Thursday, January 4, 2007

Find your Wealth Score

According to Liz Pulliam Weston, one's wealth score is the indicator of a (wo)man's financial progress. It's an easy, 3-step process that looks like this:

  1. Add up lifetime earnings...put away the calculators please, this figure can be found on your yearly Social Security statement.
  2. Calculate your networth.
  3. Divide your networth (#2) by your lifetime earnings (#1).

As you get older and progress in your career, your desired ratio should increase accordingly. Per a financial planner that Pulliam consulted, the recommended ratios are as follows:

Early career0-25%
Close to retirement100-200%

Having saved this MSN Money article since it was first published, I am now armed with my SS statement and able to put this simple calculation to use. And now, without further ado, my current wealth score is in....drumroll please!....the mid-career range! Now that's encouraging.

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