How much money should I put away for emergencies?

As Morgan Housel put it, “the most important part of every plan is to plan on the plan not going according to plan.”

A rule of thumb: keep 3-12 months’ worth of living expenses available for the unexpected. Although, depending on your circumstances, it may be prudent to set aside more or less.

For example, if you own a home instead of renting, you can have more expenses because you are responsible for repairs.

If a large portion of your assets are invested, you may need an extra cushion because, ideally, you leave your investments uninterrupted for long-term goals.

If you are self-employed or have a varying income, you will need a larger emergency cash fund as you may not have a consistent paycheck and could have dry spells where you don’t have enough cash to cover your bills.

Where should I keep it?

Where you keep your emergency savings is a personal decision, whatever works best for you.

You may consider a separate savings account or a line of credit.

If you want to discuss your emergency reserve needs, please let us know. We would be glad to help.


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