Topic: Financial Planning

How financially fit are you?

5 things to consider for financial fitness

We all have our ideas about being fit? For some people it means never missing their early morning walk. Others might go for a run, cycle or eat healthy. Fitness is very personal. You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to be fit. It’s about what your personal goals and desires are.

Just like physical fitness, being fit financially has many areas. The good news is that just like getting into shape you can assess your financial fitness and take actions to improve it. And if you keep your goals in mind as you earn and spend your money, you can achieve a high degree of financial health over the long run. So the question is, how fit are your finances? And how can you measure it?

Empty nest, empty wallet

Parents putting financial health at risk to fund university costs

When it comes to funding a university education, it is parents and grandparents who typically look to provide the money. But even though this may be the case, last year’s graduates from English universities still left with an average of £44,000 debt (source: Sutton Trust), with some parents still, on average, expecting their children to leave university with £23,000 debt.

Students are closer to the mark, predicting an average debt of £35,000. Students expect, on average, to take 17 years to pay off their debt once graduated; research from the Sutton Trust suggests three in four graduates will be paying off student debts into their 50s.