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Setting Best Financial Goals for 2016 -17..!

 Setting Best Financial Goals for 2016 -17..!

By Mr. Ranjit Punja, Creditmantri.com

The new financial year has begun, and this is as good a time as any to make a New Year’s resolution about your finances.

Many of us simply do not put enough thought into our personal finances due to lack of time, patience or, sometimes, knowledge.

Organising your finances is not rocket science, and is probably more a necessity rather than a luxury in the modern world.

Money matters are one of the biggest causes of stress and it is possible to eliminate some of this stress by following a systematic plan to manage your money. For this, you need to do 3 things:
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 1.     Write down your goals..!

There is a certain clarity of thought and action that comes with putting down your thoughts. Committing your goals to paper (or/  your hard drive!) makes them more concrete and will help you maintain focus throughout the year.

If you are doing this for the first time, choose goals that are realistic and limit them to not more than five.

Be specific when listing your goals. Do not write, “Save for education”. Instead, a more useful goal instead would be “Save Rs. 1 lac by March 31st 2019 for child’s higher studies.”

Similarly, do not list “Reduce credit card debt” as a goal; instead write “Bring down highest credit card balance to zero in next 3 months.”

Once you write down your goals, it is important to prioritise them.

For instance, if you have a significant amount of credit card debt, paying off your bills should be your top priority – continuing to maintain large balances means constantly accumulating interest charges that might be difficult to ever fully repay.

2.     Create a financial plan

Creating a road map to achieving these goals might seem like an uphill task, but it is more a matter of common sense than any fancy financial calculations. If you are not confident about creating a clear plan, take a little time to educate yourself on the various financial planning tools available on the net.

Or if you prefer, you could consult a financial planner to help you. Make a spreadsheet with your assets, earnings, expenditure and liabilities (including your mortgage, all other loans and credit card debts) and make sure you keep updating this spreadsheet.

It might take some time and effort to do it the first time, but making a detailed inventory of your financial situation can be hugely helpful in assessing your financial health and identifying the areas that need your immediate attention. Look at where you can make savings and where you can deploy these savings most effectively to achieve your goals. A good plan would ideally include:

Buying adequate insurance coverage

 Be clear about how much coverage you need and buy only the insurance you require.
 It can be easy to be tempted into buying too much coverage that you might not need.

Creating or maintaining an emergency fund

 It can be difficult to spare extra cash when · there are so many financial obligations to fulfill but it is a much-needed buffer that will help you through a sudden loss of job or a medical emergency.

If you are in urgent need of funds, a personal loan may seem like a readily available option but keep in mind that the high interest rates make it one of the most expensive loans to take.

3.     Revisit your list

Make sure that you revisit your list of goals periodically to check that you are on track. There is no point making a list of financial goals if it lies forgotten or if you do not consistently act on it throughout the year.

A financial goal is like a diet or exercise goal – it is only as effective as the commitment, discipline and effort you put into achieving it – and will bring you the same rich rewards
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About the author..
The writer Mr. Ranjit Punja is CEO and co-founder, Creditmantri.com




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