Author - Richard T. Feight, CFP®

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Why Should I Have An Emergency Fund?
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3 Big Mistakes Most Investors Make and How to Avoid Them

Why Should I Have An Emergency Fund?

Many people don’t have an emergency fund because when they accumulate some money, they spend it. An emergency fund should consist of 3 to 6 months worth of living expenses held in short term investments. Whether you have 3 or 6 months depends on whether you have one or two incomes. The rule of thumb is that a family living on one income should have 6 months worth of expenses. A family with two incomes may be able to get by on 3 months worth of expenses.

Disability insurance policies can also affect how much you should have in your …

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3 Big Mistakes Most Investors Make and How to Avoid Them

1. Procrastination

There are many variables in investing, unfortunately time is not one of them. Yes, you can extend when you are planning on retiring, or fulfilling a goal, but you cannot go back to when you should have started saving. We’ve all heard the saying “the best time to invest is 30 years ago, the next best time is now.” The truth in that saying is due to one principle: the power of compound interest. Compound interest is simply when your gains start earning gains. At that point your original investment isn’t the only money working for you. There …

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