Have you been interested in hiring a financial planner, but then heard something that changed your mind? Some people assume that they don’t need a financial advisor or that their income isn’t high enough. These common misunderstandings often cause people to miss out on the many benefits that can come from hiring a financial planner. Working with a credentialed financial planner can go a long way in helping you be successful with your money. In this blog, we are going to address 6 common financial planning myths that you may have heard.
Myth #1: Financial planning is only for the wealthy
One of the most common myths that we hear is that financial planning is only for wealthy people. This is not true. Financial planning is for anyone who wants to manage their money efficiently and achieve their financial goals. A successful plan can help you efficiently use your assets to build wealth over time. When we put together a financial plan, life circumstances matter more than your level of assets. The earlier you start the better because there are many important financial decisions that come into play when you are young and you will also greatly benefit from the power of compound interest.
A credentialed financial advisor can help you navigate your specific financial goals, optimize your 401(k) and IRA investments, reduce your tax liabilities, improve your cash flow, avoid making costly financial mistakes, and keep you updated on the latest regulations and market trends. An advisor can also reduce the stress of trying to manage it all yourself.
Here at District Capital, we believe financial peace of mind is for everyone.
Myth #2: Once you have a financial plan in place then you are set
A financial plan that you created at one stage of your life needs to be adjusted as your life changes. Financial planning is an on-going process. Your original plan should be adjusted and fine-tuned when there are changes in your life. As your life changes, your financial goals may also change. Financial planners will help you examine your plan regularly and assess whether you need to make any adjustments.
Creating a good financial plan is only half of the work. It’s unlikely that your financial circumstances will stay the same throughout your life, therefore your financial plan needs to change over time too. Once you have a plan, then you want to continue monitoring it and working closely with your financial planner to ensure that you are on track to meet your goals. For example, the closer you get to retirement, your risk tolerance may decrease because you will need the money sooner rather than later. This means that your financial plan will need to change accordingly.
Myth #3: It’s too expensive
Concerns over fees often come when people have no idea what they are paying for. Good financial planners are transparent about their fees and will clearly explain to you what the fees are for. It’s best to look for fee-only fiduciary financial planners. They have a fiduciary responsibility to act in your best interest. The best financial planners will help you save more money than what you pay them in fees.
While there are some financial planners that only target the wealthy, there are also numerous financial planners who work with people with a low to moderate net worth. If you are worried about the fees, book a call with a financial planner and be honest about your budget and see what they can do for you.
Here at District Capital, we are very transparent about our fees and are happy to explain what the fees are for. Our mission is to provide top-notch personal financial planning advice in an affordable manner and meet people where they are.
Myth #4: All financial planners charge the same
There are many ways that financial planners can charge for their services. Some earn a commission based on certain products that they sell you, while others work for a percentage of the money that you have under management, and some charge a flat or hourly fee based on the complexity of work. The most important thing is to look for an honest financial planner who is transparent about their fees so you know exactly what you are paying for.
Here at District Capital, we are a fee-only financial planning firm. There are no hidden costs or commissions. As fee-only financial planners, we have sworn a fiduciary oath that we will provide you with full transparency and act in your best interest.
Myth #5: All financial planners are equal
You will be surprised to know that not all financial planners are credentialed. There’s not one specific way to become a financial planner and there are over 200 different designations. Many people who call themselves financial planners are not CFP® professionals. Certified financial planners must meet certain work and education criteria, pass a rigorous 6 hour exam, have a minimum of 4,000 experience hours and meet continuing education and ethical requirements in order to attain and maintain their certificate. Who you choose as a financial advisor can make a big difference in achieving your goals.
Here at District Capital, we have a team of dedicated certified financial planners (CFP®). Our investment team also has the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation which is one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession.
Myth #6: I don’t need a financial planner until later in life
The earlier you start working with a financial planner, the more likely you are to reach your financial goals earlier in life. A financial planner can help you create short term and long term financial goals and adjust as needed. The sooner you start saving, the more you will benefit from the power of compound interest.
Here at District Capital, we have a passion for delivering best-in-class financial advice to professionals and entrepreneurs in their 30s and 40s. These are some of the most crucial financial years in your life and we want to help you elevate their finances and maximize their money.
Are you ready to debunk the financial planning myths yourself?
These common financial planning myths can prevent people from realizing the potential advantages that a good financial planner can provide. Now that you understand these myths about financial planning, are you ready to take the appropriate steps towards improving your financial life? You may be pleasantly surprised at how accessible, valuable and enjoyable it is to work with a financial planner. If you have any questions about financial planning, or if you want to see how we can help you achieve your financial goals, schedule a free discovery call today.
Alvin Carlos, CFP®, CFA is an investment advisor and fee-only financial planner, in Washington, D.C that works with clients across the country. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from SAIS-Johns Hopkins. Alvin is a partner of District Capital, a financial planning firm designed to help professionals in their 30s and 40s achieve their financial goals through smart investing, reducing taxes, retirement planning, and maximizing their money. Schedule a free discovery call to learn how we can help elevate your finances.