Financial “To-Do” items
Often times, when I call someone they say to me “It’s funny that you called, because I have been meaning to call you” or “You are on my To-Do list”. I have heard these types of comments for many years. I have a theory about this. My theory is that just about everyone has important financial To-Do items sitting on their To-Do list.
Generally, the items at the very top of a To-Do list are items that are urgent, like fixing a leaking roof; or they have a looming deadline, like buying a birthday gift. Whereas, the financial To-Dos, such as “what should I do about college planning?”, have a tendency to rest near the top because they are important but, just can’t quite seem to get all the way to the top of the list because their deadline isn’t just around the corner. Usually something has to happen to nudge that To-Do higher on the list, hopefully it isn’t the fact that college suddenly has a looming deadline.
The definition of “To-Done”
When it is time for you to go to the dentist, you put that on your To-Do list. Once you have seen the dentist, you check it off – To-Done! Does that mean that you never go see the dentist again? Of course not. When it is time for you to set your next appointment, you will put it on the To-Do list again. The same holds true for financial planning – it isn’t a one and done type of thing. While there are a few financial To-Do items that you do once and forget it, most financial topics need to be reviewed on a periodic basis. For example, portfolios need to be rebalanced, employee benefits have annual enrollment periods, taxes are filed once a year, etc.
There are a variety of reasons people don’t tackle their financial To-Dos. Many people lack either the time, confidence, or desire to handle their finances, for those people, professional advisors are a good solution. And for others, who want to tackle some of this on their own, I hope to provide some simple To-Dos within some of my blog posts because I find it very encouraging as a financial advisor when I find consumers who have an interest in financial planning. I hope that these posts are of help to consumers that are looking for assistance from an advisor as well as consumers that are looking to manage their own financial affairs.