It would seem that the phrase ‘Comprehensive Financial Planning’ is quite clear and easy to understand. However it’s fascinating to hear the different definitions I get when I ask people what they think comprehensive financial planning is. Answers range from managing investments only to including tax planning and maybe retirement planning.
You may find a financial advisor that includes debt management, tax management, investments and insurance in their comprehensive financial plan: a collection that seems overarching, but still leaves some important issues ignored.
You may find a financial advisor that includes debt management, tax management, investments and insurance in their comprehensive financial plan: a collection that seems overarching, but still leaves some important issues ignored.With all the variations and with no technical definition issued by the regulatory bodies that defines what comprehensive financial planning is, very few people understand the total picture that encompasses comprehensive financial planning.
Comprehensive financial planning involves the detailed review and analysis of all facets of your financial situation. This includes areas such as cash flow analysis, retirement planning, risk management, investment management, tax management and estate planning. It is only through comprehensive analysis that your true financial condition can be determined and the proper plan can be recommended.
Think of a good comprehensive financial plan as being very similar to a health and wellness plan: you need to focus on and take care of all aspects of your health, not just a few (calling that your comprehensive health and well-being plan.) After all, each of the many aspects of your health and well-being depend upon and affect each other, all working together to help create optimal health and wellness.
And just the same, each of the many aspects of your financial situation depend upon and affect each other, all working together to help create a strong financial outlook. The benefits for both are not just yours; your family shares in the relief, comfort and advantages of your smart decisions as well.