The main steps in financial planning are:
- Understanding you and your current situation
- Setting goals & objectives
- Identify critical success factors and barriers to achieving your goals
- Identification of possible strategies
- Implementing the agreed strategy
- Ongoing review and monitoring of your strategy
- Your superannuation situation;
- Your assets (list your investments and property) and your liabilities (mortgages and loans);
- Your total income (wages, salary, interest, rentals and dividends);
- Your living expenses (food, clothing, general expenses and holidays);
- Attitude to risk. Are you risk adverse or prepared to accept a certain level of risk? ^
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- Saving for a deposit
- Paying off a first home
- Saving smarter through a more appropriate investment program
- Investing superannuation tax-effectively
- Planning for retirement, including rollovers, annuities and pensions
- Transferring wealth to children
- Maintaining a lifestyle in the event of redundancy and early retirement
Your financial planner will help you identify your goals. ^
Identify critical success factors and barriers to achieving your goals
Your financial planner will review your goals and compare these to your current situation. They will then highlight the areas critical to achieving your goals and the financial barriers that need to be overcome. ^
- Asset allocation strategies - changing your mix of property, domestic and international shares, bonds and cash.
- Tax strategies – taking advantage of potential negative gearing opportunities and savings in income tax and capital gains tax.
- Superannuation strategies – contribution and withdrawal adjustments, Reasonable Benefit Limit considerations.
- Risk management strategies – ensuring you have suitable insurance and estate planning so your income and assets are always properly protected.
- Social Security strategies - to maximise your income support entitlements. ^
- Buying or selling investments;
- Restructuring current loans or taking out new loans to reinvest;
- Redirecting savings into Superannuation;
- Buying additional insurance. ^
Ongoing review and monitoring of your strategy
As you progress through life, your circumstances and goals change. It is important that you regularly review your plan with your financial planner to ensure that it continues to be relevant. ^