The one aspect of personal finance that most Americans share in common is debt accumulation. Between mortgage costs, education expenses, auto loans, and credit card debt, being debt free is quite a financial feat for the average household. In times where the average household credit card debt exceeds $12,000, controlling debt becomes a truly subjective issue.
Imagine the following scenario: You run a successful business with your business partner of 20 years. Your business partner dies unexpectedly. After the funeral, your deceased partner’s spouse shows up at your office with her two grown children. They ask for the key to your partner’s office – not to clean it out, but to move in.
If you have read any literature on retirement planning or have received advice from a financial professional, chances are you were presented with the 70% rule, the one that suggests that retirees will need between 70 and 80% of their pre-retirement income in order to maintain their standard of living.
You’re twenty-five and feeling alive. You’re settling into life after college, paying off your debts, and slowly figuring how to 'adult', but with the responsibility of bills, rent, and even keeping up social appearances, prioritizing financial planning is something far too often pushed to the side.
The digital world has transformed professional industries in unique ways that prior to internet access would have been impossible. Doctors can monitor patients remotely, lawyers can offer counsel online, software can complete your taxes for you, and even financial investments and advertisements can be made without any face-to-face contact.