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FINANCE | Common challenges in planning

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Investment planning is an important part of managing finances but underpinning the whole process of creating wealth in the first place is having a good financial strategy.
For many people that strategy is taking each day as it comes and letting the future look after itself, but in a complex and ever-changing world, isn’t a more active approach a good idea?
Each of us has specific needs and desires, of course, but there are many common challenges that we need to think about when developing our financial strategies.
Stage of life
Baby boomers are moving into retirement in droves, so Gen X is taking on the mantle of being the great wealth accumulators. For the most part, this generation has its strategies in place – pay down the mortgage, contribute to super, maybe buy an investment property and wait for the kids to leave home.
Generationally, it’s millennials who face the greatest challenges in developing a financial plan.
Younger millennials are just embarking on careers and the focus is, understandably, on having a good time.
Many feel priced out of the housing market, and while the ‘gig’ economy promises greater work flexibility, this comes with reduced job security and often no employer superannuation contributions. Then there’s the challenge of balancing starting a family with establishing a career. All up there’s a lot to plan for.
Gender
The path to income equality is a slow and frustrating one.
In general, during their working lives, women continue to earn significantly less than men.
This is largely due to time out of the workforce to look after children. However, progress is being made, and an increasing number of women are earning more than their partners.
Having dad take time off to look after the kids then becomes a viable financial strategy.
On top of that, the gig economy, and technology in general, is opening more opportunities for stay-at-home parents to earn a decent income.
Relationship breakdown
Sadly, many long-term relationships end, and the emotional and financial costs can be high.
This isn’t an issue that anyone wants to think about, but is obviously a trigger for developing a new financial strategy.
This is particularly important when children are involved, and expert help will likely be needed.
Inheritance
More wealth is being transferred from older to younger generations than ever before, and thanks to superannuation, this trend can only grow.
Receiving an inheritance is often the event that leads many people to seek financial advice. While the focus might be on creating an investment plan, this is an ideal time to look at the broader financial strategy to make the most of any inheritance.
Never too soon to start
The upshot is that pretty much everyone can benefit from having a financial plan.
It doesn’t need to be complicated and you can get the ball rolling yourself. A simple savings plan or paying off credit card debt can be good places start.
To make the most of your situation it’s a good idea to talk to a financial adviser.
A qualified financial adviser can help you understand the complex financial environment and what you need to know to work out the likely outcomes of different strategies.

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Posted on Mar 27 2019

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