The Gift is in the Giving. Responsibly.

Budgeting for ChristmasThe sleigh bells are ringing, chestnuts are roasting and Rudolph is working out to prepare for a long night of making children’s dreams come true. The holidays are a time for goodwill, good memories and family fun.

If you’re dealing with debt or trying to stick to a financial plan, Christmas can become a time of financial burden more than a time to be merry. Everyone wants to feel the euphoria of watching someone open that perfectly selected gift, but sometimes you have to find that joy in the intangibles. “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hills. Continue reading

November is Financial Literacy Month

Most of us only think of literacy in relation to reading. This month is meant to bring awareness to the term Financial Literacy and what it means to everyone. It doesn’t mean understanding how to look at your bank statement, but rather looking at your entire financial plan and understanding how it fits your stage of life.

For example, when was the last time you reviewed your life insurance policies? Or perhaps you or your partner don’t have an active policy. Or do you even know if you have one?

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Life Insurance is not the one trick pony of the past, there are now many choices in how you structure it. From Term Life which allows you to choose the coverage period, to Whole Life which provides a lifetime of protection to Critical Illness. Unfortunately, our health is sometimes seriously affected and Critical Illness provides coverage to protect our families from the financial burden of our illness.

If you are at a point where you don’t want to think about end of life, think about beginnings. It’s time to start your own chapter in the form of home ownership. You’ve done your research, found your new haven and negotiated your mortgage. Before you sign the papers, understand how to protect your investment.

Should you decide to add children to your equation, you hope they will move on to post-secondary education. Planning early can provide the financial education they need before they incur the debt which could come with it.

Each stage of life brings an opportunity to review your current financial standing and adjust for the future. It can be hard to know all your options and sometimes even harder to see the forest for the trees when reviewing your own assets. If you’d like some help, we’re here.

 

 

Planning for Perception or Preference?

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost upon us. The leaves have dropped along with the temperature and the dreaded snowfall is imminent. It’s a time where you crave carbs, curl up in sweaters and begin the hibernation process.

PerceptionUnfortunately, we are not bears and are not afforded the luxury of shutting ourselves down for a few months. At a time where all you want to do is snuggle under a blanket on the couch and binge watch all the shows you missed while doing yardwork, the demands of family, friends and work dramatically increase.

Tis the season of holiday shopping, parties and entertaining. Tis the season to exert extreme drain on our energy, wardrobe and pocketbook. Tis the season to spend. Continue reading

The Convenience of Online Shopping and It’s Budgetary Impact

Online ShoppingThere is nothing better than sitting in your pajamas, sipping on a cup of tea while shopping for your latest must have. You don’t have to worry about driving there, looking for parking, dealing with sales associates, long lines or the disappointment of finding that big win only to realize it’s not in your size. Online it’s as easy as click, click, buy.

The convenience of online shopping combined with the slew of discount opportunities makes it a powerful draw. Sometimes too powerful of a draw. All of the conveniences listed above are triggers for those with compulsive or impulsive buying habits. Online retailers make it even harder to resist with events such as Amazon Prime Day and other enticing reduced-price sales.

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How do you get paid?

Financial Planner IncomeYou’ve seen those commercials on TV with clients questioning their advisors about how they are paid or requesting a “second opinion” on your investments.  But the old cliché You get what you pay for is fitting.

With YourStyle Financial, the initial consultation is free.  YourStyle Financial is more than an investment firm.  We incorporate all aspects of the planning process:  insurance, tax and estate planning, retirement projections and of course, investment advice.  A lot of elements are involved in developing a Personal Financial Action Plan: it can take an average of 5-6 hours.  There is no obligation to move forward or use any of the recommendations provided for your review; however, should you like what you see and decide to proceed, then, like most things in life:  There is no free ride. Continue reading