In 2024 we’re running a challenge to improve your financial wellbeing. We’ve put together a 12-point plan to get your finances in order. Each month we will take one point of the plan and show how you can take positive action steps to help you gain financial stability and peace of mind. January’s challenge is to assess your current financial situation. Step one is to calculate your net worth. Don’t know how? Read on!
What is net worth?
Net worth is a financial metric that represents the difference between the assets and liabilities of an individual or a business.
In simple terms, it’s the value of what you own (assets) minus what you owe (liabilities). Net worth is often used as an indicator of an individual’s or business’s financial health and is a measure of wealth.
Why is it important to know your net worth?
Understanding your net worth provides a comprehensive picture of your financial situation and enables you to ascertain the state of your financial health. This awareness is crucial for making informed decisions about your money. Only once you know your net worth can you:
- Set realistic financial goals
- Budget and spend effectively
- Manage your debts
- Make informed investment decisions
- Prepare for retirement
- Plan how to distribute your assets upon your death (estate planning)
- Attain financial security
Knowing your net worth lays the foundations for your whole financial plan. It empowers you to make informed decisions, set and achieve financial goals, and confidently navigate life’s financial challenges.
How to calculate your net worth
The formula for calculating net worth is:
Net worth = Total Assets – Total Liabilities
Your net worth can be positive, negative, or zero.
If your net worth is positive, it means your assets exceed your liabilities, indicating financial health and wealth.
If your net worth is negative, it means your liabilities are greater than your assets, suggesting financial challenges and potential debt. You should take action to increase your assets and reduce your liabilities. You may find some useful ideas here.
If your net worth is zero, it means your assets equal your liabilities. Now is the time to start thinking about how to save.
Increasing your net worth
For most of us increasing net worth is one of the aims of financial planning. Monitoring your net worth over time is a valuable practice for assessing your financial progress. If you don’t know this figure, we recommend that you take time to work it out and keep a note of it.
If you follow our month-by-month challenge, by the end of 2024 you should see an increase in your net worth. This will give your financial well-being a boost and positively impact your overall mental and emotional health.
If you’re not sure how to calculate your assets and liabilities, read this article to find out how.
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