What’s your money personality?

Thorough research has shown that an investor’s “money personality” is an important consideration when making investment decisions. The following feature is posted on health.com under “mind” for your consideration. For a proper evaluation of your financial personality contact eugene@iibrokers.co.za.

The 9 Money Personalities

Do your friends call you a cheapskate, or is shopping a form of therapy for you? Do you invest conservatively, aggressively, or not at all? “Becoming aware of your money style motivates you to take steps in the direction of financial health,” says psychologist Kathleen Gurney, PhD, author of Your Money Personality: What It Is and How You Can Profit From It (Financial Psychology Corporation), and the subject of our interview in “Mind Over Money,” page 102 in our April 2005 issue. Pick the profile below that best describes you and note the action Gurney recommends.

The Hunter
You could be one if

  • You’re highly educated and hold a well-paying job.
  • You’ve been known to dip into your 401(K) account to “invest” in a pair of Jimmy Choos.
  • You have a recurrent nightmare of becoming a bag lady.

Action: Your confidence will soar once you learn to manage, and not just earn, your money. Forget taking a class; you’re smart and educated enough to learn the basics on your own.

The High Roller
You could be one if:

  • Investing is an extreme sport for you: It’s all about the thrill.
  • You own a vintage Porsche and/or diamond stud earrings.
  • Your friends call you scatterbrained.

Action: Focus, focus, focus. If you have six items on your to-do list, pare it down to three. Set realistic goals, and you’ll feel less frustrated.

The Producer
You could be one if:

  • You’re too busy earning a living to make money.
  • Your idea of investing is buying a weekly lotto ticket.

Action: Boost your financial I.Q. by taking a course at your community college. Financial education can be tremendously empowering once you understand the basics.

The Entrepreneur
You could be one if:

  • You make a mint, but what really drives you is passion for your work.
  • Everyone you know considers you a workaholic.
  • You have a taste for wine and food, drive a great car, and pay for it all in cash.

Action: You need balance, not money. Take time out for a well-earned massage, or rent a DVD.

The Optimist
You could be one if:

  • You’re nearing retirement and eager to enjoy your hard-earned savings.
  • You let your accountant make all your financial decisions. “Out of sight, out of mind” is your philosophy.

Action: Reality check: If you’re 65, you could live to be 90. You may need to invest more aggressively, curb your spending, or consider other tools to generate more income.

The Safety Player
You could be one if:

  • Risk makes you queasy.
  • You don’t trust the stock market.
  • You consider financial planners to be one step above plankton on the evolutionary tree.

Action: You may be averse to risk, but you’re actually taking a huge chance by not keeping up with inflation. Visit a financial planner who can answer your questions at an hourly rate.

The Perfectionist
You could be one if:

  • You’re astute and analytical.
  • You’re so afraid of making a mistake that you avoid making financial decisions at all—even small ones.

Action: Use your analytical skills to assess a financial decision quickly. Haul out the old yellow pad and divide it into plus and minus columns. More debts than assets? Your decision is clear. Now act.

The Achiever
You could be one if:

  • You’re married and a high earner.
  • Emerson’s Self-Reliance is your manifesto.
  • Monitoring your portfolio is like watching grass grow.

Action: Curb the control freak in you and get a second opinion—perhaps from your spouse, who may be feeling left out.

The Money Master
You could be one if:

  • You accumulate money quickly.
  • You’re not afraid to seek advice from a financial planner.
  • You invest for the long term.

Action: You’re on the right track to financial security, but sometimes life calls for a little spontaneity. Allow yourself to splurge now and then.

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