The financial planning world is awash with misconceptions that can lead to misguided financial decisions. Our Money Myths Busted series aims to help expatriates in Asia navigate the complex task of managing their finances by debunking the most common myths.
The ten most common financial planning myths
Infinity has been giving financial planning advice to the expatriate community in Asia for two decades. We’ve heard every myth, misconception and misnomer in the book. So, we decided to compile a list of the most common myths that we hear from our clients and potential clients.
Click on the links to explore each of the myths in further detail.
Myth number one: Cash is king
Do you think your money is safe in the bank? With inflation rising, you might want to think again. A cash-centric approach may feel safer than investing in stocks and shares, but there are a number of reasons why cash isn’t the safe asset it is often considered to be. Take a look at our article which explains why.
Myth number two: A financial planner is just for the wealthy
It’s a common misconception that a financial planner is the preserve of the super-rich. No matter how much you earn, you could benefit from working with a professional. Find out what an Infinity financial adviser can do for you.
Myth number three: I’m healthy, I don’t need health insurance.
If you’re young and healthy, you may have wondered if health insurance is really worth the money. The answer is yes! Why? Because none of us know what the future holds. We explore why comprehensive health insurance is essential for expatriates in Asia.
Myth number four: I’m too young to need life insurance
Young people often believe that life insurance is an expense that they can put off until later in life. We outline the benefits of taking out life insurance while you are still young.
Myth number five: The stock market is too risky
It’s true that the stock market involves risk, but so does having money sitting in the bank. We explore the relationship between risk and reward and outline the strategies investors can employ to minimise risk and maximise return when investing in the stock market.
Myth number six: I don’t need a financial adviser
Yes, you can manage your finances solo, but just because you can do something yourself, doesn’t mean you should! We look at the advantages of working with an Infinity financial adviser compared to going it alone.
Myth number seven: I don’t need a will
Think you don’t need a will? Think again. Dying intestate can cause many problems for loved ones left behind. A will is an essential part of estate planning for everyone. Make sure you have one.
Myth number eight: Debt is bad for your financial health
Contrary to popular belief, not all debt is bad. We’re certainly not advocating you go on a credit card-fuelled spending spree but we explain the difference between good and bad debt and show how, handled with care, debt can be a useful financial planning tool.
Myth number nine: I don’t need to start saving for retirement yet
Do you think you’re too young to start saving for retirement? Take a look at this article, which might challenge your thinking.
Myth number ten: My financial planning is done
We’re sorry to break it to you but even when your financial plan is in excellent shape, it is never done. Financial planning is a dynamic process that evolves over time. Life changes and your plan will need to change with it. We highlight the importance of regular reviews.
Believing these money myths could seriously derail your long-term financial health. By busting these money misconceptions, we aim to empower expats with the knowledge to make informed financial decisions that will enable them to achieve their goals and attain a secure financial future.
If you’d like to discuss any elements of your financial planning with an experienced professional, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us for a no-obligation chat.
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