Patterns of Wealth Experiences

Do you see patterns in your spending, saving, and investing behaviors that mirror those of your parents? Or, have you changed because, perhaps, their behaviors didn’t provide the best illustration of how to successfully manage finances? What types of parental experiences are positively related to a child’s future net worth? What sets of experiences would lead[…]

Money Stress & Stress Management

Americans are stressed about money. The latest report from the American Psychological Association (APA) on stress finds that money is the most frequently reported stress factor, followed by work, the economy, family responsibilities, and personal health. The report indicates that 72% of Americans feel stressed about money some of the time, and over a quarter[…]

Rigid Rules of Behavior

Can a disciplined approach help create wealth? Some still contend that it can only have a limited impact in most cases. However, in the case of becoming financially independent, the self-made millionaires highlighted in The Millionaire Next Door demonstrated the value of “rigid rules of behavior:” spending less than they earn, limiting the trading of investments, etc.[…]

How come I am not wealthy?

In the introduction to The Millionaire Next Door, a question is asked in the voice of the reader: How come I am not wealthy? The authors state: Many people ask this question of themselves all the time. Often they are hard-working, well-educated, high-income people. Why, then, are so few affluent? As I am rereading The[…]

Beyond Knowledge: Changing Wealth Behaviors

A recent study from Wells Fargo and Gallup found that approximately 21% of 401(k) participants take out loans or early withdrawals from these plans. Many employees are not quite familiar with the tax consequences that go along with such behaviors. The basics of good money management, while not universally taught, can be identified and learned.[…]