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Road to Financial Planning

Posted on 10, Sep, 2012


Entering into the financial world with fiscal freedom and stability can be pretty exciting. However, unless you were gifted a trust fund,this will comeonly with proper handling of finances.Having lack of financial knowledge can be a ‘risky business’. Since many of us have our minds set on certain financial goals, like opening a business, buying real estate, retirement planning,advancing a career or education;the risk is important, but we never fully work our way towards being prepared in a responsible financial way. 

Financial planning entails working out a strategy in order to achieve long term ambitions, while taking into consideration circumstancesthat impede along the way.  These factors include things likethe inflation rate, your prevailing income, cost of living, investment rate of returns, etc. Thus it is not a project that can be thought out overnight. For most people who work in unrelated fields to financial planning, it is essential to seeksome form of financial consultation.

The road to financial planning starts with setting clear and reasonable targets and preferences.  If you are indebted, your immediate goal would understandably be to pay off creditors.A loan modification and financial planningis something a financial consultant can help you with.Also, depending on your age, family situation, and aspirations, the next preference can be your retirement planning, a business expansion, new venture, or buying a new home.

After you’ve set your mind on what goals to achieve, your current financial situation will predict the next course of action. Calculate the value of your assets; taking thispath to achieving your goal will probably pose certain obstacles such as your household expenses, emergency costs, stock market ups and downs, etc. But these can be overcome by insuring your assets and yourself. In such possible circumstances it is vitalto have medical, automobile, liability and comprehensive insurance, which is something a financial planner (e.g. insurance broker)can help with.

Furthermore, it is important to know how to control your expenses. This simply means you have to limit the extra luxuries.Knowing how to plan for your taxes is important as well. A financial consultant (e.g. accountant)can help you with your taxes by claiming the appropriate deductions and strategically utilizing applicable credits. It is also advisable to save a portion of your paycheckfor retirement (e.g. 401K, IRA, Roth IRA). Thus make sure to understand the workings of any part of your investment.

It is vital to plan your retirement carefully as the later years will creep up hastily and be your most vulnerable. Start a retirement plan early, preferably after consulting with a financial advisor.

At the point when you clear your debts and secure your financial future, you’ll bemore free to work on your ambitions. The most popular way to do that is via investments. May it be a real estate investment, working on a business venture, or investing in the stock market, it is advisable that you work with a financial planner in order to benefit in full from your hard earned money. Not all individualsare familiar with the corner of the investment world and thus we’re vulnerable to risks and sudden losses.

Remember, financial planning doesn’t mean you have to stop spending money and alter your lifestyle completely. Rather itpresents the best wayto preserve and increase your assets in order to fulfill future ambitions.  So keep in mind, with good financial planning comes reward.

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