Spring clean your finances for a sense of wellbeing

30th April 2020

In the current climate, there is uncertainty in all of our lives with both health and financial concerns. However, while we are all understandably focusing on the here and now, it might be worth using this time to take a step back and review your long-term financial wellbeing as well. This newsletter takes a look at some of the areas you might want to consider. Of course, we are on hand to support you through any challenges ahead.

A recent survey1 asked people how they think and feel about their financial health, in an attempt to understand the connection between wealth and wellbeing.

UK’s financial health

In the UK, 45% of respondents said that money is a major cause of stress; this figure increases to 66% with those who had no savings or investments to fall back on. When compared to the global average, the UK population holds fewer market-based investments and is more likely to have no savings or investments.

When questioned about financial health, 75% of UK respondents were of the opinion that this meant ‘having little or no debt and being prepared for unexpected events‘.

Lack of knowledge

Amongst younger respondents, a common reason for not investing, was ‘lack of knowledge‘ with 49% of millennials agreeing with this, compared to 35% of baby boomers. Of all age groups, 34% stated that a fear of losing everything was preventing them from investing.

Financial goals

Setting realistic financial goals, as well as saving or investing towards these, can help you to feel more in control, reduce stress and improve your feelings of financial well-being.

It can be difficult to take the first step but talking to a trusted financial adviser can help. In fact, 75% of survey respondents, who use a financial adviser, reported having a positive sense of well-being.

Why not talk to us today to see if we can help to improve your financial wellbeing both now and into the future.

1BlackRock, 2020

The value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. The past is not a guide to future performance and past performance may not necessarily be repeated.