A One Page Personal Finance Book

I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing an e-book on personal finance with a target audience of anyone who needs to work to pay bills and save for the future.  That’s just about everyone out there, no?  Here’s an ultra-condensed, one-page version of the book, which mainly covers “what” to do.  The other 149 pages (soon to come) will explain the “how”, “why”, “when”, and “where”.  Enjoy! Text is below. Here’s a PDF: Start Here Do This Get There.  Continue reading

Take Control. Start Here. Do One Thing.

Do you want to take control of your finances, but just don’t know where to begin? Here’s something that you can do today, which will both boost your confidence and empower you to move forward on other personal finance projects.

The first step is to make a list of everything you own (your Assets) and everything you owe (your Debts or Liabilities).  Subtract the Liabilities from the Assets, and you have what we call your Net Worth.  The most basic form of this list, what I call the “Index Card” approach, can simply include the name of the asset’s owner, (account, property, artwork, etc.), where the account is held or located, and its current value.  It’s simply an inventory of everything, and helps ensure that nothing gets lost or overlooked.  Continue reading

What Should Your Financial Plan Really Look Like?

How should your financial plan be structured?  The graphic below shows an approach that I like to follow when working with clients (whether they are just starting out with very few assets, or quite established with significant assets).  Please note that this is not representative of a comprehensive financial plan, nor is it meant to represent your unique situation.  It’s simply a tool to help clients prioritize where to begin and how to deploy their assets most effectively.  And where exactly do we begin?  At the bottom:

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