Why Should I Set A Financial Goal?

Parsonage Financial Planning

Money is important. Whatever you think of it, having enough money is important.

But Saving is not really fun.
Saving for tomorrow means choosing to do without something today, and that is a difficult habit to get into.  I don't know what it feels like to be twenty-something today, but I do remember being twenty-something, and feeling like there was no urgency to get started with savings.  

Today, as the MD here, I am lucky enough to work with people at every stage in their financial planning journey, I can really see good habits paying off.  The habit that seems to pay off the most is to work to a plan.  It doesn't seem to matter so much if the plan is simply 'I want to live somewhere without paying rent in a few years' or if it's a bit more precise like 'my son is going to need at least £20,000 in 9 years time' or 'I love Orkney so much, I really want to take my friends there for my birthday next year'.  

Having that goal seems to keep us focused and help us get there sooner.

Having a clear financial goal is such an important part of building yourself a future you can enjoy. It's about making the right choices at the right time that get you where you want to be.

If you already know what you want to save for, the first step will be easy for you. If not, I’m delighted to hear that! Get thinking!  It probably isn't money that you actually want... but it's possibly something that you need money to do.

The only thing better than setting your financial goal is to share it with other people, and if you choose to share it with us, we will do our best to help you get there.

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Here's a little more information about our team:

Q: Qualifications Include

A: My degree in modern languages included a module on economics and personal finance, and that's how I got into financial planning.

Since then, I've become dual qualified as both a Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Financial Planner, including the specialist qualifications in Tax & Trusts (G10) and Pensions (AF3/G60).

The full list is:

AF3 - Pensions (CII) (I did that to totally update my pension knowledge, as I had done G60 in 1994.)
K10 - Retirement Options (CII)
K20 - Pensions Investment Options (CII)
G20 - Personal Investment Planning (CII)
Chartered Financial Planner (CII)
ER1 - Equity Release (CII)
HR1 - Home Reversion Plans (CII)
G10 - Taxation and Trusts (CII)
CFP - Certified Financial Planner Licence (IFP)
H15 - Supervision and Sales (CII) 

In November 2016 I added the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practicioners) Certificate for Financial Services.

Q: Do your clients have anything in common with each other?

A: They are all lovely and there are a few similarities in their aims that I've noticed. 

Many of my clients want to do more than just meet their own needs. They also see themselves as custodians of their money for the next generation or for other beneficiaries. 

In other cases, their aim is to manage their wealth efficiently during their lifetime, with the aim of spending it all… but minimising tax on the way there.

Q: What type of work do you enjoy most?

A: I do get a real sense of satisfaction from the work with those clients who engage me to manage the needs of two generations of the same time. That can be 'just' a long-term and balanced investment strategy or it can be trust planning and estate planning to avoid paying too much Inheritance Tax.

Q: Where would you be right now if you weren't at work?

A: In the Lakes

Q: In the film of your life, who would play you?

A: In my head, it's Uma Thurman, but I expect they would approach 'Nursey' from Blackadder II.

Q: Curry or Hot Pot?

A: Agh, too difficult. Curry.

Q: Sherbert or Chocolate?

A: Chocolate

Q: Lawn or Flowers?

A: Lawn

Q: What are you most likely to do whilst being 'on hold'?

A: Infuriate my colleagues by opening conversations then cutting off their reply when my call is answered.