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Money Matters: Are You Undercutting Your Efforts to Build Wealth?

Editor’s Note: Briant Sikorski from Stratos Wealth Partners in Cary contributed this article.

Cary, NC – Good money habits can help you as you save and invest for the future. Bad habits can leave you treading water (or underwater) financially. Here are some to avoid.

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Not Saving Enough

Instead of paying themselves first, some families pay others first. Dollars they could save and invest are instead spent on consumer goods and services they don’t need. Money that could be saved and invested for tomorrow is spent today.

Carrying Too Much Debt

Every effort should be made to reduce the size of credit card bills, student loans, and other consumer debts that risk siphoning money away from the pursuit of your long-range financial objectives.

Investing Too Conservatively

Equity investments offer the potential for double-digit returns when the markets perform well. From 1951-2016, the average yearly price return of the S&P 500 was 7.4 percent, and roughly every fifth year saw a gain of 23.5 percent or more.1 Fixed-income investments are frequently dependent on interest rates (which are currently very low). Accepting some risk may give an investor a chance for greater reward.

Please remember that investing in equities involves risks, including the complete loss of principal. This appropriate mix of equity and fixed income investments is dependent on your specific situation and should be discussed with a financial advisor.

These Subtle Factors May Slow Your Wealth-Building Momentum

Why not see where you stand today and gauge the potential positive impact that can come from paying yourself first and adjusting the way you invest?

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Briant Sikorski is a Wealth Advisor at Stratos Wealth Partners. Photos by 401(K) 2012 and alamosbasement.