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7 signs you're building wealth faster than you think

7 signs you're building wealth faster than you think
If you're maxing out a retirement plan and being mindful of your investments, you may be on the fast track to building wealth. To be sure, most people don't get rich overnight. But, if you avoid high-interest debt, are focused on increasing your income, and have clear goals and a plan to achieve them, you're doing better than you think.


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You max out your retirement accounts every year

You max out your retirement accounts every year

If you can afford to put the full $19,000 into your 401(k) this year,

  • you multiply your earning potential in the market,
  • you can score if your company offers to "match" your contribution,
  • You only pay income tax on it later, but for now your money grows tax-free.




You're not obsessive

You're not obsessive

Check on your asset allocation periodically to ensure it matches your overall risk tolerance. Do not obsess over the details that could lead to emotion-fueled mistakes.



You're focused on the 'big wins'

You're focused on the 'big wins'

Focus on the 5-10 Big Wins, rather than 50 little things.

For example, paying down debt, saving automatically, negotiating a higher salary, and investing early will have a much greater impact than forgoing your morning coffee.



You don't keep too much cash

You don't keep too much cash

Never keep more than you need in cash or in a checking account.

Grow your money in the short-term by storing it in a high-yield savings account or certificate of deposit.



Your income is higher than last year,

Your income is higher than last year,

... but your spending hasn't changed.

Increasing your earnings is a form of leverage, whether you scored a raise, landed a better-paying job, or created a second or third income stream.



You have no high-interest debt

Consumer debt kills wealth. 

The average credit card charges an APR of 17% while the stock market returns an average of 7% to 8% each year, adjusted for inflation.



You have financial goals

You have financial goals

Create a roadmap to increase your chances of achieving your financial goals.

It might be worth it to work with a financial adviser to set specific goals and have a plan in place.




Increase Your Income

Formal education, practical experience in your field and doing a good job is important to earn a high income.

Most professionals see their incomes increase over time. If you can gain high ear...

Save and Invest

You’ll only build wealth if you save a reasonable percentage of those earnings.

  • If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, increase your contribution.
  • Automatically send a portion of your money to your savings or investment accounts before you can spend it.
  • Purchase a home instead of renting. You'll get your house payments back in the form of equity.
  • Pay off anything you owe to avoid paying interest.
  • Maximize the interest earned on your savings.

Cut Wasteful Spending

Periodically evaluate your spending and look for sources of savings.

  • Invest in more sustainable technology for your home. For instance, if you watch cable, buy only the channels you are watching.
  • Improve the insulation of your home to reduce the amount you are spending on electricity and gas.
  • Consider buying in bulk.

Many life transitions happen in your 30's

From moving up in your career to buying a home. Making smart moves with your money during your 30's can help you achieve future financial success.

Focus on percentage of income saved, not the dollar amount

Over the long term, it's not as much about the dollar amount you save, but the percentage of your income that you dedicate to saving and investing. By focusing on percentages, you can ensure you're always saving more as you earn more. 

Spend time tracking your money

Most people react to their finances. The problem with that is that you rely on chance to have enough money in the bank when you actually need it. Be intentional about your money and spend time reviewing and evaluating it. If you don't, you'll never know if you're moving in the right direction or not.

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Try making a budget

  • Create a full inventory of expenses in front of you: Categorize them into fixed and variable; urgent and non-urgent; necessities and luxury; avoidable and unavoidable.
  • You can c...

Financial planning the process which provides you a framework for achieving your life goals in a systematic and planned way by avoiding shocks and surprises.

Maintain a personal balance sheet

It’s a statement wherein you can jot down your assets and liabilities.

  • Pull together your bank statements and other proofs of the liabilities
  • List down your assets like the bank balance, all investments, home value, and value of other assets.
  • Take a sum of all the assets to arrive at the total value of your assets.
  • List down your liabilities the (car loan, home loan, credit card balances etc.)
  • The sum of all the liabilities will show the value of the money you owe.
  • When you subtract the value of liabilities from assets, you get your Net Worth.