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To say that this year has been a roller coaster may be an understatement. We had a new government take office, Brexit, lockdown, and crazy market fluctuations to name just the biggest changes. The end of the year is usually when we take stock of how things have gone and whether we met the goals we set ourselves last January. It gives us a chance to start the new year afresh and set ourselves some new objectives. In this final instalment for 2020, we look at why an annual financial review is important. If you would like some help with yours, one of our independent financial advisers would be happy to help. Find us on www.plutuswealth.com to make an appointment.
Markets fluctuate on a daily basis. New, often cheaper, products are released by financial providers regularly. Tax rates and allowances are tweaked every year. Together this means that the decisions you made 12 months ago may not be giving you the best returns today. Loyalty to a particular provider or product may not be in your best interests. It is important, therefore, to review your financial situation and make your own tweaks where necessary.
We recommend you undertake an annual review as a minimum. If there are particular changes to your circumstances during the year, it’s a good idea to do a mini review as well. For example, if you got married or divorced, had children, came into an inheritance or lost a job. Similarly, if a fixed-term product is due to come to an end, start looking around or talk to your independent financial adviser about the latest offers before it runs out.
An annual review should consider your finances as a whole, in the context of your family and work situation. Its purpose is to check that you are on track to meet the goals you set yourself. It also helps you work out whether those goals are still valid and guide you on how to meet any new ones you set. We recommend doing the following:
An annual financial review can feel overwhelming if you are new to it or have a lot to consider. Don’t be tempted to put it off! The sooner you tackle it and make the necessary changes, the harder your finances will work for you. For help and advice with an annual review, talk to one of our Plutus Wealth independent financial advisers. Talk to us on 020 7871 5200 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. We’ll help you make sure your finances are on track.