Understanding Your Net Worth

Have you ever calculated your current financial position? Where is the best place to start? A common way to understand this is by estimating your net worth.


What is Net Worth?

Your net worth is an indication on how well off you are financially. If your assets (things you own) are worth more than your liabilities (things you owe), your net worth is positive, which means you have more than you owe. This is generally considered a good thing. However, if your liabilities are higher than your assets, your net worth is negative, indicating that you owe more than you own.


Why is your Net Worth important?

Your net worth helps you in understanding your current financial situation to better plan your finances. It provides a measure of your progress in accumulating financial wealth and the progress you’re making toward paying off your debt.

By understanding your net worth, you can get a bigger picture of making better financial decisions, tracking your progress, and working towards building long-term wealth and financial security.


How to calculate your net worth?

Your net worth is a total of all your assets minus your liabilities. In the below, we will use an example to calculate Ali’s net worth. Firstly, we will take a look at Ali’s assets.

Assets – when you add up the value of everything you own (such as your house and the cash in your bank account).


  • Ali has RM10,200 cash in ASB.
  • Ali has a house valued at RM360,000.
  • Ali has a 3-year old Myvi car, and if he were to sell it now, he will get RM20,000.
  • So, Ali’s total assets are RM390,200.

Next, we will look at Ali’s liabilities.

Liabilities – when you add up the value of all your debts (such as your house loan, car loan or credit card balances).


  • Ali’s house still has bank loan balance of RM200,000 to settle.
  • Ali has a 3-year old Myvi car that still has bank loan balance of RM34,000 to settle.
  • Ali has RM2,000 credit card balance.
  • So, Ali’s total liabilities are RM236,000.


Net Worth = Assets – Liabilities.

So, Ali’s net worth is RM390,200 – RM236,000 = +RM154,200.

Theoretically, your net worth is the cash you would have if you were to sell everything you own and paid off all your debts. A negative net worth is an indication that you have more debts than your assets.

In summary, calculating your net worth is essential because it provides a comprehensive snapshot of your financial standing. By assessing your assets and liabilities, net worth enables you to set meaningful financial goals and make informed decisions about saving, investing, and borrowing. Like market conditions, your net worth will change throughout your life so it’s important to keep track and reassess if you are still working towards your saving goals.



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