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How big picture thinking can benefit your financial planning approach

Are your financial decisions based on your life goals or solely on number crunching?

When considering decisions surrounding your finances and investments, it pays to take a holistic approach. Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, explains why incorporating these practices allows for a more comprehensive experience for their clients.

Financial planning is about more than just focusing on the numbers in your portfolio. It’s crucial to look at your financial plan with your personal values, lifestyle and legacy goals in mind to create objectives that will see you through your short and long-term goals, creating a foundation for sound decision making and, ultimately, a brighter financial future.

Traditional versus holistic financial planning

In a traditional financial planning model, an advisor would look at a collection of assets, recommend specific investment vehicles that would balance exposure in the market, and apply the same approach to achieve one goal – maximize returns.

With a holistic approach, your advisor considers your assets, expenses, liabilities, time horizons, lifestyle, legacy goals, as well as the fluctuations in the market to grow and protect your savings. Holistic planning goes far beyond traditional financial planning. It is a broader and deeper process that includes in-depth member conversations, extensive research and ongoing analyses.

Three benefits of a holistic financial plan with an expert advisor:

Personalized to align with what’s most important in life to you

Holistic financial planning requires that your advisor develops a deep relationship with you. They should fully understand your current situation, future opportunities and potential risks, your motivations and concerns, and your overall relationship with money.

When an advisor understands you as an individual, they can support you throughout your entire financial journey.

Adaptable to your life transitions giving you flexibility when you need it

A holistic approach to your finances and investments means that decisions are made with your priorities and timelines in mind. You will have regular check-ins with your advisor, and they will suggest a cadence for check-ins. Still, your advisor should be updated when something happens, such as a large purchase, a new job, a baby or the addition of a vacation because of a destination wedding.

They will constantly monitor your portfolio for performance and the need to adjust. By keeping your big picture in view at all times, you’ll have flexibility in your financial plan when you need it.

Comprehensive to give you confidence that your financial plan is always on track

Holistic planning takes into consideration every financial and personal need, from managing your money to accumulating wealth to leaving a legacy. Advisors that take this approach understand your background, wealth accumulation goals and personal values.

Consolidating your professional advice will deepen your advisor’s understanding of your entire financial picture. Working with one advisor could accelerate your timeline for reaching your goals. Advisors with this approach understand the journey of building a financial pyramid and can help at whatever stage you are at currently.

A financial advisor’s role

A financial advisor taking a holistic approach should:

  1. Build a personal relationship with you.
  2. Meet with you regularly to help and guide you through the issues that matter most to you.
  3. Clearly explain each part of your financial plan, investment selection and how you are tracking towards your goals

Island Savings advisors take a holistic approach when evaluating your financial situation, goals and aspirations to empower you to make strategic financial decisions. Whether it is everyday financial stresses from managing debts to feeling like your investment profile isn’t structured to employing tax strategies

Through focusing on the bigger picture and working with an expert advisor, tracking these key variables will be easier and less stressful.

Be confident about your financial plan

Achieve strength and stability in your plan by taking a holistic approach. Island Savings advisors will work with you to help you reach all of your financial goals. They will build a relationship to understand what motivates you, makes you happy and what concerns you, in order to build a plan that fits your life and legacy.

Ready to experience the difference holistic planning can make? A second opinion could help clarify where you are in reaching your goals and help identify gaps in order to keep you on track.

Talk to a qualified advisor today.

DISCLAIMER: Mutual funds, other securities and securities related financial planning services are offered through Credential Securities, a division of Credential Qtrade Securities Inc. Mutual funds and related financial planning services are offered through Credential Asset Management Inc. Financial planning services are available only from advisors who hold financial planning accreditation from applicable regulatory authorities. Credential Securities is a registered mark owned by Aviso Wealth Inc.