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How to make a Financial Plan

Written on the 7 August 2018

How to make a Financial Plan


Making a plan with your finances means you can start to get ahead financially. But a financial plan also helps you to manage life events such as buying a home, having kids, paying for education, or planning for retirement, without having to sacrifice the future that you want.

The right financial plan can help you minimise the bad, make the most of the good times and protect against the unexpected.

After you've spoken to a financial adviser, he or she will provide you with your plan in a document called a 'Statement of Advice'. It sets out your situation, goals and your adviser's financial recommendations. The Statement of Advice will vary from person to person because it has been written with your individual circumstances in mind.

Financial advisers will help you to grow your wealth by explaining a number of investment strategies including shares, property and bonds.

They'll also look at strategies to protect your family and your wealth if you were hurt or even in the event of your death, such as life insurance and income protection.

Working with a financial adviser doesn't mean you hand over control of your financial plan. You'll always have the freedom to make decisions that you feel most comfortable with. But you can rely on your financial adviser to offer strategies and professional advice to help you make the right decisions.

Once you have made your financial plan, it's not the end of the story. As BT's Bryan Ashenden says, 'One of the most important things is that your adviser can work with you to make sure that your plan is adjusted over time as your circumstances change so that you have the best possible chance for success.'

If you're interested in making a financial plan, BT can help you find an adviser who is right for you. Get moving and book a complimentary initial meeting with a financial adviser.

The information is current as at 11/08/2015.


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5 reasons to take your insurance more seriously

Written on the 12th of December 2016

As we move through life, find a partner, raise a family, and maybe start a business, the importance of insurance in a long term plan increases. That's because insurance is all about providing a financial safety net that helps you to take care of yourself and those you love when you need it most.

Here are 5 reasons why insurance matters.

1. Protection for you and your family

Your family depend on your financial support to enjoy a decent standard of living, which is why insurance is especially important once you start a family. It means the people who matter most in your life may be protected from financial hardship if the unexpected happens.

2. Reduce stress during difficult times

None of us know what lies around the corner. Unforeseen tragedies such as illness, injury or permanent disability, even death can leave you and your family facing tremendous emotional stress, and even grief. With insurance in place, you or your family's financial stress will be reduced, and you can focus on recovery and rebuilding your lives.

3. To enjoy financial security

No matter what your financial position is today, an unexpected event can see it all unravel very quickly. Insurance offers a payout so that if there is an unforeseen event you and your family can hopefully continue to move forward.

4. Peace of mind

No amount of money can replace your health and wellbeing or the role you play in your family. But you can at least have peace of mind knowing that if anything happened to you, your family's financial security is assisted by insurance.

5. A legacy to leave behind

A lump sum death benefit can secure the financial future for your children and protect their standard of living.

To ensure you've got the right cover for you and your family, please contact us today.

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