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In a 2020 survey by TD Ameritrade, 58 percent of Americans said they would grade the adequacy of their retirement savings at a C or lower.
Even in these tough financial times, you may be thinking that hiring a financial planner is something only the very wealthy do. But today, even if your net worth isn’t huge, having an objective third-party perspective can save you money and keep you from making financially detrimental mistakes.
About 58 percent of the American public believes that they are not knowledgeable enough to make the right financial decisions on their own, according to a recent report from TD Ameritrade. This means that the majority of people are not, either intentionally or inadvertently, working against their best interests.
If you’re looking for peace of mind and don’t want to worry about money anymore, get a financial plan in place. Here are the top five reasons why.
5 Reasons Why You Need a Financial Planner
You Want a Roadmap to Navigate Financial Decisions
Many people have questions about the best way to invest their money, keep it safe from lawsuits and creditors, set up college savings plans for their kids , and plan for retirement. A good financial planner will ask you the right questions based on your goals and then create a plan that is tailored just for you. They can also help protect your money from lifestyle creep – because if you don't have a written financial plan, chances are high that you'll live beyond your means.
You're Uncertain if You Qualify for More Tax Breaks
A financial plan can also help you take advantage of all the tax breaks and credits available to you , such as: child or eldercare expenses, charitable donations, college savings plans and more!
You Want to Sleep Better at Night
Having a financial plan in place can give you peace of mind that will allow you to sleep better at night. If your money is on autopilot, then all you have to think about is what's for dinner. A good financial planner can also help you prepare for retirement and ensure that your estate passes to your heirs with the least amount of taxes and fees owed.
You Don't Want to Jeopardize Your Golden Years
We've seen it happen too many times: someone quits his job after 20 or 30 years only to learn that there just isn't enough money in their 401(k) or IRA to cover their expenses in retirement . The biggest reason for this is having your money in too many different products. Consolidating to two or three well-chosen investments offered by a good financial planner can save you big bucks over the years.
You Want to Make Wise Investments
Even during these tough times, there are still some opportunities out there to grow and your assets . But only someone who knows your complete financial picture can find them for you. I've seen clients lose money by investing in unsuitable products, such as variable annuities that have surrender charges or high expense ratios . A good financial planner will analyze all of your investments and make a recommendation about which ones make the most sense for you. Of course, there is no guarantee any investment will succeed, but a good plan should increase the odds of success.
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