Dipping into your 401(k), taking out a loan, or turning to high-interest credit card debt when life throws one of its unpleasant (and expensive) little surprises your way has its cost. As the author of today’s article notes, “any of these steps will set you back in growing your net worth and hinder your ability to reach your goals.” Thus the need for an emergency fund as part of one’s financial plan. But how much cash should an emergency fund contain? How do you go about building up an emergency fund from scratch? And where does the author state is the best place to keep an emergency fund – and why? CLICK HERE.
He became determined at an early age to achieve financial independence by age 37 – and now, at age 26 and with a net worth of approximately $150,000, he is on track to do just that. In today’s article, the so-called Money Wizard shares his savings strategy that he expects will result in $750,000 by the time he is 37, even if he never gets another raise at work! What is the Money Wizard’s primary investment goal each year? Why doesn’t he have an emergency fund? What does he call “the smartest investment I ever made”? CLICK HERE to find out.
Today’s article is all about emergency funds – including what the purposes of an emergency fund are (aside from the obvious), what does (and does not) constitute a good emergency fund, how to invest an emergency fund, whether a health savings account should be considered part of an emergency fund, the inherent problem with emergency funds – and whether emergency funds even still have a place in most people’s financial plans. To read more, CLICK HERE.
With the average savings account yielding a meager 0.11 percent – far less than the rate of inflation – one financial planner cited in today’s article describes using a traditional savings account for your emergency fund cash as simply being a way of “losing money safely”. As such, the author proceeds to outline other options for your emergency fund that can boost returns. To find out what these options are – as well as for the strategy one firm recommends using if you choose to risk your emergency fund in the market – CLICK HERE.