This month, we’re going to talk about how to calculate your net worth. This may sound intimidating, but it’s actually fairly simple and extremely important to your overall financial well-being.
Your net worth consists of two parts: assets and liabilities.
Assets are property owned by a person, regarded as having value and available to meet debts.
Liabilities are the state of being responsible for something, especially a debit or financial obligation.
You’ll begin by listing all of the assets you own and then adding them together. Then, you will list your liabilities and do the same thing. Once you have these two numbers, subtract your liabilities from you assets. This final number is your net worth.
If your assets outweigh your liabilities, you have a positive net worth. If your liabilities exceed your assets, you have a negative net worth.
Just remember that when you calculate your net worth, it’s merely a photograph in time. It’s important to regularly update your information, at least once a year, so you have your most accurate financial data at all times.
Why should I calculate my net worth?
- Accurate representation of finances
- Track your financial progress & goals
- Applying for a mortgage
- Use to build budget
- Create debt payment plan
Below, you’ll find a guide to help you calculate your net worth.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
– Benjamin Franklin
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