The following is a guest post by Jonny of financewand.com
It is very important that you take the finest investment decisions for yourself as well as your family so that you can secure your present as well as your future. Forget what you have done in the past (if it is bleak) and concentrate on your future personal finance plans. There are baby steps that you may take towards a better financial future.
Here are few tips to create a better future for yourself and your family in terms of your personal finance:
Create and define financial goals: Find out what your financial objectives are this year and define them clearly because your goal would be to meet these objectives. Do not get tempted with the general ideas, instead focus on the hard core goals that you have. This way, you can keep your focus and work your way towards reaching those goals.
Get a big picture: Personal finance is beyond handling your funds. It is also about managing your debts and your savings. It involves insurance, mortgage, income taxes, employee benefits, real estate planning, your personal goals and your attitude towards risk. If you are an intelligent planner, you will prove to be a good captain who has control over his life. So, get the big picture clear before starting off with personal finance plans.
Create investment policy statements: This is a very important personal finance step. You should create a statement for your investment policy so that it can act as your guide towards investing, objectives of investing, your risks, allocation of your asset, and guideline for keeping a watch on the performance of your portfolio as well as rebalancing your portfolio. It should also cover your tax matters, goals for your estate plans in addition to the regular fees and other expenses.
Find your risk tolerance: It is important to find out how much risk you are willing to take in terms of personal finance. Take risks only to the limits that you can handle. You should not be stressed with the investments that you make. Instead, they should give you enough confidence to be at power. So, if you find that you are going beyond the line, step back and relax.
Rebalance portfolio: There are different ways to rebalance your portfolio. You may try calendar rebalancing to adjust the investments that you have made. Again, you may also choose target rebalancing as well as tactical rebalancing. With calendar rebalancing, you must modify your portfolio regularly. On the other hand an asset rebalancing will wait until and asset allocation may go beyond or below the largest or the lowest target.
Create emergency fund: This is a very important aspect of personal finance no matter what method you follow. The greater risk you hold at your workplace, the larger emergency fund you should have existing with you. Do not count on credit card loans or the 401(k) plans that you may have, instead just save for a rainy day.
Conversion of your Roth IRA: The Internal Revenue System (IRA) has deleted any limitations related to income for converting Roth IRA. However, income limitations may still exist on the people who are eligible for contributing to Roth IRA. However, if you qualify you can seek this personal finance option. If your investment returns do not spread out, you may re-characterize your contribution to Roth IRA.
About Jonny: My experience, knowledge and network of financial professionals makes me a more valuable resource for individuals and small businesses, I am trying to improve their current financial position as well as their future prospects. Check out my blog on personal finance and budgeting.