How to determine your future goals
One of the keys to a successful financial future is to determine your future goals, assess your current circumstances, and seek the guidance you need to get there.
Below are some questions that can help you get started and, with the assistance of an investment professional, devise a plan to help achieve financial security.
Step 1: Define your goals
What are your top 3 personal goals? Some common personal goals may include:
- Spend more time with loved ones
- Pay for a child's post-secondary education
- Provide a unique experience for my family (e.g. trip)
- Retire in X years
- Advance/change career or start a business
- Complete a course or degree
Health and well-being
- Improve my health
- Reduce stress
- Retire when I want
- Become debt-free
- Afford trips, a second home, etc.
- Move to a new location
- Buy a vacation property
- Become mortgage-free
- Leave an estate to heirs
Step 2: Take stock
Now let's take note of some of the most important details about your life that can assist in building a financial plan. Each category below provides sample questions for your consideration as you take stock of your personal circumstances.
- Describe the composition of your family.
- Is your family currently facing any significant challenges?
- Do you have any specific family goals?
Career / Work
- Describe your current work circumstances.
- Do you have a plan in place if your current source of income was no longer available?
- Do you have plans to leave your current job?
- Do you or anyone in your family have any health concerns that may affect your finances?
- Do you have plans for protecting your family from an unexpected life event, like illness or death?
- How would your finances be impacted by parent or childcare requirements?
- What is your most important question or concern regarding your finances?
- Do you have savings to cover an emergency or unexpected expense?
- When did you last update your financial plan?
- Have you reviewed your insurance needs?
- Do you have a will or estate plan?
- What is the current outstanding mortgage on your home?
- Do you have plans to move or renovate?
- Do you plan on living in your home after you retire?
- Do you plan to continue living in your home if there was a change in health of you or a love one?
- What activities do you currently enjoy or plan to enjoy in the future?
- Do you see your lifestyle changing in the next 10-20 years?
- Have you estimated the cost of fulfilling your future lifestyle?
Step 3: Take action
Prioritizing your goals and formulating a plan on how to achieve them provides a better chance of making them a reality. Based on the assessment of your personal circumstances in Step 2, have your goals changed? If so, rank your goals in priority with the help of an investment professional. By completing this section, you're taking the first step towards creating an investment plan that can help you achieve financial security.
Establish a safe place to keep this document, such as a safety deposit box, in case your home is compromised. Keep in mind that this document is only useful if it contains updated information – consider reviewing and updating it annually.
For additional information on how you can work towards helping to secure your financial future, please book an appointment with a investment professional.
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