When I started writing this, I started thinking about the similarities between managing our physical health, and our financial health. Human biology is of course incredibly complicated, and there are many areas within it that require training, experience, and specialist knowledge to understand - but the same is true when it comes to our finances.
If you’re like me, you’ll most likely have self-diagnosed yourself when sick with the help of Doctor Google. Your symptoms may well have been pointing to a terrifying tropical disease, but more often than not, a doctor with experience and training could have reassured us at a moment's notice that we’re highly unlikely to have caught malaria on a trip to Birmingham.
The same is true for self-diagnosing our finances. With so many products out there to save, invest, and protect our money, it’s hard to know what’s going on, but as you’ll see below, a financial expert can help us diagnose our financial health and make sure we get the right treatment!
1. Advisors can add up to £48k to your wealth
Yes, you heard that right. According to a study by Royal London, having a financial advisor that gives you expert guidance with your finances can provide a 24% boost to pension wealth. Evidence also suggests that fostering an ongoing relationship with a financial advisor leads to better financial outcomes.
In the study, those who reported receiving ongoing advice had a nearly 50% higher average pension wealth than those only advised at the start. Whether you need general, practical advice or a specialist with dedicated expertise, you are likely to find that in the long term, the money you invest in expert advice will be paid back many times over.
2. Advisors provide an unbiased assessment on your finances
There are many financial products and investments out there that receive a lot of attention initially, but end up going up and down. I know I’ve certainly been swayed by some investments because they were hot tech stock and their price had been soaring.
It can be easy to make an investment decision driven by emotions, especially feelings of worry or panic, which can undo months or even years of hard work.
It never hurts to run it past an advisor first who can provide a more factual analysis on your finances. After all, they know the nitty-gritty on complex products and can highlight the possible downsides and benefits, so you can make an informed decision where you’re putting your money.
3. Advisors can give you a structured life plan
Planning out your life, especially financially, is something that even experts can’t be certain of. You only need to look at the effects of COVID-19 to tell you how unpredictable the economy can be. It’s the advisor’s job to keep up with the changing tax bands, business rates, and world news from a range of sources, which can leave a lot of us scratching our heads.
Advisors have a range of tools that can play out possible scenarios in your life and your finances so that given all the possibilities, you can be better prepared for anything unexpected coming round the corner.
4. It’s now affordable to speak to an advisor
Up until recently, speaking to a financial expert would cost you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds per hour, and even if you could afford this, you’d usually be turned away if you had less than £50k in personal wealth.
At Bippit, we’ve been able to make access to a financial expert 10x less than traditional services. Perhaps you want to buy a house one day or want to learn about investing in the stock market. Whatever is on your mind, you can now reap the benefits of speaking to an expert. Don’t get left behind, speak to an advisor today.