Personal Finance Courses

According to Wikipedia.org Personal finance is the application of the principles of finance to the monetary decisions of an individual or family unit. It addresses the ways in which individuals or families obtain, budget, save, and spend monetary resources over time, taking into account various financial risks and future life events. Components of personal finance might include checking and savings accounts, credit cards and consumer loans, investments in the stock market, retirement plans, social security benefits, insurance policies, and income tax management.

Why I got all these grammar is that with the financial crisis in the world of ours today, you better be personally in charge of your income and spending. There a number of course that can help you to effectively plan your personal finance but first let me give you an idea of what it entails. This will guide you in the choice of courses to choose when you decide.

The basic ingredients of personal finance are:

Evaluation: Any personal finance course you decide to take has to have a detail course out line for finance Evaluation. This is one important aspect of personal finance Management. You need to know your personal financial situation to be able to effectively manage it. On your own however, you can access your situation by compiling simplified versions of financial balance sheets and income statements. This your financial balance sheet should lists the values of your personal assets like car, house, clothes, stocks, bank account and your personal liabilities like credit card debt, bank loan, mortgage. On the other hand a personal income statement lists where your resources come from and how much they are. This is what we call your personal income. It also contains what we call Personal expenses. That’s all you spend your income on.

Goal Setting: Setting financial goals will help you direct your financial planning and any course you take should help teach you the skills needed to effectively do this. Everyone has a daunting financial task ahead of them we can exclude the extremely rich but almost everyone does, trust me. Yours may be getting enough money to retire on, gathering enough money for kid’s education or getting out from underneath a huge pile of debt incurred over the years. Set financial goals you want to achieve and take your time to focus on accomplishing them.

Your goal can be to retire after 30 years of effective selfless service to your company with a personal net worth of $1,500,000" and "buy a farmland, buy a house or set up a factory in 2 years paying a monthly mortgage servicing cost that is no more than 35% of your gross income". It is usually best to have several goals, short and long term alike. Just keep them realistic.

Financial Planning: This is the next thing every financial planning course should involve after the goal setting. It is the main ingredient of financial planning courses. Financial planning, in the broadest sense, is the commendable effort of a person to manage all his personal or his family’s financial affairs. Naturally, that will start with planning family spending and extends through insurance, taxes, investing, and retirement, estate planning and so on. Financial planning gives the details of how you want to go about realising your goals. it involves assessing your current net financial net worth i.e what you make minus what you owe. That gives you what you have left to spend. With the list you had done before check out what your expenditure and don’t forget to include tax, insurance. Make how much you need to save to reach your goal one of the expenditure, then see what you can cut out to balance your income with your expenditure list.

Execution: This is the hardest part because it is easy to say all this things than doing them. Even though any good course should teach you what can help you reduce the temptation of not executing your financial plan you just have to do most of the job. Execution of one's personal financial plan often requires discipline and perseverance. Many people take courses taught by professionals such as accountants, financial planners, investment advisers, and lawyers or ask for their assistance if they are close friends or family members.

Evaluation and control: your financial plan must be evaluated and updated from time to time. For instance an added source of income should immediately reflect in your financial planning. Any financial course must teach you how to make this update and evaluation. You must always monitor your financial plans to check for possible adjustments or reassessments.

There are quit a number of personal financial courses on-line both free and paid for. You just have to pick keeping in mind the above points. I’ve not actually gone through the websites below but they will give you a heads up. Google can help too. Have fun planning


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting article. Some good stuff there! I'll drop back in later to re-read in detail.

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