And each of these factors plays an important role when it comes to your overall financial journey.
From your first day of work, to reaching your 85 or 90 Factor and beyond—that journey is dramatically improved and enhanced by two key things: financial literacy and professional financial advice.
Take financial literacy for starters. It’s the power to practice what you teach.
Mortgage stress tests, ever-changing interest rates, and new technologies have completely transformed the way we spend, send, and receive money. Managing your finances is more frantic and complex than ever. Financial literacy, however, provides you with the ability to calmly and confidently make informed decisions where your finances are concerned.
The above statistics are just a few examples of the obstacles (e.g. debt, uncertainty about the future, lack of cash flow) financially impeding education members. As time goes by, it’s easy to feel trapped by those obstacles—especially when you don’t know the kind of financial tools available to you.
“The more familiar you become with the various financial products and strategies that are out there, the more adept you’ll be at choosing the kinds of solutions that will enable you to conquer your own financial obstacles, once and for all”, says Educators Certified Financial Planner professional Franc Oliveri.
While you can’t go back in time and fix those mistakes (because as the old saying goes, “hindsight is 20/20”), financial literacy does provide you with the ability to ‘future-proof’ your financial decisions. Only by learning from your missteps will you be able to move your financial situation forward.
To reach Olympic-level goals, an athlete requires help from a highly skilled trainer—someone not only proficient in the sport, but who also has the capacity to fully understand both the expectations and limitations of the aspiring individual. Taking your financial goals beyond the scope of your own financial literacy requires the same kind of dedicated expertise.
An Educators Certified Financial Planner professional is this kind of expert. From simple to more complex financial goals, a Certified Financial Planner professional can:
And that’s just for starters.
Research conducted by the CIRANO Institute shows that individuals who invest with the assistance of a financial advisor amass almost double the assets after only 4 years and four times the returns after 15 years (compared to those who don’t enlist an advisor for their investments over the same timeframe).
A few things to consider when selecting professional financial advice:
Instead, choose information and advice that is unique to education members. From how to take your money beyond pay grids and pension income to what retired education members need to know about the pension income tax credit, Educators Financial Group offers you specialized resources and advice you won’t find anywhere else.
Also be sure to check out The Learning Centre—a great way to boost your financial literacy at your own pace.