The basics of working toward financial security

  • Get a head start

    Getting an early start planning for your financial security can give you a real boost toward reaching your financial goals.

  • Set a budget and stick to it

    Starting a budget is relatively easy, and here are several recommendations how to make a budget work.

  • Manage your debt

    Don't let credit's convenience lead to spending more than you earn. Making informed decisions about when to use or not use credit is half the battle.

  • Set aside an emergency fund

    Emergency savings can provide peace of mind that you are prepared for the unexpected.

  • Invest for retirement

    One of the best ways to provide for your financial security is to invest in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, or to invest in an IRA.

  • Diversify your portfolio

    Thinking seriously about diversification can potentially help protect a portfolio's overall value against losses.

  • Plan for your children's education

    Your child's education may be one of the most meaningful investments you'll ever make. As with any investment, starting early and planning carefully can really pay off.

  • Protect yourself and your loved ones

    A plan to protect your family is about more than money. It's about peace of mind. Life insurance protection can be a cornerstone to a sound financial plan.

  • Reassess your situation as your life changes

    Transitional life events can present opportunities or savings obstacles.

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