Updating Your Personal Balance Sheet Should be an Annual Ritual


Updating Your Personal Balance Sheet Should Be Important Annual Ritual


BAINBRIDGE – Richard Horn, Chief Credit Officer at Southwest Georgia Farm Credit, has been updating his personal balance sheet for more than 30 years. He says it’s allowed him and his wife to understand how to better manage their money. And, Horn says, you don’t need a degree in accounting to get it done—just a little time and a commitment to better understand your finances.

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“A personal balance sheet is really nothing more than a detailed list of your assets and liabilities as of year-end 2016,” Horn explained. “And by making it a yearly ritual, you can begin to see how your assets are helping you achieve your financial goals.”

Horn says completing the personal sheet takes about an hour of your time. “The idea,” said Horn, “is that once you know where you ended the year, you also know where you’re starting from, which allows you to better manage investments and savings over time.”

For those who would like to complete a personal balance sheet but don’t know how to get started, email Southwest Georgia Farm Credit at landfinancing@SWGAFarmCredit.com, and you’ll receive a form you can use to enter your information.

“This is a great way for a young couple starting out to truly understand how they are doing financially, and over time, it becomes an hour well-spent for anybody who wants to maintain a history of their finances,” Horn said.

Headquartered in Bainbridge, Georgia, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit (www.SWGAFarmCredit.com) supports farmers and farm businesses, as well as rural property owners, providing safe, sound, dependable financing. The association is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of agricultural and rural lending institutions cooperatively owned by their borrowers. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm, through its constant commitment to competitive lending and expert financial services.

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