Some of the Fundamental Aspects to Good Financial Planning for Young Adults

Good financial planning is not something that we are really taught about at either school or college, which may seem surprising given that financial errors made early on in our lives can really come back to haunt us later on in life. If you asked most youngsters about this subject they would probably tell you that financial planning is "something you do when you're older." However, as any financial planning expert (or any older citizen for that fact) will tell you, you are never too young to start organising your finances properly and preparing for the future. Sipan Capital Inc. provides financial planning advice to the communities of Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Oakville and Mississauga, and during this article we're going to share some of our top tips for young adults.

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Many young adults don't put much effort into organising their finances, instead incorrectly believing that financial planning is something that is complicated and way over their heads. This simply isn't true though and should you implement the tips we've laid out for you below, you will have taken the first few steps along the right path.
  • Develop Self Control - A lack of self control when it comes to spending is one of the biggest reasons that members of the younger generation find themselves in the proverbial "financial hole." The first step to taking control over your financial destiny is learning how to control urges to purchase items that you don't really need. This is made all too easy nowadays with it being so easy to obtain a credit card, but as so often happens, young people with a "buy now, pay later" attitude are still paying this money (plus the interest charges) back for years to come. Only make a purchase if you are sure you can cover the cost when the bill arrives.
  • Regularly Analyse Your Finances - This is something that not many young adults do, but they ought to. How can you expect to get better at financial planning without knowing where your money disappears to each month? This can take some effort but the information gleaned from tracking your spending habits can prove invaluable to formulating an actionable financial plan. You will be able to see the areas in which you are spending a lot of money in and those that you're currently doing well in, helping you to identify areas in which you need to make cut-backs.
  • A Rainy Day Fund is Important - If the worst of the worst does somehow happen and you find yourself in deep financial trouble, you'll probably wish that you had started putting some money into an emergency savings fund each month some time ago. Whatever level of income you have each month and whatever expenses or debts you have, put some money, even if it's not a lot, into a savings account after you receive each paycheck; you never know, one day you might really need it!
  • Don't Delay Retirement Planning - Everything seems so far away when you're young and while it might have seemed that your childhood lasted forever, once you pass into adulthood the years tend to fly by much, much quicker. It's never too early to start thinking about a retirement fund and due to the way that compound interest functions, the sooner you start paying into a retirement fund, the lower total amount you'll actually end up paying in to get to the amount that you want the fund to pay out.
A lot of financial planning fundamentals are really just common sense, but these simple concepts can have a big impact upon your future. If you live in Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Oakville or Mississauga and would like some professional financial planning, life insurance or retirement planning advice, don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 905-829-0959.

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