Brucie Mélyne. Spreadsheet. August 29th , 2021.
The process of planning that very special day when you will be marrying the love of your life, can quickly turn into a mountain of stress and frustration with finances, if it is not done carefully. A unique tool that has been designed with brides-to-be in mind and can help prevent over-budgeting errors from occurring is known as a wedding budget spreadsheet. Never before has the task of planning, budgeting and categorizing the aspects of that big day been as simple and easy as it is when the benefits of this planning tool are used.
Generally a high-quality household budget spreadsheet is easily usable by those with elementary computer knowledge having a layout that is understandable and showing most of the details that are required for household management. The other important aspect to be considered while selecting a spreadsheet is the kind of flexibility it offers to user in putting together all the required inputs on income and expenses of the home budget. Some spreadsheets have add-ons like calculator, yearly calendar, savings planner etc, and one can select them based on their requirement of such features. These budgeting tools are very much important in easy monitoring of income and expenses by allowing regular updating of entries without much concern for accuracy.
Since, household financial management is equally important to keep track of one’ expenses and income, one should invest proper time and make good efforts to select a spreadsheet that is handy and efficient. While browsing online for these spreadsheets it becomes quite difficult to select the right program that is simple to use and effectively takes care of the financial management.
This is why I find it so absurd when some analyst or pundit claims that an asset like gold is ”worthless” in an investing portfolio because of some biased spreadsheet work they did. I wonder if these people have ever gotten far enough away from their spreadsheets to see how the world markets really work? Having some portfolio insurance like gold around is a really splendid idea. YES, the Forever Portfolio holds gold, silver and displays a good record with other assets likes stocks (mainly ETFs), bonds and cash. But what in history suggests this is not a good idea? Show me the flaw! Show me the data? It doesn’t matter what your chart is showed worked best over a particular time period. The fact is that concentrating your bets is dangerous, and sometimes your stocks and bonds don’t payout on your timetable. This is just how life works. I am finding out more each day. Diversifying a little bit is prudent.
There is a wide assortment of different categories that are already pre-made into the design of these sheets, which makes it even easier to ensure that nothing is inadvertently left out and overlooked. In a majority of cases, the only information that you will be required to enter into the wedding budget spreadsheet is the amount of money you expect to use for the ceremony and reception celebration. The rest of the work is done for you and displayed in specific percentages that are suggested values that you should use for each individual category. It is extremely helpful when brides-to-be no longer have to figure up what percentage of money should be applied to things like photography, the flowers, invitations, the cake, dresses, tuxedos, the reception and various other necessities.
Rather, back-testing can really only show you what DIDN’T work well in the past, so you can avoid repeating those mistakes, or at least be aware of those risks. Back-testing can never prove something will work best going forward. Also, back-testing will never show you extraordinary events, such as civil unrest, unprecedented government intervention in the markets, inflation, etc. These risks need to have some diversification applied as well and the Forever Portfolio actually considers these risks that spreadsheet-only portfolios do not.
What I liked most about our ”Forever” Portfolio is that it eliminates most risk. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I really believe that after 40 years of trading and investing, I understand the nature of the unknown and investing RISK. It’s not about going into a spreadsheet, hand picking some dates and blend of assets to see what did best, and then going out and buying those investments. If investing were that easy we’d all be filthy rich!
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