Imagine you are ready to build a home. Before you lay the foundation, before you pick out what tiles you want on your bathroom floors, even before you buy any of the materials, you are going to want a plan. This is true with your financial stability throughout your life. How can you expect your future to be secure financially? You’re going to need a solid plan.
With the help of financial planning, you will be able to predict where you will be in the years to come by evaluating where you are currently, what sources of income you plan to have in the future, investments you plan to make, and your retirement plans. And, like any planning, the earlier you begin, the better.
What is financial planning?
Financial planning is evaluating your current and future finances by using known aspects of your financial state to make predictions about what can happen in the future, including cash flow, asset values, and withdrawal plans.
There is no perfect plan for everyone when it comes to financial planning, which is why it is encouraged to seek advisors educated in doing just that. Returning to the house analogy, chances are you don’t know much about how to design or construct a home. Hiring a financial planner is like hiring the contractor to organize the construction of your new home.
Financial planners use your net worth, tax liabilities, asset allocation, and future/retirement/estate plans to develop the best plan for you and your family.
There are many factors that are included in financial planning throughout your life. Each is important – and with care, diligence, and time, you can assure that the money you worked for and invested will earn you what you need to live financially sound. Here are some of the factors that you will have to think about, with the help of Alpen Partners:
Determine your Financial Goals
Figuring out what your financial plans are depends completely on the needs of you and your family. This includes any funding for children’s college education, your retirement, buying a new home, starting a business, and more.
This is a crucial first step. When building your new home, you will want to figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms you will need, whether you want a finished basement, and how big you want your kitchen to be. All of these factors depend on the size of your family, how long you want to live, and if you like to entertain guests.
Like stated above, one factor of financial planning is planning your retirement. Your retirement plan lays out how much you need to retire based on the lifestyle you see for yourself. When evaluating your needs in regards to retirement, you will need to think about things such as where and when you plan to spend your retirement, how you will pay for medical bills, and how much you’d like to leave your family when you pass away.
Retirement planning happens throughout your life – many smart planners begin saving in their early 20s, but it’s never too late to start. By knowing and choosing various retirement fund options, you can save more quickly and live the life you want when you cease paid work.
Risk Management Plans
Identifying risks and providing strategies to avoid them plays a key role in wealth management and financial planning. A risk management plan typically involves personal liability coverage, property and casualty coverage, disability insurance, and more. The best way to protect your wealth is being aware of what can come at any time and having a management plan before it happens. In the event that something does happen, with your plan in place, you will be able to get back on track without a hitch.
At Alpen Partners, we focus on three main objectives: Protecting the Assets, Growing the Assets, and Optimizing Taxes.
Protection of Assets
Asset protection involves keeping your property safe in the event that you are involved in a lawsuit and you owe money. In this event, asset protection ensures that you will have assets that cannot be used to pay a debt.
Asset protection takes guidance due to the many laws and regulations surrounding it. Not only is asset protection concerned about protecting your wealth, the plan is also there to make sure you don’t get in trouble when you are trying to protect it. Through offshore trusts and other techniques, certain aspects can be out of reach from any creditor looking to take your hard earned asset.
Growth of Assets
Building your assets is the best way to make money. Payday shouldn’t be someone’s only cash flow. If you were to quit or lose your job, having growing assets will provide you with what you need to keep your plan on track. There are several strategies that can be applied in order to get the most out of your investments.
Tax planning is another aspect of financial planning, one that can save you a good amount of money. Tax optimization is looking at a financial plan from a tax perspective in order to reach financial goals through tax-efficiency planning. This involves timing income and purchases, selecting proper investments and retirement plans, and filing status and deductions.
To achieve these goals, Alpen Partners uses an extensive network of legal, tax, and accounting specialists around the world. Our clients come from over 30 countries, and we are able, either directly or through one of our partner companies, to provide the right independent advice that will help institute the most efficient structure to achieve these three objectives.
Our strategy is to gain an in-depth understanding of our clients’ personal situation, so as to be able to set up an investment portfolio and, working with legal, tax, and accounting advisors, a corresponding structure that will be as efficient as possible. We continuously monitor the structures and investments chosen to ensure that they always suit the evolving needs of our clients.