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THE FACTS OF LIFE;
WHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW -
MARRIED OR SINGLE.
by Craig Lock (a mere male!)

Now this bit is especially for the ladies who make our lives so happy...

FACT ONE:

     MOST OF THE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP EXPERIENCED BY WOMEN IN
LATER LIFE IS DUE TO SOMEONE REFUSING TO FACE FACTS EARLY ON.

These days there is no need for any woman to spend the second half of her life with a lower standard of living.
Yet many still do. This is because they continually defer the decision to do something about preparing for their
financial future until it is too late.

     In some instances it is because a woman doesn't know exactly what financial provision has been made for her,
or feels awkward asking. Or maybe she doesn't marry, in which case she MUST provide for herself, but fails to
do so. When you are young, healthy and enjoying life, it seems unnecessary to be thinking of putting something
aside and there is always something else to spend the money on. With good luck of course you may never need
to bother. But trusting in luck is no way to provide for your future, how often has luck let you down in the past?

     Life, as 'they' (whose 'they'?) say, is what happens to you while you are making plans to do something else.
So it is better to make provision for the unexpected, because the older you get, the more the unexpected happens.

FACT TWO:

WOMEN NEED TO PREPARE FOR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
JUST AS MUCH AS MEN DO.

     These days one does not hear so much about the "family breadwinner," largely because so many women either
provide for themselves or make a substantial contribution to the FAMILY INCOME.

     But what happens if your husband dies and his income dies with him? Suddenly you are prevented from working.

     All to often the result is a dramatic fall in the family's standard of living and in their quality of life. And this
happens just at the time creature comforts are most needed to soften the blow. No amount of money can bring
back a loved one, but quite small amounts set aside regularly can make the difference between sadness and
absolute despair for you and your children.

     The only way to be sure you can cope is to do something about it yourself-- to make sure you are adequately
provided for.

FACT THREE

THREE OUT OF FOUR WOMEN HAVE NO PERSONAL SAVINGS.

     Women are natural savers. Security comes very high on their list of life's priorities and yet so few have actually
managed to save anything at all.

     Others have put aside a little in a savings account or building society which is fine for short term savings but
doesn't really offer a chance for the money to grow into a worthwhile sum. Many who have saved watched the
demand of the early years of marriage swallow up their nest egg and never had enough incentive to replace it
later on, thinking that everything would be provided for.

FACT FOUR:

WOMEN LIVE LONGER AND SO HAVE A GREATER CHANCE OF BEING LEFT ALONE.

     On average a woman can expect to live longer than a man. For a married woman the implications are obvious
but a single woman will also face the possibility that later in life she will have fewer friends and relatives around.
In neither case is this a time for financial hardship.

     Some women manage to lead active and fulfilling lives in their later years even when living alone. But in the
majority of cases these are women who have made, or made for them, provision for their financial security.

     It is possible to be happy, active and fulfilled on the State old age pension. But this is not easy... especially 
these days Anyway, State Pensions all over the world are being drastically reduced. The politicians say with
an aging population they are unaffordable (is there such a word?)... but who can ever believe a politician!

My advice: Take responsibility for your own financial destiny. Make a commitment to 
           save something out of your pay packet.

FACT FIVE:

ONE MARRIAGE IN THREE ENDS IN DIVORCE, DESERTION OR SEPARATION.

     The statistics of the divorce rate don't always prove that marriage is in a bad state. In many instances they 
prove that women are no longer prepared to put up with all that they were asked to endure. "Sorry guys, I'm off!"
Unpleasant as it may be, divorce often comes as a blessing. But it can never come as anything but a tragedy if the
separation means a lowering of standards, having to refuse the family little pleasures they have grown used to.

     The woman who starts out to plan her own future is not only able to cope if something should happen, but is
less likely to have it happen.

FACT SIX:

THINKING ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN DOESN'T MAKE IT HAPPEN.

     "It's morbid". "We don't want to think about it."

     That has been used as an excuse time and time again. But not thinking about it won't prevent it happening. 
The time has come to be positive. But taking a hard look now at your situation and doing something about it won't
be tempting fate. But it will be a positive step towards making sure that no matter what life may have in store, 
good or bad, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you can cope on your own if necessary. And that's a feeling
every woman in the country should get to know. Because without financial independence most of the other rights
women now have are hardly worth having.

THE FINAL WORD:

     Whatever you decide to do about your financial security, DO SOMETHING. PLAN for the future and let
financial services products like life assurance work for you. They don't have to be such a "drag" or a painful 
nuisance to you and your family. One of the greatest human wants is a feeling of security and only life assurance
can give you that peace of mind.

As Winston Churchill once said so well :" If I had my way I would write the 
words 'insure, insure, insure' above every household door".

"Money can't buy you happiness. But it helps you to be miserable in comfort."

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* Craig Lock is A "grey" life assurance man who has been involved in the field of personal finance, 
a "great industry" for over twenty years in vibrant South Africa and beautiful New Zealand. He has been 
writing full-time for the past four years . He has written numerous articles on life assurance and 
money management. Craig has had five books published on various subjects with another 
12 manuscripts being published and marketed on the internet.

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