Why You Should Have A War Chest
Updated: Mar 9
If anything, the past year has proven to everyone that we need to be prepared for unprecedented and uncertain times. Especially when finances are at stake. A war chest is essentially a financial reserve that's put in place to ensure that you're able to cover unexpected costs when money is tight. Having a war chest in place allows you to have a buffer in place with sleep at night savings.
Businesses usually have a war chest to survive during difficult times. This buffer is typically stored in their company bank account. In businesses, cash reserves are generally established to cater for short term business needs. As a general rule of thumb, a war chest should ideally be sufficient enough to cover a company through six months of uncertainty.
While it's important to have a war chest in place from a business perspective, they can also be implemented for everyday personal finances. Just like businesses, it helps to at least have six months savings in a personal emergency fund.
If you haven't got a financial reserve in place, you may benefit from putting aside a certain percentage of your income. It could be anywhere between 5% of your monthly income upwards. It's important to understand your monthly expenses, as they differ for everyone. However, once you have established your expenses you can implement strategies that will allow you to have a secure war chest in place.
Creating this fund can be simplified with automation by asking your bank to set up an automatic deduction to a savings account where this reserve is stored. It's recommended that this fund is established in a separate savings account with high-interest, to reduce the temptation of dipping into it for your everyday expenses.
It's usually recommended that reserve funds are stored in an easily accessible account. Stocks are generally not a suggested place to store these funds as the last thing that you want in an uncertain time, is more uncertainty due to the everchanging stock market.
If you're a property owner with an offset account, you are able to maximise off this as an emergency fund. By doing this, it lowers your interest payments meaning you are able to access this money a lot easier.
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