Lunar New Year Provides Ideal Opportunity To Update Financial Strategy
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It turns out that many Chinese Americans already are among the highest savers in the country; however, their low confidence rate may prevent them from preparing a sound financial strategy to take advantage of their savings, according to research just released by
The study found that more than a third (39 percent) of Chinese Americans report having no credit card, mortgage, or student loan debt, with only Korean Americans reporting less debt. Chinese Americans rank among the highest of all groups to be well prepared financially for an emergency, with more than six months of monthly expenses set aside for emergencies.
"A key finding in the survey confirms the long-held belief that Chinese people understand the importance of saving their money for the future, but their hard work, often in their own businesses, doesn't always result in a secure financial future for their families," said
Despite their stash of cash for emergencies, other findings from the survey indicate that Chinese Americans are doing a better job than most Americans when it comes to their finances. About half of the Chinese Americans surveyed wish they were more in control of their finances, and 45 percent wish they were more confident making financial decisions, higher than any other group surveyed. Only 17 percent are satisfied with their current financial situation.
Preparing for the Golden Years. The amount of income needed to maintain a standard of living in retirement varies from person to person and family to family. List all current and future expenses to see if you are saving enough right now. If not, talk to a financial professional who can help you create an appropriate financial strategy.
Teaching the Future Generation. Setting children up for financial success is vital, yet many parents might not know where to start. Consider involving children in high-level family budgeting discussions and paying some of the monthly bills. Playing family board games or engaging in activities that have a monetary component also can help kids learn in a fun way.
Protecting Paychecks. For families, making sure that their income stream doesn't stop coming in should be a priority, and disability income insurance may be a solution to address that need; it can help breadwinners meet future financial obligations – like paying electrical bills or, even more important, mortgages – if they are unable to work due to illness or injury.
Securing Families' Financial Futures. Not only does life insurance provide financial protection if the worst were to happen, but some policies also accumulate cash value* – a living benefit that can be used for supplementing retirement income, funding a child's education or emergencies.
To learn more about Chinese-American families from the 2013 State of the American Family Study or for in-language information about planning your financial future, log on to massmutual.com/Chinese.
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*Access to cash values through borrowing or partial surrenders will reduce the policy's cash value and death benefit, increase the chance the policy will lapse, and may result in a tax liability if the policy terminates before the death of the insured.
The State of the American Family Study is a biennial survey conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 for
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