A recent survey carried out by Lloyds and Schroders identified that nearly one in five people would prefer a visit to the dentist than a visit to their financial planner.
We all know the benefits to our health of visiting a dentist regularly, but what about the benefits to our wealth of visiting a financial planner?
It seems that the financial planning profession needs to do much more work to make visiting your financial planner more palatable than the regular trip you schedule to your dentist!
In the survey, over a quarter of those people asked said they would feel uncomfortable seeing a financial planner.
While a financial adviser might not have their hands in your mouth, perhaps there is some concern about the impact of a visit to them on your wallet!
In reality, financial planners will be going to great lengths to make your experience of visiting them more enjoyable than painful.
Not only will they have spent a great deal of time attaining the level of professional qualifications required of them to advise you but they will also have spent considerable energy understanding how best to communicate with you in an understandable and non-painful manner. After all, they will want to be encouraging a long-term relationship; they will want you to be coming back regularly.
Visiting a dentist will mean good oral hygiene as well as an engaging smile. Visiting a financial planner will also have substantial benefits, mostly around your ability to live the life that you want to live.
The financial planner will help you to understand what you can get from life by effectively employing all of your financial resources.
Experience tells us that the first meeting we have with our clients may well be slightly nervous. However, by the end of the “discovery meeting,” most clients will realise that the financial planner has their client’s best financial interests at heart.
Financial planners can help you answer some of life’s most important questions, such as;
Just as the dentist is likely to ask you a question as you sit down in the chair for the first time, “Have you had any problems with your teeth?”, the financial planner will also be armed with questions such as;
Like the dentist, the financial planner will deliver the best possible service to you as long as you meet them regularly for a wealth check-up.
Jon Doyle is Founder and Financial Planner at Juniper Wealth Management. Advising clients since 2008 he has guided clients through good time, bad times and the ugly. With a clear vision on how advice should be delivered and strong opinions on how we should be investing money in order to live the life we want to live free from money worry.