By Marshall Loeb

52 Weeks to monetary Fitness is your individual monetary coach -- a pleasant and authoritative specialist that may consultant you week through week to regulate your funds and make your cash grow.

In the present frenzied industry it is tough to grasp whom to show to for sturdy recommendation. Into this void steps the calm presence of Marshall Loeb, own finance pioneer and previous editor of 2 of the main winning magazines in background, Fortune and Money.

Personal finance and investments are much like doing workout. Few folks are pleased with our funds or our physiques. for lots of humans, simply getting begun on a health software is the toughest half. yet when you start, you surprise at how effortless it's and sweetness the way you ever did with out it. Marshall Loeb's software for monetary health, like every strong workout software, begins easily and strikes steadily to heavier lifting, boosting your self belief as you progress ahead. not just will you methods to finances your...

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Step 8 Resolve to take every tax-saving step that you reasonably and legally can. Start right now to keep detailed records of your contributions to charity and any deductible expenses that are necessary for doing your job, such as your gasoline and parking fees when you drive to clients and make sales calls. Step 9 Pay off all your credit-card bills—even if you have to take out a bank loan to do so. It costs you much less to pay the loan interest than to pay the interest rate on your credit-card bills, which often hits a walloping 18 percent.

Medium-term objectives (those that are three to five years away) might be to make the down payment on a first house, or to purchase a second home or a new car. Long-term objectives for most people are simply stated: college for their children and a stress-free retirement for themselves. How fast will your money accumulate? Here’s a rule: Divide 72 by the return you expect on your savings. The answer will be how soon your money will double (before taxes, of course). Thus, if you put your savings in a money market fund paying 6 percent, your money will double in 12 years (72 divided by 6 equals 12).

3. Tax records. To save lots of time if you do your own tax return—or lots of money if you hire someone to do it for you—follow this simple rule: Preserve everything that could conceivably save you tax money or headaches, either now or in the future. A list of vital documents you must hang onto includes the W-2 and 1099 forms that you receive after January 1, annual brokerage and mutual fund statements, records of retirement-plan payments and withdrawals, medical bills, and health-plan reimbursement statements.

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