January 26, 2021
If you’re nodding your head yes, you may want to also check out Marcus Insights: a free set of financial tools and trackers on marcus.com and on the Marcus app.
With Marcus Insights, you can link accounts from thousands of financial institutions – including checking and savings accounts, credit cards, brokerage accounts, loans and retirement accounts – to see your money in one place and take some of the effort out of compiling and analyzing your accounts. You can track your cash flow, visualize your spending and better understand your habits with just a few taps and swipes – which, as a Confident Money Manager, is likely right up your alley!
Let’s be clear - “traditionalist” in no way implies “boring.” Rather, it means you’re likely a long-term planner and are more likely to consider traditional investments or criteria when deciding where to put your money. You’re probably not investing in cryptocurrency, but instead, you prefer to focus on long-term investments to build wealth. That may include putting money aside in a 401(k) or IRA. (PS Marcus Insights also allows you to track your retirement and investment accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand with your financial goals.)
Every financial personality has a few blind spots. Yes, even you, the Confident Money Managers! Here are some of the potential challenges you may come across:
The same traits that make you so confident as a money manager can also get you into some trouble. If you overestimate your confidence in certain matters, you might be less likely to seek a second opinion when making financial decisions, especially in areas you’re not as knowledgeable in.
Instead of trying to exercise total control over every aspect of your finances, it might be worth it to occasionally check in with a professional, like a financial advisor or tax expert, who can help you make informed decisions.
Being a Confident Money Manager, you tend to prefer black-and-white to gray, and “yes or no” to “maybe.” (We get it, having certainty often feels good!) But when it comes to some financial decisions, you might get a little overzealous just to gain closure. And when that happens, you may act too quickly without doing your due diligence.
While you’re pretty knowledgeable about finances – so fast action may not always be a bad thing – speediness could negatively impact your finances if you’re not careful. In situations where you may be moving too quickly, it could be helpful to take a beat to evaluate the decisions by assessing the pros, cons and degree of risk.
As a Confident Money Manager, you can probably see how your overconfidence can get the best of you. At the same time, there’s also potential for you to overanalyze your options and become too critical when making financial decisions. Having a well of financial knowledge like you do definitely comes in handy! But it might lead you to overthink things from time to time.
If you’re stuck, working with a financial advisor can be a good idea. They can help you review your options and land on a decision that’s best for you.
Remember, when it comes to figuring out our financial lives, we’re in this together! With that in mind, you Confident Money Managers may find the following resources beneficial when organizing your financial lives (and creating the solid long-term plan you desire):
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