IT IS PRETTY COOL TO HAVE AN ACTUAL FINANCIAL PLAN AND NOT JUST ‘ONE IN YOUR HEAD’
Whilst seeing a client, our discussion often turns to managing personal cash flow. Some people are happy just living from pay-to-pay and don’t give much consideration to plans for the medium or long term. Others haven’t really given the idea any thought but think it will all be “OK”. However, more and more people are thinking about this, but don’t know where to start.
Financial management and retirement planning help people determine their personal saving targets, what they can afford to spend, and how best to arrange their financial affairs. Retirement planning can quantify how much you need to have saved to retire. When you are years away from retirement and your personal finances are ever-changing, this can seem like a challenging concept, but it is important to remember that a financial plan is a process, not a product. It is something that requires discipline to start and at least annual maintenance and review.
A financial plan should include:
- INVESTMENT PLANNING;
- INSURANCE + RISK MANAGEMENT;
- FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT;
- RETIREMENT PLANNING;
- TAX PLANNING; +
- ESTATE PLANNING + LEGAL ASPECTS
Most people insure against at least some of the risks of financial loss due to death, medical issues and damage to property. You could look at a well-structured and maintained financial plan as insuring against financial difficulty later in life.
Estate planning may also be an overlooked financial planning exercise. The thing about estate planning is that it should go beyond simply preparing a will just to check off a box and say that it is done. In a financial planning context, it is important to consider things like who your beneficiaries will be, joint asset ownership, income tax liabilities. In the same way a married couple may plan for retirement together, it is important to consider what might happen if one spouse or the other died prematurely. This may be as much a financial planning exercise as an estate law one.
Our financial planners – Samantha Butcher and Helen Yau can get you started on this journey and will assist and advise along the way. Why don’t you call and make an appointment today, it’s that easy!
Amanda Wilkens – Director