The sheer number of retirement accounts can make anyone's head spin. Once you've opened a specific type of account -- for instance a traditional 401(k) -- it's tempting to just figure you're set. But with more and more employers now offering a Roth 401(k) as well, it's smart to take a step back and consider the potential benefits of each.
Psychological scientists are very interested in the dynamics of future planning, in part because people are so bad at it. There is circumstantial evidence that people who are financially irresponsible also take poor care of themselves. Is it possible that a single underlying trait is shaping behaviors that promote both health and wealth?
Possessing the know-how of smart financial practices, even at a basic level, can help individuals in their everyday lives. If we don't feel financially secure and instead worry constantly that our next pay check won't cover the mortgage, next week's groceries or gas for the car, we're more likely to be frustrated and distracted both at work and at home.