Are you in debt? How are your investments fairing? Are you aware of what’s happening to your money? Does asking these sorts of questions cause you stress?
Now, a different type of question: wouldn’t it be nice to be in control of your financial future? Well you can be! Taking charge of your financial destiny is not something that only a few financially literate elite manage to achieve. It’s open to everyone. And with a little bit of planning, education and discipline, sound financial management is available to you too!
Choose your financial advisor with care
Everyone has an opinion about money. How to make it, where to spend it, how to invest it – the advice is endless. But do these people really know what they’re talking about? Next time someone offers you their advice on your financial planning, take a closer look. Are they in debt with few financial options, or are they well on their way to financial freedom? Decide if their situation is one you want to emulate.
Most of us – myself included – get bombarded with financial planning advice from friends and family, but is this really where your financial management guidance should come from? Can your close circle of friends truly give sound, objective information? Be careful who you take advice from, as planning for your financial future is not something to be taken lightly.
With a growing number of investment, insurance, pension and mortgage options making an appearance, successful financial management can seem daunting and getting proper advice for your finances is becoming increasingly essential. Even well-meaning advice can lead one down the wrong path!
Considering how important financial management is to most of us, it makes sense that we would want to get hold of the best guidance possible. Wouldn’t it make sense to invest in this advice? Surround yourself with knowledgeable people, get educated. If you decide to use a financial planner make sure of their track record, talk to other people who have used them, find out what their investments are and whether you want to use them as an investment advisor.
To ensure that the investment advisor or financial planner you choose has the proper credentials: ask what licenses they hold and whether they are registered with one of the financial authorities.
Depending on your time constraints, consulting a financial planner can be helpful to you initially in trying to improve your financial situation by providing advice on budgeting, future planning, insurance, estate planning and investment options, among other things. A good financial planner can help you to plan your short-term and long-term financial future, give you various options, hopefully make you aware of the different types of investment options which is helpful in improving your financial literacy. Education is vital to being able to make decisions about your own financial future, you need to be able to plan your finances to suit your needs.
Stay in Control
Most of us have the right intentions, but sometimes we just need some guidance to see our plans become a reality. Depending on what you need, a financial planner or investment advisor can provide the insight you need into financial planning to get you motivated and on the path to financial freedom, but ultimately you should take control yourself.