Life Insurance: More Important (and Affordable) Than You Think

Key Takeaways

  • Even with modern medical advances, 10 to 12 percent of today’s 30-year-olds will not make it to age 60.
  • Term life insurance is just as important as health, auto and homeowners insurance when you’re raising a family and are in your prime earning years.
  • Many young people are surprised to learn how much coverage a few hundred dollars a year in premiums can buy.

Used Car—Double the Benefits!

Key Takeaways

  • Don’t tie up your cash when you’re young, but you have to be smart about your loan terms.
  • Making slightly larger, or more frequent, payments than you’re required to can add up to HUGE savings down the road.
  • A used car is often better than new when you’re young—especially when the savings is applied to higher-rate student loans and credit cards.

5 Reasons Why Math Matters

Key Takeaways

  • Even if you weren’t a math major, you need basic computational skills and an understanding of compound interest, inflation, amortization and taxes to be a financially responsible adult.
  • As discussed in a previous post, the Rule of 72 is a powerful shorthand way of calculating how many years it will take an investment (or debt) to double.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the drag of taxes and inflation on every important money decision you make.

The Millennial Shift

Key Takeaways

  • With each succeeding generation, the educational and career expectations increase. This delays the start of marriage, family and home ownership.
  • Nearly half of 20- to 29-year-olds have debt today, compared to just 17 percent of 20-somethings who had debt in the 1980s.
  • Long-term coddling by parents, colleges and society isn’t helping young adults move faster to financial independence.
  • Achieving financial independence isn’t only about money and careers; it’s a shift in one’s mind-set.