SavvyMoney Minute: Hope is Not an Investment Strategy

It’s nice to think of the glass half full, but not necessarily when it comes to money. When you’re overly optimistic, it’s easy to convince yourself it will all be okay. But complacency leaves to inaction, and your financial future depends on you taking the right steps, right now. Here are three steps you can take.

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It’s a Money Thing: It Pays to Start Saving Now

In case you haven’t heard, compound interest is the best.

You may remember it as an equation you had to memorize for math class, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the concept that powers all sorts of savings and investment products and, over time, allows you to turn your money into, well, more money!Even though compound interest is easy to understand—compound interest = more money for you!—those who can potentially benefit most from it (those in their teens and 20s) don’t seem to be taking advantage of it. Savings contributions and retirement savings participation rates are falling among young adults.

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Financial Advisors Are for Everybody

If you worry about your finances—you’re not alone.  Seventy percent of adults who participated in a recent Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and NerdWallet said they worry too. And while three in four people agree they could benefit from getting professional financial advice, they haven’t. Why?

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