Steps in the financial planning process

By London & Capital | 06 Mar, 2024

Financial planning sits at the heart of every successful wealth management strategy. The more wealth someone accumulates, the more complicated their financial life becomes and the greater the need for robust financial planning. The process of planning out your finances may seem overwhelming, but in fact it can be broken down into several simple steps, each one helping to tidy up and simplify your financial affairs.

Assessing your finances

Assessing your current financial situation is the obvious starting point in the financial planning process. Knowing exactly what you are worth is the important first step to getting your finances in order. Those who don’t have a formalised plan around their finances tend to only have a rough idea of their wealth. Financial planning tools such as consolidated reporting can bring together all the disparate parts of someone’s financial picture and simplify them into a set of understandable figures. London & Capital recognises that clients with sophisticated finances require a bespoke approach such as consolidated reporting to assess their finances. What we offer on this front is unique in the market and tailored to the needs of the ultra-high-net-worth and clients with more complex needs. Consolidated reporting provides a full picture of someone’s wealth by creating a financial statement that brings everything together. This approach gives you an umbrella view of your financial situation and makes managing your assets simpler.

Setting your financial goals

Once you have assessed your financial situation, you can move onto setting your financial goals. This involves a shift in focus from the present day to the future. A useful tool for this step in the process is cashflow modelling. Cashflow models examine your assets and debt along with income and expenditure. Projections can then be created on your future finances. This insight into how your finances could look in the years ahead will help you ensure your future pans out the way you would like.

Mapping out your future finances in this way gives you the opportunity to create a comprehensive financial plan. A good wealth manager will ensure your financial planning becomes more sophisticated through considering an investment strategy, estate planning, inheritance tax, philanthropy and a property plan. The more you put into the financial planning process, the more you are likely to benefit in the long run.

Crafting a financial plan should be seen as an important first step in the process, but it is important to remember that it also needs to be implemented. The most effective way of executing your financial plan is to engage fully with its goals and integrate it into your life rather than see it as peripheral influence.

Keeping on top of things

The key to making sure your financial plan continues to achieve its goals is to regularly monitor and adjust it. Your financial situation will never be static, and your financial plan is only useful if it has up-to-date inputs. Maintaining a dialogue with your wealth manager and making sure they have a current picture of your financial health will allow them to protect and grow your wealth as efficiently as possible.

Overall, the more effort you put into financial planning, the more benefits you will gain in the long term. Your wealth manager will always be on hand to take on the heavy lifting in the financial planning process, but making sure you understand the important steps and assisting them as much as possible will deliver positive results.

At London & Capital, we believe that everyone should plan their financial future and we are on hand to help you do just that. Planning is the key to making sure that you and your family prosper, and we are here to provide you with the tools and assistance to make that happen.

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