The New Year often brings generic resolutions that get tossed to the wayside within months or even weeks. However, when it comes to your financial life, making and sticking to a plan is critical to your long-term prosperity. The start of the year is a perfect time to look back and look ahead.
Review Your 2020 Financial Health
- Did you stick to the financial plan you made in 2020?
- Did you end the year with an economic surplus or in debt?
- Was your final financial balance the result of outside influence or your own decisions?
Financial Changes to Make in 2021
- Set a new budget. With a year like 2020, you’ll likely need a complete overhaul to your budget, so carefully consider what you’d like to strive for this year.
- Automate your savings. Over time you likely won’t miss the money that you have safely tucked away for emergencies.
- Autopay your bills. Avoid costly late fees and have one less thing to remember.
- Increase retirement contributions. Aim to divert 10%-20% of your income even if you have to do it 1% at a time.
- Review your insurance. Look into your life insurance, health coverage, and your homeowner’s policy to ensure you’re covered well enough for your lifestyle.
- Review your estate plan. Even if you don’t have the assets or complicated financial life to require trusts and other advanced planning documents, you should at least have an up-to-date Will and a designated Power of Attorney in place.
- Check your portfolio. The stock market is likely to do some odd things as we transition Presidential power and continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Review both your objectives and your risk tolerance.
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