The 6 Steps of Financial Planning

financial planningOne of the most important tools in ensuring wealth creation during the course of your working life is the process of financial planning. Most people work hard toward certain goals in life, focussing a great deal of energy on their careers and families. Unfortunately, with the pressures of work and the responsibilities of family life, few people have the time and expertise to plan their finances precisely.

Financial planners are trained to assist you with a variety of important decisions and strategies that are designed to maximise wealth creation and help you to plan for costly life events such as purchasing property and motor vehicles, sending your children to school and university, and of course planning for your retirement. They also specialise in estate planning, tax advice, and can assist you in managing your small business to maximise your wealth. Continue reading

Actively Managed Portfolios: The Keys to Wealth-Building

managed-portfoliosDeciding to invest in shares or unit trusts is a brave step for many people, especially those who are a little risk-averse. Though these investment instruments may be more risky that just depositing money in the bank, the potential returns can transform your small savings into a sizeable fund that could provide you with the lifestyle you strive for and secure your financial future well into retirement.

Most clients opt to use the services of a broker when buying shares, and if your broker also acts as a sound financial advisor you should receive quality financial guidance. When it comes to shares, most financial services companies offer a range of funds – each one with a different level of risk and expected return. There are two general categories of fund that clients should be aware of: actively managed funds and passive funds. Continue reading