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Are You Dreaming Enough And Accessing Proficient Financial Advice?
Nov 16, 2018

Imagine a family vacation at the foothills of the Swiss Alps in the next eight years. If you're convinced this is just a good dream, think again...

Walt Disney, an American entrepreneur, animator, actor, and film producer famously said, "If you can dream it, you can do it."

I truly believe in this quote.

Living a dream is not the privilege of only the wealthy, rich, and famous High Net Worth Individuals (HNIs) or Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals (UHNIs). Anyone, even you, can accomplish your envisioned financial goals - an exotic vacation being one of them.

What you require is prudent financial planning and discipline - that's the secret to becoming wealthy!

Plus, you need to take some calculative risks in life so that your dreams can come true. The wealthy have taken risk, deployed their money wisely by taking professional advice, and clocked better returns. Hence, they become HNIs and UNHIs.

Even you can become wealthy and live your dreams. But in a world where mis-selling is rampant, what you need is proficient financial advice based on thorough unbiased research. If you have a goal based financial plan in place and invest accordingly you can enjoy financial freedom too.

[Read: 8 Key Lessons On Financial Freedom From 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad']

  • People often confuse financial planning with investing, but financial planning is much broader than that. - Noel Maye

Setting S.M.A.R.T. financial goals is the first step to accomplishing them. And, a holistically drawn financial plan (followed by execution) serves as a roadmap that can turn your dreams into reality. This is what the rich and the wealthy do. They plan and make their money work for them.

[Read: How to Set S.M.A.R.T Financial Goals]

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If you do not have the skill-set to do it all by yourself, look for financial advice offline, reach out to a Financial Guardian in your vicinity who renders ethical, unbiased advice, and handles your money with enough care and prudence as much as they would manage their own.

Apart from helping you financially plan for your exotic vacation, the Financial Guardian could help you with other important goals, such as:

[Read: Are You Ready With Your Financial Goal Worksheet?]

The Financial Guardian will draw up a personalised financial plan in a holistic manner keeping in mind your risk profile, investment objectives, financial goals, and the time horizon of each goal.

But you should be careful about whom you choose as your Financial Guardian, as there are plenty out there who pose themselves to be guardians, offering a free financial plan---do not draw up a financial plan holistically---and work on a commission-based business model.

When you choose a free plan as opposed to a fee-based one, the quality of advice is questionable and can be perilous to your financial wellbeing in the long run.

[Read: The 9 Thumb Rules To Achieving the Epitome of Financial Wellbeing]

What you must understand is that if a financial planner charges a flat fee for a comprehensive financial plan without any obligation to invest through them, the chance that their recommendations will be unbiased are higher.

Also, check if the planner is from a reputed company that has credible expertise and supported by a research team.

So, the next time you jump on a proposal to draw up a Free Financial Plan, do think about what we've discussed. It's just as important to make a financial plan as it is to select the right financial planner.

To conclude...

To become wealthy, one must be born with 'a silver spoon' is a myth. If you earn reasonably well and focus on saving and investing your hard-earned money, backed by a financial plan, and thorough unbiased research, you can create wealth systematically over a period of time.

  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Author: Aditi Murkute

This article first appeared on PersonalFN here.

PersonalFN is a Mumbai based personal finance firm offering Financial Planning and Mutual Fund Research services.

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