It’s an ongoing process which can help you achieve any long-term goals you may have, such as planning for retirement, while still supporting your short-term needs.
Personal financial planning can help you achieve goals, lower stress and manage your money. But it’s often the last thing on our minds.
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When it comes to our finances, it’s so tempting to have it all today – we just can’t seem to help ourselves. Get the reward now rather than later. Choose immediate gratification over long-term satisfaction. It’s how we’re wired.
And as much as we can try to evolve to think more long-term, there are also the cultural influences to consider.
Millennials are a good example of a ‘have it now’ generation. Born between 1980 and 2000, they are the first generation of digital natives, with access to all the information they need.
On one hand, they have a world of financial information, education and advice at their fingertips. And on the other, they may feel pressure to compare and compete with what they see on social media:
Following the global financial crisis – a time of low wages and very low interest rates – it’s easy to see how this generation could be swayed to spend, rather than save. And they’re not the only ones.
It’s not a lack of education, information or professional advice that holds us back – it’s us.
We find it difficult to share our thoughts and worries about money. It’s easy to lose perspective and develop a skewed view of our finances. For example, you may feel:
It can be easier to believe our own excuses rather than change the way we think.
It’s good to talk. There are many benefits that come with talking about money, engaging with your long-term finances and planning your financial future. And we’re not just talking financial benefits, there are personal wellbeing benefits too.
It can help you:
Once you stop worrying about keeping up with everyone else’s life goals, you can focus on your own. From holiday adventures to a new business endeavour – once you know what you want, you can put a financial plan in place to make it happen.
No matter what your financial situation looks like, support is available. And talking to someone you trust can help you take action and feel more confident.
There are all sorts of saving and investing tips out there. The more you talk about money matters, the more opportunities you’ll have to share with, and learn from, others.
Talking of investing, we know it isn’t for everyone. There are fees involved and you may not get back what you put in. Yet despite that, it could also give your money its best potential to grow. If you know anyone who invests, why not ask them how they got started?
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Personal financial planning works by creating a step-by-step guide to manage your money and reach your financial goals. It can help you identify where you want to be in life with regards to your money, and how you can potentially get there.
Financial planning could help you feel more in control of your income and outgoings, as well as any investments you may have.
A financial health check can give you a view of your finances, and see where you could potentially make changes.
Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, here are a few ways you can start putting plans in place:
Creating an action plan can make your financial life clearer and simpler. It will help you work out what your money is doing for you right now, and how you could make it work harder for you in the future.
Great for: serious peace of mind.
Top tip: whether you’re in your 20s or 60s, find out what you can be doing now to give yourself a head start.
If you’re not sure how and where to invest your money, a trusted financial adviser could be a great place to start. With HSBC, financial advice is available if you have £100,000 or more in savings or investments. Fees apply.
Great for: confidence and support.
Top tip: with HSBC, there's no obligation to invest. Once you've received our advice, you don't have to take it.