Why Should You Have a Financial Plan?

Why Should You Have a Financial Plan?

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2016-10-27

October is Financial Planning Month, and your attention should be firmly on your finances. The fact of the matter is that Americans are not doing enough when it comes to planning their finances. 

Only 31% of decision makers in families feel that a comprehensive financial plan has been put in place. This includes planning on their own or with professional help, according to a  2012 Household Financial Planning Survey conducted by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

When it comes to making sure you have a firm handle on where your money is being spent or your financial goals, there is nothing better than a comprehensive plan. Getting professional help can help make certain that the plan is sound, and all the information is correct. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes a personal financial advisor as someone who can provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes, and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.

A shocking 50% of Americans have less than one month’s income saved. This is an alarming statistic as you should have at least six months income saved, just in case you need it. You never know what might happen in life, and if you get laid off or have an emergency expense, whether it is a medical issue or another type of unforeseen bill, you could get into trouble. 

Ensuring that your financial plan is in place means your future is in a more secure place, and both you and your loved ones should be able to rest easier in the knowledge that you are prepared. 

 

 

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516.829.8374 X 232
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