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Young Professional Example: Jackson

  • Client Age: 27
  • Occupation: Actuary 
  • Income: $95,000


Jackson is a driven young professional who has just been promoted at work. He has a promising career trajectory as an actuary and loves what he does for a living. He is thinking it’s time to get serious about his finances and schedules an intro call with Activate Wealth.


  1. Putting together a personalized budget 
  2. Saving for a down payment on his first home 
  3. Paying down his student loans 

Jackson is a perfect candidate for Project Planning with Activate Wealth. This is a short term engagement that answers questions on 2-3 financial planning areas. Clients walk away with a detailed summary document and action items for self implementation


  1. Implemented the 50/20/30 Starter Budget
    1. The first step to optimizing Jackson’s budget was to classify his cash flow into 3 categories. A great place to start is the 50/30/20 rule 
      1. Fixed Expense Target: 50% of Income
      2. Savings Target: 20% of Income 
      3. Variable Expense Target: 30% of Income
    2. Turns out Jackson was able to reduce a portion of his fixed expenses and allocate them to savings. Actually accounting for all his fixed expenses helped Jackson realize how much free cash flow he had to dedicate to savings. 
  2. Opened an Online Savings Account for a Home Down Payment 
    1. With his new found savings, Jackson was able to save more towards his goal of buying a home. His first thought was to invest this money in the stock market. Given he wants to buy a home in 2 years, this would be an ill advised move. While the stock market is a great place for long term investments, it can be extremely volatile in the short term.
    2. The advantage of an Online Savings Account was a higher interest rate. Jackson was able to increase the interest rate  on his savings to 2% (up from 0.25% at his local bank). It was also nice to have a specific savings account for a specific goal.
  3. Optimized Jackson’s Student Loan Payments 
    1. Through our 50/20/30 savings plan process, we realized that Jackson had been paying an extra $200/month towards his student loans. While this was a great move by Jackson, he could have been doing it more efficiently. Turns out there were actually 8 different loans with 8 different interest rates within the 1 monthly payment (ranging from 3% to 7%). Instead of spreading the $200 across all the loans, Jackson is now directing all extra money towards the loans with the highest interest rates. 


Jackson now has a detailed plan on his areas of concern and a great baseline for building his wealth in the future!