Do you ever think “I’ll stop worrying about money when I make more”? Worrying about money is the number 1 cause of stress for most Americans. Crazy markets, rampant inflation, and doomsday news headlines only serve to increase our concerns about money.
This article reports that even high-earning women, defined as women who earn $200,000 or more a year, worry about money. Whether you make $50,000 or $500,000, money worries lurk in our minds.
What can you do right now to alleviate some of the creeping money stress?
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A large part of your worries about money stems from fear of what you don’t know.
These are comments I hear on a regular basis from women and men. Well, not the cat thing, this seems to be a uniquely female fear.
It’s ok to start where you are. It’s not ok to pretend that the worries will go away if you ignore them long enough.
For some of you, hiring a financial planner or advisor may be helpful in walking you through your finances. Here are 8 questions to ask yourself. For others, taking small action steps will help.
I encourage you to start. One small step may be signing up for financial newsletters. Read what’s interesting or what sounds relevant to you. Ellevest does a great job with content although they do try to guide you into paid products.
If you are ready to dip your toe even further, here are some free educational resources that I recommend:
Clever Girl Finance: 100% free financial education
This is a really excellent read if you are concerned about the current market. As I send this note, the S&P Index is down almost 19% from its high on January 3, 2022. Ben Carlson gives us a historical perspective on the markets. During each downturn, investors pulled their money from the market because they think “this time it’s different”. Yes, the reasons for each downturn are different (2001: Dot Com bust; 2008: Great Financial Crisis; 2022: rampant inflation and war in the Ukraine), but history shows us that markets are resilient and longer-term returns after the worst years tend to be good. See the graph below.
More food for thought from a well-respected investor.
Morgan Housel shares some tidbits of wisdom. Here are some of my favorites:
The best way to deal with uncertainty without hiding in a bunker
is to save like a pessimist and invest like an optimist.
Debt removes options, savings add them.
People like weekends because it’s when they have the most control
over their time; financial goals should keep this in mind.
I remember sitting on the couch with my parents and brother in 1997 watching Steve Kerr hit a three-pointer to win the NBA Championship for the Chicago Bulls. I was not expecting the raw emotions that poured out of him in his press conference last night. He expressed the horror and frustration that many of us feel. Violence against other humans, especially children in schools(!), is just too much. I don’t pretend to know what the right answer is for our nation, but something needs to change at the highest levels.
My heart is in Uvalde.
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