On 10th February 2024 billions of people around the world welcomed the Year of the Dragon. And while in the West they tend to breathe fire and inspire fear, in Asian cultures, dragons are more benevolent creatures symbolising, amongst other things, prosperity. Making them the perfect mascot for financial planners!
Year of the Dragon: time for a brighter future
If you were born in 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, and 1952, then you are a dragon according to the Chinese zodiac.
Lucky you! Dragons are so revered that birth rates in China, Taiwan, and Singapore have been known to increase in dragon years!
It is said that dragons ‘strive to break away from traditional norms and pave the way for a brighter future.’
Which ties in nicely with financial planning! What better way to pave the way for a brighter future than by taking control of your finances?
And you could do worse than take inspiration from the auspicious dragon!
Financial planning is like a dragon!
As the lunar new year dawns, we highlight four dragon traits to fire up your journey toward prosperity.
Take inspiration from the ambitious nature of the dragon to set yourself some bold financial goals that push you beyond your comfort zone. Aim high with your savings targets, investment aspirations, and plans for career advancement. Remember Oscar Wilde’s famous lines: ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land in the stars.’
Dragons are respected for their ability to weather storms and emerge victorious. This resilience mirrors a crucial aspect of financial planning. Financial resilience can be cultivated by building a healthy emergency fund, diversifying your investment portfolio, and focussing on long-term strategies that can withstand market fluctuations and achieve steady, sustainable growth.
The dragon has a reputation for wisdom and foresight. These are just the qualities you need to secure your financial future. Embrace the dragon’s wisdom by planning ahead – decades ahead – to build a healthy nest egg for a secure retirement. Harnessing the power of foresight in your financial planning ensures that you’re well-prepared for whatever the future may hold.
In Eastern cultures, dragons are not seen as fire-breathing malevolent creatures but rather guardians or protectors, often tasked with watching over treasures or important locations. And wealth protection is a critical, and often neglected, part of financial planning. Guard your savings like a dragon with robust protection strategies such as health and life insurance, critical illness cover, tax-efficient investment strategies, and effective estate planning.
With the new lunar year, you don’t have to be born in the Year of the Dragon to embrace the energy of this auspicious year and be inspired on your financial planning journey. May the year bring health and prosperity to us all!
Happy Lunar New Year!
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