What is GoalBased Investors?

Hi!  Welcome to the GoalBased Investors blog. We’re glad you’re here!  We are a group of people who are passionate about building cool, simple tools to solve complex problems. We come from the finance and tech worlds and have seen firsthand how difficult it is for people to build clear plans for their money and

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Goal-based Planning vs Cash Flow Planning: Which One Will Help You Go Where You Want?

Goal based vs cash flow planning

When it comes to reaching your financial goals, there are many roads you could take—and they don’t necessarily all lead to the same place. In order to make an informed decision on which route you’ll take, it’s important that you know which options are available to you before you start your journey. Goal-based planning and

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What Should My Goals Be?

What should my goals be?  Everyone has life goals and aspirations. So this question shouldn’t be hard to answer, right?  And yet, when asked in the context of financial planning, it can be a tricky question to figure out.  For some, it might be a hard question because you only have a small amount of

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How Much Should Be in Your Rainy Day Fund?

Why should you have a rainy day fund? Everyone should have a rainy day fund. Why? Because it gives you a safety net if something unexpected happens and you need money fast.  The point of a rainy day fund is to cover surprise expenses you weren’t planning for. For example, your car breaks down or

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Where Should You Put Your Next Dollar of Savings?

Do you have extra money to save but no idea where to put that money to make the biggest impact? We know. This sounds like a champagne problem.  But it can actually be challenging to figure out how to allocate your savings so that you are using your money most efficiently and your dollars are

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6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Savings

We all want to be making progress toward our financial goals. But, one of the hardest parts is knowing where to start. It’s generally easy to find things to spend money on – housing, groceries, bills, or going out and having fun. But, we also all have future goals for our life that we want

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How to Influence Where Your Money is Invested with 3 Easy Questions

We know that investing can often feel like a black box and a daunting undertaking. But believe it or not, you don’t need to gain all the expertise or skills of a financial advisor in order to have a meaningful conversation and actually drive decisions about how your money is invested. When people think about

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The Power of Community in Finance

We know that money is highly personal. It isn’t a popular topic for a cocktail party. And for many, it is considered taboo to even discuss amongst friends and family.  Perhaps this is why, when it comes to managing money, we see that most people are trying to go it alone. According to a CNBC

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5 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Financial Advisor

The topic of money and finances is still a big mystery for many people. And for good reason. It can be complicated stuff!  We’ve written previously about the fact that managing finances is particularly complicated because it often involves financial investment literacy. This type of literacy relies on complicated math that often requires specific training

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The Game Everyone Needs to Start Building Plans for Their Goals

At GBI, we believe that rather than asking people to increase their financial literacy, there’s a way that we in the financial sector can make it easier for people to engage with financial problems without the expert knowledge.  The key to accomplishing this? Creating a tacit understanding of financial planning.  We’ve written in previous posts

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