Have you ever felt like wealth planning is something only “other people” should do? The best wealth management plan has nothing to do with “outside forces” beyond your control, but rather everything to do with what’s most important to you. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the supposed complexity surrounding financial decisions, a straightforward wealth management plan can bring clarity and peace of mind about which strategies will work best for your particular situation.
Behind the scenes, a wealth management plan does involve number crunching and various strategies to implement. Up front, it should summarize this data into a document that represents;
- Three to four factors that are the most important to you.
- Action items that need to get done.
- A reminder of why you are doing them.
Similar to stock markets, no one can predict what will happen in the future. Life events such as a new baby, death in the family, or a medical issue can derail the best-laid plans. Therefore, it is critical to not only be flexible when it comes to wealth planning but also in life planning as well.
By doing the tedious but critical everyday steps that lead to a financially healthy life such as maintaining a high savings rate, paying down debt, avoiding credit card debt, and preserving a high credit score, you can have the financial and personal flexibility you may need when life throws you a curveball.
Here are some of the critical aspects to keep top of mind when managing through an unexpected planning situation;
- Wealth planning is an ongoing process. As your life evolves, your wealth management plans should also evolve. What may have been a focus in your 20’s and 30’s, won’t likely be your focus in your 40’s and 50’s. Stay nimble and don’t hold tightly to the plans of today, which could negatively impact your future.
- Goals can and will take a back seat to priorities. I could never have imagined having four kids let alone triplets. Goals and plans that I had pre-kids suddenly changed overnight. My wife Theresa and I had to focus on our many immediate priorities. This does not mean that you should kill your goals if they still fit within the life that you ultimately want. You may have to delay them a bit to focus on what you must do today.
- You cannot prepare for everything, and that is okay. Have you ever been through a job change that wasn’t by choice? You may not have had any time to prepare for a change of that magnitude. However, everyone that I know of that has gone through a situation such as this has bounced back stronger than before. With a healthy mind, spirit, and a reliable support system, just about any situation can be overcome.
What I have found in helping people over the past 20 years, is that clients put the most value and emphasis on having peace of mind. People want to know that they have someone on their side or team who is always looking out for their best interest, which can be relied upon in a crisis or time of need. Also, people want someone for whom they can trust and place their confidence in. Helping to provide clients with peace of mind is the most rewarding part of what I do at TAMMA Capital.