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glossary

Financial

Relating to or involving money or finance.

Financial Freedom

1. A state in which somebody is able to act and live as he or she chooses, without being subject to any undue financial restraints or restrictions. 2. Release or rescue from being financially bound, or from being confined, enslaved, captured, or imprisoned by the need of money. 3. A person’s right to rule their financial affairs, without interference from or domination by another person or power. 4. The state of being unaffected by, or not subject to, something unpleasant or unwanted due to the lack of finances. 5. The ability to exercise financial free will and make choices independently of any external determining force.

Financial Literacy

The knowledge of what money is, how it works, financial terminology, all aspects of financial life, and the competence to perform financial management including; decision making, planning, saving, spending, budgeting, cash flow management, lifestyle choices, investing and retirement planning.

Financial Mobility

The ability of an individual, family or group to improve their economic status, usually measured in income. Financial (also known as Economic Mobility) often leads to social mobility. Lack of Financial Literacy leads to downward mobility and declining social status.

Financial Plan

A working document that includes a vision statement, long and short term financial goals, current income and expense statements, balance sheet, cash flow forecast, asset allocation plans, return on investment metrics, tax liabilities and management, life, income and medical insurance policies, financial records archive, future estate and retirement plans, opportunity cost analysis, measurement metrics and milestones, specific action plans to achieve the stated goals, as well as contingency arrangements, alternative courses of action and critical path analysis.

Financialization

The growing scale, profitability, and level of importance of the finance sector relative to the rest of the economy. In the United States, employment and total sales of the finance industry grew from 10% of GDP in 1970 to 20% by 2010. The emphasis has shifted from making things to making money from money. The effects of this change are felt by everyone in the following ways: 1. Increased level of importance of money and finance in our everyday lives. 2. Increased complexity and level of sophistication required to understand and manage finance. 3. Increased income inequality due to the widening gap become making money from labor, making and selling things, to highly leveraged financial products that make money with money. 4. Increasing debt and the risks associated with the asset and debt bubbles, which when they collapse, cause massive financial destruction to everyone.

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