Financial Planning in Simple Terms
Every industry has its examples of over-complicating the simple.
Financial services, with its impressive collection of jargon and abbreviations, excels at this.
A person begins with the intention of saving for retirement, but before long, this goal has evolved into "accumulating a diversified portfolio providing risk-adjusted returns to enable a sustainable withdrawal for life."
This often has an impact on how progress toward your goals is measured over time and, worse, may leave you feeling unable to relate to your financial plan in a way that motivates action and commitment.
The reality is that the issues that financial planning aims to solve are simple. They're also profoundly human.
So, let's return to basics, using simple language.
What Are Your True Aspirations?
We all have a few deeply human aspirations that we would do well to remember and prioritise. The best way to design a sensible financial plan to achieve these is to state them in human terms, not those of the financial industry.
Through my work with people similar to you, I have found a few near universal goals, as follows:
- If you were to die tomorrow, you want to know that your family are not going to be left destitute;
- If you were to become seriously ill, you want to know that your family are not going to be left destitute;
- You do not want to run out of money in retirement and become dependent on the state or your children;
- You do not want to become a financial burden on others if you need long-term care;
- You want to leave a legacy to your children without it causing strife or almost half of it being taxed.
You may relate to some or all of the above, and no doubt you’ll likely have other aspirations that can be expressed just as simply.
The financial planning process should meet you where you are, not have you twist yourself into its industry language.
Insist on this as if your goals depend on it - because they do.
Amyr Rocha Lima, CFP® is a financial planner who specialises in working with successful professionals age 50+ to help them reduce taxes, invest smarter and retire on their terms.
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