What Drives Your Financial Decisions?

By | 2017-10-23T01:35:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Retirement Planning|
 What drives your financial decisions? Is it Greed? Fear? Common sense?  Some Psychologists say that most financial decisions are made by most people in that order. The highest percentage starting with Greed, then Fear, and finally common sense. It has been my experience that that order may very well be correct. 

Let’s discuss each of these: 

Greed. 

  Well, we know that that is what drives the casino business in Las Vegas and it’s what keeps those gamblers coming back in record numbers year after year. It’s what allows casino owners to completely tear down and rebuild their billion dollar facilities every ten years. There’s an old adage: “The worst thing that can happen to a person visiting a Las Vegas casino for the first time is…. WINNING!” 

It’s also what keeps many people putting too much of their assets in the hands of Wall St. and their local brokers. What I’m saying when I say, ‘too much of their assets’ I mean too much of their important money; Risking more than makes sense for their financial situation. A person’s financial situation includes several things. For instance, Age, health, amount of debt, Total dollar amount of assets and how liquid are those assets. How much secure money do they have? Family dynamics. Those are just a few; I’m sure there are more. What’s really troubling is that often a couple near or in retirement are in good shape, but they want MORE (greed), and I’ve seen the market do irreparable harm to their finances forcing one or both spouses to go back to work.

Greed: It’s one of the seven deadly sins. 

    Just like in Las Vegas, it’s ok to “PLAY”; play’ means you’re not SERIOUS- you’re Playing. You are not risking money that is important to your future. 

Let’s talk about “Fear”  

Fear of what? “Fear” of MISSING OUT! “Everyone” is doing it”. Or, EVERYONE is getting RICH except us”. “We’ve got to hurry”! Maybe your golf buddy brags about all of the money that he’s making in the stock market. Funny, they never talk about how much money they’ve lost in Las Vegas either. 

 Lastly, Common Sense. 

If this one must be explained, well, I’m not sure I have the time or space for that. I’m not sure I can make that understandable if it’s not intuitive. But, I will say that having a financial PLAN that considers your age, health, debt, liquidity, and how much GUARANTEED money a couple will have in retirement- THAT shows common sense. 

Knowing the difference in “Play” money and “Important” money also demonstrates common sense.

About the Author:

Rick J. Hahn

Rick has helped thousands of people find the safest approach to a stable and satisfactory retirement. Rick is a Certified Retirement Financial Advisor (CRFA), has been advising retirees for over two decades in Safe Money and Lifetime Income strategies. Web Site: safeharborfinancial.retirevillage.com