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$30k - $50k 1 6.25%
$50k - $100k 5 31.25%
$100k - $200k 3 18.75%
$200k and more 7 43.75%
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Old 30-12-2014, 09:35 PM
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Was talking to a few friends today & this discussion came up. Asking members here as GCA is suppose to be a mature crowd forum with better financial standing.

Given current economy (taking into consideration job lost risk & business instability), how much cold hard cash (excluding assets, stocks, PM or any other forms of investments as value is never stable) on hand gives you security?

Please vote a realistic amount base on your current financial standing & not base on a "never enough" mentality.

PS : Let's forget about monetary system collapse for now.
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I thought it would depend on your current living standards?

Emergency cash thought should be at least 6 mths wages.
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Please vote a realistic amount base on your current financial standing & not base on a "never enough" mentality.

PS : Let's forget about monetary system collapse for now.
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I thought it would depend on your current living standards?

Emergency cash thought should be at least 6 mths wages.
It's normally recommended but personally I feel it's not enough. What happens if we can't get a comparable alternative income 6 months after losing the current one? Maybe for a salaried person, it's easier but for people running a small business like me, it might be much harder.

Personally I'll be looking for at least 12-18 months. To me, that's also a realistic amount I'm able to accumulate over the years of working. Of course, 12-18 years would be the best but that's an unrealistic thought.

Everyone has different emergency plans. That's how the discussion came about.
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My flat fully paid with 2 dependent( kids)-12 months of emergency cash.
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My flat fully paid with 2 dependent( kids)-12 months of emergency cash.
Fully paid?! Wow. So what's your take on preferred amount of cash on hand? Make a vote please.
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Fully paid?! Wow. So what's your take on preferred amount of cash on hand? Make a vote please.
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At least 12 months worth of expenses for me
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I set aside 12 months of salary aside for emergency use.

Saving Zero as I like to buy alot of junk stuff and my spouse give up nagging (almost i think )
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Seems like 12 months is a preferred choice compared to "recommended" 6 months. And the $50k - $100k is the most "realistic" amount so far.
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Cash in bank max $50,000 as SDIC in effect.
50k for 12 months average 4.1k/mth. The average income of a statistical working adult. Depends on lifestyle is able to provide enough for 2-4 mouths.
If it takes 2 quarters of negative gdp to indicate a recession, 6 months of reserve barely cover the start of the beating technically. 12-18 mths seems appropriate compare to the general period of a economic recession.
How much amount is enough depends on total financial liability of individual along with family commitment if applicable plus total daily lifestyle expenses.
So the amount may vary.
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