Financial Planning Process
To develop a solid financial plan, it's important to cover all your bases. Here’s how:
- Examining your current situation
- Setting financial goals
- Measuring your progress.
From start to finish, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional can take you through the financial planning process steps to help you achieve your financial goals.
6 Steps to Help You Create a Financial Plan
ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH A CFP® PROFESSIONAL
Your Certified Financial Planner™ professional will explain his/her financial planning services and define each of your responsibilities. Along with compensation, you'll discuss how long the professional relationship will last and how to make decisions.
GATHER YOUR DATA AND DEVELOP YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS
You and your CFP® professional will talk about your current financial situation and gather any necessary documents. Together, you'll define your personal and financial goals, including timeframes. You may also want to discuss your comfort level when it comes to taking financial risks.
ANALYSE AND EVALUATE YOUR FINANCIAL STATUS
Your Certified Financial Planner™ professional will then consider all aspects of your situation to determine what you need to do to meet your goals. Depending on what services you've asked for, your planner may analyze your assets, liabilities and cash flow, current insurance coverage, investments or tax strategies.
REVIEW YOUR CFP® PROFESSIONAL’S RECOMMENDATIONS
Your CFP® professional will go over his financial recommendations, explaining the rationale so you can make informed decisions. At this stage, your planner will also listen to any concerns you may have and revise his recommendations if necessary.
IMPLEMENT YOUR CFP® PROFESSIONALS RECOMMENDATIONS
You and the CFP® professional will need to agree on how the recommendations will be carried out. Your Certified Financial Planner™ professional may carry out the recommendations himself or serve as your coach, coordinating the process with you and other professionals, like attorneys or stockbrokers.
BENCHMARK YOUR PROGRESS AGAINST THE FINANCIAL GOALS YOU ESTABLISHED
As you work towards your goals, you and your Certified Financial Planner™ professional will need to decide who will monitor your progress to make sure you're staying on track. If the planner is in charge, he'll check in from time to time, reviewing your situation and making any necessary adjustments to his recommendations.