The New Year has arrived! For many, it is a time of goal setting and starting fresh, with a clean slate for the year ahead. When you think of New Year’s resolutions, some of the common ones that come to mind are losing weight, getting in shape or knocking items off of your bucket list. While these are all good things to strive for, it is also important to consider where your financial goals fit in. A lot can happen over the course of the year, and it makes sense to think ahead and establish any changes to your financial plan and estate plan. Keeping this in mind, why not add a review of your financial plan to your New Year’s goals this year?
What You Need to Know
If you have experienced any of the following life changes in the past year, or expect to in the coming year, you may wish to contact your advisor to update your financial plan in order to ensure you are still on track to accomplish your financial goals:
• You got married or divorced
• You had a child or grandchild
• You moved in with a spouse or partner
• You started a new job
• Your cash flow changed
• You moved or are planning to move
• Your children moved to the U.S.
• Your health changed, mentally or physically
• You suffered the death of a spouse, parent, or child
• You acquired a significant new asset
• You are supporting an adult child
• You have a family member struggling with addiction
• You are supporting a parent or other elderly relative
• You are planning on travelling
• You are or will be retiring in the foreseeable future
These are just a few examples of life changes that could warrant adjustments to your financial and estate plans, and there may be others. If you are unsure whether your situation will affect your finances, feel free to give your advisor a call. Our expert financial planner will be able to adapt your financial plan to fit your life over the long term. This often means veering off course and re-molding your plan to fit a changing situation.
If you do not identify with anything listed above, it is good practice to at a minimum do an annual review of your finances. Meeting with your advisor could help you identify new opportunities available to you or provide peace of mind knowing that you are on track to meet your objectives.
The Bottom Line
Do not forget to include your finances in your New Year’s goals. The more attention you pay to your financial situation, the more prepared you will be to meet your retirement and saving goals!
Haley Thomas, BA(Hons), CIM, FPSC Level 1®