Financial planning is the process of creating a long-term plan to manage your finances, putting you on a track to achieve your financial goals through budget management, debt reduction, retirement targets and more.
Financial planning offers the following benefits:
- The process of writing down goals helps improve focus and creates measurable accomplishments that are meaningful to you and your financial situation. Short-term goals may include paying off debt or build an emergency fund, while longer-term goals may include buying a home, saving for college, purchasing an investment property or preparing for retirement.
- Budgets help with effective cash flow management. They a foundational element to achieve your written goals, as they help track spending, identify unnecessary expenses and improve saving habits.
Prepare for the Unexpected
- As life is unpredictable, financial planning is a way to control the controllable. A thorough plan will include a review of your emergency funds and insurance coverage (including life, health, property, disability). Adequate coverage for your situation will depend on your unique needs and will need to be updated periodically.
- Employer benefits, including savings matches, retirement fund deposits and Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions frequently are missed or underutilized opportunities to improve your financial picture.
- A financial plan can help reduce your aggregate debt or prioritize paying off expensive debt first. While not all debt is bad, a thorough review of your debt can help keep more money in your pocket.
- If you have yet to retire, financial planning can help keep you on the path to a comfortable retirement. If you have already retired, financial planning can help ensure you pull the right levers to avoid outliving your nest egg.
Peace of Mind
- Having a financial plan in place and a partner in your financial journey serves to build confidence about your financial future and offers peace of mind knowing there is a working plan to achieve your financial goals.
- A financial plan is a point-in-time review that needs periodic updates to stay relevant. Life events, milestones, employment changes and market movements are opportunities to fine-tune your plan.
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