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Executive Summary

It is easy to neglect your finances in your twenties but there are a few fantastic money-related
opportunities that you could be missing. Paying a little attention to your financial situation now
can give you a serious head start on retirement and achieving a debt free life. Here are 5
money moves everyone should make before they turn 30:

1. Start an Emergency Fund

Setting money aside in case of an emergency is the foundation of a good
financial plan. You never know when you may lose your job, have to take time
off of work, or face a big expense that you weren’t prepared for. It is generally
agreed upon that an ideal emergency fund would be worth 6 months salary.
Saving 6 months of salary may seem unattainable at first but every dollar you put
aside will get you closer to your goal and you will be happy you did it if you ever
find yourself in need of funds on short notice.

2. Meet with a Financial Advisor

Money is complicated and most people can benefit from professional guidance.
There is a common misconception that meeting with a financial advisor is only
for the wealthy… this couldn’t be farther from the truth! A good financial
planner will assess your current financial situation, good or bad, and can assist
you in setting realistic goals for yourself.

3. Buy Insurance

Getting Life, Critical Illness, and Disability insurance young is one of the smartest
moves you could make for your financial plan. The younger and healthier you
are, the more cost-efficient insurance is. Most of us will need insurance at some
point in our lives and you never know when your health could change. Delaying
could only end up costing you and your family in the future.

4. Pay off Your Debt

Canadians are in more debt than ever. Paying it off seems daunting but the only
way to get rid of debt is to tackle it head on. Start by making a budget and see
what money can be redirected to your debt payments. If the cash just isn’t there