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Posted on: 10 Jan, 22

Financial success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a process starting with having a goal, planning carefully and being con"dent of making the right decisions at the right time. It is easy to stray from basic, solid principles of "nance. #ese remain true no matter what your age or circumstances. It’s those same principles that need to be applied to your financial affairs.

The start of the new year is the perfect time to obtain professional financial advice and in doing so help secure your future – and that of your family – for years to come. Whether it’s advice on significant lifestyle changes, such as preparing for your retirement, helping your children buy their first home or investing to beat inflation, we can help.

Life goals

Part of the process should also include articulating and writing down your financial and life goals. Doing this can actually have an impact on achieving them, by helping you to maintain focus in the face of distractions, setbacks or challenges.

You might write down,!‘I want to be mortgage-free by the age of 50’ or!‘I want to retire by the age of 55.’ Think of each goal as a financial milestone. This will enable you to check that you’re on course, without worrying too much about how much longer you’ve got to reach your destination.

Reach milestones

Developing effective money habits, having a lifestyle you can afford and thinking carefully about your family priorities will help you identify and reach these goals or milestones – the key to having money serve you well over your whole lifetime.

Whatever stage you are at, a new year offers the chance to rethink your earning, spending, saving, investing and giving behaviours and habits to ensure they are aligned with what really matters. It’s also a good time to make sure that your financial life is well organised so you feel in control...

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