In order for individuals to gain financial control of their future, there are certain rules and guidelines that should be taken into consideration.
Your overall financial plan should include the following seven points as part of yourfinancial strategy:
1. Emergency funds should equal three months take home salary.
2. As a general rule, do not spend more than 30% of income on home mortgage or rent.
3. The "Home Mortgage 28% Rule": When applying for home mortgages, banks look for the amount of mortgage interest and principle, real estate taxes, and property & casualty insurance NOT to exceed 28% of total income.
4. Consumer loans should not exceed three year terms. Otherwise, interest payments can be excessively high, and may negatively affect cash flow.
5. Consumer loans should not exceed 20%of your take home pay. Your net take home pay includes: auto loans, student loans, unsecured personal loans, and revolving credit card debt.
6. Long term debt should be no more than 30% of a family's total assets. This means that you should owe no more than 30%of your total worth.
7. Retirement income needs should be 70%of your net pre-retirement income. For example, if your total annual net incomeis $75,000.00, your annual retirement cash flow needs will be $52,000.00.
While many people choose to leave their personal financial planning goals and advice up to a professional financial adviser, it is also a good idea to implement some of these simple tips toward controlling your own financial future.
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