The Greatest Risk to Your Financial Future Is...

The Greatest Risk to Your Financial Future Is...

Written by: Grace Kvantas

There are a lot of risks to having financial success. One risk is spending too much. Even spending an extra $5,000 per year over your sustainable spend rate can have a significant impact on your long-term financial picture. 

Another large risk is taking on more risk than you should in the stock market. This is why it’s important to evaluate your risk capacity and make adjustments when necessary. Another risk is not saving enough toward your goals, like college expenses or retirement. But the greatest risk to your personal financial success is you.

Just as the greatest risk to your health is you ignoring warning signs or not making lifestyle changes when needed, like exercising more or eating more nutritious food, likewise the greatest risk to your financial success is you not doing anything about your financial situation.  It’s so easy to make the following excuses:

1. I don’t have time right now. I’ll do it later. 

If you don’t think you have time now, what makes you think you will find time later?  Waiting until later is a risk that you’re taking and means that you could miss out on years of opportunities.

2. I’ll work on my finances when I’m older. 

Each day you grow older. And taking advantage of opportunities when you’re young gives you a lot more flexibility with your finances when you’re older. It’s extremely rare that an individual gets to retire at age 55 without a lot of prior planning.

3. I’ll plan for retirement when it gets closer. 

If you haven’t started planning for retirement yet, you need to start today!  The earlier you start, the more prepared you will be and the more flexibility you will have.

4. I don’t have enough money to need a financial advisor.

There are financial advisors that work with all levels of net worth. Not having “enough” doesn’t disqualify you from needing financial direction. To the contrary, having good financial direction could help get you to your target net worth.

5. I don’t make enough money to need a savings strategy. 

Your salary has nothing to do with whether you need to organize your finances or get a savings strategy in place.

No matter what age, income level or net worth you find yourself in, ignoring your finances and not doing anything is choosing not to put yourself in an optimal financial position.

If your goals are important to you, then they’re worth taking the time to plan for. Please do not wait. Take control of your finances now.

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Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: March 19-23

Most Read IRIS Articles of the Week: March 19-23

Here’s a look at the Top 11 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on, March 19-23, 2018

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1. Multi-Factor or Not Multi-Factor? That Is the Question

Let’s pretend you are a US investor that wants to deploy some of your money overseas.  You think international developed market stocks are attractive relative to US stocks, and you also think the US dollar will decline over the period you intend to hold your investment.  — Chris Shuba

2. The Lies Spread by Bankers About Cryptocurrencies

I had a chat with The Financial Times the other day, and provided lots of background as to why I don’t think cryptocurrencies are the choice of criminals. The comment that was reported was the following ... — Chris Skinner

3. Alternative Investments? You May Need New Shock Absorbers!

During the tumultuous red and green gyrations of the capital markets this year have your clients anxiously called to ask: “What’s going on with my portfolio?” What do you do when the usually smooth ride in your luxury automobile becomes as bumpy as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in the Happiest Place on Earth? What does the average investor do? — Ted Parker

4. Why Fear of Inflation Is Rattling Investors

Inflation is a bad thing, right? It make things more expensive, right? For those of us of, let’s say, a certain vintage, we recall the runaway inflation of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. So why does the Federal Reserve – in charge of managing the country’s currency and value thereof – actually try to create inflation? It’s called the inflation targeting and it matters to your money. — Bill Acheson

5. The Best Retirement Investments for a Steady Stream of Income

As you near your 60’s, your prime earning and saving years will transition into a period of time where you get to enjoy the “fruits of your labor,” a.k.a retirement. We call this segueing from accumulation to decumulation, the period when you will be drawing from your accumulated nest egg. Dana Anspach

6. An Emerging Theme In Thematic Investing

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are popular vehicles for market participants looking to engage in thematic investing. Thematic investing looks to take advantage of future growth trends, including disruptive technologies. Given that forward-looking approach, stock-picking in the thematic universe is equally as hard, if not harder, than in traditional market segments. — Tom Lydon

7. 8 Winning Questions You Should Be Asking Every Prospect

It’s not enough for your salespeople to be product experts, they also need to be capable of having the kind of conversations that position them as business experts and even strategic resources. — Lisa Rose

8. 10 Steps to Successful Strategic Alliances

Business growth doesn’t come from wishful thinking. As you know, it takes a lot of hard work. The growth of your business is not an option – it is a necessity. Coordinating the right mix of strategies to gain market share and improve client acquisition rates is essential to advance your firm in today’s economy. — Michelle Mosher​​​​​​​

9. Keep It Light: Harnessing Humor for Financial Marketing Success

It’s undoubtedly true that investors’ financial security is no laughing matter, and this is reflected in the stolid, dour, reliable imagery and branding that is, by and large, the industry standard. This is hardly surprising—investors need to believe they’re placing their hard-earned money in the hands of experienced, trustworthy professionals. — Alexandra Levis​​​​​​​

10. Do the Economics of a Move to Independence Really Add Up?

The number one question advisors ask when exploring a move to independence is how the economics compare to accepting a recruiting package from a major firm. It’s certainly a valid concern, because while the recruiting deals being offered by the wirehouses are down, it is still very possible for a top advisor to get a really attractive hard-to-pass-up offer. — Mindy Diamond

11. Four Big Reasons Why Short-Term Muni Bonds Should Excite You

Municipal bonds might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a sexy investment. They don’t typically command news headlines like the stock market or bitcoin. — Frank Holmes

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