Even people with limited means need a financial plan. After all, everyone has to figure out how they’re going to retire. And it doesn’t take any money to make potentially costly financial mistakes — like not having enough insurance — that a good adviser could help you avoid.
This letter is not meant to be sappy or embarrassing, and hopefully doesn’t come across as too morbid. I got this idea from an article I read about writing a letter to your spouse regarding money matters in case something were to happen to you. As with many couples, one person (in this case me) takes care of most of the household finances. My hope is that this letter can help alleviate some of the stress on my wife if she was left alone (with our 3 kids) should something happen to me.
Yoga and mindfulness might seem like the opposite of the mental and emotional intensity that often comes with investing, yet these practices have parallels that may be useful to building wealth. Meditation is a technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness different from the usual waking state. It allows the mind to focus on something other than events around us. Similarly, Hatha yoga is a practice aimed at caring for the body and mind, helping us to develop focus, patience and calmness.
What would it take for you to be “financially comfortable?” For many, the answer might be lower than they think. A new survey conducted by Leger for investment firm Edward Jones found Canadians think they need an annual salary of $250,000 before tax to be financially comfortable. And they’d like $300,000 a year to have their “ideal” income, the survey of 1,565 Canadians said.