Monthly Archives: September 2017

Financial Planning

The 5 reasons women need to plan differently are outlined below. They may not be applicable in every case, but women are more likely to experience these factors than men. With clarity, a well thought out and evolving financial plan, women can achieve financial confidence, independence and peace of mind.

  • Increased Longevity

Women are estimated to live 5 to 6 years longer than men. This increased longevity means that their retirement savings needs to last longer. During those extra years, they may incur even more expenses. Health concerns may surface or the need for skilled care may arise. All of this amounts to increased expenditures during your later years of life. Longevity that isn’t planned for can put a strain on retirement savings. Women should not plan on receiving or inheriting money from their spouse. With the declining availability of defined benefit pensions, people remaining unmarried or marriages ending in divorce, a monthly check from a spouse’s pension, may not be an option. Women need to plan for personal longevity because of this.

  • Break In Employment

It is not uncommon for a female to take a break from employment when children are being born and raised. Some women decide to quit their corporate gig and become a stay at home mom. Or they trade in their higher paying job for one that offers more flexibility and better hours. This puts them in a position where less personal income is coming in. This has a significant impact on their ability to save for retirement. Also, getting back into the labor market right where they left off can be difficult. After years away, technology, younger workers, more experienced workers, and industry changes can make this harder to do. Women taking a break in employment to raise a family may face these obstacles when trying to re-enter the workforce.

  • Life as a Woman Costs More

It doesn’t come as a surprise that females generally spend more in certain areas than men. The entire beauty and cosmetic industries are largely focused on women. Generally, women spend more on makeup, hair and skin care products. They generally spend more on clothing, shoes and accessories as well. The above expenses tend to occur on a much more frequent and recurring basis. Men don’t spend nearly as much on these. Additional financial planning and budgeting can help reign in any excessive spending in this category. In most cases, even tightening the belt on some of these items may not solve the problem. Life as a woman still costs more.

  • Women Are More Likely To Experience Independence

Whether it is due to outliving their spouse, being single, widowed or divorced, women are more likely to be the sole financial decision maker at some point in their life. This is another reason why it is important to have a financial plan that prepares for the future. In previous generations, women were accustomed to taking a back seat with finances. This is no longer the case. Today a proactive approach to future financial needs is always advisable.

  • Women May Earn Less Than Men

This is a long standing concern. Women statistically earn less than men. Women may take a break in employment which may hinder their salary growth, or they are less likely to ask for a raise which causes them to be treated differently compared to their male counterparts. This may have a significant effect on their future financial situation. The good news is that both men and women have the same opportunity to prepare for retirement. The sooner you are able to start investing and planning for your retirement, the better prepared you will be. The longer you allow your money to grow and compound, the more stable your financial future will be.

Islamic Finance

Society and its priorities change with the seconds of the change in time. Whereas morality and integrity were of utmost significance at a time in an obscure past, the priority of society, today, is amassing heaps of wealth. One may question, why not? If, having more zeros after a figure in your bank statement, surely, means having a greater influence and a vaster dominion over the world, then why are you playing the guilty conscience card on us? Well, but, I say, wasn’t it us, in the first place, to form a direct proportion between wealth and influence in the world? You, seriously, cannot tell me that this is how it has been since time immemorial! About time we embarked on some insightful journey, wouldn’t you say?

If money was really directly proportional to influence, then the exemplary case of the second caliph of Islam, Umar ibn al-Khattab r. a., for instance, would be a scientific anomaly! It was in 637 AD that after a prolonged siege of Jerusalem, the Muslims finally took the city. While Heraclius, the Byzantine Emperor, had fled, Sophronius, the Greek Orthodox patriarch, surrendered the city on the condition that no one was to be harmed. The terms were observed and the patriarch gave the key to the city to Umar ibn al-Khattab r.a. Umar r. a. entered Jerusalem, to sign the peace treaty, with humbleness, walking in by foot alongside his servant who was comfortably being conveyed by a camel. Umar r. a. and the servant had been travelling by foot and on the camel in turns (Muir: 135).

When Sophronius met the Ameer-ul-Mo’mineen, Umar r.a., one of the most influential men in the history of Islam and the rest of the world, he was dressed in his travel-stained battle tunic, while Sophronius was attired in sumptuous robes. Sophronius was very surprised to find the Commander of the Muslim world dressed in anything but royal clothes and even questioned Umar r.a. about the simplicity of his apparel, to which he replied that Allah SWT doesn’t “demand extravagance”. The Patriarch then explained that he did not wear all the regalia to adorn himself but to ‘check the confusion and anarchy in the world’ and he was “God’s office”. In other words, for the sake of appearances, he had to portray in his dressing that he was a representative of God. It is, indeed, the concept of appearances that has confused us as to what influence is in actuality. That confusion has, consequently, led to forgetting the reason behind the creation of lofty appearances earlier in time, even if it was a result of flawed thinking.

Habits That Can Drive You Into Poverty

1. PROCRASTINATION

The first habit is procrastination. It is said that procrastination is the thief of time. If you want to be successful, grab opportunities as soon as they come your way because you might never know when such opportunities will come your way again if you fail to do so. Also, endeavour to set realistic expectations. It is unrealistic to expect that success will come too easy and quick. Bear in mind that success takes time.

2. INDECISION

This is a state of being unable to make a choice between two or more opportunities. For example. One may be talented in sports and music but finds it difficult to choose which to pursue. Most times, people with this kind of dilemma may choose to pursue the two opportunities at the same time but end up being average persons. To be successful, you should choose to do one thing at a time for it is better to be a master of your game than a jack of all trades.

3. INABILITY TO ACQUIRE NEW IDEAS

Successful people make it a point of duty to always seek new ideas. They associate themselves with books rather than entertainment. They continuously seek self-development through the pages of books. If you make a visit to their houses, one thing you can be sure of finding is a study library. People who crave for entertainment at the expense of knowledge, are often times condemned to a life of poverty.

4. FAILURE TO LEAVE ONE’S COMFORT ZONE

A Comfort zone is a zone in which you do something that allows you to simply eke out a living. It is called a comfort zone because it is less demanding. Often times, you find people willing to stay in a poorly paying job for over thirty years and retire poor. This happens because of their unwillingness to leave their comfort zones. If you want to be successful, you must be willing to leave your comfort zone. This is not say you should resign your job but be willing to go into other engagements that will enable you build residual passive income.

5. WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME

To wait for the right time before engaging in an undertaking, is to wait endlessly because the right time may never come. Experience has shown that every successful person faced disadvantages. The right time never came in their case but they faced their challenges with dogged determination. Moreover, waiting to learn everything about, say, a business opportunity before engaging in it, is to plan to fail. Successful people rather learn on the job. They may, no doubt, fail. But they regard failure as an opportunity to learn better ways of doing business.

The Importance Of Financial Means

They say money can’t buy happiness. That is not entirely true. In today’s world in America and all around the globe, money is the predominate means to attain the necessities of life. Whether to buy food, pay for shelter, or just about everything associated with existing in today’s world all depends on the availability of having enough money to do so. In many instances the lack of financial means puts individuals in very stressful situations. We can conclude having the financial means could very well equate to a person being somewhat happy. This is because when one has financial support behind them the stress level should dissipate. Were not saying that this is true for all individuals but, having money puts a person in a capacity to be able to use that resource to reduce stress associated with not having enough money to pay for such essentials as housing, food, or medicine.

In our fast-paced world where the basic necessities of life are becoming more expensive than ever, one would think that all the technological and scientific marvels at our disposal would somehow reduce many of those costs. That is not the case today. In fact, in Flint Michigan for example, access to fresh, clean, safe potable water is actually money driven. But it is not only those in Flint, Michigan that are having water woes; all across the country water rates continue to spike. And, like everything else, it is the poor that continue to suffer just because they lack financial support.

It is a very sad commentary for our times when so much wealth is hoarded by so few. Much of the world’s anguish would be avoided if there was a lot more balance in societies everywhere. Someone once asked what money can’t buy. When we say it can’t buy happiness or health, think again. Just look at the mortality and obesity rates of the poor compared to those few at the top of the income ladder. Also, look at the emergency room where millions of people flock to just for minor health issues. They are there because they can’t afford health insurance. Money, or lack of, plays a vital role in every one of these issues.

Without access to living wages society especially in the United States today breeds a whole slew of problems. It was Dr. Martin Luther King that stated giving people the financial means like establishing a Universal Income for all would reduce poverty, reduce crime, and pretty much ease the burden of parenthood. In fact, the greatest economic boost for any society comes from that society being able to achieve the “Williams Theory of Economic Evolution.” That being having more people with enough disposable income to spend, pay down debt, and to save at least 10 percent of that income.