You may often hear talk about assets and liabilities, whether it’s on a television show about money, the internet or in books. What are assets and liabilities and how might they impact you and your financial health? Let’s take a look:
Assets: Assets are anything of value that you own. Examples of assets include: cash, funds in savings accounts (CDs, money market, IRAs), valuables (like jewelry or antiques), vehicles that you own outright and real estate (the current market value of the property, even if you still have a mortgage).
Liabilities: A liability is anything that you owe to someone. Although we mentioned above that real estate counts as an asset, the amount you owe on that property falls under the liabilities category. Other examples of liabilities include: credit card debt, student loans, vehicle loans, etc.
Understanding what your assets and liabilities are can help you to grasp your full financial picture, and help with calculating your net worth. Your net worth is your assets minus your liabilities.
Net worth = Assets – Liabilities