Whenever I tell people about my job as a financial advisor, the conversation inevitably turns to how hopeless they feel when it comes to dealing with money. More than once, theyave begged, aJust tell me what to do.a Itas no surprise that even my most successful friends feel confused or paralyzed. Even if they have a shelfful of personal finance books, they donat have time to make sense of all the information available. They donat just want good advice, they want the best adviceaso rather than do the awrong thing, a they do nothing. Their 401(k) and bank statements pile up, unexamined or maybe even unopened. What they donat realize is that bad calls about money arenat failures; theyare just what happens when emotional creatures have to make decisions about the future with limited information. What I tell them is that we need to scrap striving for perfection and instead commit to a process of guessing and making adjustments when things go off track. Of course weare going to make the best guesses we canabut weare not going to obsess over getting them exactly right. The fact is, in a single page you can prioritize what you really want in life and figure out how to get there. Thatas because a great financial plan has nothing to do with what the markets are doing, what your real estate agent is pitching, or the hot stock your brother-in-law told you about. It has everything to do with whatas most important to you. By now you may be wondering, aWhat about the details? How much do I need to invest each year, and how do I allocate it? How much life insurance do I need?a Donat worry: Iall cover those topics and many more, sharing strategies that will take the complexity out of them. The most important thing is getting clarity about the big picture so you can cope with the unexpected. Maybe youall lose the job you thought was secure; youall take a financial risk that doesnat pan out; youall have twins when you were only budgeting for one. In other words: Life will happen. But no matter what happens, this book will help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to go.In other words: Life will happen. But no matter what happens, this book will help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to go.
|Title||:||The One-Page Financial Plan|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2015-03-31|