Retirement Planning

Managing risk is more important than maximizing gains. We believe you should never invest in anything that you are uncomfortable with or that you don’t understand. While we would prefer to live in a world without risk, this preference simply does not conform to the real world. Therefore, we use risk management techniques and tools to reduce the following risks.

Financial Planning is Often Suggested

financial planning Understanding Diversification
Diversification means that you create an investment portfolio that attempts to reduce risk by using multiple types of investments and investing in more than one company, and within more than one industry.
With a diversified portfolio, when one industry or company fails or takes a large hit; the rest of your investments should be strong enough to weather the storm and help minimize the effects of the loss. Diversification reduces your overall risk. On the other hand, if all of your money was invested into the stock of a single company and the company doesn’t succeed, your investment portfolio and net worth is going to take a huge hit and decrease alongside the value of the stock. Additionally, if you invest in multiple companies that are all within the same new technology sector and that particular technology doesn’t take off- your pocket will feel the pain of a failed technology and you may lose your investments!

There Are Many Types of Investments

financial planning 401k plans differ greatly depending on the employer who sets the rules. The only way to get the most out of the plan is to get to know it and make educated choices.
Things to learn about:
- What is the maximum percentage of your salary you are able to contribute?
- Is your employer matching the contributions? If yes, what is your minimum contribution, before your employer’s contribution starts, and what is the maximum?
- What are the number of years you have to be with the company (so called vesting) to be eligible for the employer’s contributions to your 401k?
- How often can you switch among available investment options?
- Are earnings posted to your account on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis? When do you get your account statements? Note, it is always more beneficial if earnings are added to your balance more often.
- What methods can you use to access the account? By phone, on the internet or only in writing?
- Did you spread your money among different investments to reduce the risk?
- Did you learn enough about the investments you are using?

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Retirement Planning

Managing risk is more important than maximizing gains. We believe you should never invest in anything that you are uncomfortable with or that you don’t understand. While we would prefer to live in a world without risk, this preference simply does not conform to the real world. Therefore, we use risk management techniques and tools to reduce the following risks.

Consulting With You

services A key component for efficient management of your personal finance is financial planning. This dynamic process requires regular monitoring and reevaluation. Otherwise, you risk missing points of evaluation and this could damage your finance control. You should keep under control this circular process by repeated verifications and intelligent manipulation. The following five steps should organize and make your planning easier.
The first step is an assessment of one's personal financial situation. You will do it by compiling, onto a piece of paper, all the personal assets, income and outcome. You should use a simplified balance sheet for listing the values of personal assets (for instance, car, house, stocks and bank account) along with the values of liabilities (such as credit card debt, bank loan and mortgage). Moreover, you should make sure you list personal income and expenses, on a personal cash flow statement form.
The second and most enjoyable step is setting the goals. With this stage, one should formulate his or her material desires in a financial language. You can set long-term goals can such as retiring at 65 years old with a significant personal net worth. You can also make short-term plans, for example: buying a house or a car by paying a monthly mortgage for 3 years but no more than 25% of monthly income. You can also establish several goals both long and short-term, in the limit of your financial resources.

Never Underestimate the Power of Financial Planning

reaching your financial goals Financial illiteracy isn't a problem limited to students. Half of U.S. adults received a failing grade for their knowledge of basic economic concepts, according to the NCEE.
But there is hope in education. The National Endowment for Financial Education has confirmed that as few as 10 hours of classroom instruction can improve spending and saving habits.
Because financial literacy is fundamental to personal success and a benefit to society, American Century provides support for financial education.
In cooperation with a premier education consultant, the investment manager developed Tips for Kids and Tips for Life, curricula for use in the classroom. To date, these programs have been used by more than 3,000 educators in all 50 states. The free programs are delivered via the Internet to educators and are presented to education conferences to help users implement the programs in their schools.
American Century's efforts to improve financial literacy extend beyond the Tips for Kids and Tips for Life programs. Free educational materials and tools are available on its Web site. And the information presented in American Century founder James E. Stowers' "Yes You Can..." book series is designed to share the personal experiences and ideas that helped him become successful.
Educating today's students on basic financial principles will pay dividends in the future because they are tomorrow's social, political and economic leaders.

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