BUS 195 Personal Finance Plan
- February 02, 2022/ Homework Tutors
BUS 195 – Personal Finance
Your sister is a recent graduate of nursing school and will begin her job at a local medical center making $60,000 per year. She is unmarried and has a five year old son who will start kindergarten in the fall. Together, she and her son live in a rented apartment in Lakeside and she owns a 1988 Toyota Camry.
She has spoken to you recently and has expressed the following as her goals (not in an particular priority order):
- Save for retirement
- Save for college education for her son
- Reduce debt
- Buy a brand new car
- Estate planning
- Invest wisely
Student loan balance – $18,000
Checking account balance – $518
Savings account balance – $800 (earning 1.5%)
Value of Toyota Camry – $1,900
Credit card balance – $7,500 (18% interest rate)
Child support received – $150 (monthly)
Child care – $450 (monthly)
Rent – $900
Food – $400
Utilities, cable, etc. – $200
She will be covered under the hospital indemnity plan. There is a $200 deductible and provides 80/20 major medical coverage and is paid entirely by her employer for both her and her son. In addition, the hospital provides a term life insurance policy with a face amount of $10,000. The policy beneficiary is her son.
Besides the medical and life insurance described above, the only other insurance she carries is on her car which provides the minimum coverage in California and has a $250 deductible. The annual premium is $400.
Currently, she has no retirement savings. The hospital has a 403(b) plan available with options for different mutual funds available through Vanguard.
She has no will or health care directive.
She will be in a 25% tax bracket for Federal purposes and an 8% bracket for California.
Based on the above information, prepare a letter to your sister establishing a financial plan as follows:
- Prepare a statement of net worth (Balance Sheet)
- Prepare a list of recommendations for her. (In your plan, consider retirement, insurance, housing, credit management, goal setting, emergency fund, transportation, education, and tax planning, and estate planning)
- Prepare a spending plan for the next year showing her income and expenses as well as funding other goals she has established as appropriate.