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Life–changing things to put in place before you turn 40 is our conversation for today. It’s an important conversation that sets the stage for the next epoch of your life. Life is believed to begin at age 40. Before you turn 40, you should have reached some financial milestones in life to make your years as enjoyable as possible.

I’ll share the financial steps and things to put in place before you turn 40. If you have reached the age of 40, you can still begin to achieve these financial goals, because it’s never too late to achieve something in life. if you have the commitment and courage.

The list below details the exact steps and pertinent points to be considered. \even if you’ve gone beyond 40, use this as a guideline towards planning and watch yourself begin to hit those milestones.

1. Pay off ALL debt: Debt can be a major setback in your journey to financial security, especially compound interest debt. You must do everything in your power to pay off all of our debts from those with the highest interest rates to the negligible ones.

Your goal should be to lead a debt-free life. Pay off your debt and make sure you don’t take it back on. You have more peace when you have no debts. Business loans are an exception but if you can build from ground up, explore it. However, you should consider other ways to raise capital for your business before considering a business loan.

2. Build marketable skills: If you can do what others can’t do, they’re willing to pay for it. What skills do you have that other people would be willing to pay for? If you don’t have the skills yet, go learn it today. This is very important!

Try to learn a skill that is not common. If everyone can do it, the value will not be high. If you learn or develop a rare skill that you can do almost perfectly and that has a good demand, you can’t go bankrupt because your skills will always give you income.

Some good skills you can learn are graphic design, tablet publishing, hairdressing, catering and decorating, tailoring, vehicle mechanic repairing, computer repairing and networking, computer programming, web design, welding and manufacturing, copywriting, nursing , carpentry, tiling, application development, POP roof installation, electrical work and many more.

Most of these skills are not taught in colleges and universities, but they can feed you. Therefore, even if you are a graduate, you can learn these in a skill development center. It helps to have at least a good marketable skill before the age of 40.

3. Develop a search for financial education: information is dynamic. New information comes out every day. What you know yesterday may become redundant. Therefore, you should always be alert to new information. You need to make an effort to update your financial knowledge.

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Before you turn 40, you need to develop your reading skills. Reading is one of the greatest ways to gain knowledge. You need to learn regularly and quickly. Read good books and research online. For information, you need to learn how to use search engines like Google, Bing, AOL.com, Ask.com, and more.

Get a financial mentor: You need to follow someone who has done what you want them to do to prevent mistakes from being communicated by others and speed up your financial progress.

One way to follow a mentor is to read all of their books or articles.

5. Have an emergency fund : The need to always have an emergency fund cannot be over-emphasized. An emergency fund is money that goes to your bank account for serious emergencies such as job losses, illness, accidents, disability, and so on. Experts recommend that your monthly living multiplied across 6 months should be your emergency fund. At least 6 months strong savings.

This money should have good liquidity, but it’s best not to keep it in a savings account where you have access to it and again to ensure depreciation doesn’t catch up with it. You can save the emergency fund to a mutual fund account or simply keep it in USD, Euro or Pound status.

6. Start your own part-time or full-time business – if you’re not starting a business before the age of 40, when will you start it? When do you grow old? Business is a risk and the older you get, the less appetite and risk averse you become.

Try starting a business before you turn 40. You can do this part time if you are employed. This will help you learn from your mistakes, grow, and gain experience. Business mistakes and failures are better when you are younger than when age begin to slowly creep in.

7. Get married and have all your children: You have a more balanced view of life with children. Married people rarely jump into action without weighing all available options. You think about the consequences of your actions, how it will affect your family in some way. You think about the couple and also make more balanced decisions, including business decisions, because two good bosses are better than one.

Having your children under the age of 40 also has several benefits, as it helps you grow with your children and helps carry the financial burden of raising your children while you are still young.

8. Build a solid base of passive income streams from paper assets. Paper assets are one of the greatest ways rich people make money almost effortlessly! Warren Buffett is one of the richest men on earth because of his paper assets. Imagine you have invested N50 000 000 in a mutual fund with a low annual interest rate of 10%. This means that it would earn approximately N5,000,000 annually and N 416,666 monthly. If you continue to invest interest and capital, you will increase even more in the coming years. Therefore, the rich are getting richer because they use the power compound to use the paper resources.

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Before the age of 40, this is the best time to buy a lot of paper assets. Invest in stocks, treasury bills, bonds, mutual funds and other paper assets. He is interested in a wide range of paper resources.

9. Investing in real estate: Investing in real estate is one of the best investments you can ever make because it always appreciates in value over time. In addition to food, rental housing costs are one of the biggest expenses for the family.

Before you turn 40, it would be good to build your house. In the worst case, even if you haven’t built a house, try to buy land before you’re 40 years old.

10. You have your own farm: Have you thought about how people would survive without farmers? You can say, ‘I don’t have to be a farmer, because I can always buy the food I need’. Now imagine again what happens if you have money to buy food and there is no food to buy because there are no farmers? Even if you don’t want to grow full time, try a backyard garden where you plant vegetables. This will help you appreciate the wonderful work that farmers do. Investing in agriculture can also be a good way to build wealth. There is always a market available for agricultural products.

11. Start giving to others: You can get as much wealth and wealth as you can, but if you can’t find a way to help others, you won’t know what the accomplishment truly is. The true measure of life does not lie in how much you have, but in how much you give.

Start allocating a portion of your monthly income to help others, especially the needy, children, and the elderly. You can take responsibility for sponsoring a disadvantaged child through school. You can adopt a child. You can meet the needs of disadvantaged children and the elderly on a monthly basis.

I can really do this without the stress of writing articles and maintaining this blog as I don’t get a reasonable financial benefit from it. My joy, though, is that this blog is helping thousands of people overcome poverty and remain financially stable.

Start handing out people now. You don’t have to be very rich to help others. Give what little you have because it opens more doors of resources. There are many people around you who need your help and help. You can deliver cash or to babies in need, disabled and motherless at home. You can sponsor a poor child through school. There are inexhaustible ways to give to others.

Bonus Tips:

1. Write a will. Many financial experts recommend getting a lawyer to help you make a will that legally grants ownership of your properties to everyone you want when you go ahead. This is especially important in conflict-prone families.

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2. Buy an insurance policy: Several financial experts also advise you to buy life insurance. The goal is to give your loved ones a financial advantage if you pass away.

Hope this was helpful. We would love to know what your comments are about this article and if you have other great advice around this, feel free to add it in the comment section and we will be happy to add it to the article.

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NGX opens week negative, down by N3bn

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Trading at the domestic bourse started the week on Monday still on negative mood, taking the bearish sentiment to six consecutive trading sessions.

The price depreciation was due to profit-taking sentiments in all the major sectors except the consumer goods and banking sectors.

Specifically, the All-Share Index shed 6.16 points or 0.02 per cent to close at 38,915.62 from 38,921.78 posted on Friday

Accordingly, month-to-date and year-to-date losses stood at 0.8 per cent and 3.4 per cent, respectively.

Similarly, the market capitalisation lost N3 billion to close at N20.275 trillion in contrast with N20.278 trillion recorded on Friday.

The market negative performance was driven by price depreciation in large and medium capitalised stocks, which are Guinness, Lafarge Africa, Oando, Fidson Healthcare and SCOA.

Analysts at United Capital anticipated some bargain hunting on some stocks that experienced selloffs in the previous week.

“In the medium term, we expect the market to remain choppy.

“Additionally, market participants will be watching the fixed income space closely amid a hike in stop rates at the recent Nigerian Treasury Bills (NTB) auction,” they said.

The market breadth closed negative with 20 losers, against 18 gainers.

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SCOA led the losers’ chart by 10 per cent to close at N1.17 per share.

Academy Press followed with a decline of 7.69 per cent to close at 36k, while UACN Property Development Company was down by 6.21 per cent to close at N1.51 per share.

Associated Bus Company depreciated by 5.71 per cent to close at 33k, while Oando declined by 4.09 per cent to close at N4.45 per share.

On the other hand, Morison Industries dominated the gainers’ chart in percentage terms, gaining 9.38 per cent to close at N2.10 per share.

Sovereign Trust Insurance followed with a gain of eight per cent to close at 27k, while Linkage Assurance appreciated by 5.26 per cent to close at 60k per share.

Fidelity Bank went up by 4.35 per cent to close at N2.40, while International Breweries appreciated by 4.17 per cent to close at N5 per share.

Total volume traded appreciated by 30.11 per cent to 201.10 million shares worth N2.53 billion traded in 3,340 deals.

This was against a total of 154.56 million shares worth N2.27 billion traded in 3,467 deals on Friday.

Transactions in the shares of Universal Insurance topped the activity chart with 19.45 million shares valued at N3.89 million.

Fidelity Bank followed with 19.28 million shares worth N46.51 million, while FBN Holdings traded 16.68 million shares valued at N12.49 million.

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Courteville Business Solutions traded 13.76 million shares valued at N3.87 million, while Access Bank sold 13.49 million shares worth N125.06 million. (NAN)

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