstrate how each has had an impact on me when it comes to managing my finances. Hopefully, by the end of this post you too will be prepared to go out and be a good scout with your money.
When I first started earning money it was 2000, I was in India. I straightaway jumped for stocks and within a year my invested amount lost half of its value. Poor stock picking coupled with the burst of the dot-com bubble taught me what not to do with money when you are a beginner. Since then I committed many mistakes, at the same time, I did things that worked very well for me.
A few of the mutual funds I bought between 2003 and 2005 got almost tripled its value before I sold them off. I had mentored people towards their first investing since then, A little disclaimer, I am not a financial expert and don’t take my advice for granted, consult with someone you trust before taking any of the steps I mentioned below. The following ideas are lessons I learned with my life and lives of the people (at work and within the family) who came to me for advice.
Stoicism is a school of Greek philosophy founded in Athens whose followers practice a way of life that focuses not on what a person says but on how they act. To live a good life, one has to understand the rules of human behavior since Stoic lessons teach that everything happening around you is rooted in your own mind.
What does this have to do with financial success?
Let’s take a look at five Stoic principles that should form the bedrock of your own financial success.
Investing always carries some amount of risk, whether you’re investing in stocks, bonds, real estate, or a lower-risk investment like CDs or Treasury-issued securities. When you think of investment risk, you probably think of the risk of losing some or all of your money because of a bad investment decision or a market downturn. But that’s not the only risk you face as an investor. There are some apparently harmless risks as well.
What many investors don’t realize is that if you don’t invest aggressively enough, inflation will cause your money to lose value over time. If you rely on socking money away in a savings account to get you through retirement, your future purchasing power is sure to disappoint. While you can’t avoid all investment risk, you can mitigate it by learning about the different types of investment vehicles available, developing a sound investment strategy, and letting time work its magic to help your portfolio grow.
Do you handle your family’s financials? Are you the one balancing the checkbook each month (do people really still do that)? How do you know where you stand from day-to-day with your finances? In case you do the bookkeeping, do you still use pen and paper and a truck load of receipts to do that? In IT age, old style bookkeeping is obsolete.
Bookkeeping as an activity always was and still is an important aspect of managing personal finance. Keeping track of earnings and spending are two most important aspects of managing personal finance. This post is not about managing your household books electronically with the help of modern software tools which will make your job easier and less time consuming.
The housing market is in recovery, a slow and painful one, but a recovery nonetheless. And no, I’m not saying this because I’ve been obsessing over house prices, builder confidence indexes, construction permits numbers and foreclosure rates (ok, I’ve done that too), but because the hedge funds, where the smart money lies, are moving back into real estate. And I’m trailing behind.
I decided to get into real estate investing about four months ago – right around Christmas when the budgets and the belts are too tight to really be thinking about investments. Well, I’ve never had a deep pocket anyway so I decided to jump in with whatever I could scoop together and hope for the best.
Investing your money to make higher returns is one of the brightest ideas you are probably thinking right now. Yes, managing such amount is not easy because you are creating an idea about where and what is the best ways to spend it with promising interests. Many choices are already available but you should be wise and smart in engaging with those offers. Investing in a right business with the right people in a right time should be your considerations before giving out your $1000, especially, if you are a citizen of the United States. This is because investment offers are rampant in the US. In addition to this, you should be able to know the money returns you will get and how safe the methods are, because scam is everywhere and sometimes unavoidable.
This article is inspired by an USA Today article, first job, first pay check and first budget.
Investing your money that will begin at $1000 can be turned into millions when you engaged yourself with the right decision opening available ways of investments. Because of rampant investments offered in the market today, you should choose your investment ways depending on your personal preferences.
Effectively managing financial institution accounts is equally important as saving money and investing money. Still we don’t usually put much attention to the managing side of personal finance. We concentrate mostly on saving money, opening new investment accounts, saving for retirement and diversifying income, etc.
As a blogger, I haven’t written a single post emphasizing this important need, to of keep track of your money, so far. Long back, I wrote about managing money like a Shepherd, and knowing every details about it. I also wrote about how do I track my net worth and watch them grow but, that was it.
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