9 Things Everyone Needs to Achieve Lifelong Financial Stability

5. Auto insurance

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Aside from your home, your car may be your most valuable asset.

While many states require you to carry a minimal level of coverage, you may want to consider getting additional car insurance coverage, depending on your assets and income.

To learn more, check out “The Complete Guide to Getting the Best Possible Deal on Car Insurance.”

6. Disability insurance

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Not having disability insurance can trip up some otherwise money-savvy individuals.

Disability insurance provides money in the event you are unable to work for an extended period of time. The details may vary by insurer and policy.

If you’re on the fence about whether to buy disability insurance, consider whether you have a big enough emergency fund to pay the bills if you are unable to work.

Social Security disability benefits provide payments if you are unable to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, and if you meet other requirements. But even if you’re approved, there is a five-month waiting period before benefits begin.

7. Life insurance

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If you were to die tomorrow, could your family pay the bills? Do they even have the money to bury you?

Unless you have plenty of cash in your coffers, you need to at least consider whether you or your loved ones would benefit from life insurance. Even if you’re wealthy, you might want a policy to help your family pay off estate taxes.

If you have no dependents, however, you might not need life insurance. Money Talks News breaks down this exception in “Ask Stacy: Should I Drop My Life Insurance Policy?

8. Retirement fund

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Someday you’ll want to retire, and God help you if you plan to live off Social Security alone. It was never meant to be the sole source of retirement funds. So, make sure you have another source of income for your golden years.

Your first stop for retirement savings should be a 401(k) plan if your employer provides a match of any kind. After that, look for a tax-sheltered plan such as an individual retirement account.

For more information, check out “Confused by Retirement Accounts? Roth, Regular IRAs and 401(k)s Made Simple.”

9. College savings account

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If you’re childless and plan to keep it that way, you get a pass on this final must-have financial product. Most everyone else should start planning for college now.

Even if you intend to have your children pay their own way, you never know what the future may hold, or how your views may evolve over time. It is best to put some money aside in savings now just in case.

The 529 college savings plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts are common ways to get tax benefits for your kid’s college fund. However, you must use the money for educational purposes or you’ll get hit with a tax penalty.

If you aren’t confident you’ll actually be paying college expenses for your children, you may want to put money aside in an investment fund. Then, if they get a full-ride scholarship or burn out in the first semester, you’ll have a nice chunk of money invested for retirement.

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