I wanted to remind everyone about a simple yet very effective financial literacy tool: Monopoly.
There are few better lessons in life than on-the-job training. Monopoly is a great tool to simulate financial lessons. I’d recommend that you wait for a rainy day to pull the popular board game out, but when that day comes, you’ll find tons of excitement for children of all ages.
The financial lessons inherent in the game include …
Most of us take more time planning our vacations than our financial futures. That’s why we decided that a quick chat with a top financial advisor might do us all some good. We spoke with Sarah Kaelberer, CFP, ChFC, who is a partner and President of Business & Estate Advisers Inc. in the Minneapolis area. She led us through some common misconceptions about life insurance and who actually has an “estate.”
What do most Americans not know about life insurance?
Anthony Anderson: That it’s an investment in the future of their family. If something happens to the head of the household, that family falls apart. But if they have life insurance, that family can stay together and continue with their lifestyle. I think that’s a misconception we need to clear up for people who really don’t know.
While Sam had some life insurance through work, Amy convinced him to purchase an individual policy, which would give him sufficient coverage and wouldn’t disappear if he changed jobs. Amy got coverage as well. Her reason was straightforward: “I didn’t want to leave him with a child and struggle with work and finding someone to take care of her.”
Several years later, Amy was walking their daughter, Charli, to school when her phone rang. That call was the beginning of a life-altering morning.
“Even on their limited income, my mom and dad instilled upon all of us the importance of planning for the future and the fact that tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone,” Anthony Anderson says. “I know how hard it is to lose someone you love. An accident took my brother when he was 26 and shortly after, I lost my father to diabetes, a disease I, myself, live with today. It was rough getting through those deaths, but the fact that they both had life insurance made it so much easier.”