Smart Thinking On Investing – November 04
The Financial Panther’s article may shock and surprise you when he uncovers just how much your debt may be costing you per day! And A Wealth of Common Sense’s author Ben Carlson discusses loss aversion from a few celebrity perspectives…
Take Advantage of Work Perks and Save Yourself Some Dollar
- Save on that out-of-office latte and make the most of work coffee; that’s a few bucks a day depending on your caffeine habit
- Take up any discounted gym and health club memberships; not only is this great for healthy motivation, but it’s also good for your wallet too!
- Some employers will also help towards betterment with study and training fees—improving your skills benefits you and them
- There may also be mileage or parking permit perks as part of your employee package—remember every little helps
Millennials; Technology is Key for Financial Fitness
- Budgeting is dull, yes, but keeping track of your spending habits with the latest in budgeting apps can lead to more money for social activities
- There’s a wealth of knowledge online to fill in the financial gaps that formal education fails to prepare you for—the internet has a vast supply of courses and financial how-to’s available
- Be fiscally savvy by thinking both about your short-term financial goals and your long-term ones—don’t concentrate too much on the first and forget the big picture
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Don’t Let Your Financial Circumstances Hold You Back
- With social media being all about sharing don’t let it spur you into jealous rivalry to compete with your peers for the latest in gadgetry and possessions
- Package yourself and your skill set to optimize your employment potential—and don’t forget; the shape of ‘retirement’ is changing, always keep this focus in mind
- For financial freedom, incorporate saving into your daily habits; work to avoid living paycheck to paycheck—and don’t sacrifice your 401(k) for your first business
Motivate Yourself to Pay Off Your Debt Faster
- Debt incurs interest, right? But perhaps you didn’t realize that the minimum repayments you’re making aren’t even touching the original balance of the loan
- It’s in the bank’s ‘interest’ to keep you paying your loan off as long as possible because you incur more and more interest
- Budgeting will help you learn to track your spending and begin to recover from any financial mistakes
- Sit down and calculate how much your debt is costing you per day and then create a plan to get it paid off as quickly as possible—and now you know how much you’ll be saving!
We’re All Alike When it Comes To Loss Aversion—Even Celebrities
- Loss aversion; avoiding losses as they hurt more than gains
- David Letterman regrets the time he spent focusing on the Late Show; he never enjoyed the great shows as much as the agony of the bad ones
- Tennis Player Andre Agassi describes the joy of a win as sadly inferior to the intensity of a loss and says that it doesn’t last half as long either
- And Zac Efron struggled to overcome negative comments on social media in comparison to positive ones—to the point of removing himself from it entirely
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