Financial planning is the process of identifying the monetary goals of an individual after considering different factors like his risk profile, life priorities, current lifestyle, etc… It is a process that can present before an individual, an organization or even a nation details about their current monetary position and the adjustments that are to be done to their pattern of spending in such a way that they can effectively meet their financial objectives.

Why Financial Planning Is Important

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If you are a crook, unethical or a scam artist then there’s easy money to be made investing in the stock market.

When the stock market is strong, it invites the purveyors of schemes designed to make you poor and them rich to push their wares even harder.

People who know nothing of investing get tempted in a strong stock market, but want to get in on the action and there are always crooks willing to help them invest in the latest hot stock.

Unfortunately, the deals sound so great that many unsuspecting novices to investing in the stock market fall prey to the schemes.

Fear and greed are the two most powerful emotional motivators. Both drive investors to make decisions that are foolish.

When the market is in one of its down cycles, fear drives investors out of the market as prices are dropping. When the market rebounds they buy back in at prices often higher than what the got as they exited the market. Thus the famous sell low, buy high strategy – not a winner.

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Today, I have some advice for those of you heading into retirement or already into retirement and have realized that, for whatever reason, whether it was an unforeseen or medical expense or just a lack of excess income after all the expenses of taking care of your family or whether you just didn’t pay attention to saving until it was too late.

My theme for you continues to be “Yes, you can retire and live twice the life at half the cost”. You just have to be smart about it”.

Now here’s my advice… if, after adding up all you’ve saved for retirement, you find that your income won’t be enough to support you, start to actively look for ways to trim your expenses. This way you can keep more of the income you are set to receive, enabling you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of but could not afford.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite suggestions and add a few I picked up from an article titled 7 Realistic Strategies for Retirement by Tom Sightings, for U.S. News & World Report.

First, remember there are only two ways to get to your destination. Using a boating metaphor, you either raise the bridge or lower the water. Raising the bridge means earning more income. Lowering the water means cutting your expenses. Only you know which choice is the most feasible for you but today I am going to talk about ideas which “lower the water”.

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And I think it — about money. A lot of financial advice — – on our here’s our taste and some common financed and it’s. Never take a mortgage and corporate giant. This made perfect sense — – interest — super high rates today even with recent hikes are still at historic lows. So that means it makes a lot more sense to keep that market’s going to pay — – slowly. But invest any extra money in your retirement account — stashed away in an emergency. You can see — health care. And then borrow against — or. This is often cat bites. While most people don’t wanna take the organ paying fees. Borrowing money against your — and came makes sense now particularly because interest rates alone the going rate. Four point 2%. A lot better that you’re gonna get from the credit car or even a private — The only. Less money you should have stuck — my. That you’ll meet him in the last — but with the average retiree somebody in the — – twenty to thirty years longer. You need more money invest in stocks from the nineteenth. 2000 well. Average return for a large — acts with 10% a year it makes perfect sense to invest in stocks for the long ball. This advice that a live forever. Like discs — – when it comes to financial ties him for exploration.

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No more greasy burgers for you. No more frothy Frappucinos, hold the whip. No more fresh new duds just because you deserve it. All great decisions, but you must also ask yourself, “how much am I really saving?”

Are you saving enough to pay off all your bills? Are you significantly reducing the strain on your wallet?

Probably not. Saving $10-15 a week will never make you rich. It will help to ease your burden a bit, but little else.

Frugality gets billed as a well built road that will move you from rags to riches when traveled, but if you look deeper into the stories behind the people who pulled off amazing feats of frugality that left them swimming in riches, you’ll find far more than squeezing extra life from a few hundred pennies.

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Stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 closing at new all-time highs as Federal Reserve officials’ comments eased some concerns that the central bank could start reducing its stimulus program.

Dow component Home Depot gave the market a lift after the world’s largest home improvement chain raised its profit outlook, driving its stock to a record intraday high.

JPMorgan also bolstered the Dow, rising more than 1 percent to a 52-week high after the bank’s chief executive won a vote of confidence from shareholders.

Stocks extended gains in afternoon trade after New York Fed President William Dudley said he cannot be sure whether policymakers will next reduce or increase the amount of purchases, due to the “uncertain” economic outlook.

Earlier, James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, had urged the European Central Bank to consider employing a U.S.-style quantitative easing program to counter slowing inflation and recession in the euro zone.

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A rally is a beautiful thing, particularly when the correction preceding it was embraced enthusiastically. This is the time to harvest your profits — pipe dreams of great wealth and inflated ego aside — jump on those profits before they erode before your disbelieving eyes. If you over think the environment or over cook the research, you’ll absolutely miss the party.

Unlike many things in life, stock market realities need to be dealt with quickly, decisively, and with zero hindsight — and this market reality? No rally in financial market history has ever escaped the ensuing correction. In the real world of investing, most unrealized profits eventually hit the tax return as realized losses

Here’s a list of ten things to do and to think about right now to protect yourself better than you did the last time a correction blindsided you:

1. Your present asset allocation should have been tuned in to your goals and objectives. Resist the urge to increase your equity allocation because you expect a further rise in stock prices. That would be an attempt to time the market, which is, rather obviously, impossible.

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Most of us are always striving to save money, but it can be very difficult to stick to strict saving efforts. However, in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, January is a fine time to re-evaluate your financial strategy and design a few ways to generate savings. With that in mind, here are ten miscellaneous tips for increasing your savings this year.

    1. 1. Turn Off The Water – Reducing your water waste can significantly bring down your water bill. Additionally, it’s not difficult to do. You can reduce the amount of water you use at home simply by turning off the tap while you wash dishes or brush your teeth, and taking shorter showers.
    1. 2. Turn Off The Lights – Similar to water waste, electricity is easy to cut back on, and can save you money on your bills. Keep lights and other electronics turned off when not needed, and you may be shocked at the positive financial effect.
    1. 3. Keep Financial Records – This little trick is common among university students, but can serve anyone just as well. By simply writing down all of your expenses, you may find that you are far less likely to over-spend.
    1. 4. Shop Online – Internet shopping has become an extremely broad experience offering a massive variety of products and services. And, you can often find prices online so much better than those in stores that you save significant amounts.
    1. 5. Track Your Subscriptions – These days, it is so easy to sign up for services and subscriptions online that many people lose track of their subscriptions and pay monthly fees for services they don’t use. Avoid this problem by carefully tracking your subscription expenses.
    1. 6. Invest To Save – Most investment opportunities are geared toward generating income. However, you can also look to certain types of investments to preserve and protect your existing finances. For example, try something like BullionVault, where you can purchase gold bullion – often seen as a means of saving your money from potential deflation of currency value.
    1. 7. Get More Rest – This may not seem financially related, but it makes a great deal of sense. When you are better rested, your body will not feel the need for external energy sources, which means you will likely spend less on snacks, sodas, coffee, etc.
    1. 8. Filter Your Water – Purchasing a filter provides you with clean, drinkable water at home, which in turn saves you from having to buy alternative beverages such as bottled water, juices, etc. You don’t need to drink only water, of course, but a filter can save money on a large portion of grocery costs.
    1. 9. Eat At Home – Leading a busy life, it is always tempting to simply grab food outside of the house. In most cases, however, this adds up over time, whereas preparing and eating food from the store can be more financially efficient.
    1. 10. Sell Old Items – Finally, consider selling old items. From used books, to outdated electronics, these extra sales can boost your finances each month, and contribute to savings at no cost.

This guest post was written by freelancer Brad Nelson, on behalf of BullionVault.

Fascinating, isn’t it, this stock market of ours, with its unpredictability, promise, and unscripted daily drama. But individual investors are even more interesting. We’ve become the product of a media driven culture that must have reasons, predictability, blame, scapegoats, and even that four-letter word, certainty.

We are a culture of investors where hindsight is rapidly replacing the reality-based foresight that once was flowing in our now real-time veins — just like in basketball, golf, and football.

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There are so many times when you need to give gifts, it is a good idea to stock up on gifts from your favorite online retailers. There are so many retailers with gift ideas that you can use to stock your gift closet so you are always ready to give a great gift.

Stock Your Closet with Gifts

Some nice ideas to include in your closet include wine and wine accessories as well as beautiful jewelry. If you have friends or family that enjoys memorabilia from favorite musicians or sporting events, then you can always buy a few pieces that you think they would like and save them for the upcoming birthdays or other events that will require gifts.

Baskets Loved by All

When you need ideas that show you care, you can always send gift baskets. There are baskets with popcorn and great accessories. You can also send baskets filled with coffee, creamers, and mugs. Another fun basket idea includes gourmet meats and cheeses.

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