Financial Planning Week
Financial Planning Week 2024
22-28 January 2024
Do you have some burning questions about your finances?
If you do, Financial Planning Week is the perfect opportunity for you to work through them with one of our highly qualified financial advisers.
We’re offering a financial planning consultation for up to one hour, completely at our cost!
Households are coming under increasing pressure due to the cost-of-living crisis. It’s important for firms like Paradigm Norton to offer the opportunity to provide guidance on all areas of finance. This includes budgeting, pensions, investments, savings and retirement plans; as well as encouraging open conversations around other financial matters.
Questions discussed in previous years have included:
If you would like to ask us these or any other questions, please book your free financial planning consultation here:
The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), hosts UK Financial Planning Week each year to celebrate financial planning and the many benefits it can bring. The week aims to raise public awareness of financial planning and gives the financial planning community an opportunity to share case studies, articles, videos and more to raise the profile of the profession. This initiative also promotes financial literacy and money management skills across the nation.
As we support Financial Planning Week once again, we find a lot of people asking why we are such avid supporters of the initiative. For us it’s simple – it’s about doing the right thing. We all know that access to solid financial education is difficult for many parts of modern society, and access to expert financial advice is even more so.
A 2021 study by Free trade found that only 52% of Brits surveyed passed their financial literacy test and that 88% of the participants did not feel confident in their financial literacy. These are just the latest figures that highlight the problem which we, as financial planners, have experienced for many years.
Financial Planning Week is our chance to give back, use our skills for the greater good, and shine a spotlight on this issue. Our financial planners dedicate a set number of hours in the week, ranging from five hours to 15 hours, to offer free one-hour sessions for anybody who needs it. We also dedicate our blog and social media content to sharing helpful resources. Not only does this assist in helping those not able to secure a free session, but it also highlights the initiative to our peers in the profession.
Aside from giving back, we find that the week is filled with opportunities to learn from the wide range of individuals we speak with. In fact, one of our financial planning team, Farida Hassanali, who works closely with the CISI, says it’s one of her favourite weeks of the year.
“Financial planning is a professional service for individuals, their families, and businesses, who need objective assistance in organising their financial affairs to achieve their financial and lifestyle objectives more readily.” The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Financial Planning Week is for anyone and everyone. So if you’d like to benefit from a session with our financial advisers, please click the link below to book a free financial planning consultation.
We believe that access to financial advice from qualified experts should be available to anyone who needs it. Unfortunately, the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the advice gap grow even further according to a 2020 report by Open Money (source) with some 59% of households reporting some kind of debt; up by 3% compared to 2019. More alarmingly, the report also shows that only 24% (2019: 24%) of the surveyed participants save every time they get paid, 21% (2019: 25%) don’t have a pension and the same number have no cash savings at all.
Financial education is about helping people make well-informed choices and encouraging financially responsible behaviour. With the rise of poorly researched and unqualified financial advice on social media, we feel the problem is only going to get worse for young people, many of whom are choosing to invest (if at all) in hugely volatile and unregulated asset classes.
A UK-based study by FinCap found 11.5 million have less than £100 in savings, nearly nine million of us are in serious debt, and only around a third receive help. (Source) For us, the statistics are alarming, and we are ready to commit to any action we can reasonably take.
Book a free financial planning meeting now!
Although we recognise there is still a lot to be done, Financial Planning Week allows us to break down some of those age-old barriers to advice. . We have supported the initiative for many years and will continue to do so.
If you would like to book a free meeting with one of our highly qualified financial planners, click the diary link below. We look forward to talking to you!
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This article is distributed for educational purposes and should not be considered investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy, or investment product.