What is Financial Planning?
Financial Planning is the process of meeting your life goals through the proper management of your finances. Life goals can include buying a house, saving for your child’s higher education or planning for retirement. The Financial Planning Process consists of six steps that help you take a ‘big picture’ look at where you are currently. Using these six steps, you can work out where you are now, what you may need in the future and what you must do to reach your goals. The process involves gathering relevant financial information, setting life goals, examining your current financial status and coming up with a strategy or plan for how you can meet your goals given your current situation and future plans.
The Benefits of Financial Planning
Financial Planning provides direction and meaning to your financial decisions. It allows you to understand how each financial decision you make affects other areas of your finances. For example, buying a particular investment product might help you pay off your mortgage faster or it might delay your retirement significantly. By viewing each financial decision as part of the whole, you can consider its short and long-term effects on your life goals. You can also adapt more easily to life changes and feel more secure that your goals are on track.
Create a sound financial plan in six steps :
Establish your goals in life – short, medium and long term
Work out what assets and liabilities you have – write them down
Evaluate your current financial position – how close are you to achieving your goals?
Develop your plan – create a “route map” for achieving your different goals
Implement your plan – make the changes and make it happen
Monitor and review your plan at least yearly and make adjustments when needed