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Created: April 8, 2024
Modified: May 14, 2024

What are Common Financial Pitfalls?

Today’s question is: What are common financial pitfalls? There are several different pitfalls or errors individuals might encounter in their financial life.

Ensure Adequate Life or Disability Insurance Coverage

One of those things is not having enough life or even disability insurance coverage. This is very important, particularly for younger individuals who are raising a family, managing mortgage payments, aiming for future financial goals, and supporting dependents through their capacity to work and generate income.

If you’re disabled or you pass away, you’re no longer able to generate income, so it’s very important for younger families to have ample disability and life insurance coverage.

Saving Sufficiently for Retirement

Another common issue is individuals failing to save sufficiently for retirement, including not taking full advantage of their employer’s 401(k) match. A wise guideline is to allocate 10 to 15% of your income towards your retirement savings.

Comprehensive Understanding of Expenses

Another common pitfall is the lack of a well-defined budget or a clear understanding of your expenses. If you don’t know what you’re spending money on or how much money you’re spending monthly, it’s likely that you may be spending too much.

People that spend too much ultimately end up racking up too much debt. That is not good. It’s also going to be difficult for someone to transition into retirement when they don’t have a good sense of what their expenses are.

Making sure you’re going to have enough money in retirement to maintain your lifestyle is ultimately the most important thing.

Establish a Financial Safety Net

Another common oversight is the absence of an emergency fund. It’s crucial to have some savings set aside, like a rainy-day fund, to provide financial security in case of unforeseen emergencies.

Should an unexpected situation arise that you need to take care of, you’ll have that money readily available.

Don’t Overlook the Importance of a Financial Plan

Truly, the most significant financial pitfall people face is the lack of an overall financial plan. Creating a strategy that incorporates various elements to ensure your long-term safety and security is essential.

Information presented in our podcasts is considered current as of the created date. Over time, some information presented may become stale. We recommend you consult with your Financial Professional before making any changes based on information contained here.

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Investment Advisory Services offered through JB Capital, LLC. Insurance Products offered through JN Financial, LLC.

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