Why You Should Calculate Your Net Worth And Check It Regularly

Why You Should Calculate Your Net Worth And Check It Regularly

Your net worth is a yardstick for your financial progress, and it’s more important than your income. The Simple Dollar explains how you can use this number to track and improve your finances.

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Your net worth is simply your assets (such as savings and investments) minus your liabilities (debts), but a better calculation uses “usable” assets — that is, don’t include your home or car market value unless you intend to sell now.

Once you’ve found this number, there are a many things you can learn from it, including deciding whether any move you make is a poor financial move (for example, loaning money to people who won’t repay you decreases your net worth); whether you’re truly progressing financially; and whether extra time you’re working is really paying off.

Check out the article below for some additio9nal calculations you should consider to track your progress.

The Most Important Number [The Simple Dollar]


  • Your income is much more important than net worth when you are near retirement or in retirement.
    Your income is also much more important if you are out of a job.

    Net worth is an instant measurement and it very likely to be varied to a great degree by your assets (apart from cash in the bank)
    Remember some assets like a home are at a market price but you still need a place to live in

  • Is anybody else deeply disappointed that the stock image calculator isn’t showing ‘58008’?

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