is it bad to die with $0 left?
I think it is pretty common for people to fear "running out" of money. We've all heard stories of people "dying broke" or reduced to poverty late in life, and those stories are both sad and scary. So it makes a great deal of sense to avoid that fate. Financial planning and prudent investment management play a crucial role in an overall approach to help ensure there are sufficient assets and income in place as we age, and they can also help prevent having too much left over as well!
how can there be too much money?
If we all agree to the premise that it is generally not comfortable to run out of money during our lifetimes, it may then seem counter-intuitive to discuss the opposite challenge of dying with too much income or assets. But prudent personal financial management also involves making a plan for the eventual distribution or transfer of an estate, as well as the care of the people and causes that have mattered to the person during their life. A well crafted financial plan will seek to find an appropriate balance between having too little and having too much.
quick look at "too much"
What happens when you die with "too much" in terms of assets?
what's the plan?
The points above are meant to highlight that, while having assets and income is probably a better state of affairs for most people than having none, it is also the case that having significant assets and income involved demands careful planning as well.
A robust financial plan with a qualified financial planner, such as a CFP®, should seek to address both ends of this question, from dying with too little to dying with too much, as well as a number of other important financial considerations.
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