Assignment 4 Essay

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Assignment 4: Saving and Investing (32.0 points) 1. Describe a real or made up but realistic situation that could cause you or someone you know to have to use money from a financial reserve. (3-6 sentences. 2.0 points) If someone were to have a sudden, serious illness that needed a long hospital stay with large medical bills and left them unable to work, they would have to use money from a financial reserve like a savings account or a 401k plan to pay the bills. 2. How many months' worth of expenses do you think your financial reserve should include? Describe at least two reasons for this decision. (3-6 sentences. 2.0 points) You should have a fully funded emergency fund of 3-6 months of living expenses. The reason for building up this reserve? With this reserve you're building your safety net against major life events so that you never have to go into debt again. When you have your 3-6 months saved there aren't very many things that can happen that you can't pay cash for outright. 3. Would you rather have a savings account that offered simple interest, or an account that offered compound interest? Why? (3-6 sentences. 2.0 points) Compound interest. While simple interest only pays interest on the amount that was originally invested, compound interest pays interest on the amount invested plus any interest earned. 4. If you were opening a savings account with compound interest, would you prefer an account that offers annual compounding, quarterly compounding, or daily compounding? Why? (3-6 sentences. 2.0 points) Daily compounding would give the best annual return, as the amount would grow faster than annual or quarterly compounding. Each day the savings grow a little bit, building upon the growth from the previous days. 5. Which strategy for saving do you think would work best for you? Why? (3-6 sentences. 2.0 points) Make a monthly budget

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