When people hear the phrase "financial plan", they imagine a black binder full of beautiful charts and graphs and recommendations...that they'll receive, admire, put on the shelf, and never look at again. Unfortunately, that's often quite literally what "financial planning" looks like.
Monte Carlo simulations are one of the cornerstones of what I call "adaptive financial planning". The idea is to keep you on track -- not to die rich, nor to die poor, but tolive richly. By using Monte Carlo to project potential outcomes decades into the future, we can make small course correctionsnowto effect large changes over time.
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It’s certainly not easy to find the perfect middle ground between saving and investing enough to secure your future goals while allowing yourself to spend enough to truly experience all the years in between now and then.
Most people tend to fall on one end of the spectrum or the other.
What are your goals? Maybe you want to finally pay off those pesky student loans, are saving up for a down payment on a home, and are adding to your 401(k). While you might have a number in mind — $10,000 to go on the loans or a $60,000 down payment target, for example — how will you get from where you are to where you want to be?
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