3 Reasons Why a Financial Professional is Better than the Do-It-Yourself Approach

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When it comes to managing your personal finances, paying someone else to decide where to put your money may feel counter-intuitive. After all, who knows and understands your financial needs and goals better than you? Well, the truth is that a financial professional is far better suited to the task than you may think.

In fact, hiring a financial professional could be one of the best financial moves you make this year. Their utility is far greater than your capacity to manage your own finances, regardless of how well you think your do-it-yourself approach is working. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider choosing a financial advisor going forward:

Long-Term Planning Support

When it comes to investing your current and future financial resources, the key to success is long-term planning. While you may be able to do this on your own to an extent, only a financial professional can ensure that all your financial moves are well-aligned to your long-term financial goals. A good advisor will be able to design a plan to visually show you how long your retirement savings will last, which retirement income sources you should tap into first, how to plan ahead to mitigate taxes in retirement, and more. In this way, a financial professional can be a crucial resource when planning and executing a retirement savings account.

Emotional Poise and Expertise

Investing your own money in stocks, bonds, or even a retirement savings plan can be challenging work. A great deal of this challenge, however, arises when the markets turn sour. When this happens, an inexperienced investor might pull out their investment, causing them to lock in their loses. An experienced financial professional, on the other hand, can practice the emotional poise needed to stay the course through an unexpected downturn.

A financial professional can also provide you with financial insights that are more than just hype. In other words, they can provide you with advice regarding your investments that are based on their experience and the facts, rather than speculation alone. This can help you chart a more prosperous path forward without incurring nearly as much risk.

Tax Optimization

Regardless of your income or how much you invest, you’ll need to pay taxes on your financial assets each year. Completing taxes for your complex financial assets on your own can take weeks of your time; that is, if you are able to fill out all those forms without making any errors.

A financial professional, by comparison, can help you plan for your financial asset-related taxes, and may be able to connect you with a trustworthy tax professional to take care of these forms for you. Taken together, your financial advisor could save you enough in taxes to easily pay for their own services.

The Bottom Line

Hiring a financial professional can definitely pay off. These trained professionals are able to provide you with invaluable insights that can make the difference when it comes to managing your personal and professional finances, and can help you get (and stay) on the right track to achieving your future retirement goals.

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