Net worth

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Knowing your net worth is an important part of financial planning and is generally tracked with a net worth statement. If you don't know where you are financially, how can you plan your journey? In simplest terms, your net worth is your assets minus your liabilities. It is generally recommended that you update your net worth statement at least annually. Reviewing your net worth statement may help in identifying strengths and weaknesses in your financial situation.

Assets

What do you own? Consider bank accounts, investment accounts, your residence, other real-estate that you might own, cash value of insurance or pensions.

Liabilities

What do you owe? Consider credit card balances, lines of credit, car loans, mortgages, student loans.

Updating

Once you have created your net worth statement, don't just leave it to gather dust. It should be part of your annual review process to update your net worth statement to reflect changes that have occurred. Some values will be easy to obtain, such as bank account balances, value of investments, outstanding balances on credit cards and mortgages. Others may be more difficult, such as the value of a residence. Use the best guestimate available, such as your most recent property tax assessment.

Tracking the details

Your net worth statement can also serve the purpose to tracking the location of assets and liabilities and could greatly assist your executor when you die, or your representative should you become incapacitated.

Online tools

Most Canadian banks and financial institutions offer online tools that can help pull together a simple net worth statement. The following list is intended to provide a sample of what is available, you should likely check the website of your financial institution to see if they have a tool that might be useful for you.

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