The new year is fast approaching. Here are some simple changes you can make when 2017 starts that will add a significant thrust to your overall portfolio over time.
Understanding your values and attitudes about your finances will bring clarity to the decision-making process. It will help you identify your values and make resolutions based on those values.
Here are some of the most important decisions you should consider tracking when it comes to growth in the new year.
Plan the taxes
Plan your tax from the first day of the new year itself. Consider an equity linked savings schemes, or ELSS, which are diversified equity funds that offer a tax benefit under Section 80C. Public Provident Fund or PPF,is also a good option to save tax. PPF can be very useful during the retirement years to get the tax free return.
Get a budget plan
Have a record of where your money is going and how much money is coming into your wallet. The difference will provide you with leftover money. It's the leftover monies that can be planned for investing in building wealth or perhaps counting towards a savings goal or an emergency fund.
Offload your debt
All debts that do not give you a tax break should be cleared. Prepare a list of your debts. The list should be according to the tax allowance they offer. So personal loans, home renovation loans, and auto loans should top the list. Education loans and home loans offer tax benefits, so it should come last in the list. Kill the credit card debts as soon as possible.
It is foolish to invest all your money in stock market. From this new year itself don't put all of your investment in one stock or one sector. You have to diversify your investments. The more sophisticated and wealthier ones will move onto higher ground. You should have an investment mix.
You can also have a look at global funds, they are the most convenient way to invest abroad.
Get a life insurance policy
Life is uncertain. Life insurance needs keep changing. It would take care of the living expenses of your family if anything happens to you unexpectedly. A life insurance policy provides financial security to dependents.
Ask for help
There are many people involved with investing and savings. You can ask help and suggestions from them. In crucial situations, you can ask for help from a financial advisor. If you have made a mess of your finances and lost most of the money due to lack of awareness. Do not be hesitant to speak to a financial adviser or friend when in need. It depends on the ability and knowledge of advisor that how good he/she can guide. It is better to have an advisor who knows your objectives very well. Nowadays financial advisors are ready to help you in both online and offline.
A new year resolution
Always give yourself deadlines and keep track of your progress. If you want to better your odds, enlist a friend to help hold you accountable. it's time to set some financial goals to best utilize the left over the money you have. Start your New Year with clarity, purpose and make it meaningful.