For most of us, 2018 has come and gone. The year's pleasures and pains, joys, and sorrows, are all in the books. It's time, we think, to look ahead to a new year and new goals.
And when it comes to meeting your financial goals, having a long-term plan starting in 2019 is critical.
The most important part of creating a plan: being proactive. As Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, once said, "Overnight success takes 10 years."
Here are three quick steps you can take to start yourself on the road to financial success in 2019:
Create a plan for your money
The first and most important thing to do is actually creating a financial plan.
It might be boring, it might be hard, and probably nobody will give you credit for doing it. Do it anyway. You’ll be glad you did.
Develop saving habits
Start by saving small and manageable amounts.
Even a small goal like saving $20 a week adds up to $1,040 in one year. If $1,040 invested in a Roth IRA gains 7% per year over five years, it will grow to $1,459. That’s a $419 gift to you – just for saving $20 a week in one year.*
Do it now
With compound interest, time is on your side. By starting to save today for your retirement, you’ll get greater rewards in the future. If you invest that $1,040 at age 29, when you retire at age 65, that little sum will have grown to $11,881.* That’s the power of saving and compound interest!
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* The expected returns shown in the examples above are calculated using a 7% annual gain over 5 years and 36 years, respectively. The performance is hypothetical and does not represent actual performance. Actual performance may vary. Investment involves risk, including the loss of capital
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