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Financial Literacy Month and What You “Must Consider”

| April 07, 2021
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Financial Literacy Month suggests it's time to take advantage of available tools, resources, and tips for financial education that can help increase your financial success. This month put yourself back in the driver's seat!

Do a thorough review of your bills, and you might find hidden fees that are pecking away at your hard-earned nest egg. At the onset of a purchase or subscription, we tend to do our due diligence, but as the years roll by, we stop reviewing, and that's when we lose control.

Consider the interest on your credit cards. Even if you have a low balance, some cards charge multiple interest rates based on purchases and cash advances. Although the difference may be slight in the short-term on a small balance, it's more significant in the long-term with a larger balance. For example, a $10,000 balance with an APR of 16% paid off over two years will cost about $1,750 in interest. The same balance at a 20% APR will cost about $2,215 in interest.

Many credit cards have variable APRs that'll fluctuate with a particular benchmark, such as the prime rate. For example, if the prime rate is 4%, and your credit card charges the prime rate plus 12%, your APR becomes 16%. 

So, when you have cash to spare, it's time to consider paying your balance in full. If you can pay off your balance and stop paying credit card interest altogether, you'll find you could have more money to invest in the future. If you'd like guidance on whether to pay off debt or invest, give us a call! We're happy to talk through your financial options.

During Financial Literacy Month, pledge to yourself that you're ready, willing, and able to take responsibility for your financial future. It's the first step towards achieving financial health. If you need some professional guidance, contact us today.

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