4 Financial Planning Tips for Young Professionals
Your 20s are often seen as a true coming-of-age period when financial responsibility opens up the possibility of turning your dreams into reality. You’re settling into life after college, paying off debts, and starting to really define who you are as a person on your own in the world. But with bills, rent, keeping up social appearances, and other pressures, financial planning is often pushed to the side.
In today's modern world, you may need to take a different approach to your financial goals than previous generations. So where do you begin, and how can you stay on track despite all the pressures of adult life? Here are 4 tips that may help:
1.) Just Start
Excess cash that’s sitting around is begging to be spent on impulse purchases. Instead, putting extra money aside to save and invest - even just a little bit at a time - can really add up over the long run. Assess where you can minimize expenses to free up money that can be put to work to grow for your future. Set a long-term savings or investment goal based on your current income and goals and adjust from there as your circumstances change. The important thing is to just get started as soon as possible. When you're young, time is on your side, so don't waste it!
2.) Set Long-Term & Short-Term Goals
Being able to start saving for retirement in your 20s can be beneficial, but it doesn’t have to be the be-all-end-all. You may also want to set money aside for your shorter-term goals, like paying off student loans, saving for a down payment, starting a family, or traveling. Once you’ve identified your goals, you can build a plan to save for the long-term while still giving yourself the freedom to enjoy life in the moment.
And as for retirement planning, see if your company has a sponsored 401(k) program or another retirement plan, and try to contribute an amount that will allow you to take advantage of any potential employer match. Outside of that, look for opportunities to contribute to a tax-advantaged plan that will help offset potential taxes in the future. A Roth IRA can be a great option, but it may not always be available once your income increases past a certain point, so it may be wise to take advantage of this option while you can.
3.) Consider Diversifying Your Portfolio
It’s generally believed that attaching yourself to individual company stocks opens you up for risk. Spreading your investments across different asset classes and funds may lessen the impact market volatility can have on your early investments. Even though you may have time for your retirement portfolio to recover before your retirement years, this doesn't mean you want to have all your money in high-risk buckets, or risk losing more than you should. Diversification can help stabilize your overall portfolio, although you should keep in mind that diversification does not ensure profits or protect against losses in declining markets.
4.) Continue to Educate Yourself
The world of finance can be intimidating. But by educating yourself, both on your own and by consulting with a knowledgeable financial professional, you can build your understanding of financial terms and concepts and keep yourself informed. Learning to manage money is a skill that will benefit you throughout your entire lifetime, so it's worth investing a little time to improve your financial knowledge on an ongoing basis.
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