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Knowing Your Net Worth

  • Financial Literacy


Let's face it — it can be hard to keep track of your finances. While you may have some idea of how much money you earned last year and how much you’re saving each month - do you know what your net worth is exactly? Or, for that matter, do you know what net worth is and why it's even important? 

What is Net Worth? 

Your net worth is essentially the difference between your assets (what you own) and your liabilities (what you owe). 

To calculate your net worth, start by making a list of all of your assets. This includes any cash on hand, investments like stocks, bonds, and time deposits, real estate holdings, vehicles, business and rental earnings, jewelry, art collections – anything that has a value that could be used to pay off debts or generate income. Next make a list of all of your liabilities, which are everything that you owe and need to pay for such as outstanding credit card debt, student loans, or mortgage payments. Subtracting the sum total of what you owe from the sum total of what you own gives you your current net worth. 

Why Knowing Your Net Worth Matters 

It’s important to understand where you stand financially so that you can make educated decisions when it comes to managing and growing your wealth. When deciding whether or not to pursue an investment opportunity or invest in something like real estate, for example, having an accurate understanding of where you stand financially will help inform those decisions. 

Additionally, monitoring changes in your net worth over time can give insight into how effective (or ineffective) certain strategies are in helping grow wealth. It’s also important to note that net worth isn’t necessarily an indication of success; rather it’s an objective measure that allows individuals to assess their financial situation.  

What to Do When You Know Your Net Worth 

Your net worth gives you a good starting point to start setting financial goals and developing strategies for achieving them. Consider how much money you want to save each month, what investments make sense for your lifestyle, and which debts need to be paid off first. You can also use this information to develop plans for reducing expenses or increasing income streams. It’s also a good idea to track your net worth on a regular basis and use it as an opportunity to celebrate your financial successes. Knowing where you stand financially can help motivate you to keep going and stay on the path toward financial freedom. 

Net worth is an important metric for any individual who wants to effectively manage their finances – regardless of age or income level! By knowing and tracking their net worth regularly you can get a better understanding of where you stand financially at any given time which can help with decision-making related to investments and other opportunities. 

Calculating and monitoring your net worth over time can provide valuable insight into how best to manage your finances in order to achieve future financial goals. Achieving financial literacy starts with taking stock – knowing exactly what resources you have available in order to achieve financial success - starting with understanding your net worth!

If your net worth is in the red, it's time to re-evaluate and review! Examine what you can do differently to reduce debt and make budgeting more feasible. On the other hand, if your net worth is flourishing, why not seize additional opportunities for financial growth? Get started with an investment-linked insurance from InLife!

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