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Creating a Net Worth Statement

In a previous article, How to create and maintain a budget, I wrote about the importance of a budget and the 4 steps to create one. Today I want to focus at step 2, know where you stand.

At the core of step 2 are financial statements; statement of cash flows and net worth statement. Let’s look at the Net Worth Statement first.

What is a net worth Statement?

A net worth statement or balance sheet is a snapshot of all your assets and liabilities at a given point in time. To get your net worth you simple subtract liabilities(debts) from your assets (personal use property, investments, cash(checking and savings accounts)).

 How to create your net worth statement?

  1. Take a pen and paper, create an excel spreadsheet or use a someone else’s form (here is a good one from Morningstar).
  2. Create two columns
    1. Assets on the left
      1. Cash and cash alternative (checking and savings accounts)
      2. Investments and retirement accounts
  • Personal use assets (house, boat, car etc)
  1. Liabilities or Debts on the right
    1. Short term (1 year or less)
    2. Long term liabilities (greater than one year)
  2. Add up both columns
  3. Assets – Liabilities = net worth

The Net Worth statement shows how much money you have to meet your short and long term financial goals. 

What should my net worth be and how do I compare to others like me?

Here are some highlights from a US CENSUS Report from 2013 about Wealth and Asset Ownership by Year.

Age based

Less than 35                6,900

35 to 44                       45,740

45 to 54                       100,404

65 and Older               202,950

The Report also has Net Worth categorized by education, single and married households.

CNN provides a calculator to determine median net worth by income and age compared to the nation as a whole.

Age                                                      Net Worth

25 years old                                        $8,525

35                                                        $51,575

45                                                        $98,350

55                                                        $180,125

65                                                        $232,000

Another way to compare Net Worth is by looking into your Financial Life Cycle Phase.

 Life Cycle Phases:

  1. Asset Accumulation ages 20 – 45 with a net worth ratio from (1:1  -  1:3)
    1. Starting a career
    2. Student Loan Debt
    3. Getting married
    4. Having a child
    5. Buying a house

It is common for young adults to have a negative net worth during this phase because you are building and investing in yourself and family

  1. Conservation and protection ages 45 – 65  (net worth 1:2  - 1:5)
    1. Established in career
    2. Kids are older maybe out of college
    3. Paying off large debts.. Home
    4. Increase savings for retirement

In this phase the focus is on saving for retirement and investing in your future.

  1. Distribution and Gifting 65 + (net worth ratio 1:5 +)
    1. Retirement spending
    2. Social Security
    3. Healthcare and Medicare
    4. Vacation homes and travel
    5. Wealth transfer

No matter what age, phase, education or marital status it is important to get a complete picture of your financial situation in order to determine how you are going to fund your financial goals.

Hopefully this has been helpful! 

Stay tuned for future guides for academic and healthcare professionals to help them take control of their money. The next step is determine your spending habits by creating a statement of cash flows.


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