Investment Account Reports
When examining your investment reports, make sure to look at them over both long and short-term periods. Examine any fees you are paying. Check to see if you are earning money on your investments or losing money. If your investments are losing money over the short run, it means one thing. If your investment accounts are losing money over the long run, it may be time to make changes in your investment strategy.
Tax Returns for the Past Two Years
Tax returns are important financial documents because they tend to include income and income-related expenses in one document. If you are underpaying your tax obligation each year, there may be penalties from the Internal Revenue Service. If you are overpaying your tax obligation each year, you are potentially misusing money that could be better invested elsewhere.
Pay stubs are an important look at your financial condition. When looking at your pay stubs, look at the deductions. Are you contributing the right amounts to your 401k and other retirement ac\counts? If your employer matches 401k contributions, it is important for you to contribute as much as possible. Failure to do so is tantamount to throwing away money.
Once you understand your financial condition, make a plan to improve things.
After you have examined the documents listed above you may begin to take action to improve your financial condition. Before taking action to make improvements, develop a plan. Your finances are too important a thing to try to improve without a plan. You must consider what you want to change about your finances and develop a plan for making those changes. This is an area where you need to look deep before you leap.
If you are not a person who is good with numbers or you do not understand how to improve your finances, do not be dismayed. You can learn about finances. If you have the funds, hire an advisor to help you make the adjustments needed. At the same time, start reading all you can to learn more about finances and to get control over your finances. You can learn more by reading books, magazine articles, blogs and newspaper articles. Use your smart phone, tablet and computer to find information to study so that you can learn more.
In the age of social networking, there are groups all over the internet to help you learn about finances and how to control your financial condition. Participating in social networking groups about finances are a good way to learn, ask questions and become more financially savvy. When joining these groups, pick one to fit your personality. For example, if you prefer to sit back and watch, join a larger group so that your lack of participation will not be noticed. If you want to be active and controlling, join a smaller group so that you can participate in more conversations and steer conversations in your areas of interest.
It is important for you to understand, improve and control your finances. Take action now so that you control your finances and are able to control your life. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what steps are you going to take today to control your finances?
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Take a look at your finances both professional and personal. If your look reveals any of the following, you have debt:
- loan payments
- credit card bills
- utility bills
- association fees
- membership dues
To organize your finances to get all your current financial information into one place. Locate the following:
– Receipts for major purchases
– Pay stubs and income statements (investments, stocks and similar items)
– Credit card bills and receipts
– Utility bills
– Mortgage Statements