By SNW Asset Management via

The U.S. stock market has seen a pretty good run up over the last several months. The jobs reports have been favorable and your 401(k) statement probably looks quite attractive. Smiles abound and life is good—and you’ve likely stopped avoiding the mail-man’s delivery of your monthly investment statement. In fact, you open the envelop with a high degree of confidence.

Not to throw a cold wet blanket over your aura of dry warmth, but a degree of reality or at least “normality” should be applied with the most amount of unemotional equanimity as possible.

Following are 24 “reality checks” to keep you in line with appropriate expectations so you can plan and envision your financial life in the most educated manner possible.

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