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Assessing your financial situation and figuring out how to take control of your money may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. At MetLife, we are here to support you and provide guidance every step of the way to help you navigate your financial decisions through our Financial Wellness Blog.

3 steps to make financial wellness a reality
3 steps to make financial wellness a reality
About 40% of stress (in the Gulf) is caused by financial situations. This suggests many of us have trouble balancing unexpected expenses and planning for the future, two key elements of financial wellness.
How to Teach Your Kids about Saving Money
How to Teach Your Kids about Saving Money
From virtual currencies to mobile payment apps, there are more ways than ever to pay for goods and services. The financial planning lessons you need to teach your kids are probably more complex than the ones your parents taught you.
5 Ways to Financially Prepare for Your First Child
5 Ways to Financially Prepare for Your First Child
From researching car seats and cribs to decorating a nursery, there's a lot to do when you're expecting a new baby. In addition to readying your physical house for your bundle of joy, you'll also want to be sure your financial house is in order.
Health Checks for your 40's and 50's
Health Checks for your 40's and 50's
If you're like many of us, you may have breezed through the first two decades of adult life without paying much attention to health issues. But moving into your 40's and 50's means it's time to take a look at some health and diet considerations you may not have thought of when you were younger.
Is it Risky to Drop Life Insurance Coverage during Tough Financial Times?
Is it Risky to Drop Life Insurance Coverage during Tough Financial Times?
Most people buy life insurance with the same objective — to help keep your family financially secure if you’re no longer around to provide for them.
When is it Okay to Dip into an Emergency Fund
When is it Okay to Dip into an Emergency Fund
Your emergency fund is intended to be your first line of defense when times get tough. But sometimes, it can be difficult to decide when to dip into these funds.
Budgeting for lifes emergencies
Budgeting for life's emergencies
Car repairs and home appliance break-downs happen to everyone at some point, but there are a lot of unexpected situations that can set you and your family back financially if you’re not prepared. Think about these scenarios when considering how much you should save in your family’s emergency fund.
The Difference between Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance
The Difference between Term Life Insurance and Whole Life Insurance
There are two main types of life insurance. Term life insurance offers protection for your loved ones for a specified period of time. Whole life insurance policies do not expire; they are intended to protect you for your entire life. Some types of these policies accumulate cash value. Read on to find out which may be right for you.
The Smartest Insurance You May Not Have
The Smartest Insurance You May Not Have
Disability insurance prevents injury or illness from becoming a major financial catastrophe.
What Is Underwriting, Anyway?
What Is Underwriting, Anyway?
Ever wonder how insurance companies review your application — and how they come up with the amount you pay for your premiums? It’s all about risk. Before an insurance company can accept your application for coverage, they need to determine what level of risk you present to the company’s business. This process is called underwriting.
4 Simple Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
4 Simple Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
There's a good chance you or someone you know is facing the reality of living paycheck to paycheck each month.
How Much Do You Really Make - Calculate the Value of Your Benefits
How Much Do You Really Make - Calculate the Value of Your Benefits
Feel like you don't know much about money? You’re not alone. According to a recent George Washington University study, 24% of millennials have just basic financial knowledge, and only 27% are seeking professional financial advice on saving and investment.
Simple Answers to Questions You've Always Had about Money
Simple Answers to Questions You've Always Had about Money
Feel like you don't know much about money? You’re not alone. According to a recent George Washington University study, 24% of millennials have just basic financial knowledge, and only 27% are seeking professional financial advice on saving and investment.
You should talk about money - here's how
You should talk about money - here's how
Many people find it uncomfortable to talk about money, even with family or friends. But talking about this very important topic is exactly what we should be doing, especially with family and friends as they can be your most important assets during this time of need.
Navigating Volatile Markets
Navigating Volatile Markets
With the uncertainties brought on by the coronavirus, it’s more important than ever to fully consider your options and maintain a long-term perspective when investing.
The Essentials of Disability Insurance:10 Simple Tips
The Essentials of Disability Insurance:10 Simple Tips
The future is uncertain, so it's important to prepare as best as we can for what life may bring. If you’re looking for guidance and answers to common questions about disability insurance, this information can help you get started and make the best decision based on your specific needs.
Do You Have 100 Years to Live? How to Plan for a Centenarian Lifestyle?
Do You Have 100 Years to Live? How to Plan for a Centenarian Lifestyle?
Living to 100 years old may have seemed like an idea out of a science fiction movie in the past, but global life expectancy is on the rise — and current statistics show that a 100 year life isn't such a strange possibility after all.
How to Recession Proof Your Small Business
How to Recession Proof Your Small Business
A climate of economic change and instability can be overwhelming — especially for a small business focused on growth. In the wake of global shifts in economies, impacted by pandemics, Brexit, presidential elections and stock market vulnerability, local small businesses can stay on their feet with swift, smart planning and a strong focus on key tasks.
3 Reasons Why You Should Buy Life Insurance
3 Reasons Why You Should Buy Life Insurance
Many people are not adequately prepared financially when faced with a serious illness, despite having good medical coverage. Critical illness insurance can help lessen the burden of increased out-of-pocket expenses so that you can focus on recovery instead of your finances.
How Much Disability Insurance Do I Need?
How Much Disability Insurance Do I Need?
When it comes to disability insurance, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all policy. Everyone’s circumstances are different, so it’s good to take the time to consider what’s right for you.
5 Questions About Critical Illness Insurance Answered
5 Questions About Critical Illness Insurance Answered
Many people are not adequately prepared financially when faced with a serious illness, despite having good medical coverage. Critical illness insurance can help lessen the burden of increased out-of-pocket expenses so that you can focus on recovery instead of your finances.
How to Keep Your Family´s Finances Recession Proof?
How to Keep Your Family´s Finances Recession Proof?
In an ever-changing world, economic uncertainty can be stressful for you and your family. When there’s so much outside of your control, here are the things you and your family can focus on to keep your financial future secure.
Life Insurance: An Introduction
Life Insurance: An Introduction
When you buy life insurance, you enter into a contract with an insurance company that promises to provide your beneficiaries with a certain amount of money upon your death.