These days, financial planning is more complicated than ever. Between the rise of self-directed retirement accounts and the numerous financial products out there, it’s easy to get confused and feel overwhelmed by the amount of information out there – not to mention the scale of your financial responsibilities.
That’s why it’s so important to get the basics right. A solid financial foundation can help protect you from the most common personal finance pitfalls and can give you a feeling of greater mastery and control when it comes to all the financial decisions you need to make in your everyday life.
These five critical areas will help you get started.