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Have you ever thought about whether you could achieve a better work life balance, or how you could even determine whether it is feasible?

There are certain things you need to achieve in your life. Determining if you have enough for needs like housing, day to day living expenses and leisure is not that difficult, but how do you know if you have made adequate provision for longer term needs like children’s third level education and funding for your retirement?

If you want to optimise your work life balance you will need to determine the adequacy of your long term finances. You can do this by retaining a Certified Financial Planner to construct a Financial Plan for you.

If the figures indicate that you have more than you need to achieve your objectives, this may open up new possibilities for you.

Our recent article in The Sunday Times illustrates the benefits of Holistic Financial Planning.

About Financial Planning

Financial Planning is concerned with determining the cost of your objectives and structuring your finances so that you accumulate enough to achieve each of them. The process involves quantifying the cost of your various life objectives (housing, children’s education, retirement etc) and, based on your assessed attitude to risk (which will determine the likely return), calculating the required investment to achieve each of your objectives. If the figures show that you have sufficient resources to achieve your objectives, not only will this help you to reduce risk, it will afford you the freedom to make choices which you wouldn’t otherwise be aware that you had. If the figures indicate that you currently don’t have the income or resources you need to satisfy your financial objectives we have strategies for dealing with this to ensure that your financial plan is optimal.

We have three types of client;

Not enough

They have time but they don’t have enough money. Think of a young couple, possibly in their thirties or forties, with a large mortgage. Like most people they are managing but they haven’t made sufficient retirement provision or funded for their other financial objectives so if nothing changes they are going to have to work for as long as they are able to.

Too much

They have money but they don’t have time. Think of a very well-off retired couple in their seventies. They have enough money to maintain their lifestyle for several decades but they have average life expectancy of only 10 – 12 years. They could have done more with their lives. They could have worked less.

Just right

They’re fine but here’s the thing, the vast majority of the ‘just rights’ don’t know they have enough. The ‘just rights’ need to be told;

  • “You are ok”
  • “You can do things”
  • “You can switch to a three day week or retire at age 55”

It is only by addressing all of your financial and life objectives that you can ever be in a position to assess whether you can optimise your work life balance and have real freedom. This is the absolute kernel of what we are about.

So how much do you need to accumulate to say that you are wealthy? We used to talk about being a millionaire. Wealth is not a round figure amount or a number dictated by someone else. When you set your financial objectives you define what wealth is and if you achieve it you are wealthy.

It’s wealth with a purpose.

  • If you don’t quantify what you want to achieve, then you don’t have a target.
  • If you don’t have a target you’ll never know when you have enough.
  • If you don’t have a finish line that means you’re never finished.
  • And if you can never finish this means you’ll never be free.

Most people have capacity to achieve a better work life balance but unfortunately by the time they realise this it is often too late. We can help you to achieve this when you are still young enough to enjoy the benefits of a more balanced lifestyle.

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BOOK A FREE NO-OBLIGATION CHAT

By Telephone 01 546 1100
Use the Form on this Page
Book a Zoom call with us here.
Happy to start the process? Click here to complete a factfind and tell us your objectives
The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. Neither the writer nor Highfield Financial Planning Ltd makes any warranty as to the completeness, accuracy or reliability of the information or the suitability or availability of products or services, referred to on the website, for any purpose. You should not rely on any information contained on this website as a basis for making any financial, legal, taxation or other decision. The information presented does not include all the considerations which are relevant to the topic discussed as to do so would render it un-readable. When considering any financial issue you should seek the advice of a suitably qualified adviser.

About Highfield Financial Planning

We provide superior advice on Financial Planning services to business owners, professionals and their families. The principal of the firm Eoghan Gavigan has over 25 years’ experience in banking and finance across Treasury, Lending and Wealth Management and is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). The CFP qualification is the world’s most respected industry designation, held by only a select number of advisers. As Specialist Investment Advisers we can provide you with detailed investment advice on your pensions and investments.

We want you to be comfortable in your dealings with us. We provide a number of suggestions here for ways that you may be able to obtain comfort that we are the right Financial Planner for you.

Our Process

1

Establishing the client-planner relationship

Explain the services that will be provided and the process as well as the remuneration structure.
2

Pre-planning and data gathering

Completion of the financial factfind and queries on same, as well as obtaining information on any existing financial products. Agreeing the financial objectives and timing. Discussion of investments and assets classes and assessment of your attitude, tolerance and capacity for risk.
3

Analysis and identification of financial problems

Establish your current situation and analysis of your objectives. A financial problem is when the figures indicate a deficit of resources. Formulation of solutions for same.
4

Develop and present the financial planning recommendations

Devising the financial planning recommendations. Discussion of the recommendations and revision if necessary.
5

Implementation of agreed-upon recommendations

Implementation of the agreed upon recommendations by client and planner, coordinating the process with other professionals such as accountants, tax advisers or solicitors.
6

Ongoing actions and review

Diary actions for future implementation, as well as the timing of the review and pre-work.

Why We Changed Our Business To Focus On Financial Planning

Having been involved in Financial Services for over 25 years our experience is that most people feel that they aren’t well served by the traditional financial advice model. Commission based sales creates a huge conflict of interest as in order for a financial adviser to be paid for his work he must sell you a financial product.

Many people who approach us for financial planning services tell us that they feel that what they have been getting is sales, and they want advice.

Our most successful clients use Financial Planning to manage their finances and accumulate wealth. Studies have shown that people who engage in Financial Planning are more on track with their financial affairs and have higher net worths.

Who Is Financial Planning Suitable For?

  • You own your own home or are planning to purchase a home soon
  • You have surplus income (although you may well feel that it is not being used optimally)
  • You may have financial products (pensions, life assurance, investments etc) but they were sold to you by someone who had a target to achieve
  • You are interested in developing a cohesive plan to achieve your financial objectives

I would highly recommend Eoghan to anyone looking for expert financial advice. From my first meeting with Eoghan, the level of service has been exceptional. He's extremely knowledgeable, very patient and explains things in way that you can easily understand. I'm delighted with the product he found for me and I hope to be a client of his for years to come.

Gareth M21/9/2020

Excellent service provided by Eoghan since I took the decision to take my pension out of the Banks and use a financial advisor to help me maximise incomes from the market. He is always attentive and quick to offer current valuable advice. Happy to recommend Eoghan to anyone interested in getting sound financial advice.

Niall Hearn2/3/2020

For pensions and advice, Eoghan is an expert, professional and thorough. He has a knack for explaining and summarising this important and complex subject in layman's terms. This helps enormously, making you comfortable that you are making the right financial choices for you. He is also a patient and nice guy to deal with.

Bill Glennon18/9/2019

As well as advising me on the performance of my existing personal pension & arranging life insurance policies, Eoghan is also now overseeing our business needs. So far, he has implemented an employee pension scheme & is advising on corporate co-director & key-person insurance. I have found him to be exceptionally knowledgeable and honest and wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to others for either business or personal pensions/investments etc.

Dawn Richardson10/10/2019

We first met when i was made redundant and needed help with moving my pension. Since then, he has advised me on my life insurance policy for my mortgage and helped me to get a much better deal than I had with my bank. He is extremely helpful and I can ask him anything without feeling like it's a stupid question!

Rachel Egan1/2/2020

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