Why a Financial Check Up Is Important

Updated: Apr 11



Many Americans get a health check up twice a year. A financial check-up is no less important. This is a checkup on your financial wellness. One way to ensure you are hitting your financial goals and setting up a sound financial foundation is to visit your finances a minimum of twice yearly. If you aren't sold yet on why educating yourself financially is important in general check out this Investopedia article the details the importance of setting yourself up for success financially.


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The Benefits:

  1. Review Previous & Current Goals

  2. Provide You With A Plan To Execute

  3. Provide Accountability For Financial Goal Success


In Our Financial Check-Up We Will Review Where You Fall On The Road Map Below


  1. Setting A Budget

  2. Building Emergency Savings

  3. Paying Down Debt

  4. Building Credit

  5. Investing

  6. Life Phase Financial Planning





Setting a Budget

This is your map, you wouldn't travel without knowing where you are going. A budget will help you realize where you might be spending too much money and not preparing for expenses like a rise in gas prices, or rise in your insurance because of a new vehicle purchase. I have friends that perform this manually, I personally use Mint. But here are the 8 Best Personal Budgeting Apps



Building Emergency Savings


Ever had an unexpected health scare? Or an surprise home or car repair? I know I have and I never planned for my tires to blow out because it wasn't in my budget, but I had emergency savings to cover the unexpected cost of my


tire blowout. Not sold yet, check out these other 8 Reasons Why You Need An Emergency Fund




Paying Down Debt


There are multiple methods to pay down debt. You'll want to choose which is best for you. This is important because it may make sense to pay off debt instead of saving more after you've established your emergency savings.


Building Credit


Most people know why credit is important. A higher credit score is going to save you more money in interest payments. You'll need your credit to apply for credit cards, home loans, car loans etc. Now even cellular phone carriers run your credit. Here are some Tips to boost your credit score. Here Are Great Tips To Build Credit


Investing

Everyone should want to make their money work harder. Once we've reviewed the above with you or you independent build a plan for yo,yourself using the resources provided you are ready to start investing. You can start investing with as little as $5. There are popular apps like Robinhood or Stash that make it easy to start investing. Best of all investment brokerages have eliminated trading fees thanks too Robinhood's innovative platform. Acorns is another great app but you can compare and read about them in the links below.





Portfolio Re-Balancing


You shouldn't wait for markets to fall to rebalance your portfolio, but now is as good a time do it, as any. Re-balancing is the process of realigning the weightings of a portfolio of assets. Re-balancing involves periodically buying or selling assets in a portfolio to maintain an original or desired level of asset allocation or risk.

For example, say an original target asset allocation was 50% stocks and 50% bonds. If the stocks performed well during the period, it could have increased the stock weighting of the portfolio to 70%. The investor may then decide to sell some stocks and buy bonds to get the portfolio back to the original target allocation of 50/50.

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We hope this short article helps you begin preparing and feeling confident in your financial future. As always we are here to help you progress in your financial wellness journey.


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