Are you mystified by money management? Does the thought of financial planning make your eyes glaze over? Perhaps you simply don’t know how to start or where to go for trustworthy advice.
Jason Andriessen, a Certified Financial Planner from State Super Financial Services, says no matter how much (or how little) money you have, everyone has options and choices.
“Money is a great servant but a terrible master,” he told Starts at 60. “If you can get your head around financial issues, it will change your life”.
Mr Andriessen says a great starting point is the Australian Securities & Investment Commission website, MoneySmart.gov.au. Here you will find all the basic information you need to know to start managing your money, plus easy-to-use calculators and other tools.
The next step is talking to your network about financial issues and strategies. “People don’t like talking about money but it’s a conversation you should be having,” says Mr Andreissen. “Find out how your friends and family access trustworthy sources of information and what they’re doing to manage their money”.
Once you’ve educated yourself and know exactly what it is you don’t know, it’s time to engage the services of a financial planner.
Mark Rantall, CEO of the Financial Planning Association has these five tips for choosing a trustworthy person to help manage your money:
Managing money in or approaching retirement is a specialised area, adds Mr Andriessen. “Retirees are both short-term and long-term investors. There is a need to live off money made from investments now, and also to provide for another 30 to 40 years after retirement,” he says.
With this in mind, be sure to ask prospective financial planners for evidence they have experience managing post-retirement money.
One final piece of advice: “Never ever invest in something you don’t understand,” says Mr Andriessen.
Are you confident managing your money? What’s holding you back?