Contributed by: Laurie Renchik, CFP®, MBA
How does a busy, multi-tasking woman make sure the important financial stuff does not get missed? A statistic in a 2015 Fidelity Investments study recently caught my attention. According to the study:
83% of women would like to become more engaged with their finances within the next year.
Working with women over the last 20 years has taught me that the first step is usually the most difficult. Once the decision is made to pull a financial plan together, the pieces start to fall nicely into place. But getting over that initial hurdle of getting started can seem daunting.
Here is some practical advice to get you started:
- Give your personal financial life the attention that is needed. If you feel like life is whizzing by, take time to step back and ask, “Am I on the right track?”
- Start creating a mental picture of your goals. You probably have at least a vague picture in your head of what you want in the future. The beauty of the financial planning process is that it makes conversations happen especially with the help of a financial planner who serves as a thinking partner.
- Pull a team together. Your financial planner, tax preparer and attorney can help you keep your arms around the different aspects of your financial plan. They’ll also help you make important course corrections when necessary and chart the progress as you go.
Practical advice to keep you on track:
- Continue to ask questions. Financial planning means asking, “Where do I want to be in 3 years?, 10 years?, 20 years?” This may change as you go along.
- Stick to your plan. Good financial habits are a foundation you can build on for a lifetime.
- Stay focused on your priorities. A good plan will help you remind yourself what is most important in your life and decide how your financial resources can help you get there.
The future is not the finish line; it is just the beginning if you have the resources to lead the life you want. Is there a better reason to become more engaged with your finances and put your plan together?
Laurie Renchik, CFP®, MBA is a Partner and Senior Financial Planner at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. In addition to working with women who are in the midst of a transition (career change, receiving an inheritance, losing a life partner, divorce or remarriage), Laurie works with clients who are planning for retirement. Laurie was named to the 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers list in Detroit Hour magazine, is a member of the Leadership Oakland Alumni Association and in addition to her frequent contributions to Money Centered, she manages and is a frequent contributor to Center Connections at The Center.
Five Star Award is based on advisor being credentialed as an investment advisory representative (IAR), a FINRA registered representative, a CPA or a licensed attorney, including education and professional designations, actively employed in the industry for five years, favorable regulatory and complaint history review, fulfillment of firm review based on internal firm standards, accepting new clients, one- and five-year client retention rates, non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered, number of client households served.
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