Think of all the lessons parents teach their children, but what about learning to save? Short- and long-term savings are important life lessons that should start early and remain an ongoing conversation. Here are some tips you can use:
Wants versus Needs: To a child, most everything is a need. A toy, a new bike, and a video game are all needs to them, so the first important lesson of
saving is helping them understand the difference between wants and needs. You’ll want to explain that needs are the basics, such as food, housing, and clothing, and that anything beyond the
basics are wants. You could use your own budget to help illustrate that wants are secondary to needs.
Their Own Money: To help your child become a saver, they need to have their own money. Giving your child an allowance in exchange for chores will be a step in helping them learn to save as well as understanding the value of work.
Set Goals: Setting savings goals is a way for your child to understand the value of saving and what a savings rate is. For example, let’s say one goal is a
$40 video game, and they get a weekly allowance
of $10. You can help them understand how long it will take to reach that goal based on how much of their weekly allowance they put toward the goal.
A Place to Save: Kids need a place to save their money, so take your child to a bank or credit union to open a savings account. This will allow them to
see how their savings grows over time, as well as the progress they are making toward their savings goals.
Track Spending: Knowing where your money goes is a big part of being a better saver. Have your child write down their purchases and then at the
end of the month add them all up. Just like adults, this can be an eye-opener. Help your child understand that if they change their spending habits, they will be able to more quickly reach their savings goals.
Mistakes Are a Good Lesson: A parent’s natural reaction is to step in to prevent mistakes, but part of learning to control money is letting your child learn from their mistakes. A bad purchase
decision can be a great lesson to understanding
that a savings goal will now take much longer than they thought based on decisions they made.
Beneficiary Designations Override Wills
W hen was the last time you looked at your
beneficiaries on your retirement accounts, insurance policies, annuities, and bank accounts? Many people forget to update their beneficiaries, especially if they’ve held the accounts for a
long time. If you marry, divorce, or have other changes to your family situation, you need to update your beneficiaries.
Some people think their will or trust is all they need to ensure their assets go to the desired recipients. A beneficiary designation is a legally
binding document that supersedes a will or trust. That means that regardless of your current family
status or what your will or trust says, the assets will go to the beneficiary you named when you
last updated it. And if you don’t have anyone named as your beneficiary on these types of
accounts, state laws will determine who receives the benefit.
It is also a good idea to get into the habit of reviewing them on an annual basis to ensure your assets will be distributed based on your
Companies with a lot of passive fund ownership are more likely to repurchase shares in order to boost their short-term stock price, subsequently harming performance over the long term. Higher passive ownership was shown to negatively impact the relationship between buybacks and future capital expenditures, employment, cash flow, and return on assets and equity (Source: Centre for Economic Policy Research, April 2020).
A study found that although retirement plays a role in alleviating some of the stress the body undergoes while working a manual labor job, when those workers retire they can accumulate health deficits faster than individuals whose jobs do not require manual work. The health of men working in manual labor was more positively affected after retirement than women. Individuals with low education, in blue collar jobs, and in physically or psychosocially demanding occupations develop new health deficits faster than white collar workers. People who perform manual labor jobs display
on average almost 30% more health deficits than their counterparts who do not (Source: AAII Journal, September 2020).