Harold Pollack’s index card with ‘everything you need to know about personal finance’ tips became an internet sensation. Find out how to implement those tips now
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University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack once claimed you could write everything you need to know about personal finance on an index card. Well, he did just that, posted it to the web and overnight, the image went viral. We sit down with professor Pollack to talk about those nine tips and how you can put them into action immediately.
- Save 10-20 percent of your income.
- Pay your credit card off every month and minimize your debt.
- Maximize your 401(k) and other tax-advantaged savings accounts.
- Buy inexpensive, well-diversified index mutual funds
- Hire a fee-based fiduciary and make sure they are acting in a fiduciary manner when answering all of your questions.
- Buy only as much home as you can afford (meaning 20 percent down and low monthly payments, with enough left over for repairs).
- Buy term-life insurance, liability insurance, renter’s or homeowner’s insurance and disability insurance (getting the highest premiums possible to lower monthly costs).
- Never sell or buy individual stocks.
- Support the social safety net.