Importance of a Personal Financial Plan
Years ago, the financial life of the average family was relatively uncomplicated. People worked for the same company most of their lives, lived a few years in retirement on Social Security and their pension, and passed their modest estate on to their children. However, increased longevity, changing demographics, and a more complex, dynamic financial world have changed all that.
Consider these tough financial facts:
- Many of today's retirees will live 30 years or more in retirement - requiring far more financial resources to maintain their desired lifestyle.
- Social Security and company pensions may no longer provide the majority of your retirement income.
- Tax laws change almost annually.
- Downsizing companies no longer provide "cradle-to-the-grave" benefits or job security. The average American changes jobs seven times in a lifetime, and millions are self-employed. This demands new approaches towards savings, retirement, taxes, and estate planning.
- With couples having children later in life, many couples are "sandwiched" between paying for college and helping their elderly parents, while also trying to save for their own retirement.