No, I’m not going to list some new vocabulary words for you to use when your account goes down by 20%. Sorry to disappoint.
Instead, I’m going to share with you five 4-letter words that should be in everyone’s vernacular when it comes to their money and finances.
Take a look at the list and see if you are using these important 4-letter words!
This should be a common word used in your household.
How much are we going to save and where are we going to save it are extremely important questions to be asking yourself regularly.
What this recent economic downturn taught us is the importance of having some savings built up in case a major crisis hits (i.e. job loss etc.).
The average savings rate has gone up to about 5% according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
This is a good trend especially when you look at the chart to see where the savings rate has been in the last several years – but there’s still major headway that could be made. Make sure that “save” is a regular word you’re using.
Giving is a key part of being a good humanitarian.
You’ve heard the old saying, “It’s better to give than to receive”. Why is that? Because when we’re less consumed with ourselves and more concerned for the welfare of others it benefits them and brings us more joy!
The most miserable people in the world are generally the ones who are self-absorbed misers.
There are countless numbers of poor, weak and downtrodden folks who are waiting for us to be a Good Samaritan.
Whether you give money to the homeless, volunteer in a soup kitchen, give to organizations that provide relief for the under-privileged – you should find something that you are actively giving your time and money to.
Risk is a four-letter word that gets used often, but many times in the wrong way. What I mean is that most people often assume they are a riskier investor than they really are.
It seems like people love risk in a bull market and can’t stand it in a bear market.
It’s important to review how much risk you are willing to take so that you can create a well-diversified portfolio that should generate more consistent returns with less volatility.
If you qualify for a Roth IRA, this is one four-letter word you don’t want to ignore.
What exactly is a Roth IRA? Basically it’s an Individual Retirement Account with after-tax contributions and tax-free withdrawals.
Given where tax rates are currently (low) compared to where they’re going to be in the future (high), it makes sense to check this type of account out now and put it to good use.
OK you got me, that’s two four-letter words put together, but the point is learning to use these words together will help you get on track for your financial goals so much more quickly.
Resolving to be debt-free is a decision you won’t regret. Sure, it’ll take some discipline, hard work and a lot of sacrifice, but it’ll be so worth it in the end.
How do you become debt-free? First you need to make a decision to go for it. Secondly, put a plan in place to cut back on expenses, increase income if possible and use as much discretionary cash flow as you can to start knocking out your debt!
There you have it. Five four-letter words that are OK to say in front of your kids and even better to implement in your personal finance journey!