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FHCE 3200 Module 1 Textbook Notes

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Intro to Personal Finance
Matthew Goren
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FHCE 3200 Module 1 Intro  Financial literacy: How well you understand and use personal finance-related info  Concepts the financially literate understand… o How personal and economic factors impact a home’s financial situation o How to apply basic TVM concepts o How to develop a balance sheet o How to create budget and track income and expenses each month o How to do taxes o The costs and benefit of borrowing o How to choose among basic saving and investing choices o The importance of insurance o How to plan for emergencies o How to navigate the financial market place  Characteristics of the financially literate: o Self control o Self confidence o Experience o Informed o Interested o Engaged o Express charity  Pathway to wealth: o Keep good records, spend less than what is earned, have appropriate insurance, save money on regular basis o College education positively associated with being financially literate and wealthy Your View of the Financial World  The key to financial literacy begins with understanding your “lens” of the financial world o Lens: how you view the world; perspective o Affected by how much risk you like  Risk takers vs. Risk averse o Affected by how much control you think you have in life  Luck and fate vs. In charge of life  Ex. Some people think they can’t influence America’s large GDP (how much Americans produce in goods and services in a year) o This is a luck/ fate view o But majority of GDP is made up of consumer spending so you can control what products are made, their cost, future direction of economy o This is an “in control” view  Half of the baby boomers worry they won’t have enough money to live comfortably during retirement o They tend to spend more than they earn o Falling birthrates and longer longevity means people need more money to live comfortably  Financial Illiteracy: Stems from making financial and investment decisions that are too cautious  The average American taking a financial literacy quiz will get a grade of C o Society expects people to already know how to save, where to invest, and do basic math o Learned from friends and family o Bad info can get passed down Financial Risk Tolerance  Accumulation of wealth is tied to the willingness to take financial risk  Financial risk tolerance: Willingness to engage in risky behavior that entails the possibility of loss o Risk tolerance lies on a scale and can change over time o Taking risks in life (e.g. skydiving) does not mean you’ll take financial risk o No one is born with high financial risk tolerance  How to move up the risk tolerance scale: o Learn about financial topics  gain confidence  gain experience  gain understanding  move up in scale  Those who think their future is determined by chance (i.e. fate and luck lens) typically make uninformed financial decisions o They make decisions based on hunches and whims  Risk perception: how much risk you think there is o Just as important as reality o Person playing lottery perceives it as very low risk so they play a lot  In reality, odds of winning are millions to one o Those unfamiliar with financial marketplace don’t understand it and may perceive it as very risky o Perception of risk has less to do with cognitive ability and more to do with media  People perceive financial scandals (Madoff and ENRON) as being representative of financial markets  Key takeaway: Don’t rely only on your perception of risk—do research  Risk preference: Some prefer to take less risk than more and vice versa o Most want to be wealthier than poorer o You can’t get higher return without higher risk o Falls back to risk tolerance; how much risk are you willing to take What Are You Worth  Human Capital: Your ability to work, learn, earn, and make wise decisions about how to save and invest money o Converted into retirement savings, investments, savings accounts, property, etc. o Increases with education, training, experience, continuing education, skill development o Increases with good health and closer physical location from employer  Can’t work as much and may be forced to stop working if unhealthy o Earn more by locating to where your specific types of human capital are valued more  Social Capital: How well you function with other people; o Found in network of connections among people o Informal Networks: Family and friends  Help you get though hard times o Formal Networks: People you wouldn’t normally associate with  Help with career advancement  Investment Payback Period: How long it takes to earn back your investment o The longer it is, the more you should question the value of the investment Your Ability to Choose the Best Alternative  Procrastination: The result of how you view the present moment relative to the future; You value the present more o Overly discount future rewards when comparing to present cost of the action  Leads to undervaluing the future  Behavioral Economics: How people make choices and why people make bad decisions o Heuristics: Mind’s shortcuts based on past experiences  Applied to new situations that appear similar to past ones  Often results in poor judgment and poor choices o Status Quo Bias: Preference for how things are  People comfortable with current situation  Changing seems too hard  Fear of making wrong decision o Loss Aversion: Fear of losing money  People much more upset by losses and focus on avoiding them  Ex. Investors may focus on short term losses and not long term potential gains  Potential gains need to be twice that of losses for people to be indifferent o Optimism Bias: People think they’ll never experience painful losses  People think they’re above average in most daily activities  Leads people to take more risky investments  Confirmatory bias: Think something confirms they’re right even though it was a fluke o Having clear goals counters effects of heuristics Make Better Financial Decisions  Pre-commit to decisions o Use deadlines, friends, family, colleagues to hold you accountable  Automate good decisions o Automatically save money through employer or bank o Auto-pay bills  Set clear goals o Define where you want to be financially and work towards it  Companies use heuristics against you o They re-price contracts annually, costs rise, you don’t re- evaluate past decisions because of status quo bias o Credit cards offer teaser rates and special offers to new customers and raise rates later Time horizon and perspective  Time can be viewed from a planning and a psychological perspective  Planning Perspective o Put plan into action in terms of goal time horizon: Time between creating a goal and achieving it o Ultra-short (<9 months), Short-term (9 months- 2.5 years), Short-intermediate (2.5- 5 years), Long-intermediate (5-10 years), Long-term (>10 years) o Ultra-short and short-term time horizons: Make very cautious financial decisions  Example: Investing in stocks is good for a 10+ years time horizon goal  You have more time to make up any potential losses  Time perspective: Very important element of time o People view the world with one of three perspectives (lenses)  Past, Present, Future o Time orientation biases most things you do daily o Past Perspectives  Make decisions based on past memories  Either positive or negative memories o Present Perspectives  Hedonistic orientation: You do things for the experience and excitement of the actions  Fatalistic Orientation: You live in present because you can’t visualize a meaningful future o Future Orientations  Very goal-oriented  View the future in transcendental way (sacrifice things today for promise of life after death)  These, especially goal-oriented, people are better at managing personal finance o Optimal combination: View past with fondness, live in present by seeking pleasure in activities, set goals and strive to meet them  Marshmallow Test: Walter Mischel o Kids can eat one marshmallow now or eat two if they wait o 2/3 of the kids ate before lady got back o 60%-70% of Americans give in to temptation  Impulsive and quick acting  Present perspective o 15 years later, the same kids who didn’t eat the first marshmallow fared much better in life o Those with a future perspective got 150 points higher on SAT and were more content/ happier o Future discounting  Will you take $1 today or $2 tomorrow?  Will you take $100 in one year or $101 in a year and one day?  Most people will not wait one day when faced with short term horizon (Take $1 and not $2)  Most people will wait an extra day when time horizon is longer (Take $101 and not $100) The Rule of 72  Goals should be S.M.A.R.T. o Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely  Goal vs. Objective o Objective is a means by which goals are achieved o Ex. Goal is to buy new car in 3 years; Objective is to save $100 per month t  FV= PV x (1+r) o FV= Future Value o PV= Present Value o r= Interest Rate o t= Required Time Horizon o Ex. You have $3,000 saved that’s earning 3% interest. How long will it be until you’re able to buy a $6,000 car?  PV= 3000, FV= 6000, r= 3%, finding t  FV= PV x (1+r) t t  6000= 3000 t (1.03)  6000/3000=1.03  2=1.03 t  ln(2)/ln(1.03)=t=23.45 o Shortcut: Rule of 72  To find number of years needed to double your money, divide 72 by the interest rate: 27/r  To estimate the interest rate needed to double your money, divide 72 by number of years: 72/t  Ex. Look at previous example. 72/3= 24= 24 years needed to go from earning $3000 to $6000  Rule of 70 can be used when the interest rate is low (under 5%) Time Value of Money (TVM)  PV= FV/ (1+r) t o Ex. You get $1000 today or $1200 in 5 years. The discount rate (rate of return you can earn on savings) is 5%. Compare the present value of $1200 to the present value of $1000. o PV of getting $1000 today is just $1000 o PV of getting $2500 in f5ve years is $940.22  PV= 1200/ 1.05 = 940.22  FV of annuity (FVA)= (pmt/r) x [(1+r) -1] o Annuity: Saving money on a regular basis; also called payments (pmt) o Payments happen more than once o Ex. How much will you accumulate in 20 years if you start saving $1000 every year and earn 9% on savings?  Pmt= 1000, r= 9%, t=20  FVA= (pmt/r) x [(1+r) -1] 20  FVA= (1000/.09) x [(1.09) -1]= $51,160.12 How Money Works  Interest: The price paid for the use of someone’s money o Putting money in a savings account is lending it to that institution o Bank agrees to pay you interest for its use of your money o Very low risk because can get your money back at any time  Savings deposits are protected against loss by US gov’t (FDIC for banks and NCUA for credit unions)  Low interest rates (lower risk= lower interest rate)  Power of Compound Interest: The higher the interest earned, the greater your future wealth o Initial amount of interest earned grows slowly, but over longer periods of time it grows more quickly o The interest you earn is put back to work so you earn interest on your interest o Interest rates are reported in two forms  Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The annual sum of the interest rates applied to the account; does not consider effect of compound growth  APR= Periodic Interest Rate x Number of Periods in the Year  Ex. Bank pays you .2% interest monthly. APR= .2% x 12 months= 2.4%.  Annual Percentage Yield (APY): The annual sum of interest applied to the account; accounts for compound growth number of periods in year  APY= [(1+ periodic interest rate) ] -1  Ex. Bank pays you .2% interest monthly 12 APY= [(1+.002 ]-1= .0268=2.68% Number of periods is 12 because there are 12 months in a year  APY > APR as long as there is more than one compounding period in a year  Use APY when comparing savings options and loans  Use APY as “r” in the Rule of 72 o Restricted access to accounts may help you save over time  Absolute restrictions, penalties, or behavioral restrictions  Ex. US Savings Bonds can’t be redeemed for at least one year following their purchase (absolute restriction)  Ex. Some accounts charge penalties if money is withdrawn before maturity date  Ex. Behavioral restrictions include making it harder to access or more mentally painful to spend  Save money in a bank far away from your house and with no electronic access  Name account “New Car” so as to feel guilty when you take money out of it Developing Financial Goals  Long-term Goals: A big picture idea of where you want to be financially  Short-term Goals and daily tasks: Immediate actions taken to reach longer term goals  The clearer you picture your ideal future financial state, the more action you can take to achieve it  Locke’s Goal Theory: The more challenging a goal is, the higher your performance will be o If something is difficult, you will need to give it your full attention and effort o Important to make sure you have the skills to achieve the goal  Won’t achieve it if you don’t have the knowledge or skill to get there Maintaining Commitment to Goals  Commitment and motivation largely depend on how important goal is to you  External Factors: Share goals with others or tie to financial reward  Internal Factors: Personal reasons for reaching a goal o Both factors require you to visualize your goal o Clearly identify a future that is important to you o Self-Efficacy: How well you believe you can do something  Must believe you can achieve goal  A in SMART stands for attainable Balance Sheet  Use Balance Sheet to help organize assets (what you own) and debts/liabilities (what you owe)  Net worth= Assets – Liabilities  Left side lists everything you own (assets) o Add if you can legally sell the asset o Includes monetary assets, investments, retirement accounts, insurance, real estate, cars, collectibles, personal items, lifestyle items o Must be listed at fair market value: The price someone would realistically pay you to buy the asset  Not the price you did or would pay for it  Check for price that it was just sold for-- not the ask price  Check pawn shops, thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales  Get an appraisal  Right side lists what you owe (debt or liabilities) o Important: You can own something and still owe money on it o Ex. Car costs $14,000 (asset). You borrowed $10,000 to help pay for it (debt or liability). The Net Worth= Asset- Liability= 14,000 – 10,000= $4,000. o Includes credit card debt and loans that haven’t been paid  Most liquid assets are on top of the list on the balance sheet; least are on bottom o Liquidity: How quickly you can convert an asset to cash  Liabilities are listed based on when debt must be paid off o Short-term debt: Due within one year; Includes utility bills, credit cards, installment loans o Intermediate-term debt: Includes car loans o Long-term debt: Includes student loans, mortgages, etc.  Lenders (banks, credit unions, loan providers, etc.) want to know your net worth before giving you a loan or credit card o Higher net worth better deals on loans o Normal for high school and college student to have negative net worth o Expect negative net worth at beginning of financial journey o Good debt: Investments in human capital such as education, transportation, other items needed to earn money today and in the future o Bad debt: Borrowed money to buy something that goes down in value quickly or is consumed immediately o Financial Ratio: Formula telling you how well you’re progressing financially  Current Ratio: Monetary Assets Goal is to be Short−termDebts above 1.0 Total Liabilities  Debt Ratio: Total Assets Goal is to be greater than 40% Managing Your Resources  Set and know your financial goals o Make S.M.A.R.T. goals o Realize how financial decisions affect you, your relationships, your feelings  Track where your resources come from and how they’re currently used o Tracking your income and expenses: Track what you purchased and amount you spent  Helpful site for this:  Develop your own set of guidelines regarding use of resources o Budget: Financial tool used to regulate how quickly and in what ways your money is used o Budgets have income, savings, and expenses sections o Frequently compare your tracked income/ expenses to your budget  You want a surplus: money left over that you can put toward goals  Don’t want deficit: when you spend more than your income


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