Sept. 21, 2022

How Your Money Anxiety Might Actually Help Build Wealth

How Your Money Anxiety Might Actually Help Build Wealth

Because financial fear isn't all bad.


According to an APA 2022 Stress in America Survey, 87% of respondents listed inflation as a source of significant stress—and the researchers say no other issue has caused this much stress since the survey's launch.

Money anxiety or "financial fear" is common, and to an extent, it can be healthy. If fear about inflation and running out of money prevents you from blowing every dollar on fast casual dining, and instead urges you to save and invest for the future, that fear directly benefits Future You.

But if fear prevents you from investing in the stock market because it feels too risky, well…now we’re letting misplaced, data-refuted concerns interfere with our ability to build wealth over time.

Understanding your own deeply held beliefs and fears about money can help unlock your next-best step, and it’s not one-size-fits-all. We're joined by Mariel Beasley, Principal at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University and Co-Founder of the Common Cents Lab (https://advanced-hindsight.com/commoncents-lab/) to discuss financial psychology and what behaviors we can unlearn (or double down on) when it comes to money anxiety.

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