How often do you think about money? Opportunity is the thought, ‘Can I retire?’ or ‘What if I need money quickly to pay an unexpected bill?’ often grows. In fact, money is never far from most of our minds.
In fact, of the 24 million us, 24 million feel ‘financially vulnerable’. According to the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) Financial Wellbeing Survey 2021
How can I feel better about money?
Often, you need to know that you are doing something and make good decisions to put yourself on the right track to meet your short and long-term needs. You don’t need a lot of financial knowledge or to understand the technical details of the product.
A large part of financial well-being is building self-confidence.
Often Googling is not the answer
When we don’t know what to do about a particular topic, we often turn to people we think we know more than we, our friends or family. Or search on Google.
The latter is problematic. Suddenly there was an information overload. Does the author know what he is talking about? Can their advice make you worse or worse? What if it’s actually a scam? The problem, then, is that many of us do nothing when faced with not one but twenty answers.
The impact this has on our financial well-being (out of control) is undeniable.
Access to information is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Access has changed, but the complexity of finance has not. Sometimes the more we know, the worse it gets.
What steps can you take to improve your financial well-being?
Establishing a regular savings habit can go a long way in convincing yourself that you are doing something positive about your retirement.
Taking simple steps can help you relax and feel more confident about your future. Many people put off long-term savings because they are unsure of how a commodity works, whether it is a good value, or what it can and cannot do.
The upside of the pandemic is that more people are aware of the strengths of their financial position and what they can do to strengthen them. We’ve seen many challenges, but we’ve also seen people seize the opportunity to pay off debt, overpay mortgages, increase savings, and generally build financial resilience.
When too many choices are overwhelming
Financial management is an emotional subject because it is difficult to know which options to choose to support our own path in life.
Take retirement as an example. Having more options when you retire is a blessing. On the one hand, it gives us more options and allows us to speak more. But it also increases the pressure on us to make the right choices. And this can lead to bad results if you don’t seek professional advice.
However, keeping in mind your preferred retirement age may make it easier to prepare properly.
When you feel ready to make a retirement decision or are convinced that you want to retire at a certain age, it’s important to understand what retirement looks like for you. You can then start planning how to get there, which in itself can create a sense of well-being.
Are there some simple steps I can take?
When most people start their regular savings journey, the first place they should look is:
Pension: For long-term goals, such as saving for retirement, superannuation is a clear place to start, especially because of its tax efficiencies.
Tax cuts on pension contributions are a generous government incentive to save as much as possible. If you received a work pension, your employer is most likely receiving a pension as well.
ISA: During that time, you can also increase your ISA investment. An ISA allows you to invest in cash, stocks or funds and all growth is exempt from income tax and capital gains tax.
Emergency Cash Funds: Along with a long-term savings plan, you may need cash to use as an emergency fund. This money will serve other purposes and serve other purposes. Even if you feel that the money isn’t working that hard.
Having someone to help you identify your goals, making sure you know what you are trying to achieve, and making a plan to achieve them will give you the financial well-being you need and give you the confidence that you can do more to address your own needs. There is.
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By Sharon Bonfield, Marketing Proposal Manager St James’s Place www.sjp.co.uk